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Caitians: The cat-like species

Of all the species known to the Federation, one of the most interesting in appearance are the Caitians. Their looks are eye-catching, with feline characteristics, right down to a mane and tail. Their fur tones vary from black to tan with many colors in between.

Like tigers or lion from Earth, this species is known to be natural predators, and you’ll probably never meet a vegetarian. Thanks to replicators, members of Starfleet don’t hunt for food, but they do prefer raw meat.

With a lifespan topping-off around 115 years, they’re one of the longer-lived members of the Federation. While their species took longer than average to break the warp barrier, they soon encountered a number of other species. The Federation made the best impression, and in 2234 they became members.

Much like the cliche of house cats, Caitians have a sense of space around them, both in regards to their relationships and their need for personal space in their quarters. Too many individuals packed onto one ship can be detrimental to their health. As for relationships, they tend to keep things neutral in public, not feeling the need to openly expression how they feel about others. This does go both ways, though, for those they like and those they don’t.

This species is full of culture and beauty, from the patterns on their fur to their home villages. Join us on the forums for a discussion about Caitians!

To learn more about Caitians, head to the wiki’s Caitian entry on the Intelligent Lifeform Index.

A genetically engineered species close-Up: Benzite

Many species have mysterious histories, enriching their cultures and making each one more tantalizing than the last. Each one with an “origins” story or wild fable passed down through time. Some flourishing in facts, others blooming from myth. One such specie are the Benzite, a simple looking species with their blue skin and smooth appearance making them look striking similar to those not-Benzite. Their history is meshed with curiosity and survival.

Benzites are a result of genetic engineering and mutation. A people, the Benzite call the “Forebears”, left their incomplete work and offspring to cope with the unbreathable, methane and ammonia-rich, atmosphere. Evolution brought about more genetic engineering. Though, not just for survival of individuals but for reproduction and breathing of all. Breathing apparatuses were needed for Benzites on their world, just as much as it was for offworld movement.

There is still a great deal of mystery revolving their parent species. Tight lipped with their own people, outsiders did not receive information freely. Instead, through archeology sponsored by the Federation have we come to similar conclusion, they are the surviving members of a long forgotten species. Despite question of their origins, the Benzite Species have pressed onwards and upwards to the stars. In the 22nd century they invented their warp drives and soon after applied for citizenship with the Federation. Something that was questioned due to the nature of the Benzite’s creation.

The first Benzite to join StarFleet, an overly eager, young cadet named Morduck. His eagerness and tightly-wound, overachiever demeanor is something not isolated to him. It is a trait of all Benzites. Almost to a fault. Considered overly competitive and not naturally team players, instead focussed on personal achievement and progress to the death. They do not believe in a deity, but a point system based off of achievements in their lifetime.

A philosophy known as Andragov’s Doctrine, the doctrine provides a positive numerical score for personal achievement, and a negative score for failure. They receive praise for completion of their goals or public humiliation for failure. In the past, if scores became too far negative they were expected to commit a ritualistic suicide or except being exiled to Galmut Chi Panzor. Though in recent years, they have allowed those who “fail” a chance to redeem themselves before death.  Benzites devote their lives to hard work and obsess over achievement. As such they do not understand the concept of fun, or sense of humour.

This unique and engineered species has just as much to offer genetically as it does historically. The blue-blemished skin is incredibly similar per person, or geostructure. Geostructure is what they refer to as clans or family lines. Terrans thought they were something special with their opposable thumbs over the animal kingdom. Benzites take it to the next level with TWO opposable thumbs, one on each side of the palm and three fingers in between. Their blood, a combination of mercury and platinum, forms an orange liquid when oxidized. They have two catfish-like barbells protrude from the region above the upper lip, another extends from each side of the nasal lobe; the Benzites refer to these barbells as “whiskers”. And as most species breath in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, Benzites breath in heavy chlorinated air and exhale carbon trichloride.

Read more about the Benzites on our wiki, from marriage to reproduction to the many historical facts. And visit us for a chat on our forums!

The Species With Wings: Aurelian

There are a number of species who prove to be more difficult to write for on a Starfleet ship, whether it is due to what they breath, their ability to walk or their mode of communication. Yet in many cases, there are ways around those complications. Breathing apparatus, universal translator and leg brace and/or wheelchairs or even through a series of operations. Though the later tended to be still difficult to manage.

Let’s take a look one such species: the Aurelians. The only named one, within the community, is their ambassador to the Federation. They are a bipedal species, covered head-to-toe in various shades of yellow feathers given them the appearance of a bird-like people. Right down to their wings, which are awkward to maneuver throughout a standard Starfleet starship corridor. Despite the extreme case of look-alike between the avian species and birds, they have arms and legs much like that of standard humanoids, making working with any equipment simple. Just be sure to duck through doors with those wings!

Despite the number of similarities between Aurelians and your more common species, like Humans or Vulcans, there are a number of differences which make this species rather interesting. Everyone wishes to fly at some point in their life. These avian people have such capabilities, and though it is possible by all members, they are limited to how much time is spent in flight; the strain from their sheer size makes it difficult to go long distances, though gliding is still possible with ease.

Much of their history is passed-down orally, something they learn from an early age. It also is part of how they become full-fledged members of their family and flock. Not just their personal history but their world as a whole as well. One of their oldest customs is a tattooing, on their beaks, which gives them a identification of family and flock for all to see.

They have a fondness for the sciences and medicines, something that stems from their past. To find them in a militant position would be not only uniquely, but perhaps unwise. Their bone structure is weak, hollowed. And though their eyesight is strong their ears are weak. These qualities would be dangerous from someone trying to protect a group of officers or civilians. The sciences, however, tend to be just right to quench their curiosity. And their sense of community has shared all the knowledge they could amongst each other.

Join the discussion about this unique species on our forums!

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