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.
The theme of this July is Star Trek Online, the MMORPG by Cryptic/ Perfect World. This week is the Deferi, an Alpha Quadrant species created for the game and spotlighted in the game’s Breen Invasion story arc. They’re a neutral race who can be aided by both the Klingons and the Federation.
In the game, the Deferi’s homeworld featured relics let by the Preservers, a species of aliens who saved humanoid species from extinction, as mentioned in TOS episode 3×03 The Paradise Syndrome. However, I’m this story, the Preservers were equated with the unnamed ancient humanoids who seeded the galaxy, as referenced in TNG episode 6×20 The Chase, which seems unlikely as the Preservers were operating in the galaxy a few thousand years ago, while the ancient humanoids lived several billion years ago. (It’s possible the relics originated with one species and were found and restored by the second.)
A Deferi character might be a curious scientist or youth who wishes to see the stars, even if it means bending the philosophy of balance. Or, they could be serving on a starship to maintain balance: if Starfleet stationed archaeologists in the Deferi system, it might seem fair to have a comparable number of Deferi leave their world. Similarly, if some Deferi serve aboard Klingon vessels, an equal number should work with Starfleet to maintain balance. And unlike many recent races, the Deferi have been around and active for some time, allowing them to be used earlier than the 25th Century.
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