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Kelvans

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Species Name : Kelvans1
Quadrant : Other

Originating in the Andromeda galaxy, the Kelvans are a highly advanced and powerful species possessed of great technology. Their own galaxy is slowly becoming uninhabitable, and so the Kelvans sent out craft to seek new territories to conquer. The ship sent to our own Milky Way galaxy was disabled whilst passing through the energy barrier at the galactic rim, and its small crew were forced to abandon it and proceed in a lifeboat. They landed on a planet and sent out a distress call, which the USS Enterprise responded to.

The Kelvans have the ability to transform the physical shape of living things, and they used this to condense the majority of the Enterprise crew into small solid blocks of a white substance. In this way they were able to quickly seize control of the ship, leaving only a handful of officers to assist in the running of the vessel. The Kelvans modified the engines to allow sustained high speed travel and set a course back to Andromeda, a trip which was expected to take three hundred years.

In order to function more effectively, the Kelvans had assumed a Humanoid appearance. Commander Spock was able to initiate a brief mind meld with one of the Kelvans and determine that their true form was of immense size, with one hundred tentacle like limbs. Their minds were so complex that each limb could simultaneously perform a separate function. Unused to the sensory inputs which came with being Humanoid, the Kelvans soon became somewhat disoriented. The Enterprise crew took advantage of this and were able to set the invaders at one anther's throats, allowing them to regain control of the ship.

Captain Kirk offered Federation help to the Kelvans, pointing out that there were many uninhabited worlds within the Milky Way which they could occupy. Peaceful contact has since been established with the Kelvans, and as of the 2370s Lieutenant Commander Worf had successfully sparred with a Kelvan twice his size on at least a few occasions.1

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# Series Season Source Comment
1 TOS 2 By Any Other Name
Series : TOS Season 2 (Disc 6)
Episode : By Any Other Name


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