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Four Letter Code TALA
Federation Status Neutral
Planet of Origin Talax
Encountered VOY: ??
T/E Rating T0/E0
Current Tech Level ??
List of Named Talaxians

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The Talaxians are a race native to the Delta quadrant.

Home System

  • Quadrant: Delta
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  • Proper Name: Talaxian system
  • Star: Orbits tri stars - two G class stars & one K class star
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  • Companions: At least four planets
  • Moons: At least two, one named Rinax.[1]

Home World

  • Name: Talax IV
    • Other names: Talaxia
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  • Classification: M
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  • Population: 14.2 billion Talaxians (2378 census)[2]


An ancient race native to the Delta quadrant, the ancient Talaxians referred to themselves as Talax'ilzay - and they may have been warp-capable as far back as the 1450s. They experienced first contact with the Vaadwaur around this time - though the legacy of this contact survived in the Talaxian language, as the word "vaadwaur" means "foolish", interpreted by historians as being a reference to the Talaxians believing it was foolish to trust the Vaadwaur.

In the 2340s, the Talaxians became embroiled in a war with the Haakonian Order, of which only ended with the deployment of a metreon cascade on the Talaxian moon "Rinax", resulting in the fatalities of all it's 300,000 inhabitants and causing the Talaxian government to surrender unconditionally. As a consequence, many Talaxians left their own homeworld, feeling mistreated by the Haakonians, and many Talaxians today are nomadic within the Delta quadrant.

A small fleet of Talaxian vessels from their colony on Prema II aided in the re-taking of the USS Voyager from the Kazon in 2373.

That same year, approximately five hundred Talaxians began construction on another small colony in an asteroid, tens of thousands of lightyears away from their homeworld of Talax. They would be encountered by the Voyager crew five years later. Harrassed by miners who repeatedly attempted to drive them away from the asteroid, these Talaxians would be wary of visitors, and the morale officer of Voyager, whom was also Talaxian, would assist with a successful attempt to evict the miners from the asteroid permanently.

The Borg referred to Talaxians as Species 218. At some point prior to 2374, a small freighter was encountered by the Borg in the Dalmine sector. The crew of thirty-nine was easily assimilated.


The official name of the government on Talax (Talax IV) was the Autonomous Province of Talax. [3] As of 2378, the Talaxian homeworld was still believed to be under the control of the Haakonian Order, which had seized control of the planet in 2356.


Externally Talaxians are identifiable by the distinctive yellow coloration of their skin and the ridges of bone on their skulls. Their feet were spotted with long toes, their little toe enlarged and rivaling the innermost toe in size.

Males also generally have ginger whiskers growing on either side of their face - these develop during puberty, much like facial hair in Humans.


The major difference between Talaxians and Humans is in the respitory system; Talaxian lungs are directly linked to the spinal column at multiple points. This makes Talaxian lungs difficult to replicate using Starfleet medical technology. Additionally, Talaxians have two spinal columns rather than the one that humans have. The Talaxians have a life expectancy of approximately 140 years.

Talaxian vocal cords were incapable of producing basic diatonic tones, which meant they had difficulty singing.

Talaxians have more taste buds than any other known species in the Delta quadrant, with sixty-five percent of the Talaxian mouth and throat covered with them. They also have a higher tolerance for spicy foods compared to the pallette of other races. [4]


Talaxians tend to be a whimsical race with a well-developed sense of humor. They are usually very friendly, helpful and were willing to offer their services to anyone who requires them.


The Talaxians celebrate a religious holiday called Prixin, which was a celebration of family life.


Their mythology had a belief in an afterlife known as the Great Forest, in which a great tree stands at the center. It was said that upon death, a Talaxian goes to the afterlife and meets the souls of his deceased family upon arrival. Many Talaxians may keep models of the Guiding Tree and other religious or ceremonial objects.


The Talaxian people cared a lot about their people. When a member of their species had passed away, there would be a 1 week mourning period. Their burial ceremonies were also very elaborate. [5]


Family in Talaxian culture are considered highly important, with religious holidays (such as 'Prixin') used to celebrate the bonds between them. The Talaxian afterlife, the Great Forest, also heavily involves family - it's said that a newly deceased Talaxian will meet all his deceased family members or ancestors at the Guiding Tree of the Great Forest, and they would watch over and protect them as they slept.

Nearly all Talaxian proper nouns contained the letter x - though there are few exceptions to this rule.[6]


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

Talaxians did 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.



The stocky build of the Talaxians, along with their dense musculature provided an excellent base for combat when needed. During the Talaxian-Haakonian War, the Talaxian government's punishment for refusing military service was the death penalty.

Starfleet Intelligence Files

Following the successful permanent eviction of the miners from the Talaxian asteroid colony, Voyager's morale officer would return to the colony and assumed a post as a Federation ambassador to the Delta quadrant.

In late 2379, the USS Victory encountered a group of time-displaced Talaxians half a galaxy away from home upon investigating Atlanta V.

As of 2393, Outpost Unity is jointly administrated by Talaxians and the Federation.


Original text provided by Jefferson Reed, at this location.

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