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Jala'Lak can also be found on Giirakh (Dagudashaag 0325) where their temperament is vastly different - much more savage, even cannibalistic. Clearly they are not native to Giirakh and consequently their presence there is the subject of much debate.
Physiology and ecology
They are believed to be descended from brachiator primates but have adapted to their larger size by becoming bipeds. They manipulate with arm-like appendages but can also grasp hold with their small, thick prehensile tail. The mouth is encased within a hard beak and the eyes are located at the front of the face. They do have external ears but they are hidden under the head fur.
The entire body is covered in several layers of thick, curly fur which varies in colour from white to a dark grey. The feet are broad and circular with five toes while the hands consist of two fingers and an opposing thumb and two striking claws. The sex organs are retracted in both sexes.
The average male stands 2.2m high in a semi-erect stance and weighs in at over 80kg. The average female is slightly shorter at 1.98m but weighs over 85kg. The additional weight is located in an extra fat layer on the chest.
They apparently developed sentience about 200,000 years ago as the forests in the North died and forced the pre-Jala'Lak southwards where they found a comfortable niche at the top of the food chain and they stopped evolving. Recent studies point towards the Jala'Lak addiction for the Jhawa bud which seems to cause a mild euphoria as a possible cause. They never evolved beyond the ability to produce crude stone tools and to make fire using flint chippings.
Of the 342 words known in their extremely limited vocabulary it is believed that over 124 make reference to their rites.
On first impressions the Jala'Lak of Uaam (Dagudashaag 0940) may look extremely fierce: but are normally very passive. They are a shy yet inquisitive race much given to mimicry. Territorial disputes are settled by displays of aggression rather than aggression itself. The Jala'Lak live in harmony with the jungle. The forests they live in are filled with temples (consisting of standing stones) apparently erected to their various gods. Archaeologists believe the Jala'Lak are descended from a common ancestor with the dwarf Hala'aak since it's the only other known arboreal species on Uaam with a prehensile tail. Unfortunately due to the carnivorous nature of Uaam fauna there are no known fossil deposits containing the remains of mammals until relatively recent times.
The same cannot be said of the Giirakh Jala'lak. On Giirakh where the Jhawa bud does not exist, the Jala'Lak are faster, more vicious and are extremely aggressive including with other tribes. They are faster, more agile and extremely savage and feral in comparison. All attempts to contact the Giirakh tribes have met with extreme hostility. In addition, the race has begun to adapt to the longer summers and milder seasons by shredding several layers of fur. They have also exhibited a tendency to decorate their head fur with small twigs and bones and some tribes have taken to dye the fur of their deep purple or red. It is believed that the Jala'Lak have only been on Giirakh for about 3 to 4,000 years.
The Jala'Lak live in small family clans consisting of 3 adult males and 9 - 12 females and up to 6 pups. They are territoriality nomadic moving around within a 50km area that the females mark out with their urine. They dwell in weaved huts made from dead branches which they refurbish every time they return to that area.
Jala'lak Social Organization
The Jala'Lak appear to have primitive rites which centre around the 250+ 'temples' spread throughout the forest. These temples are perhaps the greatest mystery of the race - each is identical: two 0.5 tonne Myer stone pillars from the Northern Atlas mountain range 2,500km distant. These hand-hewed stones are set at a slant facing inwards, exactly 5.32m apart, a single one tonne blue stone pillar is set in the middle of the mound in an upright position. The two Myer pillars have been cut into a rectangular shape with the central pillar tapering slightly towards the top. Incisions have been carved into the inner face of both Myer pillars of three intersecting circles.
These temples can also be found amongst the Giirakh Jala'Lak where local stones from a mountain range 560km distant were used. How the race were able to transport the stones such a distance, how they measured the settings, how the incisions were made and why are still mysteries.
A basic translation of their language (a variation of which is common to the Giirakh Jala'Lak) has discovered that the arce identifies the temples with an entity best translated as the 'God-Creature'.
There is also the mystery of who and why such a primitive race was transported to another planet many subsectors away. Both races practice a form of crisis monotheism centred on the temples.
Government and law
Jala'Lak are a protected species. Visitors are warned that injuring or killing a Jala'Lak carries an automatic death penalty on both planets.
Research and technology
Chipped stones and fire making only.
This race is primarily located in the following areas:
References and contributors
- Steve Hatherley, Jae Campbell. "Contact: Jala'Lak". Alien Realms (fanzine) Volume 2 Issue 1. (1992): 10-12 via HIWG
- Jae Campbell. "Contact: Jala'lak." Signal-GK 01 (1989): 40-43.
- Artist: Tim Osbourne
- Jae Campbell. Encyclopaedia Dagudashaag (Signal-GK, 2017), 171.