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"Now, this has given them a reputation amongst other Votan races as unclean, as plague carriers. This reputation may be rooted in bigotry, but it's also based in truth. There is a reason the Irathients keep to themselves."
- Datak Tarr - If I Ever Leave This World Alive

The Irathients, sometimes called Iraths, are a Votan race from the planet Irath.


Irathient blood
Irathient organs


Nature appreciation

Irathients are naturally athletic, fast, strong and intelligent. ("Alien Races & Creatures") Irathient lifespan is about 80-90 years due to them being in good physical shape. Adolescence lasts as long as it does with humans. [1] Irathients have 31 additional muscles not found in the Human frame, seven of which are exclusively used for the sexual satisfaction of their partners. ("Special Feature:Defiance: Season Two Deleted Scenes") They often carry diseases but are rarely affected by them, such as Viral hemorrhagic fever. ("If I Ever Leave This World Alive") Irathient blood is red. ("The Devil In The Dark", "Put The Damage On") Irathient cellular structure is triplod, inheriting two chromosomes from the mother and one from the father. ("Intel:Making History") Irathients do not have a Y chromosome in their DNA. ("Intel:Viable Embryos")


Natural world

Irathients hold a deep love for the natural world and value life in all forms. [2] ("The Cord And The Ax") Their value of the world is reflected in their names, many of which are taken from words associated with nature such as their place of birth. [3] They hold a kindship with the Sensoth and Liberata due to them sharing a world and a past. [4] Irathients prefer to work the land as their forefathers did, taking jobs in farming or mining. ("Alien Races & Creatures") Irathients will undertake a rite known as Thudra Theshaanu where they must survive alone in the wild for 45 days while being silent. ("Side Mission:The Rite of Thudra Theshaanu") Irathient culture is divided amongst various tribes and further by levels of assimilation with Earth culture. The Irathients understand assimilation is important on Earth. [5] ("Alien Races & Creatures")

Irathients will greet one another with hands open and the word eseneziri, which means "Without concealed weapons or hidden agendas." [6] Irathients will use hallucinogenic materials in their ritual such as Savumouth venom or the drug Sabdi. ("Inside Defiance: Episode 5", "Inside Defiance: Episode 3") Irathients are cautious when it comes to medicines from others, refusing vaccinations for their children. ("Inside Defiance: Episode 2") The Gyatu ritual is performed to allow an Irathient to gain insight into their past, allowing them to relive parts of their own past. ("Inside Defiance: Episode 3") Irathients will feast on the organs of dangerous animals, such as the stomachs of hellbugs. ("Contract:Belly of the Beast")


Sinking ritual
Irathient clothing

When an Irathient dies, a sinking ritual is performed and the deceased's body is submerged in a broth of acid to dissolve away everything but the bones and return parts of the soul to nature. ("Good Bye Blue Sky") Traditionally only the brain was submerged in the broth, while the heart was burned, the body was buried and the stomach was left exposed to the air. This was done so each part would return to the god associated with that body part. ("Inside Defiance: Episode 7")


Irathient homes are traditionally made of wood and stone in order to better blend into the natural environment, bringing harmony with the world to please the gods as well as provide them with protection from enemies. ("Alien Races & Creatures") Some Irathients will display the remains of dangerous animals such as Hellbug hides to show their strength and virility. Some are even fine with purchasing these rather than hunting themselves. ("Contract:Pelts for Poseurs")


Irathient spirituality is made up of three idealized parts of the body: Gyabire, the brain, the seat of intellect; Gyagbe, the heart, the source of vitality; and Gyargye, the stomach, house of emotion. [6] Some Irathient gods include Gyakusa, Gyamasha, Idanyu and Irzu.("Inside Defiance: Episode 3") Some Irathients will use the bones of animals associated with certain gods as "prayer bones" when performing rituals for these gods. There are some other figures in the religion such as helpers of the gods. [7]


William Parraba

The Irathients were raided by the Omec, taking many away as slaves or food. ("The Last Unicorns") Eventually they joined with the other Votan races to force the Omec back to their homeworld in the War of Six ("Fun Facts: Season 3, Episode 5") The Castithans came to Irath to take many Sensoth for their armies, leading to the Irathients rising up in defense of them. The Castithans were able to easily defeat the Irathients with their advanced technology, then forced many of them underground and killed them with Chlorine gas in what came to be known as the Great Diaspora. ("If I Ever Leave This World Alive", "Inside Defiance: Episode 9") The Castithans then claimed Irath for themselves. ("Intel:An Offer He Can Refuse") Some aspects of Castithan culture integrated into Irathient society, such as their numbering system. [8]

When the Arks were completed, the Irathients chose to use tribal combat and religious trials to determine who the strongest and most deserving to leave. ("New Book Reveals Secrets of a Dying World") [9] A Human-Irathient hybrid, William Parraba, was the first hybrid between Votans and humans. ("Episode Mission:On Record") During the Pale Wars many Irathients served the Votanis Collective forces, often known to be part of death squads. ("Inside Defiance: Episode 18") After the war, few Irathients became high ranking members of the Earth Republic but some rose high in the Collective. ("Intel:Leadership on Trial", "When Twilight Dims the Sky Above") After the war, some Irathients considered themselves to no longer be many tribes but a single one. ("Intel:Vaulting Ambition")