Salvor Hardin is one of the main characters of the Apple TV+ series Foundation. Intuitive, with foxlike intelligence, Salvor is the protective Warden of Terminus. She has a mysterious connection to the Vault, being the only person on Terminus capable of withstanding the effects of the null field. Salvor is portrayed by Leah Harvey, first appearing in the episode "The Emperor's Peace".
Salvor Hardin was born on Terminus to colonists Mari and Abbas. From a young age, Salvor showed a connection to the mysterious Vault; at the age of four, Salvor walked out to the Vault and stood underneath it without the null field affecting her. Her mother tried to crawl after her and called her name, but Salvor could not understand why the Vault was hurting her when she was unaffected by it. Salvor always believed that the Vault was calling to her, almost like an imaginary friend. As the years passed, Salvor was considered an outlier to Hari Seldon's plan and did not join the Foundation, but succeeded her father, Abbas, as Warden of Terminus. Her duties consisted of providing for the protection of the colony.
Warden of Terminus
Salvor rescues young colonist Poly after he attempts to approach the Vault, part of a game played by the children of the colony. Affected by the null field generated by the artifact, Poly is rendered unconscious and dragged down the mountainside by Salvor. Giving him food to recover, she sends him on his way after warning him of a bishop's claw in the area. Salvor's lover, Hugo, returned to the colony from a trading run aboard his ship, the Beggar. Salvor's connection to the Vault later manifested as visions of a young boy with a knife running away; following the boy led Salvor to discover that a force of Anacreons had landed on the planet. After capturing their leader, Phara Keaen, by taking her to the Vault and using the null field to render her unconscious, Salvor intended to find out why the Anacreons were on Terminus.
Salvor's capture and interrogation of Phara brought her into conflict with Director of the Foundation, Lewis Pirenne. Despite her best efforts, the Anacreons managed to surround Terminus City and eventually took control of the settlement. Salvor was taken prisoner by the Anacreons, but was rescued by Poly and Gia. Alongside Hugo and her father, Salvor took the fight to the Anacreons by attacking their landed corvettes.
Not long after the attack on the Anacreon corvettes, Anacreon forces take over Terminus City and its citizens. Salvor and select others from the Foundation are forced to join Phara and some of the Anacreon forces on a mission to board the Invictus. Hugo makes it so Phara must keep him and Salvor alive, through slaving the ship to Salvor.
To board the Invictus, Salvor has to jump with the hostages and Anacreon forces in space suits down to the hull of the ship. They enter the ship but incur casualties. During their passage through the ship, Salvor helps the party get past gates and doors. Salvor is able to get the door open to the bridge where she grabs a weapon and fires at the Anacreon forces, allowing her and Lewis time to get to the other side of the door, separating them from the Anacreons. Salvor and Lewis develop a plan to navigate the ship before its next jump, but Phara and Rowan are able to override the doors and interrupt this. As they do, the Invictus jumps.
Salvor wakes up while the ship is in the jump and sees visions of what had just transpired in the room. After the jump finishes, Salvor wakes again and assesses the situation, finding the Anacreons unconscious and Lewis having carried out their plan. Lewis navigated the ship back to terminus, and Salvor tries to contact Terminus with no response. She believes the null field may be involved. The jump dragged other nearby ships with them, including the Beggar and crafts from Thespis, and Salvor space jumps towards the Beggar. While there, she is reunited with Hugo, who tries to convince her to come away with him and leave all this behind. She says that she has to finish this and see it through, which Hugo reluctantly agrees to.
On Terminus, Salvor is able to deactivate the null field using the Prime Radiant, thus awakening many citizens of the Foundation - and also Anacreon soldiers. There is a stand-off between Foundation members, Anacreons, and citizens of Thespis.
From the Foundation Books
Salvor Hardin is regarded as one of the greatest mayors to ever govern over the planet Terminus. Serving five terms as mayor, Hardin was known for his deft handling of foreign affairs. Hardin was born on Terminus and when elected to the position of the Mayor found that his role was constantly undermined by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Hardin campaigns for city representation at the Board of Trustees meetings and is eventually allowed to attend.
Hardin comes to learn of Terminus’ true purpose as Hari Seldon’s attempts to preserve science and civilization in the face of a crumbling Galactic Empire. Outmaneuvering the Board, Hardin takes the role of head of state for the Foundation and Terminus. A new religion, Scientism, is created by Hardin and his advisor, Yohan Lee, which regards scientific occurrences as sacred. Hardin uses Scientism to subjugate nearby interplanetary kingdoms that have fallen to barbarism to increase the power and reach of the Foundation.
Behind the Scenes
- Season One