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Betazed
The planet Betazed
Full name: Betazed
Alternate name: Cyndriel
Classification: class M
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets
Location: Beta Veldonna system
Moon(s): three; Avandar
Merandar
Keylandar
Dominant Species: Betazoid
human
Centauran
Population: Betazoid (5.6 billion)
human (11 million)
Centauran (6 million)
Capital: Rixx
Gravity: 1.0 G
Length of day: 25 hours
The surface of Betazed


Betazed (also known as Cyndriel) is a class M Federation member world, and home to the Betazoids. It is the fifth planet in the Beta Veldonna star system. (ST reference: The Worlds of the Federation)

The (ceremonial) ruling family of Betazed is the Fifth House of Betazed.

The planet's capital is Rixx. (ST reference: Star Trek: Star Charts)

The Planets of the UFP RPG sourcebook gives Betazed's capital as Medara. Rixx could be another name for Medara, but that is pure speculation.

Contents

Scenery

The majority of the time, the weather is calm, pleasant, and bordering on tropical. But when the atmospheric conditions shift, they do so with startling speed. Betazed has a blue sky with pink clouds. There is a lot of farmland on Betazed, and cities that are devoted to philosophical studies.

Sites

Lake Cataria is a beautiful place on Betazed. Janaran Falls is a waterfall in the Jalara Jungle on Betazed. It is rare for anyone to travel any distance into the jungle. It has dangers such as mud pits, but there are very few dangerous animals. Bacarba Lake is a lake located on Betazed. The Valley of Song is located on Betazed. The northern cliffs in the Valley of Song is a popular location for scattering the ashes of deceased loved ones. The Loneel Mountains is a mountain range on Betazed. Loneel Valley is the caldera of an ancient volcano. It is honeycombed with tunnels and caves. High concentrations of fistrium in the rock prevented detection by sensors. There was a resistance stronghold in these mountains during the Dominion occupation of Betazed.

Darona is a small colony in the Betazoid system known for its agricultural, medical and scientific research facilities. Darona is the 6th planet in the Betazoid system. Darona also has a prison. Darona has a rose-colored sky and an atmosphere of serenity and natural beauty. Jarkana is Darona's capital city, and the Jarkana spaceport is just outside 'the city'. Jarkana Mountains are near Jarkana. Jarkana is a large village of less than 100 squat square houses, built from adobe made from the indigenous red clay, with broad avenues between them, and extensive gardens filled with exotic flowers surround each residence. There are a few larger governmental and research buildings in the center of the capital. The Teskalia tree is found on Darona. Cavat is grown in fields on Darona. Less than 1,000 Dominion troops were stationed there due to its low population.

History

Betazed was admitted into the Federation in 2273.

In 2366, Betazed held the Federation's biennial trade agreements. (TNG episode: "Ménage à Troi")

As of 2374, Betazed had a population of 5.6 billion Betazoids, 11 million humans and 6 million Centaurians. (ST roleplay module: Planets of the UFP)

In 2374, the Dominion invaded Betazed while the Starfleet 10th Fleet was on a training run. (DS9 episode: "In the Pale Moonlight")

The Dominion used Betazoid slave labor to construct Sentok Nor in orbit of Betazed. Sentok Nor was used as a Jem'Hadar breeding facility during the Dominion occupation. Starbase 19 is only a few hours at warp from Betazed.

Captain David Gold's son, Nathan, was visiting Ambassador Lwaxana Troi just as the Jem'Hadar attacked. Her assistant, Homn, was killed when the Dominion fired on the surface. However, the inhabitants fought back, and eventually rid the world of Dominion forces, but not until after suffering heavy casualties themselves. (ST - Tales of the Dominion War short story: "The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned"; TNG novel: The Battle of Betazed)

As of 2377, Betazed had a population of 1.3 billion. (ST reference: Star Trek: Star Charts)

The novel The Battle of Betazed indicates many Betazoids perished during the Dominion invasion and occupation, and that four out of ten telepaths were killed during the final drive to push back the Jem'Hadar. However, this does not seem adequate to explain a more than 75% reduction in population between 2374 and 2377. Either one figure is mistaken, or there was another, unrevealed population exodus we are not aware of.
The ST roleplay module: All Our Yesterdays: The Time Travel Sourcebook gives the date of Betazed's entrance to the Federation as 2294.

Geography

Betazed is a remarkably lush, beautiful world, sometimes described as "the jewel of the outer crown" by traders and other visitors. Its gravity and atmosphere are comparable to Earth, and water covers 78 percent of the planet's surface. (ST reference: The Worlds of the Federation)

The planet has five continents and hundreds of islands. (ST roleplay module: Planets of the UFP)

High mountain peaks of multicolored crystal catch the rays of the Betazoid sun, throwing delicate layers of color upon the landscape. The soil posesses crystals of a faceted green mineral called versina. (ST reference: The Worlds of the Federation)

The Betazoid sky is blue with pink clouds. Climatic zones range from tropical to arctic, with temperatures averaging 23 degrees Celsius in summer and 13 degrees in winter. The majority of the time, the weather is calm and pleasant in most areas, but when atmospheric conditions shift, they do so with startling speed. Average rainfall in all zones is roughly one and a half times that of Earth, though some seasons are wetter and some drier. No weather-control technology is employed. (TNG episode: "Ménage à Troi", ST roleplay module: Planets of the UFP)

There is much farmland on Betazed, and many cities devoted to philosophical studies. (ST roleplay module: Planets of the UFP)

Great expanses of natural wilderness cover much of the planet, varying from dense jungles to wide canyons and cliffs. Much of the major continents are dotted with lakes, and the planet is home to thousands of forms of native wildlife. (ST roleplay module: Planets of the UFP)

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Oceans, Seas and Lakes

  • Opal Sea
  • Thaxan Ocean
  • Alarmante Sea
  • Indar Ocean
  • Lake Cataria
  • Lake El-Nar
  • Bacarba Lake
  • Great Whirlpool

Continents (and Provinces)

  • Tharazad
  • Kharazad
  • Hedaya
  • Dalar
  • Arandel
  • Thalzed
  • Semizad

Regions

  • Loneel Valley
  • Valley of Song
  • Jalara jungle
  • Hedayan Archipelago
  • Khara Archipelago

Cities

Mountains and Volcanoes

Places of Interest

Natural History

Flora

Fauna

External link


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PLANET
Betazed
Star system: Betazed
Class: M
Surface: Habitable

Betazed is a class-M world, and home to the telepathic Betazoid race. It is the fifth planet in the Betazed system in the Alpha Quadrant, and is an important member world of the United Federation of Planets.

Contents

Astronomical Data

Location

  • Alpha Quadrant
    • Betazed system (aka Beta Zeta, Beta Veldonna and Hainara)

Name(s)

  • Betazed
  • Beta Veldonna V
  • Beta Zeta V
  • Cyndriel
  • Hainara V

Moon(s)

  • Four (4)
    • Avandar
    • Lonita
    • Merandar
    • Keylandar

Statistics

  • Gravity: 1.0 g
  • Atmosphere: Oxygen-nitrogen, with Earth-normal pressure
  • Percent land mass: 22%
  • Year: 377.33 days
  • Day: 25 hours

Further Information

History

Ancient History

The ancient history of Betazed is shrouded in myth and legend (and most Betazoids seem to prefer it that way). Many tales speak of the gift of telepathy which the Betazoids "earned" from "the spirits" through their stewardship of the natural world. Other stories tell of great wars fought with an evil race possessing similar telepathic skills.

Khrysaros

All Betazoids know the legend of Khrysaros, a mystical hero who used his great mental powers to defeat "shadowy enemies" from the stars and usher in a golden age. His teachings lived on through his followers, especially the acolyte Rixx (named after a Betazoid godess). The Holy Rings of Betazed are said to have the power to summon Khrysaros again during Betazed's time of greatest need. (Last Unicorn Games: Planets of the UFP)

Scholars credit Khrysaros' teachings with the unification of Betazed.

Recent History

Betazed was admitted into the United Federation of Planets in 2273. (Star Trek: Star Charts)

In 2366, Betazed hosted the Federation's biennial Trade Agreements Conference. (TNG: "Ménage à Troi")

The USS Enterprise-D passed fairly close to Betazed in late 2367 and diverted its course to pick up Lwaxana Troi. (TNG: "Half a Life")

In 2374, the Dominion invaded Betazed. The Federation Tenth Fleet had been assigned to defend the planet, but was caught out of position on a training exercise. As a result Betazed fell to the Dominion within ten hours. Once Betazed had been captured, other worlds nearby, including Vulcan, Tellar, Alpha Centauri and Andor were at risk of Dominion invasion. (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight")

The Dominion used Betazoid slave labor to construct Sentok Nor in orbit of Betazed. Sentok Nor was used as a Jem'Hadar breeding facility during the Dominion occupation. (TNG novel: The Battle of Betazed)


Captain David Gold's son, Nathan, was visiting Ambassador Lwaxana Troi just as the Jem'Hadar attacked. Her assistant, Homn, was killed when the Dominion fired on the surface. However, the inhabitants fought back, and eventually rid the world of Dominion forces, but not until after suffering heavy casualties themselves. (Tales of the Dominion War short story: "The Ceremony of Innocence Is Drowned"; TNG novel: The Battle of Betazed)

Cultural

Nobility

Although their power has waned over the millennia since their founding, the noble houses of Betazed still maintain a privaleged status in Betazoid society. The houses were an institution long before the time of Khrysaros, their origins intertwined with Betazoid spirituality, the ancient wars, and the dawn of the priesthood. Even in the modern age, the houses retain much of their power and importance. Several of these houses have members who serve in Starfleet, inlcuding Logan MacLeod (Son of the Second House), Deanna Troi (Daughter of the Fifth House), Timothy Sinclair (Son of the Seventh House), Ashley Bulala, and Charas Kinora.

Spirituality

Because of the spirituality of Betazoids, there are many standing stones, quiet shrines and other religious monuments that dot the surface of Betazed. Unlike many other modern cultures, Betazoids are slow to give up their mythical traditions, preferring to mesh them with advanced technology rather than forsake their spiritual heritage.

Population

According to records studied on stardate 51078.6 (2374), Betazed had a population of 5.6 billion Betazoids, 11 million humans and 6 million Centaurians. (LUG: Planets of the UFP)

As of 2377, Betazed had a population of 1.3 billion Betazoids. (Star Trek: Star Charts)

Note that the Dominion invasion and subsequent fight to liberate Betazed could account for such a drastic drop in population, or one of the figures could be erroneous.

Political

The Betazoid government is a representative democracy led by the Ruling Council. In 2365, Pereteca Kif represented Betazed on the Federation Council.

The current Betazed Federation ambassador is Lwaxana Troi, Daughter of the Fifth House, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed. (TNG: "Manhunt")

Betazed has acheieved a significant degree of importance in Federation affairs. The value of Betazoids to the UFP as diplomats and counselors cannot be overemphasized. (LUG: Planets of the UFP)

Geography

Betazed is a remarkably lush, beautiful world, sometimes described as "the jewel of the outer crown" by traders and other visitors. Its gravity and atmosphere are comparable to Earth, and water covers 78 percent of the planet's surface.

The planet has five continents and hundreds of islands.

High mountain peaks of multicolored crystal catch the rays of the Betazoid sun, throwing delicate layers of color upon the landscape. The soil posesses crystals of a faceted green mineral called versina.

The Betazoid sky is blue with pink clouds. Climatic zones range from tropical to arctic, with temperatures averaging 23 degrees Celsius in summer and 13 degrees in winter. The majority of the time, the weather is calm and pleasant in most areas, but when atmospheric conditions shift, they do so with startling speed. Average rainfall in all zones is roughly one and a half times that of Earth, though some seasons are wetter and some drier. No weather-control technology is employed.

There is much farmland on Betazed, and many cities devoted to philosophical studies.

Great expanses of natural wilderness cover much of the planet, varying from dense jungles to wide canyons and cliffs. Much of the major continents are dotted with lakes, and the planet is home to thousands of forms of native wildlife.

Places of Interest

  • Medara
    • Plaza of Contemplation
  • Rixx
  • Dalaria
    • Dalaria Spaceport
  • Lake El-Nar
  • Lake Cataria
  • Opal Sea
  • Janaran Falls
  • Jalara Jungle
  • Bacarba Lake
  • Valley of Song
    • Northern cliffs
  • Loneel Mountains
  • Loneel Valley
  • Great Whirlpool
  • University of Betazed

Lifeforms

Botanical

  • muktok plant
  • uttaberry plant

Miscellaneous

Deep Space 9 was quite far from Betazed, although a transport from the station often left for the planet. (DS9: "The Muse")

Starbase 19 is only a few hours at warp from Betazed. (TNG novel The Battle of Betazed)

According to Q, Vash was persona non grata Betazed. (DS9: "Q-Less")

The Betazed Regatta was a prestigious event in solar-sail racing. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

Appendices

See also

References

  • PDN:
    • "Heritage"
    • "Broken Destiny"
    • "Starkindler"
  • Star Trek: Star Charts
  • Last Unicorn Games RPG:
    • Planets of the UFP
  • Worlds of the Federation

Notes

In addition to canonical data, the information presented in this article is an amalgamation of data from Star Trek: Star Charts, the Last Unicorn Games RPG, Shane Johnson's Worlds of the Federation, and the Pocket Books Star Trek novels, especially Imzadi and those in the "DS9 Relaunch" continuity. Many of these sources are irreconcilably contradictory. Elements have been chosen according to what makes the most logical sense, and what can fit together the neatest. This interpretation is accepted for Star Trek: Pendragon continuity.


This article uses material from the "Betazed" article on the ST Expanded wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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