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A Kaylar warrior confronts Captain Pike in 2254

The Kaylar were a caste of Rigellians from Rigel VII. They were a large and physically powerful people, noted for their aggression and abilities in construction.

After centuries of specialist breeding the Kaylar developed to be quite different from the average Rigellian, being a good deal taller and stronger. Historically the Kaylar played a major part in Rigel's warlike society.

History

In the 2250s, when Rigel sought to join the United Federation of Planets, the Kaylar faced being disbanded as Rigel attempted to move its society forward from its warlike routes. The Zemtar fortress, a traditional Kaylar barracks, was to be the site of the Rigel's admission ceremony. (EV comic: "Our Dearest Blood")

However, Rigel VII did not join the Federation due to a Kaylar coup on the eve of the planet’s admission. The Kaylar attacks lead to the deaths of three crewpersons from the USS Enterprise and injuries to seven others. The incident shocked much of Rigellian society, spurring them to continue their reformations, to remove the more barbaric elements of their society with the aim of eventually reclaiming it's place in the Federation. (EV comics: "Our Dearest Blood", "Nor Iron Bars a Cage")

Shortly after the coup, the memory of the Kaylar attack was used by the Talosians when they held Captain Christopher Pike of the Enterprise captive. To help draw Pike into the illusion his fellow captive, Vina, purposefully overplayed her role as damsel-in-distress to keep Pike from rationalising the experience, to distracted defending her from the attacking Kaylar. (TOS episode: "The Cage"; TOS novel: Burning Dreams)

In the 2360s a group of two-hundred Kaylar were involved in venture to establish a new Federation colony on the planet Votar VII. The operation was joint venture with a group of Rigelians, with the Kaylar providing construction and repair services for suitable compensation. In 2368 the Rigelians attempted to renegotiate their contract with the Kaylar labourers and tried to force a lower rate of compensation upon them. The Kaylar refused the terms of the new contract and in response launched an attack on a dam, "repossessing" the facility, and cutting the power it provided, plunging the colony into darkness.

Votar being a strategically important location to the Federation, Starfleet sent in the USS Enterprise-D to mediate the dispute. Early attempts at diplomacy led by Worf were met with resistance from the Kaylar as the Rigelians had convinced them the Federation would side with them. Once this came to light, Worf was able to clear the waters and bring both sides to the negotiation table to find an amicable resolution to their dispute. (TNG comic: "A Matter of Dates")

The Star Charts and The Worlds of the Federation both describe the Kalar as the dominant species of their homeworld, but describe them as primitive and pre-industrial, rather than the sub-culture of the Rigelians seen in "Our Dearest Blood", or space-faring people shown in "A Matter of Dates". The Worlds of the Federation describes them as rated D-plus on the Richter Scale of Culture, while Star Charts describes Pike's encounter as the first contact with the species and the world being quarantined pending development of warp drive.

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