Talos IV

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Talos IV
Talos IV (TOS 00)
Talos IV (TOS 00)
Astrometrics Alpha Quadrant
Class M
Species Talosians
Status Quarantined
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Millennia ago, the Talosians were engaged in a war so devastating that it rendered the surface of Talos IV uninhabitable. The survivors retreated underground, where they concentrated on developing their mental abilities, to the extreme that, while they became extremely advanced telepaths, other skills, such as the maintenance of the machines left behind by their ancestors, had atrophied. By the twenty-third century, the planet's surface was only just beginning to support life once again.[1]

In 2236, the S.S. Columbia disappeared after checking in near the Talos Star Group, where it crashed on Talos IV. Only one member of the expedition, Vina, survived, and while the Talosians were able to repair her body's injuries, they were unfamiliar with Human anatomy, and she was left disfigured. Nearly twenty years later, in 2254, the Talosians lured the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 to Talos IV. The Talos Star Group had never been explored, and the Federation had no ships or colonies that far out at the time. The Talosians captured Captain Pike, hoping to use him and Vina as breeding stock to help repopulate their world. Their plan failed when they realized that Humans were too aggressive a species for their needs. They let Pike and the Enterprise go, but Vina chose to stay behind.[1]

In 2254, Talos IV, a Class M world, had an Oxygen-Nitrogen atmosphere that, according to Enterprise science officer Lieutenant Spock, was "[h]eavy with inert elements, but well within safety limits; Gravity 0.9g; barren surface with little vegetation." One blue-leafed plant caused a high-pitched humming noise from its vibrations, which had a pleasant effect on humanoids when touched, even eliciting a smile from Spock. According to Captain Pike, Earth was "in the stellar group at the other end of this galaxy."[1]

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Millennia ago, the Talosians were engaged in a war so devastating that it rendered the surface of Talos IV uninhabitable. The survivors retreated underground, where they concentrated on developing their mental abilities, to the extreme that, while they became extremely advanced telepaths, other skills, such as the maintenance of the machines left behind by their ancestors, had atrophied. By the twenty-third century, the planet's surface was only just beginning to support life once again.[1]

In 2178, the S.S. Columbia disappeared after checking in near the Talos Star Group, where it crashed on Talos IV. Only one member of the expedition, Vina, survived, and while the Talosians were able to repair her body's injuries, they were unfamiliar with Human anatomy, and she was left disfigured.[1] Nearly twenty years later, in 2196,[2][3] the Talosians lured the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 to Talos IV. The Talos Star Group had never been explored, and the Federation had no ships or colonies that far out at the time. The Talosians captured Captain Pike, hoping to use him and Vina as breeding stock to help repopulate their world. Their plan failed when they realized that Humans were too aggressive a species for their needs. They let Pike and the Enterprise go, but Vina chose to stay behind.[1]

In 2196, Talos IV, a Class M world, had an Oxygen-Nitrogen atmosphere that, according to Enterprise science officer Lieutenant Spock, was "[h]eavy with inert elements, but well within safety limits; Gravity 0.9g; barren surface with little vegetation." One blue-leafed plant caused a high-pitched humming noise from its vibrations, which had a pleasant effect on humanoids when touched, even eliciting a smile from Spock. According to Captain Pike, Earth was "in the stellar group at the other end of this galaxy."[1]

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Terran Emperor Philippa Georgiou ordered the bombardment of Talos IV, the Talosians, "and their stupid singing plants" during her reign.[4] This was apparently unsuccessful, however, as the I.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 returned to the world more than a decade later and once again annihilated the Talosians.[5] Due to the nature of the Talosians' telepathic abilities, it remained unclear whether the attacks were ever truly successful.


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