|Homeworld location||Alamo Ismat (Beyond 1805)|
|Primary Star||F2 V M2 V|
|Reference||Michael J. Maley - High Tortuga|
Vujliops are peaceful but find non-vujliops, particularly humanoids, extremely gross and horrific, and tend to avoid outside contacts except for a few diplomats (Vujliops who have developed the tolerance and liaison skills).
Physically, Vujliop are weaker than humans but more dexterous. Their eyesight is equal to humans, though their multiple eye-stalks can give them 360 degrees sight ( -2 to difficulties involving eyesight). They are a psionic race, possessing Telepathy, though a few rare individuals also possess Awareness and Telekinesis.
Physiology & Environment (Ecology)
They resemble large (1.0 m long) red/yellowish slugs with 3-6 eye-stalks and 4-7 tentacles.
Vujliop are sexually variable, altering sex between male & female when the mood or necessary moves them. It is impossible to tell male or female apart without internal examination or asking the Vujliop. Adults are monogamous, each parent producing an equal number of live offspring (most parents average about four children each, each baby being 6mm long). This sexual flexibility is reflected in their gods, which are also both male and female.
Their outstanding characteristic is Guja, a fatty substance found beneath their outer protective skin which exudes an anti-radiation coating to protect them. Guja is also found on the other mollusks and related species on their planet. Guja developed as a result of Alamo Ismat's exposure to solar radiation during its evolution. It has also allowed the the Vujliop to exploit planets too irradiated for normal lifeforms.
Vujliops are scavenger/generalists and opportunistic fungivores. They feed on a broad spectrum of organic materials, including plant matter, funguses, and even carrion. Sometimes Vujliops engage in predatory behavior and eat other mollusks, insects, and small animals.
Besides the respiratory problems most oxygen breathers have with chlorine, Vujliop also suffer skin damage (the skin actually rots & sloughs off the Vujliop) when exposed to chlorine atmosphere or to even chlorinated water. Thusly, Vujliop avoid such contact or wear protective suits.
Psychology & Philosophy (Mindset)
Vujliops, though a peaceful life form, is by and large xenophobic towards sentients that are not similar to themselves, especially bipedal lifeforms such as Humaniti, Aslan, Toishani, and the like. This is due to a cultural aesthetic bias amounting to a major phobia that finds non-vujlioplike lifeforms incredibly hideous. Oddly enough, this phobia doesn't extend to non-sentient lifeforms, which the Vujliop find to be unpleasantly ugly. The few Vujliop that develop a tolerance for non-vujliop sentients are normally enlisted into diplomatic careers, handling all dealings (political, trade, etc.) with outsiders. Despite this xenophobia, many have tried to hire Vujliop for training in engineering jobs because of their radiation resistance. An odd side to this phobia is the import of human (or similar creatures) videos as horror films.
First contact came from scout/belters of the Mannheim family (Gasthof/Die Weltbund) in 567, though the scouts found no intelligence life. Specimens brought back from this foray were dissected and guja was discovered, causing the Mannheim to send hunters to establish trade posts. In the rush to capture, kill & collect guja, several Vujliops were killed, skinned for their guja, and the Vujliops responded with finely trained TL–5 troops killing, capturing, or driving off the Die Weltbunders. A spirited guerilla war was waged for 2 years, after which the Mannheims cut their losses (both to Vujliop troops & pirates).
With pirates spreading the news about guja, several trading corporations tried to open negotiations with the Vujliops. In 602, the Chemical Division of Hauser Industries (Ilse/Die Weltbund) won an exclusive contract, which included 10 TL–9 SDBs & 4 200 tonne traders, and a maintenance & training contract to go with them. By careful cultivation and management, the Vujliop were by 813 able to fortify their system with seven orbital forts and a fleet of 23 SDB's manned by vujliop & alien mercs.
The crash of 984 eliminated Hauser & other Die Weltbund chemical operations, a fact that didn't displeased many the vujliop, who dislike Die Weltbund even more than most humans. Into the breach stepped Beaumonde Industries (Beaumonde/Mapepire) who made even more reasonable arrangements with the Vujliop. Beaumonde also instituted using representitives like the Tredhili or V'Tlar (also human using holo-disguises) who are more pleasing to the Vujliop senses of beauty.
With demands for guja rising (along with population), the Vujliop in 1046 arranged with Parallel Lines transport to suitable irradiated planets for colonization. In 1056, the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service made contact with the Vujliop, followed a diplomatic mission in 1058. Alamo Ismat is now a client state of the Third Imperium. This is important with a resurgent (if more impoverished) Die Weltbund. The Vujliop clans have issued letters of marque against Die Weltbund vessels.
Culture & Society (Ethnology)
Vujliops when their sense of aesthetics aren't aroused can be very curious folk. To exist among ugly bipedal mammal, bird, or similar forms requires taking a lot of tranquilizers unless the Vujliop has tolerance (similar to the Aslan tolerance). They tend to be clannish & socialize with others only on holy festivals or for political meetings.
Socially, Vujliop are perverse, being rude to beings (including other Vujliop) they like, and friendly those they despise. Vujliops also keep no pets, since they see animals as either food or raw materials, thinking it weird for any true sentient to show affection to a non-sentient life form.
Vujliop other than protective gear wear no clothing but will adorn themselves with bright, ornate straps for carrying containers, personal items, weapons, or tools. Their aesthetic nature makes all Vujliop artisans, whether craftsman, painter or sculpture, & even if the art seems weird to non-vujliop eyes, even the most jaded will find even the least talented vujliop's work interesting. Everything a Vujliop owns will also be very decorated (even if overdone by human standards), even weapons and war vehicle will be very smartly camouflaged. Vujliop art has an extensive offworld market, extending even to the Spinward Marches & the Aslan Colonial states.
Vujliops also cannot tell a lie, and will always make a commentary if they find an object/person ugly or beautiful since they consider themselves the arbiters of art fashion.
Chief among this gods currently is Vikli, the god of radiation, represented by a symbolized aurora borealis. His main adherents among the mercantile class, due to the wealth and power (the merchants dominate society) that the sale of cultivated & harvested guja to off-worlders have given the race. Other gods include Chas-Quotdon, god of storms (represented by a storm cloud & lightning flashes), Fhosayu, god of aesthetics (symbol is a Vujliop in multi-hued electric colors),Mkre, god of fertility (represented by a greenish-blue Vujliop surrounded by myriads of young). Mkre was before off world contact the most important deity.
Vujliops live in homes excavated out of the earth, invisible from the outside, completely heated and air-conditioned depending on the season. All desks, tables & the like all sit low since the Vujliop posses no form of chairs. Beds consist of soft cushions in a variety of shapes. Homes are decorated in bright, electric, colors that Vujliops find pleasing & relaxing.
Government & Politics (Leadership)
They possess no governmental structure other than family clans which cooperate closely to each other due to their cultural drive to do so. Any important business is handled by the elders of each family meeting in council halls to discuss & vote.
Interstellar Relations: 1105
Technology & Trade (Economy)
The Vujliop have traveled and settled many radiation-tainted planets where they raise Guja 'Cattle' for export.
This race is primarily located in the following areas:
The homeworld of this race is:
World Listing: 1105