The Candrosian are a horned, hexa-pedal, tailed centauroid species. Four limbs are used for locomotion, and the remaining two for manipulation. They have a thin-fur layer over a leathery plated skin. They stand on two set of legs, with an extended lower torso and a tail, but also with a full abdomen, upper chest and two arms of a humanoid, with a head vaguely reminiscent of a cross between a terran mountain ram and a terran rhinoceros . The head is a massive conglomeration of the rhino-like head and the curled horns of the ram. The Candrosian walk on the soles of their feet. A Candrosian, male or female from head to tail tip are usually between 240 cm and 300 cm long.
Average Size: 2.5 m long, 2.3 m tall
Average Mass: 272 kg
Average Life-span: 180 yr.
Reproduction: Heterosexual, viviparous
Body Temp: 39 degrees C
The Candrosian race evolved on a world called Candrosi. It is a planet with a gravity of .98 times that of Earth anda very temperate atmosphere. Land was scarce however, with 85% of the planet covered in water. Candrosian were not the only alien to evolve on their world. The other species was their natural predator, referenced in their historical records as Hekishi. The Candrosians owned the vast mountains and the Hekishi ruled the lowlands. The wars that followed between the two species ended with the Hekishi extinct and the Candrosians fuling the entire planet.
The Candrosian planetary government is primarily republican democracy, and has been for thousands of standard years. They were contacted by the Osakar at a time of early space exploration. Their world was rich in valuable minerals and the Candrosian allowed the Osakar corporations establish underwater mining operations in exchange for technology.
The Candrosian have senses that are comparable to Humans. No special senses.
Speech and Languages
The Candrosian can easily speak Pan-Gal Common. There are only two other major languages among the Candrosian. Zat’Cha is the primarily language of the homeworld. Zen’ri is spoken primarily by the religious caste and is said to be derived from the lost language of the Hekishi. Their old enemy is now held in reverence and respect. THey are at the center of their religion.
The Candrosian are very friendly to most races, although they do joke about the bipedal savages referring to any bipedal race. They are a little hesitant towards Vrusks because of their appearance, but in time, the Candrosian do get used to their presence. Candrosian have always viewed the races with fewer limbs than them as less developed, however, many of these species have proven worthy in battle, so they accept the difference with an underlying reluctance. Candrosians are gruff, sometimes short and to the point. Few things are gray to them, many things are simplified to two choices. They carry this philosophy to a fault, at times, and many other species have hard times living in Candrosian controlled societies.
The Candrosian horn is a focus on honor
The Candrosian basic social unit is the monogamist nuclear family with two adults and offspring. The male is the head of the household. The family unit is the most protected unit. If an individual Candrosian has no family, it adopts his closest friends as a family. The individual Candrosian can even adopt non-Candrosian as a family until he find a a real family. The Candrosian birthrate is very low, only barely keeping their society at a stable level. Every 5 or 6 generations, however, they have population “spurts”, but otherwise, their population is very tightly controlled by nature itself.
Candrosian society, from the outside looking in, may look barbaric, and sometimes savage. However, there is a lot of tradition, and honor in their society. The Candrosian have a long period on inter-species wars (with the Hekishi) as well as intra-species wars (between clans and nations), political battles, and near-genocide, but they feel they have moved on beyond that. They have come to grips with their more savage side, integrated it into their society, while still maintaining an advanced civilization.
The Candrosian center on pleasure seeking, and physical strength, with one never prevailing over the other. They are famous for their festivals and sporting events, some aliens coming far many light years away to participate in them. The Candrosian believe in Justice by the strongest, in many cases. It may seem unjust to many, but the by-product is a faster evolution of their species by eliminating the weaker element in these contests. Gladiatorial combat is not uncommon, stemming from the species early instinctive habit of ramming heads together when a challenge came across. Many things are simply decided by who is the strongest.
Common Candrosian Names – The naming system goes as follows: (Family Name) (Given Name). Family Names: Tak’Chema, Bit’Shara, Shlikag’Ta, Agga’Shla, Raga’gik. Given Names: Zekeer, Banlet, Salak, Siraz, Uktak’Ta, Yast’Takg
Gore (+1): Candrosian use the charge maneuver to gore their opponents with their long horns. If they can move at least 6” before attacking, they add +4 to their damage total.
Natural Weapons – Horns (+1): Str+d6.
Size +2 (+2): Candrosian are the same size as horses. Additionally, Candrosian have a thick layer of leathery plates, which add to their ability to absorb damage. They gain +1 natural Toughness. That’s a total of +3 to Toughness. However, the +1 Natural toughness can be negated with AP.