Kosh Naranek


Kosh Naranek

Babylon5 character


name=Kosh Naranek
affiliation = Babylon 5, Vorlon Empire
race=Vorlon
planet=Vorlon homeworld
start= (chronological) (last airdate), (airdate)
finish=Interludes and Examinations, Falling Toward Apotheosis (chronological)
portrayer=Ardwight Chamberlain (voice) and Jeffrey Willerth (puppeteer)

Kosh Naranek is a character in the fictional universe of the science fiction television series "Babylon 5". The voice for the character was provided by Ardwight Chamberlain, and he was physically played by Jeffrey Willerth.

Kosh Naranek was the Vorlon ambassador to Babylon 5 from 2257 until his death (Babylon 5's author, J. Michael Straczynski, has noted that "Naranek" is a title, not part of a name).

Depicted as one of the older members of his speciesFact|date=April 2008, Kosh Naranek was well regarded by the Vorlon Empire. The plot of the series pilot hinged around Kosh's arrival and the attempt on his life by a member of the Wind Swords, a cult-like Minbari organization. Disguising himself as station Commander Jeffrey Sinclair, the would-be assassin poisoned Kosh. Assumed dead by his people, the Vorlons demanded that his body be returned and Commander Sinclair be sent to the Vorlon Homeworld for trial.

Doctor Benjamin Kyle decided to risk treating Kosh, which meant opening the encounter suit. Doctor Kyle determined that without knowing where the poison entered Kosh, a cure would be impossible. Kyle convinced the newly arrived Psi Corps telepath Lyta Alexander to scan the Vorlon. Despite the very strict Corps rules in such cases, Lyta performed the scan anyway. Kosh's recovery was assured as the Minbari assassin was cornered and the telecast was broadcast throughout Babylon 5 and the Vorlon fleet.

When John Sheridan became commander of Babylon 5, Kosh began to reappear. Kosh would give Sheridan lessons on "fighting legends." He would also warn him later in the Series that if he went to Z'ha'dum he would die.

The Shadows would later break into Kosh's chamber in an act of reprisal for Vorlon assistance during the Great War. Most of Kosh perished in the ensuing attack, but Kosh managed to break off a piece of himself and place it within Sheridan, which would later be revealed during Sheridan's resurrection.

The last parts of Kosh's essence, finally released from Sheridan, would finally perish while fighting Ulkesh (Kosh II) with assistance from Lorien (the first of the First Ones) and telepath Lyta Alexander.


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