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Intelligent Lifeform Index

Four Letter Code IRRI
Federation Status Neutral
Planet of Origin Lru-Irr
Encountered TTN novel: Orion's Hounds
T/E Rating T0/E0
Current Tech Level L
List of Named Irriols

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"We are one with our world and it is one with us."
a Irriol proverb.
The Irriol are a species that was originally believed to be merely some form of animal life. However while they do appear to be only animals they are clearly intelligent and have built communities and homes.

Home System

  • Quadrant: Beta
  • Location: Tango Overn Sector (coordinates B26-0002-1301)
  • Proper Name: Lru-Asi
  • Star: It orbits a class K (Orange) star
  • Distance from Star: its orbit is approximately 46 million km
  • Companions: It is the 4th of 13 planets in the system
  • Moons: it has one large moon and one tiny moon

Home World

  • Proper Name: Lru-Irr
  • Diameter: 19,051.4 km (11,838 miles)
  • Gravity: 1.00 standard gravity with a density of 3.7
  • Axial Tilt: 11.8%, with normal seasonal changes
  • Orbital Period: 453 days
  • Rotational Period: 27.2 hours
  • Classification: M
    • Surface Water: 52%
    • Atmosphere: 1.08% is a standard pressure with 73% nitrogen, 26% oxygen, 1% trace chemicals
    • Climate: Mainly a temperate planet with semi-tropical and tundra regions.
    • Terrain: It has numerous rolling plains, rolling hills, forests and rain forests.
    • Population: Just over 2 billion


Strangely enough most of their history does not seem to have been recorded for posterity. What little they have recorded covers basically the last 500 years and they have been known to erase or delete some of the oldest recorded data as no longer being relevant or necessary.

What records they do have are very in-depth, accurate and unfortunately not very interesting. Rainfall, plant growth, animal populations, insect development, wind, weather and a thousand other minor aspects of the world around them are recorded in painstaking detail but the development of their species, culture, communities and society barely get a mention and when they do it is vague and sometimes ambiguous since that information is not considered to be interesting or important.

The exception to this seems to be the trial and banishment for life of Orilly Malar who was a female Irriol that prevented a pregnant voliro from eating her injured sister. This was considered to be in violation of the natural order and against the needs of the Gestalt in that region.


They do not have a true unified planetary government as each community selects a council from among them who are responsible for the care and management of the community. However when it is required a representative from multiple communities will be summoned to hear and deal with whatever the unusual situation was that required them to form this council.


This unusual species has 4 legs and the general form of most Terran type quadrupedal animals. However their face is more like that of a typical humanoid with two long snake like arms, one coming from approximately the cheek, neck area on both sides of their face. These end in hands with multiple digits. Their feet are more like those of a herbivore ending in 3 stiff hoof like toes. Their body is covered in a number of scales ranging in size from tiny to over an inch in size.


As with most intelligent species they have a very complex system with specialized organs, and unique hormones, chemicals and enzymes. They seem to have fewer of the physical, mental and biological medical problems that seem to plague most other species.


The Irriol are an empathic species that is very much in contact with the needs of their planet and all of the animal species that inhabit it. As a result all Irriol would readily give his or her own life if it benefitted the other life on Lru-Irr.

The Irriol refer to this subliminal awareness as the Gestalt and some Irriol believe the gestalt extends to the planets plants and microbes as well. An interesting side effect of this is the fact that almost none of their species has every left their world for any reason.

ESP Ability

It seems that every single one of them has an emphatic connection to the planet and especially the animal life around them. Observation and study still has not completely explained how and why this ability developed, much less how they are able to interpret the data so as to make important decisions regarding their ecology and the world around them.


They have a deep seated belief that everything on their world, especially anything that can think for itself regardless of just how simplistic their minds may be is interconnected and linked together in some mysterious and as yet unexplained manner.


They do not seem to have any and as a species do not seem interested in this aspect of other species and cultures.


They have a very stable, calm and peaceful society with a certain co-operative spirit that even extends to doing and acting in the best interests of not only the planet around them but the various different plant and animals as well.

Their communities are clean, spacious and well laid out but lacking in many of the aspects that one would normally expect to find in an intelligent species such as recreational facilities, museums and galleries.

While crime is unheard of they have banished one of their people from their world for life for interfering in the natural order of nature and preventing her injured sister from being eaten by a pregnant voliro.


They do not seem to have much interest in any form of artistic expression but they do enjoy the many different aspects of the natural world around them. This can be as simple as going for nature walks, observing the flora and fauna around them or just watching a sunset or sunrise.


As a people almost all of them will rise and watch the sunrise as well as watching the sunset each and every day. Many experts believe that this may not just be a simple custom but a reflection of their deep enjoyment with the world around them.


While they have learned much they tend to create and use very few high tech devices. As a people they prefer to walk from point A to point B. However in their schools and hospitals they do use the most advanced technology available to them. Both for medical reasons but also for educational.


For the most part they are fairly self-sufficient and what little trade is conducted is mostly for medical supplies or other basic necessities.


They have no military of any kind and do not even have any kind of security or police forces. They have never needed any and they very seldom receive many visitors.

Federation Intelligence Files

Orilly Malar was a female Irriol from the planet Lru-Irr. One day, Orilly and her younger sister fell into a ravine. Orilly sprained one of her trunks, while her sister broke a leg and several ribs. A starving and pregnant voliro, a local predator, approached them. Orilly and her sister could sense the need of the voliro, as well as the need of the local ecology for the voliro to survive.

Orilly's sister was willing to give her life to nourish the Gestalt, the voliro and her litter, but Orilly was unwilling to sacrifice her sister and threw rocks at the voliro until it fled. For this crime against the Gestalt, Orilly was banished from Lru-Irr.

By the late 2370s, Malar had entered Starfleet Academy and majored in exobiology and performed her required academy field studies on the USS Titan under Captain William T. Riker in 2379 and 2380. Orilly entered Starfleet Academy with the hope that her service in the galaxy at large would help to redeem her in the eyes of her people.

Gestalt is a concept held by the Irriol of the planet Lru-Irr, which refers to their empathic connection to all of the animal species that inhabit their world. An Irriol would readily give up his or her life if it would benefit the other life on Lru-Irr.

While performing her field studies aboard the Titan, Orilly came under the influence of the mental abilities of the Star-jellies of the Gum Nebula. While under the jellies' influence, Orilly assisted with the release of classified technology that the jellies used against the Pa'haquel, a race of hunters who pursued the jellies and used their corpses as starships.

Orilly's feelings of guilt intensified after her unwilling role in the death of so many Pa'haquel, but nevertheless agreed to help Diplomatic Officer Deanna Troi in her effort to forge an understanding between the hunters and the hunted, an effort that was largely successful.

Captain Riker approved Orilly's request for an extended leave of absence from Starfleet so that she could continue to help the Star-jellies and the Pa'haquel forge a new balance, which she felt was similar to her world's Gestalt.

Mirror Universe

In the mirror universe, Shenti Yisec Eres Ree was a Pahkwa-thanh male doctor in the service of the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance during the 24th century. He was an expert in the field of telepathic and empathic research, due to his people's extensive study of their own psi-capable minority. However, Ree himself was psi-null.

In 2376, he was serving as a medical researcher on the Alliance planet Lru-Irr, which was under the command of the Klingon planetary governor Khegh. Ree was conducting research into the planet's Irriol population.

The Bajoran scientist Jaza Najem objected to what he termed as Ree's "unnecessary and needlessly destructive research." However, Ree stated that his experiments were designed to cause the Irriol to confront their feelings of pain, terror and death, thereby giving him greater insight into the Irriol psyche. Jaza also regarded Ree's propensity to eat his subjects' organs as he vivisected them to be wasteful. Ree defended his action by claiming that there is much a researcher can learn from his own senses and that while Bajorans were a visual species, the Pahkwa-thanh relied more on scent and taste. Furthermore, he believed that watching his subjects' reactions to their own ingestion was "informative."


Memory Beta was used as a resource.

Also used as a resource was the following written works, the TTN novel: Orion's Hounds and the TTN - Mirror Universe short story: Empathy.

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