The Ying is an all-female, humanoid, bipedal race. They are closely related to Humans, and plants. the Ying have a larger brain than humans and tend to use more than 80% of it. The Ying sustain themselves by way of photosynthesis, though the Ying do enjoy normal food from time to time, although it is not necessary to survive, they do need water to be hydrated. Unlike Humans, the musculoskeletal system is far different, and in many aspects, weaker, the bones are hollow, making the Ying lighter than humans, and unlike humans, the muscles are driven by water, which acts very similar to hydraulic movements in industrial machines.
Genetics and Reproduction
The manner in which the Ying reproduce is still somewhat of a mystery. The Ying are capable of cloning their own genetic code, this has given them the ability to be cloned, however, they can only clone themselves once. To have more offspring, the Ying need to exchange their genetic code with other members of their species, or, with other species altogether. The Ying reproduce with each other (or other species) by means of mind melding, which is a form of deep meditation, in which one can knowingly reach the subconscious. in the case for reproduction, it would allow for the exchange of their genetic code. The one who initiated the mind meld, is also the one who will have the offspring. The experience of mind-melding in and of itself was described as 'Heavenly, orgasmic, intimate and intense.' Curiously enough, the Ying do have all the body parts of a woman and are able to reproduce the 'natural way' as well, as Mind-melding is most likely a result of the larger brain capacity. This method is used mostly with other species, especially those of the opposite sex, like mind-melding, they can get pleasure out of this as well. It's up to the Ying in question to decide, some like or prefer it one way over the other, some like it both ways. Once gestation takes place, a pod will grow inside the uterus, at a certain point, the Mother will give birth to this pod, which will continue to grow outside the body by way of soil, the reason for this is that Photosynthesis kicks in quite early in the growth process. The Ying do not experience periods, however, they are more fertile when it's warmer outside.
Growth Rate & Stages
The growth stages of the Ying is threefold: Pod stage, Child stage, and Adulthood.
Pod StageThe pod stage begins right after gestation in the Mother's womb, in this stage, inside the pod, the Ying will grow, it will develop the spinal cord, the brain, heart, lungs, and digestive tract, after a month, the mother will give birth to this pod, which will then be planted into the soil, as after one month, the pod will need photosynthesis to be able to sustain itself. At this point, the child is very vulnerable, and any damage to the pod will surely result in the untimely demise of the child. The child will stay in this pod for over 12 months.
Child StageFinally, after 12 months, a fully developed child will pop out of the pod, they are still short, the size of a Human child if the Ying child developed properly. At this point, the brain of the child is 50% developed but will continue to grow naturally to 100% well on their way to puberty. This stage is very similar to the growth of a human child, This is also the stage were the Ying discover their abilities, and learn how to deal and cope with them.
AdulthoodAfter 18 years, the Ying are both sexually and mentally mature enough to experience the galaxy.
Ecology and Habitats
The Ying fare on planets with abundant forests and water.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Since the Ying are closely related to plants, their primary way of sustaining themselves is by way of photosynthesis, this happens naturally when they are outside and exposed to a sun. They also need a regular fluid intake, preferably water, to stay hydrated. They still have a functioning digestive system, although it's more geared towards a sightly herbivore diet, though the caloric intake of normal food takes more time than photosynthesis. Eating this way is mostly done for social pleasure and enjoyment, rather than dietary satisfaction, however, there are certain foods that give a boost to the Ying.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
The Ying have the same sensory systems as Humans, so hearing, feeling, taste and smell, however, due to their enlarged brain capacity, the Ying can read minds, move objects using their mind (including themselves) and modify and affect water.