Rigelian, or Rigellian, was a designation given to various races and cultures typically native to the Rigel or Beta Rigel star systems. Specifically, Rigelian was the demonym of any residents of the Beta Rigel system irrespective of their species. From the 16th century citizens of the Rigelian Trade Commission were called Rigelians. The RTC was reformed into the United Rigel Worlds and Colonies upon admission to the Federation in 2164. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Tower of Babel) Chelons are the only indigenous people to Beta Rigel that commonly going by their species designation but may also be called Rigelian Chelons. (VAN novel: Harbinger)

Types of Rigelians/RigelliansEdit

It should be noticed that the number of 'L's in 'Rigelian' and 'Rigellian' is a indicator between the different races, as in the Decipher RPG module: Worlds. Over the years, licensed publications have presented different accounts of (Beta) Rigel, its planets and native species. As a result, the number and nature of the various Rigelian/Rigellian species across the different continuities are contradictory.

Pocket Books novelverseEdit

ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Tower of Babel places three indigenous species in the Beta Rigel (Tau-3 Eridani) system. One of these includes a racial sub-group, the Kalar. In addition, aliens on various colonies are called Rigelians, too. The native term for their system is Raij'hl, after the central star Raij.

Various continuitiesEdit

The following Rigellian races and species are either unique to other continuities, or presented in a different way than the Rigelians in the novelverse continuity:


This section covers biological details of Rigelians/Rigellians that cannot be definitely linked to any of the above races.

According to some sources, Rigelians had four or five sexes. (ENT episode: "Cogenitor")


This section covers history and appearances of Rigelians/Rigellians that cannot be definitely linked to any of the above races.

Rigellian serpent-charmers were part of the circus of Vladimir Kossenko, which toured the Federation in 2118 SFC (c. 2192) as part of the Galactic Cultural Exchange project. (ST reference: Spaceflight Chronology)

Circa 2264, the Tellarite criminal Muso ordered his people to collect a 10,000-credit bounty on a certain Rigellian, dead or alive. (ST comic: "Alien Spotlight: Orions")

In 2359, a Rigellian ambassador was scheduled to visit the Federation embassy on Betazed with only forty-eight hours notice. The head of the embassy, Mark Roper, indicated that it was typical Rigellian paranoid behavior to make such late arrangements, and feared that the ambassador wouldn't show up anyway. (TNG novel: Imzadi)

In 2369, a Rigelian freighter docked at Deep Space 9 before traveling through the Bajoran wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant. Flying a runabout, Odo shadowed the freighter to avoid Ah-kel, a Miradorn, while transporting Croden, a Rakhari fugitive, to the Gamma Quadrant. (DS9 episode: "Vortex")

In 2370, there were Rigellians present for the trade negotiations at Deep Space 9. The Rigellian ambassador was injured when a bomb exploded in Pylon 4 (Lower Pylon 1). (DS9 novel: Betrayal)