Dolphin

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Dolphin
Classification Carnivore/chaser
Status Minor Race
Size 3.5m
Weight 125kg
Homeworld Terra (Solomani Rim 1827)
Multi-world Yes
Canon Yes
Extinct Extant
Reference Best of the Journal Volume 2


An aquatic, intelligent Minor Race originating on Terra (Solomani Rim 1827), raised to sentience by the Solomani corporation GenAssist during the Rule of Man.

  • They are known for their natural swimming prowess, ebullient personalities, and keen astrogational skills.
  • Solomani humans spread them through Charted Space during the Second and Third Imperiums.

Biology (Physical Sophontology)[edit]

A typical male Dolphin (Tursiops galactus) measures between 2.75 and 3.95m from the tip of its powerful flukes to its snout, and weighs about 100 to 150kg.

  • Females tend to be smaller and lighter, on average.

Evolution & Environment (Epigenetics)[edit]

This species originated on Terra and developed intelligence in response to interspecies competition.

Overview:

  • Limited to aquatic environments.
  • Limited by a lack of manipulative limbs and digits.
  • Still a young species without the benefits of long experience as sophonts.

Sophonce (Evolution)[edit]

This species primarily developed intelligence in response to interspecies competition.

Climate & Ecotope (Environment)[edit]

This species holds the following environmental preferences:

  • Terrestrial (marine) planet
  • Temperate to warm climates
  • Oceanic ecotopes
  • Standard gravity
  • Standard atmosphere

Genetic Code (Genotype)[edit]

  • No information yet available.

Anatomy & Physiology (Phenotype)[edit]

Sophontologists studying this species have discovered the following data:

  • Their skin is smooth to the touch, and tends to be a purple-black along the dorsal surface, shading to white or light gray on the underside. Layers of fat make their hide equivalent to Jack Armour. Their eyes are located in the darker section of the face.
  • The brain of a Dolphin is 1.5 times the size of a human, although this should not be taken as a sign of greater (or lesser) intelligence. For the most part, this difference is due to the greater mass of the Dolphin body. The original dolphin lifespan was about 20 years, but the enhanced Dolphins typically live 50 to 60 years. Anagathics are available, with prices, benefits and risks similar to those used by humans.
  • The main Dolphin sense centers on their very accurate echo-location system. Geneering has improved this to give a 100m range. Dolphin hearing is able to detect sounds ranging in pitch from 150 to 150,000 Hertz (by contrast, Terran cats can hear sounds up to 50,000 Hz, bats to 75,000 Hz, and humans only up to 20,000 Hz).
  • Underwater eyesight is fairly keen, as it has been adapted for that environment. The lenses of their eyes are very globular and hence convex in nature in order to reverse the negative effects of aquatic reflection. However, this makes the Dolphin very near-sighted when out of the water. To counter this, many Dolphins wear corrective lenses when not in a Travel Suit (which has a special visor built-in).
  • The diet of Dolphins, like their semi-sentient ancestors, is wholly carnivorous. Modern Dolphins do take great joy in sampling new foods and tastes. A Dolphin requires 110 calories per kg per day to sustain itself. This is far greater than the human need of 50 calories per kg per day. This translates to roughly 10% of body mass, per day.
  • Typical members of Tursiops galactus can dive for up to 15 minutes without respirator assistance. In practice, many wear tanked air supplies to allow a greater endurance for underwater operations. When swimming near the surface, Dolphins breathe 2 to 6 times per minute, increasing up to 8 after a long dive or period of exertion. Unlike humans, who normally use only 12.5% of their lung capacity, Dolphins almost completely empty and fill their lungs with every breath. Also, they store much more oxygen in their blood and muscle tissues than humans, which allows them to make such prolonged dives.
  • A single glance at the Dolphin body is enough to reveal the perfection of their streamlining. Nowhere in explored space is there a creature so perfectly evolved in a hydro-dynamic sense. As a rule of thumb, Dolphins can maintain 40 kph when swimming and can attain burst speeds of up to 60 kph.
  • Although normal swimming depth is above 30m, Dolphins can dive up to 200m in extreme cases (humans can only manage 125m unprotected). Furthermore, the physiology of a Dolphin is such that they are wholly immune to caisson disease (“the bends”) which is a constant hazard to human divers.

Body Plan (Morphology)[edit]

Mammal (Terragens)

  • Non-humanoid
  • Bilateral symmetry (2-ial)
  • Triped (3-ped)
    • 2 limbs used for swimming locomotion "legs" (flippers)
    • 1 tail (fluke)
    • Manipulation performed by artificial (technological) prosthetic "arms"
  • Body consists of three segments
    • Head
    • Torso
    • Flukes (tail)

Biochemistry (Function)[edit]

This species has a conventional biochemistry.

Respiration (Reaction)[edit]

This species used a conventional respiration cycle consisting of:

  • Oxygen-nitrogen inhalant
  • Carbon dioxide exhalant

Remarks: Dolphins display convergent evolution with many fish (or piscinoids) and aquatic reptiles, on most counts, but do not possess gills or other water-breathing organs and must surface to breath fresh (gaseous) air.

Ecosystem & Population (Ecology)[edit]

No information yet available.

Diet & Trophics (Consumption)[edit]

This species survives using the following methods of consumption:

  • Carnivore/chaser
  • This species favors protein-heavy foodstuffs.

Gender & Sexuality (Reproduction)[edit]

This species has the following reproductive characteristics:

  • Two genders (male & female)
    • Mild sexual dimorphism
  • (sexual reproduction)
    • Conjugal intercourse
    • Varied mating systems (primarily serial monogamy) (1m:1f average)
  • Viviparous birth
    • (Iteroparous): Uses K-selection and have few offspring that require considerable amounts of time to raise to maturity.

Adolescence & Lifecycle (Ontogeny)[edit]

No information yet available.

Psychology (Cultural Sophontology)[edit]

Dolphin culture is based on a belief in total equality. Everything is shared equally and each citizen is entitled to the full benefits of the society’s capabilities. They are unable to understand many concepts which seem almost absolute to humans; for example, the ideas of property and land ownership. If one Dolphin has a tool that another needs, the latter simply takes the tool and returns it after use (it is customary to ask if the current holder has finished with the object first, but this is not unlike a human request to “borrow” an item). Further, the concept of land ownership is beyond them. They point out that “the sea is always in motion, so how can you claim a portion of it as yours?” In the same way, the land is in motion (although far more slowly), and similar reasoning results.

  • These concepts can result in problems when Dolphins interact with other lifeforms. On starships, for instance, Dolphin passengers have been known to take objects (such as jewelry) which appealed to them, without asking permission if the object did not seem to be currently in use. If confronted with the “theft”, they gladly admit to it and cheerfully return the object as long as they have finished “using” it. Dolphins who have spent a great deal of time among other races eventually learn that this is considered improper behavior by many others.
  • At this point, they usually modify their behavior and ask to use things which others seem attached to. In such cases, they see this as a game they must play in order to “fit in”.
  • The actual number of individual Dolphins varies widely from world to world. On Terra, the original dolphins are extinct (they still thrive on a few other worlds, though) and the latest census counted about 2.5 million Dolphins.

Goals (Motivation)[edit]

No information yet available.

Expectations[edit]

No information yet available.

Traditions[edit]

Dolphins seem to have a natural sense of altruism, which is widespread throughout Dolphin communities.

Belief System & Philosophy (Mindset)[edit]

No information yet available.

Philosophy[edit]

No information yet available.

  • Attitudes?

Belief System[edit]

No information yet available.

  • Religion?

Interventionary Stance[edit]

No information yet available.

  • [tribalism vs. galactism]

Culture & Society (Ethnology)[edit]

No information yet available.

Social Organization: 1116[edit]

Dolphins do not usually gather in large communities, but live in extended family groups of between 15 and 20 individuals. Family groups interact frequently, and it is not uncommon for two or more of them to dwell very near to one another.

  • They simply do not have a structural society such as envisioned by humans and others.

Cultural Hierarchies: 1116[edit]

This species ranks its members in the following manners:

  • No information yet available.

Language (Linguistic Sophontology)[edit]

The Dolphin language is sometimes called Delphinic Trinary in reference to its' three-layered logic system. Trinary is a complex aural language of acoustic signals, of which there are two types called clicks and whistles.

  • Dolphins are also capable of learning the sign language of Solomani Humaniti. However, while Dolphins can understand the visual nature of sign language, they must use mechanical hand devices to communicate using sign language. Many Waldos have these devices built into them for this purpose. Additionally, Dolphins use a language called Primal Delphinic, which harkens back to their pre-sophontic days as highly intelligent animals.
  • However, in practice, Dolphins use Language Translators, or computer language translators (CLT's), to communicate with other sophonts. Apart from learning the their native languages of Delphinic Trinary and Primal Delphinic, the vast majority of Dolphins also learn Terran English and Galanglic. This is due to Galanglic's status as an interstellar trade language and the very close relationship that most Dolphins have with the Solomani.

Language & Letters (Communication)[edit]

This species uses the following types of language to communicate:

  • No information yet available.

Aesthetics (Symbology)[edit]

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

  • No information yet available.

Morality (Ethics)[edit]

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

  • Altruism

History (Archaeological Sophontology)[edit]

This species has had a relatively short history and is widely known for their keen astrogational skills.

  • Dolphins have one of the finest sets of 3D navigational senses known within Charted Space.

Historical Eras[edit]

No information yet available.

History: General Overview[edit]

The natural evolution of cetaceans on Terra is still something of a mystery, even to sciences of the 57th century (Terran dating). However, their “uplifting” to sentient status is well documented. The Solomani corporation GenAssist, established to adapt Terran native lifeforms to alien climates, saw a need for creatures that could assist in colonizing and developing worlds with high hydrographic percentages.

  • To that end, GenAssist began research on dolphins during the Rule of Man. As other species were dropped from Gen Assist’s overall project, the dolphins had the full attention of the company trained on them, and rapidly attained true intelligence.
  • In -1988, just prior to the collapse of the Rule of Man , a handful of Dolphin colonies were seeded along the rimward frontiers of what is now the Solomani Sphere.
  • In the centuries since, the Dolphins have proved themselves to be fantastically adaptive and very loyal to the Solomani government. The reason for their loyalty has very little to do with political philosophies, as Dolphin psychology is radically different from their human patrons. Rather, each and every Dolphin is acutely aware that the Solomani gave them the gift of sentience, and they feel indebted to the Terrans for this. The Solomani have not discouraged this way of thinking; in fact, they have fostered it.

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 [blank].

Government & Politics (Leadership)[edit]

Dolphins are not politically organized as a species.

  • Most dolphins are citizens of other governments, usually those of humans.
  • In most cases, colony worlds composed primarily of Dolphin settlers are classified by the Scouts as Government code 0 (anarchy).

Military & Intelligence (Force Projection)[edit]

Dolphins are not politically organized as a species and thus function as parts of other species' militaries.

Business & Trade (Economy)[edit]

Dolphins, as a generality, have difficulty understanding interstellar trade.

  • Few engage in mercantile vocations.

Research & Technology (Knowledge)[edit]

Dolphins seem to have a natural sense of curiosity that makes them enthusiastic research scientists.

  • Many Dolphins have been enthusiastically studying Uplift technologies and hope to develop natural manipulatory limbs.

Specialized Delphinic Technology[edit]

While Dolphins are well-adapted for aquatic environments, they are handicapped when removed from them. In order to overcome such difficulties, science has come up with a number of devices which make life much more pleasant for Dolphins who must function out of the water.

  • Travel Suit: The most important device used by Dolphins is the Travel Suit, or Tee Suit. This is the Dolphin equivalent to a Vacc Suit, and provides a super-humid environment for its Dolphin occupant. A Grav Belt and an in-built comm system allows a Dolphin to move around and communicate when out of the water.
  • Dolphin Heavy Equipment Controls: Starships are controlled by waldos or by direct cybernetic links. At TL 12, neural control plugs are available to be surgically implanted into the skull of a Dolphin, which allow various types of equipment to be interfaced by a dolphin with cybernetic datajacks. Neural control plugs allow Dolphins to control devices through direct nerve impulses.
  • Waldo: Another device important to Dolphins is the Waldo. A serious handicap which Dolphins suffer is their lack of manipulatory appendages. This is near unheard of in naturally-occurring sophont species, but is not uncommon among the Solomani’s “uplifted races”. To overcome this problem, human scientists created mechanical manipulatory devices known as waldos. Waldos act as artificial “arms”, which permit a dolphin to handle objects almost as well as humans. At TL 12, neural control plugs are available to be surgically implanted into the skull of a Dolphin. Neural control plugs allow Dolphins to control devices through direct nerve impulses. Waldos can then be plugged in, allowing them to be directly controlled by Dolphins.
  • Dolphin Null-gravity Environments: Finally, Dolphin starships have certain modifications specifically tailored to their occupants. The most instantly obvious change is that such craft maintain a zero-gravity field aboard them at all times, even while grounded, so that the crew can move freely about without Tee Suits.
  • Dolphin Humidifiers: Dolphins prefer an atmosphere with a standard oxygen-nitrogen composition, but also very humid. Dolphins emply humidifiers in any non-aquatic environment, such as aboard starships, to maintain comfortable moisture levels for Dolphin crew members, or passengers, without having to keep starship compartments flooded.

Astrography (Range)[edit]

This species can practically be found throughout parts of Charted Space where early Terran and [[Solomani members of Humaniti have ventured. This includes vast swathes of:

While most Dolphins are located within these two supra-polities, some Dolphins have ventured beyond these two demographic concentrations.

Homeworld: 1116[edit]

The homeworld of this species is:

World Listing: 1116[edit]

Dolphins can be found on the following systems and worlds:

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Aanshi  •  Agryx  •  Asteroid Belt (SR 1827)  •  Bh'ai  •  Cipatwe  •  Darina  •  Darkmoon  •  Dupligi  •  Equus  •  Foelen  •   Fonnein  •  Hamilcar  •  Ijsselmeer  •  Irphothe  •  Kikuyu  •  Loneseda  •  Matrix  •  Merope  •  Nexine  •  Occam  •  Pacific  •  Sufren  •  Terra (SR 1827)  •  Thetis  •  Vogar  •  
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Sector Listing: 1116[edit]

This species can primarily be found within Charted Space in the following locations.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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