Choma ( 2308 E340546-6 Ni Po De )
Choma is a desert world whose inhabitants are mostly nomadic bedouin of
Vilani descent. The choma are divided into two social groups, the
Ruumaa who move around in groups of 5 or less, often solitary, and the
Kisamda who move in large caravans. Violence occasionally flares
between the groups, usually involving disputes over waterholes.
Although all the choma use animal transport they do not shun other TL6
technology, making great use of imported solar panels. Choma is plagued
by the storm rider insect swarms. It's other notable fauna is the Myem
Gleece (q.v. ).
Creature: Myem Gleece
The Myem Gleece is a huge omnivore that is native to the desert world
of Choma. The Myem Gleece masses 1600kg and resembles the extinct
terran brontosaurus. The Myem Gleece has evolved an original way of
gathering and carrying water. It is capable of secreting a conical
membrane in holes in the sand that then collect moisture. The Myem
Gleece then harvests these and transfers the water parcels to a "water
stomach". As a byproduct these "oasis", which can be several tens of
meters across, attract plant and animal life as fast as they attract
water, providing complete nourishment packages. They are known amongst
Choma bedouin as "Gleeceburgers".
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