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Arret
Arret, 5,000 centuries after the Cataclysm
Class: M
Type: Planet
Native Species: Sargon's species (extinct)
The chamber deep beneath the destroyed homeworld, from which Sargon long kept watch in hopes of space voyagers
For the antimatter universe planet, please see Arret (negative).
The Explored Galaxy
The location of Arret on "The Explored Galaxy" star chart

Arret had been an inhabited planet in the ancient past. It was the homeworld of a warp capable humanoid species that went on to colonize the Milky Way Galaxy. The planet was located hundreds of light years past the limits of Federation exploration in 2268. (TOS: "Return to Tomorrow")

The location of Arret in the galaxy was depicted on a Federation star chart in 2293. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, production art)

HistoryEdit

Originally Earth-like, though much older, the atmosphere of Arret was ripped away by a cataclysmic war fought half a million years before the USS Enterprise arrived in orbit. By the 23rd century, its surface was devoid of life.

Eleven survivors of that great war had created a shelter 112.37 miles below the surface. This vault was constructed of a material harder and stronger than anything Commander Spock had measured at that time; its atmosphere was "a fraction richer in oxygen than usual".

Originally humanoid, the eleven surviving members of Sargon's species placed the essence of their minds into spheroid receptacles. In 2268, only two spheres besides Sargon's still contained a living mind: that of Thalassa, Sargon's wife, among the five spheres kept on the lower tier, and that of Henoch, a member of the conflict's "other side", on the upper. (TOS: "Return to Tomorrow")

The name "Arret" (Terra backwards) was from a cut scene from "Return to Tomorrow". The name was also referenced in the Star Trek Concordance and appeared on screen in "The Explored Galaxy" star chart. The chart placed Arret between the Tholian Assembly and Romulus. According to dialog in DS9: "Call to Arms", the two were Alpha Quadrant powers.
The novel Q-Strike implied that the Beta XII-A entity was responsible for provoking the war.

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