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Base Information
Classification Carnivore
Status Minor Race
Locomotion Swimmer
Terrain Ocean
Body Form
Confluence Non-humanoid
Bio-Identenoid Alien
Size 2.0 meters
Weight 100 kg
Languages Native Language
Social Structure
Technological Epoch TL:10-12
Psionic potential Standard
Origin World
Homeworld location Ugarup (Solomani Rim 0502)
StarportB Good: Spacecraft Construction, Overhaul, Refined fuel
Size8 Large (12,800 km, 0.80g - 1.08g)
Atmosphere9 Dense (tainted)
HydrographicsA Water World 100%
Population8 Moderate (100 million)
GovernmentB Non-Charismatic Dictator
LawE Extreme Law (police state)
Tech LevelC Average Stellar (robots)
Primary Star M1 V
Atmosphere Dense (tainted)
Off-world presence No
Zoetic individuals Yes
Reference Rim of Fire 34-35.
Canon Yes
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The Gurungan of Ugarup (Solomani Rim 0502) are an aquatic Minor Non-Human Race and technologically sophisticated sophonts.

Biology (Physical Sophontology)

Gurungan resemble octopus or Githiaskio, with a bulbous central body and six tentacles and grow up to two meters and 100kg. There have no internal structure, instead using internal pressure to maintain their shape. This makes them vulnerable out of the water. A lack of moisture can kill them within an hour.

Gurungan have two sexes, but the males live their existence as parasites on the body of the female. Gurungan have no eyes or other visual sensors, having evolved in the deep oceans on a world with a dim star. Instead the have a sophisticated sonar, which doubles as a speech system.

Climate & Ecotope (Environment)

This species holds the following environmental preferences:

  • Terrestrial planet (water world)
  • Temperate climate
  • Oceanic ecotopes (aquatic adaptation)
  • Standard gravity
  • Standard atmosphere

Anatomy & Physiology (Phenotype)

Sophontologists studying this species have discovered the following data.

Body Plan (Morphology)


  • Non-humanoid
  • Radial symmetry (r-ial)
  • Hexapod (6-ped)
    • 6 limbs used for locomotion-manipulation "arm-legs"
  • Body consist of one segment: central body (craniopod)
    • This segment houses all of the specie's viscera and important organs

Biochemistry (Function)

This species has a conventional carbon-water based biochemistry.

Respiration (Reaction)

This species employs a conventional respiration cycle consisting of:

  • Oxygen-nitrogen inhalant
  • Carbon dioxide exhalant

Diet & Trophics (Consumption)

This species survives using the following methods of consumption:

  • Omnivore/generalist
  • This species favors a variety of foodstuffs.

Gender & Sexuality (Reproduction)

This species has the following reproductive characteristics:

  • Two genders (male & female)
    • Strong sexual dimorphism
  • (sexual reproduction)
    • Conjugal intercourse
    • Monogamous mating system (1m:1f average)
  • Ovviparous birth
    • (Semelparous): Uses r-selection and have many offspring that require little time to raise to maturity.

History (Archaeological Sophontology)

When first contacted by the Vilani during the First Imperium, the Gurungan were only beginning their use of tools. The Vilani exploited both the Gurungan and their world. The Solomani treated the Gurungan better, but the Gurungan natural xenophobia and distrust of Humaniti keeps them enigmatic and little seen.

Military & Intelligence (Force Projection)

Their ships tend to have extremely sensitive sensors and active EMS scanners. Their targeting and fire control systems are very accurate. They prefer a multi-environmental gun ship design for security. These vessels are equally comfortable at the bottom of an ocean or hiding in a gas giant. The weapon systems are adapted to a variety of environmental conditions as well. They contract with non human firms to transport these vessels between stars as battle riders. They vary in size but most are smaller than a few thousand tons in displacement. They are described by human observers as visually non-descript/plain.


This race is primarily located in the following areas:


The homeworld of this race is:

World Listing: 1105

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

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References & Contributors (Sources)

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