In 2246, an exotic fungus destroyed most of the colony's food supply, leaving the 8,000 colonists in serious danger of starvation. Governor Kodos made a drastic decision: he ordered the deaths of 4,000 colonists, so that the other 4,000 might live, selecting those to be killed according to his personal theories of eugenics. Relief ships arrived earlier than expected, but too late to save the 4,000 people Kodos murdered. All that was found of Kodos was a burned body, and he was presumed dead until his chance discovery on Planet Q twenty years later.
Among the survivors of the Tarsus IV incident were James T. Kirk, Kevin Riley and Thomas Leighton, who were three of only nine survivors who knew Kodos' face, and would be able to identify him. (TOS: "The Conscience of the King"; Star Trek novels: The Lost Years, Avenger, Collision Course; Absolute Horizon)
Over 20 years later, a documentary would be made about the Tarsus massacre. ("A Moment on Tarsus IV")
Notable births on Tarsus IVEdit
- In the original script of DS9: "The Jem'Hadar", Quark told Benjamin Sisko that the Ferengi had never had an incident like what happened on Tarsus IV.
- According to Mike Sussman, a computer readout on the USS Defiant in "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II" stated that Hoshi Sato was among those killed by Kodos on Tarsus Four. However, the relevant section of the bio did not appear in the finished cut of the episode.