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Status Minor Human Race

(Homo sapiens darrianus)

Classification Omnivore/gatherer
Size 2.0 meters
Weight 78 kg
Homeworld Darrian (Spinward Marches 0627)
Multi-world Yes
Canon Yes
Extinct Extant
Reference Alien Module 8: Darrians

Darrians are a minor Human race, native to Darrian (Spinward Marches 0627).

Intelligent minor race of Humaniti from Darrian ( Darrian / Spinward Marches 0627). The race is not native to the world, but was placed there by the Ancients about 300,000 years ago.

Physiology & Environment

Darrians are Humans who have developed independently on Darrian. Some Solomani blood is evident as Solomani traders encountered Darrian in -1511 and provided them with sufficient technology to explore the subsector.

Physiologically, Darrians sport a number of adaptations resulting from their homeworld's environment. However most are not apparent at a glance. The noticeable differences lie in their golden pigmentation, slight build, and pointed ears. Their biology remains closely enough linked to allow interbreeding with the Solomani. Ethnic Darrians usually display a stoic, tolerant air.

The Darrian physiology is a result of adapting to the alien environment. Darrians are generally tall and thin, averaging just over 2m in height and 78kg in weight. Their most significant adaption is the ability to digest a normally indigestable amino acid native to Darrian. They are poorly insulated as they do not develop subcutaneous fat layers very readily. Instead, their metabolism adjusts quickly to the available food supply, whether feast or famine. This adjustable internal "furnace" allows Darrians to be comfortable in a much colder climate, as long as food is available.

Protomelanin skin pigmentation protects Darrians from ultraviolet radiation, without the need for acquiring a tan. It absorbs UV light without darkening in response and controls Vitamin D production in any amount of sunlight. Usual Darrian skin colour is golden or greyish tan, and their hair is white or light-toned. Intermarriage with Solomani immigrants (largely of Semitic stock) introduced somewhat ruddier skin tones based on melanin pigments or darker hair, but only one or the other skin pigments occur, not a mixture.

The low gravity of Darrian means that, on average, Darrians are weaker than Imperials. However, they have faster reaction times and acute sight and hearing. Dexterity is highly valued along with mental agility, and most educational systems in the Darrian Confederation attempt to develop both.

Certain Darrian traits have been traced to retroviruses present in the environment. A few were able to meld successfully with Terran genes and produce favourable adaptions. For instance, Darrians can metabolise and thrive on a high concentration of ozone in the high altitudes of their atmosphere.

Nearly 40% of Darrians are left-handed or ambidexterous. Equipment designs reflect this by being neutral as to handedness. The larger than average bridge between the two halves of the Darrian brain may be a cause for this trait as well as a factor in inventiveness and mathematical ability. Musical talent is also widespread.

Their homeworld is Darrian (Spinward Marches 0627).

History & Background

The Darrian Confederation is an ally of the Imperium, and has been historically opposed to the Sword Worlds and the Zhodani Consulate.

Psychology & Philosophy (Mindset)


Darrian (Sophont) Culture & Society (Ethnology)

The Darrians have a very tolerant society with inhabitants from many different cultures, who practice many different philosophies and religions (belief systems). Confederation inhabitants are known for their focus in scholastic and technological activities.

One of the primary Darrian values is a strong belief in curiosity and the scientific method. Pursuant to this value, Darrians have formed many different academic institutions, and it is a rare Darrian urban area that isn't a university town. Even some very rural areas maintain significant institutions of learning.

Darrian society is characterized more by individual's avocations than their vocations. Darrians have a keen fascination with all sorts of knowledge, encouraged by their educational system. Many Darrians develop an avocation of research, selecting a broad topic of interest and spending a lifetime following that topic.

Darrians differentiate between original and secondary research. Original research usually requires extensive equipment and supplies. Even when published, results are often not understood. Secondary research is an analysis of published information in a search for new correlations and conclusions. Many Darrians have composed at least one analysis of existing research; some become experts in their field. Every secondary researcher on Darrian dreams of making a world-shaking discovery by taking two or more published pieces of research and using them to produce wholly unexpected or previously unsuspected results.

Darrian Social Organization

POPULATION CENSUS: As of (1110), the Darrian Confederation compositionally consists of a blend of races: 60% Darrian, 20% Solomani, 8% Aslan, and 12% assorted other human races.

Government & Politics

An association of worlds, a Confederation, inhabited primarily by members of the Darrian human minor race, settled during the period -1137 to -927. The Confederation, consisting of 21 worlds, lies spinward of the Sword Worlds in the Spinward Marches.

The Darrian Confederation contains 18 worlds, all within the same subsector (...as well as another 3 worlds in a different subsector), and has a population of 17.19 billion. The Darrians control some 18 worlds known as the Darrian Confederation in the Darrian Subsector of the Spinward Marches Sector. The current capital is Mire (Spinward Marches 0527).

See Darrian Confederation for more information.

Language & Letters

The Darrian language, known as Te-Zlodh, or Te-Zapet, originally the language of the Zlodh Basin is the common language spoken by the people of the Darrian worlds.

Calendar & Timekeeping

Very little is known about how the Darrian form a calendar or mark the passing of time although it is assumed that the Darrian calendar is based upon the planetary rotation of their homeworld.

Technology & Trade

The Darrian maintain a technological level of expertise between TL 10 and TL 15. Some Darrian lead researchers have even begun to make breakthroughs classified as TL 16.

Scientific knowledge and research are the primary exports. Tourism also plays a significant role in their economy.

Darrian merchants and traders are well-known throughout the Third Imperium and beyond.

Military & Intelligence

The Darrians maintain local constabularies and a private military. The Darrian Navy is used to ensure the safety of their territory.

The Darrian Confederation is an ally of the Third Imperium, and has been historically opposed to the Sword Worlds and the Zhodani Consulate.

See Darrian Navy for more information. The Darrian 7th Armored Division is a classic example of their army units.

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