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Kara are less common than the Mori, their planetary cousins. They have natural armour in the form of thick ceratinous plates, which often form spikes at the joints. The threats the ancient Kara evolved to survive no longer exist, but their existence is evident in Kara physiology.  


  The hard shells are not true exoskeletons. The Kara still have an internal skeleton, except in their hands and feet. The hard shell of their extremities are instead held together with an inner membrane. A similar membrane can be found in their joints and helping to bind the plates together. Some Kara are capable of independently moving even their binding membrane, or train to learn it. Oscillating plates are a key component of some traditional Mercurian dances.   Kara are not born with the plates. Their skin hardens as they come into adulthood. Some Kara will deliberately agitate or scar their plates to make them grow in stronger, while others use balms to make theirs smooth and glossy. Young Kara, whose skin is still soft, experience much more sensation than older Kara. Their nervous systems aren't well adapted to this level of sensation, and so young Kara are easily overwhelmed.
The Kara can be divided into rough subgroups, each with their own specialities suitable for their native enviroment. Natatorial Kara evolved around the coasts of Mercury, and have flatter and broader limbs to aid in swimming. Some Natatorial Kara have manes of coarse bristles along their limbs, which can look almost fin-like. The Cursorial Kara are from the plains, and are known to be taller and slender, and very fast runners. Some believe it would be accurate to consider the Mori another subgroup of the Kara. This might be more scientifically accurate, but doesn't really take into consideration the cultural and socio-economic differences.

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Humanoids Kara · Mori · Fei · Human · Lysa · Minos · Harpid · Sirenes · Oceanid
History Scorching of Mercury
Locations Caduceus · Penumbra · Biomes ( Sunbleached Wastelands ) · Iron Spires ( Hokusai · Hun Kal ) · Enheduanna
Characters Blue NM-2 · Eun · Sciah · Roseah · Tray
Species Keras ( Mot · Walker )
Politics Ruling ( Mercurian Triumvirate · Interplanetary Solar Defence Council ) · Keystone of Mercury
Society Ethnicities ( Refugees of Mercury · Nomads of Mercury ) · Borealis Ice Mining
Geographic Distribution

Distinctive Features
Antennae, Kara antennae are usually tough and club-like.
Ceratinous Plates, Thick, segmented plates cover much of their skin.

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Dec 10, 2023 12:20

"The threats the ancient Kara evolved to survive no longer exist, but their existence is evident in Kara physiology. "   It's like pronghorns being too fast for current land predators of their region.

Dec 10, 2023 12:30 by Annie Stein

Ooh I'll need to read about them!

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Dec 10, 2023 13:42 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Awww, poor young kara, being overwhelmed by sensation.   I wish I could witness some of the dances with the oscillating plates. They sound fun. :D

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Dec 10, 2023 17:35 by Annie Stein

It's tough enough being a kid. I'd like to see the dance too! A lil shimmy!

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Dec 14, 2023 14:12 by Rin Garnett

I like the observation that what might be biologically true is culturally false to the point of being largely irrelevant. Very true to real life, in which the science answer matters less than the practical one to most people.

Dec 14, 2023 19:48 by Annie Stein

Thank you! Like you say, it's something we see all the time in our real world!

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Jan 24, 2024 20:00 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

The changing sensory input depending on plate thickness is an interesting point! So basically once it hardens, there is no coming back from the loss of sensation? That's a tough choice to make...

Jan 25, 2024 11:52 by Annie Stein

It isn't much of a choice either. It will harden, it's just a matter of time.

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