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Planet of origin: Tellar
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets
Classification: Porcine humanoid
Environmental requirements: Class M conditions
Typical lifespan: 90 years
Sexes: Male and Female
Distinctive Features:
Porcine features

Tellarite internal physiology

The Tellarites were a sturdy humanoid species from the planet Tellar (or "Tellar Prime" or as they call it "Miracht"), and one of the founding races of the United Federation of Planets. They were distinct for their porcine features and engineering aptitude. (ENT episode: "Zero Hour"; ST reference: The Worlds of the Federation)



Tellarites were a porcine species whose facial features are somewhat pig-like. They had black pupils set in deep eye sockets and large snouts. Their skin was pinkish-brown and coarse, and normally heavily covered with hair.

They had average heights of: 1.8 meters (male) 2.2 meters (female) and a life expectancy of 87 years (male) 93 years (female).

Tellarite legs ended in two-toed feet with hooves, and their femur was notable for missing its of the third tochanter, and that their fibula was vestigial. Their digestive system was designed for plants, and as such they had two stomachs which utilized bacteria to break down the food before entering their single intestine. Despite this, canines were a delicacy on Tellar Prime.

The Tellarite sense of smell and hearing was advanced for a humanoid, while their eyesight was sub par. (ST reference: Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual)

Tellarites were almost always born in groups of six, as they approach puberty they developed a bristly yellow mane of hair. They reach adulthood by the age of twelve Earth years. Virtually all are ambidextrous. (ST reference: The Worlds of the Federation; DS9 novel: Devil in the Sky)


The insignia of the Tellarites

The Tellarites were a very technically apt people, almost a race of engineers. And, as engineers, they like to put a process on everything, and make everything as efficient as possible. Several centuries before the 24th century many Tellarites went to the process, separately, of streamlining language, trying to find the most efficient way of communication. This then led to engineering a process figuring out the best way to think.

In short time many of the separate nations declared that they had figured out the best way to speak and think, and that everyone should conform to their standard. The world was then quickly engrossed in the Voice Wars, as each nation tried to get everyone else to conform to their standard. The Wars were ended, however, from the inside out. Various groups of people within the warring nations saw the devastation the Voice Wars were creating, and thought "Well, this surely can't be the most streamlined way of thinking, it's leading to genocide!"

They reasoned that diversity was, in fact, the most efficient process, and any one mode of thinking would lead to stagnation; machines need parts that do different things. Resistance against the Voice Wars grew, until those who tried to force their methods on others were either gone, or realized just how foolish they were. (RPG reference: The Price of Freedom)

The Voice Wars resulted in the formation of a new ethic; Tellarites became profoundly argumentative. They valued other ideas and other points of view, and love argument and discussion so much that they would often take the devil's advocate position even when they believe in what they are arguing against. They believed that without ample discussion, Voices may be quieted, and that must not be allowed to happen again. Debate became the primary form of entertainment on Tellar. (RPG reference: The Price of Freedom; ST reference: The Worlds of the Federation)

By Stardate 0/3008.03, first contact was made between the Tellarites and Rigellian traders. TOS roleplay module: The Federation)


During the 22nd century, Tellarites armed their torpedo warheads with sirillium. (ST - Destiny novel: Gods of Night)

Tellarites, (just as Cardassians), have been warp drive-capable since at least the 1950s. (ENT episode: "Carbon Creek"; ST reference: Star Charts)


Food and drink

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The Tellarites are a porcine-humanoid race native to Tellar Prime and a foundation member of the United Federation of Planets.


Physical description

Tellarites are often stout and sturdy in stature, and, more often than not, shorter than humans. Males normally wear beards, while both males and females have snout-like noses and recessed eyes. Some, but not all, Tellarites' hands bear a hoof-like resemblance. Their body temperature tends to be higher than humans. (TOS: "Babel"; ENT: "Babel One")

Tellarites are porcine in nature, as evidenced by USS Cantabrian security officer Snerl's squealing after a Myhr'an broke his leg in 2372, as well as the propensity for Tellarites to enjoy mud baths. ((Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One"); ENT: "Bounty")


Impatience and a stubborn pride, strong emotions and a good argument are all traits of Tellarites and their acceptable societial norms. (ENT: "United", "The Forge", "Bounty") Socially, Tellarites consider complaining a way to start a conversation, and, if complaints run dry, insults are acceptable. Whilst arguing makes them excel at politics, overall, Tellarites can be trusted. (ENT: "Babel One", "Dead Stop")


The Tellarites created warp drive sometime prior to Earth's 20th century. They had also made first contact with the Vulcans by this time as well. (ENT: "Carbon Creek")

The Tellarites joined the Andorians, Humans and Vulcans in a temporary alliance in 2154 when under threat by the Romulans. (ENT: "Babel One", "United"). By the next year, this relationship evolved with the possibility to create a Coalition of Planets. (ENT: "Demons"). By 2161, the Tellarites, with the other coalition and non-coalition races, created the United Federation of Planets. Beyond this date and into the 24th century and beyond, Tellarites served in Starfleet and on the Federation Council. (ENT: "Zero Hour", "These are the Voyages..."; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; DS9: "Apocalypse Rising")

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