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The Dosi are a humanoid species from the planet Dosa II in the Gamma Quadrant, near the Idran entrance to the Bajoran wormhole (Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Core Game Book). Their state was the Dosi Confederation (ST reference: Star Charts), and they were subject to the Dominion. (Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Core Game Book)
The Dosi were a humanoid race, appearing very similar to Humans. They had the same average height but slightly more mass, making them more muscular. They had white skin and hair on their heads. However, as many Dosi shaved their heads and painted their bodies, this was rarely apparent. (Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Core Game Book)
The Dosi were highly aggressive, hostile and confrontational, even during negotiations and trade dealing. They settled disagreements between themselves with violence, from brawling to knife-fights and more. (DS9 episode: "Rules of Acquisition", Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Core Game Book)
This behavior resulted from the Dosi code of honor, which was quite elaborate and little known to outsiders. It required Dosi to display strength against any obstacle, whether real or supposed, and to not back down from a challenge, unless the other side had a clear advantage or there was a means to do so while saving face. It also encouraged a complete disdain for cowardice and weakness. They considered members of other races who were calmer or more peaceful as "lesser beings". Those who showed they could stand up for themselves and fight back earned their respect however, and relations could then proceed more smoothly.
Dosi commonly shaved their heads and painted their bodies in a variety of colors and markings to indicate status, rank and house. Normally, their faces were painted red and adorned with one or more white lines and patterned with blue dots. The number of white lines displayed how wealthy and powerful the Dosi was, with more lines indicating greater power. Designs for their bodies varied, with red stripes and black dots, or other combinations, or they could be left unpainted. (Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Core Game Book)
Trade and economic matters were an important part of Dosi culture, with the acquisition of profit a key goal, though not to the extent of the Ferengi (Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Core Game Book).
In 2370, Grand Nagus Zek had Quark open negotiations with the Dosi for tulaberry wine, although Zek's real goal was to get the name of a contact in the Dominion so the Ferengi could open business negotiations with them. Quark and Pel negotiated with Inglatu and Zyree on Deep Space 9 and later on the Dosi homeworld. The Dosi were unable to fulfill Zek's demand of 100,000 vats of tulaberry wine, however, so they referred the Ferengi to the Karemma, a Dominion member race. (DS9 episode: "Rules of Acquisition")
- The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Core Game Book states that the Dosi were subjects of the Dominion, while Star Charts says they were allied to the Dominion. It is not clear if this alliance represents a proper alliance, or is simply a term for Dominion control.
Before its conquest by the Dominion, Dosi territory was small, consisting only of the Dosa star system and its two nearest neighboring systems. (Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Core Game Book)
The Dosi were subjects of the Dominion, though they had little loyalty to it. If they could get away with it and the Dominion was none-the-wiser, they were willing to deal with rival powers. Alpha Quadrant states and races knew little of the Dosi during their initial dealings in the 2370s. (Last Unicorn RPG module: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Core Game Book)
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