Greater Magellanic Cloud Sophont
|Status||Minor Human Race|
|Primary Star||B4 V A4 V|
|Reference||Greater Magellanic Cloud Campaign|
|Also see||Greater Magellanic Cloud|
The Efrip are unmistakable Human. However there are a number of noticeable difference from Humans of Terran stock. The average Efrip is shorter and stockier than the average Terran; and they posses a layer of fat which acts as effective insulation from extreme cold. They have a faster metabolism than Terrans, with an average heartbeat of about 83 per minute against the Terran average of 75. They have a higher occurrence of left handedness. Around one third of all Efrip are left handed, with a significant proportion (around 8%) being ambidextrous. The Efrip eye is superior to that of Terrans in bright light but inferior in subdued lighting conditions. The Efrip are able to metabolise certain proteins indigestible by other Humans. The average Efrip gestation period is 43 weeks as compared with the average Terran of 40 weeks. Most of these are undoubtedly adaptations due to the alien nature of their homeworld.
History & Background (Dossier)
The available evidence indicates that the initial Efrip were transplanted to the heavily glaciated smaller northern continent (Akhoslfewn) of Efripzond. The environment here is harsh and unforgiving; and without question the Efrip would have found survival difficult here. However by -45,000T the Efrip had evolved a stable nomadic hunter gather type culture and had spread to cover most of Akhoslfewn. Numerous ‘Shangri-la’ type valleys are dotted around Akhoslfewn and these played a prominent role in the development of the Efrip. Initially the Efrip only used these valleys as temporary stopping places, wintering in them and hunting the considerable herds of game which congregated there during the winter.
The first civilisation was based on a priesthood worshiping Olsfewt. The priesthood developed mathematics to predict seasons. The complex orbital dynamics of the Efrip home system lead mathematics to be developed rapidly to a high degree and from this came the development of surpluses and civil engineering to enable cities to grow. The orbital dynamics of there system is also believed to have heavily influenced the basic Efrip belief in the cyclical nature of the universe and lead to their long term view of the world.
In -1,400T the Efrip had recovered to tech level 7 and started to reach out into space with missions throughout their home system. In -1,242T the Efrip discovered jump drive and started to explore the stars around them. The first Efrip council was a centralised interstellar state, administered by a civil service bureaucracy with its capital on Efripzond. This is considered to be the golden age of the Efrip. During this period they controlled 6 sectors and colonised worlds in at least another 6, achieving an ultimate tech level of 13. However by -400T the First Efrip Council had collapsed. The reasons for this collapse are still poorly understood. The most commonly accepted theory is that the centralised nature of the administration was simply unable to effectively control such a large interstellar state. The ultimate push which ended the First Efrip Council would appear to have been an internal civil war, caused by the revolt of the Akhrini. The Council splintered, warfare and piracy became widespread and interstellar communications simply ground to a halt.
The current Efrip state (the Fourth Efrip Council) came into being in 2340T. It is again a minor interstellar state, consisting of only the core 8 Efrip worlds. Threatened by the Third Akhrini Commonality, it is generally considered to be a client state of the Magellanic Empire. Despite this, many people of Efrip decent and culture continue to exist outside of the Efrip Council; and their culture is still widespread, especially with in the Akhrini Commonality.
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