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Sheliak

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Species Name : Sheliak1
Quadrant : Alpha

A powerful and mysterious life form, the Sheliak have a tendency to regard other species - especially Humanoid species - as inferior. Classified as type R-3, they are only vaguely Humanoid themselves. Their precise form is not clear, as the Sheliak hide their physical form under a concealing garment when contacting Humanoids. There are indications that they may have at least a slight degree of shape shifting ability - the constant movement of their body under the garment indicates that their external shape is somewhat variable. This, however, is purely speculative at present.1

The Federation signed the Treaty of Armens with the Sheliak in 2255. An extensive document, the treaty ceded several worlds to the Sheliak including Tau Cygna V. In 2366 the Sheliak transmitted a message to the Federation indicating that they were about to colonize the planet, and that the Human population would be eradicated if it were not removed. This came as something of a surprise to the Federation, who were not aware of any colony on the planet.1

The Enterprise-D was dispatched to deal with the problem, and discovered a colony of many thousands of people on Tau Cygna V. Leaving Lieutenant Commander Data on the planet the ship went to intercept the Sheliak vessel. The Sheliak who spoke to Captain Picard called himself the "Director". He claimed his ship carried "The Membership", part of the Sheliak Corporate. He declined all requests for further time to evacuate the planet, instead threatening to exterminate the Humans on arrival. The Sheliak were determined to stick precisely to the letter of the treaty, claiming the document as an absolute description of the relationship between themselves and the Federation.1

Picard was eventually able to find a loophole in the treaty, naming the Grisellas as arbiters of the dispute as allowed one of its articles. Since the Grisellas were at the time in a hibernation period, this gave the Federation all the time needed to evacuate the colony.1

The Sheliak are one of several species who prefer that their body temperature is identical to the temperature of the room in which they are standing.2
Yellow text = Canon source Green text = Backstage source Cyan text = Novel White text = DITL speculation

References

# Series Season Source Comment
1 TNG 3 The Ensigns of Command
2 TNG 6 Starship Mine
Series : TNG Season 3 (Disc 1)
Episode : The Ensigns of Command
Series : TNG Season 6 (Disc 4)
Episode : Starship Mine


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