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G'Kar, played by Andreas Katsulas, is a fictional character in the universe of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5.

Career

G'Kar was Narn ambassador to Babylon 5, and member of the third circle of the Kha'Ri, the heart and the ruling body of Narn Regime. As ambassador, his hatred of Londo Mollari of the Centauri Republic was infamous.

After the second Narn–Centauri war, and the subsequent surrender of the Narn Regime, G'Kar was the only member of the Kha'Ri not captured. He asked for, and was granted, asylum on Babylon 5, where he began plans for a new resistance. G'Kar obtained an highly-illegal Earth drug known as "Dust," which gives the user temporary but incredibly powerful telepathic abilities. G'Kar intended to use this weapon to fight the Centauri, but the effects on Narn physiology were unknown; the Narns had no surviving telepath genes. He opted to use himself as a test subject, with great success—he was able to telepathically attack Mollari, and learn many of his secrets, including his role in instigating the second Narn-Centauri war. However, as the drug wore off, he experienced what he believed to be a religious revelation from the Narn holy figure G'Lan, telling him, in effect, to let go of his hatred and serve a higher cause. (This was actually Vorlon Ambassador Kosh Nanarek.)

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G'Kar was arrested for this attack and pled guilty. He allowed himself to be placed in Babylon 5's brig, where he dedicated himself to reading the sacred text known as "Book of G'Quan" and writing his own observations. He was released early, due to the fighting between Earth forces and Babylon 5. He promised to assist the humans—and delivers, providing Babylon 5 with a Narn security force to replace those soldiers who remained loyal to Earth.

When Michael Garibaldi was kidnapped, G'Kar went searching for him, only to be captured by Centauri forces and taken to Centauri Prime. There he was presented as a gift to Londo Mollari by Emperor Cartagia. However, Cartagia first decided to torture G'Kar. G'Kar endured much, including having an eye gouged out, but refused to give Cartagia the satisfaction of hearing him cry out in pain.

Mollari approached G'Kar in secret and explained that Cartagia was sadistic and insane, and that the fate of both the Narn and Centauri people depended on his removal from the throne. Mollari offered a deal—if G'Kar would assist by providing a distraction at the proper moment, Mollari himself would assassinate the mad emperor, and then use his influence to free the Narn people. G'Kar agreed, and the plot was successful, albeit with Mollari's aide Vir Cotto killing Cartagia. Mollari kept his word and freed both G'Kar and the Narn people.

Upon his return to Babylon 5, he resumed his role as Narn Ambassador, and was instrumental in the founding of the Interstellar Alliance. G'kar was a member of that organization's advisory council, and wrote the Declaration of Principles. A later draft of these principals read as follows:

The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. The language is not Narn, or Human, or Centauri, or Gaim or Minbari. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognise this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one.

Immediately after this draft was approved by all members of the ISA, G'Kar insisted that it be recalled, as he had written a better version. While ISA President John Sheridan did agree that this version was better, the text of that version is unknown, and no record exists whether this improved version was also approved.

Later, when Mollari returned to Centauri Prime to investigate potential corruption in the Centauri Court, Ambassador Delenn requested that G'Kar return with him as his bodyguard. G'Kar accepted, if only to see the looks on the faces of the Centauri court. Upon his return to Babylon 5, he discovered that the book of religious observations he had been writing had been "liberated" by a friend who believed him dead and published as "The Book of G'Kar." It was received well, and its popularity was approaching that of the Book of G'Quan. G'Kar had, quite unwittingly, become a holy figure.

G'Kar found his new holy status very frustrating; While many Narn were coming to him for guidance, they were more interested in applying their own interpretation of his words, or focusing on some things he had said while ignoring others—even when he himself was insisting otherwise. His popularity was creating political pressure on the Kha'Ri, as well. He decided to leave Babylon 5 and explore the galaxy, knowing that he could do no more for his people there. He appointed Ta'Lon as his successor.

G'Kar would later return to Babylon 5 at least once more for a diplomatic conference.

G'Kar died in 2278 while locked in combat with the Drakh Keeper controlling Londo Mollari's body. The sacrifice of G'Kar and Londo allowed Sheridan, Delenn, and their son David to escape from Centauri Prime.

Aftermath

After the death of G'Kar on Centauri Prime, Emperor Vir Cotto honored G'Kar and Londo's sacrifice by building a gigantic statue of them at the main gates to the Centauri capital city. These statues were built so that the two men were standing guard over the city, and watching each others backs.

The Book of G'Kar continued to gain popularity following his death, and along with G'Quan he became one of the most read authors amongst the Narn.

Shortly before he died in 2281, John Sheridan had one last meal with his friends. During the toast for all those who had died, Michael Garibaldi remembered G'Kar.

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