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
- 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.
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.
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
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.