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|Four Letter Code||HINJ|
|Planet of Origin||Leron III|
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The Hinji are a shape shifting species that can change at will between a humanoid form and the form of a specific animal native to their home planet of Leron III.
- Quadrant: Beta Quadrant
- Proper Name: Leron system
- Distance from Star:
- Proper Name: Leron III
- Climate: Temperate to Jungle
Leron III is their homeworld, but due to overpopulation resources are rare and living conditions are difficult.
Mid 2394 during the Constitution mission Peacemakers, peace talks were held between the Linaran and Hinji heads of government. During this peace, the heads of states came to the agreement to share Leron II between the Hinji and Linaran to counter overpopulation and lack of resources on their home planets. Portions of the inhabitants have begun to settle over Leron II. To deal with the different requirements the Hinji live above ground, the Linarans below ground.
Hinji are a shape shifting species that can change at will between a humanoid form and the form of a specific animal native to their home planet. Each Hinji has only one animal form, and many different forms have been identified with the most common being canine, feline, vulpine and ursine. Their humanoid forms average between 1.5 and 2 meters in height and can display a wide range of skin, eye and hair coloration. The humanoid forms of many Hinji share some aspect with their animal forms, such as body hair, large eyes or elongated canine teeth.
The animal form Hinji can take is not chosen by them, but passed on genetically. The children of two uroc (Foxes) for example would always be uroc themselves.
Hinji can sense when other Hinji are nearby regardless of their current shape. When in animal form they can communicate telepathically with other animals of the same type, including other Hinji in the same animal form.
Some Hinji are also alleged to possess touch-telepathic abilities. Starfleet officers should note that occurrences of T(1/3/5) have been recorded, but not confirmed.
The shifting process of the Hinji has been a mystery to Starfleet Scientists since First Contact. Theories to explain the process have been posed, one of them has been provided by Choi Ji-hu Engineering Officer of the USS Constitution-B. In his theory, Hinji don't transform but have two distinct states (humanoid and animal) and an inherent quantum power over which of those two states is observed. According to this theory when a Hinji shifts from human to animal they usually discard anything they're wearing, and vice versa, especially dependent on size. In discussions with a couple of people, we figured that Hinji who prefer their animal states would obviously not have much of a problem with being mostly naked, and would probably find the idea of clothes for non-survival purposes bizarre.
When Hinji undergo their transformation they take on the appearance of a number of different animals native to their homeworld. The Federation has observed several subspecies of Hinji:
- Woodland Bellower - a giant bear-like creature with antlers splaying forth from the top of his head
- Common Canis - a range of dog-like creatures, one of the more common of Hinji forms
- Uroc - a fox-like creature with a bushy red tail capped with a tuft of silver fur
- Ombro - a rare animal and even rarer form for Hinji to take, a small leopard-like creature with white and brown spot-dappled fur and large, expressive eyes
- Akrajn - a small feline creature more similar to the Earth Felis silvestris than the common domestic cat.
Other types such as lapiform and rodentiform Hinji have also been observed or reported.
Like other species they have a complex psychology, including mental illnesses, temper and the like. Hinji society is split into two groups based on their preferred shape. Some Hinji prefer to stay nearly exclusively in humanoid form, and it is these Hinji who build and populate cities and towns. The Hinji who live in the wilderness spend most of their time in their animal shapes, only changing when necessary for interaction with other races.
The vast majority of the Hinji follow a belief system that is part monotheism, part nature-worship, centered on a figure known as the Sunmother (other names include the Divine or the Light). This belief system holds the animal forms of the Hinji to be sacred, although the definition of "sacred" can vary wildly between followers. Many Hinji clans have shamans who act as leaders or advisors, especially in the remit of matters involving shapeshifting.
They are warp capable species with their own discoveries and inventions in the technological sector.
Starfleet Intelligence Files
Hinji have just recently joined the Federation. While a majority of Hinji are in support of joining, certain underground groups are opposed and are convinced that it will lead to the loss of their individual identity.
In Starbase 104,they have a population of Hinji who will sometimes rally together for demonstrations, riots, and rallies against the Federation. In parts of the Hinji bazaar, preachers have been witnessed to hold sermons against the Federation and Security had to step in several times. Despite these incidents, these voices are the minority.
This is a species invented and developed by the crew of the USS Constitution-B.