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The Voth were a saurian species. They presumably evolved from a dinosaur genus originally native to the planet Earth called hadrosaurs, but later came to reside in the Delta Quadrant. A significantly advanced species, the Voth were cold-blooded creatures, had a superior sense of smell, and skin pigmentation which altered according to moods.
According to the Distant Origin Theory, some of Earth's dinosaurs belonging to the hadrosaur genus survived the mass extinction 65 million years ago. Although the dominant reptile superorder was almost wiped out, these surviving dinosaurs continued to develop, likely on a secluded, by now destroyed landmass. Sometime thereafter, they possibly became one of the first interstellar species in the galaxy when they leave Earth and travel to the Delta Quadrant, laying the foundation for the Voth civilization. The recorded history and identity of the Voth began about 20 million years ago, at which point they already considered themselves a race indigenous to the Delta Quadrant. (VOY: "Distant Origin")
Adult Voth were slightly taller than adult Humans and had six clawed, manipulatory digits (three on each hand). Their eyes were protected by heavy, bony brow ridges, which had a central crest rising to a conical protrusion on the back of the skull. This extra area may account for the Voth having larger cranial capacity than Humans; cranial capacity of a typical Voth was twenty-two percent more than that of a Human. Most importantly, they had forty-seven genetic markers that were identical to Humans and many Terran creatures throughout Earth's history.
The Voth were capable of entering into hibernative states to protect themselves from harm. Their superior sense of smell was achieved through the dilitus lobe, which allowed them to enjoy the sulfur pools of Hokath. The Voth were also able to fire spines, from an area on the lower arm, which had a paralytic effect. (VOY: "Distant Origin")
Society and philosophyEdit
The Voth were governed by a Ministry of Elders. At the heart of their society lay their Doctrine, their guiding principles, which specified that the Voth had been the first lifeforms in the Delta Quadrant, and that they had originated in that area of space. In addition, another clause declared that non-indigenous beings had no rights. Heresy against Doctrine was an arrestable and serious offense.
Doctrine also proclaimed that breaking the transwarp threshold would be dangerous to the Voth and their society. Their civilization was held back millenia as a consequence. However, someone took a chance, and managed to take the civilization into a new era.
Based on the remains of Voyager crewmember Hogan, Voth scientist Forra Gegen concluded his long worked-on Distant Origin Theory, stating that the Voth had evolved on Earth. This was later confirmed by Captain Kathryn Janeway and The Doctor, who traced both species' DNA back to a common ancestor that had lived among the dinosaurs.
The Ministry of Elders arrested Gegen for heresy, accusing him of preaching against Doctrine. Despite Gegen protesting that he was merely conducting a scientific expedition, the Elders tried to accuse him of being reckless, that his "casual theorizing" was damaging the Doctrine, intentionally or otherwise. Scientists loyal to the Elders wanted to say that although the data was compelling, Gegen's interpretations weren't clear. The Elders were reluctant to punish Gegen as such, but were more concerned about getting him to retract his claims. Voth society was not willing to accept such a radical concept – even Gegen's daughter was skeptical of it.
One Voth Elder went as far as to declare that if she accepted this theory, she would be admitting her race had fled in terror from Earth, scratching and clawing their way to the part of space where the Voth now lived on a city ship, that her race had no birthright, no legacy – the concept appalled and disgusted her. Commander Chakotay attempted to persuade her that surviving among some of the fiercest creatures in Earth's history, creating a culture, language and technology, leaving Earth when it faced peril and going into space, and journeying to the Delta Quadrant to start a new life was the definition of the Voth ancestors, the struggle that made the race who they were – was their heritage.
It was not enough; the Ministry of Elders convicted Gegen of heresy, and threatened to imprison him and the crew of the Voyager on a prison colony. Gegen could not live with that on his conscience, and retracted his claims to save the crew. (VOY: "Distant Origin")
Technologically advanced, the Voth possessed transwarp capabilities, as well as being able to scan from a distance of over ninety light years with significant accuracy, even down to the individual lifeform readings.
The Voth city ship was massive and extremely powerful in comparison with Starfleet spacecraft – the Voth were able to beam the USS Voyager into a chamber inside their vessel which could clearly house many more starships. This transport was accomplished despite Voyager's shields being raised. The Voth were also able to take command of the ship's computer, shut the majority of systems down, and take primary power offline. A dampening field used to create this effect managed to render tricorders, communicators, and phasers useless.
The Voth also had spatial displacement capabilities, using interphase as a form of cloaking technology that moved their starships or even individuals out of phase. Their personal spatial displacement system could be disrupted by altering a phaser to a dispersion frequency of approximately 1.85 GHz.
Background information Edit
The Voth resemble, both conceptually and visually, the Silurian race from Doctor Who, in which the Silurians, like the Voth, are an advanced reptile species who have evolved on Earth before Humanity and have subsequently disappeared. In addition, both Doctor Who and the Silurians and "Distant Origin" use a small, hand-held globe of prehistoric Earth as a plot point. There is also a strong physical resemblance between the costumes and make-up used for the two alien races.
The Voth made a brief appearance in the short story "Brief Candle" in the Distant Shores anthology, as well as mentioned in the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds novels as a possible candidate to combat the Borg by the Q.
A similar storyline was found in the First Frontier novel, which has a race known as Clan Ru, who are evolved from Troodons.
The Voth appear in two novels of the Star Trek: Voyager relaunch series by Pocket Books: Protectors and Acts of Contrition. In those stories, they ally themselves with the Devore, Turei, and Vaadwaur. They are opposed to the Confederacy of the Worlds of the First Quadrant, a Delta Quadrant counterpart to the Federation.
The Voth appear in the Star Trek Online video game as an antagonist faction, fighting for control of a Dyson sphere located in the Delta Quadrant, and against the allied forces of the Federation, Klingon Empire, and Romulan Republic. The Voth are attempting to obtain Omega particles, which the sphere produces, as a weapon against the Borg, whom they are battling in their home space. The allied forces, who entered the sphere via an Iconian gateway near Jouret IV, are attempting to enforce the Omega Directive and prevent the Voth from making off with Omega and potentially threatening spacefaring civilizations in the Delta Quadrant and beyond. The Voth who appear in the game are part of an aggressive, militaristic circle of Voth society, and use city ships in their combat fleets. [http://sto.perfectworld.com/blog/?p=1004711| Mechanized combat exosuits and bio-engineered dinosaurs also make up part of their ground forces.
In STO's 2014 Delta Rising expansion, the Voth are allies of the Turei and fight to defend them against a Vaadwaur invasion in the mission "Revelations", allying with the player in a ground battle. However, they remain aloof from subsequently joining the Delta Alliance.