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I always thought I'd have something clever to say in this moment. You know, something pithy. Even a little ironic, but... memorable. I can't think of a fucking thing. Oh, well.
— Cotyar Ghazi

Cotyar Ghazi was a former member of the UN military in the Intelligence Division. Later, he worked as freelance security contractor and private intelligence operative.

Avasarala recruited him for her security detail and to be her intelligence operative in her job in the UN. Cotyar was an old friend of her late son.



While in the military, he was responsible for the death of Avasarala's son Charanpal on a mission and still feels guilty about it.

When he is approached by Avasarala to work for her on her personal security detail, his public work was providing security and intel to a lunar transportation outfit. Avasarala informs him she knows better and is engaged in corporate espionage. Avasarala explains: "I need someone I can trust".


Cotyar is a loyal follower of Earth in general and the Avasarala family in particular. Despite his role in her son's death, Chrisjen Avasarala trusts him enough to bring him into her employ as head of intelligence at the UN.

Throughout the series[]


Eavesdrops as Avasarala questions Admiral Souther and comments he didn't think the admiral had it in him. At Avasarala's request, sets up a secret communications link to Fred Johnson. When Avasarala is about to use it, he advises her: "once you press that button, it's treason."


Relays conversation between Davila Aerospatiale and Avasarala and determines all 13 of the crew from the derelict stealth ship were employed by Protogen.


Tries to escort Avasarala to her evacuation shuttle but she delays for a communique with her husband, then stubbornly remains behind anyhow.

"The Weeping Somnambulist"[]

Offers footage of puking Martian to Errinwright for his amusement. Remarks to Avasarala that Errinwright covers his tracks well.


When his sources advise him that Bobbie Draper is not in her room at the Mars Embassy, he helps track Bobbie down so Avasarala may speak in private. Asks whether they should share information with Errinwright now that he's come clean to Avasarala.

"Here There Be Dragons"[]

Is present when Bobbie speaks to Avasarala after seeking asylum with the U.N. from M.C.R. Tries to debate with Avasarala why it's a trap to meet with Jules-Pierre

In "The Monster and the Rocket", he questions Bobbie Draper's trustworthiness. She responds, "I've never betrayed anyone who didn't betray me and mine first, but get in my way and I will go through you like a door." He is escorting Avasarala with Bobbie Draper as his backup on Mao's personal ship, the Guanshiyin when a message comes in from Sadavir Errinwright.

In "Caliban's War", when the meeting turns bad, he winds up being shot by the ship's crew but not before killing two of them. When Bobbie points out that he has been shot, he responds, "Well, that's disappointing." He reveals that Bobbie should go back to the skiff because she could retrieve her armor which he secretly stowed there. She needs to rescue them.

"Fight or Flight"[]

Helps take command of the Guanshiyin with Bobbie, Avasarala and Theo Simibelli but, once they discover the UN escort has fired upon them, they make haste for the Razorback. They discover the racing pinnace won't accommodate all of the so the split up. Bobbie and Avasarala take the pinnace while the Cotyar and the electrician taking the dropship that brought Avasarala aboard.

"Assured Destruction"[]

Before the Agatha King recovers the drop ship, he silences Theo Simibelli in order to ensure that his version of the story is the only one. He reports to Admiral Nguyễn that Avasarala was killed aboard the Guanshiyin.[1] Admiral Souther manages to talk one-on-one with him to get the real story and he trusts Souther because Avasarala considered him an honorable man.[2]

"Triple Point"[]

Upon receipt of Errinwright's communiqué with Jules-Pierre Mao via Captain Sandrine Kirino, Souther goes to confirm the authenticity of the message. The name of the Martian black-ops ship, Karakum is sufficient to assure Souther but he is caught by Lieutenant Boyer.


When the Agatha King is contaminated by the protomolecule, Ensign Larson seeks refuge in the med bay where Cotyar is held. She manages to subdue her protomolecule-infected pursuer however unwittingly brushes against some goo infecting herself. Once Cotyar informs her of her predicament, she frees him and provides him with her weapon and the implication to relieve her of the problem. Cotyar makes his way to the reactor after infecting himself and he scuttles the ship. Right before blowing it, he sends an open message, warning the other ships to stay away, and says goodbye to Avasarala, telling her that they're finally even.


Season 2[]

Season 3[]




  • This character is given a last name in the boardgame. The name that appears over his picture on the board game is "Cotyar Ghazi". This was confirmed in season 3, episode 3, "Assured Destruction", when the crew of the Agatha King verify his identification after he is brought on board.[1]

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Season 3, Episode 3: "Assured Destruction" ("Nguyễn interrogates Cotyar" [00:15:59])
  2. Season 3, Episode 3: "Assured Destruction" ("Admiral Souther speaks to Cotyar" [00:31:56])

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