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Four Letter Code AURE
Federation Status Member
Planet of Origin Aurelia
Encountered TAS: Yesteryear
T/E Rating T0/E0
Current Tech Level N (very little space tech)
List of Named Aurelians

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  • Proper Name: Aurelian
  • Pronunciation: Aure'Lian

Home System

  • Quadrant: Alpha
  • Location: Rigitus Sector (coordinates A28-0002-1302)
  • Proper Name: Aure
  • Pronunciation: Aure
  • Star: It orbits a class K (Orange) star
  • Distance from Star: it's orbit is approximately 332 million km
  • Companions: 4 other planets. It is the 3rd planet in the system

Home World

  • Proper Name: Aurelia
  • Pronunciation: Aure'Lia
  • Diameter: 11,027 km (6,892 miles)
  • Gravity: 0.91 standard gravity with a density of 5.8
  • Axial Tilt: 12%, with minor seasonal changes
  • Orbital Period: 402 days
  • Rotational Period: 31 hours
  • Classification: M
    • Surface Water: 69%
    • Atmosphere: 1.12% is a standard pressure with 75% nitrogen, 24% oxygen, 1% argon
    • Climate: Warm with semi-tropical at the equator.
    • Population: Just over 950 million


The Aurelians are a peaceful people who evolved from large migratory birds. They have never had any recorded acts of aggression between tribes. In fact they are well known for their willingness to help not only anyone of their own species but others as well.

Over time they developed a rich culture and changed from a migratory people to one with cities. These cities are composed mostly of huge, lofty towers that soar into the sky high above the planets surface.

They knew about the existence of other races living in the depths of space long before they made first contact. They had a number of very advanced observatories as well as excellent communications abilities.

Their first contact with an alien race was with the Orions. Fortunately they realized who they were dealing with before they could get a strangle hold on their planet. An emergency council of elders communicated in secret and determined they needed assistance. A brief discussion finally selected the Vulcans as the species they would contact and ask for aid.

As a result of this the Federation stepped in and put a halt to the activities of the Orions. However this was not before more than two hundred thousand Aurelians had been taken and sold into slavery. Many of these were rescued and returned to their home world but thousands were never found.

The Aurelians were distressed by this but were determined not to allow it to affect their way of life. After much discussion and conferences with a select group of diplomats from the Federation they requested permission to join with the following conditions.

The Federation would build a space station to orbit their world. They would pay for it but it was to be manned and controlled by either Federation or Starfleet personnel. This station would act as a meeting place for contact between their people and visitors to their world. It would also be the major location for transference of cargos to and from the planet below.


They do not have a real central government. Each flock/tribe is governed by the oldest living female. Their are 239 of these flock/tribes, each with their own area. In many cases the center of each flock/tribe area has a large city. Each leader controls and makes the rules for their own flock/tribe. When needed these matrons will meet and confer in order to reach a solution to the problem. Due to the advanced ages of these elders this is normally done by the use of advanced communication devices.

Unified Records and Proposals Department

This unusual government organization could be considered to technically be the only form of centralized government on the planet. Located in the largest city on the planet, Alurian it occupies the largest building on the planet. Here ever single record of every single political discussion, proposal, investigation, committee, decision and co-operative effort between each and every single flock is kept and stored for future use.


Aurelians are a bipedal, avian race that stand taller than most Humans. They have bright yellow feathers and blue eyes, but other color variations while rare do exist. Although resembling birds, the Aurelians do have humanoid arms and legs, and are perfectly capable of using devices like a tricorder. They have wings.

They do not wear any form of clothing but do use belts and harness,s to hold equipment.


Like birds they have hollow bones but have evolved past the stage in which flight was possible to all of their species. However gliding is still possible by all members of the species even the elderly.

This partially due to their increased size do to evolution and the strain on the body to sustain flight. For the young and old of the species it can be too physically draining to fly. However most healthy adults can fly under their own power. Just not for extreme lengths of time as they use to do when they were still a migratory people.

They have exception eye sight but poor hearing. Otherwise their physiology is a rough meld of avian and humanoid features.


As a species they tend to suffer very little in the way of mental illnesses. This may be partially due to the lack of pollution on their world or the long standing cultural tradition of close knit co-operation between all members of the species not just the close family or fellow flock/tribe members.


They believe in a gigantic mystic bird of living flames. They call it Pho'Nix and it was their creator who shaped the heavens and created the stars and planets. Every city has a large statue carved from a single piece of A'urin crystal standing in the center of the city with 6 fires burning around it that are never allowed to go out.


According to many of the oldest legends their people were created by a huge bird made of nothing but fire. This creature shaped the world and gave birth to the stars and when it wished to rest in between the creation of new stellar objects it would return to their world to sleep.


They are a very close knit people regardless of the flock/tribe that each of them belong to. It is not unknown for members of a flock/tribe to know by sight every single member of their own flock/tribe even if they number in the hundreds of thousands.


They have a deep love for music and poetry. Many of them can remember and perform extremely long and complicated songs that tell the story of flock, family or their world in general. Some of the more indepth songs can take a couple days to perform.

Another unique aspect of their culture is the beak markings or tattoos that indicate the tribe and time of ascension to maturity that all adult Aurelians have.


Every single individual can remember and repeat the entire history of both their family and their flock/tribe. On the day that they reach adulthood they are called upon to perform both. It is only after they have completed this that they are acknowledged as having fulfilled the requirements needed to become a member of the flock/tribe. This tradition of oral records dates back to long before they learned to read or write.

One of the oldest customs that has survived and is still an important aspect of their culture are the beak markings or tattoos that they receive upon reaching maturity. At this time every adult Aurelian receives a series of tattoos on their beak that proclaim their maturity into adulthood and the name of their tribe of origin. They will also upon forming a mating bond have this indicated as well by the use of tattoos.


They did not discover space travel but have adapted to living in a universe that included space travel. They are a very curious people and take naturally to both the sciences and medical fields. Part of this relates back to their history of peaceful co-operation between tribes and their tradition of keeping important records orally.


They have a strong planet wide trade system that is especially effective in times of drought or famine. Not much off world trade except for their export of A'urin crystals. A clear easily worked with crystal used to make amazing but small crystal statues. It's special ability is the refraction of light into rainbow colors.


They have no military of any kind, not even a planetary police force. This has changed slightly over time with them hiring off worlders to police the small numbers of visitors that they receive.

Federation Intelligence Files

One Aurelian of note is the renown historian Aleek-Om who was one of a very select few allowed to not only learn about the existence of the Guardian of Forever but also travel through it.

For more data see Federation Intelligence file TAS-2242-1425

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