We know of two definite examples of the Sporocystian lifeforms - the
Ocampan Caretaker Array, and Suspiria, from Voyager. Both were members
of a race called the Nacene.
I'd like to add a few possible
extra members to the Nacene, the Edo God from TNG: "Justice," the
Lysian Command from TNG: "Conundrum," and maybe the Providers from TOS:
"The Gamesters of Triskelion."
Points in favor of them being Nacene:
the evidence is circumstantial, I think the coincidences in appearance
and behavior bely a connection. And this would certainly explain why
the Lysian Command looked exactly like the Edo God.
- Edo God takes the external form of a space station just like the
Caretaker and Suspiria. The Lysian Command looks exactly like the Edo
- The Providers of Triskelion take the form of large brains
without bodies just like the Caretaker and Suspiria. Though the
Providers are smaller and do not inhabit a space station, so they may
be younger members of the race.
- The Edo God and the Providers
both set down strict laws and protection / provisions for their subject
species just like the Caretaker and Suspiria. While there are degrees
to how each enforces the laws or how well each takes care of it's
subjects, this is a common theme present with all of them.
clearly more advanced Satarrans from TNG: "Conundrum" could not defeat
the Lysians after several attempts so were forced to turn to hijacking
the Enterprise through brainwashing and deception to get them to try
and do it. Could it be that all of their previous attacks were rebuffed
by the Lysian Command's main inhabitant? Maybe if the Enterprise had
tried to fire on it they would have been destroyed. Or perhaps the
Nacene had died like the Caretaker and it was simply inhabited by the
- The names themselves establish a connection... Caretaker, God, Providers. All overseers.
- While it certainly is possible with the Caretaker's advanced technology
- if there were other arrays and members of the species in the Alpha
Quadrant (and other quadrants for that matter) it would make more sense
that they could pass information on the ships and species of the area
between each other - thus making it easier for the Caretaker to find
Voyager, the Equinox, Dreadnought, etc. and target them for capture and
- In addition, if there were other stations, the wave
effect that took Voyager to the Delta Quadrant would make more sense.
As it stands now it would have to come from the Delta Quadrant, grab
Voyager, and then reverse course back. If there were other stations it
could operate on a similar principle to the soliton wave from TNG: "New Ground" (although
clearly much faster) and just push the ship towards the Caretaker who
would then grab it when it was in range.
- The Edo God and the Providers are worshipped and obeyed just like the Caretaker and Suspiria.
(Theory by Bond, James Bond)