Founders / Changelings
Long ago, the Changelings, or the Founders, where explorers, roaming the stars in search for other races. But unfortunately they were met with distrust and hatred from other “solid” races wherever they went. Eventually, the Founders started to build up an empire to protect themselves, and to impose order on a chaotic universe. The empire, called the Dominion, is now the most powerful force in the Gamma Quadrant.
The Founders can shape into almost everything, even a cloud, and they can also change their mass. While shaped into something else, it is practically impossible to tell the difference between a Founder and the real thing. The only drawback is, that they have to return to their original gelatinous state every 16 hours, to regenerate.
They live together in the “Great Link”, which is the very foundation of their society. This is a state of merging of both form and thought, and with a sharing of idea and sensation, which provides a meaning to their existence.
Shapeshifter, original form is gelatinous
The Jem’Hadar are a genetically engineered species, created by the Founders in order to protect them. It is encoded into their genes, that the Founders are their “Gods”, and that they have to abide by their laws. They are the main, and most feared, soldiers in the Dominionbusiness empire.
They are extremely attentive and highly intelligent, and takes pleasure in fighting the enemies of the Dominion. In fact they look forward to any battle, and this makes them the most feared soldiers of the Dominion. Also, if they ever fail in a mission, they take their own lives in shame.
In order to keep their soldiers in submission the Founders have programmed the Jem’Hadar to lack a certain enzyme, which they are addicted to from their birth. They must have this enzyme, called Ketracel White, or they will get ill, and eventually die. Also, to keep the Jem’Hadar from rebelling, there are no women of the species, so natural procreation is impossible.
The Jem’Hadar are often commanded by a Vorta, and they find themselves dominated by them.
The Jem’Hadar uses mainly two types of space ships, a small Attack Craft, and a larger Battle Cruiser.