Pi³ Orionis, commonly known as the Orion system or 1 Orionis, was a star system located in the Beta Quadrant, near Federation space. This system is within the Orion sector of the Sirius sector block. (ST reference: Star Charts; STO video game: Star Trek Online)
Details and historyEdit
Pi³ Orionis was a trinary star, consisting of three F-type white stars. It had a brightness of magnitude +3. The Orion system was not a member of the Federation, but was located in the midst of Federation-controlled space.
This system was the location of a number of planets, including first planet Orion I, where the Institute of Cosmology was located, and third planet Orion III. (VOY episodes: "Good Shepherd", "The Fight")
Orion was well-known for its dances. Devna, an Orionite trapped in Elysia and serving as Interpreter of Laws for the Elysian Council, longed to see Orion again. She declined James T. Kirk's offer to return, however, having accepted her place in Elysia. (TAS episode & novelization: The Time Trap)
The worlds of the Orion home system might be the origin of numerous lifeforms:
- the Orion wing-slug (TNG episode: "Ménage à Troi", Decipher RPG module: Creatures, TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Constitution, DS9 novel: Wrath of the Prophets)
- the Orion spine boar (ST novel: Excelsior: Forged in Fire)
- the Orion emerald finch (Decipher RPG module: Creatures)
- the Orion fern tree. (TOS novel: Traitor Winds)
- It is unclear where these plants and animals come from, only that they are named 'Orion', implying an origin or a familiarity with this system or with the Orion people.
|Stars, systems and objects of the Orion constellation|
|46 Orionis (Alnilam, Epsilon Orionis) • 54 Orionis (Chi-1 Orionis, Coridan) • 74 Orionis • Alnilam (46 Orionis, Epsilon Orionis) • Alnitak (Zeta Orionis) • Bellatrix (Gamma Orionis) • Alpha Orionis (Betelgeuse) • Beta Orionis (Rigel) • Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis) • Chi-1 Orionis (54 Orionis, Coridan) • Coridan (54 Orionis, Chi-1 Orionis) • Delta Orionis (Mintaka) • Epsilon Orionis (Alnilam, 46 Orionis) • Gamma Orionis (Bellatrix) • Mintaka (Delta Orionis) • Orion system (Pi-3 Orionis) • Pi-3 Orionis (Orion system) • Rigel (Beta Orionis) • Sigma-1014 Orionis • Zeta Orionis (Alnitak)|
|Sirius sector block|
|Orion sector||Kinjer system (Kinjer Prime) • Lackey system (Lackey III) • Orion trinary system (Orion I • Orion III) • Reytan system (Reytan) • Starbase 24 (Starbase 24's system) • Una system (Una II)|
|Risa sector||Bomari system (Bomari II) • Donia system (Donia) • Gamma Orionis transwarp conduit • Imaga system (Imaga • Imaga II) • Koolhaas system (Koolhaas) • Omar system (Omar) • Tazi system (Tazi)|
|Risa system||Stars and outposts: Epsilon Ceti A • Epsilon Ceti B (Granicus binary) • Epsilon Ceti C • Epsilon Ceti Outpost|
|Planets: Epsilon Ceti B I • B II.: Risa|
|Vulcan sector||Beytan system (Beytan V) • Bhea system (Bhea) • Delta Volanis Cluster • Kei system (Kei III) • P'Jem system (P'Jem) • Pellme system (Pellme II) • Pico system (Pico) • Wolf 359 system|
|Vulcan system||Stars: 40 Eridani A • 40 Eridani B • 40 Eridani C|
|Planets and moons: I. Ket-Cheleb • II & III.: Vulcan • T'Khut (T'Rukhemai) • IV. Tel-Alep • V. Kal-Apton • VI. Kir Alep • Vulcanis VII • Delta Vega|
ST reference: Star Charts establishes the Orion system mentioned in canon as being Pi-3 Orionis, a non-Federation location. STO video game: Star Trek Online extrapolates on Star Charts with a sector vicinity named after this location.
Since Star Charts has specific notation regarding Federation and non-Federation systems, we can see that the political status of this system is not as a Federation member, but it is entrenched in Federation space, and is an acceptable destination for travelers from Federation worlds.
Non-canon sources do differentiate between the Human-originated terminology "Orion" referring to the constellation (which contains this system), with the Orion people being unrelated (translated from terms such a "Ur'eon"). It could be that this system has been settled by Orions, or had been at some point—but with many other conflicting accounts of Orion history, it is uncertain that this is meant to be their home system or point of origination. However, many other sources have developed the Rigel system, Beta Orionis, as the home of the Orions, with either Rigel VII and Rigel VIII both developed as their homeworld, each also named "Orion". The Decipher RPG module: Worlds calls both Rigel VII and the star Rigel "Kolar", the Orion word for "Orion", suggesting that Rigel is the so-called Orion system. On the other hand, the ST reference: Star Charts names the Pi-3 Orionis system "Orion", perhaps suggesting that the Orion homeworld is there.
This is not necessarily a contradiction of the 24th century reference to Orion Prime at Pi-3 Orionis, as the older publications depict Orion's ancient origins including abandonment of some previous and adopted homeworlds. Star Charts originated the reference to the Pi-3 Orionis system as the commonly referred to "Orion system".
This article collects references to "Orion" as a star system that cannot be fully placed elsewhere. Please see Rigel system and Alnilam for more information, and please also see Orion (planet) for references to Orion as a planet,