Homo neanderthalensis ziaddii
|Status||Minor Human Race|
|Homeworld location||Zeda (Dagudashaag 0721)|
|Primary Star||K4 V|
|Reference||"Contact: Ziadd." Signal-GK 09 3-14.|
Ziadd are descended from Homo Neanderthalensis, taken from Terra by the Ancients sometime after the year -400,000. Their ancestors were transplanted to Zeda in Dagudashaag Sector. Ziadd have been extensively geneered.
Ziadd are generally mesomorphic, with thick ridges of bone above the eyes, a pronounced jaw and eyelids that exhibit an epicanthic fold, typical of Terrans of oriental descent. A transparent membrane covers the eye and the nose contains a gas permeable membrane to keep out dust. A similar membrane protects the ear. The arms are longer and more heavily muscled than those of baseline humans. The hands consist of two thick fingers and a thumb, with each digit mutually opposable. The feet end in two prehensile toes. Ziadd are extremely strong.
The head, shoulders and back are covered in a thick mane and both sexes grow extensive fine hair over their entire body. The most noticeable difference is the skin: the surface epidermis, where it is visible, is coarse and thick and helps to protect against windblown dust. In addition, Ziadd display stripes. This is as a result of the pigment melanin being concentrated in bands running across the body: a small percentage have a mottled coloration instead. Some Imperial geneticists have proposed that the striped coloration of the Ziadd represent a variation of the usually invisible Blaschko's lines found in homo sapiens and may have been a recessive trait already present in Terran Neanderthals, similar to albinism. The question is currently unresolved.
The Ziadd possessed a complex technological society and many languages by the time they were contacted by the Vilani during the First Imperium. They expanded out to the stars during the Rule of Man, carrying their diverse culture with them. The main spoken language is Klatha'sh.
Psychology & Philosophy (Mindset)
As a race the Ziadd tend to be individualistic and are often motivated by personal or family honor. Most feel a strong bond to a particular geographical area. They see the community as an ideal that has to be protected, though this is a complicated concept: it includes such things as a nomadic family, an individual community, organization or nation, or even a world.
Ziadd are by nature aggressive. They tend to launch into an attack, either physically or verbally, rather than looking for a peaceful solution to a problem. Tact is necessary in many situations but force is preferred.
Ziadd are intensely aware that they represent the last of their particular branch of Terran hominids - their species no longer exists on Terra, the ancestral homeworld, except as a few fossil remains. However, their primeval "rivals", modern humans, continue to expand unchecked throughout Charted Space.
Social status is affected by physical strength. Ziadd tend to act in a haughty manner toward those who appear weaker and deferentially to those who are stronger. They are aloof towards strangers and treat them as inferiors until they have proven their worth.
Ziadd structures tend to be solid and blocky and are usually heavily decorated. Many fly flags and banners declaring allegiance and status.
The Ziadd have a strong drinking culture. One of the more popular beverages is a rancid-smelling beer made from Davizi Maize.
Government & Politics (Leadership)
Business & Commerce
This race is primarily located in the following areas:
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