Betazoid

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  • Appearance: Mammalian; black irises, otherwise largely indistinguishable from Humans
  • Homeworld: Betazed
  • Biological notes
    • Telepathic, able to communicate directly among one another, other telepathic species
      • In certain particular situations, able to communicate with non-telepathic species
      • Telepathy tends to be extremely powerful as compared with other species
      • Vast majority of Betazoids gain telepathic abilities upon puberty (TNG Novel: The Battle of Betazed; TNG: "Tin Man")
        • Small fraction of a percent are telepathic from birth (TNG Novel: The Battle of Betazed; TNG: "Tin Man")
          • Such individuals generally suffer debilitating social and psychological damage if not carefully guided due to uncontrolled and constant exposure of thoughts of the general populace (TNG Novel: The Battle of Betazed; TNG: "Tin Man")
      • Telepathic abilities centered in Betazoid central cortex, mediated by psilosynine, a Betazoid neurotransmitter (TNG: "Dark Page", "Eye of the Beholder"; TNG Novel: The Battle of Betazed)
        • Psilosynine levels deplete with heavy telepathic usage (TNG: "Dark Page")
        • Levels can be artificially suppressed to reduce telepathic sensitivity (TNG: "Eye of the Beholder")
  • Cultural notes
    • Betazoid faith
    • Historically, Betazoids used blowguns to defend themselves and hunt (TNG Novel: The Battle of Betazed)
      • Shaft formed from the corzon plant, firing tarna thorns dipped in poison of the zintaba root (TNG Novel: The Battle of Betazed)
    • Culture heavily impacted by natural strong telepathic talent throughout the population (TNG Novel: The Battle of Betazed)
      • Violence and war largely abandoned centuries ago, due to natural ability to allow for mutual understanding of inner state (TNG Novel: The Battle of Betazed)
      • Privacy viewed as more a lack of intrusion than a personal protection
        • Few feelings or beliefs considered requiring secrecy, with little shame in sharing opinions
        • Residences still tend to be built with an eye towards physical distance, to allow some telepathic quiet (TNG Novel: The Battle of Betazed)
        • Lack of nudity taboo likely a result of this as well
    • Betazoid society divided into noble houses
      • At least five houses
      • Each designated with a number
      • Male heirs known as "Scions", female heirs known as "Daughters" (TNG Novel: The Battle of Betazed)