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Myriad Universes: Andorians
Homeworld Andoria
First Appearance TOS44 (17 Nov 1967)
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

A blue-skinned species,[1] Andorians were native to Andoria, a moon of a gas giant[2] in the Procyon system.[3]

Andorians had a higher metabolism than humans.[2] Because of Andorians’ unusual physiology, intravenous injections are not possible; instead, a doctor was required to use intra-muscular injections.[4] Andorian antennae were used, at least in part, for balance. An Andorian was partially disabled and unable to function immediately following the loss of an antenna, but was typically able to compensate after a day or two. Antennae could take up to nine months to regrow, although that could be completed in half the time with electrical stimulation and cranial massage therapy. Loss of antennae was a humiliating experience for an Andorian.[2] The movement of an Andorian’s antennae could also indicate emotional states;[5] an Andorian would sometimes point their antennae at a potential mate to signify attraction, though it was unclear if this was a voluntary or involuntary response.[6]

Andorians were an admittedly violent race.[7] They were a race of warriors with a history of conquest, and placed a high value upon family relationships and obligations.[7] As a rule, Andorians engaged in group marriages of four.[8] If an Andorian died far from home, his or her companions would typically carry at least part of their body back to Andoria.[2] Andorians did not fight without reason, however, and deplored dishonesty, though they were capable of duplicity.[1] In the 22nd century, service in the Imperial Guard was considered honorable, and military ranks had great influence on social reputations.[2]

An important part of Andorian tradition was the ushaan, a code of honor that demanded a duel with an ice-mining tool, the ushaan-tor. An enormous body of rules and regulations existed for the ushaan by 2154, including up to 12,000 amendments. The ushaan could be invoked for a matter of personal vengeance. However, there was a right of substitution, allowing each combatant to have a representative fight on their behalf. Furthermore, married combatants could postpone a duel indefinitely if there were no children to continue their clan. The fight typically ended in the death of one of the combatants, but could be called off if one combatant disabled the other in such a way as the duel could not continue.[2]

No Andorians were aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D when Data's offspring, Lal, was created. Lal rejected an Andorian female as one of four final choices for a body type, instead opting to become a Human female.[9] An Andorian was present at Risa when Captain Jean-Luc Picard vacationed there on Stardate 43745.2,[10] and an Andorian group bid for Tellurian spices offered by Kivas Fajo on Stardate 43872.2.[11]

Andorians were the subject of some kind of gender-swapping joke by Quark that Morn was slow to catch; the punchline was "and the Andorian says, 'Your brother? I thought it was your wife!'"[12] Andorian silk was prized for its softness, and Andorian jewelry was highly collectible and not usually available on Deep Space 9, though Quark did attempt to sell some at one point by inter-station monitor.[13] Chirurgeon Ghee P'trell of Andor was nominated for the Carrington Award in 2371.[14] In 2375, Yanas Tigan, mother of Ezri Dax, imported hand-painted Andorian tiles for her solarium.[15]

Notes and References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "Journey to Babel." Star Trek, Season 2, Episode 15. Directed by Joseph Pevney. Written by D.C. Fontana. Desilu Productions, 17 November 1967.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Berman, Rick et al (Executive Producers). "United". Star Trek: Enterprise, season 4, episode 13 (Production number 89). Directed by David Livingston. Story by Manny Coto. Teleplay by Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens. Paramount Pictures. 4 February 2005.
  3. Joseph, Franz (Author). Star Fleet Technical Manual. Star Trek. Book. Ballantine Books. November 1975.
  4. Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer) and Freiberger, Fred (Producer). "Whom Gods Destroy." Star Trek, Season 3, Episode 16. Directed by Herb Wallerstein. Story by Jerry Sohl & Lee Erwin. Teleplay by Lee Erwin. Paramount Pictures Corporation, 3 January 1969.
  5. Berman, Rick & Brannon Braga (Executive Producers). "The Andorian Incident". Enterprise, season 1, episode 7 (Production number 07). Directed by Roxann Dawson. Story by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga & Fred Dekker. Teleplay by Fred Dekker. Paramount Pictures. 31 October 2001.
  6. Berman, Rick & Ira Steven Behr (Executive Producers). "The Sound of Her Voice". Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, season 6, episode 25 (Production number 549). Directed by Winrich Kolbe. Story by Pam Pietroforte. Teleplay by Ronald D. Moore. Paramount Pictures. 10 June 1998.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Scheimer, Lou & Norm Prescott (Producers). "Yesteryear". Star Trek: The Animated Series, season 1, episode 2 (Production number 03). Directed by Hal Sutherland. Written by D.C. Fontana. Filmation Associates. 15 September1973.
  8. Roddenberry, Gene et al (Executive Producers). "Data's Day". Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 4, episode 11 (Production number 185). Directed by Robert Wiemer. Story by Harold Apter. Teleplay by Harold Apter & Ronald D. Moore. Paramount Pictures. 7 January 1991.
  9. Roddenberry, Gene & Rick Berman (Executive Producers). "The Offspring". Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 3, episode 16 (Production number 164). Co-Executive Producer: Michael Piller. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Written by René Echevarria. Paramount Pictures. 12 March 1990.
  10. Roddenberry, Gene & Rick Berman (Executive Producers). "Captain's Holiday". Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 3, episode 19 (Production number 167). Co-Executive Producer: Michael Piller. Directed by Chip Chalmers. Written by Ira Steven Behr. Paramount Pictures. 2 April 1990.
  11. Roddenberry, Gene & Rick Berman (Executive Producers). "The Most Toys". Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 3, episode 22 (Production number 170). Co-Executive Producer: Michael Piller. Directed by Timothy Bond. Written by Shari Goodhartz. Paramount Pictures. 7 May 1990.
  12. Berman, Rick & Michael Piller (Executive Producers). "Move Along Home". Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, season 1, episode 10 (Production number 410). Directed by David Carson. Story by Michael Piller. Teleplay by Frederick Rappaport and Lisa Rich & Jeanne Carrigan-Fauci. Paramount Pictures. 15 March 1993.
  13. Berman, Rick & Michael Piller (Executive Producers). "Captive Pursuit". Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, season 1, episode 6 (Production number 406). Directed by Corey Allen. Story by Jill Sherman Donner. Teleplay by Jill Sherman Donner and Michael Piller. Paramount Pictures. 1 February 1993.
  14. Berman, Rick et al (Executive Producers). "Prophet Motive". Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, season 3, episode 16 (Production number 462). Directed by Rene Auberjonois. Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe. Paramount Pictures. 20 February 1995.
  15. Berman, Rick & Ira Steven Behr (Executive Producers). "Prodigal Daughter". Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, season 7, episode 11 (Production number 561). Directed by Victor Lobl. Written by David Weddle & Bradley Thompson. Paramount Pictures. 6 January 1999.