Sunday, October 18, 2009

Homeworld: Andoria

Homeworld: Andoria

Andor's nearest neighbours include Vulcan, P'Jem and Regulus...
HOM View from the Aenar city


HOM Planet - Andor

Star Trek Star Charts (Pocket, 2002) by Geoffrey Mandel positions the Andorian Empire on Andoria, or Procyon VIII (Alpha Canis Minoris), in the Beta Quadrant. (Procyon's habitable zones are most likely disrupted by the gravitational influence of its white-dwarf companion. Orbits could change over time, sometimes plunging Andoria into an ice age, other times giving it a hotter climate.) By the time of Earth's 24th century, Andoria has a population of 38.2 billion. The Andorians became a warp capable people in 1154 AD (Earth date).

The Worlds of the Federation (Pocket, 1989) by Shane Johnson gave the native name of the homeworld as Fesoan. The Andorians: Among the Clans (Last Unicorn Games, 1999) disagreed with many previous assumptions about Andoria; this manual suggests that Andoria is an ice-covered planet in orbit around a blue-white giant star, not an orange one [Star Trek Maps (Bantam, 1980)], and debunks all previous non-canonical works as mythology. A follow-up work revises this information, with Andoria said to be fifth world out from the star Kuy'va. [Star Trek Roleplaying Game: Narrator's Guide (Decipher, 2002)].

Originally, the Starfleet Technical Manual (Ballantine, 1975) by Franz Joseph identified the Andorian home planet to be Epsilon Indi VIII, a star in the constellation of Indus the Indian (as seen from Earth). Note that this publication is no longer considered accurate, although Epsilon Indi VIII - and Epsilon Indi IV [Starship Exeter: The Savage Empire fan film] may well be major Andorian colony worlds. Population was estimated at 17.2 billion (Earth's 23rd century) in Introduction to Navigation by John Upton [contained in Star Trek Maps (Bantam, 1980)]. The galactic coordinates were supposedly: 25.8, 60.1, -2.4.

During an encounter with an entity known as The Gorgan, Spock of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) revealed that Triacus, site of a former band of marauders centuries earlier, is in the Epsilon Indi system. [And the Children Shall Lead] Perhaps Andorians were among those who joined in the legendary vengeance against their conquerors?

A starship race manifest also lists Andor as being in the Epsilon Indi system. [The Great Starship Race (1993) by Diane Carey.]

HOM Andoria and Andor
Andoria is an ice-encrusted moon. [Enterprise: The Aenar.]

Andor's capital city is called Laibok. Andoria itself has no moon. [The short story, "The Captain and the King" by John Vornholt, in Enterprise Logs, Pocket, 2000.] Note that this story is probably set on Epsilon Indi due to mention of a recent political renaissance. The Andor known by Captain Sulu has twin moons; he was reminded of them when he glanced at the eyes of a surprised Ambassador Aiden Burgess during a tense mission. [The Lost Era: The Sundered (Pocket, 2003) by Michael A Martin and Andy Mangels.]

The land-to-water ration is 15:85 and the Andorian oceans are sources of food, industrial energy and scientific inquiry, not recreation. There are two main continents on Andor, one being Zhevra. The tip of Thelasa-vei Province is called the Hand of Cheshras, where four major rivers converge to create five fingers of land. Harbortown is its primary city and Andor's oldest and third largest metropolis. It is situated on the largest peninsular, between the Frost and Moss Rivers. [Andor: Paradigm by Heather Jarman in Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Book 1 (Pocket, 2004).]

A city of slanted office towers and high-rise residences, Harbortown's original settlement began in a porous network of caves. Thirteen centuries ago, there was a poisonous gas build up which seeped into homes but, at first, no connection was made as to the cause of mysteriously random deaths of the citizens. The Nitra Bridge to Harbortown crosses over the Frost River. Other locations on Andor include: Vezhdar Plain, the Great Rift Range, Shayel Island, Cheshras Island, the Eastern Archipelago, the town of Wethesa, and the Khyzhon Sea. Shops in the Shess neighbourhood are mostly underground, with only the tops of the first floor visible. Other Andorian landmarks are Therin Park, the Grand Staircase and Central Canal. [Andor: Paradigm by Heather Jarman in Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Book 1 (Pocket, 2004).]

HOM Andorian bridge
Some Andorian bridges are fortified with weaponry.
[Elite Force II CD-ROM game, (Activision, 2002).]

The native hominids of Andor are generally believed to have originated among the ice and glaciers of of the polar continent in the southern hemisphere. [The Mines of Selka (FASA, 1986).] The rare Aenar subspecies now occupies only one ice-encrusted, ancient, underground city. [Enterprise: The Aenar.]

HOM Aenar city

Andorian cities are built underground and are connected by tunnels thousands of kilometres long. Typically, the temperature in the arctic region of Andoria is 28 degrees below zero. Elsewhere, temperatures do go above freezing for several weeks at a time and heat waves have been known every few years. Shran didn't see the sun until he was fifteen years old. [Enterprise: The Aenar.]

The Andorians created havoc at the first Babel Conference, called to incorporate the United Federation of Planets. It seems they claimed "sovereignty over all stars visible to the eye from Andor." Thiptho lapth is a common Andorian greeting. [Spaceflight Chronology (Pocket, 1980) by Stan and Fred Goldstein.]

Sissalya cycles coincide with an ancient dance routine performed at the autumn solstice. [The Next Generation: The Devil's Heart (Pocket, 1993) by Carmen Carter.] In the ancient Hill Country, the passing of time is usually counted in cycles, rather than years. Nightfall signifies the beginning of Deepening. In the typhoon season, ionization of the Andorian atmosphere rises dramatically, to a degree seldom seen on other Class-M worlds. [Andor: Paradigm by Heather Jarman in Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Book 1 (Pocket, 2004).]

HOM Andor - ringed gas giant

Srjula is a bright yellow, tart and bitter drink traditionally made by dissolving orange-coloured tea leaves in hot water. Talla bark steeped in boiling water is a cheaper alternative to srjula. Although it has no medicinal purposes, the drink can fill the stomach of a sufferer of The Scourge before a purge. When the Romulans encounter Andor, the invaders are destroyed by primitive Andorian weapons. A mysterious stone, the "Devil's Heart", falls into the possession of Telev, an Andorian healer. He uses its power to cure victims of The Scourge. The stone becomes known as Telev's Bane until Andorian/Ferengi first contact. The Ferengi threaten the Andorian people with wholesale slaughter if they are not provided with trade merchandise. The "Devil's Heart" is among the items of tribute which will be traded with the technologically primitive world, Kronos. [The Next Generation: The Devil's Heart (Pocket, 1993) by Carmen Carter.]

TOS Andorian seal of Epsilon Indi VIII

The Starfleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph (Ballantine, 1975) features an Andorian official seal and a flag, with colour guides.

Andorii is the native tongue of the Andorians. [Deep Space Nine: Section 31: Abyss (Pocket, 2001) by David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang.] Alternatively, it is known as Graalen. [Star Trek Roleplaying Game: Narrator's Guide (Decipher, 2002).]

Legally, Andor has a constitutional monarchy, but there has been no single ruler on the so-called Empty Throne for five centuries. Queen Thalisar the Last deliberately died childless. Her actions led to the abolishing of clan warfare. She brokered peace on the site of what is now The Plaza of Freedom in Andor's capital city. This is an octagonal public space which contains fountains, towering leaves of translucent green mica (from the Archipelago) and a cerulean blue obelisk to the memory of Shran. [Andor: Paradigm by Heather Jarman in Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Book 1 (Pocket, 2004).]

Commander Deanna Troi, of the USS Titan, looked to the speeches of Thalisar, and the poetry of Shran, for inspiration when that ship's dedication plaque was being brainstormed. [Titan: The Red King (Pocket, 2005) by Andy Mangels and Michael A Martin.]

TOS "Who's Who in Star Trek": Andorians
Andorian artwork from DC Comics' Who's Who in Star Trek.

There are two prominent political parties on Andor: the Visionist Party and the Modern Progressives. The Parliament Andoria complex contains the Heroes' Antechamber, an eight-sided room, with four walls dominated by the carved faces of the mythological Guardians, who supposedly study all those approaching the Grand Chamber. Footwear must be removed and the eyelids, nose, tongue, ears and antennae are ritually anointed with sweet-smelling oil to seal the senses from treachery. [Andor: Paradigm by Heather Jarman in Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Book 1 (Pocket, 2004).]


In Andorian mythology, The Tale of the Breaking tells of Thirishar the Warrior, the Greatest Among Mortals. When he approached the gatekeeper of Uzaveh the Infinite, he was permitted to walk the Path of Light. Assuming he was entitled to claim the Empty Throne, the Throne of Secrets, beside the Infinite, Thirishar was told he was not worthy and not yet Whole.

From Thirishar, Uzaveh created the First Kin: four separate beings. Each one was banished to the four farthest reaches of the kingdom, accompanied only by a Guardian. The beings were: Charaleas (representing wisdom, guided by the stars as Guardian); Zheusal (strength, protected by the earth); Shanchen (blood, a vessel for the Water Spirit); and Thirizaz (passion, guarded by the Fire Daemon). This story is told in The Liturgy of the Temple of Uzaveh, Third-Century Codex. [Andor: Paradigm by Heather Jarman in Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Book 1 (Pocket, 2004); also summarised during an Aenar shelthreth ceremony. [The Good That Men Do (Pocket, 2007) by Andy Mangels and Michael A Martin.]

A commonality in Andorian myths is that Andorians lack a piece of self knowledge, which makes them unworthy of evolving beyond who or what they are. Nothing in the natural animal or plant biology, or fossil record, of Andor indicated an origin for sentient Andorians' unique four-gender paradigm. Until recently, a growing number of theorists had speculated that Andorians may not have evolved on the world they consider to be their home. Were they originally space-faring refugees from a dying planet? [Andor: Paradigm by Heather Jarman in Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Book 1 (Pocket, 2004).]



The Starfleet Medical Reference Manual (Ballantine, 1977) by Eileen Palestine features speculative information about Andorian physiology. However, some of this information has been discovered to be incomplete or incorrect. For example, according to the manual, Andorians do not have external flapped ears like human beings, and their visual colour receptors (cones) are supposedly located in the antennae. The eyes are capable of seeing only in monochrome. Palestine's suggestion that Andorians have a partial exoskeleton has not been supported by "canonical" (aired) evidence. An Andorian named Sharav is shown with a partial exoskeleton in The Dragons of Berengaria: Part Two comic story by Brian Franczak. [Enterprise Incidents #8, 1980.]

In an Andorian, unfocussed eyes, and a failure to respond to external stimuli, are symptoms of Eadiliac failure. The eadilium is a unique Andorian organ. Unlike many other hominids, Andorian sexual organs are not external. [The Next Generation: The Devil's Heart (Pocket, 1993) by Carmen Carter.]

HOM Among the Clans

In Last Unicorn Games' setting book, The Andorians: Among the Clans (Last Unicorn Games, 1999) by S. John Ross, Steven S. Long and Adam Dickstein, Andorians are described as hominids who underwent symbiogenesis early in their evolution. Much life on Andoria has characteristics of insectoid life. Three subspecies of Andorians are identified: the predominant Thalassan, with high, knobby antennae; Talish, who have forward, tendril-like antennae; and Bish'ee, who have diminishing antennae standing straight out from their head.

The secretive, reclusive Aenar (pronounced EE-nar). They are a rare, albino telepathic Andorian subspecies. Each Aenar antenna has a small "V" shaped notch in the cup. Almost mythical, the Aenar had been rumoured to dwell in the arctic subterranean caves on Andoria, using old, abandoned Andorian abodes and tunnels. Their continued existence was confirmed by scientists for 50 years before contact was reestablished. The Aenar are known pacifists. [Enterprise: The Aenar.]

Lieutenant Thralen, a Theskian with blue skin, antennae and yellow fur-like hair is an USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) crewman. His race is said to be "related" to Andorians, but is "more gregarious". [Metamorphosis (Pocket, 1990) by Jean Lorrah.]

The proximity of hominids can produce a "pins-and-needles" sensation in the antennae. [Deep Space Nine: Section 31: Abyss (Pocket, 2001) by David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang.] A speculative discussion of the evolution of Andorian antennae can be found in Life Signs: The Biology of Star Trek (HarperCollins, 1998) by Susan and Robert Jenkins.

Andorian society is highly structured, but the race has a genetic predisposition toward violent behaviour. Imminent danger causes a biochemical reaction to danger, resulting in either physical violence or an increase in sensory input levels which, in turn, can enhance analytical and reasoning skills. Andorians do not succumb easily to pressure and actually get calmer in a crisis - until they get violent. [Deep Space Nine: Avatar, Book 2 (Pocket, 2001) by SD Perry.]

HOM Andorian script

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Page first uploaded November 2002. Last revised October 2009; updated regularly.


  1. You just don't get this kind of detailed Andorian info at other blogs!

    Nice reading for genre uber-geeks like myself!


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