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Player Race: No
Relation to UFP:

- Not suited as a player race.

Telepathic civilization with whom first contact was made in 2268.  The Melkotians spurned, by the use of an orbiting warning buoy, the Enterprise's initial contact overtures.  When Enterprise Captain Kirk ignored the Melkotian warning, they subjected Kirk and company to an elaborate charade in which images from Kirk's memory were intended to be the devices of their deaths.  The Melkotians' drama took the form of the famous gunfight at the OK Corral at Thombstone, Arizona, on October 26, 1881, between the Earps and the Clantons, a fight that the Clantons lost.  Kirk and members of his Enterprise crew were to fill their shoes, but managed to avoid death in the legendary gun battle.  Kirk was later successful in opening diplomatic relations with the reclusive Melkotians (Spectre of the Gun -TOS).
Star Trek: The Encyclopedia (1999 edition).