This minor race is native to the planet Aughou (3235 in Ithueng/Dhuerorrg).
The Orliss are an amphibious race like Terran seals. They are a carbon
based, breath holding species that is just as comfortable in the water as
on land. A carnivorous pouncer by evolution, they have a rather slow
metabolsm. They exist near the top of the food chain on their planet. A
big creature, they are about 6 feet 9 in length, and weigh around 330
pounds. They spend most of their life in a horizontal position. Back legs
are actually flippers, while the front are arms ending in crude hands
tipped with sharp claws. Their head has no definite neck. A large, seal-
like face has whiskers that help detect danger nearby. They have 4 eyes,
though they provide rather poor vision. Despite their binocular vision,
they are so near-sighted that they are almost blind. A mouth filled with
small, sharp teeth has a set of canines that emits a weak poison used to
subdue captured prey. The make up for poor sight with an extrodinary
speech and hearing. They can mimick anything they hear, and can hear far
into both infra and ultra ranges. The Orliss bodies are covered with a
thick, sleek fur that has color patterns determined by their clan and
position within. The thick fur reduces tactile sensations. They have a
poor sense of touch.
They are a herding animal. Although there are two sexes, Only the female
leader of the clan can reproduce. The other females becoming sterile. Some
of the other females do become nurses to young. The leader of the clan
holds several eggs within her body and gives birth live, like a Terran
Guppy. Young go through an animalistic period before becoming fully
sentient members of the race. It is believed that the nursing instinct grew
out of the need to protect these feral younglings to preserve the race.
The race is of average intellegence. Although suffering from several poor
senses, the Orliss make up for it with an eidetic memory and an uncanny
sense of danger. A perfect memory enables them to know where the best
hunting and fishing grounds are during specific times, or how best to do
things that were successful in the past. Their brain also maintains an
enhanced sense of time. An Orliss always knows what time it is, even when
placed into odd environents, like space. With a mindset of a versatile
dreamer, they are single minded in concentration. Always nosey, like Hivers
in their level of curiosity, Orliss are most known for their literature.
The race is slightly chauvanistic and proud, thanks to the herd mentality.
Thus, they are cool in recieving strangers, yet congenial and sensitive
once they have gotten over initial impressions.
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