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Base Information
Classification Omnivore/hunter
Status Minor Race
Locomotion Walker
Terrain Forest
Body Form
Confluence Non-humanoid
Bio-Identenoid Alien
Size 1.75 meters
Weight 90 kg
Languages Gurvin (language)
Social Structure Democracy
Technological Epoch TL:10-12
Psionic potential Standard
Origin World
Homeworld location Ofilaq (Folgore 0305)
StarportA Excellent: Starship Construction, Overhaul, Refined fuel
Size9 Large (14,400 km, 1.03g - 1.33g)
Atmosphere4 Thin (tainted)
Hydrographics6 Wet World 60%
Population8 Moderate (500 million)
Government2 Participating Democracy
Law3 Low Law (no automatic weapons)
Tech LevelB Average Stellar (large starships)
Primary Star F9 V
Atmosphere Thin (tainted)
Off-world presence Yes
Zoetic individuals Yes
Reference Hivers 12-13.
Canon Yes
Also see Hive Federation, Gurvin Interstellar Democratic Republic

The Gurvin are a hexapodal Semi-humanoid species of omnivore/hunter stock, which bear superficial resemblances to Terran Otters or Mink and have long been associated with the Hive Federation.

Physiology & Environment (Ecology)[edit]

Derived from hexapodal omnivore/hunter stock, they are equipped with two legs, two arms, and a middle pair of limbs which can be used as either at need. They are 1.75 meters in length from muzzle to tail.

Psychology & Philosophy (Mindset)[edit]

Gurvin are stereotypically money-oriented, and seem to have a cash fixation. They rarely do anything out of altruism, and are famous for demanding what price they will be paid for their efforts. Their culture adapted fairly readily to Hiver standards; though the Gurvin exhibit aggressive behavior, their aggression has long been channeled into economic pursuits.

Culture & Society[edit]

Gurvin females are roughly twice as intelligent as the males. This biological difference between the two Gurvin genders, greatly structures the nature of Gurvin society.


Gender has had a large effect on Gurvin culture and society:

Females, handicapped by the problems of carrying, bearing, and raising young, were forced to develop intelligence for security. Civilization was but an extension of this. Females, while child bearers, engage in far more creative and curious thought. Females write poetry, study science, ponder philosophy, and other wise engage in most of the conceptual and abstract thought in Gurvin society. Females also serve as the leaders of Gurvin Government. Females crave adventure and range far and wide across the Federation. They are most frequently encountered as merchants and business executives, but are also common in the Federation Development Agency serving as explorers.

Males, though sentient, are decidedly lacking in creativity or reasoning ability. Traditionally, Gurvin males have been hunters, relying primarily on instinct rather than intelligence. Gurvin males are rarely found away from Gurvin settlements. Gurvin males look upon themselves as providers, and maintain the Gurvin home and hearth. Gurvin males provide food, shelter, and the basic needs of life.

Social Organization[edit]

Gurvin society is very much structured upon gender distinctions with a definite biological basis to the practice. The Gurvin are interesting in that, of the two sexes, the females are roughly twice as intelligent as the males.

Government & Politics (Leadership)[edit]

Gurvin worlds are generally governed by a matriarchal representative democracy, and are known as the Gurvin Interstellar Democratic Republic.

Language & Letters[edit]

Most of the names of subsectors and planets applied to worlds in the Federation are derived from the Gurvin language, which, like the Hiver written language, is ideographic in nature and fairly easy to translate into Hiver language patterns.

  • National Language: Various
    • Primary: "Hiver Glyph"
    • Spoken: "Gurvin"


This race can primarily be found in the following areas:
Hive Federation


The homeworld of this race is:

World Listing: 1105[edit]

The following systems and worlds are associated with this race:

1 of 1 World articles in Gurvin
Ofilaq  •  
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