Played by: Nelde
Division: Minister, High Priestess, Philosopher
Age & Birthday: 141, 2122.78 (March, 19th)
Face Claim: Susan Sarandon
- December, 2140: Graduated from Vulcan Schooling
- February, 2141: Accepted at Vulcan Science Academy
- Narch, 2142: Embraced the teachings of Syrran
- September, 2146: Graduated from Vulcan Science Academy, with full honours in philosophy, history & diplomacy
- November, 2146: Accepted at Vulcan Institute of Defensive Arts
- 2150 - 2154: Works alongside the other Syrranites, becomes de facto leader after Syrran's death
- 2154: Becomes First Minster of the Vulcan Council
- 2147: Turns down a seat on the Federation Council
- 2160: One of the signatories of the Articles of the Federation
- 2190 - 2258: Accepts a position as priestess at the Temple of Amonak
- 2258 - Present: Serving as adviser to the New Vulcan Council
Current Location: New Vulcan
Being famous has come with a lot of responsibilities and even some restraint on her own part. T'Pau has been witness to many great and memorable changes in the course of Vulcan history. Some of which she even directly participated in.
Before all of that, T'Pau was like many other young Vulcans. She possessed a lot more ideals than most, as well as a determination not to be a follower, her driving passion was what initially brought her into the path of Syrran.
In fact, aside from becoming one of his followers, an action which T'Pau had to keep fairly discrete in the beginning due to what its discovery would mean, indeed when it did become more public knowledge ensured that her parents distanced themselves completely from what was seen as her very public disgrace.
T'Pau had to endure a degree of loneliness as well as being publicly known to support a faction that was at best viewed as terrorists and at worst seen as lacking the mental discipline of their people and of course an aberrant that should be disciplined and punished to the full extent of the law.
While learning from Syrran and developing an understanding of his techniques and methods, they developed an intimacy between the two of them that lasted until his death. T'Pau has kept that facet of their relationship very much a secret, it is not something that needs to be shared and in fact would be misunderstood by many.
Eventually she became a noted and respected leader of the movement, she worked tirelessly to bring forth the true teachings of Surak and enable the whole of her people to move forwards into the true direction that had always been intended from the very start but had instead been distorted.
Her decisions in this matter did not come without some risk to her own person, especially when she stood accused of murder and involvement in the bombing on the United Earth Embassy. For a time it appeared that T'Pau stood to face a high penalty, until it was revealed about the DNA information had been falsified.
T'Pau has always been very certain of her own path and that was revealed to the outside world when she met with Archer and his vulcan officer, T'Pol. While she openly distrusted him, especially as he had come to accuse her of the bombing, that changed after the revelation that Syrran had passed the katra of Surak into Archer and while she was not able to remove that katra as she had wanted to do so, the three of them were eventually able to locate the Kir'Shara.
A discovery which completely and utterly changed the course of Vulcan history.
While it was a memorable event that in no way overwhelmed T'Pau instead it drove her to work tirelessly behind the scenes to mitigate the flood of change and the chaos that awoke as centuries of belief were swept away. She was always at the forefront of decision making, delegating rarely and only to those whom she trusted. Her skills as a leader came into increasing use as the demands of the people rushed forwards like a tide.
Under her direction T'Pau secured the formation of a new Council, one that would no longer remain unanswerable to its peers with elections deciding the role of leader instead of relying on any other method. T'Pau saw the flaws inherent in the system but she worked to secure they affected things in a minimal way and was honoured but not surprised to received the request to become the First Minister.
It was under her design that Vulcan became noted as a hub of the sciences over and beyond the other noted skills. She encouraged the development of the sciences and promoted the idea of many of their people seeking out positions within Starfleet an organisation in which she saw at least a potential for great things. Starfleet invited T'Pau on several occasions to speak about her various disciplines and she was also present at the signing of the Federation Charter, later on going on to be well known for being the sole individual to refuse a position on the Federation Council at this present time.
T'Pau continued in her diplomatic work, encouraging and supporting others to deal with the various races, including the Andorians - even though in that case she had to locate those who did not possess the old bias and were able to remain carefully distant and possess a proper neutrality about the situation.
Towards the last decade of the last century T'Pau was increasingly prone to a more introspective quality to her life, she had no children of her own but she instead viewed herself as a mother instead to the whole of her race. Her withdrawal was not provoked by anything less than an understanding that in time they would need to do without her presence, T'Pau naturally had her own cadre of people whom she trained to handle the day to day management and freed her up for the matters which interested and challenged her mind and its thinking.
Just before the destruction of Vulcan she had spent a number of years at the Temple of Amonak, it was much more of a figurehead position but it was something that T'Pau took very seriously, providing access to records and methods of understanding the spirit and the mind that would otherwise now have been available to her in a more secular role.
While she has always seen herself as an intelligent woman that does not mean that her pride prevents from her continuing to learn new skills. The religious life was the one she had imagined would become truly hers in the remaining years until her death, maintaining and managing the tribe as its Matriarch - a fact which is generally amusing given how her early life almost completely ostracized her from her kin.
T'Pau has needed to develop strong mental muscles, muscles which came into full force on the day her planet was destroyed, given how much and how long she had worked to bring into this point in its history seeing it all destroyed would have broken a lesser mind. In her case, she had to spend a great deal of time in intense personal meditation citing several perfectly acceptable reasons for this being the case. Once T'Pau emerged she sent for Selek or Spock as he was more properly know and spent a great deal of time speaking with the traveler from afar.
Nothing has been shared about those conversations but T'Pau then moved to seeking out a new world, establishing several intermediary groups and measures to secure certain details for her people and set up the rules regarding the genetic heritage which needed to be at once preserved and at all costs maintained. The Vulcan people had become deeply endangered and T'Pau felt it nothing less than her duty to make sure that fact altered as swiftly as possible.
While she has never been inclined to present any official judgment on the subject of hybrids, T'Pau is not exactly welcoming of them as a general rule. Although she is willing to accede that Spock is an exception in many ways to any of the assumption which can be taken about such people, at the moment she works with the other Elder surviving members of their people to secure a lasting future for them all.
She is noted as being fearless, capable and someone who uses her logical mind with something akin to a razor edge when applied against anyone else who encounters her mind and has to face the measure of that intelligence. T'Pau is determined when she becomes focused on her goals, not allowing anything to sway her from her chosen task.
This focus and clear sighted approach to decision making means she is more than capable as a charismatic and respected leader and someone to more than watch out for during every possible encounter.
T'Pau is not interested in becoming the focus, she is aware she is a representative of their past, a past that cannot carry on in the wake of events. She is too old to provide any kind of genetic legacy but she is once more determined to step up again and work to manage even as was the case in those earliest days. In fact T'Pau sees her reflection now once more showing that proud and occasionally disdainful young woman who challenged everything for what she believed was right.
She works as an advisor, choosing to avoid government office for the moment, instead working far better and faster in the wings as it were. Several of her aides survived but T'Pau has also become to train new individuals to replace what was lost as well as enhance what remains.
A world swept away, in a moment becoming so much cosmic dust.
There had never been anything like this in any of the long histories of the various worlds and peoples encountered, it was a devastation that was at once both humbling and destructive of the spirit. Which had been very much the intention, even if it had also been the result of a very personal attack against a singular individual.
Singular in many ways and just as enigmatic today as when he had first made himself known to those with whom he was throwing his lot in with.
What had prompted that ultimate choice? He could have elected exile or even separation and yet this man out of time chose to continue his apparent assistance with their people. There would be many motives behind his choices and T'Pau had complied a file on both the youth and the elder who now occupied the same time and space. More would come of such an anomaly and T'Pau would be prepared.
The choices which had followed had been made swiftly, quicker than might have been expected by others who embraced emotions over the cool and refreshing focus of logic but that did not make them any easier. T'Pau had once strove to alter the course of her people's history but she had changed a system and now they must ultimately face the further evolution of their people away from that shared and common legacy.
It was not a burden that T'Pau would have encouraged any to undertake. Yet, there was a degree of contentment and perhaps comfort, knowing that of all the races who could have been so afflicted her own were in the best position to rally and move past that horrific moment and once ore rise to all they had been before.
T'Pau would certainly lend her considerable mental prowess to that progress, she would also encourage others, emphasise the necessity of certain practical and biological matters that had be undertaken and continue to support as much as she was able the work of the leading Council.