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Aldebaran serpent

Q as an Aldebaran serpent

The Aldebaran serpent was a reptilian lifeform native to the Aldebaran system. It had three semi-transparent cobra-like heads extending from a brilliantly glowing sphere hovering above the ground, surrounded by lights.

Q briefly assumed the form of an Aldebaran serpent when he was introducing himself on his second visit to the USS Enterprise-D in 2364. (TNG: "Hide and Q")

The Aldebaran serpent might be partly or entirely non-corporeal.

Background Edit

The Star Trek Encyclopedia (2nd edition, p. 6) stated that the serpent was a special effect created by Robert Legato.

Apocrypha Edit

AMT Model kit S956 Spock 1973 original

Spock and a three-headed serpent

The motif of a three-headed serpent was also used in an AMT Model kit featuring Spock.

The cover of The Chance Factor features an Aldebaran serpent, although the appearance of the animal in the novel itself was removed in an earlier draft. (Voyages of Imagination)

In the Q Continuum miniseries, Q turns Picard into an Aldebaran serpent during their initial trip into the past, saying that it was one of his favorite forms before humanoids began to evolve; he claims he did it to create a sense of antiquity. Picard's mind can't handle three viewpoints at once, so Q reluctantly changes him back.

According to the RPG sourcebook Creatures, the Aldebaran serpent lives in the rivers and lagoons of the southern continent of Aldebaran III. It is 2-3 meters long and weighs 80kg. It has a four-lobed brain located in its thorax. All three heads have sensory organs and venomous fangs. Some primitive tribes on Aldebaran III worship Aldebaran serpents as gods.

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