Homeworld: Unknown, Delta Quadrant, space-faring nomadic
Warp capable: Yes
Classification: Reptilian humanoid
Environmental requirements: M class
Telepathic abilities: None
Federation Status: Neutral
First Encountered: in the Delta Quadrant by the USS Voyager (VOY: Message in a Bottle
Blood Coloration: red
Distinctive Features: skin resembled that of a reptile with a rough pebble-like appearance to it
Known members: Donik, Idrin, Karr, Turanj
The Hirogen were a nomadic species of hunters who were encountered by the USS Voyager in the Delta Quadrant. They viewed other lifeforms as prey and treated them as such, showing little evidence of morality.
Hirogen society centered around “the hunt”, which they regarded with a reverence that bordered on spiritual awe. Elements of their culture, such as social rituals and beliefs, were based on the hunt.
Hirogen culture required a hunter to study his prey to understand its abilities, believing that such study was essential to prevent a hunter from becoming the hunted. Choosing the most appropriate weapon to make the kill was considered important. There was great importance placed upon the moment of the kill and it was believed that the way a creature behaves when it was wounded was the key to its destruction.
After the Hirogen caught their prey, they removed the skeletal system, muscles, internal organs, ligaments and tendons by a surgical procedure known as an osteotomy. These items were kept as relics of the hunt.
In 2374, Kathryn Janeway gave them a holo-program’s optronic datacore so they could safely continue their hunt tradition. Unfortunately, the Hirogen misused that technology and programmed their prey to be overly cunning and adaptive in order to make their hunts more “challenging”. As a result those holograms gained self-awareness and a desire for liberation.