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The Elachi are a mysterious race who operate out of bases hidden in subspace. They serve the Iconians as a warrior caste and are very rarely seen, preferring to use automated probes and drones against their enemies rather than send in living Elachi.
Physiology[edit | edit source]
Elachi are fungal-based humanoids with mushroom-shaped heads and eyes mounted on short stalks. Their skin is grayish, and their limbs long and thin. The atmosphere most suited for Elachi is hazardous to most other humanoid races, but can be breathed if the humanoid wears a rebreather.
Their reproductive process involves infecting a "normal" humanoid with fungal spores that gradually consume the host body and coalesce into a newborn Elachi. The process effectively kills the previous owner of the body and creates a new mind.
History[edit | edit source]
Amongst the Romulans, there were stories of miners that operated past the Eridan Belt who discovered alien beacons of unknown origins. Furthermore, they encountered alien beings that moved past their outposts magnetic barriers and scan the miners before disappearing. However, little was known of these mysterious aliens except that the beacons left behind referred to them as the Elachi. Despite a Romulan presence on such worlds, the creators of the beacons never appeared and the encounters with the creatures were dismissed as paranoia.
In January 2409 the Elachi began to systematically attack independent Romulan colony worlds including Virinat, Crateris, and Delta Corvi. The colonies themselves were destroyed, and the inhabitants abducted for then-unknown reasons. The attacks were assisted by the Tal Shiar, including Hakeev who personally oversaw the destruction of Virinat aboard his flagship, I.R.W. Khnial. ( “Virinat, Invaded”, “Crossroads at Crateris”, “Cloak and Dagger”)
The Elachi also assisted the Tal Shiar in their efforts to thwart the fledgling Romulan Republic, concealing warbirds in the Khitomer System and helping Hakeev develop new indoctrination methods to boost "recruitment" at bases such as Installation 18. They also attacked Republic bases such as Rh'Ihho Station and the Tephrei System. ( “Turning Point”, “Installation 18”, “Abducted”, “Last Stand”)
Midway through the year, an RRF officer posing as a Tal Shiar agent learned from Taris that the Elachi were a servitor race of the Iconians, an ancient race planning to invade the Milky Way after hiding in the Andromeda Galaxy for 200,000 years. The Elachi served as the Iconians' proxies in Romulan space, working to undermine the Republic and prevent unified resistance when the invasion came. ( “Revelation”, “Taris”)
Weeks later, a warbird crew managed to capture a S'golth Escort (nicknamed Target Alpha) and use it to infiltrate Station Alpha, the Elachi base of operations, in subspace. There they discovered the purpose of the abductions: the Elachi were using the captives as breeding stock to create more soldiers. The crew managed to destroy the station, and shortly after thwarted a vengeful assault on New Romulus with the help of a Republic/Starfleet/KDF fleet. The surviving Elachi retreated back into subspace, beaten for now. ( “Turnabout”, “Devil's Choice”)
Following the accidental reactivation of the Iconian gateway network later that year, another Elachi invasion force emerged from subspace in the Jouret System to take control of a gateway located there. The Elachi were repulsed by another joint fleet. ( “Sphere of Influence”)
In 2410, another Elachi base was located in subspace, this time accessed from the Delta Quadrant. An away team led by the crew of the R.R.W. Lleiset boarded the station and recovered a number of humanoid captives, as well as Empress Sela (who had been captured by the Iconians the previous year). The station was eventually taken by the Republic and held for study. ( “What's Left Behind”)
Missions involved[edit | edit source]
- “A Day on the Farm”, “Virinat, Invaded”, and “Flight from Virinat”
- “Crossroads at Crateris”
- “Turning Point”
- “Installation 18”
- “Last Stand”
- “The Best Defense”
- “Devil's Choice” and “Shadow Play”
- “Rhi Atmosphere Event”
- “Defend Rh'Ihho Station”
- “Sphere of Influence”
- “Elachi Alert”
- “What's Left Behind”
- “Uneasy Allies”
- Deep Space Encounter (Alpha and Beta Quadrants)
Technology[edit | edit source]
The Elachi make use of fungal bio-technology with trace amount of spores present from their presence. They are capable of using powerful passive scanning technology that can disrupt enemy starship operations, and of hiding entire starships from detection through the use of spatial anomalies.
One distinctive piece of technology commonly used by the Elachi are insect-like automated drones. These come in a variety of types depending on their function: some are built for planetary combat, while others can grab humanoids during battle and carry them to an Elachi mothership hovering overhead. During surface attacks they often deploy massive walkers to destroy enemy defenses.
Their starships' shields have a distinctive green hue.
The Elachi seem to share some tactics and abilities with the Solanae, such as the way they transport people from normal space into subspace and the experiments they conduct on people. This is due to both races being servitor races of the Iconians.
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Notes[edit | edit source]
- The Elachi were introduced, though not named, in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Silent Enemy".
- The technology and behavior of the Elachi in Legacy of Romulus led players to believe they were intended to be the same solanogen-based lifeforms encountered in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Schisms". This was later refuted on the STO forums, and the solanogen-based beings were added to game in the form of the Solanae in Season Eight: The Sphere.
- The Elachi were named for someone Cryptic is working with at CBS.
- Their reproductive process has drawn comparisons to that of the Kobali, and to the real-life Cordyceps fungi.
See also[edit | edit source]
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- Unnamed humanoids (22nd century)#"Shroomies" at Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki.
- Elachi at Memory Beta, the non-canon Star Trek Wiki.
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|Starships||Swarmer • Iconian Probe • Mir Fighter • Baltim Raider • Quas Cruiser • Vonph Battleship • Iaidon Dreadnought|
|NPCs||M'Tara • T'Ket • L'Miren • B'Tren • K'Wenn • S'Kenn • T'Lerr • V'Lar|
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Location of homeworld unknown or somewhere outside the Prime universe Milky Way galaxy