Uaam



Uaam System

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  • Contact: Jala'Lak

    Mainworld Info

    UAAM  0940  A579546-E  Ni 814 Im M2 V
    
    PRIMARY: Major - Rhaiyo. Spectral class M2 V, mass 0.426,
    luminosity 0.386.
    
    UAAM: Mean orbital radius 0.20 AU. Period 111.922 Std Days.
    Diameter 8,320 Km. Mass 0.549 terra. Rocky core, density 2.250.
    Mean surface gravity 1.41g. Rotation period 15hrs 33min 20sec.
    Axial inclination 38 deg. Energy absorption 0.62. Surface
    atmospheric pressure 1.100, composition Oxygen/Nitrogen mix.
    Satellites; One. Bhaioi, orbit 30, size 510km.
    
    Planet is divided into two continents. One polar and desolate,
    the other sparsely populated and covered with jungles and thick
    rainforests. The deserted eastern side of the continent holds
    several vast, mostly automated open-cast mines. There are very
    high quality radio-actives to be found in the rock under the
    seabed, and a number of deep sea mining installations have been
    developed specifically to mine them. The southwestern jungles
    support the Jala'lak; an indigenous native race, which is subject
    to some controversy. The Jala'lak are peaceful and live in
    harmony with the jungle. they are a race of large simians. The
    forests they live in are filled with temples, apparently to their
    various gods and the University of Ushra maintains a base there
    in order to better study this fascinating neolithic race. The
    Jala'lak can also be found on Giirakh/Zeda 0325 (B86768-C) but
    for an as yet inexplicable reason, their temper is vastly
    different - much more savage, even cannibalistic. Clearly they
    are not native to Giirakh and consequently are the subject of
    much debate.
    
    


    Contact: Jala'Lak

    Contact: Jala'Lak  [Nivsa-Therapsid Paramammalia Yetiforme]
    
    Physiology:
    
    HEIGHT & WEIGHT: The average male stands 2.2m high in a
    semi-erect stance and weighs in at 80.2kg. The average female is
    slightly shorter at 1.98m but weighs 85kg. The additional weight
    is located in an extra fat layer on the chest.
    
    APPEARANCE: Jala'Lak are the slow-moving giants of the forest.
    They are believed to be descended from brachiator primates but
    have adapted to their larger size by becoming bipeds. They
    manipulate with arm-like appendages but can also grasp hold with
    their small, thick prehensile tail. The mouth is encased within a
    hard beak and the eyes are located at the front of the face. They
    do have external ears but they are hidden under the head fur. The
    entire body is covered in several layers of thick, curly fur
    which varies in colour from white to a dark grey. The feet are
    broad and circular with five toes while the hands consist of two
    fingers and an opposing thumb and two striking claws. The sex
    organs are retracted in both sexes. On first impressions the
    Jala'Lak of Uaam (0940) may look extremely fierce but are
    normally very passive.
    
    DIET: Jala'Lak are gatherers and are classed as omnivorous. Their
    normal diet consists of insects, larvae, vegetation and roots but
    are not averse to fresh raw meat but will rarely hunt for it
    preferring freshly killed carrion. They are particularly fond of
    the Jhawa bud which makes up about 45% of their diet. The lack of
    activity of the Jala'Lak is actually an adaption to high
    concentrations of toxic compounds that are manufactured by the
    Jhawa buds as a defense against herbivores. By coupling minimal
    activity with a low metabolic rate & an extremely dense coat they
    can substantially reduce their food requirements and consequently
    their intake of toxic chemicals. Jala'Lak on Giirakh or raised in
    captivity on a different diet are fast, agile creatures. Research
    has found that the Jhawa bud extract can be refined into a
    superior quality fast drug. Fortunately the Government, because
    of the plant's importance to the Jala'Lak diet, its relitive
    rarity and inability to grow under cultivation, has expressly
    forbidden harvesting.
    
    REST: Jala'Lak will rarely take long rests preferring several
    short naps spread throughout the day. The males will always sleep
    at different times so that one adult male is always awake. The
    rest of the clan will usually enter a deep sleep during the
    midnight and midday period and are most likely to be active in
    the dawn and twilight periods when they do most of their
    gathering.
    
    REPRODUCTION: Jala'Lak still retain breeding seasons and females
    not currently nursing a pup will enter a receptive stage lasting
    22 local days every local year. At this time the female becomes
    agitated and extremely active. The anal fur changes to a dark
    blue colour as a indication of the females current readiness.
    They will endeavour to present themselves to any adult male at
    every opportunity and are extremely promiscuous. Males are
    strongly attracted to the females behavour and anal fur colour
    change and will line up patiently waiting their turn in the
    mating queue. Even strangers can join as long as they leave the
    clan's territory immediately afterwards. It should be noted that
    the males are not particularly fertile and as such the female
    will only become pregnant occasionally despite its promiscuous
    behaviour during the entire period. Fertilised females will
    generally only have a single pup after a gestation period of 300
    local days. For the first two years of its life the pup is
    totally defenseless and remains both blind and deaf. It will
    remain with the mother being nursed for a total period of five
    years. The onset of milk production also releases an
    oestrogene-like compound into the body that delays the onset of
    the female season. At five the mother will wean the pup and the
    proto-oestrogene enzyme will stop production so that the female
    will once more become liable for seasons.
    
    SENSES: Jala'Lak have frontal, binocular vision. They have a
    light-reflecting layer at the rear of the eye called the tapetum
    lucidum which increases visual acuity by reflecting weak incoming
    light back onto the retina enabling the Jala'Lak to utilise every
    scrap of light that enters their eyes. This adaption has meant
    that they are colour blind.  Their hearing is excellent and are
    capable of hearing much higher pitch that humans, upto 65,000
    cycles per second in comparison to the human maximum of 20,000
    cycles. They have an extremely poor sense of smell but they have
    compensated for this by very sensitive taste buds on the tongue.
    For this reason Jala'Lak will generally put strange items into
    their beaks in order to "taste" their scent.
    
    ANATOMY: Jala'Lak are vertebrate mammalian primates. Originally
    using all four limbs for movement through the trees they have
    increased in size and become bipeds. They have adapted to the
    extreme climate by developing thick curly layers of insulating
    fur that allows it to stay warm during the bitter winters by
    trapping several pockets of warm air between the layers. In
    addition, their blood contains an anti-clotting agent that acts
    like anti-freeze preventing both blood and organs from freezing
    up. This same fluid is also excreted through the tear ducts
    protecting the eyes. In summer the fur flattens and acts as a
    mere coat. The brain, like most mammals and pseudo-mammals is
    cased within the head cavity. The mouth and nasal organs are
    housed within a beak formed of calcified nail which protects the
    organs from damage. The jaw is mostly adapted to the vegetarian
    diet with sharp cutting teeth to the front and grinding teeth to
    the rear with the exception of two large canines in the males.
    These canines are only bared during territorial disputes or to
    tear at carrion which is then chewed to soften it before
    regurgitating it for consumption by the females and pups. The
    prehensile tail has shortened and thickened to act as a
    counterweight to assist with bipedal mobility but still retains
    its prehensile ability with over 300 bones and many powerful
    muscles housed there. The leg joints bend backwards and end in
    circular, padded feet with five toes, three to the front and two
    to the rear. The broad, circular pads allow the Jala'Lak to
    safely navigate the many marshes that exist within the jungles.
    When running they adopt a digitgrade gait, running on the toes
    rather than the full foot. The hands also contain five digits but
    two of them have regressed and calcified into mobile claws which
    are usually folded against the wrist. The other three are
    extremely flexible with one forming an opposing thumb to allow a
    powerful grip. They are not very dexterous and small or delicate
    manipulation is beyond their abilities.
    
    Culture:
    
    History: Archaeologists believe the Jala'Lak are descended from a
    common ancestor with the dwarf Hala'aak since it is the only
    other known arboreal species with a prehensile tail.
    Unfortunately due to the carnivorous nature of most of Uaam fauna
    there are no known fossil deposits containing the remains of
    mammals until relatively recent times. They apparently developed
    sentience about 200,000 years ago as the forests of the North
    died and forced the pre-Jala'Lak to flee southwards. There they
    found a comfortable niche at the top of the food chain and
    stopped evolving. Recent studies seem to point towards the
    Jala'Lak addiction for the Jhawa bud which seems to cause a mild
    euphoria as a possible cause. They have never evolved any culture
    beyond small packs and their highest evolutionary achievements
    has been the ability to produce crude stone tools and to make
    fire using flint chippings. The Jala'Lak were discovered several
    centuries after Uaam was colonised and given their relatively
    small numbers and near extinct nature permission was given for
    the colony to remain.
    
    Social Structure: The Jala'Lak live in small family clans
    consisting of 3 adult males, 9 - 12 females and about 6 pups.
    They are territorially nomadic moving around within a 50km area
    that the females mark out with their urine. They dwell in weaved
    huts made from dead branches which they refurbish once they
    return to that particular area. The Jala'Lak of Uaam are
    extremely passive, avoiding fights at all costs. Territorial
    disputes are settled by displays of aggression rather than
    aggression itself and consist of the males displaying their
    canines and striking claws. They are a shy yet inquisitive race
    much given to mimicry. They appear to have primitive rites which
    centre around the 250+ "temples" spread throughout the forest. In
    fact out of 342 known words in their vocabulary it is believed
    that over 124 make reference to these rites.  These temples are
    perhaps the greatest mystery of the race - each is identical; two
    0.5 tonne Myer stone pillars from the Northern Atlas mountain
    range 2,500km distant are set at a slant facing inwards, exactly
    5.32m apart. A single 1 tonne blue stone pillar is set in the
    middle of the mound in an upright position. The two myer pillars
    have been cut into a rectangular shape with the central pillar
    tapering slightly towards the top. Incisions have been carved
    into the inner faces of the Myer pillars of three intersecting
    circles. These temples can also be found on among the Giirakh
    Jala'Lak where local stones from a mountain range 560km distant
    were used. How the race were able to transport the stones such a
    distance, how they measured the settings, how the incisions were
    made and why are still mysteries. A basic translation of their
    language has discovered that the race identifies the temples with
    an entity best translated as the "God-Creature". There is also
    the mystery of how such a primitive race was transported to
    another planet many subsectors away. Both sub-races practice a
    form of crisis monotheism centred on the temples. Intensive
    LanSat searches of both planets have revealed no signs of any
    other settlements, advanced technology or manipulation by the
    ancients. The Giirakh Jala'Lak have developed differently from
    the homeworld race; they are fast and agile,are extremely savage
    and feral with cannibalistic tendencies. All attempts to contact
    the Giirakh tribes to date have met with extreme hostility. In
    addition the race has begun to adapt to the longer summers and
    milder winters by shedding several layers of fur. They have also
    exhibited a tendency to decorate their head fur with small twigs
    and bones. Some tribes also dye the fur of their paws a deep
    purple or red. Archaeologists believe that the race has only been
    on Giirakh for about 3 to 4,000 years at most. How they arrived
    there and why remain a total mystery.
    
    Locality: Jala'Lak could not normally survive the bitter weather
    of Uaam were it not for the many hot springs found throughout the
    forest that raise the temperature of their natural habitat above
    freezing most of the year round. That, coupled with the heat
    reflecting quality of the dense forest vegetation, prevents any
    of the heat from being lost and in addition protects against the
    long bitter winds that further reduce the temperature outside of
    the forest. The branches of the forest intertwine to form a thick
    canopy of heat-reflective leaves which creates a localised
    greenhouse effect. When the Northern forest died  the hot springs
    of that region were uneffected but because the additional heat
    was no longer contained it quickly dissipated. Many species were
    forced to either adapt to the bitter weather or flee.
    
    NOTE: Jala'Lak are a protected species and visitors to the
    jungles are warned that injuring a Jala'Lak carries an automatic
    death penalty.
    
    
    Original Concept by Steve Hatherley
    Species Details by Jae Campbell
    
    




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