Vertian

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  • Appearance: Extremely thin, long-limbed humanoids; translucent heads; infrared-sensitive organs in place of eyes (ENT: "Silent Enemy"; ENT Novel: A Choice of Futures)
  • Homeworld: Gamma Vertis IV
  • Able to sense local EM fields to a high degree of sensitivity
    • Sensory capabilities concentrated in their hands
  • Incapable of speech; individuals communicate via pulses of infrared light and bioelectric fields
    • As a result, individuals of the species originally associated intelligence with ability to communicate via the above methods, treated most humanoid life as especially clever animals as a result
  • Skin a transparent, chitinous material; inner tissues also somewhat translucent
  • Native atmosphere denser, more humid, with CO2 concentrations fatal to most humanoid life

History

  • Repeated but rare encounters with varying species over the early-22nd century in Kandari sector; usually negative due to lack of realization of sapience of other species
  • 2151: First contact with Humans (ENT: "Silent Enemy")
  • 2160: First contact with Andorians
  • March-April 2163: "Vertian crisis"; Federation/neutral power task force assembles to fend off Vertian attacks, leading to opening of diplomatic relations (ENT Novel: A Choice of Futures)