A Talosian

The Talosians are a humanoid species native to Talos IV in the Talos star group.

Following a devastating nuclear war the surface of their planet was rendered uninhabitable driving the survivors underground to survive. During their exile under the surface they developed advanced mental powers, including the ability to create realistic illusions.

In 2254, they attempted to repopulate their world by luring the USS Enterprise to their planet and capturing Captain Christopher Pike. They hoped that he would mate with the lone survivor of the SS Columbia, which had crashed twenty years earlier on the planet. After realising the unsuitability of humans as breeding stock they released Pike and the Enterprise. After this incident Starfleet considered the Talosians to be a danger and quarantined their planet under General Order 7. (TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part I")

Several years later Pike was allowed to return to the planet. He had been seriously disabled in an accident and Starfleet decided to rescind General Order 7 to allow his return where thanks to the Talosians' power of illusion he could live out the rest of his live as if he was never injured. (TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I", "The Menagerie, Part II")

In 2387, the Zentradi, with help from Juraan offered an exchange with the Talosians. They offered several cloned humanoid specimens for the capture of Captain Candela Greene. Using their abilities, they drew the USS Crusader to the planet and captured Greene and Lieutenant D'Real. The Crusader was sent off into space with no knowledge of the event. Commander Teshurr would finally realize what had happen, and risk breaking General Order 7 to rescue their two missing officers. {Star Trek Crusader)

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