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Aarakocra
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Four Letter Code AARA
Federation Status Neutral
Planet of Origin Kaclla II
Encountered CLG: "Fighting Stones"
Current Tech Level I
List of Named Aarakocras
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The Aarakocra are an avian species located in the Beta quadrant.

Home System

  • Quadrant: Beta
  • Location: Bolarus Sector (coordinates B25-0001-1297 )
  • Proper Name: Kaclla
  • Star: It orbits a class G (Yellow) star
  • Distance from Star: it's orbit is approximately 37 million km
  • Companions: 4 other planets. It is the 2nd planet in the system
  • Moons: it has 6 moons.

Home World

  • Proper Name: Kaclla II
  • Diameter: 22,439 km (13,943 miles).
  • Gravity: 0.96 standard gravity with a density of 3.0
  • Axial Tilt: 15%, resulting in minor weather changes due to seasonal changes
  • Orbital Period: 269 days
  • Rotational Period: 23.7 hours
  • Classification: M
    • Surface Water: 67%
    • Atmosphere: with a pressure of about 0.79 earth normal, with nitrogen 77%, oxygen 21% and other gases 2%
    • Climate: Warm semi-tropical with tropical at the equator.
    • Terrain: It has numerous vast mountain ranges and rocky densely forested foot hills leading to large well watered valleys.
    • Population: Just over 10 million

History

Aarakocra Legend

Long ago we lived elsewhere. We lived in peace, at one with our world. It was a golden age. No poverty, hunger, disease or want, but we angered the gods and they banished us to the stars. For time beyond memory we wandered looking for a new world, a new home. Finally we found one that the gods would allow us to tread. Our homes dropped from the stars and we were finally allowed to soar upon the winds. Free from the confines of the space arks that had been our jail for countless years. We learned that we were not alone on this world. Others lived here who were not like us. They attacked and killed some of us. We were stunned, afraid. So we stayed away from them. Even when they stole the crystal of truth from us, we did not seek to retrieve it. But that was then, someday we will regain it. On that day the stars will weep and the gods will again show us the bounty of their favour.

Crystal of Truth

This item is in reality the central crystal memory device from the main Aarakocra space ark. It contains the entire history and technological knowledge of their people. When the main ark crash landed on the planet of Kaclla II it was lost amid the wreckage. Since then it has become known that it was discovered by the primitive natives of the planet. The Pifili took it and treated it as a religious artefact. They called it the Stone of Destiny. Somehow they figured out how to separate it into it`s 3 separate pieces. Then they separated them and hid them so that the Aarakocra would never be able to take it from them.

True History

Kaclla II is the native home world of the Pifili. The Aarakocra did not appear until more than 500 years ago. They fell from the sky in enormous vessels that lite up the night sky for hundreds of miles. Over night the world now had 2 totally different intelligent species seeking to survive within 1 ecosystem. Fortunately their needs for survival were sufficiently different that they were able to co-exist with fairly minor conflicts that never grew in size or degree.

Government

The Aarakocra have a caste system with the deep purple feathered Avians forming the government. The supreme head of the government has the title of Prothoa. Below this are the 50 Proth who govern each of the 50 cities of the Aarakocra Union.

  • Prothra Withaa - Leader of the Aarakocra Union.

Description

The new race to this world are an Avian species. They are taller and lighter than the felines being on average 5'8" to 6'6" in height and weighting between 135 to 175 lbs. The are very slim and covered in small, to tiny feathers everywhere except for their wings, chest and the top to back of their heads where the feathers are larger.

Their feet have 1 toe sticking out the back of their foot and 2 long toes sticking out the front. All these toes end in extremely sharp talons. They can use them to walk on or to grasp objects.

Their arms/wings are one complete limb extending from their shoulders. They have a 3 fingered hand with very long slender fingers about halfway along their wing. This is the location of a major joint that allows then to fold their wings back out of the way so they can function almost like other humanoids. These hands let them perform many delicate tasks even thou they look to be very clumsy. On average an adult male will have a wing span of 12 to 15 feet.

They have a chaste system that seems to be based on the colouration of the feathers on their chest and heads. This feathered ruff comes in many different colors. Some of them are deep purple (leadership), dull brown (security), jade green (managers), brilliant blue (engineers), blazing red (medical), pure white (prophets) and dull green (farmers).

Physiology

They have hollow bones and a number of small air sacks that are used to contain lighter than air gas that has been filtered out of the air they breath. This with the large feathers on their wing like arms allows them to fly.

Because they do not have any teeth they have a 3 stomach system with the first stomach holding a number of small stones that grind up their vegetarian diet into small enough pieces that it can move on to the next section in their digestive system.

While they share their world with the Pifili species, so far none of their diseases have jumped species. However there are a few known cases where diseases that affect the native avian species have infected members of the Aarakocra.

Females lay between 3 and 7 eggs and due to their current technology they all usually hatch.

Psychology

The Aarakocra seem to be for the most part a calm, contemplative species. They do however seem to suffer from a strange form of coma that usually results in death. This coma like state occurs when ever the subject has suffered a drastic injury that prevents them from flying.

Religion

The entire species have a deep spiritual need that flying seems to fulfill. They also have a chaste system with an entire class of individuals who are considered touched by the creator. These prophets hold their services outside on the peaks of mountains where it is windy and only the sky surrounds them.

Mythology

They only have the one myth that tells of the many generations they floated in space searching for a new world to live on.

Society

They have an extremely regulated society with their occupation determined at birth by the coloration of their feathers. They are a passive and peaceful people with no class strife. They work hard all year round except for 2 days.

Culture

They have very little use for any form of culture except of singing. In their case this singing takes place on mountain tops as a form of thanks similar to gospel choirs.

Customs

They have 2 days off at equal separation from each other. The first is a celebration of their arrival on this world and the second is a celebration of their surviving the first half solar year. Both revolve around their flying and gathering on mountain tops to give thanks for surviving another half solar year.

Technology

The Aarakocra use to have a great advantage in certain areas over the Pifili but they have been very rapidly closed the gap. Their are still a few major differences between them in this regard with the Aarakocra having better flying, defensive and medical tech.

Economy

They do not trade with the other intelligence species (the Pifili) that they share the planet with. However now that they have a few freighters they have managed to establish trade with other worlds. So far it is not that significant.

Military

The Aarakocra have by far the largest air force of the two species. In fact they have over 25,000 single seater fighters and over 15,000 three man fighter, bombers. Both types of craft have VTOL capabilities. (VTOL - vertical take off and landing) Added to this is the fact that the Aarakocra pilots excel at air combat, having a much greater resistance to high G's and greater targeting ability when in the air.

Their ground forces are primarily defensive and stationed in heavily armoured bunkers that control the various approaches to their cities. On average each city has around 15,000 soldier/peace keepers who can be called upon to defend the city.

In 238608 their entire space fleet was destroyed in a battle with the Pifili.

Federation Intelligance Files

On Stardate 238503.08 Fleet Captain T'Pen and the crew of the USS Challenger visited Kaclla II. This was in response to their request to join the Federation. However members with in the 2 different races living on the planet objected to the need for a unified world government first and joining the Federation as well. See Federation Intelligence File CHL-2385-0214.

On Stardate 238608.11 while Fleet Captain T'Pen and the crew of the USS Challenger-A were in orbit a war broke out between the Pifili and the Aarakocra. The war started in space when a single Aarakocra destroyer opened fire on 2 Pifili destroyers. In the ensuing battle both sides suffered massive losses. See Federation Intelligence File CHA-2386-0352

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Sources

This is an original Starbase 118 species created by the crew of the USS Challenger.