The Q Update I
The Q are undoubtedly one of the most interesting and peculiar species ever
encountered by the Federation. Little is known of them for certain but they
are known to reside in a place they refer to as 'the Q continuum', which is
apparently a higher dimension of some form. The Q are thought to have once
been a relatively 'normal' species, but at some point they acquired
incredible powers to control matter and energy, space and even time itself.
Many Q insist that they are omnipotent, but at least one individual has
claimed that there are in fact limits to their power - although what these
limits might be has never been ascertained.
The Federations first contact with the Q came when one of them intercepted
the Enterprise-D on that ships maiden voyage. Appearing in a variety of
costumes, Q placed the ships senior officers on trial for the 'crimes of
Humanity' - although the crew convinced Q to release them, years later he
claimed that this trial was a never-ending process.
In subsequent visits Q has demonstrated a mixture of astounding power and
knowledge combined with an almost childish sense of self-importance and
selfishness. On his third visit to the Enterprise, Q reacted negatively to
an offhand comment by Captain Jean Luc Picard; he threw the ship across
thousands of light years to the system J-25, leading to first contact with
the Borg and eventually to two devastating attacks by that species. He
constantly berates and belittles other lifeforms and takes every oppurtunity
to assert his own perfection.
During her travels in the Delta Quadrant, the USS Voyager encountered a
second Q - known as Quinn - who had been imprisoned in the nucleus of a
comet for political dissention against the Q. Quinn was dissatified with a
life in which there was nothing left to explore to accomplish, and had
sought to end his existence. Q appeared on Voyager and a hearing was held
which resulted in Quinn having his abilities removed so as to allow him to
lead life as a Human. Despite this offer, Quinn took his own life shortly
afterwards with the help of Q.
This act apparently triggered a civil war within the Q continuum; Q proposed
to end this conflict by mating with Captain Janeway of the USS Voyager in
order to produce a new breed of Q - an offer the Captain forcefully
declined. Later the crew of Voyager where taken to the Q continuum where,
given the abilities and weapons of the Q, they where instrumental in ending