|Homeworld location||Garden (Reft 0435)|
|Primary Star||K4 V M4 V|
|Reference||"Adventure - Out of the Night." The Travellers' Digest 19 10.|
The Salika are upright bipeds with two arms and covered in a short, fine fur with several different colors. Their hands are long-fingered with more webbing than humans.
They are shorter lived than humans, averaging only 45-55 years.
Physiology & Environment
The Salika sun is a variable star. In their presentient phase, the Salika were repeatedly driven into the sea for survival as their land habitats dried up in the heat.
In the ice ages that followed, most of the world's life forms gathered near the equator. The legacy of this for the Salika is a physiology best adapted to cool temperate climate, and very suitable for underwater work.
Psychology & Philosophy
Salika are friendly and tolerant, and not at all prone to combat. When they find it necessary to fight to settle a dispute, they always fight bare-handed and the fight ends when one calls a halt. They spend as much time as possible swimming and diving. Intellectual games and gambling for pleasure are also popular pastimes.
The Salika came to sentience during one of the longest ice ages of all.
They developed a high level of technology (TL–11) but never developed jump drive.
As their population and industrial base increased, the need for the land and resources buried under the glaciers became acute. Failing to understand the reason for the periodic ice ages, the Salika undertook to alter their world's climate by adding CO2 to the atmosphere. This produced a pleasant temperate-to-subtropical climate for most of the world's surface.
Then the sun went into a hot phase. Within fifty years the planet was virtually uninhabitable for the Salika.
During this time, they build a large number of sublight spaceships with the ability to carry passengers for generations. These were sent out in all directions. The ships were capable of about 0.1g acceleration, and continued this until they achieved a velocity of about 0.75c. They have been traveling now for over a hundred years.
The Salika homeword has been found and is in the process of being terraformed and colonized by humans (who have named the planet Garden. The initial surveys found the remains of the recently abandoned cities and other technological infrastructure and had been making use of them.
After negotiations with local clans, the survivors were permitted to settle Aufusyah (Riftspan Reaches 1716) under Tlaukhu supervision. The Aslan were delighted with their new subjects, and their world was spared the influx of incoming Ihatei and refugees fleeing the Collapse.
Government & Law
Technology & Trade
Salika are friendly and tolerant, and not at all prone to combat. When they find it necessary to fight to settle a dispute, they always fight bare-handed and the fight ends when one calls a halt.
This race is primarily located in the following areas:
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