Campaign of the Month: January 2012
Star Trek Late Night
An evolved herd herbivore ‘uniped’ lifeform, the Inoi’s most distinctive feature is their single trunk leg: a thick single leg that, with complex musculature and skeletal structure, is balanced and strong to such a degree that a Inoi ‘hopping’ moves as quickly as a human when walking, but when flat-out running, Inoi tend to move much faster. Obviously, their sense of balance is superior.
Their upper structure is vaguely humanoid, though their two arms end in flat, leaf-shaped manipulators that, while one surface, are capable of contractions and rippling that mimic about the same manipulation as that of most humanoids, with a slightly less accurate manual dexterity. Their heads are hairless (indeed, their bodies are hairless), and slightly elongated (as if ‘pinched’ and drawn forward), with small holes for ears on either side of their cranial area, two large eyes with pale green irises which darken as the Inoi ages, and a wide slit mouth with a pair of slender tongues that work together, along with hard tooth-like ridges, to masticate food.
- Fitness 2(5)
- Vitality +1
- Coordination 2(5)
- Reaction +1
- Dexterity -1
- Intellect 2(5)
- Presence 2(5)
- Psi 0(5)
- Force 0(5)
- Essence 0(5)
- Culture: Inoi 2(3)
- History: Inoi 1(2)
- World Knowledge: Al’Ino 1(2)
- Science: Any 1(2)
- Athletics (Running) 1(2)
- Weaponry: Pole Weapons (Inoi Staff) 1(2)
- Language: Inoi (Fluent/R/W) (+4)
- Excellent Chemoreception (+1)
- Synergy (+3)
The Inoi evolved from a herd species, and it shows in their mentality: they work incredibly well with others, and indeed seem to function better in groups than individually. ‘Loneliness’ means something truly terrifying to an Inoi.
Inoi all learn to wield short staves as part of their childhood (as well as running and sprinting games, and races). These staves were originally part of mating competitions, where various herd would clash with clubs and sticks for the right to supremacy among the herd, but the stick-fighting has evolved to a form of martial combat that borders on artistic dancing. It is also, of course, a bludgeoning weapon attack that can be quite lethal in the hands of a truly trained Inoi warrior.
Another throwback to their evolution, Inoi have a remarkable sense of smell.
The Inoi of the current day in the Federation find themselves somewhat set apart. Greatly outnumbered by bipedal lifeforms, the Inoi often feel more comfortable in environments of vary varied alien species: of note is their cordial – even polite – alliance and treaties with the Sheliak. Their slightly less delicate manual dexterity originally limited them somewhat in the great space-faring races, but upon creation of their first warp ships, they traded with other species, learned new technologies, and have since created interfaces that optimize their slightly clumsy ‘hands’.