Welcome to Thursday's Pact Days! Today, we have the Orion.
The Orion were introduce in Alpha Trine with the character's Lothar and Rhee. Rhee becomes a friend of Zeus's and will continue to play a part in the rest of the series.
A couple of side notes: For a list of species that have been posted so far, see the The People of Valespia page. I'm placing these in alphabetical order so I won't unintentionally place importance on any specie. I will leave off information on the species that will spoil future books. My standard sheet has the same categories for all species. So there will be blank categories just because that species didn't need them.
Planet: Procyon A
Other races on the planet:
Planetary Terrain: 80% of the surface is ocean. The land had cities on the plains but they have old mountains and old forests as well.
Patron Ryo Pardeep:
Description: They have four sexes: Drones, Males, Females, and Omegas
Drones - average height for the drones is around two meters. They have aluminum-based blood. Have nine arms/appendages, that they keep tucked under the mantle. There suction cups along the arms and the ends are diamond-shaped pads that are covered in sharp triangular "claws". The mantle is both the head and body and has heavy segmented, interlocking armor. A single row of black eyes circle the crown of the mantle. Strictly a land based. The armor plates are uniquely colored based on the drones coming from the same hatching. Together they form a troop. The thick sharklike skin can be a different color than the mantle. They have three (other than the nine tentacles) that are textured and used for locomotion. Drones are able to regenerate up to three limbs at a time in two to three days. They can climb walls and hang from ceilings.
Drones - In combat curls their body in such a fashion to present armor to the enemy and make a small target. Will use the 9 limbs to lash out at opponent. The end of each a flat diamond shaped pad with small triangular claws covering surface that shreds flesh form bones like shark's teeth. These limbs can extend to four or five meters.
Orions have no inert tech of their own, but can operate others just fine and with little to no training. Their technology is organic, uniquely created by drones without modern manufacturing equipment.
Drones are employed as shock troops when they stay in family pods. They can be equipped with energy weapons and tracking gear.
Telepathic with each other, but they use technology to communicate with others such translators, (implants all other races have when they venture off their homeworld) can use sonic languages. Some psionics can communicate with them without the need for implants.
At 8 years old they are tested to see if they would be chosen to pilot a bio ship but they can't bond with a ship until they win the tournament.
Omegas – appears to be a juvenile (small, length from shoulder to wrist) drone until they swallow catalyst eggs that jump starts a chrysalis phase. When they emerge, they are a starship. The omega doesn't have an exoskeleton like the drones so they have the ability to squash itself into a tiny thing and uses their changing camouflage to blend into the background. When going through chrysalis, their consciousness stays the same but part of the process is absorbing the parental knowledge left in the catalyst eggs. They remain telepathic. Their color base is different if they are not born to the same troop.
Males, females, and omegas come together to mate (they have already been through the chrysalis and are organic ships). They return to the Orion homeworld where they lay eggs that will be male, female, omega, and drones. Plus, the Omega drops rocklike eggs called catalyst. The three mating sexes need the catalyst to start their chrysalis stage. The three sexes that go through chrysalis have to wait for their planet's ocean to have enough sea life before they can even attempt the change. They need lots of sustenance and building materials to sustain the massive changes they must undergo to become the size of a spaceship. (a natural birth control)
There are always hundreds more drones than the other three sexes. Drones hate water, but the other three sexes need it to evolve.
The chrysalis grows with the Orion, designed to pull in nutrients they need, but they will also eat the webbing at the end of the cycle. When the chrysalis phase is finished, the Orion will go back to shore where the winning troop waits. In the months the Orion grew into a ship, the drones had a grand contest and battle. Those who win the tournament have the right to man the ship. The whole troop bonds to the ship, living as long as their ship does. No one really knows how long that is.
Common Occupation: assassin, bodyguard, bounty hunter
Council of Neighn of Member: Mires
Allies: Chi-Lin, Chtichlian, Gaziniti, Kracciam, Mar'Sani,
Star System: Vega Vendrizi Systems
Other planets occupied by species:
Military Leader: One Orion drone is equal to ten Mar'Sani Monticore.