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Maihardu

Maihar'du, a Hupyrian

The Hupyrians were a humanoid species native to either the Alpha or Beta Quadrant. They had tight skin with a slightly scowling expression. The males were quite tall, often well over 2 meters tall, dwarfing their Ferengi employers, and even most other Alpha Quadrant species. They were especially popular with the Ferengi Grand Nagi, who used them as servants, food tasters, and bodyguards due to their strong devotion of service. So strong was their devotion, Hupyrian servants took a unique vow of silence which permitted them to only speak to their master, and for one to not show up to the funeral of their master was considered extremely unusual. (DS9: "The Nagus", "Prophet Motive", "Profit and Lace")

Hupyrians were famous for their beetle snuff, the favored drug of Grand Nagus Zek and many other Ferengi. (DS9: "Rules of Acquisition")

It seems likely that Hupyrian/Ferengi First Contact took place prior to 2151, as Ulis offered beetle snuff to Krem in this year, suggesting trade had taken place. Since all Hupyrians seen were in service of a Ferengi, it is possible that their species were part of the Ferengi Alliance. Legends of the Ferengi by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe mentions a conflict between the Ferengi and the Hupyrians.
According to the Star Trek: Star Charts, on the star chart United Federation of Planets I, the Hupyrians were from the Hupyria (Tau Coronae Borealis) system. Both the primary and the secondary were K-type stars. This system was located in the Alpha Quadrant.

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