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The Axanar had green blood. Their bodies produced triglobulin from the zymuth gland. This substance had medical and aphrodisiac properties, and was used by a number of different species for those purposes. Some even forcefully "harvest" Axanar for their triglobulin.
In 2151, Humans made first contact with the Axanar via Enterprise NX-01, when an unnamed species had attacked one of their freighters. Enterprise sent an away team over to investigate, and found the mutilated corpses of the crew. When the Axanar returned, responding to a distress signal set by the Enterprise crew, a translator malfunction led them to believe that Enterprise itself was responsible. Shortly afterwards, however, Hoshi Sato, having translated the Axanar language, was able to convey to the Axanar that the true attackers were the ones attacking Enterprise, to which the Axanar offered assistance. (ENT: "Fight or Flight")
Sometime prior to 2152, an Axanar starship stopped by the automated repair station. One of the Axanar crewmen was secretly added to the station's humanoid hosts whose brains had been tied to the computer of the station. (ENT: "Dead Stop")
By the mid-23rd century, a conflict had broken out at the site of the Axanar's homeworld, involving the United Federation of Planets, Starfleet, and Captain Garth of Izar. Garth was victorious in what became known as the Battle of Axanar and his exploits in the action became required reading at Starfleet Academy. James T. Kirk participated in the subsequent peace mission at Axanar, for which he was awarded the Palm Leaf of Axanar Peace Mission. (TOS: "Court Martial", "Whom Gods Destroy")
Holodeck Simulation - Captain Riker Edit
In 2367, while exploring a cavern on Alpha Onias III, Commander William T. Riker was rendered unconscious by gases. While unconscious, neural scanners scanned Commander William T. Riker's brain. The scanners used elements of Riker's reality and constructed a holodeck simulation with those elements interspersed throughout, so that it felt real to him. What Riker wanted, the scanners made possible.
In one of the simulations, Riker's future service record included a note about the Axanar. The species hosted a conference on Beta Quadrant exploration and Federation security that was held at the Deneva Special Congress on Interstellar Affairs. On stardate 52384, Riker, then captain of the USS Enterprise-D, was selected for recognition as the special Federation representative to this conference. (TNG: "Future Imperfect", okudagram)
- There have been no named Axanar in canon.
In the RPG book The Four Years War, the Axanarians were described as pre-industrial humanoids with some genetic similarities to Klingons.
In the RPG book Star Trek: The Original Series - Core Game Book, the Axanari were tall humanoids with a white secretion covering their skin and wide range of hair colors including blue, green, red and orange. The Axanari have superior perception and pattern recognition abilities that sometimes cause them to see patterns that aren't there. When asked a question, an Axanari will always have an definite answer, even when there is unsufficient evidence, and will be absolutely certain that he is correct. The Axanari applied for Federation membership in 2252, but the Centaurans and Vulcans wanted to reject their application due to their rigid caste system and inferior technology. The Axanari decided to impress the Federation by conquering several nearby planets and presenting them to the Federation. This led to a short war with the Federation. At the conclusion of the war, the Axanari abandoned their conquered planets and their leaders resigned in disgrace. They eventually became members of the Federation.