Followers of the Veep-Neep Queen
The Yehat are a Pterodactyl-like race that has travelled the stars for many centuries. They were a significant force in the Alliance of Free Stars.
The Yehat resemble ancient Earth Pterodactyls in that the last finger bone of each hand is extended to support wing-like patagia and their heads have that animal's characteristic crest. They are capable of at least gliding, if not full flight. They appear to walk upright, but with difficulty.
A strange quirk of the Yehat is that some have their fingers halfway along their wing (the one on the right on the image), while others have them on the end of their wing (the one on the left).
While the appearances are not completely similar, the Pkunk, the Yehat, the Melnorme, and certain reliable sources1 all seem to agree that the Yehat and Pkunk are distant biological relatives, having diverged more than a thousand years ago. The separation of the two races was not amicable, and there is still clear hostility between the species. Despite their common ancestry, the cause of the morphological differences between the two species is unknown.
Society and history
The Yehat race consists of different warrior clans, that have in the past fought bloody wars on their homeworld. They have a strong sense of honor toward their clan and its leader. This trait drew them into a close alliance with the Shofixti, which the Yehat sometimes consider their adopted children. Yehat society is primariliy matriarchal and the clans are lead by Queens. A Queen of the Veep-Neep clan was able to put a stop to the wars and unify the Yehat as they eventually made their way to the stars. The Yehat are very proud of the fact that they made this advancement to space on their own, and grant Humanity great honor for achieving the same.
Strong Yehat warships, specifically the Terminator, were the backbone of the Alliance during their war with the Hierarchy. When the war ended in the loss by the Alliance, the current Yehat Veep-Neep Queen made a sudden shift in policy by allowing the race to become an Ur-Quan Battle Thrall. This shamed the proud avian warriors greatly as many tribes felt they had betrayed their sacred honor. Their shame was magnified by the bravery of the Shofixti who, rather than serve their enemy as the Yehat did, nearly destroyed their sun, Delta Gorno, and exterminated their own race, taking almost one third of the entire Ur-Quan Fleet with them.
Relation with other races
The Yehat made first contact with the Shofixti in 2075, at which time the Shofixti were living in a primitive feudal society. In admiration of their warrior culture, the Yehat took it upon themselves to uplift and protect the Shofixti, giving them advanced technology and cultural definition.