Lhamya

Idealized by many other humanoid Species and gifted with innate psychic abilities, Lhamya are at once consummate scholars and enlightened warriors, naturally divided into two specialize subraces with different abilities and societal roles.
 

Playing a Lhamya

You likely
  • Deeply value learning, self-improvement, and the practice and perfection of skills and powers.
  • Are a natural leader—calm and charismatic if Lamara, loud and boisterous if Lorasha.
  • Sometimes find other races’ reliance on audible language exasperating.
  • Are a good judge of character and bond deeply with those worthy of your trust.
Other Species probably
  • Simultaneously admire and resent your natural charm and your force of personality.
  • Expect you to know everything or see you as frustratingly posturing and patronizing.
  • Fear you’ll use your telepathy to read their minds.
  • Question the influence of corporate power on your supposedly enlightened meritocracies.

Basic Information

Biological Traits

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To survive on the predator-rich world of Car'stoval, the telepathic humanoids called Lhamya evolved adaptive genetics that allow children to develop into one of two subspecies, depending on the stresses they endure at puberty: either the tall, intellectual, and adaptable Lamara who make up most of their race’s political leaders and ambassadors - or the short, burly, headstrong Lorasha who excel as warriors and explorers.   Both feature short forehead antennae that focus their natural telepathy, as well as colorful swirls and raised markings on their faces unique to each individual. Due to natural pheromones and Lhamyas' almost perfect physical symmetry, most humanoid races find Lhamyas of both subspecies subconsciously (and sometimes unnervingly) attractive. The only species that even surpasses them in this are the Nymphea⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣   Both clades of the species bear the same genetics, allowing them to intermarry and have children. While all Lhamya children inherit complexions and certain distinguishing features from their parents, their subspecies is not one of them. Through psychic and force of will techniques applied at puberty, modern Lhamyas have mastered the ability to determine what subspecies a child will grow into, activating certain epigenetics and shutting down others.   In ancient Lhamya history, their starkly divided gender roles led to subspecies almost universally correlated with gender, but as Lhamya culture has grown more egalitarian, gender balance between the two subspecies has become roughly equal.

Additional Information

Social Structure

Though Lhamya societies usually characterize themselves as meritocracies, their leaders have traditionally been women and are usually Lamara except in times of war. Both Lamara and Lorasha Lhamya see education as one of the highest callings, making Lhamya scholars renowned across the universe.

Geographic Origin and Distribution

Lhamya form the most prominent race on Car'stoval, and have long been organized into independent city-states for protection against the planet’s many apex predators.

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

Lhamya naming conventions vary widely among city-states, but often tend toward soft sounds with tonal elements that make them sound musical and elegant to other species.   Some sample Lhamyanames are Domash, Hesori, Kima, Kopalo, Maenala, Nomae, Oraeus, Raia, Shess, Soryn, Taeon, and Varikuara.

Interspecies Relations and Assumptions

Lhamya believe that every culture has something to teach, and thanks to the legendary prowess of Lhamya diplomats, most other species respect them and consider them allies, or at least reasonable associates. Vosk⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ admire their warriors, Naratha⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ and Charr⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ value their logic and learning, and Humans⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ respect their scholarship but risk embarrassing themselves trying to deal with Lhamyas’ disconcerting attractiveness.     Siczik⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ are the main exception to this pattern of mutual respect—though Lhamyas’ millennia of warfare with the insectile formians has finally ended, many Lhamyas are still uncomfortable interacting with similar species and worry that “the bugs” may one day unite against them.
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Homeworld
Car'stoval
Galactic Population
~185 Mrd (3,7%)
Scientific Name
Avito Lhamya
Lifespan
~ 100 years
Average Height
~ 1.6 - 1.9 meters
Average Weight
~ 60 - 80 kg
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Lhamya

Species Point Cost:
8

Attribute Ranges

BOD STR AGI REA LOG INT WIL CHA KAR
1-5 (Lamara)
1-6 (Lorasha)
1-5 (Lamara)
2-7 (Lorasha)
1-6
1-6
1-7
2-7 (Lamara)
1-5 (Lorasha)
1-6 (Lamara)
1-5 (Lorasha)
2-7
1-6

Traits

Body Type
Humanoid
Size
Medium (Standard Lifestyle Cost)
Vision
Standard Vision
Languages
Basic, Lhamean

Perks

Pheromone Sense

Cost: 1 Point
Lhamya can use their antennae to sense pheromones around them. This gives you a +2 dice pool modifiers on all Insight + Intuition tests.
 

Scholarly Culture

Cost: 1 Point
Lhamya are very knowledgeable and seen as great scholars. At character creation, you gain a free rank in two knowledge skills of your choice.
 

Limited Telepathy

Cost: 1 Point
Lhamyas can mentally communicate with any creatures within 10 meters with whom they share a language. Conversing telepathically with multiple creatures simultaneously is just as difficult as listening to multiple people speaking.

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