|Homeworld location||Kilennur (world)|
|Reference||Interstellar Wars 85-86.|
The Nugiiri are a Minor Non-Human Race.
One of the most unusual races known to the Terrans are the Nugiiri. Winged bipeds with an odd mixture of lizard-like and insect-like characteristics, they mostly keep to themselves and have been difficult to investigate.
No information yet available.
The Nugiiri are hexapods, with a pair each of arms, legs, and wings. Their home world has lower gravity and a higher atmospheric density than Terra, and they can fly under such circumstances. In more Terra-like conditions, they are restricted to short-distance gliding.
The average member of the species is 50% smaller than a Human, and possesses a “hunched” quality that makes them look even smaller. Their basic external appearance is scaled and leathery, with a toothless, oval-shaped head. Their eyes are multifaceted like those of Terran insects.
The term “average member” is a bit misleading, however, as the Nugiiri possess several biologically derived castes, again similar to those of Terran insects like bees or termites. The smallest of these is barely 3’ in height, while the largest averages 6’6”. The exact nature of the castes is poorly understood, and it is not even known how many there are, but they seem to determine the individual’s role in society. A few “pre-caste” Nugiiri have been encountered, so it is known that the caste is imposed at some point prior to adulthood, but how this occurs is also unknown.
What is known of the Nugiiri past is largely conjectural, but Terran xenologists have managed to construct the following theory.
The Nugiiri appear to be native to Kilennur, a world to spinward and trailing of the Urima subsector, about a year’s travel from Terra. Their native technology varies from Vilani norms like that of no other known race; what this implies about their origins and psychology is not yet clear. They were already relatively advanced before the Vilani conquered them, and they eventually allowed themselves to be absorbed by the Ziru Sirka in return for a promise to be left in isolation on Kilennur’s southern continent. They have kept their part of the bargain in the centuries since, and are only rarely seen off their home world.
Each individual is shaped by its caste, and in most cases this severely limits its intellectual capabilities. Within the limits of the individual’s function in society, it is quite adept, but without a community to embed itself within, it is quite helpless.
Two castes are exempt from this rule. The “leader” caste is rarely encountered away from Kilennur, but possesses Human-level intelligence and flexibility. The so-called “sport” caste is even more unusual, and even more independent. Sports appear to be the Nugiiri designed to handle the unforeseen, dealing with situations that are too quick or too distant for the leader caste to handle. As this includes trading and the rare Nugiiri diplomatic mission, sports are encountered by Humans more often than any other caste. “More often” is a relative term, though, and the Nugiiri would probably never be encountered by Terrans if their home world wasn’t relatively close to Terra.
By and large the Nugiiri keep to themselves, and actively discourage contact with outsiders. Even sports encountered away from home will avoid speaking with others, and be close-mouthed about their missions when avoidance is impossible.
Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)
The homeworld of this race (sophontic species) is:
World Listing: 1105
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- John Harshman, Marc Miller. Trillion Credit Squadron (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), TBD.
- Paul Drye, Loren Wiseman, Jon F. Zeigler. Interstellar Wars (Steve Jackson Games, 2006), 85-86.
- Barnes Thomas. Trillion Credit Squadron (Mongoose Publishing, 2013), TBD.
- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science