For generations, my people struggled to survive on a desolate world. It was only our culture, our traditions that sustained us. It is who we are.Bortus[1]

Moclans were a humanoid species native to the planet Moclus.

Moclans were members of the Planetary Union, represented through a single government, and were one of the Union's most controversial members. They were known for their highly industrialized military complex, the sole supplier of weaponry for many races, but other Union species, most vocally the humans, saw its government's aggressive treatment of its female citizens as abusive.

The species was nearly entirely male, as the female sex was heavily discriminated against and surgical procedures were applied to any female at birth to convert them to male. The Moclan government claimed only one female was born every 75 years,[2] but the actual number was much higher. Bortus stated that a few were born every generation,[3] and Heveena suggested the number was even higher.[4]

Moclans aged far faster than other Union species such as humans. By eight months, a Moclan child could speak and attend school.[5] Gordon Malloy stated in 2421 that Bortus in 2414 was in the middle of puberty.[6]

Biology[edit | edit source]

I never cease to be impressed by the resilience of the Moclan body.— Doctor Claire Finn[7]

Damage to the Moclan vascular system is displayed on this Mass Tissue Regenerator.

Moclans possessed light brown skin. Their most distinct feature were the cranial ridges and skin spots that ran along the sides and top of their head. Male Moclans sported skin spots only along the sides of their heads while those born females had them on their center ridge as well - even after a sex change.[n 1] Moclans were naturally hairless but can be enabled to grow hair through use of a follicle stimulator.[8]

Based on an internal image of Bortus' chest, Moclans seem to have had smaller hearts than humans.[9] A healthy heart rate was between 50 and 70 beats per minute.[10]

Moclan physiology was remarkably hardy. They could eat nearly anything due to the species having evolved to draw nourishment from a large variety of organic and inorganic matter, from a whole piece of wasabi to cactus plants, glass, napkins,[11] and forks.[12] Their bodies could withstand doses of radiation that would instantly kill any other species.[9]

The Moclan digestive system was very water-efficient, and the adult urinated only once a year.[13]

Reproduction and development[edit | edit source]

Heveena is one of a minority of female Moclans.

Moclans reproduced by laying eggs. Bortus commented that laying eggs was "much easier" than Regorian and human childbirth.[14] Their gestation period was remarkably brief for such an advanced life form, only 21 days, and required the parent to sit on the egg until it hatched.[15]

Females were extremely rare in Moclan society, with it being claimed that one was born roughly every 75 years.[2] However, the true number was much higher: Bortus stated a few were born every generation,[3] and Heveena suggested the number was even greater.[4] The Moclan government almost always forcibly changed the sex of a female to male shortly after birth.

Young Moclans matured quickly, reaching the level of a human eight-year-old after about one year.[16]

Culture[edit | edit source]

A traditional Moclan divorce in progress.

Why the hell is dealing with Moclan culture always this difficult?Captain Ed Mercer[17]

Moclan society was built around a highly developed military industry, which had led to a polluted atmosphere and near-constant weapons testing. The majority of the population lived in cities, though some - such as the author Heveena - dotted the mountains.[2]

Sexuality[edit | edit source]

The female Moclan sex was regarded with "disgust" and "shame" by a majority of other Moclans who believed women were physically and mentally incapable of fully participating in the species' warrior culture.[n 2]

Heterosexuality was uncommon in Moclan males, and attraction to females was criminalized with "a lifetime of imprisonment."[18] Heterosexual males, such as Locar, closely guarded their sexual proclivity from public knowledge. Locar noted that the "shame" of heterosexuality was borne by the family as well.[12]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Two Moclans romantically interested in each other could go on a gomaskah, a 'first date.' If the two continued to date, they became each other's kodashik, or 'boyfriend.' As the relationship deepened, the two could mate and create an egg. However, if the two broke up during the kodashik period, each kodashik extracted a tooth and gave it to the former mate. The former boyfriend then gave the tooth to his next kodashik who ate it.[12]

If a Moclan wished to divorce his mate, it was customary "to terminate the life of his mate."[19]

Arts[edit | edit source]

Moclans held a high appreciation of writers and their works, such as Gondus Elden. When they departed on a journey of great importance, it was customary for parties to quote a fitting passage from notable literary works.[2]

According to Locar, dancing was "much less restrained" than among humans.[12]

Language[edit | edit source]

A table of Moclan food.

The Moclan language and writing script could be found throughout the planet Moclus or spoken by native Moclans. Several words of the Moclan language are known:

  • Da'klaya, a Moclan astrological system[14]
  • gomaskah, 'first date'
  • ja'loja, literally 'great release,' a Moclan's annual urination ceremony
  • kodashik, 'boyfriend'[12]
  • latchkum, a popular party game
  • n'kafas, site of the ja'loja
  • oppsada, a popular beverage[20]
  • plokta, a breakfast cereal[9]

A long, untranslated sentence in Moclus is known as well, galashkah me'mek-gadlas fekto roshas... bam val... ja'loja!,[21] which was uttered by Bortus at his ja'loja.

Names tended to be single, without a second name. The lone exception was author Gondus Elden.

Religion[edit | edit source]

Little is known of any historical Moclan religious belief, although evidently some Moclans believed in a soul.[22]

Bortus stated that some on Moclus believed in Da'klaya: "that one's fate is determined by the alignment of the stars on the day of his birth."[14] For believers, "some Da'klaya moons are more desirable than others."[14]

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Suicide was "an unforgivable crime."[19] The shame of suicide passed to the entire family who were then banished from Moclus.[12]
  • Moclans only urinated once per year in a ritual known as ja'loja.[23]
  • Locar noted that "on Moclus, mediocrity is the only behavior above suspicion."[12]

Government[edit | edit source]

Justice was administered by tribunal, an arbitral method of dispute resolution or punishment. The head of a tribunal was a minister, and either side could be represented by advocates.[2]

The Moclan Science Division maintained a cadre of engineers, such as Toren.[24]

Relations with the Union[edit | edit source]

In the early 25th century, the Moclans had become the primary suppliers of weaponry to most Union member worlds.[24] Moclan engineers had a key part in creating and regulating Union deflector screen technology, as the regulations governing their use were written by Locar, a renowned Moclan engineer.[12] After the Kaylon declared war on the Planetary Union in February 2421, the Union increasingly depended on the Moclans for systems upgrades.

Moclus' treatment of their own females aggravated relations between the Moclans and the other Union species. When Bortus and Klyden disputed whether to change Topa's sex from female to male in November 2419, Captain Vorak hinted that he might have attacked the USS Orville had Captain Ed Mercer refused to allow Topa to go to Moclus.[2]

In 2421, a secret colony of Moclan girls and women was discovered. The Moclan government aggressively attempted to take the women back to their planet for sex reassignment surgery, and told the Planetary Union Council that if they were not allowed to take the females, they would leave the Union and ally with the Krill.[24]

Military[edit | edit source]

The Moclan dockyard.

Moclus seems to have operated a fleet independent of the Planetary Union.

Moclan Fleet

The Moclan fleet boasted at least three types of Moclan Ships: cruiser, transport, and battlecruiser. The fleet also maintained a unique shuttlecraft.

A dockyard or space station orbits Moclus. On March 2420, The Moclan government upgraded all Union Exploratory-class vessels and above with enhanced weaponry at the dockyard.[24]

Notable Moclans[edit | edit source]

  • Bortus - Second Officer of the Orville.
  • Heveena (Gondus Elden) - Famous Novelist; one of the few female Moclans never to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
  • Jakohn - Captain of a Moclan Battlecruiser.
  • Kagus - Tribunal advocate.
  • Kaybrak - Minister of Internal Affairs.
  • Klyden - Bortus' mate on board the Orville.
  • Korick - Toren's mate. In March 2420, Korick and Toren secretly took their daughter to a sanctuary for Moclan females, rather than see her forcibly changed to male.[24]
  • Locar - Prodigious engineer specializing in Deflector Screens; also notable as a rare heterosexual male.
  • Mersa - A female Moclan taken by Korick and Toren to the sanctuary.
  • Topa - The child of Bortus and Klyden.
  • Toren - Engineer in the Moclan Science Division.

Production[edit | edit source]

The physical appearance of Moclans was designed by special make-up effects artist Garrett Immel, based on a rough sculpture of Bortus made by Howard Berger, then the make-up department head.[25]

Moclan clothing was designed by wardrobe designer Joseph Porro. When Porro learned that the Moclan skin would be similar to burnt hombre and that planet Moclus's surface was ruddy and red, he shifted the clothing color palette to blacks, grays, and reds to "flatter" the make-up.[26]

The first information about the Moclan species came in July 22, 2017 at the San Diego Comic-Con when Peter Macon (Bortus) revealed that Moclans are an all-male species who urinate once per year.[27] Building up to the series premiere, the Moclan species became a favorite topic of the cast in interviews.

Moclan language[edit | edit source]

The Moclan "Rosetta stone" published in The World of the Orville.

The Moclan writing system was reprinted with an English transcription by Jeff Bond in the book The World of the Orville.[28] The consonants more or less correspond with English's, with two added letters; however, their phonological values are undetermined: a, b, c, ç, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, ñ, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z. The vowels have plain and umlauted versions (except for the unusual letter ǽ), and are undetermined phonologically as well: a, ä, ǽ, e, ë, i, o, ö, u, ü. Additionally, there are characters for ? and . as well.

Some Moclan texts were "written" by graphic designer Michelle Peters for display on the walls,[29] such as in Doctor Gulnar's office in the Environmental Simulator program Bortus 931.[30] The inscriptions read Moclus.

Moclan ship[edit | edit source]

A Moclan starship.

According to visual effects supervisor Brandon Fayette, the Moclan fleet is designed around "triple-split, bifurcated rings" (rings referring to a ship's quantum drive, which encompasses a ship to fold space around it).[31]

According to the supervising sound editor Jon Greasley, the sounds of Moclan ships were updated for Season 2, receiving a "more muscular" feel.[32]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the original script, the name of the species was Moclin and later Moclam.
  • In Old Wounds, it is revealed that Moclans only urinate once per year.
  • The Moclans are quite similiar to the Asari, an all-female species from the Mass Effect Universe. The only difference is Moclans settle on a military society while Asari settle on a Religious Council, another noticeable difference is Moclans are only known to mate with each other of their own kind but Asari are able to mate among their kin and members of other species.
  • According to artist David Cabeza, who inked the official Season 1.5 comic books, the Moclans are the most difficult species to draw.[33]
  • A joke by Klyden strongly implies that Moclan males have a reproductive system similar to Humans (external genitals and semen).
    • After Doctor Claire Finn diagnoses Bortus with porn addiction, he asks if there is an injection he can take. Klyden quips, "You have had enough injections lately."[9]
  • The Moclan biological system is extremely susceptible to nicotine addiction.[34]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

A Moclan shuttlecraft.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Topa, Heveena, and Klyden all host centered spots. All born-male Moclans have spots only along the sides.
  2. Advocate Kagus in Episode 1x03: About a Girl

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Episode 2x07: Deflectors
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  3. 3.0 3.1 Episode 2x12: Sanctuary
  4. 4.0 4.1 Heveena: "Commander Bortus, what I am about to say will come as a shock to you. There are many more females born on Moclus than the government has ever publicly admitted." Episode 2x12: Sanctuary
  5. Episode 1.5x01: New Beginnings, Pt. 1
  6. Episode 2x13: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
  7. Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
  8. Episode 2x06: A Happy Refrain
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
  10. Based on the fact that the Mass Tissue Regenerator goes 'green' once Bortus' heart rate exceeds 50.
  11. Episode 1x06: Krill
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Episode 2x07: Deflectors Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":3" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":3" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":3" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":3" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":3" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":3" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":3" defined multiple times with different content
  13. Episode 1x01: Old Wounds
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
  15. Episode 1x02: Command Performance
  16. Topel, Fred. "SETH MACFARLANE ADDRESSES CRITICS’ HARSH TAKE ON THE ORVILLE STORY LINE". Rotten Tomatoes. March 19, 2018.
  17. Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
  18. Locar. Episode 2x07: Deflectors
  19. 19.0 19.1 Bortus. Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
  20. Episode 1x12: Mad Idolatry
  21. Listed in subtitles as kalaskacha mech-gadlas fekto roschas bam val. However, this is hardly what Bortus says when listening to the audio. Episode 2x01: Ja'loja
  22. Klyden: "I swear on the soul of my child." Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
  23. Episode 2x01: Ja'loja
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 Episode 2x12: Sanctuary
  25. Berger, Howard & Maxine Morris. "Space and Beyond". The Artisan. 2018.
  26. Wyckoff, Anna. "The Orville". Costume Designers Guild. Oct. 10, 2017.
  27. "SDCC 2017: The Orville - Peter Macon, Mark Jackson, Chad L Coleman". Whedonopolis Video. July 26, 2017.
  28. Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 141.
  29. The Orville - Season 1 & 2. Michelle Peters. Last accessed May 18, 2019.
  30. Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
  31. Oullette, Jennifer. "Go behind the scenes of The Orville as series embarks on a new season". Ars Technica. March 26, 2020.
  32. Dilip, Mangala. "'The Orville' sound designers on breaking sci-fi conventions and bringing 'new flavors' to season 2". Dec. 17, 2018.
  33. "The Redenbacher Ep 12- David Cabeza Interview". The Redenbacher. June 26, 2019.
  34. Episode 2x11: Lasting Impressions
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