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Intelligent Lifeform Index

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Four Letter Code BTZD
Federation Status Member
Planet of Origin Betazed
Encountered TNG: The Haven
Current Tech Level N+
List of Named Betazoids

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A culture of great beauty and an ancient history, telepathic talents, and nearly identical to humans, Betazoids are a member of the UFP and are common in Starfleet.



Betazoids are usually tall, 1.65-2.13 meters, with a slim-line appearance, weighing between 52-100 kilograms, dependent on height. Both males and females are humanoid mammals. Males of the species tend to be less hairy than humans, and women are generally considered of same strength. In addition, their REM sleep frequency is different than for most humanoids.

Their brain contains a paracortex, or telepathic lobe, which is highly capable of recovery from injury, and includes the "metaconsciousness," or a trauma filter; psilosynine is the neurotransmitter involved in telepathy.


Similiar to humans, although child-birth is generally considered more intense and longer. Gestation period is 10 months, and the reproductive structures of male and female Betazoids are similar to humans. Females also go through a period entitled "The Phase", in which their sex drive quadruples. Betazoids are also fertile for the majority of their lives, sometimes having children in their 50s, 60s, and some even 70s. Please see Biology for further explanation.

Bodily Functions and Design

Betazoids are very flexible, and they can control many body functions. Their body functions (heart, respiratory, circulatory, excretory, endocrine) are very similar to humans, with the exception of their skeletal system being close to that of a cat.


Most Betazoids have telepathic capabilities, which is not inborn but almost always comes on with adolescence. Telepathic power follows a bell curve average throughout the population, with most being of medium power, while few have weak or strong powers. There are also cases of over-empathic abilities, and those who suffer from such extremes must be counseled and trained to avoid insanity, but are almost always affected throughout their life.

Most Betazoids receive formal training for their powers based on strength.

Betazoids are actually uncomfortable around those, like the Ferengi and Breen, whose minds they cannot read. Similarly, the minds of animals can be a bit frightening to them, and they tend to prefer smaller animals.

Societal Practices

Gender Acceptance Roles

In Betazed, the Gender roles are on a 40/60 system. Males are considered less worthy and less intelligent than a woman, although usually most of the females are tolerant and considerably equal-minded. Females always inherit family wealth, and they are often the head of households and families. But males can also hold those positions, and sometimes even government positions. The masculinity/femininity roles are not present in Betazoid culture, as males and females can vary in both intensity, competitiveness, and strength powers.

Aristocratic/Noble Classes

The social organisation of Betazed is a class-system, although there are no major gaps between 'poor' and 'wealthy'. The Noble Classes are a small chunk of the Betazoid population in which are believed to descend from the very first ancestral Betazoids. The Noble Classes are then further divided into Houses, which are based on the gifts and values of the individuals.

Houses of Betazed

The Houses of Betazed is the top most social class of Betazed society. All of the individuals in this class are considered to be actual descendants of ancestral Betazoids. The Houses of Betazoids are numbered, and they can also be classified in the qualities that the Houses are supposed to hold. There are a total of about 13 separate houses, based on ancestor and qualities.

  1. First House of Betazed: House of Honesty/Truth
  2. Second House of Betazed: Unknown House
  3. Third House of Betazed: House of Health
  4. Fourth House of Betazed: House of Natural Art
  5. Fifth House of Betazed: House of Nobility
  6. Sixth House of Betazed: Unknown House
  7. Seventh House of Betazed: House of Courage
  8. Eighth House of Betazed: House of Intuition
  9. Ninth House of Betazed: Unknown House
  10. Tenth House of Betazed: House of Perseverance
  11. Eleventh House of Betazed: Unknown House
  12. Twelfth House of Betazed: House of Balance
  13. Thirteenth House of Betazed: House of Peace and Protection

Telepathic Worth

Telepathic worth is considered by the amount of power and telepathic strength a Betazoid has. A lot of Betazoids have stronger empathic powers, and the actual powers are treated with respect and dignity. The Noble Classes tend to have stronger powers, posing a strong argument for the idea of their direct ancestry.

The Peace Keepers

The order of government line on Betazoid consists of Peace Keepers, which are like peaceful cops, and higher government officials. Peace Keepers are trained in telepathic battle, and they are kept under careful control and consideration. Higher Government Officials are much like a Republic system, and little is known further.

Methods and Social Psychology

Child-Rearing Practices

Child-rearing on Betazoid is understanding and usually gentle but stern. Children are often predestined, although most have the privilege to defy their given fates, including their given pre-arranged marriages. Most receive some sort of pre-destined idea of what they are supposed to do with their lives. At the young ages, Betazoid children often bond with friends closely, making youthful relationships last a lifetime. Parents are supposed to be open towards their children, always encouraging total honesty. They must also establish rules that are enforced with reason, not just because I said so. Older children develop telepathic skills, and they receive training under strong encouragement of parents and peers alike. When the children come of age, a special occasion of age-marking takes place in which a parent 'passes on' their own telepathic energies, and bonding takes place and is finished.

Training and Traditional Education

Betazoids start school early, and the earliest schooling is set up in a nurturing setting with many adults and positive influences. Strong artistic and mental skills are established at this time, and all younger Betazoids are subject to preliminary trances and methods of relaxation. At middle school, the earlier developers of telepathy are often sent to alternate schools to help them deal with their powers and often stronger influences. The norm of society, although, is taught at this time about their own minds and learn more complex functions. At later schooling, prior to the high school equivalent, they develop the first telepathic skills. They learn more and more, and eventually, they master most of their skills. The skills vary, of course, and the parents at this time become more open to their children and often share strong bonding experiences with their kin.


The first courtship practices are practised at a very young age when the parents of Betazoid children promise their children to each other and then go through with genetic bonding. Genetic Bonding is an old-style practice, and ancient Betazoids used to think that the two subjects actually 'bond' with physical genes, and telepathic energies emitted in childhood, though undetected. After the children reach an older age, many do not go through with their pre-destined marriages. This is accepted as natural, and most parents don't mind it too much. Although, some will go as far as disowning their children for it, which is sad and unfortunate. Later adult courtship often takes place at weddings and banquets, some conducted in total nakedness. Later on the their lives, at the Earth equivalent of about 40 years, the women go through "The Phase"- a phase in which their sexual urges quadruples. Some interesting courting methods are partner trances, and scenic watching and viewing.

Social Practices, Banquets, and Feasts

Betazoids love large crowds, and most banquets and socials held have large crowds. This is especially common among the noble classes and Houses. Regular Betazoids tend to prefer intelligent talk, and most don't engage in heavy joking and humour. They enjoy enlightening conversations also, and they often come out as quiet when really they are just talking through telepathy. Food served at banquets and feasts are supposedly very sundry and varied, allowing for many choices and preferences.

Various Personalities/Total Honesty

Betazoids display many various personalities, and they are just as varied as humans are. Most tend to run on the introverted side, yet probably 40% of them are extroverts. They appear quiet because of their telepathic nature, and most like to ponder, meditate, and study. Most seek personal understanding and hold enlightenment the highest goal. They also display total honesty, almost a phenomenon. It is encouraged strongly even in young age, but it persists often throughout their last days. It can be viewed sometimes as brutal and unpolite honesty, but they mean no harm when they speak the blind truth.

Betazoid Martial Arts

The Akai

The Akai is the Betazoid collapsible fighting baton. Typically about 3.75 cm (1.5 inches) in diameter. When fully extended it is 50-60 cm long. When not in use, it can be collapsed to 10 cm in length; some fighting maneuvers performed with it take advantage of this property to add the momentum of the extending stick to the blow. A set of Akai, extended to various lengths

Betazoid Akai


Meaning, roughly speaking, “Harmony of Mind and Weapon,” Tassa’Akai is a Betazoid fighting style which uses the akai, or Betazoid collapsible fighting baton. The style relies on rapid movement, precision strikes from unusual angles, and dodging, not on brute strength or direct attack. Those facts, by themselves, would do little to set Tassa’Akai apart from dozens of other martial arts styles from around the Federation.

What makes Tassa’Akai unique is its reliance on the practitioner’s telepathic powers to improve her fighting skills (thus, the style can only be learned to full effect by those with certain Telepathic skills). The fighter uses her telepathic abilities to semi-subconsciously determine what her opponent will do next — where she plans to dodge or to block, how she plans to attack, and so forth. she then reacts to that maneuver almost before her foe has consciously conceived of it, which gives him a substantial advantage.

Watching two skilled tassa’akailar fight is almost like watching a ballet, albeit one with deadly intent.

Shel Azra (Jab)

A short fast blow, usually aimed at the face, and intended to set the target up for a follow-up attack.

Ton Azra (Power Strike)

A devastating blow in which the fist is turned, suddenly, to maximize impact by delivering the back of the hand into the target at a maximum velocity.

Daath Azra (Flick-Strike)

While striking with an un-extended Akai, the fighter flicks her wrist in a special way, causing the weapon to extend and add the momentum of the extension to the force of the blow.

Teshtar (Riposte)

Parries armed hand-to-hand attacks., and increases the defender's chances of success on their next attack.

Zor Azra (Skilled Attack)

The practitioner makes a special attack with her weapon. Although difficult to execute properly, this maneuver is equally difficult for the target to block.


Duna’ras(Feint) Regarded as dishonorable trickery by many warriors, this blow fools the opponent, creating an opening which it then exploits.

Kel Azra (Blunt Attack) The character strikes her opponent with the blunt or dull part of an edged weapon.

Kurais Azra (Crescent Strike) The attacker raises the knee, then extends the foot outward then snaps it around in a dorsal arc, with the heel as the intended striking weapon.

Onezh (Parry) Parries hand-to-hand attack (if attacker is armed, character using Block may need to use a weapon to block).

Sar Azra (Side Strike) The leg is extended in a straight kick to the side while the body continues to face forward from the target. This maneuver may be performed in conjunction with any hand strike on the same opponent without an additional action penalty if the first attack was successful.

The Khrysar'akai

Betazoid Akai

The sword of the Mystic followers of the teachings of Khrysaros. The blade is curved, slightly and sharpened on one edge. It is usually as long as 73cm, but some swords can be as short as 60cm, depending on the height, and reach of the wielder. Each Khrysar'akai is made, by hand, by it's user.

And constructing the blade is a rite of passage for a Khrysarian Mystic.

Each wielder tunes their mind to the blade, and as a result can apply a type of telekinetic energy during combat that makes it easier for the Betazoid to hit her target, and fend off the blows of her enemies.

A Khrysarian may use a variation on the Kendo fighting style, or a more aggressive form of fencing when using the Khrysar'akai.


The Tassa'akai was developed by the Betazoids as a method of self-defense. Even the passive Betazoid people realize that sometimes the best defense is a good offense. And that is what the Tassa'akai provides for the skilled fighter.

But, one does not have to be a practitioner of Tassa'akai to gain some of it's benefits.

The Akai, first of all, can be learned and used by anyone. And skill in using the Akai should be considered an Armed Combat skill, learned similarly to skills with Andorian, or some Klingon weapons.

And, even without skill in Tassa'akai, a Betazoid can use her Empathy, and her telepathic abilities in combat in tandem with other martial arts.

Whether the martial artist is using Klingon Mok'bara, Karate, Muay Thai, or the Ninja arts, Empathy can play an important part in predicting the intended maneuvers of one's opponent. And this can often mean the difference between life and death.

The Khrysarians

The secret society of Betazoid Mystics who still practice the teachings of Khrysaros and travel the quadrant seeking out the “demons of pain and anger” not only use their telepathic abilities as a deadly weapon,but they also use these skills in armed combat.These Betazoid Mystics will often carry a special two-handed sword as a weapon of choice. And many of them will have the elite profession, Weapon Master, with this blade as their weapon of choice. The sword is known as a Khrysar'akai. And a skilled Betazoid warrior can use a type of telekinetic skill to cause their mental energy to interact with the weapon, making their blows more accurate, and their defenses more effective.

Religion & Mythology


  • Great Fire: Mentioned in Imzadi I, Great Fire is supposedly a god that reigned before the dawn of the world, Betazed. Some fan-fiction and myths have led to him being a cruel god peaked on destroying life, and yet others determine that he was sacred and kind. This entity in mythology is still being discovered and studied.
  • Jalara Guardians: According to Betazoid mythology, the Jalara Guardians were 'nympth-like' in character, and they guard the Jalara Jungle. They were believed to have planted their nests on the jungle floor, causing the mortal quicksand pits present today.
  • Mendissia Historians: According to some fanfiction, there are mentions of 'Mendissian Historians', and according the Roddenberry, it was an original plan of Betazoid culture that never fell through. However, it is good to note them as the historians that separated the firsts Noble houses from the rest of the regular populations after a great war that separated families and friends.
  • Angels and Spirits: Betazoids do infact believe in forces such as spirits of ancestors, and even some guardian angels. They are entities that protect the dead, and that hold up the ancestral spirits in the heavens.
  • Marital Forces: These are spirits and fate-like gods that protect true love, and Imzadi no less. They are supposed to guard and give every born Betazoid a 'soul-mate', and also they are supposed to provide fertility and flourishment to married couples.
  • Fates: Much like Roman and Greek Fates, these are supposed to be special forces that lead a Betazoid to a certain noble truth or fate in their lives.

Widely Accepted Religion

A good deal of evidence suggests that most Betazoids are polytheist, meaning that they believe in more then one God. This was evident in the Fifth House, and so logic suggests that that is how it is mostly everywhere. Widely accepted beliefs are in gods, spirits, and heaven. The religions are much like Native-American religions, assigning myths and spirits/gods to certain forces of nature and themselves. They also believe that Nobles and House members are more 'privileged to the gods.


Other Betazoids choose to believe in Karawati.


Traditions of Betazoid are incredible and interesting, and they are all described below.


Conducted in the nude as a celebration of strong love and bonding, both telepathic and physical. Most believe that it is okay to keep more then one actual love though, and the wedding celebration is a complex system of gifts and replies. The tying of knots is also associated with this tradition.

Genetic Bonding

This involves younger Betazoids offered to one another as a predestiny of marriage or love. The parents arrange this, and it is a telepathic bonding that is supposed to last for a lifetime. Children, although, are not required to totally devout themselves or even carry through with it.


Betazoids meditate a lot, and they often use a focal point to focus their energy. The benefits of this can be extreme immunity from pain or even death, and it allows for more bodily control.


Usually, when a Betazoid gives an elaborate gift to someone that is very special to them, they will place it into a special box and give it to them in that. The box usually has a face on it that can show emotion, and it can sometimes be very elaborate and expensive.

Painting of Ancestors

As the generations of a Noble Household process farther and farther, each daughter is painted at the age of 40 in a painting a little larger then the last predecessor. This shows how the past becomes less and less memorable, yet will always be there. Some of the ancient paintings are extremely large, some taking up entire rooms and even houses themselves.

Preservation of Body

Only recently in the past 600 years or so have Betazoids taken the practice of preserving deceased loved ones in special chemicals that help the body last for generations. This is most common in the Houses, as few lower level citizens have the room to hold such sacred items.

The Visitation

These are a series of remembrances that take place after the death of a family member and friend. Those that are closest to the dead person gather at a series of meetings, one held at six weeks after the death, another after the sixth month, and another for every three years afterwards. During the ceremony, the participants remember the deceased and share strong telepathic fields with each other.

Attitudes About Sex and Marriage

Betazoids often are capable of loving more then one person at the same time in a very deep way, a trait sometimes attributed to the empathic lobe of their brains. The females of the Betazoid population treasure the males as more 'playmates' when it comes to sex, but many of them also hold it to be a sacred event of bonding. Most don't hold sex as the primary reason for having children. Instead, they look deeper into the bonding and intense telepathic experience.

Tools and Instruments Used During Traditions and Practices

  • Bonding Gift: This is a term used to describe a small Jewelry-like box used for storage and gift-giving. The box is often very elaborate with a carved face that can change emotional expression. It can also have a natural scene on the cover, and the box is used mainly for giving of gifts. This is especially associated with Genetic Bonding.
  • Chameleon Rose: This is a very beautiful flower that looks much like a rose, and it changes colour according to the holder's emotion. Red denotes anger, purple denotes peace, and pink denotes serenity and love. Yellow shows enlightenment and telepathic energy, and blue is often thought to signify bonding and extreme love. It's origin is in jungles and underbrush.
  • Betazoid Chime: This small crystalline object is sometimes shaped like diamond or a triangle, and it is chimed against a small glass-like chalice or bowl filled with water during meals. It is supposed to mean thanking the gods for the meal and good fortune.
  • Wedding Hair Band: A cloth of pure white material that is worn, and is only worn, by the bride at the wedding. In the end, the bride tosses it behind her and someone catches it. Whoever catches it, supposedly, their true love is at the wedding present already with them.

Art and Music

Museums and Natural Beauty

Betazoids treasure art and especially natural beauty, and they love to portray nature and their inner feelings through music, natural abstract, and massive museums with art. Betazoids also encourage artistry, and their museums are set up so that a constant stream of new age music plays in the background. Although, they call it 'soul' music. The paintings are hung on a flat wall bent slightly downward so that you can view it easily, and every portrait or so has a comfortable contoured bench for meditation. Certain pictures are separated by certain themes.

Types of Betazoid Art

Types of Betazoid art include natural beauty art, abstract natural beauty, empathic abstract, and plain abstract. Natural abstract is a mixture of natural tones that make out a discernible picture intermixed with a theme. Empathic abstract is art that displays very abstractly emotions and strong empathic fields. Plain abstract is just a free-for-all abstract painting discerning anything from life to trees. Sculptures are also there, and many of them are also abstract.

Music of Betazoid

The traditional music of Betazoid is very calm and soothing, and very surreal. Much of it is similar to a light mix of today's New Age. Betazoids thrive on inner thoughts and meditation, and usually that art can be soothing, calming, and very pleasing. They also express themselves through this kind of art/music, and it allows for creativity and originality in their culture.


Betazoid food is varied greatly, and there are many different sources. They have breads, vegetation, berry and fruit-like sweets, and various meats. Betazoids tend to be more herbivorous then carnivorous, as large animals can be intimidating to kill.

  • Breads: This category is much like Earth food, containing breads and wheat. Betazoids have a special spaghetti-like dish called Raixen (Roddenberry, 2000).
  • Vegetation: This category includes leafy morsels and sometimes even flowers. An example is Oskoid, a favourite dish of many Betazoids, and is a delicacy. (Menage a Troi)
  • Berry and Fruit-Like Sweets: Uttaberries and swix are berry-like items found in jungles and some in fields. Uttaberries are red, and swix are purplish. Swix can cause an allergic reaction in some Betazoids. (Roddenberry, 2000).
  • Various Meats: Meats included in the diet of Betazoids can sometimes range from small aves meat to large swine-like meat. There are a few carnivorous predators that have supposedly superb tasting meat, but can only be obtained in jungles. (Imzadi I, Chandra's Wedding Scene)
  • Food Consumption and Relevance: Food consumption is usually conducted in groups, and Betazoids usually never eat alone. If it is a richer family, the Betazoid family will have many banquets and social gatherings, sometimes inviting an excess of hundreds of guests. The sharing of a meal is considered sacred, and is marked with the constant ringing of a background Betazoid Chime, and marks great friendship with well-being.