Sesheyan

Standing approximately 1.7 meters tall and weighing a mere 40 kilograms. sesheyans (pronounced “se-shay-un”) are humanoid only in the broadest sense of the word. A bulbous head encircled by eight small eyes and capped by large, pointed ears flows into a light, muscular frame. Powerful wings that extend to a 6-meter span spread from the sesheyans back, and a long tail with an expandable fan-shaped tip provides stabilization while in flight. The wings can be folded tightly against the creature’s upper back when they are not in use. Though they walk with a hunched, labored gait when on the ground, sesheyans exhibit a gracefulness while airborne that is matched by few other creatures capable of flight.

Roleplaying

Sesheyan heroes are among the small number of their species who have stepped into the galactic community thanks to the opportunities presented by humans and their star-faring ships.

Because of certain physical differences, such as their multiple eyes and strange head shape, the sesheyans are the most “alien” of the nonhuman species. Once they believed they were the highest form ol life in the world they knew— they were hunters and shamans of great power. Now that they have seen the “magic” of the spacefaring species, their faith has been rocked. The typical sesheyan hunter maintains an outward appearance of confidence and power, but inside he struggles to stay brave in the lace of so many frightening, strange, and seemingly magical things.

Most humans can’t help feeling uneasy in the presence of a sesheyan. This attitude comes from humankind’s innate fear of the dark and the creatures that inhabit it. Even the most primitive sesheyan finds this reaction mildly amusing. Though a sesheyan is a born hunter, he is also a being who might seem cold and aloof but actually has a profound respect for all life and his place in its natural cycle.

Technology is new and alien to sesheyans. They can learn to use hightech equipment, but many of them never become completely comfortable with it, and some deeply religious sesheyans refuse to have anything to do with it. Sesheyan heroes belong to the small group of sesheyans who have overcome their disinclination toward using hightech equipment—they’ll operate a computer, or a station on a spaceship, if they have to, but that doesn’t mean they have to like it.

Sesheyans make excellent Free Agents, serving as spies, scouts, or even bounty hunters when they enter galactic society. A smaller number take up the profession of Combat Spec, and fewer still are Diplomats. Except for heroes who have overcome their natural distrust of technology, sesheyan Tech Ops are almost unheard of.

History

The sesheyans emerged from their prehistory only a short time ago. They are in the aboriginal stage of development, keeping oral histories and working with tools no more complicated than stone blades and wooden spears. Everything is mystical and magical to the sesheyans, and most of their culture is organized into tribes headed by either the best hunter or the most powerful shaman.

They call their world “Sheya,” which means simply “hunting land” in their language. “Sesheyans” means “hunters of the land.” In the sesheyan point of view, the world was made to provide its children sustenance, and the hunters are the undisputed masters of that world.

When human star vessels reach the sesheyan homeworld, they find superstitious hunters still locked in the stoneage. Though many sesheyans may decide to travel the stars as allies of the galactic community, most remain planet bound, steadfastly clinging to their old beliefs and traditions.

A sesheyans leathery flesh comes in shades that fall within the human range of skin lone, but he is obviously a creature of the night. Sesheyans are built to function in darkness with more precision and grace than humans demonstrate even in broad daylight. In the perpetual-twilight jungles of Sheya, the sesheyans’ senses serve them well. The ground, the great trees with their tangles of vines and branches, and even the mist-filled air are the sesheyans home, for his wings give him access to places landbound creatures can never reach. With eyes built to function in minimal illumination and ears sensitive to the slightest noise, these creatures have unparalleled hunting skills in obscured or low-light conditions.

Away from the low-intensity light of their homeworld, sesheyans must wear protective goggles to shield their sensitive eyes.

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