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Starfleet Species File: Turian, Reference Number 001342556

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Starfleet Species File: Reference Number 001342556

Location: Beta Quadrant

Homeworld: Palaven

Capital: Zakera

Legislature: Shanxi High Council

Military: Citadel

Major Species: Turians

Language: Turian

Primary Contacts

General Nihlus Kryik, Citadel Commander - [Appendix A - Figure 1]

Vetra Nyx, Head of Science & Research - [Appendix A - Figure 2]

Councilor Sparatus, Turian Ambassador - [Appendix A - Figure 3]


Turians typically stand over six feet tall, have two long, proportionately thick fingers and an opposable thumb on each hand, each tipped with talons, and a set of mandibles around their mouths. The most distinguishing feature of turians is their metallic carapace.

Turian features are avian, making them resemble humanoid birds or raptors, however unlike most Earth avian creatures, turians give birth to live young. Turians are also recognisable by their voices, which have a distinctive flanging effect. Males and females do not differ greatly in physical appearance, but female turians lack the crest of horns found in the males of the race. The lifespan of a turian is comparable to that of a human.

Turians exhibit the characteristics of predators rather than those of prey species . Their forward-facing alert eyes give the impression that they possess outstanding eyesight and their teeth and jaws mimic the structures possessed by apex predators such as crocodiles or ancient, carnivorous dinosaurs. Needless to say, their talons on both their feet and hands seem capable of ripping flesh. As such, their diet is primarily meat-based. Their slender bodies also seem to suggest that they are also capable of moving at high speeds.

Most forms of life on Palaven evolved some form of metallic "exoskeleton" to protect themselves. Their reflective plate-like skin makes turians less susceptible to long-term, low-level radiation exposure, but they do not possess any sort of "natural armor". A Turian's thick skin does not stop projectiles and directed energy bolts. Turian blood has a dark blue colouration.

[See Appendix B - Figures 4-6]


Turians normally wear elaborate tattoos marking their colony of origin, though it is not known which markings distinguish which colony or if color has any meaning. These markings are usually white — particularly on turians with darker carapaces — but can be of other colors such as blue or red. The lack of facial markings is looked down upon in turian society.

Turian society is highly regimented and very organized, and the species is known for its strict discipline and work ethic. Turians are willing to do what needs to be done, and they always follow through. They are not easily spurred to violence, but when conflict is inevitable, they only understand a concept of "total war." They do not believe in skirmishes or small-scale battles; they use massive fleets and numbers to defeat an adversary so completely that they remove any threat of having to fight the same opponent more than once.

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Appendix A - Turian Points of Contact


Figure 1 - General Nihlus Kryik, Citadel Commander


Figure 2 - Vetra Nyx, Head of Science & Research


Figure 3 - Councilor Sparatus, Turian Ambassador

Appendix B - Anatomy


Figure 4 - Turian Head and Vision points


Figure 5 - Basic External Turian Anatomy

Figure 6 - Image of Turian Subject

Appendix C - Turian Armor


Figure 7 - Image of Turian Armor

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