I've mentioned my maintained-for-personal-enjoyment Trek Lit "encyclopedia" a few times, and not too long ago asked for Damiani-related pointers, since I don't have Perchance to Dream. I thought I'd share a few examples, since, let's face it, who else is going to appreciate this nonsense? Here is Memory Beta’s Aarruri article: "The Aarruri are a species from the Gamma Quadrant who resemble humanoid canines. Pifko Gaber, a crewmember of the Even Odds, was an Aarruri individual". Mine is better. Aarruri A sapient species native to Aarru, in the Buof System. They somewhat resemble a dog, and certainly a Human’s first reaction would be comparing them to the Earth mammal. Aarruri are quadrupeds with a long snout and a slender tail, which is semi-prehensile. A narrow line of soft, floppy spines run down the back, a shade darker than the body fur, which is usually forest green. The head is sleek and streamlined, with a narrow muzzle. Unlike a dog, there are no external ears. The eyes come in several colours, including a dark brown. They often express emotion, though the face is also flexible and can be read by Humans familiar with the race’s company. Among other things, Aarruris can smile and scowl, though the former is more a grimace and to Humans can look intimidating. Another instinctive move is wagging the tail, which as in dogs indicates pleasure. Body language is also used symbolically as part of cultural expression. For example, an Aarruri good-bye ritual consists of nuzzling heads, briefly touching cheeks before stepping back. Inside an Aarruri’s jaws are narrow teeth designed for puncturing prey. Originally pack-hunting predators, Aarruri evolved to attack living creatures and wrestle them into submission. Their diet is still largely carnivorous, though they complement it with vegetable matter. They’re susceptible to alcohol, and like many species consider it a recreational drug. Their sense of taste is acute, though in another departure from Earth canines, the tongue isn’t lengthy or flexible. An Aarruri’s vocal chords are located in its throat, as in most beings. The typical voice is lower in pitch than a Human’s, despite the smaller size of Aarruris. Sitting on their hind legs, their head reaches only above the hip of an average-sized Human male. Aarurri spend much of their time in this position, keeping their front paws off the ground to allow for use as manipulators. Each of the paws ends in four surprisingly lengthy fingers and a small opposable thumb, though these are mounted clear of the ground; the paws’ primary purpose is still to carry the body’s weight, and permit quadrupedal movement, often at speed. Like dogs, Aarurri are mammals, and endothermic. As such, they’re highly adaptable to variant temperatures. They greatly prefer warmer climates, but they’re naturally suited to colder environs and remain energetic in low temperatures despite their discomfort. Whatever the climate, Aarruris don’t wear clothes, and their genitals are freely visible, making sexual identification easy. Occasionally they might wear a collar, though this is usually for mounting technology like communicators; taking it for a mark of domestication is greatly offensive. At least some Aarruri dislike being touched by non-mammals, though the aversion rarely translates to bigotry. Aarruris are long-distance hunters, and thus more tenacious than aggressive. They have the sharp eyesight, smell and hearing of an active predator, and are able to track other life-forms for long periods. Despite having excellent senses and a tendency for compassion, the Aarruri are not known for any sort of psionic ability. Traits such as literal empathy are extremely rare. Social co-ordination is highly sophisticated, though, and most Aarruris are quick to make friends. As a matter of instinctual heritage, Aarruris love to run, and often howl incoherently while doing so. In their natural state, this noise is used to disorient fleeing prey. In the modern era, running is not required for everyday survival, but the instinctive need remains. Champion runners are respected and even envied, and most Aarruri use it as a form of exercise. Confined and unable to run, an Aarruri will swiftly become ill and lose their appetite. Some Aarruri run in a professional capacity, for example as couriers for local government officials. This tradition is outdated in the age of long-distance communicators, but will likely never be rescinded. The excuse is that transmissions can always be intercepted, and a trusted eyes-only courier is more secure. Everyone knows the real reason is that denying champion runners prominent positions is to lose a uniquely Aarruri custom. The highly attentive and spatially-aware psychology of the species also explains the common boast that “the best tour guides in the quadrant are Aarruris”. Aarruris tend towards monogamy, with long-term partnerships centred on biological young. Litters vary in size from as few as two to as many as fourteen. Three to eight are the norm. In their youth, all Aarruris take prospect-propensity testing, known popularly as PPs. These suggest for the children suitable career paths, noting their personal strengths and matching skills and character traits to prospective jobs. Litters take them together, and often similar results are found across the board, due to close genetic makeup and a shared home environment. Aarruri have two names; the first individual, the second combining their place of origin with the size of the litter they were born in. Thus, the first half is a regional province like Ga or Ri, the second a word indicating number. All such terms begin with a “B”; “bek” signifies one of four, “ba” one of six and “ber” one of seven. A “bele” is from a particularly large litter. Aarruri names include Jirro, Pifko, Ptasme and Sfeila. These are approximations, as the vocal structure of the species differs from that of Humanoids. This extends to the name Aarruri, which is taken from the planet name, Aarru. The sound emanates from deep in the throat, a very doglike, gentle bay that ends in a brief whine. The plural of Aarruri can be spelt with or without an s, with the variants used interchangeably. Fully involved in their local interstellar community, the Aarurri are comfortable with alien contact, despite their unusual physiology, which makes them distinctive. Aarruri traders and tourists are found on multiple worlds within several hundred light-years of Aarru. Aarru itself is loosely united in a coalition, but each region is mostly self-governing, ruled by a local parliament. As noted, each of these parliaments retains professional runners employed as eyes-only couriers. Pifko Gaber was Aarruri. A mate of his sister once dated a Humanoid, an act seemingly uncontroversial.