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The Eska were a technologically-advanced humanoid species that were first encountered by Enterprise NX-01 on a rogue planet called Dakala in 2151. For nine generations, small Eska hunting parties had stalked and killed the indigenous lifeforms on Dakala, seeking in particular shapeshifting beings known as Wraiths. Captain Jonathan Archer and his crew were able to protect the Wraiths from the Eska by providing them with a chemical-masking agent that hid them from the Eska's sensors. (ENT: "Rogue Planet")


Eska were humanoids with large, bony, bumpy ridges that began at the nose, proceeded up the nose, and then up the forehead. The ridges had two small ridges running parallel on them. They had somewhat thicker brows than Humans that caused slight, smooth ridges from the ridge and over the eyebrows.



Eska text on a hunter's visual display.

When Malcolm Reed and T'Pol were attacked by two Eska hunters, one yelled, "Dhk'trrrr! Siskah trrral p'kaaat!" Then, when the Eska realized Malcolm was a humanoid, the hunter who had shouted told his companion, "Nahk l'taree."

Head-mounted hunting visual displays provided information in the Eska written language. (ENT: "Rogue Planet")

No Eska spacecraft ever appear in canon Star Trek, although one was scripted to appear in the penultimate scene of "Rogue Planet", departing from Dakala. In the episode's final draft script, the ship was described merely as "small."
According to Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 60) and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), there was a star system named Eska, which might possibly be the system of origin for this species, in the Alpha Quadrant. The system's primary was a K-class star. In the late 24th century, it was an independent system.