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Horta

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Species Name : Horta1
Quadrant : Alpha

The Horta are a species native to Janus VI, and one of the few silicon based life forms known. They live underground, burrowing their way through rock by excreting ultra corrosive chemicals. This allows them to move through solid stone as easily as a Human moves through air, and the Horta are amongst the best tunnelers known.

Every 50,000 years or so virtually the entire Horta species dies out, leaving a large number of eggs in a chamber known as the Vault of Tomorrow. This cache is guarded by a single individual until they hatch. On Janus VI the Vault was penetrated by a Federation mining team who destroyed many of the eggs, not realizing what they were. The Horta responded by killing many of the miners, leading to the dispatch of the USS Enterprise to assist with the situation.

Captain Kirk and Commander Spock were able to wound the Horta with phaser fire, and the creature was subsequently cornered by Captain Kirk. The Horta was able to communicate a plea for mercy to Kirk. Spock mind melded with the creature and was able to determine the cause of the conflict. The Enterprise's Chief Medical Officer, Doctor McCoy was able to repair the Hortas wounds by applying some cement to them. Kirk convinced the miners to stop destroying the eggs, and in return the Horta stopped its killing spree. The arrangement proved to be highly beneficial to both sides - once the Horta eggs hatched the first thing the young did was begin to tunnel through the surrounding rock, opening up huge mineral resources to access by the miners.1

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References

# Series Season Source Comment
1 TOS 1 The Devil in the Dark
Series : TOS Season 1 (Disc 6)
Episode : The Devil in the Dark


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