Andorian

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  • Appearance: Mammalian; dark- to pale-blue skin, white hair, two antennae
  • Homeworld: Andor
  • Cobalt-based blood
  • Four genders: Chan, Thaan, Zhen, Shen
    • Shen source of gametes, chan and thaan contribute genetic material, zhen carries to term in pouch on their back
    • Mated foursome known as a shelthreth, or bondgroup (ENT Novel: The Good That Men Do)
    • Successful reproduction from at least 22nd century onwards requires careful genetic compatibility due to unstated damage to the Andorian genome in this era
  • Antennae provide sensation of electromagnetic fields, including bioelectric fields of nearby life (ENT Novel: The Good That Men Do)
    • Mobile, responsive to emotional state (ENT Novel: The Good That Men Do, A Choice of Futures)
  • Aenar a telepathic subspecies formerly native to Andor's Northern Wastes (ENT: "The Aenar")
  • Cultural notes
    • Andorian faith
    • Andorian language
    • Imperial andorian surnames start with gender prefix (ch', th', zh', sh') followed by clan names
      • Andorian formerly heavily clan based
    • Generally aggressive culture
      • Quick to anger, long memory for both offenses and favors (ENT)
    • Ushaan
      • Ritual combat to provide for relief of violent instincts following extreme wrongs (ENT: "United")
      • Fought with handheld ice-cutters known as ushaan-tors (ENT: "United")
        • Common tool in Andorian civilization, easily available (ENT: "United")
  • Foods and drinks
    • Chirini roast (ENT Novel: A Choice of Futures)
    • Redbat (ENT Novel: A Choice of Futures)
  • Musical instruments
    • Zharen'tara
      • Stringed instrument (ENT Novel: The Good That Men Do)