Campaign of the Month: January 2012
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Rylans are perhaps one of the oldest species in the T’burad Expanse, with records and documents dating back almost 40,000 years. For the most part, evolution on their homeworld proceeded peacefully and naturally. The pursuit of knowledge and beauty was a driving force behind their civilization. They excelled in the realms of artistic endeavors, philosophy, architecture, and science. It was only once they reached to the stars roughly 6,000 years ago that discord and unrest reached their civilization, because it was then that they encountered the Kodan.
The violent and expansionistic Kodan caused the Rylans as a society to embrace their instinct for self-preservation, or be destroyed. After hundreds of years of war, the Rylans built their Frontier to protect them from the scourge of the Kodan. The Frontier is an energy barrier, encircling the peaceful worlds that the Rylans had contacted and befriended; it contains eight separate solar systems, and has a roughly spherical shape. The Kodan could not penetrate the Frontier, and eventually stopped attacking it. It has been a little more than 5,000 years, but the Rylans have never forgotten – neither have the Kodan.
The Rylan Concordium of Planets and the Frontier are located at the southern-most edge of the T’burad Expanse, just slightly coreward. Due to their location, they have never realy been involved with the politics of the Expanse. Although they keep mostly to themselves, they are occassionally sighted within the Expanse. The Rylans and their allies are aware of activities within the T’burad Expanse, and have had the odd skirmish with the Eagan. They find the Eagan no better than the Kodan.
The Rylans are easily on par with the Federation, in all aspects, and in some instances they have surpassed them. They have created and maintained their Frontier for five millenia, and continued to support a sizeable stellar navy. Within the last hundred years or so, a movement has begun on Rylos geared towards peaceful exploration and expansion, and inclusion within the activities of their Expanse neighbors.
Physically, Rylans are virtually identical to Humans. They are mammals who stand about 1.5 to 2 meters tall. Like most other humanoid species they have four limbs (two legs, two arms). Their skin color ranges from pinkish to dark brown, with many variations in between. Distinguishing them from Humans is the bare tops of their heads; their hair only grows around the sides and back. Hair color ranges from white to silver, even in the youngest Rylans.
- Fitness 2(5)
- Coordination 2(5)
- Intellect 2(5)
- Presence 2(5)
- Willpower +1
- Psi 0(5)
- Force 0(5)
- Essence 0(5)
- Athletics 2(3)
- Culture (Rylan) 2(3)
- History (Rylan) 1(2)
- Sciences, Any 1(2)
- World Knowledge (Rylos) 1(2)
- Language: Rylan [Fluent/R/W] (+4)
- 2 Extra Courage Points (+8)
- Home World: Rylos (aka Elbannon II)
- Location: T’burad Expanse region, Alpha Quadrant
- Political Affiliation: Rylan Concordium of Planets