Whoa...it's very dead in here. HELLLLOOOOOO! (echo, echo, echo) Anyway, it's been a long while since I've been on LJ, but I'm back now.
Couple of things, I wanted to say I'm writing an essay on Andorians in my account at http://escottish140.livejournal.com
in concern of my Star Trek: Titus
project, which you can see at http://mlle-relda.deviantart.com/gallery/#Star-Trek-Titus
-- and I've love to hear any opinions.
Secondly, I have some questions in concern of my fiction as members of the Andorian (Imperial) Guard play a big role through the stories:
1) I'd like to discuss the Andorian shelthreth
established in the Relauched
novels, but keep to the more aggressive and volatile personalities established in ENT and keep to the Star Trek
tradition of "morality tales" and as homosexuality was never really discussed in Trek
as well as I'd like, so I want to use Andorian "couple" as a metaphor to it: It mainly concerns a tezha
between two Andorians, Yssir (a shen, no relation to Starfleet Academy
Yssir; the character's named after a former aquaintance of mine named Üllar) and Saapho (a zhen, named after the Greek poetess) in love, but their tezha
affair was found out. The Relauched
novels mention that tezha
s that's happened BEFORE the shelthreth
(ie: Shar and Thriss) was bonded. However, what happens if your already committed to the shelthreth
? Because Yssir and Saapho eventually become part of the same shelthreth
, but still have their sexual union OUTSIDE it, is it still considered a taboo? And I know that the Evaste Elders can dissolve a betrothal, but what of a "marriage", could they able to dissolve that? And what is the exact punishment for committing a tezha
? Exile from Andorian society?
2) Since Tholos "flirted" with T'Pol in "The Andorian Incident" episode, it appears possible that they can be attracted to members outside their species in a sexual sense. Yet I don't believe Relauched
novels ever mentioned what happens if an Andorian had romantic relations OUTSIDE his or her species, or if it's even possible. One of my characters (Starfleet) Ensign Ling (who is known for her tumultuous romances, sigh!) has a rather intimiate flirtation with an Andorian guardsman named Subcommander Tholon (because "Lieutenant Commander" and "First Lieutenant" sounded WIERD), although it has not a sexual affair, it is an EMOTIONAL affair. He has to fulfil his shelthreth
and there lies a problem. In ENT, Andorian value honour and complete honesty! But to commit to a "marriage" while in "love" with someone else, wouldn't that be considered a lie? That's basically you're lying to your bondmates, attempting to live a lie, and thus you're lying to yourself, wouldn't that be the worst kind of dishonour? A type of self-deceitfulness which would turn into a type of self-loathing? However, breaking the shelthreth
would be dishonourable, too, ignoring familial duty -- and to an Andorian, family is everything.
Personally, I would like him to refuse the shelthreth
and remain with Ling, but would a REAL Andorian do that? And if he did, who he be punished? If so, in what way? Would he be thrown out of the Guard? Exiled? What do you think?