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Hermats are a hermaphroditic race native to the Alpha Quadrant. In addition to having both male and female sexual organs, they also possess razor-sharp canine teeth, reflecting the predatory origins of their species. They also have a heightened olfactory sense, enabling them to track an individual by their scent. When the situation calls for it, they can run on their hands and feet, faster then typical humanoids. However, they also have a relatively short life-span, averaging just 40 years.

Hermats normally display physical traits of both genders- small feminine breasts, lithe yet muscular physiques, and facial features that have elements of both males and females. Their features tend more towards the feminine and for this reason some single-gender males, including humans often mistake Hermats for trim, slight-figured women. They also have slightly higher foreheads than humans and tend to be dark eyed.

Hermats, as a race, tend to keep to themselves. Their tendency toward segregation from the rest of the Federation is well known. While Hermats are not necessarily xenophobic, they have some difficulty relating effectively to members of other species. As of the 2370's, there were still few Hermat members of Starfleet. They are renowned for their versatility and ingenuity.

They have developed a unique set of pronouns to accommodate their dual-sex status: 'hir' rather than 'him' or 'her'; 'hish' for the possessive forms of 'his' and 'hers'; and 's/he' (with a separately accented H) rather than 'she' or 'he' to simplify communications with divided-sex species and preserve their uniqueness.

They also have a unique naming system, most likely stemming from their dual-sex status, and the fact that some Hermats have only one parent. Hermat names usually take the form of a single name followed by a number. And the number presumably indicates that the actual name in question has either been used to name that number of persons in that particular family line, or in Hermat society in general. A Hermat named "Eskat 212" would either be the 212th Eskat in their family line, or in Hermat naming history. Further research into the Hermat naming system is required to clarify this, but given their semi-xenophobic nature this is not likely to happen in the near future.

The Hermats are governed by the Hermat Directorate, ruled by the Hermat Elders.

Hermats were first introduced in New Frontier novel Into the Void, in the person of Burgoyne 172. Burgy, as s/he is known to hish friends, is currently the only Hermat command level member of Starfleet.

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Lt Milena 128 is a Hermat/Human Hybrid

The Hermat race were a humanoid hermaphrodite species, living on a homeworld in the Alpha Quadrant and members of the United Federation of Planets. (Star Trek: New Frontier)

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Physiology

Hermats appeared similar to humans but the majority of their race had features of both male and female sexes. Other species sometimes mistook Hermats for petite females.

Differences between Hermats and humans included a more pronounced forehead, stronger physically, darker eyes and razor-sharp, canine-like teeth. Their sense of smell was also more acute, giving them the ability to track others by their scent. Unlike humans, Hermats can walk or run bipedally or on all four of their limbs.

Hermat children, like some other races, developed faster than human children, with walking and mental abilities years ahead of human children their same age being very common. (Star Trek: New Frontier)

Sociology

Hermats tended to keep to themselves or voluntarily segregate themselves from members of other Federation species, as the majority of Hermats found difficulty integrating with other species. As of the 2370s, very few Hermats served in Starfleet as a result. (Star Trek: New Frontier)

Culture

Hermat pronouns were different from other species' pronouns (such as "he" for male and "she" for female). Examples of these differences included:

  • In place of him or her, they use hir(pronounced "HEER")
  • In place of his or hers, they use hish
  • In place of he or she, they use s/he(pronounced "SS-hee")
  • In place of sir or ma'am. they use shir(pronounced "SHER").

Hermats also maintained a somewhat unique naming regime for Federation species. A typical Hermat name consisted of a single name and number, with the name sometimes attributed to a parent. (Star Trek: New Frontier)

Individuals

Burgoyne 172 was a Hermat serving aboard the USS Excalibur as chief engineer and the USS Excalibur as first officer. (Star Trek: New Frontier)

Melina 128 was a Hermat who carried the name of hir mother, Melina 125. S/he had 2 siblings: Melina 126 and Melina 127. (Star Trek Crusader)

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