Cirecidus Domini

Location

  • Homeworld: Various
  • System: Various
  • Galaxy: Various
  • Constellation: Eridanus

Biology

The Cirecidus Domini (Sur-a-sidus Dom-eh-nee) are a highly intelligent insectoid species. Physically the Cirecidus vary greatly in size, shape, and abilities. Their exceptionally resilient exoskeleton make them impervious to nearly all forms of radiation and they are able to withstand extreme temperatures.

The Cirecidus are also able to regenerate their entire physical structure. The brain and a specialized set of glands responsible for protein production are generally located in the mid-section and protected by a dense bony mass. If this central structure remains intact, a Cirecidus can regenerate tissue and limbs regardless of the amount of damage the body has sustained.

Cirecidus reproduction processes vary as greatly as their form. They utilize both sexual and asexual fertilization, and gestation ranges from internal, to external egg clutches, and in rare instances, the use of a host. Regardless of method, offspring mature very rapidly, reaching full adult size in about 4 to 12 weeks.

There are three main sub-species.

The Mantodea have a fairly long lifespan, an average reproduction rate, and are the least biologically adaptable. They average in size from 2 meters to 4 meters in height, and are typically bi-pedal. They have developed the most humanoid form, most likely as an adaptation for dealing with other species in trade and commerce.

The Apocrita have a similar lifespan to the Mantodea, they however have much higher reproduction rates and are far more diverse and biologically adaptable. Apocrita are typically 3 to 5 meters in height with thickly armored exoskeletons. They're primarily bi-pedal but other variations are not uncommon.

The Formicid are the most abundant of the Cirecidus, outnumbering both Mantodea and Apocrita. They however have very short lifespans that more than offset their extremely high reproduction rates. The Formicid are also by far the most biologically adaptable and physically diverse of the Cirecidus, ranging in size from half a meter to 6 meters.

Culture

Technologically advanced and politically active, the Cirecidus occupy vast territories and control a powerful trade empire. Their extremely adaptable anatomy allows them to live on worlds uninhabitable by other species. Harvesting resources from these hostile worlds gives them a monopoly on many rare elements.

Cirecidus society does not appear to have any cultural traditions or mythologies. There are no regular celebrations and they don't have a creation story or established religions. Generally the Cirecidus are utterly obsessed with status and power. Internally, the sub-species, have been at war for eons. Perpetual conflicts between the Mantodea and Apocrita have turned much of the Karora Void into a graveyard.

The Mantodea control most of the Cirecidus empire, and do so by using the Formicid as slave labor. The Apocrita want control, and conflicts between the Mantodea and Apocrita are played out in frequent battles, with the Formicid usually caught in the middle.

Conflicts with other races are typically trade related, usually with the Apocrita doing anything they can to disrupt Mantodea operations. However all Cirecidus will defend breeding colonies very aggressively, often attacking those who wander to close without warning.

Politics

The Mantodea trade regularly with human colonies and are generally in good standing with Lumus factions. There is however tension with the Brotherhood remaining from their initial encounters. There are also occasionally conflicts between the Brotherhood and Apocrita when defending Lumus trading outposts.

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