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Zarabeth is a Sarpeidonian humanoid character who appears in the Star Trek: TOS episode "All Our Yesterdays."
She was exiled via a time machine, the "atavachron", to her world's ice age as punishment for her family's conspiracy to overthrow a dictator. Spock and McCoy accidentally entered Zarabeth's time era when they attempted to follow Kirk through the atavachron. Unable to locate the portal to return, they were freezing when she appeared and led them to safety. In hopes of staving off her loneliness, she told Spock that the atavachron "changed" those who pass through it, so that they were trapped 5,000 years in the past. Spock began to regress to the behavior of Vulcans at that time, before Vulcan reforms had led them to create a rational society and suppress their emotions. He became more and more emotional, falling in love with Zarabeth, eating meat, and unable to think logically. McCoy guessed the truth, that Zarabeth was the one who could not go back. Convincing Spock of the necessity to continue to look for a way back and to find Captain Kirk, McCoy persuaded Zarabeth to lead them to the time portal. Spock, still reluctant to leave her behind, realized he must return when they heard Kirk's voice through the portal. At the end of the episode, Spock returns to normal, and speaks of the realization that Zarabeth had been dead for 5,000 years.
Zarabeth is featured often in fan works, mostly het and slash. In heterosexual and even general-audience works, it is commonly assumed that Spock had sex with Zarabeth and fathered a child, usually a son. In slash works, the loss of Zarabeth spotlights Spock's grief and loneliness, which of course, leads to an intimate relationship with Kirk. Two official Star Trek novels written by A.C. Crispin and published by Pocket Books, Yesterday's Son and Time for Yesterday, had the Enterprise crew using the Guardian of Forever to return to Sarpeidon and bring Spock's son Zar into the future, after Zarabeth's death. Zar begins to adapt to life on the ship but is pressured by Spock to behave in a more Vulcan manner. Also, being the parent of an illegitimate child is an embarrassment in Vulcan society; the children are not blamed, but the parents suffer serious social detriments, and this will happen to Spock. Zar finally decides to return to his own world and time period, but in a more temperate environment, where he can be an effective member of the just-beginning Sarpeidonian civilization. Time for Yesterday follows up on his life in that environment.
- Meat Dreams, a story by JS Cavalcante
- Prophecy of the Universe, an all-Zarabeth zine
- Sarpeidon, a Zarabeth zine
- Giving Thanks, a story by Khiori
- A Change of Season, a story by Charlotte Frost
- many, many others
An Audio Tape
- Fanzine, a rare Star Trek: TOS "fan-generated magazine on tape" by Shuttlecraft. It is a "45-minute monaural cassette tape with music, dramatic readings, etc." It includes "And Zarabeth Killed a Snowbear."