Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. KEEP READING: Star Trek: Picard's Anger at Starfleet Means More Than You Think, Ari David is pretty amazing. Since their introduction into Star Trek, the Borg have been a plague, easily seen by all sentient races as the greatest threat to their continued existence. They are driven by a deep loathing of artificial life and their sole purpose is to ensure synthetics are neutralised. One faction embraced cybernetics and synthetic life, and the other opposed it. According to Laris, the Zhat Vash are an ancient secret cabal that have existed for thousands and thousands of years. (PIC: "Broken Pieces"), The story of the "Zhat Vash" was sometimes told to frighten Tal Shiar recruits, with its alleged motives known to very few; Zhaban was largely skeptical of their existence and equated it to stories of "boogeymen". WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 1, Episode 2 of Star Trek: Picard, "Maps and Legends," now streaming on CBS All Access. We’ve watched the elaborate plot Narek played out with Soji and heard descriptions of the Romulans’ love of secrets, puzzles and subterfuge. Since Romulan society itself is only thousands of years old, it wouldn't be illogical to think that they might date back to the time of the Romulan/Vulcan schism. The extremist group apparently goes back to the message of a long lost alien civilization that was apparently destroyed by artificial intelligence. We don't know much about them, except that they operate within the Tal Shiar--a … . Mistakenly believing the Admonition to be a warning against synthetic life, the Romulans formed the Zhat Vash, a secret group dedicated to eliminating all synthetics everywhere. A lot of us who are analyzing Picard are trying to figure out what the great and terrible secret could be that the Zhat Vash are keeping. Laris deduces this cover-up could only be the work of the Zhat Vash, a cabal of deep-state “boogeyman” that reside within the Romulans’ Tal Shiar secret police. They are believed to have been behind the attack on the Mars shipyard that led to Jean-Luc’s resignation and the ban of artificial life within the Federation. Zhat Vash – The Romulan Secret Service Secret Keeping Service. We’ve seen that there are Tal Shiar and Zhat Vash who have been secretly embedded in the Federation for many years, with Commodore Oh having reached the rank of Federation Security Chief. Ancient Conspiracy: The Zhat Vash is a secret society within the Secret Police that is the Tal Shiar, having been engaged in covert operations inside and outside the Romulan Star Empire for literally thousands of years. This why Laris is such a good detective in "Maps and Legends," and why she knows about the rumors of the Zhat Vash. They certainly weren’t a particularly nice bunch and Laris certainly wasn’t a fan. This cabal, known as the Zhat Vash, is a group dedicated to keeping a secret shame in the Romulans’ past. Subsequent generations of Zhat Vash would also submit themselves to Admonition, so as to strengthen themselves for their task. There are a few possible ways this could have played out. The group is so feared for its willingness to kill that Zhat Vash is another term for the dead, the “only reliable keepers of secrets” from a Romulan’s perspective. Through Laris and Zhaban we learn that there was a sort of black ops group within the Tal Shiar called the Zhat Vash. According to Laris, the Zhat Vash are an ancient secret cabal that have existed for thousands and thousands of years. In “Maps and Legends,” the second episode of Star Trek: Picard, the Romulans have several aspects of their society retconned that could have major ramifications for Star Trek going forward. Picard revealed that both of these groups of Romulans have existed for thousands of years, and up until this series, the Zhat Vash toiled totally in secret. The Zhat Vash Secret We kind of, sort of got a look at the overarching secret the Zhat Vash have been guarding for centuries--the one that's worth killing in order to keep. Page 2 of 2 < Prev 1 2. While quick to show them disdain, the Romulans are also eager to scavenge all they can from the Borg cube. Also, the fact that Commodore Oh is able to mind meld is an intriguing bit of information in and of itself. According to Laris, it was thousands upon thousands of years old, and it supposedly predated the Tal Shiar, which she said functioned merely as a mask for the Zhat Vash. Mistakenly believing the Admonition to be a warning against synthetic life, the Romulans formed the Zhat Vash, a secret group dedicated to eliminating all synthetics everywhere. Many spoilers seem to be doing the rounds that relate to episode 8 of Star Trek: Picard. New episodes of the series premiere every Thursday on CBS All Access. If Jurati is a secret Synth, ... We already know that the Zhat Vash (the group controlling the Tal Shiar) hates A.I., but we don't know why. Covering the hottest movie and TV topics that fans want. A major mystery in Star Trek: Picard involves the Zhat Vash and their dark secret about the future that’s caused them to hate synths. They orchestrated the Mars incident to foment a fear and hatred of synthetics which would further their agenda. In “Maps and Legends,” Laris says the Zhat Vash has kept their secret of hating A.I. Zhat Vash going to be a real shocker when they all finally take those fake ears off. Laris also tells Picard that this clandestine organisation has a secret 'so profound it could break minds'. Check him out on twitter: @TheAmazingAri. Laris does give some information about the Zhat Vash, though. Their creations could have grown beyond their control and as a result, the Romulans swept the Borg under the rug, banning artificial life. If the Zhat Vash are hunting down synthetics to cover a secret and the entire Romulan people possess an innate hatred of synthetics, it stands to reason that those two facts are connected. We can surmise that this secret has to do with the mythological figure of Seb-Cheneb, the "Destroyer" who figures in a Romulan story about an … It seems the Zhat Vash think there are more androids like Dahj and Soji and are hoping to learn their location–likely to kill them all. It also introduced a new threat in the form of the Zhat Vash, a secret organization behind the already secret Tal Shiar. If the Romulans had some part in the birth of the Borg, that revelation would be an embarrassment that shakes Romulan civilization to its core. RELATED: Star Trek: Picard - Starfleet Has Been Compromised By [SPOILER], Jean-Luc, like viewers, was completely sideswiped by the revelation of both the Romulan’s anti-synthetic sentiments and the existence of the Zhat Vash. Oh is Zhat Vash and has probably access even to secret information in Starfleet and for sure pulled important stuff about all (partially) artificial life. The Zhat Vash expressly hates androids and are likely the culprits for Dahj’s murder. Right at the beginning we learn more about the mysterious secret society Zhat Vash. Or is it some other possibility — a secret that connects to what the Zhat Vash fight against — some sort of prophecy connected to Ramdha? Laris and Zhaban explain to Picard that there exists a secret group even more secret than the infamous Tal Shiar (various episodes), which is saying a lot. The general public has been led to believe that it's apocryphal, but it's actually a Zhat Vash cover-up to keep the location of the "Conclave of Eight" a secret. They did a lot of medical work on the Artifact with Borg drones. Through Laris and Zhaban we learn that there was a sort of black ops group within the Tal Shiar called the Zhat Vash. The Zhat Vash, a Romulan group existing in secret, is the main antagonist. Was Kataan another victim of the secret of the Zhat Vash? Status: The pair (Zhaban much more skeptically) describes that this group has operatives deep undercover around the federation. Zhaban: "Zhat Vash" is a term sometimes used to refer to the dead — the only reliable keepers of secrets. "Zhat Vash" is a Romulan term referring to the dead, "the only reliable keepers of secrets," and even the Tal Shiar generally consider them to be a myth. Since their introduction into Star Trek, the Borg have been a plague, easily seen by all sentient races as the greatest threat to their continued existence. During that battle, Narissa was killed in combat with Seven of Nine on the Artifact. So, what is this secret? Though Romulans and Vulcans share common biological origins, as far as I know, only Vulcans are able to initiate mind melds. The Zhat Vash have gone out of their way to infiltrate the Federation, compromising Starfleet at its highest levels. Riverdale Synopsis Teases Why Skeet Ulrich Is Leaving the Show, EXCLUSIVE: American Gods Clip Sees Shadow Try His First Lakeside Pasty, Lucifer Contained a Sly Shout-Out to the Devil's TRUE Creator, Batwoman Reveals How Kate Kane Went Missing, Legacies Star Stokes 'Mizzie' Relationship Hopes, WandaVision Merch Reveals SWORD's New Name. We learned about not one, but two secret Romulan sects — the underhanded robot-hating Zhat Vash, and their must nicer, nobler enemies, the warrior nuns of the Qowat Milat. Star Trek: Picard - What Is the Romulans' Dark Secret? It also introduced a new threat in the form of the Zhat Vash, a secret organization behind the already secret Tal Shiar. It could be even more personal than that. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Zhat_Vash?oldid=2654879. As the episode progresses it’s made clear that the Zhat Vash are very real, but we aren’t given any sort of answer since they are mostly regarded as boogeymen. Even if they had AI I don’t think it reaches the threshold that triggers extinction. The Zhat Vash is a secret cabal known to only a few by rumor and hushed whispers, and it has been around for thousands of years. He writes and writes about Film, TV, Comics, and Games from his lair in Brooklyn. The scene where Soji assists a Romulan scientist harvest Borg cybernetics takes on a new context with the Zhat Vash’s zeal against synthetics in mind. The Zhat Vash was the name of a secretive Romulan cabal that was introduced in the Star Trek: Picard pilot Remembrance. We learned about not one, but two secret Romulan sects — the underhanded robot-hating Zhat Vash, and their must nicer, nobler enemies, the warrior nuns of the Qowat Milat. The Nameless Ones might have once been Romulans themselves. When she was a Tal Shiar recruit, Laris heard a drunk handler claim to her that the organization was motivated by hate, fear and pure unassuageable loathing for artificial intelligence, including androids, AIs, and other forms of synthetic life, which they attempted to seek out and destroy. And then there's the Zhat Vash, an even more secret branch of the secretive Romulan Tal Shiar. It also introduced a new threat in the form of the Zhat Vash, a secret organization behind the already secret Tal Shiar. It seems the Zhat Vash think there are more androids like Dahj and Soji and are hoping to learn their location–likely to kill them all. Enterprise is Great Vice Admiral Admiral. It’s entirely possible that long in the Romulans’ past there was an ideological divide. The story comes from the new Star Trek: Picard prequel novel The Dark Veil by James Swallow, which follows Will Riker and Deanna Troi during their time on the USS Titan in between the events of Star Trek: Nemesis and Star Trek: Picard‘s first season. A shame of this magnitude could prove too much for the Romulans’ overinflated pride, possibly enough to drive them mad as Laris suggests. We also learn of a conspiracy within Romulan society so secretive that most Romulans are completely ignorant or dismissive of its existence. The “Zhat Vash” are so secret that even the Tal Shiar consider them to be a myth and the meaning of the name is a Romulan term referring to the dead, “the only reliable keepers of secrets,” but as we find out this week they are very real, and apparently driven by a fanatical hatred of all synthetic life forms and artificial intelligence, explaining why Romulan technological development is so inconsistent in terms of … Picard’s Romulan workers Laris and Zhaban tell him of the secret Romulan force, the Zhat Vash. In 2399, former operative Laris related the rumors about the Zhat Vash to retired Admiral Jean-Luc Picard; they came to believe that the Zhat Vash were likely behind the attacks on Dahj Asha on Earth. The Zhat Vash expressly hates androids and are likely the culprits for Dahj’s murder. This cabal, known as the Zhat Vash, is a group dedicated to keeping a secret shame in the Romulans’ past. Since their introduction into Star Trek, the Borg have been a plague, easily seen by all sentient races as the greatest threat to their continued existence. Zhaban: "Zhat Vash" is a term sometimes used to refer to … A civil war between the two could have resulted in the Borgs’ exile and divergence from their Romulan siblings, as well as establishing the Romulans’ hatred of synthetics. The second episode of Star Trek: Picard introduces the Zhat Vash, an ancient Romulan conspiracy dedicated to seeking out and destroying artificial life. Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Harry Treadaway. (PIC: "Maps and Legends"), Allegedly, the Zhat Vash operated without regard for treaty or jurisdiction, not just on Romulan worlds, but also in the Klingon Empire, the Gorn Hegemony, and even the United Federation of Planets. 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