Gurvin

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Gurvin
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Canon Yes
Classification Omnivore/hunter
Extinct Extant
Gravity
Homeworld Ofilaq (Folgore 0305)
Language {{{lang}}}
Multi-world Yes
Psi Potential Standard
Reference Hivers 12-13.
Size 1.75 meters
Status Minor Race
Weight 90 kilograms

The Gurvin are a hexapodal Semi-humanoid species of omnivore/hunter stock, which bear superficial resemblances to Terran Otters or Mink and have long been associated with the Hive Federation.

Physiology & Environment (Ecology)[edit]

Derived from hexapodal omnivore/hunter stock, they are equipped with two legs, two arms, and a middle pair of limbs which can be used as either at need. They are 1.75 meters in length from muzzle to tail.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Gurvin are stereotypically money-oriented, and seem to have a cash fixation. They rarely do anything out of altruism, and are famous for demanding what price they will be paid for their efforts.

Psychology & Philosophy (Mindset)[edit]

Gurvin are stereotypically money-oriented, and seem to have a cash fixation. They rarely do anything out of altruism, and are famous for demanding what price they will be paid for their efforts. Their culture adapted fairly readily to Hiver standards; though the Gurvin exhibit aggressive behavior, their aggression has long been channeled into economic pursuits.

Culture & Society[edit]

Gurvin females are roughly twice as intelligent as the males. This biological difference between the two Gurvin genders, greatly structures the nature of Gurvin society.

Gender[edit]

Gender has had a large effect on Gurvin culture and society:

Females, handicapped by the problems of carrying, bearing, and raising young, were forced to develop intelligence for security. Civilization was but an extension of this. Females, while child bearers, engage in far more creative and curious thought. Females write poetry, study science, ponder philosophy, and other wise engage in most of the conceptual and abstract thought in Gurvin society. Females also serve as the leaders of Gurvin Government. Females crave adventure and range far and wide across the Federation. They are most frequently encountered as merchants and business executives, but are also common in the Federation Development Agency serving as explorers.

Males, though sentient, are decidedly lacking in creativity or reasoning ability. Traditionally, Gurvin males have been hunters, relying primarily on instinct rather than intelligence. Gurvin males are rarely found away from Gurvin settlements. Gurvin males look upon themselves as providers, and maintain the Gurvin home and hearth. Gurvin males provide food, shelter, and the basic needs of life.

Social Organization[edit]

Gurvin society is very much structured upon gender distinctions with a definite biological basis to the practice. The Gurvin are interesting in that, of the two sexes, the females are roughly twice as intelligent as the males.

Government & Politics (Leadership)[edit]

Gurvin worlds are generally governed by a matriarchal representative democracy, and are known as the Gurvin Interstellar Democratic Republic.

Language & Letters[edit]

Most of the names of subsectors and planets applied to worlds in the Federation are derived from the Gurvin language, which, like the Hiver written language, is ideographic in nature and fairly easy to translate into Hiver language patterns.

  • National Language: Various
    • Primary: "Hiver Glyph"
    • Spoken: "Gurviotic"

Technology & Trade (Economy)[edit]

Gurvin are stereotypically money-oriented, and seem to have a cash fixation. They rarely do anything out of altruism, and are famous for demanding what price they will be paid for their efforts.

Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)[edit]

This sophont species can primarily be found in the following areas:

World Listing: 1105[edit]

The following systems and worlds are associated with this sophont species:

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References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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