The third planet of five orbiting the moderate-size yellow star Tau Ceti, Kaferia was one of the first nonhuman civilizations contacted by Federation explorers. Travel through the system is difficult, as Tau Ceti supports the greatest interplanetary cloud of debris ever seen. Rock and ice fill the transorbital voids to such an extent that the planet must be approached from the poles.

The native Kaferians are insectoids who have a humanoid form and originally built their dwellings from gathered soil and plant materials. Their structures sometimes reach heights of eight to nine hundred feet and are interconnected by slideways, which the Kaferians spin from their own bodies.

The Kaferians have enjoyed a highly profitable trade relationship with the Federation for more than two hundred years and are extremely friendly toward visiting races. They prefer, however, to remain a trusted ally rather than a Federation member.

These talented insectoids are expert geneticists. Their primary planetary exports are the plant and animal types they create to thrive on colony worlds with demanding climates. Some of their greatest successes have come in the area of food production, yielding many of the most delicious fruits in the galaxy.

Kaferian Species Template
  • Fitness 2(5)
    • Vitality +1
  • Coordination 2(5)
    • Dexterity -1
    • Reaction +1
  • Intellect 2(5)
    • Perception +1
  • Presence 2(5)
  • Psi 0(4)
  • Force 0(4)
  • Essence 0(5)
  • Athletics (Climbing) 1(2)
  • Culture, Kaferian 2(3)
  • History, Kaferian 1(2)
  • Science, Life 2(3)
  • World Knowledge, Kaferia 1(2)
Typical Traits
  • Language: Kaferian (Fluent/Literate) (+4)
  • Double-Jointed (+2)
  • Silk Spinnerets (+1)
  • Toughness: Exoskeleton (+2)

Kaferian apples were mentioned in the second TOS pilot Where No Man Has Gone Before. This version of the species is based on a write-up in Shane Johnson’s The Worlds of the Federation.


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