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Player Race: Yes
Relation to UFP:

- A lot of great ACTD characters are Vulcan.

Humanoid species native to planet Vulcan.  Vulcans were once a passionate, violent people whose civilization was  torn by terrible wars (Let That Be Your Last Battlefield -TOS, All Our Yesterdays -TOS).  The ancient philosopher Surak, revered as the father of Vulcan civilization, led his people some two thousand years ago to reject their emotion in favor of a philosophy that embraced pure logic (The Savage Curtain -TOS). This remarkable renaissance became known as the Time of Awakening (Gambit, part 2 -TNG).  Vulcan society is now based entirely on logic, and any trappings of emotion are considered to be socially unacceptable.

One group did not accept Surak's teachings and instead left Vulcan to found the warrior Romulan Star Empire (Unification, part 1 -TNG).  Their descendents and offshoots colonized many planets across the quadrant (Gambit, part 2 -TNG).  Tensions remained between the two peoples, and a century-long war once raged between the Vulcans and the Romulans.  No on on either side realized that the war had been ignited by Quinn, a member of the Q Continuum (Death Wish -VGR).  By the 24th century, however, a small number of Vulcan citizens sought reconciliation with their Romulan cousins, a movement supported by Ambassador Spock, as well as by members of a Romulan undergound (Unification, parts 1 and 2 -TNG).

In the distanct past, Vulcans killed to win their mates.  Even in the present, Vulcans revert to ancient mating rituals, apparently the price these people must pay for totally suppressing their natural emotions.  When Vulcan children are about seven their parents select a future mate, and the two children are joined in a ceremony that links them telepathically.  When the two children come of age, they are compelled to join together for the marriage rituals.  The time of mating, Pon farr, is when the stoically lofical Vulcans pay for their rigid control by experiencing a period of total emotional abandon.  In Vulcan adults, Pon farr comes every seven years (Amok Time -TOS).  Vulcans who reach a certain infirmity with age sometimes practice a ritual suicide (Death Wish -VGR).

Because planet Vulcan has a higher gravity than Earth, and its atmosphere is thinner, Vulcans in an Earth-normal invironment demonstrate greater physical strength and more acute hearing than humans.  The intensity of the Vulcan sun cuase the Vulcans to evolve a secondary eyelid to protect the retina.  This inner eyelid involuntarily closes when the eye is exposed to extremely intense light.  Spock's inner eyelid protected him in 2267 against powerful light used in an experiment designed to eradicate the Denevan neural parasite (Operation: Annihilate! -TOS).  A Vulcan's heart is where a human's liver is.  When injured, Vulcans concentrate their strength, blood, and antibodies onto the injured organs by a type of self-induced hypnosis (A Private Little War -TOS).  Vulcans have very different blood chemistry from Bolians.  A blood transfusion from a Vulcan to a Bolian would be fatal for the Bolian (Prototype -VGR).

Certain elements of Vulcan prehistory suggest that the Vulcan race may have originated with colonists from another planet, possibly humanoids from Sargon's planet 500,000 years ago (Return to Tomorrow -TOS).  Vulcans have telepathic capacity, as practiced in the Vulcan mind-meld.  Although the telepathic ability is quite limited, Spock once felt the death screams of the 400 Vulcan crew members of the Starship Intrepid across interstellar distances (The Immunity Syndrome -TOS).  Located in the mesiofrontal cortex of the Vulcan brain lies the psychosuppression system responsible for the cessation of emotions.  On rare occasions, this area of the brain can be disrupted following a mind-meld with a violent individual (Meld -VGR).

Vulcans were the first extraterrestrials to be encountered by the people of planet Earth.  On April 4, 2063, a Vulcan survey ship passed thorugh Earth's solar system at that same time that Zefram Cochrane made his first faster-than-light spaceflight test in the Phoenix.  The Vulcan ship detected the Phoenix's warp signature and relized that humans had discovered warp dirve.  On the evening of the next day, the Vulcan ship touched down near Cochrane's launch site in Montana.  On April 5, 2063, Vulcans made first contact with humankind (Star Trek: First Contact).
Star Trek: The Encyclopedia (1999 edition).

Species 3259.  Borg designation for Vulcans (The Raven -VGR).
Star Trek: The Encyclopedia (1999 edition) -Supplemental