Homo sapiens atuakhterle
|Status||Minor Human Race|
|Homeworld location||Atuakhtea (Hlakhoi 2008)|
|Primary Star||M0 V|
|Reference||Solomani & Aslan 49. - [T]|
Physiology & Environment
Atuakhtea is a world with a very eccentric orbit, and the planet undergoes severe climactic shifts. The Murrissi were engineered for these shifts, and the very dry conditions of the worlds deserts. Their skin consists of hardened, overlapping plates or scales, about half a centimeter in length, that cover the body from head to toe. These plates both protect the individual from sand and dirt, and provide a cooling and heating mechanism. This body armor, and pronounced foreheads and oversized smiles make them macabre in appearance to most other humans that encounter them, who often refer to them as "Skeletors." Adult Murrissi develop oversized fingernails intended by their masters for burrowing and excavation work.
History & Background (Dossier)
Murrissi are renowned for their almost inhuman patience. Time moves very slowly for this long lived (300-350 standard years) subspecies. Sexual maturity comes late to them, and their birthrate is imperceptible. Projects and career advancement can take centuries. Their high endurance permits them to go without sleep for periods of up to five or six normal days, without sign of adverse fatigue. Most cultural encounters can take days to complete, and their slow pace can madden most off-world visitors.
Most Murrissi congregated in small nomadic tribes that wandered the world, after the Final War, looking for food and water. In spite of their nomadic primitivism, they developed a complicated culture based upon an advanced system of written and pictographic representation. The various tribes hold a large impact spike (created by Ancient bombardment) as their holy lands, and kept their holy and sacred texts and law books here for safekeeping. Every fifteen years a caretaker tribe was chosen to inhabit the "speaking mountain", protect and maintain the books, and to "speak" for the sacred lawgivers hidden in the depths of the planet that dispensed these laws. Envoys from the Speakers have their "skin" dyed in gaudy colors, and touching or molesting them is punishable by death, even though they often act imperiously or bizarrely as dictated through their duties. At the end of the fifteen years, the caretaker tribe executes its oldest and senior members, destroys most of its possessions, and is driven into exile for another fifteen year period, and are subjected to ritual humiliation and penitence by the other tribes for its duration.
The race was contacted by Aslan of the Tralyeaeawi clan around -740, and willingly submitted to their control. The Murrissi's legendary patience, and mastery of abstract information made them in high demand by female members of the clan looking for non-Aslan to assist them in business and economic affairs. As a result most members of the race were regarded as female by other Aslan they encountered, though this did not seem to worry them. When the Collapse reached their part of Hierate around late 1131, a sizeable part of the population fled Vampire Fleets then rampaging in Hlakhoi, and made their way across the Rift to the Colonies. The local Tralyeaeawi lords refused to recognize their bonds of fealty, and they were refused haven within their territories. Angered by such dishonor, and recognizing the usefulness of an alliance, the Khaukheairl clan granted them sanctuary in their territories. Murrissi are now concentrated among "female" jobs in the clan, and are frequently encountered by human merchants and diplomats.
This race is primarily located in the following areas:
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