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The Aenar were a telepathic subspecies of the Andorian race, and native to the moon Andoria. Their population was small and lived in underground cities. (ENT episode: "The Aenar")


Aenar resembled Andorians. Their eyes and skin were white. In the 2150s, at least some Aenar had a smooth, bulbous forehead. They had white hair. (ENT episode: "The Aenar")

In the 2250s, Hemmer's forehead resembled that of other Andorians of this decade. (SNW episode: "Strange New Worlds")

Aenar blood was blue. (SNW episode: "Memento Mori")


The Aenar were long considered a myth by the Andorians until they were discovered in 2104 after which official diplomatic relations were maintained by both governments. They remained pacifistic and reclusive, and never participated in the defense of Andoria. By the 2150s, the Andorian Guard commander Thy'lek Shran knew only a handful of Andorians who had seen an Aenar. (ENT episode: "The Aenar")

In 2153, Gareb was abducted and taken into Romulan space. (ENT episode: "The Aenar")

In November 2154, the Aenar were dragged into interstellar politics when Admiral Valdore i'Kaleh tr'Irrhaimehn and his scientist Nijil manipulated Gareb and used to remote control a telepresence drone ship. (ENT episode: "United")

The Romulan Star Empire sought to destabilise the local region by sowing conflict, telling Gareb that all Aenar had been wiped out, and providing him with an avenue for revenge. Commander Shran and the Human Captain Jonathan Archer traveled to the Aenar compound beneath the Northern Wastes to find out which Aenar colluded with the Romulans. Thirijhamel zh'Dhaven (Jhamel) agreed to join the Allies to help recover her brother Gareb. Unfortunately, Gareb could not be saved from Romulan captivity. However, he was instrumental in destroying the two telepresence drone ships after his sister Jhamel had made contact with him. (ENT episode: "The Aenar")

Jhamel and her Andorian lover in 2154.

In 2155, Orion slavers abducted more Aenar. One of Jhamel's betrothed joined Shran, and lost his life when the hostages were saved. Jhamel, one of the rescued, and Shran entered the shelthreth with two other Aenar. (ENT novel: The Good That Men Do)

Aenar-Andorian hybrid Anishtalla zh'Dhaven in 2161.

Anishtalla zh'Dhaven (Talla), daughter of the Aenar Jhamel and the Andorian Shran, was one of the few Aenar-Andorian hybrids. In the 23rd century, Thelin th'Valrass was one of the last. The Eveste Elders, under pressure due to the Andorian reproductive crisis, would not allow further interracial bondings. (ENT episode: "These Are the Voyages...", ST - Myriad Universes novel: The Chimes at Midnight)

The Aenar Hemmer held the rank of commander and served as chief engineer under Captain Christopher Pike aboard the Constitution-class starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) in 2259. (SNW episode: "Strange New Worlds")

The efforts to end the Andorian ice age destabilised several Aenar cities, leading to a deterioration in the relationship between the two subspecies in the 23rd century. In the 2270s, the Andorian Science Institute was working on continuing the climate change without affecting the Aenar settlements further, but the Aenar did not trust those efforts. (ST - Myriad Universes novel: The Chimes at Midnight)

Aenar-Andorian hybrid Thelin th'Valrass around 2285.

The species had long been thought to have become extinct as of the late 23rd century. After the Borg Invasion of 2381, the remains of a very large Aenar city was located by Andorian scientists. By 2387, however, the Aenar population was known to number 4.1 million. (ST - Typhon Pact novel: Paths of Disharmony, ST reference: Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library)

Despite their reclusive and pacifistic nature, numerous Aenar had joined Starfleet as officers, like Lieutenant Marrien of Starbase 39-Sierra, by 2409. (STO - Romulan Struggle mission: "Heading Out")

Alternate timelines

In a permutation of the mirror universe where James O'Brien transformed the Terran Rebellion into a resurgent Terran Empire, numerous Aenar served in Imperial Starfleet, outnumbering the Andorians. In 2409, male Aenar were commonly fully or partially shaved and sported a beard. They were first encountered by Starfleet during an attempted invasion of the primary universe. (STO mission: "Crack in the Mirror")

In a timeline where Spock died as a child, Thelin th'Valrass lived to serve on the USS Enterprise. From 2270 to 2274, he was part of the Andorian Science Institute's effort to end the Andorian ice age, and concerned with protecting the Aenar from its effects. He ended his participation of the project when the Eveste Elders denied him to join either an Andorian or a mixed shelthreth. Admiral Thelin rose to become a military hero and war criminal in the Genesis War between the Federation and the Klingon Empire in the 2280s and 2290s. (ST - Myriad Universes - Echoes and Refractions novel: The Chimes at Midnight)

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