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In the science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise, Soval, protrayed by Gary Graham, is the Vulcan ambassador to Earth in the 22nd century. His main assignment appears to be advising Earth's Starfleet Command.
Soval's attitude towards humans
Jonathan Archer, Captain of Enterprise, is not particularly fond of the Ambassador as he has played a major role in discouraging Earth's space program. He even went so far as to object to Archer's command of the Enterprise. Soval placed T'Pol on board the Enterprise (possibly to hinder what he viewed as the illogical humans), but T'Pol became one of Archer's most trusted officers.
After the Xindi attack on Earth that killed seven million humans, Archer claimed that a mysterious figure from the future who was allied with the Sulibans had given him information on the rational for the attack, and more vitally, the name of the alien race responsible for the attact -- the Xindi. Soval was markedly skeptical of this claim, and personally attempted to discourage Enterprise from entering The Delphic Expanse, the mysterious region of space the Xindi call home.
Over time, however, Soval came to appreciate Archer's efforts in saving Earth, and his attitude towards humans warmed considerably after the man in charge of Starfleet Command, Admiral Forrest, sacrificed his own life to save the Ambassador's during a bombing inside the Earth Embassy on Vulcan (see the episode entitled "The Forge " for more).
It was subsequently revealed that Soval, in fact, had developed a deep affinity and even affection for humans and that his earlier actions were more to protect them than to hinder them. Nonetheless, after Archer and his crew helped to prevent a war between Vulcan and Andoria and exposed corruption within the Vulcan High Command (which was subsequently dissolved - see "Kir'Shara"), Soval agreed with the decision for Vulcan to stop looking over Earth's shoulder in space exploration matters.
Soval's troubles with the Vulcan High Command
Soval is capable of conducting mind-melds, an act considered taboo amongst Vulcans of the 22nd Century. In order to extract information about the bombing of Earth's embassy on Vulcan, Soval conducted a mind-meld between himself and an ailing human security guard at the embassy who had witnessed the attack. This mind-meld is considered to be the first such between a Vulcan and a human.
After the confession of his mind-melding abilities, Soval was forced to resign from the Vulcan High Command. He consequently joined the Enterprise crew in an effort to prevent a Vulcan pre-emptive strike (based entirely on falsified imformation) against Andoria. Due in large part to his efforts, a full scale Vulcan-Andorian war never took place, and the Vulcan High Command was swiftly overthrown for its part in attempting to start the war. Soval was subsequently reinstated as ambassador.
When first encountered, Soval was surprisingly emotional for a Vulcan. It was suggested in a couple of episodes that this was due to his long-term exposure to humans, and may be one of the reasons why he encouraged T'Pol to return to Vulcan prior to the Xindi mission.
The nature of Soval's relationship with T'Pol is unclear. It has been suggested that the two might be related in some way, but nothing has been confirmed in canon. Speculation that he might be her father was discounted by the revelation that T'Pol's father is dead.
As a child, Captain Archer once referred to Soval as "Ambassador Pointy."
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