How to: make a Cardassian.
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I don't know how you ended up in the Federation, or even stranger, the Klingon Defense Force. But you did, and now you're trying to brush up and make something of yourself. Or perhaps yourself, period!
So let's do this thing.
Category - Humanoid.
Head Type - Humanoid 1. (Or the rare, Humanoid 2 Asian Cardassian. O_O)
Skin Type - Access your color palette. Move your cursor to the bottom left corner (16 rows down). From here to the bottom center, there are 13 color squares. Personally, I would only use 7-11. Use these colors for the remainder of your Cardassian.
Re: Row 16, palettes 7-11 counting from the left.
Overall Pattern - Solid Color.
Base Complexion - Neck Scales.
Forehead Detail - Scaled Spoon. Full effect for starters so you can see your Cardassian coming together.
Nose Detail - Scaled Length. Full effect for starters.
Tattoo/Scars - Whatever you want.
Eyes - Humanoid. I would stick to white corneas and black-grey irises.
Ears - Long Scales.
Hairstyle - Try to stick to receding hairstyles. Darker colors, most often black. This isn't because all Cardassians age quickly, it's because of their ridges.
Shininess - I went with none, but it's preference.
Eyebrow - None.
Mouth Accessory - Possible, but uncommon based on the show.
Eye Attach - Whatever you want.
Head Attach Organic - None.
Pay special attention to your Cardassian's neck. You want to bulk it up a bit to simulate their stretchy neck. Try 4ish or so bars. (4/5).
For length, stick to 3 bars. (3/5)
Cardassians are normally pretty tall. Try for 6'2"+.
Follow the male Cardassian guide and I'll quickly go over the differences here.
First of all, their Scaled Spoon forehead detail is usually a blue hue as opposed to the grey shade males have. Still, I would keep it light and inconspicuous. A bright, baby blue hue detail won't really cut it.
Hairstyles should still include a high hair line. I don't believe the female hairstyles are as accommodating, so just try to keep their hair out of their faces.
Cardassian's are pretty militaristic. They can be soldiers, spies, or participate in politics.
Some trait suggestions.
Cold Blooded (Their planet is pretty hot. Though I'm not sure if they are actually cold blooded, the heat resist would make sense.)
great write up
Thanks for the recommendations on color - I may try them out. I had originally went with a very pale blue for my female Cardie, but her skin looked slightly purplish.
you should make a guide for making a Romulan, and I always thought it would be beneficial for STO to have a neck width slider, the neck bulk slider only really thickens it...Cardassian necks were usually wider and not really thicker from the side view.
Nice writeup, I chose to make a Cardassian-Bajoran hybrid for my first char giving her the nose ridges and Bajoran earing. I also added more pink to her skin tone cause of her mixed heritage but I never thought about the blue in the forehead ridge, good catch.
Perhaps I can put together a compilation of easy to do races. I'm really not that familiar with most of the loved Star Trek races, but I was originally going to make a Fed Romulan alliance sympathizer until I heard about the possibility of yet another faction. Cardassian Union, Romulan Star Empire, I'm in trouble. :3
You're gonna need a Cardassian name. Here are some examples:
Jil Ala Ledrig
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