Mokhara

The Mokhara are a humanoid race, approximately 1.5 meters in height, and 60 kg in mass. Relatively little is known of their physiology as the Mokhara have very strong taboos about medical information. What is known is that they have white skin, which has a slight green tinge. Their eyes are solid green in color and their hair is a very dark blackish-green. On the very few occasions that Federation medics have obtained readings of any Mokhara, analysis of their blood contained significant traces of chlorophyll, although the Mokhara are not a plant-based life form. Federation xeno-biologists have surmised that the presence of chlorophyll accounted for the Mokhara skin coloring. The Mokhara have confirmed that their original homeworld of Mokhara Prime was an exceedingly lush jungle world before its destruction in a nuclear war.

The Mokhara remain an intensely private and enclosed society, individual being very rarely seen without their voluminous hooded cloaks, their hands covered in gloves and their faces hidden behind expressionless white face masks. The cloaks denote an individual Mokhara’s bloodline, of which there are five: scientist (red), soldier (green), artisan (yellow), and merchant (blue), priest (white) and medical (black).

Administrators come from the priest bloodline, diplomats from the merchant bloodline, and engineers and artists from the artisan bloodline. The color of the gloves worn by an individual Mokhara denote their assignment, so that an engineer assigned to a military vessel will wear green gloves, a soldier assigned to an exploration ship will wear red, and so on.

The only bloodline that never changes the color of its gloves is the medical. Mokhara society maintains a strong prejudice against medical practitioners of any race. The origins of this lie in a plague that swept Mokhara Prime several centuries ago – only the most sacred of Mokhara religious and secret medical texts refer to exactly when. The symptoms of this disease included a black mottling of the skin and as it spread, more and more of the Mokhara covered themselves from head to foot to indicate their cleanliness. Originally the Mokhara doctors had been part of the scientist bloodline, but were driven out when they failed to realize an adequate cure before millions died.

Those that survived the plague were left with an irregular pattern of mottling across their bodies, and it is this that the Mokhara hide with their clothing and face masks. The Mokhara doctors were able to affect a cure and then a vaccine to the plague and all Mokhara children receive the vaccine before their fifth year. Though no longer fatal, the plague still leaves a mottling of the skin and it is the pattern of this mottling that determines the bloodline for each individual.

It has been theorized that the vaccine works along the Mokhara bloodlines on a genetic basis, ensuring that the pattern of mottling rarely falls outside that of each acceptable bloodline. Where the pattern does not fall within acceptable similarities to other bloodlines, the individual with the aberrant pattern is cast into the medical bloodline. Such an individual is regarded as having died by their family and remembered as having died from the effects of the plague.

The multitude of deaths increased the Mokhara reverence for their ancestors, and the belief that the Federation colonists on Mokhara were desecrating the planetary memory of their ancestors, was one reason why they wanted the colonists off Mokhara. They remain unable to explain the reasons why Mokhara Prime was destroyed in a nuclear war and why Mokhara was stripped and abandoned, though they still mourn the loss of their people.

Mokhara history states that the launch of warp drive capable vessels in 2116 was not the first occasion that the Mokhara had ventured beyond their solar system. Stronger references and evidence of such flights were lost when Mokhara Prime was destroyed. The Mokhara state that these explorations took place many centuries ago and none of them are known to have returned. There is hope in their theology that they will return one day, strong and knowledgeable, and most importantly not carrying any trace of the plague. Thus the Mokhara would cleanse their race of the shame inflicted by the plague and be all that they once were.

Attributes
  • Fitness 2(5)
  • Coordination 2(5)
  • Intellect 2(5)
  • Presence 2(5)
    • Willpower +1
    • Empathy -1
  • Psi 0(5)
  • Force 0(5)
  • Essence 0(5)
Skills
  • Culture: Mokhara 2(3)
  • History: Mokhara 1(2)
  • World Knowledge: Mokhara or Other Homeworld 1(2)
  • Planetary Survival (Arctic) 1(2)
  • Any Military Skill 1(2)
  • Any Science Skill 1(2)
  • Any Survival Skill 1(2)
Typical Traits
  • Language: Mokharan (Fluent/R/W) (+4)
  • Excellent Chemoreception (+1)
  • Excellent Metabolism (+1)
  • Intolerance: Medical Practitioners (-1)
  • Species Enemy: Ni’kria (-3)
Bloodline Modifications
  • Artisan
    • Craft: Any 1(2)
    • Any Engineering Skill 1(2)
    • +1 Vitality Edge
    • +1 Dexterity Edge
    • Add a new specialization to Craft or Engineering
  • Medical
    • First Aid (Mokharan) 1(2)
    • Science: Medical 1(2)
    • Science: Life (Microbiology) 1(2)
    • +1 Intellect Attribute
    • +1 Perception Edge
    • Diminished Social Status: Mokhara (-3)
  • Merchant
    • Merchant 1(2)
    • Bargain 1(2)
    • +1 Presence Attribute
    • Choose One of:
      • +1 Empathy Edge
      • +1 Perception Edge
  • Priest
    • Theology (Mokhara) 1(2)
    • Administration (Mokhara) 1(2)
    • +1 Presence Attribute
    • Choose One of:
      • +1 Empathy Edge
      • +1 Willpower Edge
  • Science
    • Computer 1(2)
    • Any Science Skill 1(2)
    • +1 Intellect Attribute
    • Add a new specialization to any one existing skill
  • Soldier
    • Any Two Military Skills 1(2)
    • +1 Vitality Edge
    • +1 Perception Edge
    • Choose One of:
      • +1 Dexterity Edge
      • +1 Reaction Edge
Notes

The Mokhara are an independent race indigenous to Sector 242 just within Federation space. First contact was made with the Mokhara in 2303 when Starfleet discovered their colony in the neighboring 244. It was obvious that the Mokhara were a warp capable species, although their colony vessel had suffered warp drive failure a few decades earlier. Welcoming the chance to make contact, they explained that they were an ancient civilization that had achieved a slow form of warpdrive in the 2126 and begun a methodical program of expansion to other star systems, using three large vessels. The Mokhara asked for news of their home system and when the Federation was informed of its location, one mystery was at least solved.

Traces of an unknown race had been discovered in 2157 by the USS Atlantis on two satellites orbiting a gas giant, which was the second planet out from the outer star of a binary system. The inner world, Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B1, was undergoing the effects of a decades old self-inflicted nuclear winter, whilst the second, Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B2, although colder, showed signs of extensive colonization, but had been stripped and abandoned for reasons unknown.

What did remain on Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B2, was an amazing structure. Although theoretically possible for centuries, only the Tellarites were known to have actually built an orbital elevator within the Federation, which they completed in 2035. Whoever had inhabited Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B1 and Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B2 had actually built two. The shell of one still stood on Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B2, whilst the remains of another could be scanned on the surface of Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B1 and in the orbital debris trailing it.

After an extensive survey program undertaken by Starfleet’s Terraforming & Colonisation Command, Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B2 was elected as a suitable world to establish a colony. A terraforming program was begun and the colony established in 2228. The decision to set up a colony was influenced by the existence of the orbital elevator, which Starfleet engineers restored in a joint program with xeno-archaeologists.

Xhura colony on Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B2 was not the only colony established within the Dragonis Aleph system, as several of the satellites orbiting both Dragonis Aleph Secondus-A and Secondus-B showed promise. The fifth satellite orbiting Dragonis Aleph Secondus-A, was dry and hot enough to be suitable for Vulcan inhabitation, and the A’dok colony was settled in 2262. The orbital elevator was used as a major staging post for future colonization programs beyond Sector 242.

The Mokhara were at a loss to explain what had happened to their homeworld and immediately sought to return home. Initially they wanted the Federation colonists on Xhura, which the Mokhara claimed were desecrating, to vacate their world. A settlement was negotiated between the returning Mokhara and Federation diplomats in 2308. This seeded the third and smallest of the continents on Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B2 the Federation colonists, whilst the returning Mokhara resettled the others. The relocation program was completed in 2315 and the Mokhara accepted the Xhura as the name of the third continent in deference to the colonists. In return the Federation accepted the Mokhara renaming the colony world of Xhura (Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B2) as Mokhara, whilst their original and now-poisoned homeworld, Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B1, as Mokhara Prime. They also allowed the Vulcans to continue settlement on A’dok, for in truth the Mokhara had little interest the hot, dry world.

Xhura was also the location of the anchoring site for the orbital station, which the Federation had restored to working order. It was governed and run on a day-to-day basis by a joint Federation-Mokhara council. The council also settled disputes between the Mokhara and the colonists.

The discovery of the Mokhara also confirmed comparisons made by Federation xeno-archaeologists between Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B1 and Dragonis Aleph Secondus-B2 and a colony in the nearby Sapira system. Sapira IIc too had undergone the initial stages of a terraforming project and arrangements were made for a full Starfleet survey to be conducted in 2223, but when the USS Cousteau returned, it found the world to have been occupied by the Ni’kria, a species from the neighboring sector, 243. The Ni’kria also deployed a squadron of ships to defend their new colony and drove off the USS Cousteau when it attempted to make contact with the colony.

Starfleet stationed a picket of ships to defend their own colony on Sapira III and attempted negotiations with the Ni’krian colony and its home world. Though it took over a decade, the matter was settled in 2235, but only to the satisfaction of the Ni’krian colonists which refused to vacate the world. Relationships have eased since, although they flared up again with the return of the Mokhara.

A settlement was negotiated between the Mokhara and the Federation, allowing the colonists to remain, but only on one continent. Dragonis Aleph-II was to be governed by a joint council between the Mokhara and the Federation.

The Mokhara also demanded the same type of government be established on Sapira IIc after they learnt that the Ni’kria had occupied one of their colonies. The Federation knew that was not going to be possible, as the Ni’kria were certain to refuse such a request and was proven by events at a subsequent summit in 2335. The Mokhara asked the Federation to eject the Ni’kria from their colony, but this was refused.

Tensions rose on Dragonis Aleph Secundus-B2 between the Mokhara and the Federation colonists, and although they were calmed by cooler heads, they did not ease. In 2339, the Ni’kria colony on Sapira IIc was attacked, quickly followed by the two Mokharan continents on Dragonis Aleph Secundus-B2. Starfleet was able to learn from the prisoners captured aboard the ships used to attack Dragonis Aleph Secundus-B2, which the Mokhara had obtained Warpdrive capable ships and attacked the Ni’krian colony. It was the Ni’krians that had retaliated by attacking Dragonis Aleph Secundus-B2.

A slow pattern of short engagements between the Mokhara and Ni’kria followed for some six months, before Starfleet placed a blockade around the worlds involved in the conflict. Neither side wished to sue for peace, but the blockade forced them to come to a summit and sign a cease-fire in 2340.

For the last three decades relations between the Mokhara and the Ni’kria have been hostile on both sides. The Federation has kept the peace between the two powers, but both sides have purchased weaponry and technology from the Orions and more recently the Ferengi.

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