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Planet of origin: Kurrill Prime
Affiliation: Dominion
Warp capable: -
Biology
Classification: Mammalian humanoid
Environmental requirements: Class M conditions
Sexes: Male and Female
Telepathic abilities: Telekinetic abilities

The Vorta are the genetically-enhanced administrators of the Dominion. They are loyal to the Founders, and are assigned to command the Jem'Hadar.

Background

The Vorta were once small timid ape-like creatures that lived in hollowed out trees and living in fear of the many predators that would hunt them for food. One day a changeling happened upon a Vorta family while it was running from an angry mob who was trying to kill it. The Vorta family took the changeling in and hid it from the mob, saving its life and earning its gratitude. In response for their kindness towards a changeling, something the founders rarely, if ever, experience from solid life-forms, the changeling promised them a position of power within the Dominion. (DS9 episode: "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River")

The Vorta, thanks to the genetic modifications made by the founders, have excellent hearing, though they are tone deaf, they are also colour blind and have poor eyesight. They also have a limited sense of taste; they cannot taste anything beyond the nuts, fruits and berries of their home world - which is seen by Vorta as a reminder of where they came from and what they owe the Founders. Vorta are also immune to most forms of poison, something which Weyoun once remarked was a useful ability for a diplomat. (DS9 episodes: "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River", "Favor the Bold", "Ties of Blood and Water")

Each Vorta is in charge of distributing a drug known as Ketracel-white among the Jem'Hadar under their command, the event is somewhat of a ritual with the Jem'Hadar pledging their loyalty to the founders before receiving their vials of the drug. (DS9 episode: "To the Death")

The Vorta also possess telekinetic abilities, and are able to generate telekinetic blasts of energy that can knock out humans and disable energy barriers. (DS9 episode: "The Jem'Hadar")

The Vorta care little for the Jem'Hadar under their command, seeing them as no more than tools to get a job done and will quite happily sacrifice them all in order to prolong their own survival. (DS9 episode: "Rocks and Shoals")

The Vorta are cloned by the founders, when one dies, they are replaced by their copy, offering them a kind of immortality. On occasion, a clone is "defective" and does not behave like a typical Vorta, the reason for this is unknown, but any defective Vorta are killed without question. (DS9 episode: "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River")

The Vorta are 'built' with a self termination device in their brain stem, this is in case a Vorta is captured, though they are ordered to use it if they turn out to be defective. They are made to believe that the process is painless, but that isn't the case. (DS9 episode: "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River")

The Vorta are incapable of dreaming. (DS9 - Tales of the Dominion War short story: "What Dreams May Come") Though defective vorta are able to dream. (DS9 episode: "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River")

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Weyoun, a male Vorta.

The Vorta are a humanoid species originating in the Gamma Quadrant. They were genetically engineered by the Founders to act in administrative, scientific and diplomatic capacities within the Dominion. The Vorta are also primarily charged with overseeing the Jem'Hadar soldiers, and the distribution of Ketracel-white.

This means that most Vorta do not view death as most humanoid species do and face it with arrogance. They are also equipped with a "kill switch" that they can trigger to commit suicide. This is mainly a system to stop important Vorta from falling into the hands of the Founders enemies. Most Vorta when faced with capture will kill themselves knowing that a new clone will soon be released to continue their service to their gods. (DS9: "Treachery, Faith and the Great River")

Both before and during the Dominion War, the crew of Deep Space 9 had dealings with several Vorta. Most notable of these was Weyoun, who represented the Dominion during the period of Cardassian occupation in 2374. (DS9: "To the Death", "A Time to Stand", "Behind the Lines", "Treachery, Faith and the Great River", et. al)

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Star Trek: Pendragon

When the morphogenic virus created by Section 31 killed nearly all the Founders in the late 2370s, the Jem'Hadar committed mass suicide, taking most of their Vorta overseers with them. Only a handful of Vorta survived, and most of the Dominion's cloning facilities were destroyed. (Star Trek: Pendragon: "Shadows of the Fire")

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