The Zakdorn are a playable species, one with the unusual reputation of being the best strategists in the universe. As a result they have not been challenged by any other species for more than 9 millennia. Odd, really, when you consider that they do not present a very intimidating aspect in person. They tend to be slightly overweight and appear to be slow-witted.
While it is true that they are not excellent athletes, they do have very intelligent and analytical minds. Unfortunately, they know it and are not afraid to show it. Many people go out of their way to challenge them, hoping to beat them. It is an extremely rare case when one of them is beaten at any kind of strategic game.
They can be smug and overconfident, but with good reason. They know what they can do. For the most part they occupy positions that requires excellent analytical or organizational skills. They can be found scattered all over the Federation working for Federation interests or as independent contractors.
As members of the Federation, their contribution has been lacklustre, except for the fact that they tend to occupy jobs where their skills can best be utilized.
They are probably one of the harder species to sim for. After all, they tend to be more academic than physically motivated. That, and their general attitude of superiority, can make them into unique characters with great potential for character development.
The Zaranites are a playable species. They were conquered by humans who had fled Earth after World War III. They were able to overcome this, regaining their own independence. Prior to this, their history was one of peaceful co-existence. War and conflict were unknown to them.
Upon learning of their negative history with humans, some experts were surprised by how positive the interactions were between the Federation and the Zaranites. As a result of these positive interactions, they were quickly offered membership in the Federation and they accepted.
They are carbon dioxide breathers and always wear a heavy metallic mask with twin air hoses leading to a small environmental backpack, when in class M environments. They also tend to prefer to wear heavy gray robes in public. They are hairless with shiny light brown skin.
Since becoming members of the Federation they have taken a very active role with both Starfleet and the Federation itself. They tend to be very hard working and self reliant. They are capable of withstanding incredible amounts of stress with no adverse side affects. And they have an unusual love of hunting in all its forms.
As a result they can be a very unusual, yet challenging species to sim for — one that has done its share to promote the ideals of the Federation.
As time passes within the Starbase 118 community, things change — and mostly for the better, as new ideas and concepts are considered, debated, and then incorporated into our universe. This challenge is the same that concerns the Species Development Committee (SDC).
Currently, the SDC is hard at work breathing new life into the various wiki pages that contain the data for each and every species within the Star Trek universe. This includes those original species created by members of this community as well. The SDC’s goal right now is to provide detailed information using a standard template for every species on the wiki.
It is the committee’s hope that, by converting all the species over to a uniform page layout, it will make it easier for players to use and find information about any species they want. More importantly it will allow us to add any new information that you, the members of this diverse community, create. In the past, I have seen some incredible ideas that introduced brand new information about this species or that. Unfortunately, in the past, most of this new, original Starbase 118 content was lost due to the fact that there was no system in place to allow for it to be saved and added permanently to that species wiki page. No longer.
Now, at the bottom of every completed wiki page is a template with a link that will allow you the players to contact the SDC direct and pass on this information to us. We will then review it and if it meets with our approval add it. In this way we can all add to the rich tapestry that is the Starbase 118 Community.
There are many species out there in the galaxy. Have you ever wondered about the ones you did not see on film? What did they look like? What did they eat? Where did they use the restroom? Okay maybe not the last one, but the SDC is responsible for making sure these questions get answered. Community created races need upkeep as well. Wouldn’t you love to see another vessel in the fleet bump into your creation? If you have great ideas and basic wiki knowledge, they could use a guy or gal like you!
For more information check out the Species Development Committee wiki page! Or contact Commander Tal Tel-ar!