Alien Species

The Undine, are a non-humanoid tripedal species hailing from Fluidic Space.


Species 8472 or Sra'xa'diin, Emphoris, and Undine are biologically unique. Their DNA is arranged in a triple helix formation, and is the most densely coded DNA ever encountered by Starfleet. They are known to have as many as five sexes. The species' immune system is able to destroy anything which penetrates their body systems: chemical, biological, or technological. They are impervious to normal Borg assimilation methods. Their immune system can even be used as a means of attack. If cornered they attack with their claws, rather than with any other type of weapon, allowing an Undine's cells to come into contact with a victim's, they will infect every system and consume it from the inside out. In addition, the Undine are naturally able to commit suicide by releasing a cellular toxin into their bloodstreams. They emit a biogenic field around their bodies; this field renders them nearly invisible to sensors, making it impossible to pinpoint their exact location. This field also interferes with normal transporters. Exactly how this biogenic field is produced is unknown.

Physiologically, Undine are distinctly non-humanoid. They are even able to withstand the vacuum of space. It is probable that in fluidic space they are able to swim through the organic matter similar to their ships, which share their unique physiology. They communicate exclusively via telepathy. With their dense musculature and increased height, Undine possess great flexibility and can move much faster than either humanoids or Borg. They are able to penetrate force fields and rip through bulkheads with apparent ease.

They have very little soft tissue, and much of their skeleton is exposed, particularly around their necks. Undine does appear to have nostrils, suggesting a sense of smell; however, they possess no ears or mouth and have distinctive cross-shaped pupils. They appear purple to green depending on the lighting. It is not known if Undine is the only species to have evolved in fluidic space or if they exterminated the others as they attempted to do in normal space.


The bioships used by Undine are very advanced and share their unique genetic makeup. They are living organic vessels capable of warp speed, and are very heavily armed and shielded. Inside, the walls and floor appear to be flesh; spider web-like material is used in place of an electro-plasma system. The structural supports are made of bone. The ship's computer is similar to a nervous system and uses neuropeptides. The ships are native to fluidic space and are able to function as well in the organic matter of fluid space as they are in the vacuum of normal space. They are also equipped to detect the pressure wave created when a vessel crosses into fluidic space from normal space.

A bioship carries only one crew member, who acts as the pilot. Its hull is resistant to conventional weaponry, including Borg assimilation, and also reflects sensor scans and tractor beams. The bioships are armed with energy beam weapons. Although the beam appears less coherent than either Starfleet or Borg weapons, it is able to inflict greater damage. Nine bioships can combine their firepower using an energy focusing ship, forming a planet killer. It is unknown whether the ships evolved naturally or if they were engineered to fit their task by the Undine.


All that is known of the Undine's culture is that the species is highly xenophobic; they consider all other lifeforms to be genetically impure and inherently weak, and any alien entering fluidic space is seen as contaminating the realm. They believed the only way to purge a species of its weakness was to exterminate them, even if that meant eliminating all life on the planet. They also appear to have appreciation for art.

After the USS Voyager's role in thwarting their invasion of the Milky Way Galaxy by aiding the Borg, The Undine shifted the threat priority towards the United Federation of Planets. To do reconnaissance on Earth it was decided that several members of their species would disguise themselves as Alpha Quadrant species to infiltrate and gather intelligence on the Federation's military capabilities and plans. To do so they created artificial environments simulating Earth to play out their roles to better understand their culture they were set to investigate.