"Don't you guys have, like, super strength?"
"Xelaya's gravitational pull is high compared to the planetary average, so, yes, in Earth's normal gravity, my physical strength is elevated.
πŸ”ˆβ„ΉοΈŽβ€” Alara Kitan explaining the science of her species notorious enhanced strength to Gordon Malloy.[1]
Xelayans are a space flight-capable, humanoid species from the planet Xelaya. They are members the Planetary Union but individuals rarely join its military, instead preferring the sciences and arts.

As Xelaya's gravitational pull is higher than most planets, the Xelayans possess elevated strength and resilience in environments with an Earth-like gravity.[2]



Talla Keyali lifting a Regorian with just one hand.

Xelayans have indented ears, and ridges on their foreheads and the bridges of the nose. Unsurprisingly, Xelayans are anatomically different from Humans as well, and they do not have livers[3] or appendices.[4]

They enjoy exceptional strength outside of Xelaya due to the higher gravity on their home world. In these alien environments, their strength surpasses that of a Moclan[5] and is relatively equal to that of a Kaylon.[6] Xelayan skin is very durable and resilient enough to stop even bullets from piercing vital organs.[7]

Despite their physical abilities, Xelayans who are in Earth-like gravity for too long begin experiencing loss of density, meaning that their strength will begin to deteriorate as a result in the lessening of gravity. This is known as gravity sickness, which begins as a temporary condition, however if the individual continues to live in Earth-like gravity, they will lose their ability to return to their homeworld. This is because the planet's gravity is too extreme for a weakened Xelayan to bear. A treatment to counter this is to be exposed to heavy gravity daily, to maintain their physical strength in Earth-like gravity. It can be done through either exposure to their home's natural gravity or to use simulators similar to those used by the Planetary Union to simulate the gravity.[8]

Xelayans are susceptible to alcoholism.[9]

History Edit

Xelayan delegate

A Xelayan delegate represents his people on the Planetary Union Council.

Xelayan chairman

Circa 2421, a Xelayan serves as Chairman of the Union Council.

The Xelayan people made contact with and joined the Planetary Union. In spite of the great strength granted to them on alien planets however, most Xelayans are drawn to intellectual pursuits and regard themselves as philosophers and scientists. As a result, few of them actually joined to serve on Union vessels, derisively regarding Humans as "the hillbillies of the galaxy."[7] To join the Union and actually use one's super strength is perceived as a sign of low intelligence. As a result, Xelayans rarely join the Union's military, and when one of them does, the military usually fast-tracks them.[2] Some Xelayan families however had served in the military for generations,[10] and in 2421, a Xelayan served as the speaker of the house of the Union Council.[11]



A pelpifa.

Evidently, Xelayans have no concept of astrology; indeed, the term was unfamiliar to Talla Keyali.[12]

The pelpifa is a Xelayan musical instrument which combines musical tones with holographic patterns.[13]

Some Xelayans frowned on the concept of childhood vaccinations, though this is hinted to be a fringe group.[8]


Xelayans are credited with the creation of many popular alcoholic beverages served within the Planetary Union: Xelayan tequila,[14] which can be ordered as a single[15] or double shot,[3] Xelayan rum,[16] and Xelayan blossom whiskey.[17]

Xelayans also drink Frizzian champagne.[18] In addition, Talla Keyali once made an as yet unidentified Xelayan beverage which caused both Ed Mercer and Kelly Grayson to vomit.[19]

Xelayans also enjoy sweetened gupsela when sad, similar to how Humans of Earth eat ice cream as comfort food.[20]

Trivalve sauce is, according to Ildis Kitan, a "delicate thing" which should not be eaten before it is completely boiled.[21]

Notable XelayansEdit


Alara New Beginnings 2

Alara as seen in the comics.

References Edit

  1. ↑ Episode 1: Old Wounds
  2. ↑ 2.0 2.1 Episode 1x01: Old Wounds
  3. ↑ 3.0 3.1 Episode 2x01: Ja'loja
  4. ↑ Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
  5. ↑ Episode 1x03: About a Girl
  6. ↑ Episode 1x10: Firestorm
  7. ↑ 7.0 7.1 Episode 1x04: If the Stars Should Appear
  8. ↑ 8.0 8.1 Episode 2x03: Home
  9. ↑ Alara acknowledges that drinking too much Xelayan tequila makes her a "lush" and Ed later calls the both of them alcoholics. Episode 2x01: Ja'loja
  10. ↑ Episode 2x07: Deflectors
  11. ↑ Episode 2x12: Sanctuary
  12. ↑ Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
  13. ↑ Episode 2x10: Blood of Patriots
  14. ↑ Episode 1x02: Command PerformanceEpisode 2x01: Ja'loja
  15. ↑ Episode 1x02: Command Performance
  16. ↑ Episode 2x10: Blood of Patriots
  17. ↑ Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
  18. ↑ Episode 2x03: Home
  19. ↑ Episode 2x08: Identity, Pt. 1
  20. ↑ Episode 1x04: If the Stars Should Appear
  21. ↑ Episode 2x03: Home
  22. ↑ MacFarlane, Seth. The Orville 1x01 - Pilot. Fox.
  23. ↑ "Inside Look In 360Β° | Season 1 | THE ORVILLE". Fox. Sept. 1, 2017.
  24. ↑ u/MrHelloOperator. "Good to know...". June 1, 2018.
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