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The Tizarin are a nomadic space-going humanoid civilization of merchants, somewhat similar to the earth people known as Gypsies, or the Romani—however, with the Tizarin much stricter and more straightforward code of conduct. If there is a homeworld for the Tizarin, it is unknown. They are spread throughout the galaxy, engaging in trade with most known races, excluding the Ferengi. They consider Ferengi practices to be extremely distasteful, and prefer to offer fair prices for high-quality merchandise. The Ferengi, however, consider the Tizarin to be 'bad for business'. Open hostility has broken out between the two groups numerous times. The Tizarin usually travel in groups of two or more Houses, which can mean upwards of thirty capital ships for just two Houses, including the massive and extremely powerful House Ships. (TNG novel: Q-in-Law)
History of contactEdit
The Tizarin made contact with Earth, and later the Federation, as soon as warp drive-capable vessels from those areas entered into active exploration of space. Even at this time, they were nomadic and had no homeworld. In the year 2366, the USS Enterprise-D hosted the wedding between Kerin of House Nistral and Sehra of House Grazunias, establishing two of the greatest houses further. However, in 2392, the Ferengi and a group of Orion Pirates devastated House Grazunias, leaving the survivors to be integrated into House Nistral. There are very few places where you can't find a Tizarin -- they seem to number almost as many as Humans. (TNG novel: Q-in-Law)
The Tizarin technology is significantly more advanced that the Federations', mainly because it is their livelihood and safety. They have been space-farers since before the Vulcans had interstellar travel and have histories dating back to the time when Bajorans traveled the stars in primitive solar sail vessels. (TNG novel: Q-in-Law)
Tizarin are close in resemblance to humans, excepting their skin and hair pigments as well as body marks that vary in color and design, each is unique to the individual, similar to a fingerprint. Each House has a specific color set that identifies them both genetically and physically. House Nistral, for example, has silver skin and black hair, whereas House Grazunias has blue skin and orange hair. There are over a thousand Tizarin Houses. When inter-house children occur, one genotype always emerges dominant, although it is not predictable if that will be the mother's or the father's. Tizarin also have greater resistance to radiation and disease, although are much less adapted to planet-side dwelling. Almost all Tizarin have a 'wanderlust' and cannot remain in one place too long without growing restless. (TNG novel: Q-in-Law)