Kazon
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The Kazon were an aggressive warrior species from the Delta Quadrant, first encountered by the Federation starship USS Voyager in 2371. As of 2372, they were divided into eighteen different sects. Each sect has possession of different natural resources over which the sects fight each other. The Kazon were known to the borg as species 329, but were deemed unworthy of assimilation.



History

The Kazon were a subjugated race, used as slave labor by the Trabe, who had conquered their homeworld. It is unknown if the Kazon were divided into sects before they were conquered by the Trabe, but the sects were in existence during their oppression by the Trabe. One of the Trabe's tactics in keeping the Kazon under control was to encourage them to fight amongst themselves.

In 2346, Jal Sankur convinced the Kazon sects to put aside their differences and rise up against the Trabe. In doing so the Kazon took the Trabe's ships and technology, forcing them to become a nomadic species, never allowing them to settle on a new world.

In 2372, the leaders of all Kazon sects were invited to a peace conference on the planet Sobras by Captain Janeway along with the Trabe leader Mabus. However, Mabus only consented to attend the conference in the hope of eliminating all Kazon leaders at once. The assassination was unsuccessful, and Kazon relations worsened with both the Trabe and the crew of Voyager.


Political

As one, the Kazon were known as the Kazon Collective; however, they were really a collection of semi-independent sects and there seemed to be no overall leader or government. The major sects were Kazon-Halik, Kazon-Ogla, Kazon-Oglamar, Kazon-Relora, Kazon-Nistrim, Kazon-Mostral, Kazon-Hobii, and Kazon-Pommar.

The two most powerful sects were the Ogla and Relora, who possessed most of the Kazons' manpower and ships. The Nistrim were once a powerful and influential sect, however their reach has diminished – by 2372, they possessed fewer than six raider vessels.

Leaders within the Kazon sects were referred to as Maje with the head of the sect referred to as First Maje.

The behavior of the various Kazon sects had caused them to make many enemies throughout the Delta Quadrant. Attacks on Talaxian trade convoys were frequent.

Physiology

The Kazon were a humanoid race, having at least two racial variants, one minority race with brown skin and the most common race with copper-colored skin. The foreheads of all Kazon featured distinctive ridges and their black or brown hair grows in large chunks rather than individual strands.

Society

Kazon society was patriarchal, divided along gender lines, with female Kazon typically spoken down to and treated as second-class citizens. A male Kazon will generally not tolerate being given orders by a woman.

Male Kazon children were usually raised as warriors. When they come of age they took part in trials to earn their adult names. When they had earned their names they were considered to be true warriors. Displays of affection from a father to his son are considered a source of shame for the son.

The Kazon were the only species known to have been rejected by the Borg for assimilation. The former Borg drone Seven of Nine explained this to Neelix, the chef aboard Voyager, in the following manner: "Their biological and technological distinctiveness was unremarkable; they were unworthy of assimilation." When Neelix commented on this heretofore unknown discriminating nature of the Borg, she replied: "Why assimilate a species that would detract from perfection?". The Borg designated the Kazon as Species 329.

Technology

While the technology they took from the Trabe had allowed the Kazon to spread throughout a small area of the Delta Quadrant, it lacked elements common to the technology of Alpha Quadrant races. For instance, the Kazon possessed plasma cannons and deflector shields but had no knowledge of technology such as transporters and replicators, until their first contact with Voyager.

Kazon raider ships were tactically inferior to a Starfleet Intrepid-class starship, although their larger carrier vessels posed more of a threat.

Individuals

  • Culluh
  • Haliz
  • Haron
  • Jabin
  • Kar
  • Kinell
  • Loran
  • Lorrum
  • Minnis
  • Razik
  • Rettik
  • Rulat
  • Sankur
  • Seska's Baby
  • Surat
  • Tersa
  • Tierna
  • Valek