Talax is a tranquil, Earth-like planet, abundant in natural resources and areas of great beauty. Even amid a star system which contains many inhabited worlds. Talax is among the most beautiful.

In 2356, the Talaxian people lost a decade-long struggle against the Haakonian Order, the Talaxians surrendered following the destruction of the moon Rinax, by the metreon cascade, a deadly Haakonian weapon which killed the inhabitants. Since that time, many Talaxians have left the star system of their birth to follow a normadic pursuit of opportunity in other sectors of the Delta Quadrant.

Talaxians might be considered to br a softer version of the Alpha Quadrant`s Ferengi. They are galactic entrepreneurs and traders, but seems to be in business as much as the pleasure of collecting and bartering as for personal profit and gain. They have a reputation for not cheating their customers or driving an impossible bargain.

Talaxian traders mostly deal in junk and low-end technologies. If the Delta Quadrant were a city, then the Talaxians might be considered to be among its street people. They are not homeless, but you wouldn`t expect to find them in the high rent district.

Physically, the Talaxians are shorter in height than the average human, but are otherwise essentially humanoid in their appearance. They have several distinguishing features, including an indentation that runs down the center of the face, and dark skin spots, similar to birthmarks, which run from the forehead to the back of the neck. Beneath their clothes, these marks extend at least to the lower half of Talaxian`s arms, and onto their hands.

The Talaxians have never been a particularly technologically advanced race, though they have achieved interstellar travel to a level where they have developed their own starships for commercial and recreational use, and have established colonies on nearby moons and planets. They, are rarely found very far away from their homeworld. Finding a Talaxian in the Nekrit Expanse, two light years from Talax, is unusual, and very few have travelled further than this. Even before their displacement by the Haakonians, Talaxians seem to have had little interest in exploring their Galaxy.

In order to survive among their technological superiors in the Delta Quadrant, the Talaxians have mastered the role of being everything to everyone. If you want a guide, hire a Talaxian scout; if you need weapons, see a Talaxian arms dealer, Talaxians claim to be among the best gourmet chefs in the Delta Quadrant. They have become, by necessity, the ultimate jacks-of-all-trades. However, their lives since the war have been hared, and because they need to make a living any way they can, they sometimes find themselves caught up in criminal activity through desperation rather than dubious morality.

The few Talaxians that  have been encountered to date by the Federation starship USS Voyager have all been quite friendly. It is unknown whether this is a common trait of their race, or just luck on the part of the Voyager crew.

Talaxian physiology is almost totally different from that of most other races, such as the humans, Vulcans and Bajorans who are aboard Voyager. For example, their respiratory system is directly linked to several points along their spinal column. What might be a simple, almost routine, surgical procedure on another species can be a virtually impossible task when attempted on a Talaxian.

Because of its complicated nature, the Talaxian immune system will reject any organ donations outright. When Neelix had his lungs surgically removed by the Vidiians, it was only their advanced immunogenetical knowledge which enabled an Ocampa lung from Kes to be adapted as a replacement organ.  However odd Talaxian physiology may seem to Federation personnel, it cannot be that unusual for the Delta Quadrant; the Vidiians find it as easy to harvest organs from this race as any other, and have kept the captured crews of Talaxian ships prisoner for years in their organ harvesting banks. Similarly it is thought that a Talaxian and a Ocampan can cross-breed without the need for any extra medical intervention.