|Average Male Height:||183 cm (6 ft. 0 in.) to 203 cm (6 ft. 8 in.)|
|Average Male Weight:||72.6 kg (160 lb.) to 108.9 kg (240 lb.)|
|Average Female Height:||173 cm (5 ft. 8 in.) to 193 cm (6 ft. 4 in.)|
|Average Female Weight:||59 kg (130 lb.) to 90.7 kg (200 lb.)|
|Minimum Academy Age:||18|
- Note: This is a PC and NPC rated species.
The Orions are a humanoid species originating from the planet Orion.
Physiology and society
Orions are known for their distinctive green or blue skin. Orion males are typically bald and, on average, taller and more muscular than an average Human male. Orion females are very animalistic in nature, known for their extreme carnal appetites and their innate skill of seduction. The Human male can rarely resist the alluring dance of the Orion slave girl.
In Orion society the males are slaves to the females. As a means of deception to other species, however, the Orions maintain the façade that the females are the slaves. This is commonly done by selling Orion females on the Orion slave market.
Once sold to a male, the Orion slave girls use their unique physiology to their advantage; their highly potent pheromones accelerate the metabolisms of males of many species, raising adrenaline production to dangerous levels which causes aggression and ultimately a form of delusion. Its most significant effect is to make them susceptible to suggestion. Not long after, the "owner" males begin taking orders from their "slave" females. The pheromones' effects are cumulative; the longer exposed, the more pronounced are the results.
In 2155 Dr. Phlox of the Enterprise NX-01 theorized that the pheromone acts as a defense mechanism against competition.
The planet Orion was once a highly advanced civilization whose history has drawn great interest from Federation historians and archaeologists alike.
During the mid-23rd century, noted Federation archaeologist Doctor Roger Korby translated medical records from the Orion ruins that helped revolutionize modern immunization techniques and became required reading at Star Fleet Academy.
In 2269, through the assistance of the Guardian of Forever, Star Fleet officers Captain Kirk, Commander Spock and historian Lieutenant Erikson traveled to the dawn of Orion's civilization to view the planet's history unfolding firsthand.
During the 24th century, the Orions ran the prestigious Institute of Cosmology located on Orion I.
Little is known about the organization of the Orion government, or if indeed a central government exists.
Prior to 2270, the Orions had carefully maintained an air of neutrality, especially while operating in and around Federation space. This, however, has proven to be more of a guise than a reality, and was often used as an effort to cover their usually shady operations. Nevertheless, Orion's official position of neutrality comes before ship and crew, as all unsuccessful Orion missions end in suicide. Orions would keep that rationale in good conscience, as they would otherwise fall subject to Federation retaliation, if they were to lose their neutrality.
Despite the rich cultural history of Orion and outside of their "official" stance of neutrality, a dark side of the Orion culture exists in their active trafficking of forced labor through the Orion slave markets, especially their slave girls. Verex III and the Orion colony were well-known trade centers during the 22nd and 23rd centuries.
The primary entity operating within these confines was known as the Orion Syndicate, comprised of a conglomeration of traders, pirates and smugglers. These individuals were well-known for their many illegal operations outside of the slave trade, including extortion, theft, raids, kidnappings and assassinations.
A secondary entity operating within the Orion realm was known as the Orion Free Traders. The Orion Free Traders had a partially established relationship with the Vulcans during the late 24th century.
Orion territory is located adjacent to both the Federation and the Klingon Empire. This region of space, which separates the Orion Syndicate from the Klingon Empire, is known as the Borderland. During the 22nd century, this volatile region of space attracted the most dangerous elements from both sides.
Contact with Humans
The first known Orion contact with Humans was made with Arik Soong in the 2130s. Soong established a relationship with the Orion Syndicate in order to acquire certain goods and equipment that he and his Augments needed to survive.
The Orions actively conducted trade with the Earth Cargo Service during the 2150s. In late December 2152, an Orion freighter was scheduled to rendezvous with the ECS Horizon; however the Horizon failed to make the transfer.
In 2154, the Earth starship Enterprise inadvertently made contact with Orion pirates when they encountered a number of Orion interceptors, which kidnapped nine of Enterprise's crew. The crew was recovered from the Orion processing station on Verex III, where they had been taken.
Against the Babel Conference
Throughout the mid-2260s, Orion smugglers had been actively raiding dilithium from the Coridan system. The Babel Conference, a prelude to Coridan's admission into the Federation, jeopardized future raids, as Coridan would then become subject to Federation law.
In 2268, the Orions circumvented their neutrality by attacking the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 which was responsible for transporting delegates to the Babel Conference.
Among the delegates was an Orion spy, Thelev, disguised as an Andorian, who in association with an attacking Orion vessel made a futile attempt to prevent the conference by destroying the USS Enterprise. Had their attack on Star Fleet succeeded, they would have instigated mutual suspicion and possibly interplanetary war. Had war broken out, they would have cleaned up supplying dilithium to both sides while continuing to raid Coridan.
Loss of neutrality
Orion's neutrality remained in dispute after the Coridan affair and the Babel Conference. This was again brought to light in 2270 when an Orion pirate ship attacked and raided the USS Huron of its cargo of dilithium and a shipment of strobolin intended for transfer to the USS Enterprise NCC-1701. The Enterprise tracked the Orion ship to an asteroid field. Initially, the crew was attacked by, and later accused of harassing, the Orions, who then threatened to file a formal protest with the Federation. However, the Enterprise detected the dilithium in the Orion ship's hold. Captain James T. Kirk, Enterprise's commanding officer at the time, told the Orions that he would allow them to keep the dilithium if they would return the strobolin, and would make no mention of the encounter in his log. The Orions did not trust Kirk, and suggested a nearby asteroid to hand over the drug. However, this suggestion was a ruse, as the Orions planned to destroy themselves and the Enterprise during the exchange to preserve the appearance of Orion neutrality. The plot failed and the Orion ship and crew was captured, casting further doubt on the future of the Orions' claim to neutrality.