The Orions are a minor Alpha Quadrant power mostly alligned with and ruling over the Orion Syndicate. Their territory borders both the Klingon Empire and the Federation. Planet Orion is in the Rigel system.
History and politics
The Orion Syndicate is a criminal cabal created by the Orions. The Syndicate had been established by the 22nd century, and by the time of the 24th century it was an organized crime cartel, the equivalent of an interstellar mafia. The Syndicate from its inception included among its principal activities smuggling, piracy, slave trading, and assassination.
During the 22nd century, the Orion Syndicate was a somewhat more hegemonic organisation, that controlled space neighboring the Klingon Empire, near the Briar Patch, and heavily patrolled by the area of space known as the Borderland, often abducting crew members of alien ships for the slave trade
In 2254 Orions were amongst a brigand, including; Arcturans, Khodini and renegade Humans, in the Marrat Nebula region to attack Starbase 13 in response to Starfleet's Project Pharos; a scheme to bring order to the region and control illegal activity by building a huge galactic lighthouse.
The United Federation of Planets abolished the trafficking of Orion slave girls inside Federation space in 2259. Federation economic sanctions force the Orion government to officially abolish slavery - essentially a meaningless gesture.
By as late as the 23rd century, the Orions were allegedly maintaining a policy of neutrality in interstellar affairs. Often an Orion Pirate ship would be found raiding Federation colonies, but when faced with capture the ships would activate a self-destruct device and the Orion government would disavow them as rogues.
In 2374, the Syndicate worked with the Dominion during the war in an operation to divide the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire by assassinating an anti-Federation Klingon ambassador. Thanks to Miles O'Brien, who was posing as a Syndicate member, the attempt was foiled.
Orions are known for their distinctive green or blue skin. Orion males are typically bald and, on average, taller and more muscular than an average Human male. Orion females are very animalistic in nature, known for their extreme carnal appetites and their innate skill of seduction. The Human male can rarely resist the alluring dance of the Orion slave girl.
In Orion society the males are slaves to the females. As a means of deception to other species, however, the Orions maintain the façade that the females are the slaves. This is commonly done by selling Orion females on the Orion slave market.
Once sold to a male, the Orion slave girls use their unique physiology to their advantage; their highly potent pheromones accelerate the metabolisms of males of many species, raising adrenaline production to dangerous levels which causes aggression and ultimately a form of delusion. Its most significant effect is to make them susceptible to suggestion. Not long after, the "owner" males begin taking orders from their "slave" females. The pheromones' effects are cumulative; the longer exposed, the more pronounced are the results.
Human females react negatively to those same pheromones, experiencing headaches, and Denobulan males find their sleep cycles interrupted by them. Vulcans are immune to effects of the pheromones.
In 2155 Dr. Phlox of the Enterprise NX-01 theorized that the pheromone acts as a defense mechanism against competition.
Society, Culture, & Traditions
Yrevish is the name of the Orion language.
The Orions were noted for their sect based society.
If a member of the Syndicate is killed, the Syndicate looks after the deceased member's family. The Syndicate took care of Morica Bilby by forcing the Tigan family to pay her money from their pergium business.
Science & Technology
- Orion blockade runner
- Orion freighter
- Orion interceptor
- Orion marauder
- Orion pirate ship
- Orion scoutship