Max Level characters can start to partake in reputations with several organizations in regards to certain combat. These Joint Task Forces usually involve going up against enemies of all three factions, even if those factions are not allied with each other.
A joint task force created by Admiral D'Vak in the interest of Federation and Klingon protection against the Borg. The Federation half of the task force is run by Military Assault Command Operations (M.A.C.O.) and the Klingon half is run by the Klingon Honor Guard.Headquarters: Starbase Deep Space Nine and Battle Group Omega
Enemy Mine: Federation and KDF interests who started this group agreed that working together was more likely to stop the Borg. The Romulans joined later.
A joint task force dedicated to the construction and protection of New Romulus. Unlike the other reputations, this task force is more dedicated to science and humanitarian efforts and ultimately responsible for the storyline developments of Season 8.Headquarters: New Romulus
Enemy Mine: Chancellor J'Mpok sees helping the Republic as a way of conquering the Romulans without needing to use force. They've since proven to be valuable allies.
For Science!: The theme of the non-combat missions. Eventually it leads to study of Iconian Gateway tech including an intact gateway and them building a space gate for the Dyson Sphere in Season 8.
Took a Level in Badass: Ultimately, the NR Rep leads to the Romulans gaining Iconian Technology and surging to becoming a superpower again. Shame the Iconians sabotaged the whole thing...
A Joint Task Force dedicated to stopping Tholian Incursions in local space, starting with Nukara Prime. Notable in that while the KDF and Federation are fighting Tholians on Nukara Prime, both forces are working independently and only tolerating each others' presence.Headquarters: Nukara Prime
Enemy Mine: Again, the KDF and Feds aren't technically working together on this project. They're merely serving their own interests together. That interest happens to be throwing the Tholians out of their (contested) space.
Dyson Joint Command
A Romulan Republic led Joint Task Force dedicated to throwing the Voth out of the Solanae Dyson Sphere and the securing of the Omega Molecules within.
Enemy Mine: For the Klingons and Federation, seeing as they are still at war back home in the Alpha and Beta quadrants. The Romulan Republic takes the lead, which helps the Dyson Joint Command work out as a formal alliance (Omega Taskforce works partly because one of the main driving forces behind it is a high-ranking Starfleet officer with ties to important persons in the Klingon Empire, and Nukara Strikeforce technically is just a local ceasefire).
This is exemplified by the end of "A Step Between Stars" as players discover the other Sphere and, automatically, both Romulans and Klingons seek to claim it as their own.
Following the creation of the Jenolan Accords in Season 9, the Delta Alliance is essentially the three player factions' United Nations IN SPACE! to deal with exploration of the Delta Quadrant.
Stealth in Space: Since the Alliance is headed by the Intelligence officers of all three factions, cloaking-based ships are prominent in the Alliance.
Take a Third Option: To prevent the recurring issue of player factions being redirected to another faction's HQ (typically Starfleet) in mission dialogue, the Alliance basically replaces all three factions under one banner.
Non-Player Faction Characters
A race who believe in balance with the forces of nature and advancement.
Martial Pacifist: They only fight for survival. Their only enemies are the Breen (who kidnap them as slaves and steal their crap) and the Borg (who are everyone's enemy).
Morality Pet: To J'Mpok's Klingon Empire, who view them as very honorable for saving a Klingon Fleet decades ago. The Klingons don't even want to conquer them.
The lead ambassador for the Deferi to offworld cultures.
Ambadassador: Subverted, he doesn't want to fight anyone. At the Borg conference he states that the Deferi will remain neutral if a consensus can't be reached.
People living on Nimbus III, having chased the Federation, the Klingons and the Romulans from the planet over 100 years ago, they're now subjugated by Hassan the Undying and the Orion Syndicate.
Anarchy Is Chaos: The Nimbosians tossed everyone out because they represented law and order. Now, they kinda wished they hadn't...
A mysterious Romulan who aids your player during the initial stay in Nimbus III.
Broken Ace: Was once a proud lawman, but after being betrayed by a number of people and being abandoned, he's turned into a bitter man. At least until you show up.
Dead Man Writing: Subverted. He writes a letter to the player character when he decides to take care of a spying Gorn, fully expecting to die... only to come back and sheepishly shrug at the player when he's safe and sound. He's clearly embarrassed the player found the letter and found out he's safe.
Hassan the Undying
Chief enforcer of the Orion Syndicate, he holds Nimbus III in a death grip, as well as allowing the Tal Shiar to do what they wish. He had a minor role in The Path to 2409 as Melani D'ian's right-hand man during her ascent to the top of the Syndicate.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When your player character defeats all of his gladiators and himself, he gets fed up, teleports away and sics everyone in his building on you.
Smug Snake: Certainly this prior to breaking him. He's incredibly secure in his power and isn't afraid of making sure you and anyone else is put in their place.
Stout Strength: He's surprisingly portly for Melani D'ian's most feared assassin.
Villainous Breakdown: After you best him in combat, he panics and runs away. When you chase him into space, he's ranting and raving that you'll never take him and that he and the Orion Syndicate will keep Nimbus III.
The Nimbosian Pirates
A group of various races that take pleasure in robbing people and have a major chip on their shoulder towards the Orion Syndicate.
Big Damn Heroes: In "Installation 18", they show up as soon as Hakeev and his men arrive to take you on. Hakeev takes the moment to skedaddle out of there. And then one of the items you can earn by beating the mission "Installation 18" is the Nimbus Pirate Distress Call, which brings the pirates to you. This is what happens when you save their bacon.
It's Personal: They all hate the Orion Syndicate (or at the very least Hassan) and are willing to give you a hand if you fix up a problem they have with their ship.
Formerly Species 8472, the Undine have become a massive force to be reckoned with thanks to the Iconians screwing around.
Fireball Eyeballs: Following the Season 9 revamp, some Undine now display this when employing psionic abilities. Undine!Cooper briefly gets these as well when Tuvok figures out the Undine's plans in "Surface Tension".
What the Hell, Hero?: When you encounter him on New Romulus, he's not too happy you trashed his mining operation. Granted, it was more Hakeev's fault.
Chief Engineer of the U.S.S./I.K.S./R.R.W. Dyson.
Badass Boast: He proudly boasts that the Dyson can take on the Voth and the Undine.
Oh Crap: When he realizes that the Undine have stronger ships.
Klingon Promotion: Kinda sorta. He's the only high-ranking crew mate seen, and with the captain dead, he's the captain.
Dr. Eric Cooper
Played by Dave Rivas
A scientist who has been studying the Dyson Sphere and the Iconian systems, aiding Tuvok in trying to shut down the Solanae Dyson Sphere jump system. Replaced with an Undine.
Actual Pacifist: He's shown to hate fighting, freaks out when you hand him a phaser and, if you handed him a phaser prior and he decides to stay behind, he outright refuses to use one again. The real Dr. Cooper, as met in "A Gathering Darkness", wasn't this. The fact Cooper starts behaving like this was is the first hint of what happened to him.
Break Them by Talking: When the Undine invade the Jenolan Dyson Sphere, he starts to taunt Tuvok for allowing it to happen. It doesn't work. Undine!Cooper, however, actually has been broken by talking to him. He tried to do it again to Tuvok (telepathically), only to get his Mind Rape reversed on him and for Tuvok to get all the information he needed on the attack on Qo'noS.
Doomed by Canon: Cooper in "A Gathering Darkness" wasn't the Undine we had been introduced to earlier (but canonically later), because the Undine were attacking him.
Expy: Of Hakeev. Large Ham villian? Check. Love to Hate by the player base? Check. Voiced by Dave Rivas? Check. Involved with Borg technology? Check. Tricked by the Iconians? Double Check.
Kill and Replace: The real Cooper is implied to have been killed or assimilated onboard the U.S.S. Venture. The Undine use his death or assimilation at the hand of the Borg to replace him in the Federation.
My Greatest Failure: The real Cooper views the escape of the Borg nanovirus from his lab on Kessik IV to be his. He certainly didn't enjoy watching his experiement assimilated the planet and it's people.
A mysterious race who's only previous appearance in canon was as an unnamed ship that faced down Captain Johnathan Archer.
Bigger Bad: To the Tal Shiar. They are the Iconians' agents in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants and thus more the Mid-Level Bad.
Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Some Elachi have cybernetic implants that are very Borg in design. As Iconian allies, its probably some of Hakeev's borg tech modified with Iconian Technology.
Happiness in Slavery: As a result of the implants ...or not since the Dewans volunteered to become the Elachi.
Death Before Dishonor: The first Elachi confronted by the protagonists commits suicide rather than answer any of their questions and without even saying anything.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: When you play the mission "Installation 18" as a Federation or KDF character, the Elachi you see there is the only time in either of their storylines that they have any role in. The only way to find out their deal is by playing as a Romulan character instead.
Particularly noteworthy as the only permanent Elachi PVE missions are actually Copy-Pastes of two Romulan story missions. Canonically the players from those factions only encounter the Elachi during the Elachi Assaults on the Iconian Gateway at Jouret and during Sphere of Influence. And during Delta Rising, according to the trailer.
Shout-Out: They look like ET when unmodified with cybernetics. This is the indication that they are the Dewans (who share the exact same appearance.
The Reveal: We see their appearance in the Nimbus arc's finale. You need to get to Tier 5 Reputation on New Romulus to unlock the recording of the Iconian Gate between the Iconians and Dewans to know that the Dewans are the Elachi.
The Unseen: For most of the Romulan Arc and the first seven seasons of STO.
A species that kidnapped the crew of the Enterprise-D and the former owners of the Dyson Sphere.
Body Horror: What they inflict on a number of the experimentees. Also inflicted upon themselves, since they are lifeforms descended from carbon-based life until an accident irradiated their ancestors with tetryons and converted them into solanogen-based life.
Evil Minions: They dedicated their entire society to the Iconians, thus everything they do goes back to them.
Tragic Villain: They're not natives of Subspace. They used to be just like us. Until the accident occurred. They were only to help the Iconians build the Solanae Dyson's Sphere as far as we know. Now serving the Iconians is the only link back to their old lives.
"So you are the heroes of the Milky Way? You have come further than we expected, but still you chase our shadows."
A conquering species that existed over 200,000 years ago, they were presumably wiped out when the races they ruled finally revolted and got rid of them. That is not the case. At all.
Aliens Are Bastards: Not only to humans, but to other races. They're more than happy to kill off the humans, they damn near killed the Romulans and they wouldn't stop there.
Bigger Bad: To the point where, after they are brought in at the end of "Surface Tension", they effortlessly kill six people, then tell you don't get their attention again.
The Chessmaster: Oh, yes. It's been hinted that everything that's happened since the Dominion War has been their fault. Also a lot of the stuff from before the Dominion War was their fault. They have been around for hundreds of thousands of years if not millions.
Let's Get Dangerous: If the final events of Surface Tensions are anything to go by, they are officially done tolerating the player's interferences with their plans and are ready to take them and the Federation/KDF/Romulan Republic head on.
My Greatest Failure: The destruction of their Empire 200,000 years ago. The survivors left in the gateways and are back, really pissed off.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Their appearance at the end of Surface Tension was obviously designed to try to fear the factions into submission. All it did was strengthen the alliance she was desperately trying to stop.
Particularly evident in "Surface Tension" where an Iconian casual murders (by vaporization) the Klingon High Council with her mind and a snap of her fingers.
Troll: To the Borg Collective. Considering they used an Omega particle to lure a Borg Cube in Sleepers only to gate out their central plexus when they began to experiment. The Iconians don't need to lure them to do that as they can easily destroy or disable the cube, the only answer left is For the Lulz. Especially since the Iconians have known the Borg for god knows how long (their species number is the lowest known at 47) and have never once been assimilated by them.
They do it again in Surface Tension when J'mpok is about to call off the KDF-Fed war, an Iconian walks in, gives a monologue, then casually murders, via mental vaporization, the Klingon High Council, gives a Post-Mortem One-Liner and walks into a gateway. Note: this is happening at what is essentially a grand celebration, causing what is essentially like having the Emperor crash the victory celebration at the end of Star Wars IVA New Hope.
A race of lizard-like humanoid creatures said to have evolved from dinosaurs that live in the Delta Quadrant. They seek to control the Solanae Dyson Sphere and the Omega Particles within because of the Doctrine.
Fantastic Racism: They're not too keen on "mammals". Non-mammals they can accept as almost equals.
They do have exceptions. The Voth are allied with the Turei, a humanoid race because they're better at dealing with mammalian politics, which shows some awareness of their stupidity.
Freudian Excuse: The reason why they're not helping us? Because we're there. Oh, and they're still sore about their encounter with Voyager.
Higher-Tech Species: They'e more advanced than the species of the Dyson alliance, but their own arrogance and inability to take the "mammals" seriously undermines their advantage.
This really bites them on the ass in Delta Rising, as the Vaadwaur have picked up some hyper advanced tech that can wipe out their Citadel City Ships in a few seconds.
Internal Retcon: By this point, the higher ups sure as hell know that they're not the first species and they're doing their damnedest to keep their version of the truth as the truth. One Voth scientist has realized that this is going to destroy everyone because of the Iconians.
Its so awful, in Delta Rising, on the Turei Homeworld, the Voth commander refuses to accept that the player and their crew just saved the Turei despite the Voth getting asswhipped. The player doesn't take this well, but the Turei just tells both of them to shut up.
Lawful Stupid: Thirty years later, they're still using the Doctrine as an excuse for all of their actions.
Mecha-Mooks: Oh, plenty of them. They usually attack in packs of three and are armed with plenty of antiproton weaponry.
No Sell: Their ships have a special barrier that protects them from all weaponry. Even worse, they can reflect it right back at you.
Too Dumb to Live: The Tier 4 Dyson cutscene is proving more and more that they have absolutely no idea what they're doing with the Omega particles and those like Nelan below realize that they're heading towards something dangerous. They want to use Omega Particles to obliterate subspace for the express purpose to defeating whoever they're fighting! They don't care if they're forever isolated or worse, isolating other races - they've entered a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum and they're taking everyone with them just to have their victory.
To show that the Undine are back in full force, a Voth Dreadnought, which usually takes an entire team of players to shoot down, is shot out of the sky unceremoniously in one shot. note Then again, the beam in question that destroyed them has been seen to destroy planets...
And again in Season 9, as the Voth fleet that was unaccessable in the Voth Zone of the Dyson's Sphere is destroyed by the Undine and three Planet Killers that they had on hand.
And once MORE in Delta Rising, to show how utterly badass the Vaadwaur are.
A Voth scientist who contacts the player to send intel while trying to get his people to accept the truth.
What the Hell, Hero?: Gives this to the Ministry of Elders on a regular basis. They don't believe him and are trying to suppress his research. Though the early-tier videos give the impression that he doesn't do it, but would like to do it if it wasn't for the fact that he's seen what happens to people who veer too close to arguing against the Elders' interpretation of Doctrine.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the Tier V cutscene, he has had enough: the Voth have absolutely lost it and he refuses to do anything else with it. He joins your team as a Science Bridge Officer after blowing up all his research.
You Don't Look Like You: The Nelen Exil you trade messages with in the Dyson reputation cutscenes only vaguely resembles the Nelen Exil you get as a bridge officer.