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Illyrians were an interstellar humanoid civilization native to the planet Illyria.

History and specifics

Illyrians were known to practice selective breeding of a type that bordered on genetic engineering. (TOS novel: Child of Two Worlds)

By the 23rd century they used actual genetic augmentations to enhance their capabilities and to adapt to new environments as an alternative to terraforming. (SNW episode: "Ghosts of Illyria")

Their government was a meritocracy, with aptitude testing used to select its officials. Illyrian citizens highly valued excellence, both mentally and physically. (TOS novel: Child of Two Worlds)

Set in the 14th century, the backstory of the Boralian fantasy holonovel The Skull and the Sword involved Illyrian, Thracian and Thuringian soldiers at the Battle of Greystone Dales. (Last Unicorn RPG module: Holodeck Adventures)

In 2154, the Earth Starfleet vessel Enterprise encountered an Illyrian starship in the Delphic Expanse. Captain Jonathan Archer hoped to trade with its crew for a warp coil, but the Illyrians couldn't spare one. Desperate to stop the Xindi threat to Earth, Archer took their coil anyway, stranding them with food and some trellium in compensation. (ENT episode: "Damage", ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Uncertain Logic)

In 2255, Saru was familiar with Illyrians and described them generally as vegetarian, pacifist and non-predatory. (DSC novel: Desperate Hours)

Number One claimed to be a Human raised on Illyria and became known for her Illyrian mental conditioning. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Glory, DSC novel: Desperate Hours)

In reality, Una was an Illyrian who outwardly appeared Human and hid her real origin due to the Federation ban on genetic augmentations. (SNW episode: "Ghosts of Illyria")

Notable Illyrians


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