Female Elasians were famous for their beauty. They could also produce tears that contained a psychotropic biochemical that could be absorbed through the skin. Whoever touched these tears of an Elasian woman would become infatuated with her. (TOS episode: "Elaan of Troyius", Decipher RPG module: Worlds)
Elasian men were said to have tried for centuries to eliminate the effect, without success. Doctor Leonard McCoy described it as an infection, and was eventually able to develop an antidote. (TOS episode: "Elaan of Troyius")
Elasian culture was noted as being socially primitive, but relatively technologically advanced (though not as much as their neighbors, the Troyians, who were fairly similar. (FASA RPG - The Orions module: Book of Common Knowledge)
Elasian women are treated as inferior members of the species unless they can prove their worth in a series of combat trials. Elasian Dohlmen must past these trials in order to be accepted as leaders. The bulk of Elasian men are warriors (always in uniform) and during the late 23rd century they were armed with weapons similar to the nuclear disintegrators of Terra V used in the 21st century. (TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek 1")
In the Elasian view, showing weakness was the worst thing that one could do, especially showing weakness to a non-Elasian. Thus, they tended to be aggressive and arrogant, acting superior and disdainful to others. This was particularly true for members of the Elasian nobility. In any disagreement, they would not admit defeat or give up either easily or gracefully. These attitudes made it difficult for aliens to get along with Elasians, and especially so in negotiations. Federation anthropologists found this to be the natural result of the Elasian warrior culture.
Warrior virtues were widespread throughout Elasian society, and had done so for a long time, and they had a generally militaristic society. (Decipher RPG module: Worlds) On Elas, it was common to go armed in public, as part of local custom and dress. Elasians were skilled in the use of their weapons. (FASA RPG module: The Orions: Book of Common Knowledge)
Elas was ruled by a monarchy, with a tribal society and semi-feudal political structure. Each Elasian first owed allegiance to a local chieftain, who could demand service from any follower who was old enough for military service. These local warlords served a regional overlord, who in turn served the Dohlman, a world-wide leader, though some important local lords could serve the Dohlman directly. A Dohlman was elected by the regional and most important local lords, choosing a new leader from their own ranks, and they ruled for life. (Decipher RPG module: Worlds)
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