Sormana was an inhabited planet, a class M world and third planet of the Sormana star system, located in the Alsuran sector and Vyntadi sector block of the galaxy's Delta Quadrant. Sormana was the ancestral homeworld of both the Rilnar and Zahl cultures, technically one species, who each built independent interstellar civilizations. (VOY novel: A Pocket Full of Lies)
History and specifics
Around the time of first contact, the Rilnar's culture included written communication and rudimentary mathematical skills. At the same time the Zahl were less advanced. Contact occurred when the Rilnar entered an expansionist phase. They enslaved the Zahl, who rebelled against their oppressors.
At some point, Rilnar scientists unlocked the potentials of atomic energy, and soon after developed spaceflight, followed by rudimentary warp capability. That allowed Rilnar and Zahl citizens to emigrate from the planet. (VOY novel: A Pocket Full of Lies)
In interstellar space, the Rilnar formed the Rilnar Consortium, and the Zahl based the Zahl Regnancy around Zahlna II. (Star Trek Adventures module: Delta Quadrant Sourcebook, VOY novel: A Pocket Full of Lies)
Conflict continued among the population that remained on the planet. The destruction of the ancient city Batibeh was a cultural shockwave in the Rilnar and Zahl colonies, and helped turned their populations against the planetary conflict. Sormana became off limits to visitors and was made a protectorate between the Rilnar Consortium and Zahl Regnancy, who in turn maintained a fragile peace.
The conflict was affected by the Krenim Imperium in the 24th century. Around that time, the Krenim were allies of both the Rilnar and the Zahl. (Star Trek Adventures module: Delta Quadrant Sourcebook, STO - The Iconian War mission: "Time in a Bottle")
The Krenim possessed time travel technology and observed Sormana in alternate timelines. Agent Dayne and his brother Obrist instigated a lasting peace decades before the 2380s on Sormana in such a timeline. Mollah, daughter of Dayne and Denzit Kathryn Janeway was placed there by her father to live in peace. In one such timeline, the city of Batibeh had survived the conflict.
By the 2380s decade, Zahl and Rilnar populations lived separately in contested city states. The Analepsis Dam was controlled by Zahl. The Rilnar controlled twelve city-states as of 2382, including Jaxom. The ancient Rilnar city Batibeh had been destroyed. Zahl city states had reduced from 15 settlements to nine after Denzit Kathryn Janeway became a Rilnar military leader. (VOY novel: A Pocket Full of Lies)
Appearances and references
- VOY novel: A Pocket Full of Lies (first appearance)
- VOY novel: Kleine Lügen erhalten die Feindschaft 1 (Book 12)
- VOY novel: Kleine Lügen erhalten die Feindschaft 2 (Book 13)
- VOY novel: Architects of Infinity (referenced)