Hynerian

Originally an aquatic species, Hynerians are much more comfortable in water than on land. Mature males stand well under a meter tall, with the average reaching only about 60 centimeters and about 16 kilograms. Mature females are shorter and slighter, typically about 45-50 centimeters and 13 kilograms. Hynerians have stocky bodies and short limbs, which makes movement on land difficult.

Both genders share distinctive facial features including their expressive earbrow, which shields their auditory organs and filters light and dust from their large, round eyes. An unkempt earbrow is socially unacceptable; the typical Hynerian prides himself on his appearance and keeps his earbrow well trimmed and combed. A very small central nose is located above the large mouth, which dominates the face. Hynerians’ complexions are normally greenish-grey, eye color is typically green or blue, while hair color ranges from white-blonde to a medium grey.

Hynerians are omnivorous and well known for their voracious appetites. They have an extremely complex metabolism enabling them to eat practically anything and derive nutrients from it. They process food very quickly, leading to frequent scatological side effects – belching, vomiting, and a strange flatulence composed of helium. Hynerians have a tendency to binge eat during stressful situations.

The Hynerian lifespan is quite long; both sexes can live well past 500 cycles. Given their rather luxurious lifestyle, most Hynerians make good use of this longevity and few die before reaching the age of four hundred.

Like many aquatic species, Hynerians do not bear live young. The females carry eggs inside them like most humanoids, which they lay underwater after being fertilized. A female lays dozens of eggs at a time. Gestation takes half a cycle, and each egg has only a one in ten chance of hatching due to limited fertility. Even with this limitation, however, Hynerian families are normally quite large. Hatchlings can only survive in water and must spend the first ten cycles of their lives underwater, until their limbs and lungs fully develop. Once Hynerians can breathe air, they are considered adolescents and are fully integrated into Hynerian society.

Background: Hynerians are fiercely proud of their race and heritage – as any Hynerian will gladly state, the Hynerian Empire spans thousands of planets and hundreds of races. As a people, Hynerians are acquisitive, intelligence, and generally arrogant. Though physically small and weak, Hynerians have very high technological capabilities and can defend themselves and their Empire much more adequately than expected given their humble appearance.

Hynerians love games, especially those which involve gambling. They also love to eat, which is a good thing because Hynerians have multiple stomachs and require a lot of nutrients. Most Hynerians found outside the Empire are diplomats or nobles, though the occasional soldier or rogue is also encountered.

Personality: Hynerians tend to speak loudly and often, with an assertive air of authority. Consequently, others often ignore them, right or wrong. When a Hynerian wants to be charming, however, he can be a skillful diplomat or negotiator, and most demonstrate strong intelligence. Despite their reputation, Hynerians can be as loyal to friends or causes as any other species. Hynerians put a great deal of importance on possessions, tying it to their self worth, so many of them focus on the acquisition of wealth.

Hynerian Species Template
Attributes
  • Fitness 1(4)
  • Coordination 2(5)
  • Intellect 2(6)
    • Logic +1
  • Presence 2(5)
    • Willpower +1
  • Psi 0(5)
  • Force 0(5)
  • Essence 0(5)
Skills
  • Culture: Hynerian 2(3)
  • History: Hynerian 1(2)
  • World Knowledge: Hyneria 1(2)
  • Athletics (Swimming) 2(3)
  • Gaming 1(2)
  • Choose One of:
    • Bargain 1(2)
    • Diplomacy 1(2)
Typical Traits
  • Language: Hynerian (Fluent/R/W) (+4)
  • Amphibious (+2)
  • Asset: Throne-Sleds (+2)
    • Most high-ranked Hynerians make use of a special hover-chair called a ‘Throne Sled’ to facilitate movement. With the Throne Sled, the Hynerian may move normally at 12 meters per round. The sled is capable of vertical flight as well, perhaps as high as a few hundred feet (depending on the sled).
  • Night Vision (+2)
  • Resistant: Poison (+3)
  • Universal Digestion (+2)
  • Domineering (-1)
  • Gluttony (-1)
  • Greedy (-1)
  • Special Movement (-2)
    • Because of their small size and weak legs, Hynerians can only move up to 3 meters per round at normal speed while on dry land. However, in water, Hynerians can swim at 10 meters per round at normal speed.

Hynerian

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