|Homeworld location||Ghatsokie (Deneb 0902)|
|Primary Star||K7 V|
|Reference||"Races of the Domain: The Creduthaar." MegaTraveller Journal 3 34-39.|
Physiology & Environment
The Crenduthaar are massive, powerfully built scale-armored hexapods, who average 2.5 m long and can weigh up to 500 kg. Having evolved on the planet of a dim red star, their are blind to the upper reaches of the human visual spectrum, but their large, light-sensitive eyes can also see well into the infrared spectrum. They also have a keen sense of smell.
They have long necks and double rings of teeth surrounded by a ring of narrow tendrils up to 20 centimeters long. These tendrils are used to supplement their hands for fine manipulation. Their tough, leathery scales are largest and thickest on their back and head and both thin and small on their limbs and underside. These scales evolved to protect them from both their world's frequent sandstorms and from the occasional solar flares that increase both radiation levels and temperatures. The outer edge of both of their forelimbs has a ridge of specially evolved scales that form a razor-sharp blade that hunting Crenduthaar use to bring down running prey.
The Crenduthaar are nomadic omnivores, that can run on four legs or stand on two. Their middle limbs can be used for either running or as high-strength, manipulators. They are equally comfortable standing on two or four legs, but spend most of the time on four legs.
History & Background (Dossier)
The Crenduthaar have been enslaved by the Vargr, who also occupy their homeworld.
- Expatriate Crenduthaar are found offworld in Deneb and Vargr space.
Culture & Society
The Crenduthaar farm a type of beetle (Gozurbug), that can reach several kilos in size (occasionally the size of Terran watermelon). They often eat them raw, but will on occasion use the various steam vents, hot springs, and such freely available on their homeworld to cook the gozurbugs in their own juices. This process invariably creates a somewhat alcoholic slurry inside the gozurbugs shell. The alcohol content varies wildly.
Technology & Trade
The Crenduthaar population prefers a simple, stone-age existence, TL–0 (zero), by choice, but learn technology easily enough. While the Crenduthaar prefer a stone-age existence for ideological and philosophical reasons, many Crenduthaar have shown masteries of TL–9 and TL–10 technologies.
While the Crenduthaar trade hand-crafted items, foodstuffs, and novelties among themselves, they had little idea about interstellar trade until the Vargr began enslaving them. Offworld Crenduthaar slaves have now seen and understand what trade entails and what technological societies are like. Sometimes, the Vargr have returned servant-slaves to the homeworld, who have escaped and spread this knowledge, to free Crenduthaar populations living in the Ghatsokie wild. Some have even stolen technological items, which they have shared with their free brethren along with knowledge of the outside world.
To make their way among the human worlds, Crenduthaar have learned that they need a medium of exchange. They have found that medium in Chagas Gems, a crystallized mineral salt from Ghatsokie's sunside Thaarlingst Plateau. Ranging in size from kernels of rice to a human fist, chagas gems are blood-red in color, deeply translucent, and appear to contain a pulsing inner light. Possessing a hardness of 9 (diamonds are 10) they are useful in certain industrial processes, but their greatest value lies in human appreciation of their beauty as gemstones. A small chagas might be worth Cr1,000, while a very large one might bring Cr100,000,000 or more. Crendu will offer such gems for perhaps ten percent of their market value. A few merchants and traders have become wealthy hiring their ships in exchange for "chagas bloods" or star hearts".
Anyone who owns a chagas gem is thought to have his soul linked to the destiny of Thaar. Thus, Crendu think it highly appropriate that traders or smugglers hired to run the Vargr blockade, be pair in these stones.
They also tend to be deeply disturbed by characters who take chagas gems for the promised action, then go back on that promise. The Crendu term for such creatures is Gnagash.
Military & Intelligence (Force Projection)
The Crenduthaar are a peaceful race living in low-density societies with little weaponry past an individual, tribal level. The Crenduthaar themelves rarely fight among themselves and have never required large-unit tactics, mechanized warfare, or any of the halmarks of more advanced militaries. When the Crenduthaar do fight, it is often single combat between champions rather than the more wasteful types of mas combat. With enslavement by the Vargr, the Crenduthaar are learning modern warfare and guerilla tactics, but it is a slow process.
This race is primarily located in the following areas:
- Deneb Sector
- Spinward Marches Sector
The homeworld of this race is:
Known offworld communities:
- Antra (Deneb 1808),
- Deneb (Deneb 1925),
- Ghatsokie (world),
- Inar (Deneb 1213),
- Pretoria (Deneb 0406),
- Regina (Spinward Marches 1910).
World Listing: 1105