The Kaartali are a race known to the Federation. They undertake a seven-year cycle in their lives, and when they reach the end of the current cycle, they undertake a total change in career or life or enter a new phase. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")

In 2315, Captain Thekla Lawless and the crew of the USS Cantabrian made first contact with the Kaartali. Lawless made such an impression on them, they held her in high regard and even requested her as their liaison on several occasions.

Following her retirement in 2330, Lawless was invited to live with the Kaartali; Lawless accepted, living on a small Kaartali colony until her death in 2356. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "The Fire In Which We Burn")

Pronounced "car-TAH-lee".

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