The Vedala were a species associated with the Vedala asteroid. They were, as of the mid-23rd century, the oldest surviving spacefaring race known to the Federation. Physically, they had somewhat feline characteristics, including a tail, and a mighty roar.
The Vedala tried to assist in recovering the stolen Soul of Alar, which was located in the Skorr temple on the mad planet. Although aware of the location of the Soul of the Skorr, three expeditions failed as the Vedala could not survive on the planet.
These failures led the Vedala to assemble a new team with specialists from various species, including three Humans. Participants were invited to the Vedala asteroid with the explanation that something extremely dangerous to the galaxy was developing. Once the team met at their asteroid, they revealed that the Soul of the Skorr had been stolen and the Vedala were attempting to prevent a jihad.
For this fourth expedition, which occured in 2269, the Vedala chose the following specialists: Sord, (presumably) for his strength; Em/3/Green, an expert locksmith and thief; Lara, for her flawless directional sense; Spock, for his analytical mind and scientific expertise; and James T. Kirk, for his leadership and adaptability. Together they were to assist Tchar, hereditary prince of the Skorr, in locating the Soul of the Skorr. Although the Starfleet personnel were asked to volunteer for the expedition, Em/3/Green claimed to have been sentenced to it.
During their briefing, the Vedala utilized hologram-like technology to present known information on the "mad planet". They also utilized a long-distance transporter device that immediately transported the expedition team from the Vedala asteroid to the "mad planet". Along with the expedition team, the Vedala provided a ground vehicle to assist in their search.
Following the mission, they proved that they possessed the ability to manipulate time. They also noted that they had the ability to cure an individual of mental madness. They intended the incident to remain secret, and were confident that it would, claiming that in time even the specialists would lose the memory of the events. (TAS: "The Jihad")