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Vulcan
Type: Planet
Location: Mutter's Spiral
Appearances: DW: The Power of the Daleks

Vulcan was a planet which supported a Human colony.

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Overview

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General information

It was roughly 12 parsecs away from any other colony. The atmosphere was breathable by Humans. It had very little radiation and the average temperature was 30 degrees Celsius. It was a young, volcanic world, rich in nutrient-rich soil, but with no native life. It did have pools of fuming mercury. Vulcan's day was just a few hours shorter than Earth's.

Vulcan was colonised after Humans discovered the mineral riches found on the planet. It was the third such colony. The Human colony was almost taken over by Daleks who had been reactivated by a scientist called Lesterson after being found in a crashed spacecraft underground. (DW: The Power of the Daleks)

Other information

Contradicting its existence was also located in the Museum of Things That Don't Exist. (EDA: The Taking of Planet 5)

Coincidentally, the name Vulcan was also given the home planet of Mr. Spock in the Star Trek television series, as indicated by Donna Noble's comparing of the Doctor's attempt to read a possessed Nazi soldier's mind with something a Vulcan (namely Spock) would do (BBCR: The Nemonite Invasion).

Behind the Scenes

  • 19th and 20th century scientists had discussed the possibility of a planet between the orbit of Mercury and Sol. This theory has since been discredited. The Taking of Planet Five makes reference to this.
  • As noted above, the Star Trek character Spock came from the fictional planet Vulcan. Star Trek would have beat Doctor Who in introducing the concept of an alien world called Vulcan by only a few weeks, as it debuted only a couple of months before Power of the Daleks aired.
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For the Vulcan homeworld, see: Vulcan.
Planet of origin: Vulcan
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets (founding member, 2161)
Warp capable: 320 AD
Borg Designation: Species 3259
Biology
Classification: Mammalian humanoid
Environmental requirements: Warm Class M conditions
Typical lifespan: 200 years
Sexes: Male and Female
Telepathic abilities: Touch telepathic
Blood Coloration: Green (copper based)
Distinctive Features:
Pointed ears and eyebrows
Racial Sub-divisions:
Varied skin and eye colouration

The Vulcans, also known as Vulcanians, are a humanoid species native to the planet Vulcan. They are one of the founding species of the United Federation of Planets and widely known for their distinctive pointed ears and eyebrows and their merciless logic.

There may have been numerous transitions within the Vulcan government which has shifted between the Vulcan High Command to the Confederacy of Vulcan. Part of their territory is known as the Vulcan Colonial Protectorate. (TOS novel: Spectre)

For a list of Vulcans, see: Vulcans

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Biology

Physiology

Originating from a desert world, Vulcans have a number of features evolved for better survival in warm and dry environments. These include inner eyelids to protect their eyes from sand and the ability to go for some time without water.

Vulcans tend to be tall and dark haired with elongated earlobes and slanted eyebrows though some specimens have pronounced browlines. Similar to Humans, Vulcans tend to have a wide range of skin tones an example being Xialites and other tropical descended Vulcans possess a darker skin complexion.

Vulcan internal physiology

Though they appeared to be similar to Humans the Vulcan species internal anatomy was far different. Males and females were of similar height as well as stature; averaging 2 meters in height and 70 kilos in weight. Furthermore, their muscle mass was much longer and their skeletal frame was denser compared to Terrans which was a direct result of their living on a higher gravity world with a thinner atmosphere. Due to this, the average Vulcan tended to be stronger than a Human and possessed more heightened senses. With nasal numbing agents, Vulcans' sensitive olfactory senses can tolerate human body odors. (ENT episode: "The Andorian Incident")

One notable difference between Humans and Vulcans is that Vulcans do not possess sweat glands. Instead, they evolved the ability that allows their blood, skin and body structure to cool itself rather than perspire which would be inefficient on the race's desert homeworld.

The Vulcan epidermis was unlike any in the known galaxy as it formed a two-way moisture proof shield which protected the body from external liquids and pressure as well as maintained the inner temperature and the liquid environment of the organs. In addition to this, Vulcan blood was copper based giving Vulcan blood a greener color compared to Terrans. This made it extremely effective in separating as well as utilizing smaller amounts of oxygen available in the Vulcan homeworld's low pressure, mildly irradiated environment.

The Vulcan brain

One of the least understood areas of the Vulcan body was the brain. The Vulcan midbrain was larger as well as more complex and contained more nerve endings with blood capillaries than those in Human brains. The Vulcan brain was comparable with the Betazoid midbrain which comprised nearly 65% of their entire brain mass, the Vulcan midbrain was significantly smaller compared to this and only comprising 45% of the brain. It was believed that this portion of their brain that gives the Vulcan species their remarkable psionic abilities though further testing had proved to be inconclusive. The species also contained thirty six pairs of nerves attached to their spinal cord which serves as an autonomic and voluntary nervous system. (TOS novel: First Strike) Their brains were also noted to not had the same lateralization of function when compared to Humans where the left side of the brain controlled certain functions and right controlled others. Instead, the Vulcan brain had an area controlling speech on each side of the brain thus providing a level of redudancy should one part be damaged than the other could take over. This had also made Vulcans being ambidextrous in nature allowing them to use both hands equally well. (TOS novel: Mindshadow) The Vulcan nervous system was noted as being far more resilient when compared to other races, with it capable of surviving damage that would kill a Human or a Denobulan. (ENT episode: "Rajiin")

Within Vulcans there is a clear inner eyelid which is formed of nictitating membrane which filters radiation, dust and other harmful elements that could damage the eye. Although this can be further mutated, under the proper conditions, to closely resemble that of a fish. (TAS episode: "The Ambergris Element") Their bodies were also capable of withstanding greater levels of radiation when compared to Terrans. (ENT novel: Surak's Soul)

It's was noted that Vulcan eyesight was more acute and they are able to recognize more color frequencies and perceive more clearly at a distance. There is a downside to this as Vulcans experience pain as well as symptoms that are similar to headaches and eyestrain when exposed to vibrant high colorations for long periods of time. Furthermore, the Vulcan optic nerve is much more delicate and sensitive compared to those of Humans which makes it more vulnerable to disease and degeneration. (TOS episode: "The Deadly Years")

One of the most obvious distinctive features in Vulcans is the shape and structure of the ear, as the top of their ears' pinna tapers into a point. Though capable of funneling sound and intensifying the reception of harmonics, the internal structure of the eardrum is very different than Humans. It forms no fewer than three separate functioning eardrums. Tests have shown that these eardrums seem to respond to differing volumes and pitch which relay the sound through separate channels to the nerve centers of the brain. Each are known to work independently and in the case of Vulcans of old age, it is most often the low pitched eardrums that deteriorates.

The Vulcan skull is also a noted difference when compared to other species. The Vulcans possess 28 teeth and lack rear molars. Instead, they possess a longer mandibular movement than other bipedal species. Although the bone structure of the Vulcan skull is thinner, the actual skull casing is formed of extremely dense matter which allows a thinner depth of bone actually to be harder as well as stronger than a human skull. Thus, fatal blows to a Human head are less life threatening to a member of this race. (TOS episode: "Mirror, Mirror")

There was speculation that the Vulcan and Human species perhaps possessed a common ancestor due to the similarities.

Vulcan internal organs tend to operate at a much faster rate compared to other comparable species. An average heart rate is as high as 265 beats per minute. The heart itself is another source of distinction between Vulcans and Humans as its location is the center of the torso where its surrounded by a large lung structure which is capable of holding approximately 20% more air then Human lungs. This has resulted in the Vulcan torso, ribcage and musculature being significantly longer which allows it to encompass the organs within. Lessening the danger of outside forces causing serious internal injury. (TOS novel: Dreams of the Raven, TOS episode: "A Private Little War")

Most Vulcans can resist the phermonal emissions of Deltans. (TOS movie: Star Trek: The Motion Picture) And those of Orions, of opposing sexes. (ENT episode: "Bound")

The hormonal activity within the Vulcan body is under muscular control and can be regulated by conscious processes by trained Vulcans. This allows such individuals to control their adrenaline, thyroid and other metabolic systems which, in turn, allows them to alter their heart rate, oxygen consumption and other bodily resources. This is the source of the amazing ability of Vulcans to 'regenerate' from wounds which is accomplished through special trances that allow them to control their bodies to repair internal or structural damages at an efficient rate. The only exception to this is during the reproductive hormone complex released during the Pon farr. During this state, a hormone known as yamareen is released into the bloodstream of mature male Vulcans. Although the female Vulcan can be impregnated after her menstrual cycle begins, which is typically at the age of 16 and can be as late as 25, the male Vulcan is incapable of creating progeny until after the onset of their first Pon farr. Thereafter, the Vulcan male is capable of reproducing at any time, but they must obey the physical urge to mate every seven years during the Pon farr. This, in comparison with the reproductive ability of other species which they can mate with, gives credence to the theory that Humans, Vulcans and Klingons are from a common ancestor seeded by the Preservers. (TNG roleplay module: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans)

Vulcans were capable of producing offspring with humans but only through the use of medical intervention. Human females needed to recieve large doses of hormones and Vulcan vitamins before conception in order to prepare her body for the fetus which takes 10 months to mature. (TOS novel: Sarek)

Lifespan

The Vulcan lifespan is longer than that of humans. Vulcans have been known to live over 200 years, and the Vulcan Zakal lived to the age of 276 - dying just as Surak's teachings began to take hold in Vulcan society. (TNG episode: "Sarek", TOS novel: The Lost Years, TOS novel: Epiphany)

After reaching adulthood, the aging process of Vulcans slowed a great deal. Vulcans who appeared to be young adults by human standards could actually be as much as two or three times older than their appearance indicated. T'Pol, for example, who appeared by human standards to be in her late twenties or early thirties, was actually in her mid-sixties by the time she was assigned to the Enterprise (NX-01), quite older than many of her crew members suspected. Lieutenant Commander Tuvok, who appeared by human standards to be in his late thirties or early forties by the mid-24th century, was actually over 100 years old by the time the USS Voyager was pulled into the Delta Quadrant. (ENT episode: "Fallen Hero" and VOY episode: "Flashback")

Medical Conditions

Vulcans biology was vulnerable to Trellium as it was a neurotoxin to them which degraded their neural pathways to the point that they were suffering from violent emotions that resulted ultimately in madness. (ENT episode: Impulse, Damage)

Splinter Species

The Vulcans have had the capacity for space travel since at least the 3rd century and have spread throughout local space. At least one Vulcan colony was lost from the Vulcan people: the Last-of-all-Cities colony on Darien 224, which remained isolated from the galactic community for two millennia (EV comic: Cloak and Dagger). Other Vulcan off-shoots include:

There was speculation from Spock that Sargon's people may have visited his homeworld in the past and perhaps the Vulcan species are an offshoot of theirs. (TOS episode: "Return to Tomorrow") It's also possible that the V'gelnians were a another splinter species of Vulcans.

History

See main article: Vulcan history.

Culture

Logic

Vulcan IDIC Seal

Founded by an ancient Vulcan named Surak, the essence of Vulcan society is in arriving at the truth through logical process. Most Vulcans believe that emotions are illogical, thus making them impure, and deterrent to truth. However, Vulcans are born with the same emotions that afflicted their violent ancestors, but the continual mind conditioning, the t'an s'at, gives them the impassivity sought after by all Vulcans. The t'an s'at is an intellectual decontruction of emotional patterns, a lifelong process that strives for absolute detachment from all emotion. Though not all can arrive at the ultimate pure logical state, the exacting process of mental control gives Vulcans enough to conform to the ideals of Vulcan society. Vulcans of this creed are impervious to greed, deception, anger, and all other vices. (VOY episode: "Alter Ego")

The majority of Vulcans follow a belief in logic known as Cthia and many aim to achieve a state without emotion known as Kolinahr. (TOS movie: Star Trek: The Motion Picture) This philosophy meant that they relied on logic and reason to guide their lives, rather than emotion. All expression of emotions was completely forbidden, negative or otherwise. This did not mean that Vulcans had cast away all emotions they once had; they had merely made a choice not to let those emotions influence the decisions they were making. (TOS novel: Demons) This led to the mistaken belief amongsts other species that Vulcans had no emotions which they did possess though they did not permit those emotions to show in public or allow them to control their actions. (TOS novel: Prime Directive) Few Vulcans managed to extinguist all their emotions but most had mastered the ability to contain them. This went in line with Vulcan philosophy that their race had adopted which stated that there was no reason why any emotion should have any influence on behavior or cloud the path of logic. (TNG novel: The Devil's Heart) Curiousity was one emotion which Vulcans admitted and even approved. (TOS novel: The Vulcan Academy Murders)

It must be noted that this stance is not accepted by all Vulcans, however. There are groups of Vulcans referred to as "v'tosh ka'tur", which means "Vulcans without logic." (ENT episodes: "Fusion (episode)", "Stigma") The Romulans were originally a group of Vulcans who chose to split away rather than accept the philosophy of Surak. In addition to this, many Vulcan's can subscribe to the different teachings of other philosophers such as Jarok, Nirak, or T'Mor. (ST roleplay module: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans)

One Vulcan saying is 'The Vulcan knows there is a time for everything' which is an approximate translation from the Kahr-y-Tan which means the 'Way of the Vulcan'. An aspect of this is the herb gathering ritual which Vulcans engage in which is where they collect necessary herbs in preparation of tea for Vulcan Masters. (TOS novel: Dwellers in the Crucible)

Something of noted importance within Vulcan society was the discovery of the Kir'Shara by Captain Jonathan Archer and Commander T'Pol which brought at end of the rule of the Vulcan High Command. This also sparked a rapid change within Vulcan society which moved from a government that would engage in spying, battles and a more active part in the galaxy to one of more peaceful and almost isolationist tendencies. The discovery of the Kir'Shara presumably led to many years of study which the Vulcans concentrated on rather then follow the behaviour they had previously. (ENT episodes: "The Forge", "Awakening", "Kir'Shara")

Mythology

Though this is the case now, the early Vulcans believed in a wide range of myths that spread across the surface of their homeworld before the age of Surak. Such beliefs include the Treasury of Erebus that spoke of an ice demon living within the snow at the peak of Mount Seleya. Another myth spoke of the Eater of Souls which would devour the souls of travelers lost in the deserts of Vulcan. While other myths spoke of a deadly creature known as the Veruul that lived within the heart of the Fire Plains of Raal within Vulcan's Forge. Furthermore, in the heart of the Womb of Fire was stated to lie Vorta Vor. (TOS novels: Vulcan's Soul, Exodus, Exiles)

A pantheon of gods were also present among ancient myths one of which spoke of twin god brothers that were different from one another yet always united and together rose their mother, the sun, into the sky. The names of these god brothers would be adopted by the early Romulans for their homeworlds. (TOS novels: Vulcan's Soul, Exodus, Exiles) Other gods believed to exist included the gods of peace, death and war which were depicted on the Stone of Gol. (TNG episode: "Gambit, Part II") In addition, there was the warrior goddess T'Vet who was still worshipped amongst some circles in modern Vulcan. (TOS novel: The Vulcan Academy Murders). There were a number of other deities within this pantheon which included the goddess Reah who held sway over death and bereavement. There was also a male war god known as Khosarr who had a consort called Akraana. In addition, there was a red fertility goddess who was known as Lia. (TOS novel: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

Vulcan mythology believed in a place known as Sha Ka Ree which was the Vulcan view of Eden. (TOS movie: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

According to some of the oldest myths of the Vulcan race, that at the end of the universe all of existence was going to be consumed by fire. (TOS novels: Vulcan's Soul, Exiles)

Family life

Vulcans were noted for their more complex family relationships compared to Humans. Such family units consisted of the Eldest of House with normally a matriarch in charge of the affairs of the House. (TOS novel: Sarek) Traditionally, a male Vulcan was not present at the time when their mate was delivering their child during the pregnancy. (TOS novel: Star Trek (2009)) Children when they were born were not given a name until their Naming Day. (TOS novel: Sarek) Similar to the ceremonies surrounding marriage and burial, the Vulcan rituals that concerned birth had remained intact over the millenia with event he logic of Surak failing to strip the Vulcan race of their dark and ancient rites. (TOS novel: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

Newborn children til the age of four were known to take part in visual mathematics, basical calculation as well as beginning the neurological organization of their brains which was followed by an identity meld. By the time they were four, they began mathematics and species idenfitication as well as began to coordinate the use of their physical bodies. Furthermore, algebra, geometry and physics dominated their study life at this time. (TOS novel: Battlestations!) Typically, as part of Vulcan custom, children are betrothed at around seven Earth years of age when they undergo a Bonding ceremony which telepathically links the two. As a result the two Vulcans would seek one another during their pon farr cycle. (TOS novel: Sarek) This was a parental arrangement which dated to ancient times as it served as a method of preventing wars and strengthening ties between neighbors whose ancestral lands adjoined. (TOS novel: Dwellers in the Crucible)

When they were eight, children began preliminary telepathic communication and were taught etiquette as well as their clans history along with Vulcan anthropology, calculus and quantum physics. When the child was ten, they learnt to suppress cortical stimulae in the dominant hemisphere as well as learnt of their races cultural history and began a study of Vulcan rites of passage. By the time they were eleven, they learnt of the pressure points needed for mind melding in addition to learning memory accuracy and internal time counting. Furthermore, they were introduced to logic and definition, the priciples of analysis, concretehess of thought and physical deportment. These early years of study were expected to continue til the child was between the age of thirteen to fifteen after which their formal training began.

When formal training began, the first rite conducted was Tal T'Lee where they were assisted in their meditation by an adept of their clan council. They learnt to cnotrol their subdominant cortices which was followed by Dwemish Hi-An where identity isolation was learnt along with brain control with numbers systems and equations. They also learnt multiplication left to right whereupon they took part in Enok-Kal Fi Lar which was the processes of definition and the concepts of given. Once this was complete, the child took part in An-Prele between the age of sixteen to nineteen where they learnt pain control meditation from a clan council adept. They were also expected to read Essays of Discipline and Analysis of Pseudodoxy as well as was expected to learn to segregate the lobes of their brains. (TOS novel: Battlestations!) As the child grew older, one of their rights of passage was the Kahs-wan maturity test which was a survival ritual that dated before the time of Surak. Those who survived took their first step into adulthood. (TOS novel: Exodus)

At the age of twenty to twenty four, the Vulcan was expected to learn of logical paradigms and behavioral modification through the Runes of T'Vish. They also learnt multiplication right to left, diagonal and cross multiplication as well as leanrnt to isolate their katra. This continued til the age of twenty five to twenty nine where the Sele-An-T'Lee was conducted which comprised of lessons in subdominant brain organization, advanced philosopy and logic, muscle coordination and the control of will. Part of this also included learning the five steps which were the belief discipline, reality awareness, sensory acuteness, visual calculation and fact analysis. There were further readings expected which included Logic and Definition, Equations, Systems of Logic, The Interior and Purpose as Prime Motivator. There were also taught advanced mind meld techniques as part of their training.

By the time the Vulcan was thirty to thirty five, they were expected to had conducted the Norn-La-Hal which involved superior control meditation and neurological organization. Furthermore, importance was placed on the dignity and tradition in Vulcan identity as well as the contemplations of infinity. The final stage of this training involved Venlinahr which was the state most adult Vulcans had attained and involved meditation by individual discretion. There was also further study of Vulcan dharma as well as advanced readings on the mystagogues of Surak, Scorus, T'Enne, T'Vish, Prisu and Seltar. (TOS novel: Battlestations!)

It should be noted that the above events were in relation to children of the Lyr Zor clan and thus may not be true to all Vulcan children.

Vulcans youths were not allowed to guide the conversations of their elders, this was especially the case if the child in question was not past the age of the Ka nifoor. (TOS novel: Corona) By the time a Vulcan was an adult, they had learnt a set of mind rules which governed their telepathic abilities as well as the necessary skills needed to shield their thoughts from outside emotions. (TOS novel: Mindshadow)

Though ultimately logical creatures, it took many years of practice and training for young Vulcans who do demonstrate emotions at first before beginning the long process that was made by Surak centuries ago. To accomplish this, Vulcan parents used learning tools and techniques to train their children in the primary concepts of logic, and to gain control over their emotions. Eventually, through these processes young children began to learn emotional control. (VOY episode: "Human Error", TNG novel: Metamorphosis) As part of their belief in honesty, Vulcan parents were known not to shield the truth from their young as they believed it would hinder their development in coping with such difficulties. Furthermore, a parent's attachment to the child was not considered an emotion but rather as part of the parent's identity and without the child, the parent would not be complete. (VOY episode: "Innocence")

Vulcans prefered not to dance with another man's wife which was attributed to their customs which stated that it was not appropriate for a man to his in his arms a woman that was not his. (TOS novel: The Vulcan Academy Murders) In addition, there were strict teachings that spoke against desecrating the dead. (TOS novel: Mind Meld)

Society

Surak's teachings were the most important philosophical essays in Vulcan history, detailing the use of logic and reason in order to control warring emotions and destructive tendencies. In the beginning, Vulcans used their emotions as a tool, preferring to apply logic to justify their actions rather than use logic to guide their actions. As the race evolved and the teachings of Surak spread, however, the use of various techniques to banish and suppress emotion became more prevalent and Vulcan psychology blossomed. The understanding of one's mind and mental processes as well as one's emotional reactions became a necessity, and psychology was applied not only to one's own actions but also to understanding the actions of others.

The foremost psychologists on Vulcan belonged to the religious orders that guided Vulcan society. Surak's school, the largest and most popular sect of Vulcan beliefs, advocated the study and understanding of emotional desires, so that the student could suppress and control them. Constant study of this process, as well as assisting others in achieving mastery of psionics through control of emotion, had caused the devotees of this doctrine to become experts on the workings and common psychological traumas of Vulcan minds.

The school of Surak had many techniques which opened the mind of a student, perceiving where the student's difficulties and strongest emotions lie and adjusted the mind's processes so that the student can more completely face the emotion and learn to control it. Thus, they were experienced in abnormal psychology as well as the common workings of the Vulcan minds. When a Vulcan was unable to control his emotions, his family or colleagues often summoned a devotee of Surak to deal with him. When a Vulcan willingly gives in to his emotions, it was one goal of those who followed the doctrines of Surak to help him resolve his problems and rejoin society.

One of the most contemplated teachings of Surak was his admonition that one should study reason above all else. He taught that a Vulcan should learn to discern reality both as it seemed to be and as it truly was. This dissection of truth from illusion had spurred Vulcans into intense study of science and mathematics, helping them dissect many of the most complex workings in the universe into logical steps. Patience, temperance and logical observation (truthfulness to the world) were three of the greatest virtues of Vulcan culture and all have great application to scientific reasoning. Vulcans believed that their adherence to this doctrine made them the foremost scientists in the Federation.

Further, the application of these virtues, combined with intense meditation, had given Vulcans great control over their native psionic abilities. They remained unable, however, to control that most famous biological trigger of Vulcan mental abilities such as the pon farr. (ST roleplay module: The Way of Kolinahr: The Vulcans)

Vulcans are noted for their patience and believe it is a necessity among their species while it was a virtue among Humans. (TOS novel: Sarek) One of the most famous qualities among the Vulcan people was their high degree of honesty. This was to such an extent that many Vulcan's were highly reluctant to tell a lie which led to the saying that "Vulcans cannot lie" (TOS episode: "The Enterprise Incident") Despite this, it was known that, under logical reasons of course, that they were capable of accomplishing such a task or make an omission. No Vulcan admitted such a dishonesty and considered it an act of "lying". (TOS movies: The Wrath of Khan, The Undiscovered Country)

Their society had no property authority for investigating violent crimes since they rarely occured. Vulcan belief held that those who had the ability to commit murder had a form of mental illness. Whilst they were capable of killing in cases of defense or racial survival; to actually murder for personal gain was not considered logical. (TOS novel: The Vulcan Academy Murders) These traits meant many believed that Vulcan society was devoid of criminal elements or terrorists though what was not known to many that such activities were known to had happened in the past. A total of at three hundred and twelve Vulcans were known to had committed terrorist acts in the past millennium by the time of the 24th century. Whilst terorist acts on Vulcans were rare, they were generally limited to expressions of extreme political theory and also sporadic attempts at returning to the violent philosophies that ruled the Vulcan home world before the days of Surak. The number of such organizations included the Adepts of T'Pel, the Kahrilites, the Followers of the Cupric Band, the Binaries, the Traxton Compound, the Central Source and the Symmetrists. (TOS novel: Avenger) In terms of murder, an ancient Vulcan tradition stated "Suffer the death of thine enemy" as the race were touch telepaths and the death of another often meant that the murderer had to accept their pain. As such, even in pre-Reform times, the Vulcans were selective about who they murdered as they had to decide whether it was worth experiencing the pain of their victim. (TNG novel: Metamorphosis)

The Vulcan Academy Murders states that there was no proper authority for investigating violent crimes which contradicts LUG which says that the V'Kor were a police force within Vulcan society.

Nutrition was seen as a perfectly logical activity though the Vulcans did not take any lunch. (TOS novel: The Vulcan Academy Murders)

After achieving their belief in logic, the Vulcan people estimated that other races had developed a similar "enlightenment" as well as the belief of peaceful exploration upon achieving warp travel but this was eventually proven wrong. To compensate with more 'emotional' races, they developed a complex behavioral algorithm that would allow them to model as well as predict another beings emotional response that would be calculated mentally. It was created as a form of self survival. The equations were very difficult to master but the Vulcan people had developed a wide variety in order to compensate for any situation. (DS9 novel: The War of the Prophets)

Most Vulcans learnt numerous mental techniques that had been first developed by Surak but over the centuries had been improved upon by generations of philosophers and healers. During times of stress or those that led to agitation, a Vulcan was capable of calming themselves through the use of a meditation formula. (TOS novel: The Vulcan Academy Murders) Those that took part in the kolinahr ritual also learnt of calming techniques in order to center themselves during times of emotional turmoil. Concentration was an art that the Vulcans had learnt early though doing so without any results was taxing. (TOS novel: Avenger)

Due to their telepathic nature, the Vulcans had a number of mind rules in place over the governance and use of these powers. One such technique allowed its adept to take the pain of another beings and drew strength from it. This ancient discipline was forbidden in modern Vulcan society as it was misused by many who sought to impose their will upon others allowing them to brainwash individuals to become loyal servants. (TOS novel: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

Whilst not named, this technique does appear to be similar to the one employed by the warlord Sudoc who used a telepathic ability to brainwash individuals into becoming loyal followers.

An ancient Vulcan custom was the offering of fire and water to guests allowing them to stay in a Vulcan home. (Vulcan's Soul novel: Exodus) Within their society, the Vulcan government was known to reward those individuals with advancement on meritocratic principles. (ENT episode: "Awakening") In addition, ninety eight percent of Vulcans had all held some form of public office by the time they were two hundred years of age. (TOS novel: Spock's World)

Rituals

Recreational

Holidays

Martial Arts

Artifacts

Foods

adronn feltaraanwoa sprout • b'lltarrbertakk soupc'torrfarr-kahlifilrakforati saucegespar • iced fruit • ihntya'kahri-torrafeiaca • kalafruit • kleetantakreylalirsL-Lersamia-zedm'lun'gaanplomeekplomeek brothplomeek soupsaffirsoltart'coracat'miirq soup • t'mirak ricetoliktono'pak soup • ulan soupvranto salad • wafer fruit

Beverages

  • relen tea
  • kasa juice

Language

See main article: Vulcan language.

Technology

Vulcans are known to be an advanced star-faring people that were exploring the stars long before humanity was capable of doing so, as early as the 3rd century. Early Vulcans were a violent people and much of their advanced technology was seemingly lost in the nuclear wars shortly before the reformation of the Vulcan people led by Surak in the Time of Awakening. (EV comic: Cloak and Dagger; ENT episode: Awakening)

Technology from this period included psionic devices such as Katric arks and psionic weapons including the Stone of Gol, Tol par-doj and Vorl-tak. Psionic weapons were banned on Vulcan following the reformation but survived in the lost colony of the last-of-all-Cities. (EV comic: Cloak and Dagger; ENT episodes: Awakening, Kir'Shara; TNG episode: Gambit)

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Final Fantasy III Enemy
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Japanese バルカン
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NES Name Vulcan
DS Name Vulcan

The Vulcan is an enemy from Final Fantasy III. It is found on the World Map of the Surface World.

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For other meanings of "Vulcan", see Vulcan (disambiguation).
Solkar, a Vulcan male

Vulcans (also known as "Vulcanians") are a humanoid species known for their devotion to logic, and stoic natures. Native to the planet Vulcan, they were also a founding member of the United Federation of Planets in 2161.

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Physiology

T'Pol, a Vulcan female.

Vulcans are externally identifiable by their pointed ears, as well as their pointed eyebrows. Several Vulcanoid races descended from the Vulcans also have these characteristics, such as the Romulans, the Debrune, and the Rigelians.

Internally, Vulcan blood is copper-based, and is dark green in color. Their heart is where a Human's liver is, and their brains have a noticeable layered structure.

Approximately once every seven years Vulcans enter their mating phase known as the Pon farr. During this phase Vulcans experience a neural imbalance causing a loss of emotional control. The Vulcan must then satisfy the Pon farr or they could face death.

Culture

The traditional Vulcan introduction consists of "name, child of father's name, child of grandfather's name". Example: "Sarek, child of Skon, child of Solkar."

Historically, male Vulcan names start with the letter "S" to honor Surak, the father of Vulcan logic, and female Vulcan names begin with "T" to honor T'Plana-Hath), the matron of Vulcan philosophy.

History

After centuries of bloody wars and untold violence on the Vulcan homeworld, roughly around the 10th-century on Earth, the Vulcan embraced the teachings of Surak. Since then, the Vulcans have tried to be logical beings, attempting to hide their emotional and passionate core behind a facade of non-expression. The Vulcans have since lost the original meaning of Surak and began to revert to their original state, engaging in territorial disputes and minor wars with Andoria, until Syran and Jonathan Archer was able to recover the Kir'Shara, the body of the original writings of Surak. (ENT: "Kir'Shara")

Tuvok, a Vulcan in Starfleet.

The Vulcans joined the United Federation of Planets in 2161, as one of the four founding members. The Vulcans have since served on Federation Starfleet vessels in multipling numbers, including an all Vulcan ship by the 24th century. (DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite")

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