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Base Information
Classification Carnivore
Status Minor Race
Locomotion Walker
Body Form
Confluence Semi-Humanoid
Bio-Identenoid Alien
Size 1.9 meters
Weight 75 kg
Languages Native Language
Social Structure Autocracy
Technological Epoch TL:0-3
Psionic potential Standard
Origin World
Homeworld location Tsanesi (Reaver's Deep 1711)
StarportD Poor: No Construction, Minor Repair, Unrefined fuel
Size6 Medium (9,600 km, 0.60g - 0.81g)
Atmosphere5 Thin
Hydrographics3 Wet World 30%
Population6 Moderate (2 million)
Government3 Self-Perpetuating Oligarchy
Law6 Moderate Law (no firearms except shotguns)
Tech Level6 Pre-Stellar (nuclear)
Primary Star K7 V
Atmosphere Thin
Off-world presence No
Zoetic individuals Yes
Reference Ascent to Anekthor 40-43.
Canon No
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The Yn-tsai of Tsanesi (Reaver's Deep 1711) are a Minor Non-Human Race with a Semi-humanoid appearance and technologically primitive sophonts.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Yn-tsai are a bipedal, non-starfaring minor race, descended from carnivore stock.


They stand roughly 1.9 meters tall, and are covered with a white, gray, or golden fur. Hair on the heads is worn long and elaborately braided to denote rank and status in their society. They have seven long, nimble digits on each hand and foot, large barrel chests that compensate will for he low atmospheric pressure in which they flourish, and a broad, flat face. Nictitating membranes over their eyes give them a peculiar "eyeless stare."

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

When first contacted, the Yn-tsai were an enigma to human explorers. They do not fit into the pattern of life on Tsanesi (Reaver's Deep 1711) and could not have evolved on the planet.

A Caledonian research outpost is maintained on Tsanesi, and the world is officially listed as a Protectorate of the Principality of Caledon. Scientists continue to study the Yn-tsai in hopes of learning the secret of their origins and the explanation for certain odd facets of their culture, such as their incongruous pacifism.

Currently accepted theories hold that the Yn-tsai are descended from a slave race under the dominion of the mysterious Saie, but their origins remain a major puzzle. A few scientists maintain them to be another race transplanted by the Ancients, but evidence is against this.

Society & Culture[edit]

The first explorers found them to be a peaceful (indeed, a pacifistic) culture - odd for descendents of carnivores. They had a TL–3 culture and a feudal society.

Most noticeable of all was the fact that the Yn-tsai were terrified of "strangers beyond the sky", and regarded the first off-world visitors to their world with a mixture of fear, suspicion, and awe. Caledonian merchants, scientists, and explorers gradually won a grudging acceptance on Tsanesi, but the Yn-tsai remain reclusive, somewhat xenophobic, and few in numbers.

Government & Law[edit]

They had a feudal society.

Technology & Trade[edit]

They had a TL–3 culture. Their technology has increased over the centuries, but they still show a definite desire to avoid those elements of technology devoted to warfare or to space travel.


The Yn-tsai only maintain a planetary constabulary and possess no formal military.


This race is primarily located in the following areas:


The homeworld of this race is:

World Listing: 1105[edit]

Significant communities of this race are known to exist within the following systems and worlds:

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