The Ferengi are one of the most well known species in the Quadrant. They're also one of the species with the biggest bad rap. Their race is depicted as being a lot of self important, swindling, malicious little scoundrels. This perception is untrue.... well, in many cases.
Ferengi are a very traditionally bound people, their traditions just happen to dictate profit above all else. In their way they have many admirable qualities. They are hard working, industrious, clever & persistent beings.
Former Nagus Zek & Ishka, Quark & Rom's mother
Ferengi are one of a handful of four-lobed species in the Quadrant. Aside from their distinctive appearance, this feature makes them highly resistant to telepathy & other similar mental arts. Ferengi tend to be rather short statured, with the females being only slightly smaller than their male counterparts.
The feature the Ferengi are most known for, of course, is their lobes. Ferengi have inordinately developed ears & have established a whole culture around this. Lobes can be a double-edged attribute though; for all the social stature & vastly improved hearing , ferengi ears are very sensitive. They are used both as an erogenous zone & can be quite prone to sickness & infection. A problem with one's lobes can be devastating to a Ferengi, particularly a male. With their hyper sensitivity, lobe health is a very big issue with the Ferengi, who go through both a juvenile & adult set of lobes.
Ferengi society is an almost exclusively male driven culture. Females aren't permitted to leave Ferenginar, earn profit, go out in public or wear clothes. Female Ferengi are expected to pre-chew the males' food for them & to not speak out of turn. Marriage is contractual. Pregnancy is considered to be a leasing agreement.
Ferengi male children are taught about profit from an early age. Their games are all about business & they're schools teach the Rules of Acquisition. Their bedtime stories are fables about the Great Material Continuum & their prayers are to the Blessed Exchequer.
Little is out about Ferenginar, except that is it a very swampy planet.
Rainfall is almost constant.
Two points of interest, however, are the Nagal Residence & the Tower of COmmerce.
Slug-o-Cola - Disgusting green Ferengi drink containing live algae. Has made Nilva, the chairman of its company, a very rich man. [Profit and Lace]
Tube Grubs- a Ferengi delicacy. Best when still fresh.
The Great Material continuum
The Continuum is a semi-mythic representation of the supply & demand throughout the universe. "The River will provide" is a common phrase around Ferengi. Basically it means that whatever you need can be obtained, simply by steering the currents of commerce. Know who needs what between you & your goal, then supplying it.
The current Grand Nagus, Rom & his wife, Leeta
The Grand Nagus is the political & commercial head of the Ferengi people. The Nagus is the most powerful Ferengi alive & at least in theory, has the most business acumen alive. The Nagal residence is lavish to the point of excess. Rumor has it, that even the waste disposal fixture are latinum plated. This stands to reason, as the Nagus is meant to be a shining example to Ferengi everywhere of a life of greed can get you.
The first Grand Nagus was Gint. He 's also the first to establish the Rules of Acquisition. The Rules are 285 simple guidelines to use for getting the most out of your transactions, relationships & employees. Even to this day, The rules of Acquisition are followed religiously by all Ferengi.
The MOst recent Nagus is Rom. He succeeded Zek, who made several strides in gaining profit from the Gamma Quadrant.
Ferengi Commerce Authority
The FCA establishes & enforces Ferengi commercial law. They decided how, where & with who you can earn profit. The FCA also enforces contracts & doles out appropriate retribution to those who break them. Individual members of the FCA are called Liquidators. They are prominent men who've got 'the lobes for business'. A liquidator's job includes overseeing accounts, seizing profits & ensuring contracts are delivered upon. They have the power to claim any or all of a person, family or business's assists or even to rescind the trading licensee of someone. The latter offense makes the person an outcast to Ferengi society. No Ferengi are allowed to do business with an unlicensed person ever again.
The Rules of Acquisition
1.Once you have their money ... never give it back.
3.Never pay more for an acquisition than you have to.
6.Never allow family to stand in the way of opportunity.
7.Keep your ears open.
8.Small print leads to large risk.
9.Opportunity plus instinct equals profit.
10.Greed is eternal.
13.Anything worth doing is worth doing for money.
16.A deal is a deal ... until a better one comes along.
17.A contract is a contract is a contract (but only between Ferengi).
18.A Ferengi without profit is no Ferengi at all.
19.Satisfaction is not guaranteed.
21.Never place friendship above profit.
22.A wise man can hear profit in the wind.
27.There's nothing more dangerous than an honest businessman.
31.Never make fun of a Ferengi's mother ... insult something he cares about instead.
33.It never hurts to suck up to the boss.
34.Peace is good for business.
35.War is good for business.
40.She can touch your lobes but never your latinum.
41.Profit is its own reward.
44.Never confuse wisdom with luck.
47.Don't trust a man wearing a better suit than your own.
48.The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.
52.Never ask when you can take.
57.Good customers are as rare as latinum -- treasure them.
58.There is no substitute for success.
59.Free advice is seldom cheap.
60.Keep your lies consistent.
62.The riskier the road, the greater the profit.
65.Win or lose, there's always Hyperian beetle snuff.
75.Home is where the heart is ... but the stars are made of latinum.
76.Every once in a while, declare peace. If confuses the hell out of your enemies.
79.Beware of the Vulcan greed for knowledge.
82.The flimsier the product, the higher the price.
85.Never let the competition know what you're thinking.
89.Ask not what your profits can do for you, but what you can do for your profits.
94.Females and finances don't mix.
97.Enough ... is never enough.
99.Trust is the biggest liability of all.
102.Nature decays, but latinum lasts forever.
104.Faith moves mountains ... of inventory.
106.There is no honour in poverty.
109.Dignity and an empty sack is worth the sack.
111.Treat people in your debt like family ... exploit them.
112.Never have sex with the boss's sister.
113.Always have sex with the boss.
117.You can't free a fish from water.
121.Everything is for sale, even friendship.
123.Even a blind man can recognize the glow of latinum.
139.Wives serve, brothers inherit.
141.Only fools pay retail.
144.There's nothing wrong with charity ... as long as it winds up in your pocket.
162.Even in the worst of times someone turns a profit.
177.Know your enemies ... but do business with them always.
181.Not even dishonesty can tarnish the shine of profit.
189.Let others keep their reputation. You keep their money.
192.Never cheat a Klingon ... unless you're sure you can get away with it.
194.It's always good business to know about new customers before they walk in the door.
202.The justification for profit is profit.
203.New customers are like razortoothed grubworms. They can be succulent,
but sometimes they can bite back.
211.Employees are rungs on the ladder of success. Don't hesitate to step on them.
214.Never begin a negotiation on an empty stomach.
218.Always know what you're buying.
223.Beware the man who doesn't make time for oo-mox.
229.Latinum lasts longer than lust.
236.You can't buy fate.
239.Never be afraid to mislabel a product.
242.More is good ... all is better.
255.A wife is a luxury ... a smart accountant is a necessity.
261.A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience.
263.Never allow doubt to tarnish your love of latinum.
266.When in doubt, lie.
284.Deep down everyone's a Ferengi.
285.No good deed ever goes unpunished.
286.[Quark's rule] When Morn leaves, it's all over.