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Hailing from (incredibly enough) the planet Tellar, the Tellarites are a round-bodied and long-legged people who form part of the United Federation of Planets. Notoriously argumentative, many Tellarites like to think of themselves as master debaters and while their actual arguing skills are in question, the great enthusiasm that seems bred into the Tellarite gene pool for the art is not. Making a Tellarite angry is neither a difficult nor a wise thing for a person to do, as the hoof-like structures on the soles of Tellarite feet are excellent at, for instance, stomping somebody's skull in.

It must be noted, of course, that like most Federation citizens Tellarites are usually non-violent and civil towards others. But, again like other Federation citizens, they have their breaking point.

By the time they reach adulthood at age 12, the average Tellarite has become extremely short-sighted, an unfortunate characteristic that has prevented many skilled and intelligent Tellarites from joining high-activity fields where corrective drugs may not always be available. Tellarites are strong and durable, but a bit slow both physically and mentally. They have also been, historically, one of TOS TrekMUSE's least frequently played races.