Tellarites are a humanoid race, with thick, coarse layers of skin
(somewhat pinker than humans due to higher blood pressure), and more
body hair than terrans, covering all but the frontal face and hands.
Their bodies are tougher and stouter than most humans, with an
insulating layer of fat. They have a double set of eyelids, and
overdeveloped nasal openings adapted to the thin atmosphere of their
homeworld (somewhat like the snouts of Terran pigs).
Tellarites are often characterized as boisterous, argumentative, and
brash - but this is in part a difference of manners as compared with
most humans. Many of their social dealing can be compared to human
haggling, where overexaggerated outrage and insults are exchanged
before coming to an agreement. Most Tellarites enjoy debate, and it
is a common entertainment. A merchant's bazaar on Tellus is a lively
Caution is a valued trait in their society. Those who trust too much,
or give in too easily, are considered weak fools.
The Tellarites were contacted by a Terran expedition before they
had any knowledge of alien races. The initial contact caused widespread
panic among the Tellarites, many fearing invasion or worse. However,
discussions between the Terrans and government leaders were benevolent,
and broadcasts eventually averted the crisis.
Since then, the Tellarites have become important members of the
Federation, and important traders. They have contributed significantly
to civilian starship propulsion and structural design, and operate several
shipyards. However, they are not a significant presence in Star Fleet -
either as members or suppliers.
John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>