|Pinkel/Rull (Foreven 0136)|
|Classic Era (1115)|| |
Foreven Sector/Pinkel 0136 (C668664-7 Ag Ni Ri 502 Mn)
Pinkell is being developed as an agricultural fishing world. It has excellent stocks of edible life, most of which are based on a shelled designs with an internal skeleton, some of which grow very large. Due to some odd tectonics, much of the planets oceans are quite shallow, and extensive reefs have developed.
Pinkell is the home of an indigenous intelligent species, a reef dwelling aquatic race called the g'Wappagunda. They are solitary hijacking carnivores who specialize in taking away the prey of other carnivores, including each other. They look a little like an elongated lobster without claws, and appear extremely fierce; they can back up their fearsome looks with powerful bite attacks and slashes with the bony edges of a long, whip-like tail. They are bilateral segmented swimmers up to 60 yards long. Each of the skin covered body segments have a flattened paddle/limb on each side which is used for maneuvering; as they grow, they add more segments. A g'Wappagunda is considered adult when it grows its sixth segment, and they continue to add a new segment approximately every four years after that. Old specimens with 20 segments have been seen - there are rumors of huge ancients with twice as many segments.
The primary g'Wappagunda sense is sound, though they have normal vision as well. Their hearing works on a sub-sonic range, as do their voices, which are created in the gill chambers and have a deep, echoing quality. g'Wappagunda are fully aquatic and cannot breathe out of water, but will occasionally wiggle up onto the shallows to snatch a careless snack from the shore. They are perfectly willing to eat humans, and seem puzzled as to why that should be seen as a problem.
There are two sexes; the female spawns around 20 eggs in a crevice in the reef, which the male then fertilizes externally. Typically the pair provide extensive care after birth until the young have grown their third segment and become free swimming. The mating pair do not retain a bond after the spawn are grown, and in fact will usually migrate far apart and may never meet again; the species is extremely solitary.
g'Wappagunda have no manipulators, and while approximately as intelligent as humans, have an effective tech level of 0. They seem to be undiscriminating, and individuals have stated that they believe that physical form means nothing, and that all intelligence should be considered one species. This does mean they treat humans the way they would any other g'Wappagunda; by driving them away and stealing their food. As a species they are attentive, nosy and selfish, oblivious to the needs of others and usually quite fearless. The colonists are unsure what to do about them; while they are an intelligent species, they are also very difficult and often dangerous neighbors. Fishing ships on Pinkel are very large, and designed to intimidate the g'Wappagunda into leaving them alone. Some settlers hold the opinion that the only way to deal with a g'Wappagunda is with depth charges; at present the military governor of the colony refuses to allow this.
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