Strange unconventional life living on a technological artifact.
|Homeworld location||Sphere (Nooq 3201)|
|Reference||Alien Races 3 121-131.|
|Also see||Inheritor Sphere, Circle of the Sphere|
The Inheritors are oxopod vertebrates that breathe fluorine. An Inheritor's body is bilaterally symmetrical and serpentine, 1 to 3 meters long in an adult, ending in a further meter or two of tail. Its eight limbs perform double duty as both arms and legs – each has multiple joints, ending in eight long, dextrous fingers tipped with small suction cups, which enable the Inheritor to climb smooth walls or hang onto ceilings. They have a hammer-shaped head, with large eyes spaced on either side of the skull, which give superior peripheral vision but inferior depth perception.
The Inheritors are carbon-based, but their biochemistry is based on fluorocarbons rather than the carbon-oxygen-hydrogen chain molecules common to all terrestrial life, with liquid sulfur replacing water as the suspension medium.
An Inheritor’s body is covered in light scales formed from a flexible layer of organic plastic. The color of the scales varies – see Castes, below. The primary sense for the Inheritors is vision, which is roughly comparable to a Human’s. Secondary senses are also similar to those of Humaniti.
The Inheritors evolved inside the endless labyrinth of pressurized passages and structures that the Builders left behind on the sphereworld's inner surface. The inhabited portion of the Inheritor’s sphereworld possesses almost no gravity and a hydrogen-fluorine-sulfur tetrachloride atmosphere maintained at 0.9 atmospheres pressure with a temperature of 150°C. Because they evolved without gravity, the Inheritors are most comfortable in weightless or near-weightless conditions. They cannot tolerate gravity above 0.2 Gs without special powered exoskeletons or artificial-gravity generators.
The Inheritors evolved in and occupy the Inheritor Sphere, a partly constructed Dyson sphere on the trailing edge of charted space. It is clear the Inheritors did not build the sphere. They attribute the construction to the "Builders", a now long gone precursor race.
The Inheritors claim to be the Builders’ chosen people, created by them to inherit the sphereworld (and perhaps the galaxy). This is generally rejected by other races. Other theories have been proposed by Hiver, K'kree, and Lithkind academics. One theory is that the fluorine atmosphere was needed for certain industrial processes or experiments going on in the sphereworld, but if so, it is doubtful that the Inheritors could have evolved "naturally" from any normal Ancient specimens. It is possible, however, that their original form was a genetically engineered artificial organism, created as a servant race.
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