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For the primitive humanoids from Takar, please see Takarian.

The Takarans were a humanoid species native to the planet Takara.


In 2369, a Takaran named Jo'Bril was invited by Dr. Beverly Crusher to view a test of Dr. Reyga's metaphasic shielding aboard the starship USS Enterprise-D. Knowing the research had promise, he saw this as an opportunity to steal the technology. He was the most enthusiastic of the small number of scientists present, and awed by being able to observe the solar plasma reactions. Jo'Bril volunteered to pilot the shuttlecraft Justman on a test of the shielding and, at the same time, sabotaged the Enterprise-D sensors in order to make it appear as if the shielding failed and Jo'Bril himself had died. Takaran physiology was extremely resilient, and he put himself into a kind of hibernation state that resembled death, fooling Crusher for the moment.

After he revived himself, Jo'Bril murdered Reyga and made it appear as if he had committed suicide, to further discredit his work. He planned to sneak away with the designs, but, when Crusher found it unlikely that the shield problems could have killed Jo'Bril, she dug further into the incident and discovered the plot. Jo'Bril realized she would take the Justman out again to prove it. He heard this while faking death and stowed away aboard the shuttle. Not knowing he was aboard, she went into the corona. He then cut communications and made it look like the shuttle experienced a warp core breach, planning to take the entire shuttle back to Takara for development into a weapon, however, he was foiled when she overpowered him in a brief struggle for control of the shuttle. Jo'Bril was killed via vaporization when Beverly shot him with a phaser set to maximum. (TNG: "Suspicions")


Takaran anatomy

Cross section of Takaran anatomy

Jo'Bril shot

Demonstration of resistance to bodily damage

Takarans were characterized by a very unusual anatomy and physiology where their internal organs were not as distinct as those of most humanoids. Their organ systems were much more evenly distributed around their bodies, resulting in Takarans having a very high resistance to injury; one Takaran was shown to be capable of walking even with a significantly-sized hole in the center of his chest, although it is unclear how long he could have maintained this if he had been required to survive in this condition for longer. Takarans also had voluntary control over their own physiology down to a cellular level and could place themselves in a form of stasis resembling death.

To Starfleet medical equipment, only the rate of cellular decay could verify whether a Takaran was dead or alive – a slow rate of cellular decay was indicative of a Takaran in voluntary stasis; the rate of cellular decay would be much faster if the Takaran were truly dead, but this was unknown to Doctor Beverly Crusher until 2369.

Takarans were also able to put only a part of their body in stasis at a time, enabling them to slow injury in specific areas and thereby reduce the overall effects of the injury. (TNG: "Suspicions")

Since Dr. Crusher knew little of Takaran physiology and also stated Jo'Bril was the first Takaran she'd ever met, it is unlikely that Takarans were Federation members as of 2369.

Lieutenant Lonnoc Kedair, the chief of security on the USS Aventine in the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy, is a Takaran female.

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