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. Zhat vash was also a term sometimes used to refer to the dead, the "only reliable keepers of secrets". Right at the beginning we learn more about the mysterious secret society Zhat Vash. It seems that their main purpose was to keep a secret. Check him out on twitter: @TheAmazingAri. The Zhat Vash, a Romulan group existing in secret, is the main antagonist. This ultimate test of Zhat Vash agents has them go through a process known as "The Admonition" the sharing of a secret warning from an alien race … One faction embraced cybernetics and synthetic life, and the other opposed it. They did a lot of medical work on the Artifact with Borg drones. 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 is motivated by a deep-seated loathing of all artificial life. They are desperate to root out and destroy synthetic life, with Dahj’s murder revealed to be a back-up plan. It was depicted in chapter 1 of Star Trek: Picard that the motives of the Zhat Vash group remained a secret. Or a similar idea: the secret knowledge that assimilation is inevitable. Picard: Ominous. This cabal, known as the Zhat Vash, is a group dedicated to keeping a secret shame in the Romulans’ past. Chief among them is a deep-seated hatred of synthetic lifeforms that apparently influences every aspect of Romulan life down to the way they code their technology. (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". It’s clear that the cabal is willing to go to incredible lengths to achieve their goals. They operate without regard for treaty or jurisdiction, doing whatever they deem necessary to ensure their secret remains safe. Status: 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. The secret the Zhat Vash kill to protect could be that the Romulans are responsible for the creation of the Borg. They orchestrated the Mars incident to foment a fear and hatred of synthetics which would further their agenda. These theories would explain both the Zhat Vashs’ actions and the sense of propriety the Romulans seem to have over Borg tech. Joined: Oct 24, 2004 Location: The Island. 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. Romulan Zhat Vash. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. The scientist refers to the organic remains of the Borg the “Nameless Ones,” which seems conspicuous for a people that keep secrets. In “Maps and Legends,” Laris says the Zhat Vash has kept their secret of hating A.I. 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. Why did they send a death squad after Dajh? 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. 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. The Nameless Ones might have once been Romulans themselves. They should be aware that probably some or all of these drones could be reactivated by Seven. Click the button below to start this article in quick view. He writes and writes about Film, TV, Comics, and Games from his lair in Brooklyn. The Commodore and her top agent Lieutenant Rizzo (Peyton List) appear to be the spearhead of a sinister conspiracy to hunt down Data's synthetic "daughters" built by Dr. Bruce Maddox . Also, the fact that Commodore Oh is able to mind meld is an intriguing bit of information in and of itself. Zhat Vash – The Romulan Secret Service Secret Keeping Service. The Zhat Vash was founded, and have been fighting a secret war with these ancient androids all this time. NarissaOhRamdhaEight other Romulan females The Zhat Vash expressly hates androids and are likely the culprits for Dahj’s murder. Life like synths like Soji seem to be where the line in drawn. It seems that their main purpose was to keep a secret. 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. 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. 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. This why Laris is such a good detective in "Maps and Legends," and why she knows about the rumors of 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. The show has made the role of artificial life a central theme, so the Romulans’ hatred of synthetics is no coincidence. https://decider.com/2020/01/30/star-trek-picard-episode-2-borg-cube-romulans Laris also tells Picard that this clandestine organisation has a secret 'so profound it could break minds'. Even if they had AI I don’t think it reaches the threshold that triggers extinction. Laris and Zhaban have heard rumors of the Zhat Vash, but they don’t know much in the way of concrete details about it, so even to members of the Tal Shiar, the Zhat Vash is a mystery. 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. 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 … 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 … 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. Discussion in 'Star Trek: Picard' started by Unimatrix Q, Mar 12, 2020. They certainly weren’t a particularly nice bunch and Laris certainly wasn’t a fan. 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 wanted to track her, hoping she would lead them to a “nest.” That is exactly why Narek, an agent for the Zhat Vash, has seduced Soji. 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. so much are yet to be revealed. The Borg could have been a creation of the Romulans -- possibly born from another race they experimented on, or perhaps through cloning. Formed after learning of a potential existential threat to life in the Milky Way Galaxy through the creation of synthetic life, the secret Zhat Vash embarked on a secret campaign to prevent this. 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