by: Robert Heinlein, interpreted
for Trek by Garry Stahl
None as of yet. A bit of background
Number of Members:
Unknown. The Aresians are not forthcoming with numbers and there has
been little contact since the 22nd century.
Nature of Members:
Trilateral creatures 8 feet tall as adults. Aresians have three stages
These semi-sentient "children" are about the size and shape of a
basketball. They are also the race's females. After fertilization and
egg laying they metamorphize into the male adults.
The adults are the tall trilateral creatures, and are all male.
"discorporate adults" are the Old Ones.
Dying race that has chosen to die.
Public or Secret?:
Publicly Stated Goal:
Real Goal if Different:
Aresians are psionic masters of scary proportions. Their abilities run
to TK, space-time distortion and body manipulation. They rate in the
high 90s on the Kraith scale.
Aresians do not "leave" when they die. The Old Ones as they are called
stick around to continue to advise the living members of the race.
Indeed they are the ruling body of that race.
A nearly dead race. Their planet is slowly dying and so are they. They
are a people that have had their run, and opted to not seek YAGLAhood.
Aresians are continually driven from their cities by their own past.
They sense a build up of psychometric energies that eventually drives
them out of a given city. Their planet is covered in ruins of one city
after another. Each older than the last slowly retuning to the sands.
Those who favor them:
No one really.
Those opposed to them:
Likewise no one. They are one of the best kept secrets in the
Area of Operation:
Omicron Ares 4
Omicron Ares 4
They have no public face.
History of the
Organization: In 2065 the Ares
Venture departed for a known class M world around Omicron Ares. To date
it was the largest privately funded exploration mission. The 16 men and
women of the Ares Venture were a hand-picked dream team. To the best of
anyone's knowledge the effort was a total disaster. The Ares Venture
vanished into to deep space.
years later the Earth force vessel UES Triton orbited the world of
Omicron Ares 4, the flagship of an anti-Qzin battle fleet . The desert
world was not the green lush place promised by the astronomers. Its
ancient and dying people lived on a dried up husk of a world. The wreck
of the Ares Venture was found, and the expedition did have one
survivor. One that had not set out on the voyage. The Aresians returned
Michael Valentine Smith, as the doomed ships logs called him to his own
people. The ancient people returned Smith, and bid the Earthmen
withdraw. It didn't take a lot of convincing to get them to do so. To
this day Omicron Ares 4 is under a strict quarantine surpassed only by
Aresians as they are called, they gave no name for themselves other
than their word for "people", are a race that never delved into the
stars. They however perfected the powers of the mind over the physical
universe to a degree that has not been seen before or since. The one
human disciple of these ancient people claimed that humans could learn
and master these abilities. It is said that he died for claiming that,
killed in a mob action in 2105.
other race is known to have had contact with the Aresians. The All when
closely questioned said only that "The Preservers did not go there, and
as a result, neither did we. However they have been there for a very
long time." Vulcan Captains to a one claim to have been given logical
reasons to have avoided the planet. Qzin lost several ships in that
system, none has ever been found. Records found at ancient Orion sites
indicate the planet was avoided, and likewise Vegan ruins show that it
was death to go there. El Aurians when questioned shake their heads.
"You just don't bother those people." There is even a hint in Iconian*
records they knew of the Aresians, and "didn't bother those people".
recent years Ane have been allowed to land on Omicron Ares 4. They will
not say what the Aresians have told them. "A condition of our presence
is that we will say nothing of them until they are gone." The Ane came
to the Federation Council claiming that the Aresians had invited them
to "store" their knowledge and history. Remote contact with the natives
confirmed this, along with an impatient question as to when they were
on these events Federation social scientists think the Aresians believe
they are dying. Perhaps reproduction has failed and they have decided
their history and knowledge is important enough to pass on.
maintains a station in solar orbit around Omicron Ares. Buoys are also
maintained warning away the curious and three monitors patrol the
system to issue sterner warnings if required. Since 2095 there has been
no face to face contact with the Aresians until their request for the
*The Truth: the
Aresian are the Iconians. At the dawn of the Iconian age a
group of rebel Aresians took their technology and psionics to the stars
and blazed a swath across the galaxy that still haunts the races that
exist today. They respected, or feared, the Old Ones and kept
their activities well away from the home world. In time their
rapacious ways brought other races to battle them including the
Rishians. From every indication the Rishian won that
war. That might have been a good thing, it might
not have been a good thing.
It is not
generally known that the Iconian and the Aresian race are
one. The few scientists that understand the connection have
not made it public. Aresianologists are rare and what few
exist don't generally talk much to Iconianologists.
What became of the
discorporate Iconians is not known, and the question hasn't even been
asked. In a few thousand years the
Ane may clear up that question for
is a work of fiction. All characters, places, and situations are
fictional. Any resemblance to persons, places, or situations living or
dead is coincidental.
Garry Stahl: 1997-2006 unless other Copyrights apply. All rights
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