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Arretan

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Species Name : Arretan
Quadrant : Beta

An ancient species, the Arretans explored space some 600,000 years ago. They visited many planets, possibly including Vulcan. Over time they became incredibly advanced and powerful. Each Arretan was capable of amazing mental feats - they could control technology at a distance, read thoughts and speak telepathically to others, influence their emotions and memories in precise ways, inflict pain on other beings merely by thinking about it, and much more. Perhaps most impressive, they could transfer their own consciousness to any body or machine of sufficient complexity, although the strain of bearing an Arretan consciousness was extreme.1

In time the Arretan's power grew to such an extent that they came to consider themselves as Gods. However they became divided, and began to war amongst themselves. They would later claim that the war was fought with such powers, and for such reasons, that Human beings could not possibly comprehend either one. The war resulted in the virtual extermination of their species, leaving only three survivors as disembodied minds resting in small spherical containers deep under the ruined surface of their planet.1

In 2268 the Enterprise fell under the influence of the surviving Arretans and was brought to the ruined planet. The leader of the survivors, Sargon, asked Captain Kirk and his offers to host the surviving Arretans long enough for them to construct machine bodies for permanent residence. Kirk agreed, but the plan went awry when one of the Arretans, Henoch, betrayed the others in an attempt to destroy them and remain in Spock's body indefinitely. Sargon was ultimately able to overcome Henoch but the conflict convinced him that there was no place for beings of their power in the present day, and he and Thalassa chose to end their lives.1


Yellow text = Canon source Green text = Backstage source Cyan text = Novel White text = DITL speculation

References

# Series Season Source Comment
1 TOS 2 Return to Tomorrow
Series : TOS Season 2 (Disc 6)
Episode : Return to Tomorrow


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