The Talaxian Race

Talaxians are a warp-capable, technologically advanced species native to the planet Talax in the Delta Quadrant. They tend to be a whimsical race with a well-developed sense of humor. They tend to be very friendly and helpful and are willing to offer their services to anyone who requires them.


Physically the Talaxians are humanoid, with large amounts of yellow to reddish-brown spotting on their heads, arms and bodies. They have pale skin and a plume of ginger hair across the top of their heads. Males also have ginger whiskers growing on either side of their face, these develop during puberty, much like facial hair in Humans, however the whiskers also have a pleasurable application as when tugged, the whiskers induce sexual arousal and feelings.

Talaxians have spotted feet with long toes; the little toe is enlarged and rivals the innermost toe in size. Talaxian blood is red. Talaxians are generally stocky and the musculature of their upper bodies is very dense. The respiratory system of a Talaxian is directly linked, in various points, to their spinal cord.

The Talaxian race is an ancient one and they may have been warp capable as far back as the 1450s, when their race was contacted by the Vaadwaur. It is unclear as to how this contact went, however a legacy of this contact survived in the Talaxian language as the word "vaadwaur", which means "foolish," seemingly suggesting it didn't go well. The ancient Talaxians referred to themselves as Talax-ilzay.


The Talaxian race engaged in a war with the Haakonian Order in the 2340s and 2350s. As a result of the war, many Talaxians immigrated to different regions of the Delta Quadrant. At least one group of emigrants had reached as far as the Delta/Beta Quadrant border by 2378. The war ended in 2355 with the deployment of the metreon cascade on the Talaxian moon of Rinax. Seeing the devastation caused by the cascade, the Talaxian government surrendered unconditionally.

A small fleet of Talaxians aided Tom Paris in retaking USS Voyager from the Kazon-Nistrim in 2373. They lured the captured ship into a nebula where Paris, with his shuttle, disabled critical systems, forcing the Kazon to abandon the ship.

Five years later, Voyager encountered a colony of Talaxians, of at least five hundred people, living in an asteroid. They were weary of visitors and were plagued by miners who tried to drive them out. Neelix, the Morale Officer of Voyager, assisted them by placing shield generators at key points around the asteroid, to prevent it from being breached. He was then put as their new leader of their colony and as Federation Ambassador to the Delta Quadrant.

Talaxians tend to be a spiritual people, known for their enjoyment of stories and the company of others. Talaxian burial ceremonies are elaborate, involving a full week of mourning. Their mythology has a belief in an afterlife known as the Great Forest, where a great tree stands at the center. It is said that upon death, a Talaxian goes to the afterlife and meets the souls of his deceased family upon arrival.


Many Talaxians keep models of the Guiding Tree and other religious/ceremonial objects. They celebrate a religious holiday called Prixin, which is a celebration of family life.

The Talaxians have an old expression: "When the road before you splits in two, take the third path." The meaning of this expression is to give an individual a third option when the two they are offered are equally unappealing.

Talaxians have a great enjoyment of food and meals. It is customary for a Talaxian to tell the story of how a meal was prepared to those eating it.

Talaxians do not usually take baths in water, as their sector does not have a lot of it. Water was a high commodity in the Delta Quadrant in 2371.

Talaxians are a very emotional species, and usually have a very optimistic and positive outlook on life. This, however, can change quite rapidly to paranoia, fear, suspicion and jealousy.

Talax is an M-class planet located in the Talaxian system in Delta Quadrant, that is the home world of the Talaxian people. It has at least one moon, Rinax.

The Haakonian Order seized Talax, along with its territories, in the year 2356, at the conclusion of the Talaxian-Haakonian War. The planet remained under Haakonian control well into the 2370s.

One of the most pleasant places on the planet is the Paxau Resort, where the rich and famous go to relax.

Notable landforms include the Axiana Lakes and the Godo Mountain Range. Another landform, the Pyrithian Gorge, was the site of a battle between the Haakonians and Talaxians during their war.

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