Markalians were characterized by a hairless head with small scales and thorns all over their faces, a striped pattern on the backs of their skulls, and small, oval depressions on the sides of their heads.
History and culture Edit
They were known for a criminal organization, the notorious Markalian smuggling operation.
Many Markalians worked in the freight business and, apart from the smuggling operation, some were employed by various other criminal individuals.
At the beginning of 2369, when the Federation took over control of Deep Space 9, Nog and a Markalian thief were taking advantage of the chaotic situation and tried to loot the station's assay office. They were caught by Odo, however. As there was no way out, the Markalian thief threw a mace-like weapon at Odo, thinking to knock the constable out that way. He didn't know however, that Odo was a Changeling and could just let the weapon pass through his face unharmed. (DS9: "Emissary")
Regana Tosh was a Markalian who worked for the Markalian smuggling operation. He was arrested by Odo in 2372. Odo had hoped to infiltrate the Markalian smuggling operation using Tosh, who was one of their middlemen. (DS9: "Hippocratic Oath")
Madrat was another member of the Markalian species and a guest in Quark's in 2374. He was wounded with a broken glass bottle by a confused adult Molly O'Brien. He later recovered in sickbay, and pressed charges against the O'Briens for assault with a deadly weapon. (DS9: "Time's Orphan")
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Background information Edit
A Markalian first appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine pilot episode "Emissary", where he was described in the script, in contrast to Nog, as "a huge, hideous looking adult alien.'" The alien's makeup was designed by Michael Westmore, under advisement to keep in mind that the same alien "may come back." (The Official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Magazine issue 1, p. 29)
The Markalian make-up was re-used at least twice for different aliens in episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise.
In the episode "Time's Orphan", a Markalian was referred to as a Tarkalean in a throw-away line spoken by Sisko. It had been previously established in "Hippocratic Oath", however, that the species indicated was Markalian. Additionally, ENT: "Regeneration" showed the Tarkaleans with a completely different make-up.
The call sheets of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Star Trek: Voyager episode "The Cloud", and the Star Trek: Enterprise pilot "Broken Bow" list Markalians as "Asoth," after the first named member of this species.
The novelization of "Emissary" gave the species the name of B'kaazi.