Sphinxes are a shapeshifting sapient species that come under the classification Zartriites, created using genetic engineering by the . Their main settlement is Naminx in the Namib Desert.
Unlike most Zartriites, sphinxes have two forms and the ability to shapeshift between them at will. Their "night" form closely resembles that of a human, but for their eyes, which are any shade or combination of gold, silver or bronze. In their "day" form, their bodies below the neck resemble a lion, with feathered wings. Their forms are named as such, not because they necessarily use one during the day and the other at night, but after a myth.
Ecology and Habitats
Sphinxes are best suited for desert environments, though they can live in a wide range of habitats.
Civilization and Culture
In the mid-21st century, the Solar Triad created Zartriites and Zartrizoas, using resources from the scavenged spaceship the Scholar III. When Project Solar, as it was named, was discovered as a result of the zombie semi-apocalypse in 2066, time-traveller Hugh Larsson took most of the Triad's creations back in time to the Bronze Age and found them safe habitats, founding Naminx for the sphinxes.