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Tholians are a starfaring and extremely territorial race in the Star Trek fictional universe. The Tholian home nation is the Tholian Assembly, which inhabits an area of space in the Alpha Quadrant, in close proximity to the Klingon Empire and the Badlands.
Tholian biology and culture
Believed to be non-humanoid in form, Tholians dwell in an environment of extreme heat. They have crystalline heads, or perhaps helmets; the only Tholian shown to date has been on a viewscreen, and only his "head" was visible. Natural Tholian speech is a series of shrill squeals and clicks, similar to the sounds of a dolphin.
Tholians have little tolerance for deception, and are insistent on punctuality.
Tholian silk is highly prized and difficult to obtain.
Besides utilizing standard offensive weaponry, Tholian ships can also work in concert to emit an energy field shaped much like a web that will drain the energy of any space vessel trapped inside.
In 2151, Tholians made their first contact with humans. As players in the Temporal Cold War, they opposed the Suliban in pursuit of an artifact from the future, disabling a powerful Vulcan ship in the process.
In 2268, a Tholian commander named Loskene attacked the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) for violating Tholian territory while on a rescue mission to investigate the disappearance of the USS Defiant. (Star Trek: The Original Series episode The Tholian Web).
In 2355, simulated Tholian battles were part of Starfleet Academy training.
In 2367, there was concern that the Tholians might get involved in the Klingon Civil War.
In 2371, a Tholian ambassador visited Deep Space 9.
In 2379, the Romulans had diplomatic relations with the Tholians.
Non canon references
The Tholian Holdfast (the Tholian Assembly in the SFU is the Holdfast's governing body) comprises a small number of worlds in former Klingon space, bordering the Klingon Empire, Romulan Star Empire, and Federation. The race originated in another galaxy entirely, where they were once masters but were overthrown by the Seltorians , their erstwhile subordinates.
In this continuity, the Tholians were invaded by the Coalition (but primarily by forces from the Klingon Empire, who wished to recover three lost colony worlds in the Tholian home sector) in Y177 as part of Operation Nutcracker, the arrival of the Neo-Tholian 312th Battle Squadron in the Spring of Y178 saving a devastated Tholia from Klingon conquest and driving the Coalition forces from their space. During this time, and for a time afterwards, the Tholians were a partner of the Alliance but refused to allow Federation ships to fight within their territory. Their role in the General War came to an end when the Seltorian Tribunal Fleet arrived from the Tholian home galaxy to campaign against them in Y182. They remained neutral during the ISC's campaign of pacification and joined the octant-wide resistance to the subsequent Andromedan onslaught.
Standard Tholian vessels are akin to those seen in Star Trek. There are also a range of Neo-Tholian vessels, reinforcements from their home galaxy, with more advanced and larger ship classes and web casters.
- In the Peter David novel Vendetta , Commander Loskene encounters the Enterprise-D some 90 years after encountering the original Enterprise.
- The 2003 novel The Sundered suggests that Tholians have a short lifespan.
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