Lurian

Lurians are natives of Luria IV [or simply ‘Luria’], a Class M world in the Luria system in the Ionite Nebula. Luria is described as a hot and swampy world; Lurians are known to sleep in ‘beds’ or hot, muddy water. The Lurians are a peaceful people with no taste for conquest or imperialism; they have no territory outside of their home system. However, they have colonized several other planets and moons within that system.

Lurians have a remarkable physiognomy that includes two stomachs, two hearts, and duplicates of several other vital organs. As a result they are not only more resistant to damage than most species, but are also able to withstand poisons and other toxins much better. They are able to store liquids in their second stomach for many years if necessary.

The average Lurian is approximately the same height as the average Human [perhaps an inch or two taller], but has a much broader and heavier body. Lurians are grayish – or tan – skinned beings descended from mammals. Their most noteworthy feature is their narrow, elongated heads. They have wide mouths, puggish noses, and small, deep-set eyes. They are suited for a wide variety of professions, know many different skills, and are found all over the galaxy. They work as traders, mercenaries, diplomats, scholars, and a thousand other professions.

The Lurians are an ancient species descended from a toad-like mammal living in the primeval swamps of their homeworld. Luria is a hot, humid, marshy world where civilization had a difficult time taking hold. However, once it did, the Lurians quickly united under the banner of their royal family, the Gheljiar. The Gheljiar have ruled the Lurians for the past several thousand years, although there have been periods when other houses or political powers threatened their rule. Luria has never been conquered by an outside power, for it has few resources of interest to other species.

This lack of resources drove the Lurians out into the galaxy soon after they developed space travel. They were able to colonize some of the other planets in their system, from which they mined metals to build more spaceships [metals are uncommon and difficult to mine on Luria; most objects there are made of wood]. During their early explorations of space they encountered the Romulans and began trade relations with them. This gave them access to warp technology.

Although Lurians belong to many different professions, most other inhabitants of the galaxy know them best as traders. Because Luria is resource-poor, it needs to trade for raw materials and other goods, and thus has become a hub of galactic commerce. The House of Gheljiar has become quite wealthy as a result.

Lurians tend to have large families. Households often contain a dozen or more children. Parents dote on their offspring, who in return are expected to revere their parents. Population pressures combined with economic motivations force many Lurians off their homeworld and out into the greater galaxy. The royal family is particularly large; there are so many minor princes, princesses, and cousins of lesser nobility that most Lurians lose count. Each royal child is valued, though, and receives a stipend from the Royal Exchequer.

It is the Lurian custom to bring food and drink to a funeral to sustain the deceased in the afterlife.

Lurian Species Template
Attributes
  • Fitness 3(5)
    • Vitality +1
  • Coordination 2(5)
  • Intellect 2(5)
  • Presence 2(5)
  • Psi 0(5)
  • Force 0(5)
  • Essence 0(5)
Skills
  • Culture: Lurian 2(3)
  • History: Lurian 1(2)
  • World Knowledge: Liria IV 1(2)
  • Athletics 1(2)
  • Bargaining 1(2)
  • Planetside Survival [Swamp] 2(3)
Typical Traits
  • Language: Lurian [Fluent/R/W] (+4)
  • Organ Redundancy (+2)
  • Obligation: Various Family Obligations (-2)
Example Names

Lurinas favor short, monosyllabic names such as Morn, Det, and Goud. They have no surnames.

Lurian

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