The Aevitan

Location

  • Homeworld: Ad’strun
  • System: Acry’duo
  • Galaxy: Vigilem (NGC-1291)
  • Galactic Group: Eridanus

Biology

Aevitan are bipedal with an average height of between 1.5 and 1.8 meters, although some subspecies can exceed 2 meters. Many Aevitan have human-like features while others express a range of reptilian characteristics, including scaly skin, pronounced claws, and prehensile tails. All Aevitan appear to share the defining characteristic of horn-like protrusions that sweep back along the cranium. These develop during adolescence and continue to grow through adulthood.

The more reptilian subspecies have retained unique evolutionary traits such as the production of a caustic compound in their saliva that can be exhaled in a fine mist along with dissolved lipids. The mixture ignite in a spectacular fireball upon contact with the air. Mostly harmless unless coming in direct contact with the skin, this adaptation was used to temporarily blind prey or attackers when hunting in night-side regions of the planet.

Aevitan reproduction is centered around long complicated courtship rituals. Females are only fertile every decade or so and typically take on a number of mates, storing and using their genetic material to fertilize her ovum. She carries the embryo in a special abdominal pouch for the first year of gestation. During this time the males vie for her favor in hopes she will pass on more of their contribution as females can selectively pass on the genetic traits of one or more partners.

At about 13 months the embryonic sack is released, in modern Aevitan society, it is left in the care of a breeding facility. The parents have no further connection. In ancestral Aevitan this breeding method allowed for offspring to be stashed away in small protected areas safe from constant environmental hazards. The anonymous eggs are submerged in nutrient pools with hundreds of other offspring. After about 36 months the embryonic sack, stretched thin and transparent, breaks releasing the fully developed infant.

Culture

Aevitan children never know their parents. Growing up in educational colonies they develop strong sibling bonds that last throughout their lives. As well, adult Aevitan, not knowing who may be their offspring treat any young with similar traits as if they were their own. Thus youth have the benefit of many parental figures and expansive social family groups. This has fostered a supportive and open society where, at least in the modernized Aevitan cultures, citizens enjoy a great deal of social equality. This is in sharp contrasts to their reclusive and un-trusting attitude towards outsiders.

Aevitan are extreme isolationists, and while they do have some trade relations with other races, interactions are rare. Aevitan space is intently patrolled and protected. Anyone violating Aevitan territory receive no warning and no leniency, all trespassers are destroyed. This policy has put the Aevitan at odds with a number of other alien cultures.

The Aevitan are obsessed with immortality. In their quest to live forever they’ve developed incredible advances in medical augmentation, bionics, and cybernetics. They’ve also managed to extend their lifespans 20 times the natural limit using a substance known as “Ar’Numa”, despite one of the side effect of Ar’Numa being degenerative blindness. As such much of the modernized civilization has cybernetic ocular prosthetics.

History

The Aevitan homeworld of Ad’strun is the only planet in the binary star system Acry’duo. Roughly five billion years ago one of the Acry’duo suns collapsed into a pulsar destroying all other planets in the system. The debris coalesced and settled forming a ring like mass around the suns.

Ad’struns unique geology means the planet is subject to violent geomagnetic storms, gravimetric fluctuations resulting in frequent earthquakes. Combined with intense bursts of radiation from the pulsar the Aevitan have evolved in the harshest of conditions. Because of the hazards Aevitan culture evolved in dense jungles near the planet's outer edge.

Roughly 80 thousand years ago ancient Aevitan discovered, and learned to harness the power of, a dense mineral called Kul’darah. The substance became associated with various protector gods and at the center of numerous bloody territorial conflicts for about eight thousand years.

As Aevitan civilization entered the scientific age, about 3000 years ago, Kul’darah remained center stage. Refined and purified this element is used in nearly all Aevitan technology in some form or another, including the massive geo-stabilizers that have allowed them to leave the jungles and build their massive plateaus cities.

Kul’darah is used to strengthen building materials, to make ship hulls, and in power generation. It is also the key component in Ar’Numa, responsible for Aevitan longevity. Its extensive use lead to its depletion, and about 1200 years ago Kul’darah sources were nearly exhausted. This scarcity drove Aevitan space technologies as they set out to mine Kul’darah in other regions of the Ad’strun ring.

Politics

Aevitan prefer, and will violently protect their isolation. Trade is rare and are typically done on outposts and in distant regions. Very few have ever been granted passage into Aevitan space. The Aevitan have gone to war with the Aran, Mord, and Cirecidus on a number of occasions.

The internally political structure of the Aevitan is a feudal-like hierarchy ruled over by a single emperor/empress called the Thea’zar. As there are no historical records of lineage, the rulers are determined by a unique birthmark which is believed to signify nobility. The same concept is applied to all that serve under the Thea’zar. All members of the 50 noble families are all determined and grouped by identifying birthmarks.

Family rank and political influence is decided at Tak’lahn, death games held every 6 years in which the major families must volunteer to compete in mortal combat. The results of the games often results in great shifts in power in Aevitan culture.

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