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Taevon Expanse/Black Cluster
2386 (Klingon Vessel)
Warp capable, Highly Advanced
Expansionist, Highly Religious, Dominant
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The Yang Zutal are a humanoid race originally from the M51 galaxy. Having left their galaxy after it was decimated by war, they eventually settled down in the Hades system, terraforming the Class-Y planets one by one. The Zutal Imperium is the Yang Zutal state and is led by the Elders of the Zutal religion.
Little is known of the Yang Zutal history due to the limited number of encounters and even fewer conversations. What is known has been gleaned from a damaged memory device recovered by Starfleet Intelligence.
The Yang Zutal originated in what has been termed the Whirlpool Galaxy, approximately twenty million lightyears from the milky way. There they thrived and built a vast empire with highly sophisticated technology over what is presumed to be the last several hundred thousand years, if not longer. At some point in their technological advancement, they moved from building their ships out of malleable material to quite literally growing their ships organically.
At some point in time, currently unknown to Federation intelligence, the Yang Zutal came into contact with an equally advanced civilization. Some time after that, the two were embroiled in a war that lasted for centuries. In what was considered to be a last ditch effort, the Yang Zutal unleashed a small fleet of "Planet Killer" devices, designed to destroy their enemy. What the Yang Zutal did not count on, however, was that once their enemy was annihilated, that they would be unable to turn their doomsday machine's off and that they would turn on their creators. Unable to destroy their creations, the Yang Zutal gathered what few ships they had remaining and poured all their energy into building a massive colony ship. The colony ship finished its growing cycle just hours before the planet killers converged on the last remaining system in the once mighty Yang Zutal Empire. With little time to spare, the fleet of remaining ships and the colony ship set a course out of the galaxy.
One of their scientists last great engineering feats before turning to how to build the colony ship, was a wormhole generator that allowed would allow a large number of ships to quickly move from one point in space to another much faster than with traditional warp drive. Due to the size of the colony ship and number of ships passing through it, however, the technology could only be used to open a wormhole that spanned a few hundred light years at a time and then required a long cool-down period before it could be used again. Intelligence reports indicate that shortly before arriving in the milky-way, they fuel source for the wormhole drive became depleted and, to current knowledge, the chemical used for the fuel is not found in the milky-way and can not be artificially created.
Having been traveling for many hundreds of years, the Yang Zutal found that they were still many thousands of light years from the galaxy in which their scientists had decided would be their best option for colonization. They were, however, quite close to a spiral-type galaxy that they deemed to be sufficient for their needs, though lacking in many of the chemicals many of their more advanced technologies were based off of.
In 2386, first contact was made between the Yang Zutal and the Klingons. Upon first contact, the overzealous Klingon commander opened fire on the small scouting fleet that had been sent ahead of the colony ship. The Klingon vessel was quickly destroyed and its crew captured. After several weeks of interrogation and examination, the Yang Zutal sent one of their smaller vessels to the Klingon Homeworld to return the dishonored warriors.
In early 2387, a small starfleet intelligence force was dispatched to the last known location of the Yang Zutal Fleet, the Hades System. What they found both surprised and horrified them. The Hades System, named after the greek god of the underworld, had been named such because it was composed entirely of Class-Y (Demon Class) planets. What they found upon arrival was that one of the five planets had been entirely terraformed into a livable, Class-M planet and that another planet was over a quarter terraformed.
Upon solidifying their first planet, the Yang Zutal began looking to rebuild their empire by forging alliances with several species. To date, the Orions, Nausicaans, the Klingon House of Duras, and the Klingon House of K'Jaden have all been seen with the Yang Zutal. If these groups have joined with them or not, however, is unclear.
Thus far, the Yang Zutal have limited their contact with the major powers of the region, instead making contact mostly through a third-party. Local planets, not under the protection of any specific government, however have reported Yang Zutal missionaries attempting to convert their population to the Zutal religion and recruit them to join the Zutal Imperium.
What limited interaction between the Yang Zutal and the Federation there has been can be classified as agressive at best. To date, there have been three direct encounters with the Yang Zutal, although numerous other reports may be linked to Yang Zutal activity. Perhaps the most direct encounters to date have been made by the USS Oberon. When its crew responded to an unknown signal emanating from within the Taevon Expanse. As the crew attempted to rescue a marooned crew from a planet within the expanse, it was discovered that a Zutal Cleric was on the planet trying to convert the native inhabitants to the Zutal Religion.
In yet another encounter, the USS Oberon was tasked to negotiate with a regional cleric after repeated Yang Zutal raids on transports carrying supplies to a nearby Federation colony. Rather than pursue diplomatic solutions, the Zutal commander opened fire on the Oberon while a converted Zutal follower opened fire on officers within the vessel.
It is unclear when the Yang Zutal first became aware of the native peoples and governments of the Milky Way. The first reported contact with the Yang Zutal, however, came in 2386 when a Klingon bird of prey engaged a Yang Zutal scout ship and was destroyed in the subsequent battle. Since that point, all ship-to-ship encounters with the Yang Zutal have led to hostilities and the damage or destruction of the ship engaging the Yang Zutal.
While the internal physiology of the Yang Zutal is more or less the same, there are two distinct sub-species of the Yang Zutal, specifically within the male portion of the species. It can be presumed that each of these individual sub-species emerged due to the heavy social classifications within the Yang Zutal culture.
The females of the Yang Zutal have pale to dark blue skin with gill-like slits on either side of their nose that are likely vestibules of a time when the Yang Zutal lived primarily underwater. Females have been seen with a variety of different hair color, but the predominant hair color appears to be dark red. The majority of the females seen to date have also been distinguished by their high cheekbones, recessed eyes, and slender frames.
Males of the Yang Zutal can be divided into two sub-species. The first of these sub-species normally takes on the role of the commander in smaller groups. Similarly to they're female counterpart, this group of males are marked by their slender build, long white hair, remarkably high agility, and tactical prowess. They also have a similar skin tone to that of the females and possess the same slits aside their noses, although less pronounced than on most females.
The second sub-species of Yang Zutal is commonly called the warrior-class. This is due to their heavy build, endurance, and commonality on the fighting field. When ground forces have encountered the Yang Zutal, the majority of the troops sent into the battle have been of the warrior-class, with only a few Commanders for every thirty to fifty warriors. Males of the Warrior-class wear a face shield at all times, obscuring their facial appearance from view. Because of this, and the body armor worn, there is no intelligence on if there are any structural differences between the two male sub-species.
While what goes into the process is currently unknown, recent intelligence points to the idea that the Yang Zutal reproduce similarly to that of a bee hive on earth. There is one female per "hive" that will produce a high number of offspring. It is unclear as to how or when in the process the difference between Commander and Warrior-class is started, but they appear to be different from birth.
Due to their early nature as underwater beings, the Yang Zutal have been shown to have very weak cardiovascular systems while in normal gravity situations. Their chest cavities are also susceptible to collapse when given a hard blow directly to them.
Culture and Society
Religion plays a key role in the Yang Zutal society, with the heads of the religion serving as the governing body of the Zutal Imperium. When faced with a major decision, such as military action, the Yang Zutal consult with the Elders who then in turn speak for the gods. It is unclear if the gods of the Zutal religion do in fact communicate with the Elders, similarly to how the Bajoran Prophets communicated with various officials and Benjamin Sisco, or if the Elders are in fact making the decision for themselves.
The second known facet of the Yang Zutal society is their warriors honor mentality. Very similar to that of the Klingon mentality, the Yang Zutal hold their honor above everything else except for their religion.
While the Yang Zutal are the primary species of the Zutal Imperium, the expansion of an empire necessitates the inclusion of other species into the Imperium. When a new culture is added to the Zutal Imperium and is inducted into the Zutal religion (a requirement for all members of the Imperium), the Zutal name is added to the end of whatever the species calls themselves in order to honor the gods. (i.e. a Nausicaan allied with the Zutal Imperium would be referred to as a Nausicaan Zutal).
Science and Technology
Although intelligence suggests the Zutal Imperium at one time possessed advanced technologies, many of these more advanced systems relied on mineral resources not found in the Milky Way galaxy, thus rendering such technology unusable.
The Yang Zutal primarily use a type of disruptor pulse equivalent to similar technologies found throught the Milky Way galaxy.
Organic Missiles are biologically engineered weapons originally developed by the Zutal Imperium to operate symbiotically with their bio-engineered starships. They are roughly equivalent in their purpose to Federation torpedo technology. Each missile is "grown" along the outer shell of a Zutal vessel where they remain innate until activated by the vessel's crew. A missile that has impacted the hull of an enemy vessel or installation immediately starts to produce an extremely acidic compound capable of dissolving most known materials and allowing the missile to "burrow" toward the interior before exploding. It is due to this "burrowing" effect that Organic Missiles are considered to be among the more dangerous weapony ever encountered by the Federation. To date, only the hull armor technology of Maran starships has demonstrated any ability to resist the penetrating nature of the missiles.
The Luna-class USS Pandora was assigned in 2386 to investigate the disappearance of several merchant vessels operating near the Black Cluster. Analysis of a debris field lead the Pandora's crew to recover a series of unusual bio-samples containing DNA that was pi-helix in nature, a formation not commonly found in higher-order life forms ("Confusion in the Cluster"). Starfleet eventually recalled the Pandora and ordered all materials be turned over to Captain Maxwell of the USS Fitzgerald for further investigation. It was eventually discovered that the mysterious disappearances were actually the result of raids being conducted by the Yang Zutal and their allies. The DNA sample recovered by the Pandora was matched to DNA taken from an undetonated Organic Missile recovered by the crew of the Legacy-class USS Yorktown in 2388 ("...Is a Friend In Deed").
Evidence from the few recorded encounters between Federation and Zutal Imperium vessels would seem to indicate use of shielding technology significantly less advanced than is used by major powers of the Alpha and Beta Quadrents. Instead, Zutal bio-ships are protected by a thick, organic armor that is similar to calcified bone, though it is several thousand times stronger. Starfleet engineers have estimated standard application to be just over one-and-a-half times as thick as the Ablative Hull Armor found aboard Federation Starfleet vessels and many times stronger. Some experiments on fragments of Zutal bio-ships recovered by Starfleet personnel would seem to indicate it may be susceptible to weapon discharges in the upper Electro-Magnetic bands. Unfortunately, this has not yet been tested on active Zutal technology.
The Yang Zutal employ specialized dampening fields similar to Federation transport inhibitors aboard their bio-ships to prevent beaming. This is a direct result of religious beliefs which prohibit the use or possession of transporter technology. In the very limited encounters that have been documented, the Yang Zutal appear to employ a similar dampening field around themselves that has the added effect of rendering conventional weapons inert within the field itself. This has led Yang Zutal warriors to become quite adept at martial arts style combat techniques and a preference for hand-to-hand combat.
Starfleet Intelligence has managed to identify four distinct classes of starship currently deployed by the Zutal Imperium as it exists in the Milky Way galaxy. Each starship is the product of biological engineering and designed to carry out a specific function within the structure of the Imperial Guard. Known Zutal starship classifications include (in ascending order) the Zutal Starfighter, the Zutal Cruiser, the Zutal Battleship, and the Zutal Colony Ship.
Zutal Starfighters are the smallest of the biologically engineered vessels. They are highly maneuverable with a weapons compliment comparable to a Talon-class runabout and capable of carrying up to two individuals at a time. The second and most commonly deployed class of vessel is the Zutal Cruiser. Comparable to the cruisers of other Alpha and Beta Quadrant powers, the Zutal Cruiser has a crew compliment of up to six hundred personnel. Zutal Battleships are the largest class of starship within the Imperial Guard, are roughly equivalent to the Federation Dreadnought classification, and are capable of supporting up to two thousand Yang Zutal.
Only one Zutal Colony Ship has ever been identified to date. Several hundred times larger than the Zutal Battleship, the Zutal Colony Ship is capable of attaching itself to the surface of any planet and literally growing the desired ecology. The biological engineered design of the vessel expands into the surrounding ecosystem and slowly terraforms the entire planet by using the resources already available to "grow over" what was once there. While the exact duration for this process remains unknown, it is estimated to last approximately eleven Sol-standard months to completely terraform a planet roughly the size of Earth.
OOC Information for Commanding Officers
- It has been noted that the Yang Zutal and their history/culture share several traits with both the Wraith of the television show Stargate: Atlantis as well as a species from the non-canon Star Wars novels. While we will submit that there are similarities and that the images used for the Yang Zutal are based off of the Wraith, the vast majority of the Yang Zutal history, culture, technology, and other attributes were written prior to images being chosen to represent them and with no conscious effort to copy either of these species. No copyright and/or idea infringement is or ever has been intended.
- Minor additions or alterations to data on the Yang Zutal must meet with approval of the Fleet Story Arc Committee and the Fleet Story Arc Committee Chairman. Additions or alterations which drastically affect the role of the Yang Zutal in relation to the Horizon Fleet Community may require further approval by the Horizon Fleet Council. Horizon Fleet Wiki Staff reserve the right to remove such sections if they are felt to be confusing to other users or contradict established canon.
- The Yang Zutal Story Arc was formally adopted on 23 October 2010 with the approval of Proposal 2010-HF-02 by vote of the Horizon Fleet Council and member simulation Commanding Officers.