Maniku (Creature) Synopsis
The Maniku is a simianoid creature known for its high intelligence. Some have argued that Maniku are sentient, while many other members of the scientific community dispute that characterization.
Maniku (Creature) Physiology & Ecology
Maniku (Creature) Life Cycle & Reproduction
Maniku (Creature) Diet & Trophics
Maniku (Creature) History & Background
Control of fire, in any atmosphere that permits it, was considered a definite mark of sentience until the Maniku were found on Kimu in the Daibei Sector. These primates observed that lighting-caused fires roasted the pods of a tree whose pods were poisonous when raw. The Maniku began carrying torches from these fires to set off other patches of trees. Unfortunately this also sets off brush fires and trims the Maniku population somewhat. The Maniku are not sentient despite their use of fire. The definition was revised to the ability to make a new fire from scratch.