"Strange ammonia-breathing sophonts"
|Homeworld||Degushush (Dagudashaag 1302)|
|Reference||Periodical: Signal-GK Issue #4|
The Zirduluush are a minor sophont species native to Degushush (Dagudashaag 1302) and a ammonia-breathing jovionoid-like floater living on a terrestrial world. The name was given to them by the Vilani and translates as "Strange Ones."
Their bodies are upright cones, mottled in colour, that measure about 3.0 meters in height. Their leathery skin is coated in a mucus slime that protects against the corrosive effects of their world’s atmosphere.
On the base of the body is a mouth surrounded by a mass of hundreds of rope-like feelers, each capable of extending out to about a metre to snag prey. Each feeler is equipped with biological lasers that can sense organic material in the wind.
Mounted on the "legs" of the body are a collection of tiny but sensitive ears on long stalks: the Zirduluush are blind and have no sense of smell.
Internal gas sacs allow them to float just above the level of the ground with its feelers trailing in search of food.
Research has shown that they utilize atmospheric ammonia when breathing.
The hostile atmosphere of their homeworld presents the biggest problem to accurate research into the Zirduluush - it quickly destroys any dead organic material which has made further research into the physiology and evolutionary history of the race difficult.
Relatively few observations into their psychology or social structure have been achieved due to the difficulties in involved in maintaining accurate long term contact.
Society & Culture
To human eyes the Zirduluush are primitive and warlike. The race shows very little interest in Humaniti, although they have been known to attack vehicles and remote communications towers.
They seem to live in small nomadic family groups which scavenge for food on the rugged badlands and arid plains of their world.
It is generally not believed that the Zirduluush have not formed the concept of a government yet.
It is not known how the Zirduluush communicate or of they have a developed language, although researchers assume that a possible Zirduluush language would be oral (aural) in nature.
It is unknown how the Zirduluush form a calendar or track time.
Technology & Trade
The Zirduluush are a primitive species with very little use of technology. They exist at around the TL 0 to TL 1 level.
The Zirduluush are largely ignorant of galactic culture and exist at a subsistence level with little to no trade.
The Zirduluush are aware of the human presence on their world. Some Imperial sociologists conjecture that the Zirduluush must regard the human presence on their world as the intrusion of demons or gods.
It is generally not believed that the Zirduluush have formed the concept of a military yet.
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