40 Eridani System, Alpha Quadrant
|Mount Seleya on Vulcan|
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Vulcan is an arid, dry planet with thin air and high gravity, making it very inhospitable for humanoid life. The twin Vulcan suns are so intense they caused the Vulcans to develop inner eyelids so as to protect their sight. The lack of water and food caused much fighting in Vulcan's ancient past and subsequently led to the Time of Awakening. The native flora is not plentiful, however one type of wildlife, the sehlat, has successfully been domesticated and is commonly kept as a pet.
Vulcan's economy is highly dependent on the Vulcan people's ordered and logical minds which are in fact quite suitable for scientific research and development. Many Federation historians are Vulcan as are quite a few Federation scientists. Though many of the Vulcan people consider service in Starfleet less prestigious than attending the Vulcan Science Academy, many Vulcans enter Starfleet. The Vulcan Science Academy is quite possibly the best scientific university in the Federation.
Vulcan is a dry, arid planet with thin air and high gravity, making it very inhospitable for humanoid life. The Vulcan sun is so intense it caused the Vulcans to develop inner eyelids so as to protect their sight. Vulcan has no oceans, but rather a system of rivers and scattered small seas. The lack of water and food caused much fighting in Vulcan's ancient past and subsequently led to the Time of Awakening. Similar to Earth, Vulcan's deserts are prone to large amounts of heat, sandstorms, and heat lightning. Very often, the sandstorms and heat lightning can occur at the same time, also known as sandfire storms.
- Shikahr - Capital
- Vulcana Regar
Points of Interest
The Fire Plains of Vulcan are in fact a field of pits wherein lava reacts with the hot Vulcan air. The ancient Vulcans built many statues in this area, making it even more memorable and a popular tourist destination.
The L-langon Mountains are a mountain range in Vulcan's Forge on the other side of the desert from the city of Shikahr. They are often the site of a coming of age ceremony for young Vulcan children.
Mount Seleya is a sacred mountain at the far end of Vulcan's Forge upon which an altar has been built. The man who united the Vulcan people died there, but not before his katra was saved.
Also known as simply 'The Forge', Vulcan's Forge is the place where many ancient Vulcan swordsmiths created their work. The Forge itself is a canyon several hundred meters long that is prone to electricomagnetic instability which interferes with many modern technologies and is a natural environment for sehlats.
Other Points of Interest:
- Lake Yuron
- Mount Tar'Hana
- Osana Caverns
- Voroth Sea
The earliest records of Vulcan history tell of a violent planet where the people fought to mate, fought for food, fought for water, or other resources. The clans fought each other, and the warlords fought each other. A Vulcan from this time period could find any number of reasons to fight anyone. It was also littered with different gods. Earth had had its religions, around some 20 at one point, while Betazed generally had two or three. Vulcan had somewhere in the vicinity of 192 different gods, each demanding favors from the people. It was into this world that the leader Surak was born.
Time of Awakening
Surak, a Vulcan scholar, saw what the fighting was doing to his world and found a way to make the fighting end. They would suppress all emotion in order to live in peace. Many Vulcans tried and failed to find the strength of will within themselves to live by logic and suppress their unruly emotions, thus the kohlinahr was created to make it easier. S'Task, a young Vulcan, became Surak's pupil to carry on his legacy after his mentor was gone. Slowly over time Vulcan transformed itself into a world of peace and prosperity as the people were more inclined to help each other rather than kill. However, many of the Vulcan people were highly resistant, not wanting to give up their emotions and lay down their arms for people that had to tried to kill them in the past. Surak's teachings took time to take hold and were questioned many times over before the First Contact.
First Contact was with an unknown race of pirates, possibly Orions, who took some of the Vulcans as slaves and robbed the planet of what precious few natural resources it had. S'Task, Surak's pupil, was one of them and escaped his cell, succeeding in destroying the alien spacecraft after making it to an escape pod. Surak, who felt betrayed by his pupils behavior, expressed his disappointment. This reaction put the thought into S'Task's mind that perhaps not all emotions are bad, that they do have their uses. This led to S'Task gaining a following of those 'who follow beneath the raptor's wings' and this group attacked Surak many times before finally killing him on Mount Seleya. Grieved at what had happened to his old teach and what he had become, S'Task led a group of ships to Romulus and Remus who eventually became the Romulans.
The Golden Age
Seeing the dangers of space, the Vulcans decided that they must be ready to defend, not attack. Their first spaceflight was in 300 AD, well before humans discovered the mechanics of anything beyond a catapault. By 800 AD, they had a means of traveling to other star systems, but not warp. They kept to themselves as they remembered the damage that had been done to their own world.
This led to a Golden Age on Vulcan, and their philosophy, art, literature, and science begam to evolve beyond that of anything before. Many Vulcans decided to become monks or priestesses and thus went to temples to spend the rest of their lives in servitude to unerring logic. It was these Vulcans who developed the kohlinahr in an effort to help those with logic who needed it. These people also began to help young Vulcans hone their telepathic abilities.
Upon the unification of the world of Vulcan, the people began to study so many sciences that the Vulcan Science Academy was founded to create the best learning center for science on the planet. It has remained one of the best in the Federation to this day.
Contact with Other Races
As soon as the 1700s, they were traveling to other planets and a crew of three had even landed on Earth sometime during the 1950s. It was during this time that they made first contact with the first Andorian ship, however it did not go very well as the Andorians were a very emotional race and detested the 'cold and unfeeling' Vulcans. They also made contact with the Tellarites, porcine humanoids who are extraordinary builders. They contacted the first humans, Zefram Cochrane and his friend Lily, in Montana in 2063 when Zefram Cochrane broke the warp barrier, and made contact with Trill soon after.
Cold War with the Andorians
The Vulcan High Command did not trust the Andorians and soon began to see them as duplicitous and deceitful. The Andorians terraformed a planet they named Weytahn and set up a colony, the Vulcan High Command demanded to be allowed to inspect it. When the Andorians refused, the Vulcan High Command removed the Andorians by force. Vulcans then set up a sensor base where they could monitor the Andorian homeworld remotely. Assuming that they were forced out to be spied upon, the Andorians sent Commander Shran to find what exactly was on P'Jem. He was aided in finding the monitoring center by Captain Jonathon Archer of the USS Enterprise NX 01, opening up Andorian/Human relations.
Coridan was another hot spot in the cold war between Vulcans and Andorians. The Coridan government had become very corrupt and the people were starting to rebel, aided by the Andorians. On the flip side of the coin, the Vulcans were aiding the government in an effort to procure more dilithium, a much needed substance for warp drive engines.
The Vulcan High Command began to exert more control over the civilian population, persecuting the Syrrannite sect who attempted to follow Surak's teachings the way they were meant to be followed and tried to encourage others to do the same. At this time, Vulcan High Command also claimed to have intelligence reports that told of a new superweapond being developed by the Andorians that had been based on Xindi technology. While the Vulcan High Command secretly amassed a fleet in the Regulan System, Commander Charles Tucker III and Ambassador Soval warned the Andorians of the attack. Losing the element of surprise, the Vulcans called off the attack before they lost any ships.
Following the attack on Andoria, many Vulcans realized that they had grown far away from the teachings of Surak. It was found that some of the first Romulan infiltrators were trying to force a war between the two planets in order to weaking them. Upon investigation by Subcommander T'Pol, Captain Jonathon Archer, and Koss, the katra of Surak and his writings detailing his vision were found in the possession of the Syrrannite movement. Surak's katra was restored to Mount Seleya, however many Vulcans were highly resistant to reforming their ways of thinking. Slowly though the movement took place and Vulcan became the planet Surak wanted it to be.