Ten Forward Friday: Tzenkethi

Welcome to Ten Forward Fridays, where a new playable species is presented for the Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game, filling in some gaps until official material can be released.
Like Starship Sunday, the theme of this month is Star Trek Online, the MMORPG by Cryptic/ Perfect World. This month the psuedo-STO species of the Tzenkethi.

The Tzenkethi were name-dropped on Deep Space Nine a couple times but never shown on screen, the name a reference to the Kzin from Larry Niven’s Known Space series who also appeared in the Star Trek: The Animated Series. The head canon of the DS9 episodes’ author was that the Tzenkethi were “heavily armoured lizard-things” and the species’ territory appeared in several maps since. Which, of course, made the fans curious.

The timeline/ continuity of the Destiny novels did their own version of the Tzenkethi which was very different from the author’s concept of “lizard-things”. But as the version seen in STO followed the original concept, I’m defaulting to that take. Plus, y’know, art.

The Tzenkethi are unseen on the show but would not actually be that hard to work into a campaign, especially one set in STA’s defualt era around the Dominion War. Tznekethi space is close to the fronts in the war, and the Federation had previous dealings with the race within the lifetime of current officers. It would not be hard to include a Tzenkethi defector or cultural envoy with a crew, or even someone stationed to monitor the Dominion situation. In later eras, the Tzenkethi could retain their isolation as seen in STO, or in a personal timeline they could get involved in galactic politics following the war or destruction or Romulus.

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