|Homeworld location||Delta Retigulii-3|
|Reference||Aliens Archive 83-89.|
The Providers are an aquatic race that dominates their water world. The Providers have developed an advanced form of genetic engineering, and practiced this for hundred of thousands of years. Every life form on their homeworld has been engineered for a specific purpose by the Providers.
Providers are large creatures, roughly spherical, between 1.4 and 1.8 meters in diameter. The main body is a mostly transparent sack of gelatin, revealing the various organs and the brain cluster at the base.
They also have dozens of danging tentacles, up to three meters long, which serve as manipulator limbs. The shorter ones extending up to one meter from the base of the body gather food and manipulate objects. The longer ones have little strength but can be extended up to three meters.
Providers have three water jets at the base of the gelatin sack for propulsion.
Historical record show the Providers appear on their world about 500,000 years ago. There is little archaeological to show their evolutionary path.
Providers are the apex predators on their world, which otherwise lacks large or sophisticated life forms. From this Providers lack a sense of fear and flight. Since the Providers do not require others of their species to reproduce, this also leads to a strong sense of individualism.
Providers are mute, lacking any sound making organ. They communicate via a sign language using their tentacles.
Provider society is an interesting balance between the individualism and the desire to be dominate. When most Providers spawn, they embed a sense of loyalty to their parent in their offspring.
This situation is not stable. The individualism of the offspring grows over time, becoming unrest until a rebellion occurs. This situation breaks out into open warfare, known locally as the Servile wars, every three to six generations in each community. The offspring breed special war animals which assault and kill the parents. The community then disintegrates as the offspring go their separate ways.
Research and technology
Provider technology is based purely in biological forms. They have managed to create a set of organic structures that have limited grav ability. Beyond this their technology is primitive, without fire, metallurgy, or other medical advances. For most technological items, there are specific creatures created to fulfill specific needs or desires.
Providers are largely limited to their homeworld. They require special transport facilities to keep them humid, or large holding tanks. They can not use Low Berths, and strongly dislike Jump space travel