The Nymphea, native to the planet Thalassia, are often considered the most influential and respected sentient species in the universe, apart from Humans, and are known for their elegance, diplomacy, and Biotic aptitude. This is partly due to the fact that the Nymphea were among the earliest races to achieve interstellar flight and also due to their innate mental abilities. A mono-gender race, the Nymphea are distinctly feminine in appearance and possess maternal instincts. Their unique physiology, expressed in a multi-century-long lifespan and the ability to reproduce with a partner of any gender or species, gives them a conservative yet convivial attitude toward other Species. Favoring compromise and cooperation over conflict, the Nymphea were instrumental in proposing and founding the Corporate Court and have been at the heart of corporate society ever since.
Playing a Nymphea
- Have a long view and tend to not make rushed decisions.
- Enjoy the attention of other Species.
- Are very passionate about one thing or another.
- Have a deep sense of culture and enjoy communal life more than adversarial relations.
Other Species probably
- Tend to reduce you to your physical appearance or biotic powers.
- Tend to hit on you far more often than you might be comfortable with.
- See you as flighty and may not value your opinion as much as they should.
- Don't believe in your abilities as soldiers or fighters.
Nymphea resemble humans in terms of basic skeletal structure with five digits on each hand, the biggest difference between the two species being the Nymphea's long and pointy ears and their glowing eyes. This similarity allows Nymphea to pass as humans on first sight. Nymphea have navels as well as breasts that continue to grow with age. Nymphea also have a robust cellular regenerative system; while they do not heal faster than other species, they are known to reach almost 700 years of age. Nymphea can see ultraviolet at the short-wavelength end of the spectrum and also see in low light conditions. There is some conflicting information regarding the gender of the Nymphea. Nymphea are a mono-gendered species with no concept of gender differences. At the same time, Nymphea are often viewed as an all-female race. To humans at least, Nymphea appear female with breasts and voices that sound female. Even among the Nymphea, many individual Nympheans are referred to as “she” and “her“ but a few Nympheans prefer male pronouns, while others gravitate toward gender-neutral where language allows. Nympheans also bear feminine titles like “huntress” and “matriarch” and Nymphea offspring are referred to as “daughters“, however the Nymphea may have chosen feminine pronouns to simplify language translations.
Genetics and Reproduction
However Nymphea gender is defined, they are innately different from humans, for Nymphea can mate and successfully reproduce with any other gender or species through a form of parthenogenesis. Although they have one gender, they are not asexual and do in fact require a partner to reproduce. Nymphea also possess female genitalia, i.e. a vagina. This does not hinder them from intercourse with another female in any way, as Nymphea reproduction is very different from other forms of sexual reproduction. A Nymphea provides two copies of her own genes to her offspring, one of which is passed on unaltered. The second set of genes is altered in a unique process called melding, also known as the joining or the union. During melding, the eyes of the Nymphea initiating the meld dilate as she consciously attunes her nervous system to her partner's, sending and receiving electrical impulses directly through the skin. Effectively, the Nymphea and her partner briefly become one unified nervous system, sharing memories, thoughts, and feelings. This process is described as ecstatic and extremely pleasant for bother partners, which is also why many Species, especially humans, sometimes prefer Nymphean partners over sex with their own species or can even become addicted to this sensation. The offspring is always a Nymphea, regardless of the species or sex of the "father" and in the case that the offspring is of two Nymphea, the father is the one who does not give birth. Uniquely, the Nymphea are known to be perceived as extremely attractive to many other species. This may be because of shared physical characteristics (e.g., body shape for humans), though it is also theorized that the mechanism behind the Nympheans cross-species attraction may be neurochemical in nature. The offspring resulting from such interspecies pairings are always Nymphea as no DNA is taken from the partner. Instead, the Nymphea uses the meld to explore her partner's genetic heritage and pass desirable traits on to any offspring and as a "map" to randomize the genes of the offspring. The drawback to the Nymphean means of reproduction are the Vardat-Cayri. These individuals possess a rare genetic defect that causes a Nymphea to overwhelm and destroy her partner’s nervous system when joining. The condition seems to appear only amongst pureblood Nymphea, those whose parents are both Nymphea. It is also possible for an Nymphea to meld with another for the sole purpose of enjoyment and sensation, without reproduction. In fact, the Nymphea can control if their union with a partner will produce offspring or not. It is not clear whether ability to meld is present from birth or whether Nymphea undergo some sort of puberty to gain it and, if so, when this occurs.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Civilization and Culture
Nymphea generally have a first name and a family name, which they inherit from their mother, Most Nymphea have first names that closely resemble names that sound like ancient greek names to us, usually with some variations to them, as they are not named after greek names, but just happen to sound similar. Examples might be: Heleynia, Phoeba, Rhian, Shelene, Penerola, Yris, Daphni, Callia, Cassandre, Acanthe, Adraste, Alcipra, Brise, Tanae, Dykia, Evadnis, Heba, Hecatis, Iantha, Andromide, Kallistris, Larise, Melara, Phaedris, Disiphona, Dhalinis, Semela, Megrana Their family names usually consist of one to two syllables, which gets extended by a prefixed letter depending on their current life situation. N' for children that didn't yet have their coming to age. D' for unmarried Nymphea and T' for married Nymphea. Examples might be: N'Eal, T'Esan, D'Raam, T'Masu, D'Saris, T'Vedri, T'Beyra, D'Rusto, T'Levis, N'Veyra, D'Avo, D'Meeris, T'Caenis, T'Saeri, D'Nokra, N'Biella, T'Vanse, D'Kejin, T'Nara, N'Reyni, D'Frehna, N'Nala.
Culture and Cultural Heritage
Because of their long lifespan, Nymphea tend to have a "long view" not common in other species. When they encounter a new species or situation, the Nymphea are more comfortable with an extended period of passive observation and study than immediate action. They are unfazed that some of their investments or decisions may not pay off for decades or centuries. Matriarchs can seem to make incomprehensible decisions, but their insight is evident when their carefully-laid plans come to fruition. In interstellar relations, this long view manifests in the unspoken policy of centrism. The Nymphea instinctively seek to maintain stable balances of economic, political, and military power. Nymphea believe that their offspring acquire the best qualities of the "father" from the melded genes, but evidence is anecdotal. They frown upon intraspecies conception, since genetic traits and cultural insight is gained from mating outside their species, so it's considered wasteful for Nymphea to reproduce together. The results of such unions are occasionally referred to as "purebloods", a great insult among contemporary Nymphea. A rare genetic defect known as Vardat-Cayri, which makes Nymphea destroy the partner's mind during melding, occurs much more frequently among purebloods. Nymphea are well aware they tend to be attractive, and are comfortable expressing their sexuality. Young males of other species tend to have a fascination with Nymphea. Despite appearances to the contrary, Nymphea dancing is more than just a way to fleece money from interspecies admirers. It is actually a form of martial art, akin to tai chi or capoeira, capable of being practiced by sufficiently Biotic humans as well. Because of their natural sensuality and ability to mate with any species, Nymphea are sometimes rumoured to be promiscuous. These rumours are mostly a result of misinformation (or wishful thinking). In fact, Nymphea have to accept that if they mate outside their own species, they will almost inevitably outlive their partner. Therefore, they have had to apply their philosophical "long view" to relationships as well, savouring the time they spend with their partners rather than focusing on their inevitable loss. As a result of the aging difference, many Nymphea raise their daughters alone, especially if the "father" species is short-lived. Despite their partner's death, a part of them will live within their other. Though all Nymphea are natural Biotics, there are some who choose not to develop their Biotic power.