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Arkenites are a species of aquatic humanoids native to Arken II, the second planet of the Arken system. Arkenites average 2.2 meters in height. Arkenites are distinguished by their three cranial lobes, pointed ears, and solid green eyes that lack an iris. They have pale skin veering toward gray or very light tan. Psionics are not practiced by this race but a few psionically talented Arkenites are known to exist. To keep a sense of balance when off of Arken II, Arkenites wear a piece of technology called the Anlac'ven over their head. (FASA RPG module: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Sourcebook Update)

The Arkenite culture is based around the group mentality called the Sia Lenthar (group or pack). The larger or more unusual that the Sia Lenthar is, the higher the esteem felt by the pack member. There is no rivalry between groups as this would diminish the importance of being a part of the common Arkenite race. (FASA RPG module: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Sourcebook Update)

The ancient racial society was made up of thousands of migrant groups that roamed Arken II in search of safety and food. The Sia Cathetc started assuming control of other groups and developed a social order. The Sia Cathetc as the ruling order and all other orders as common orders. After a few centuries the Sia Cathetc developed a method of resolving conflicts by using armies of commoners in battle. The side that won the battle was declared the winner in the conflict. The common class had found that it worked well as a larger group and did not like being split up into these smaller armies to fight and refused to comply. The Sia Cathetc attempted to force the common class into submitting but quickly determined that they had lost their leverage. This caused the Sia Cathetc to die out. The common class created new leadership which acted more like servants to the people.

Arkenites have very strict ideas about repayment of debt ingrained in their culture. In 2259 when the Klingons offered to help the Arkenite mining colony of Azha-R7a that had befallen a disaster, the Arkenite colony agreed to join the Klingon Empire in return. Despite their loyalty to the Federation, they would not withdraw the agreement until the Klingons agreed to dissolve the agreement. Luckily Captain Diego Reyes was able to secure this dissolvement from General Gorkon. (VAN novella: The Ruins of Noble Men)

The Arkenites became subjugated to the Andorian Empire. After the establishment of the United Federation of Planets the Andorians themselves promoted Arkenite membership into the Federation. (FASA RPG module: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Sourcebook Update)

It is possible that the subjugation to the Andorians before the founding of the Federation may have been similar to the later example of subjugation to the Klingons in 2259.

The native language of Arkenties is Arkenzu. (VAN novella: The Ruins of Noble Men)

By the 24th century, many Arkenites serve aboard Starfleet vessels mainly as geologists, physicists, and astronomers. Geology is a particular specialty given their intrinsic sensitivity to planetary magnetic fields and seismic waves. Few Arkenites have risen to command rank as most prefer advisory or subordinate roles within the command structure. (FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual)

Arkenite symbol

Symbol used to represent the Arkenite civilization.

At least one Arkenite has served in Starfleet as a communications officer at Starfleet Headquarters on Earth during the crisis created by the alien Whale probe. (TOS movie: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

Iliana Ghemor had a male and female Arkenite working for her aboard a Besinian freighter in 2376. She would later execute both of them before the USS Defiant caught up with the freighter. (DS9 novel: Bajor: Fragments and Omens)

In 2379, an Arkenite served as a biologist aboard the USS Titan. (TTN novel: Taking Wing)

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