Aslan

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Aslan
Aslan.jpg
A typical Aslan male.
Classification Carnivore/pouncer
Status Major Race
Size 2.0 m
Weight 100 kg
Homeworld Kusyu (Dark Nebula 1226)
Multi-world Yes
Canon Yes
Extinct Extant
Reference Alien Module 1: Aslan

The Aslan are a Major Race, of four-limbed, upright, bipedal, carnivore/pouncer, humanoid, and felidoid stock.

  • Their name for themselves is the Fteirle and their large interstellar empire is known as the Aslan Hierate.
  • The earliest Terran explorers saw in them a vague resemblance to the Terran lion, and they have been described (by Terrans) as lion-like ever since, although there is very little true similarity. The derivation of the word Aslan is unknown.

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Biology (Physical Sophontology)[edit]

Aslan are a species known for their dynamic monoculture.

Evolution & Environment (Epigenetics)[edit]

This species originated on Kuzu (world) and developed intelligence.

  • They are descended from four-limbed, upright, bipedal carnivore-pouncer stock originally adapted to a solitary arboreal existence.

Sophonce (Evolution)[edit]

This species primarily developed intelligence in response to climate change.

  • As the Aslan homeworld's thick forest lands were depleted, it forced the Aslan to become cooperative pack hunters on the grassy plains.

Climate & Ecotope (Environment)[edit]

This species holds the following environmental preferences:

  • Terrestrial planet
  • Temperate climate
  • Forest and jungle ecotopes
  • Standard gravity
  • Standard atmosphere

Genetic Code (Genotype)[edit]

Aslan use the following IISS code:

  • SDEIES-SP
    • Strength
    • Dexterity
    • Endurance
    • Intelligence
    • Education
    • Social Standing
    • Sanity
    • Psionics
  • More complex genetic coding data available to qualified personnel upon request.

Anatomy & Physiology (Phenotype)[edit]

Aslan stand roughly human-sized, averaging 2.0 meters in height and weighing about 100 kg.

Aslan Dewclaw: Aslan have a single highly specialized dewclaw under each thumb which folds back jackknife fashion into a horny covering in the base of the thumb and palm.

Sexual Dimorphism: There are two sexes, male and female. The most notable external difference is the increased size and mane of the former. Females outnumber males by 3:1

Body Plan (Morphology)[edit]

  • Humanoid
  • Bilateral symmetry (2-ial)
  • Tetrapod (4-ped)
    • Two limbs used for manipulation "arms"
    • Two limbs used for locomotion (biped) "legs"
    • Tail
  • Body consists of three segments
    • 1. Head with sensors and multiple-use orifice (consumption, communication, and respiration)
    • 2. Torso with manipulatory limbs
    • 3. Abdomen with locomotor limbs and tail

Biochemistry (Function)[edit]

Aslan have a conventional carbon-water based biochemistry.

Respiration (Reaction)[edit]

Aslan use a conventional respiration cycle consisting of:

  • Oxygen-nitrogen inhalant
  • Carbon dioxide exhalant

Ecosystem & Population (Ecology)[edit]

No information yet available.

Diet & Trophics (Consumption)[edit]

  • Carnivore/pouncer
    • Apex predator
    • Homeotherm
    • Greatly prefers a heavy-protein (meat-heavy) diet.

Gender & Sexuality (Reproduction)[edit]

Aslan have the following reproductive characteristics::

  • Two genders (male & female)
    • Strong sexual dimorphism
  • (sexual reproduction)
    • Reproduce through conjugal intercourse
    • Serial polygynous mating system (3f:1m average)
  • Viviparous birth
    • (Iteroparous): Use K-selection and have few offspring that require considerable amounts of time to raise to maturity.

Adolescence & Lifecycle (Ontogeny)[edit]

The Aslan are a warrior race, proud, noble, and devoted to those in authority above them. Aslan employ a cultural rite of passage to mark the transition from childhood to adolescence or young adulthood.

Psychology (Cultural Sophontology)[edit]

The Aslan have a distinctive psychology that confuses many members of Humaniti. How can a race that is so quarrelsome and violently monocultural, at the same time, profess a love of peace, harmony, and love of nature? Some of it could be explained away by the difference between idealism and realpolitik within any culture, but the Aslan are still significantly different. Their code of honor and deeply held spiritual beliefs are certainly part of the answer to this enigma. Many are still trying to deeply understand the Aslan mindset.

Goals (Motivation)[edit]

The Aslan are motivated by land ownership and prestige within Aslan society. Due to these strong motivations, land ownership is the primary goal for most Aslan.

  • Expansionism / Salic Primogeniture (Ihatei)
    • The Hierate is constantly expanding in any astrographical direction it can. Population pressure and the constant desire for more space pushes each clan to build colonization starships and escorting miltary forces to accompany them.
    • Please see Ihatei for more information.
  • Honor / Racial Pride (Violent Monoculturism)
    • The Aslan have highly-developed codes of conduct that govern Aslan behavior. These customs are widespread with little dissent or challenges to the established culture. One Imperial scientist and observer of Aslan society, Professor Iacomus Konradsky of the Imperial University of Regina, once characterized Aslan customs and mores as "violently monocultural" with an explanation that while the Aslan frequently feud among themselves, they will quickly align forces to crush threats to their way of life.
  • Territoriality / Internal Conflict (Aslan Clan Competition)
    • A deep-seated territorial instinct causes the Aslan to have an inordinate (from a human standpoint) concern with land. For male Aslan, owning land is a major goal in life. An Aslan's stature is determined by the amount of land he (or her husband) controls, or by the amount of land owned by any higher lord the Aslan may be vassal to. The lowest classes of Aslan are landless, and provide the farmers, laborers, craftsmen, and factory workers. A holder of a large territory will often grant authority over it to vassals (usually sons, brothers, or male relatives by marriage) who administer the land in his name.

Expectations[edit]

Aslan expect organized social groupings, a formal code of ethics, and overtly expressed civilizational competition. Thus the culture of the Hive Federation is very confusing and perhaps even antithetical to Aslan cultural folkways.

Aslan are very group-oriented. No Aslan in his right mind would turn away another of his own species except for in the case of great crimes. In connection with this group mentality, most Aslan have little need for privacy. They find humans strange in this manner. Aslan starship architecture emphasizes large open-aired common areas and few Aslan find private compartments necessary. Aslan tend to congregate and even sleep in small hunting groups. Females are more flexible and can operate individually much more easily than males.

Traditions[edit]

No information yet available.

  • Hero worship, especially onboard starships. Shrines. TBD.
  • Ancestor worship. TBD.
  • Nature worship. Etc. TBD.
  • Deep appreciation for uniqueness and high craftsmanship. TBD.

Belief System & Philosophy (Mindset)[edit]

A deep-seated territorial instinct causes the Aslan to have an inordinate (from a human standpoint) concern with land. For male Aslan, owning land is a major goal in life. An Aslan's stature is determined by the amount of land he (or her husband) controls, or by the amount of land owned by any higher lord the Aslan may be vassal to. The lowest classes of Aslan are landless, and provide the farmers, laborers, craftsmen, and factory workers. A holder of a large territory will often grant authority over it to vassals (usually sons, brothers, or male relatives by marriage) who administer the land in his name.

  • Please see Ihatei for more information.

Philosophy[edit]

No information yet available.

  • Gender- behavior roles
  • Formalized code of ethics
  • Highly ritualized social organization
  • Expectations of Intercivilizational Competition

Belief System[edit]

No information yet available.

  • Fteirle Polytheism (Deistic Ancestor Worship).
  • Honor
  • Kami of planetary nature and spacetime

Interventionary Stance[edit]

No information yet available.

  • strongly tribalistic
  • few tendencies to unifying galactism

Culture & Society (Ethnology)[edit]

While the Aslan interstellar society is a remarkably stable monoculture, that same culture is far from unified on many matters. Most Aslan reside in the Aslan Hierate, but many reside within the Third Imperium as Imperial Aslan. And a few are known to dwell within the Solomani Confederation as Solomani Aslan or elsewhere. All Aslan eventually find a deep psychological need to form Aslan Clans, send out Ihatei expeditions, and, to put it simply, be Aslan.

Social Organization: 1116[edit]

An individual Aslan is usually a member of a family of from two to twelve individuals under a patriarchal leader. Several families will combine into a pride with one family dominant. A number of prides form a clan, again with a top pride. Aside from military organizations and the ruling council (within the Hierate), the clan is the highest social-political organization among the Aslan.

  • The sexes have very different roles in Aslan society. Males (in all but the lowest classes) are concerned mostly with military operations, acquisition of territory, and political affairs. Females are concerned with trade, industry, and the accumulation of knowledge. Upper class males have little conception of money and are literally incapable of functioning in a technological society without aid, so they are thus seldom encountered without the supervision of a wife, mother, or other female relative or employer.
  • For instance, a typical Aslan mercenary unit will be organized by a wealthy married female, who will then assign its operation, for a share of the proceeds, to an unmarried female relative. The battle commander and most of the troops will be unmarried males (many of them also relatives) hired with the promise of land grants (and the opportunity to gain honor and reputation in combat); however, staff, operations, supply, and intelligence officers will generally be female.
  • Please see Aslan Clan for more information.

Cultural Hierarchies: 1116[edit]

This species ranks its members in the following manners:

Language (Linguistic Sophontology)[edit]

The Aslan language is known as Trokh and is spoken by nearly all Aslan, few non-Aslan can claim to have mastered it.

  • Difficult to pronounce, split into gender-specific dialects, and weighty with formalisms, it causes foreign speakers to open themselves to embarrassing blunders in conversation.
  • See Trokh for more information.

Language & Letters (Communication)[edit]

This species uses the following types of language to communicate:

  • Spoken
  • Gestural
  • Written

Aesthetics (Symbology)[edit]

This species holds the following values regarding art, architecture, ornamentation, etc.

  • Highly ornate (Aslan baroque)
  • Small individually crafted pieces of art
  • A value on uniqueness
  • A preference for organiform shapes
  • A disdain for right angles and cubism

Morality (Ethics)[edit]

This species holds the following values regarding a sense of right and wrong:

  • No information yet available.

History (Archaeological Sophontology)[edit]

A vast Aslan-dominated empire (the Aslan Hierate) lies to spinward and rimward of the Reavers' Deep, but Aslan themselves have ranged well beyond its borders, with many Ihatei settling on the independent worlds of the Deep and the Imperium.

Historical Eras[edit]

No information yet available.

History: General Overview[edit]

No information yet available.

History-Era: Mileu 1100[edit]

No information yet available.

Major Historical Events Timeline: 1116[edit]

These are some of the more important historical events that have affected this polity:

Civilization (Societal Sophontology)[edit]

The [>civilization]] and society of this species is known as the Aslan Hierate.

Government & Politics (Leadership)[edit]

The Aslan Hierate is the interstellar, multi-sector government of the many Aslan clans. Aslan society centers on the clan. Within the Hierate, the family structure of the Aslan and the governmental structure are the same. The Aslan term for their empire is Htoifteirlakht, translated as "the bountful lands ruled by the lords of honor".

Tlaukhu[edit]

A council of twenty-nine clan leaders chosen from amongst the most powerful clans performs the highest governmental functions. The Trokh name for this council is Tlaukhu, which has a literal translation of thirty-five (Aslan numbering is in base-8, this is 29 in base-10). Like Vland's Igsiirdi or old Terra's United Nations, the Aslan Tlaukhu stands as one of charted space's great political councils. While lacking true governmental power, the Tlaukhu exerts great force upon the politics of the Aslan Hierate.

Military & Intelligence (Force Projection)[edit]

Aslan clans build great space navies and battlefleets to support their ground forces.

Please see polity entry at Aslan Hierate for more information.

Aslan Martial Forces & Space Navies[edit]

The extremely deadly nature of any combat between Aslan has led to a rigid, ritualized pattern of behavior designed to reduce conflict. Aslan are very polite, and while most have learned to be patient with non-Aslan, accidental fights still occur. Disputes between individuals are handled by the patriarchs; disputes between families are handled by the pride leader; disputes between prides are handled by the clan leader.

The tendency of Aslan society to cleave along clan, territorial, and expansionistic lines makes clan cooperation vital when facing larger space fleets from other sophonts and political groupings. To minimize or prevent unnecessary losses of materiel and men, Aslan conflicts are most often fought by ground forces. Aslan civil wars and conflict amongst the clans is far more common than many Aslan would like to admit.

The Fteirle don't distinguish between Navy, Scout, or Merchant Marines as the Third Imperium does. What Humans think of as spacegoing navies or space forces, the Aslan consider Clan Space Forces.

  • As a generality, Aslan don't field quite as many combat hulls as a comparative human power because of the ritualistic nature of most Aslan martial conflict.

Aslan generally organize and build their starcraft along the following lines:

  • Aslan build purely-combat hulls as warships.
  • They build colonial Ihatei hulls for exploration and extrasolar settlement.
  • And nearly all of the remaining interstellar craft are built as merchant hulls.

Business & Trade (Economy)[edit]

The Aslan are not always known for researching and creating state-of-the-art technologies, or for being the most shrewd and profit-minded merchants, but the Aslan are well respected in nearly everything they do, whether from trade to war to technology.

Interstellar Trade[edit]

Aslan merchants approach interstellar trade with the same passion as they approach war. Aslan corporations and trade organizations are known to range much of the galaxy seeking to accrue wealth and expand land holdings. The Aslan themselves take great pride in craftsmanship, artisanry, and quality of goods. While the Aslan conduct manufacturing in great quantities, the Aslan themselves most treasure artistry and artisanship. To the Aslan, a laser rifle mass-manufactured in an automated factory possesses much less inherent value than a hand-crafted laser rifle with inlaid ivory grips, a custom-made laser-tergeting device, etched scrollwork along the rifle casing, and the ideographic mark a master craftsman. In this way, the Aslan possess values similar to the Japanese Samurai of human world of Terra (Sol-3).

Please see polity entry at Aslan Hierate for more information.

Aslan Artisanry[edit]

Most Aslan worlds are TL 8 to TL 12 averaging TL 9 to TL 11. Although much of Aslan merchant fleet uses lower technology vessels. Additionally, many Aslan worlds use infrastructure considerably less advanced than the TL 9 to TL 10 standard set by the Tlaukhu. Aslan manufacturing and merchantry is divided by clan interests, but still maintain impressive levels of achievement. the Aslan, themselves, prefer an aesthetic based upon art.

Aslan of high means, will always customize their belongings with the highest quality materials available whether having their weapons inlaid with precious metals and inscriptions, their starships fitted out with luxurious and beautiful interiors, or building their homes in a state of grace and complementation with their environments. While the Aslan do build mighty cities and vast metropolises, the Aslan ideal is to live on a country estate surrounded by prime hunting land.

Research & Technology (Knowledge)[edit]

No information yet available.

Astrography (Range)[edit]

Aslan can be found throughout Charted Space although the majority of the greater population are located within these two supra-polities:

Homeworld: 1116[edit]

The homeworld of this race is:

Sector Listing: 1116[edit]

This race (sophont species) is primarily located in the following areas:

  1. Aeitle Sakh Sector AKA Reaver's Deep Sector
  2. Afawahisa Sector
  3. Ahkiweahi' Sector
  4. Aktifao Sector
  5. Ealiyasiyw Sector
  6. Eose'o Sector
  7. Esai'yo Sector
  8. Etakhasoa Sector
  9. Fahreahluis Sector
  10. Ftahtuak Sector AKA Ustral Quadrant Sector
  11. Ftaoiyekyu Sector
  12. Ftetlao' Sector AKA Hanstone Sector
  13. Heakhafaw Sector
  14. Hfiywitir Sector
  15. Hkakhaeaw Sector
  16. Hlakhoi Sector
  17. Hlaoirloahaurl Sector AKA Trojan Reach Sector
  18. I'aheako Sector AKA Dark Nebula Sector
  19. Iiyoihuakh Sector AKA Riftspan Reaches Sector
  20. Irlaftalea Sector
  21. Iwahfuah Sector
  22. Iyiyukhtoi Sector AKA Banners Sector
  23. Karleaya Sector
  24. Kefiykhta Sector
  25. Khiyhkokaeie Sector AKA Verge Sector
  26. Kyatulyare Sector AKA Iphigenaia Sector
  27. Lerlairlaii Sector AKA Beyond Sector
  28. Ohieraoi Sector
  29. Oleaiy'fte Sector AKA Canopus Sector
  30. Staihaia'yo Sector
  31. Tahahorol Sector AKA Holowon Sector
  32. Teahloarifu Sector
  33. Uistilrao Sector
  34. Waroatahe Sector
  35. Weasuirlaoa Sector AKA Touchstone Sector
  36. Yahehwe Sector

World Listing: 1116[edit]

Significant communities of this race (sophont species) are known to exist within the following systems and worlds:

200 of 458 World articles in Aslan
0836  •  A'kyehyoiw  •  A'yoeah  •  Aakhia  •  Aarlayaoa  •  Acis  •  Aehahr  •  Aeirlyekheal  •  Afeakter  •  Aftye  •  Ahaikhea  •  Ahetaowa  •  Ahfatre  •  Ahhyoe  •  Ahroaea  •  Aiaiyal  •  Aihaowkhtirl  •  Aihhelo  •  Aihktiyuahkhei  •  Aihoalr  •  Aihtekhtea  •  Ailyuwftea  •  Airiyrlyu'  •  Airliweiw  •  Aisaoaoeh  •  Aisaoawi  •  Aisaukh  •  Aisteaya  •  Aiuiktiyr  •  Aiuite  •  Aiwaueil  •  Aiyar  •  Aiyostea  •  Akhuaao  •  Akhwohkyal  •  Akhwyahloarl  •  Aki (SM 2035)  •  Akkilee  •  Akludu  •  Akoaft  •  Alausiy  •  Aliyaeakh  •  Alriyeaos  •  Altleaair  •  Aoeilrau  •  Aohfeau  •  Aoiyras  •  Aokah  •  Aoki  •  Aolaiaw  •  Aolraaaleahaw  •  Aorlailakh  •  Aorlkaakh  •  Aowaih  •  Aramis (SM 2540)  •  Areaarleih  •  Areaolrrealr  •  Arjesh  •  Arleaya  •  Arlyasoi  •  Arsalreal  •  Asoieteal  •  Asoiiyshkaul  •  Aster (SM 1739)  •  Aufusyah  •  Aulaiiyoileah  •  Aulhahhfelaas  •  Aulryakh  •  Awaweaw  •  Aweakhei  •  Awo  •  Ayayo  •  A’eouya  •  Belizo  •  Bendor  •  Birendar  •  Bolivar (Da 0240)  •  Brufort  •  Chorus  •  Clan Home  •  Craw  •  Cunnonic  •  Darrian  •  Dashi  •  Dentus  •  Dobham  •  E'waiihtla  •  Eaaileishryaor  •  Eaalkhel  •  Eaalrhteir  •  Eaaoaies  •  Eaarwilhkaw  •  Eaealearl  •  Eaeayaah  •  Eaesyoalea  •  Eah  •  Eahaiael  •  Eahaw  •  Eaheoil  •  Eahheilr  •  Eahyeai  •  Eakhoi  •  Eakhta  •  Eakoi  •  Ealea  •  Ealhalria  •  Ealwealrtiw  •  Eao  •  Eaohfose  •  Earawya  •  Earlo  •  Earlyu  •  Easyah  •  Eateaw  •  Eatleiousta  •  Eauale  •  Eauhti  •  Eauioiwai  •  Eauiwea  •  Eawatrye  •  Eawea'ye  •  Eaweiya  •  Eawkta'a  •  Eawweaaw  •  Eayurlua'  •  Eayuya  •  Ehaealir  •  Ehearye  •  Ehiyliu  •  Ehrafou  •  Eiaai  •  Eiea'yorl  •  Eieyasoir  •  Eihiouhftei  •  Eihkho  •  Eikhoifiruah  •  Eilaeah  •  Eilriaiaus  •  Eira  •  Eiriktakhha  •  Eiskaeah  •  Eiskhteaoulr  •  Eiwakh  •  Eiwiilroah  •  Eiyehwehakhea  •  Ektron  •  Elahkoi  •  Elauyo  •  Elihfoirl  •  Eliyeiryairl  •  Elrkhtiy'teal  •  Engrange  •  Eoaoluu'hi'ye  •  Eoiw  •  Erasaso   •  Ereah  •  Erlfooa  •  Erlhyuyeioia  •  Erlourfeal  •  Eshkoakh  •  Esyah  •  Ewae  •  Ewaos  •  Ewoiftoil  •  Ewyeyal  •  Eyeolyoawtear  •  Feaheaha  •  Fiykhaseal  •  Fiyleakh  •  Flexos  •  Ftairai  •  Ftalea  •  Ftaleirl  •  Ftaushioueilr  •  Ftearya  •  Ftehi  •  Fteielria  •  Fterlyuhlye  •  Ftiakhearoi  •  Ftiys  •  Ftoakh  •  Ftuiheaoel  •  Ftyewirl  •  Fugawa  •  Fye'iyra  •  Goye  •  Haealroiea  •  Hana's Soujourn  •  Hellas  •  Hfa’yuweas  •  Hitoku  •  Hkaearlwi  •  Hkaha  •  Hkakh  •  Htehis  •  Hkawyekhahel  •  Hkeaei  •  Hkeakewoirea'  •  Hkeleiakh  •  Hkesuh  •  
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Additional Notes & Metadata[edit]

One of the two warring polities in the 1980 game Dark Nebula is the "Aslanic Hierate" with its capital at Kuzu, but no additional details are given in the game rules. The basic nature of the species was first given in the "Contact! Aslan" article in JTAS Issue 7, published in 1981. That article mentions that their homeworld is Kuzu; the homeworld would later be given the alternate name Kusyu and be placed in Dark Nebula Sector in 1984 (in the Atlas of the Imperium and the Aslan Alien Module).

  • Aslan is the name of the talking lion hero of C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The words aslan, arslan, and arsalan all mean "lion" in various Turkic languages, and all three are used as both given names and surnames in Turkey and central Asia generally.

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