|Homeworld||Delta Crateris V|
|Behind the Scenes|
|Universe||Star Control Universe|
The Ur-Quan Kzer-Za are one of two subspecies created from the original Ur-Quan strain by the malicious Dnyarri. Nearly identical to their Kohr-Ah brethren, the most noticeable difference between their two is their skintones - Kzer-Za are green while Kohr-Ah are black. However, another difference is seen in their arms, where only Kohr-Ah appear to possess actual hands. At least part of their body is covered by a sheath which retracts when the creature experiences intense pain, along with the oozing of their talons.
Historical Background Edit
The "Green Ur-Quan" are not natural. They were genetically engineered by the Dnyarri to serve as their "thinkers", to fill the roles of scientists, technicians, and overseers of the growing Dnyarri Slave Empire. Unfortunately for each of the new Ur-Quan subspecies, the genetic manipulation permanently divided them and exterminated the original species once and for all. The Dnyarri being as they were did not care to name either creation, and it was not until the slave revolt against their oppressive, mind controlling masters that this species named themselves after Kzer-Za, a hero who martyred himself to discover the secret to freeing their species from eternal enslavement.
From that day forward, the Kzer-Za would follow the Path of Now and Forever. This doctrine states that they must seek out all sentient (likely mistaken for sapient by the creators of the series, like most other Sci-Fi stories) life and offer them a choice: to either serve the Kzer-Za enslaved as a race of Battle Thralls or to be permanently imprisoned within a Slave Shield atmosphere dome through which there was no known escape. The Kzer-Za are aware that this way of life may be incorrect and so they willingly participated in the Doctrinal Conflict with their brothers, the Kohr-Ah, which began above the skies of the homeworld of their former allies, the Mael-Num.
For thousands of years they have circled the galaxy, enslaving sapient races into their Hierarchy of Battle Thralls or imprisoning them under impenetrable slave shields. Even one battle in their long history is an extreme situation in the eyes of a younger race. The Great War that most contemporary races speak of was, to the Kzer-Za, just another of a thousand conquests.