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(covers information from several alternate timelines)
For the mirror universe counterpart, please see Gabriel Lorca (mirror).
"The Lorca I came up with was measured, he was reasoned."
– Katrina Cornwell describing Gabriel Lorca, 2257 ("The War Without, The War Within")

Captain Gabriel Lorca was a male Human Starfleet officer who lived during the mid-23rd century. He served as the commanding officer on board at least one Federation starship, the USS Buran. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings", "Choose Your Pain")

Starfleet career

Commanding officer of the USS Buran

Gabriel Lorca

Lorca's identity was assumed by his mirror universe counterpart.

At some point prior to 2256, Lorca was assigned as the captain of the Buran.

Unknown to any one at this time, Lorca had been replaced by his mirror universe counterpart, who assumed the identity of the prime universe's Lorca. Despite the loss of the Buran, and given mirror Lorca's manipulative ways, he was given command of the USS Discovery. (DIS: "Choose Your Pain")

After discovering what had happened to Lorca, Vice Admiral Katrina Cornwell came to the conclusion that no one would be able to survive alone in the mirror universe and assumed that Lorca was dead. However, the fate of the original Lorca – and the precise timing of his replacement by his mirror counterpart – remained unknown. (DIS: "Vaulting Ambition", "What's Past Is Prologue", "The War Without, The War Within")

In "What's Past Is Prologue", the mirror universe's Lorca tells his crew that they have suffered "one year, 212 days of torture". If that time is meant to indicate or approximate the time since Lorca's journey to the prime universe, then the exchange of Lorcas took place in 2255.



Katrina Cornwell

Lorca and Katrina Cornwell seem to have had a romantic relationship in the past despite their differences in ranks. (DIS: "Choose Your Pain", "Lethe") After learning that the Gabriel Lorca assigned to the USS Discovery was an impostor from a parallel universe, she was angered at the deception and devastated that her Lorca was most likely dead. (DIS: "The War Without, The War Within")

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In the Pocket DIS novel Drastic Measures, Lorca appears, a Lieutenant Commander at the time. It is also revealed that he is still alive after being switched with his Mirror counterpart, held in a secure prison. Little else is revealed, but the ruthless nature of his captors suggests that he is still somewhere in the mirror universe.

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