Campaign of the Month: January 2012
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Cereans are a sophisticated and cultured humanoid species native to Cerea, a world on the fringes of known space. Their elongated heads distinguish them from most other humanoid species.
Cereans established contact with the rest of the galaxy shortly before the Galactic Republic was transformed into the Empire, swiftly gaining fame as expert astrogators, cryptographers, and economists. Few patterns or trends escape the notice of a Cerean.
Cerean society is matriarchal, and the Cerean culture’s traditional values emphasize living in harmony with nature and minimizing any impact on the environment from technology. The peaceful philosophies of the Jedi appeal to Cereans, and many join the Order.
Personality: Cereans tend to be calm, rational, and extremely logical.
Physical Description: Cereans average about 2 meters tall, with elongated craniums housing binary brains. They have a maturity rate and life span similar to those of Humans.
Homeworld: The blissful planet Cerea
Languages: Cereans speak, read, and write Cerean and Basic
Example Names: Ki-Adi, So Leet, Sylvn, Ti-Dal, Maj-Odo
Adventurers: Cereans who become adventurers do so in spite of their peaceful traditions. Still, when a cause or situation leads down this path, a Cerean tries to keep these traditions intact, avoiding aggression when possible. The binary brain allows a Cerean to constantly weigh both sides in any disagreement and give two points of view equal consideration. This ability extends even to issues surrounding the Force, and a Cerean Force-user often contemplates the light side and the dark side simultaneously.
- Fitness 2(5)
- Coordination 2(5)
- Intellect 2(6)
- Logic +1
- Presence 2(5)
- Psi 0(5)
- Force 0(5)
- Essence 0(5)
- Culture: Cerean 2(3)
- History: Cerean 1(2)
- World Knowledge: Cerea 1(2)
- Athletics 2(3)
- Craft: Any 1(2)
- Projection 1(2)
- Language: Cerean [Fluent/R/W] (+4)
- Language: Galactic Basic [Accented/R/W] (+3)
- Organ Redundancy (+2)
Legend has it that the ancient founder of Cerea’s planetary leadership, Bi-Dar Tyunda, created the art form of etching ornate, intricate patterns into multi-hued kasha crystals found only on the Cerean homeworld. Scribing specific patterns into the crystsl’s facets allows the artist to harness the crystal’s natural harmonic energy, which helps calm emotions and clear the thoughts. Cerean meditation crystals are found in most homes on Cerea.
The shyarn (an old Cerean word for ‘dancer’) is a light, curved sword favored by Cereans for traditional honor duels. Metalsmiths trained in ancient methods forge the silver-hued scimitar using a magnetic bonding process and unique metals found on Cerea. Hundreds of shyarn-ado schools exist to train duelists in proper use of the sword, which most agree takes a lifetime to master.
When one shyarn strikes another, the vibrations and contact can create a powerful temporary magnetism that links the blades. This keeps the duelists locked together, dancing and twirling to avoid slicing jabs in a deadly ballet until one duelist breaks the lock to maneuver for another attack. For reasons known only to Cerean metalsmiths, the alloys in a shyarn are not magnetically attracted to any other metals.