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A piece of Star Trek lore that appears commonly in fan-fiction is that of t'hy'la, which is a friend, brother, and/or lover. From what I've read, this was introduced by Gene Roddenberry in a footnote in the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

After that novelization came out, was this phrase ever referenced or mentioned in any of the canon series? Is there any equivalent to it?

  • The term appeared in connection with Ilia and Decker, though I don't recall hearing the word in TMP (haven't seen the movie in 25 years or so, though). – Zeiss Ikon Jun 20 '17 at 13:38
  • I don't think it was in the film itself, just in some random footnote of the novelization. – kuwaly Jun 20 '17 at 13:39
  • Dwellers in the Crucible by Margaret Wander Bonanno has the t'hy'la concept as a central theme. Sadly, I don't know how that book fits the canon. – straycat Dec 25 '17 at 20:11

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