Campaign of the Month: January 2012
Star Trek Late Night
A race of four-eyed bipeds native to the world of Khar’shan, the Batarians are a disreputable species that chose to isolate itself from the rest of the galaxy. The Terminus Systems are infested with Batarian pirate gangs and slaving rings, fueling the stereotype of the Batarian thug. It should be noted that these criminals do not represent average citizens, who are forbidden to leave Batarian space by their omnipresent and paranoid government.
Despite several disagreements with the Citadel and simmering hostility toward the Federation, most Batarians prefer profitable pursuits such as drug running and slave grabs to out-and-out warfare. They have a reputation for being shrewd businessmen and merchants, though in more lawless regions of the galaxy, negotiations with a Batarian are likely to be conducted at gunpoint.
Batarians are an anthropoidal race like Humans and Asari. Their most distinctive physical feature is their four eyes. The Batarians are one of two known organic races in the galaxy to have developed more than a single pair of eyes; the other such race, the Yahg, have four pairs. Batarians also exhibit different skin tone colors: while most encountered Batarians are a dark, brown-red hue with pale facial ridges, some have a black and yellow striped pigmentation with light green facial ridges.
The Citadel Council made first contact with the Batarians in approximately 200 BCE, and granted the Batarians an embassy on the Citadel a century later. Despite being welcomed into the galactic community, Batarian aggression provoked several crises in galactic relations over the years. Sometime around 1785 CE, a Batarian fleet bombarded the Salarian colony world of Mannovai; in 1913, the Batarian Hegemony annexed the independent Asari colony of Esan; and in 2115, Citadel forces skirmished with Batarian forces on the planet Enael.
In the early 2260s, the Federation began to colonize the Skyllian Verge, a region the Batarians were already actively settling. The Batarians asked the Citadel Council to intervene and declare the Verge an area of ‘Batarian interest’. When the Council refused, the Batarians closed their Citadel embassy and severed diplomatic and economic relations, becoming an inward-looking rogue state.
Money and weapons funneled from the Batarian government to criminal organizations led to many brutal raids on Federation colonies in the Verge, culminating in the Skyllian Blitz of 2276, an attack on the capital of Elysium by Batarian-funded pirates and slavers. In 2278, the Federation retaliated with a crushing assault on the moon of Torfan, long used as a staging base by Batarian-backed criminals. In the aftermath, the Batarians retreated into their own systems, and are now rarely seen in Citadel space.
In the Federation, Batarians are now known mostly for their slaving practices, particularly their raid on the planet Mindoir in 2270. Once captured, the slavers implant control devices in the skulls of their slaves without bothering with anesthetic. The Batarians are also known to enslave addicts of the drug Red Sand when they can no longer afford to support their habit.
Batarians place an extremely high value on social caste and appearance, and overstepping one’s place is frowned upon. Casting aspersions on the monetary worth of a social better is considered a serious insult. Batarians strongly believe that species with fewer than four eyes are less intelligent; they often gain the upper hand in interspecies arguments because other races find it difficult to know which eyes to focus on when speaking to them.
Slavery is an integral part of the Batarian caste system. The custom is so deeply ingrained in Batarian culture that Batarians consider the Federation’s anti-slavery standing to be prejudicial. Rogue Batarian slave rings are feared throughout the galaxy, especially among colonists.
Body language is an important part of Batarian society. For example, tilting one’s head to the left is a sign of admiration and respect. When a Batarian tilts his head to the right it is a sign that he is (or considers himself to be) superior to the one that the gesture was directed at. Therefore, this gesture can also be interpreted as an insult.
Little is known about Batarian religious beliefs. It has been noted that Batarians do believe in an afterlife. When a Batarian dies, his soul leaves the body through the eyes. Treatment of the corpse is considered unimportant, unless the Batarian’s eyes have been removed by an enemy.
Their government, known as the Batarian Hegemony, is still hostile to the Federation, but beneath its notice. It is not known what the average Batarian thinks about their enforced isolation, as the Department of Information Control ensures that only government-approved news enters or leaves Batarian space. Given the Batarian government’s oppressive nature, it is speculated their supreme leadership is autocratic or totalitarian in nature. The Batarians blame the Federation for their troubles and claim they were forced to fend for themselves, despite the fact that their exile is largely self-imposed.
The Batarian homeworld, Khar’shan, is still divided amongst nation-states.
However, the Batarians still provide up-to-date glossaries and linguistic rules to the rest of the galaxy (allegedly so they can continue distributing propaganda). Possibly due to the prevalence of Batarian criminal gangs, Batarian languages have become ‘lingua franca’ in the Terminus Systems.
- Fitness 2(5)
- Coordination 2(5)
- Dexterity +1
- Intellect 2(5)
- Perception +1
- Presence 2(5)
- Psi 0(5)
- Force 0(5)
- Essence 0(5)
- Culture, Batarian 2(3)
- History, Batarian 1(2)
- Intimidation 1(2)
- Streetwise 1(2)(2)
- Wardrobe & Style 1(2)
- World Knowledge, Khar’shan 1(2)
- Language: Batarian (Fluent/R/W) (+4)
- Language: Any (Accented/R/W) (+3)
- Enhanced Vision: Ultraviolet (+1)
- Telepathic Resistance (+4)
- Arrogant (-1)
- Greedy (-1)