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Species Name: Tas Veca
Other Names: chis’Zefa
Federation Status: Allied
Atmosphere Type: Type II: breath mask suggested
Universal Location: Nelveren Galaxy
Primary Class: Reptomammal
Population Class: Group 5: Population in the millions
Intelligence Class: Class 6: Self-aware; building species
Technology Tier: Tier 7: Preindustrial
Lifespan: 30 SFP
Diet: Omnivore with a strong preference for plant foods.
Average Height of Adult: 7 feet
Coloration: Females are typically black in color witch long, horizontal white stripes running down their bodies. Males are typically very colorful creatures with red heads and tails, yellow bodies, and blue-green backs.
Physical Description: The Tas Vera are tall, bipeds with horizontal bodies, and long, counterbalancing tails. Their faces are characterized by their soft, herbivorous features, rounded nose, and forward-facing eyes. They begin growing long, spirally horns as youngsters which grow longer and longer with the years. They have fairly inflexible arms, but their fine motor skills allow them to manipulate objects and build things. They have large, muscular legs with hooved feet.
Sexual Dimorphism: Females are typically somewhat larger than males and sport an extra set of small horns on the bridges of their noses. Female horns also tend to be more pronounced than those of males.
Age of Sexual Maturity: 10 SFP
Gestation Period: 3 months
Development/Breeding: Tas Vera lay thin, soft shelled eggs that hatch after a month of incubation. Females and males share the duties of protecting the eggs and keeping them warm, and once the young hatch, the two split the duties of caring for and feeding the young. Among this species, equal participation in the care of young is extremely important. Males are known to use their bright coloration to distract hunters away from females and young. Both males and females form extremely close bonds with their children, and many families will stay in close proximity to one another for their entire lives. When Tas Vera reach sexual maturity their childhood groups of friends become potential mates. Males tend to be the more choosy of the sexes, and females are known to be fairly showy and cocky when they are vying for mates. Males appear to prefer the most confident females, with the most appealing facial horns. Shape, length, and coloration are important.
Senses: The Tas Veca have a very sensitive sense of smell, and they can pick up the scent of carnivores, or individual members of their own species from several kilometers away. Their sense of hearing is equally sensitive. They are fairly near-sighted, and see a limited number of colors, but they can see equally well in the day and night.
Species Abilities: None
Social Organization: Organized herd. The Tas Veca evolved as cooperative herd animals, and this past is still apparent in their modern organization. Within their cities, most Vas Teca live with their extended families in building complexes designed to accommodate these relatively large groups. When it comes to decision-making, in small groups or large, this species prefers to come to a consensus. When one cannot be reached, a single group tends to split into two, and no Tas Veca is willing to follow another without originally having agreed with the leader, or being logically convinced to do so. Luckily, this species is cooperative by nature, to the point of lacking any sort of internal competitiveness, and agreements tend to come easy among them. They also tend to consider the safety of their families and herds before themselves, and thus leaders among them lack any tendency towards corruption. This strong team mentality has allowed this species to reach the pinnacle of sentient development on the Cor’isa continent, and against their carnivorous neighbors they now dominate the main continent of Ki’vara.
Religion: This species has developed a religion based around the ceremonial worship of ancestor spirits. Against a world full of sentients out to eat or crush them, the Tas Veca were quick to seek the protection of those who had passed on into the next life. Due to their close bonds with their families, spirits are always considered to be good, and there is no concept of evil, or dissatisfied ghosts.
When a member of the family dies, the Tas Veca have an elaborate ritual by which they help the spirit of their loved one leave their bodies, and invite the spirit back into the family house. In order to do this, candles are lit and arranged around the family hearth in specific, ceremonial patterns which are meant to attract the attention of the new family spirits. Young family members gather around the hearth and sing songs to the departed spirit, while older members circle around the dead body with fans where they silently circle the dead body and try to entice the spirit to leave the deceased. This ritual may go on for days, and only once the eldest member of the family believes that the spirit has safely found its way to the hearth will the ceremony end.
When the help of ancestor spirits are needed the hearth is often used as a mode of communication. Blue and green fires, lit using specific ceremonial plants, are started in the hearth to gather ancestral spirits, and then a gathering of the family, and extensive chanting is used to ask the spirits for protection.
Culture: For the most part, the Tas Veca people living in peaceful, walled cities and villages in the plains of Cor’isa. Their culture varies with location, and they have a wide variety of different languages. Despite this, they share a religion of ancestral worship, and as their population has expanded and differenciated they have maintained a strong trading network along with a simple trading language which has allowed the various tribes to continue communicating with one another. The fastest members of the species are typically devoted to carrying messages and materials along the trade routes, and particularly skilled warriors are often seen patrolling the roads, keeping them clear of unwanted sentients.
Methods of technology development among the Tas Veca is extremely cooperative, and new inventions quickly disseminate among various cities. The most common types of technology developed and improved upon by this species are protective weapons, agricultural practices, and new dyes and paints used for ceremonial art. They are a fairly content people, and when they are safe from the predators and other sentients around them, they seem to want for little more than food and family.
They do where some clothing, but mostly for ceremonial reasons, and many regions have clothing types that are specific to them. Wearing regional clothing is a way for Tas Veca to peacefully display their pride in their people, and they often have playful competitions in devising the most beautiful clothing displays.
Relations: Traditionally, the Tas Veca (as with most other species of Cor’isa) were on their own, against the other sentients that would seek to devour them or displace them from their ancestral lands. With the coming of the northern invaders, however, the Tas Veca have become the heart of the Cor’isa resistance, and most of the species that have joined the fight against the invaders consider the Tas Veca with a high level of respect. The invaders, on the other hand, despise the Tas Veca and have come to the conclusion that this species must be wiped out in order for them to control Cor’isa.
History: In their early history, the Tas Vera were confronted by several different sentient carnivores, and as their hunters grew smarter, they were forced to grow smarter as well. Their smarter members survived, and they grew more innovative. At the same time, they grew more and more cooperative, protecting their own through their sheer numbers and joint strength. As it turned out, their strategy was extremely successful and within a few thousand years they had come to dominate their home continent.
They are a fairly peaceful species, however, and their primary goal is simply to live in safety. With the coming of the Northern invaders, the Tas Veca were already well prepared to serve as leaders.
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Species Name: Bre’cslan
Belongs To: A.B Raschke
Other Names: Bre’vong
Federation Status: Allied
Atmosphere Type: Type I: Normal
Universal Location: Cha’sa Ci:lah Galaxy
Primary Class: Hybrid draconic
Population Class: Group 3: 50,000 or under
Intelligence Class: Class 6: Self-aware; building species
Technology Tier: Tier 7: Preindustrial
Lifespan: 250 SFP
Average Height of Adult: 8 feet
Coloration: Smooth, unmarked tan.
Physical Description: The Bre’cslan has a similar body plan to their mother species. They generally walk on all fours, but they can stand upright or short periods of time. Their forelimbs have opposable thumbs, and their hind limbs can also be used to manipulate things to a limited extent. They have long, flexible tails that help them to balance while they are standing on their hind legs. Their faces are canine in appearance, crowned by glossy black hair, and characterized by long, fanned ears.
Anatomical Specialties: None
Sexual Dimorphism: Males are slightly more muscular than females, and have a slightly different facial structure. For most outsiders, however, it is fairly hard to tell the two apart.
Age of Sexual Maturity: 20 SFP
Gestation Period: 11 months
Development/Breeding: After the 11 months of gestation, female Bre’cslan have live births, and then both parents share the duties of feeding and caring for their young. Female Bre’cslan do not have mammary glands, and thus parents will feed their young masticated meat for the three weeks that it takes the newborns grow teeth, open their eyes, and gain some coordination. At this point parents will often begin bringing their young whole meat. This progresses to live prey in a few weeks, and by the end of their first year, the young Bre’cslan go hunting with their parents. By three years of age, most Bre’cslan are able to hunt on their own, and while they will remain with their families for between 10-15 years, they will mostly care for themselves. Once they near puberty, young Bre’cslan will typically leave their family village and take something of a pilgrimage. During this time, they will join with other small bands of youngsters, and by the time that they are ready to start their own families they are typically well travelled, and most often mate with someone for their band. This species mates for life, and unlike Bre’Ama they are monogamous.
Senses: Bre’cclan have heightened senses, with their sense of smell and hearing being particularly acute. They also have a well developed darkvision ability.
Species Abilities: Shapeshifting (Unlimited), Psionics (Telepathy, Teleportation, Telekinesis), Fire Manipulation, Spirit Force
Social Organization: While the Bre’cslan are social by nature, their social structure is fairly loose, and their decision-making strategies primarily concern compromise and consensus. Most Bre’cslan villages lack central leaders, and most members of the species rely on the leadership and power of the bands of friends formed in youth. Any one village will be made up of multiple bands, and when village wide decisions are needed, the entire population will gather to discuss the issue and come to a consensus.
Culture: The Bre’cslan are a fairly new species, and due to this, they lack a fully developed culture. Currently, most of their culture revolves around Fenda:soan beliefs and ceremonies.
Relations: Positive within the Federation, and neutral outside.
History: This species was created by Nin’Queesha shortly after she joined the Federation. After their incorporation into the Testasodo, they were given Cslan’Teeme as their homeworld, and then have since settled the world and begun working towards developing a stable civilization.