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As an off-shoot of the Vulcan race, I'm wondering if the Romulans try to hold onto a deceased persons Katra. I know life is cheap to them, but I had to ask and see if anyone knows the answer. Do they actually care enough about anyone to hold on to a Katra, and for that matter, since they're so untrusting, would any of them try toput their Katra into someone else at the point of death? I have an inquiring mind and I want to know. Please.

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    Answering as a comment because I can't source it but my inclination would be to say either no or that, if they do, what the don't have are the mental adepts capable of extracting it at the time of death. If Romulans have Vulcan-like mental capabilities it has not been established during the run of the franchise. (Have not seen ST:D so can't comment on any revelations from that source.) – Emsley Wyatt Oct 17 '17 at 2:11
  • Thank you, Emsley Wyatt. Makes perfect sense to me. I feel dumb for not considering that. – Al Fleming Oct 17 '17 at 2:13
  • The Memory Alpha entry is inconclusive. I suspect this cannot be answered from canon sources. – Tim Oct 17 '17 at 2:13
  • The Romulans left Vulcan during the period when Katra philosophy and mental control were being experimented with. Since we know that they had little interest in developing mental control of their emotions, it's unlikely that they were especially interested in high-level Vulcan experimental psychology. – Valorum Oct 17 '17 at 7:17
  • Honestly, we don't know enough about what a katra really is to answer this until someone does a canonical story about it. The way it's described, I would argue that every sentient being has a katra...the real question is whether it can be extracted and transferred. Not being telepaths, humans and Romulans can't do this themselves, although I suppose a Vulcan could, at the moment of death, extract their katra for them instead--that is, a pull rather than a push. – Michael Scott Shappe Oct 18 '17 at 21:49

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