Dojarik
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Factfile

The Dojarik are a sentient, bipedal race from the planet of Eisai in the Sykun system on the rimward edge of the Tysian Sphere. The are an almost completely demilitarised species reliant on the Tys Kril, and later Tysian splinter groups, for protection. This absorption into the Tys Kril as a client race was welcomed by the majority of the Dojarik as the species places little importance on concepts like nationalism. Rather, the Dojarik are content to remain under the rule and proection of the Pontik, so long as their homeworld, and the Great Library of Eisai remain under their own direct control.

In fact, greater than 99% of the Dojarik species live within Sykun, with the majority based on Eisai itself. Seeing a Dojarik outside of Sykun is an extremely rare occurance, and seeing one outside of the Tysian Sphere would be all but an impossibility. Despite this, and contrary to popular belief, the Dojarik are not xenophobic, and welcome tourism on Eisai and the Great Library.


Species Origins

Homeworld: Eisai
Class: Xenomammalia
Scientific Name:
Evolutionary History:
Earliest Evidence of Civilization:
Enlightenment Date: ~ 15500BCE

Biology

Anatomy: Grossly speaking, the Dojarik are a small and wiry species, with males standing between around 140cm tall and females considerably bigger at around 160cm tall. Otherwise their anatomies are quite similar beyond differing primary and secondary sexual organs. All Dojarik are covered in a thick, dry epidermis interspersed with small, hardened plates. These protective plates can often be seen clusted at several joints like the elbows, knuckles or knees.

Dojarik bones are hollow and relatively thin, and resultantly require only small muscles to leverage them. This, and the relatively low water content of most Dojarik tissue accounts for their light weight (between 30-40Kg). Their skulls are slightly thicker and denser, but are still fragile compared with many species.

Finally, most Dojarik sensory organs are located on the head. They possess organs similar to the ears, mouths, noses, and eyes of several other species. As well as clusters of thin tissue fans around their chins.

Physiology: The thick, leathery skin of the Dojarik is an evolutionary adaptation to the arid deserts that make up much of Eisai's surface. Dojarik loose very little water to the enviroment as a result, and are capable of retaining what little water they do have for long periods of time. Their small, lightweight form also helps maintain a low core temperature in spite of their relatively thick skin. The skin also functions in tandum with secondary eyelids to protect against the harmful abrasive force of sandstorms.

The unusual array of skin fans on the chin serve the function of pheromone receptors and are signifcantly larger in males than in females as females are the main pheromone producers. These pheromones and receptors are primarily evolved for courting behaviours but play several more subtle roles in general social interaction. This likely explains why the black, photoreceptive part of the eye is so large. The role of pheromones probably negated the need for subtle eye movements in communication, allowing more of the eye to be devoted to photoreception if necessary. This grants the Dojarik surprisingly sharp vision at night.

Genetics: Carbon based DNA
Amino Acid Chirality: Dextro
Reproduction: Internal, viviparous
Gestation Period: 5 months
Life Cycle: Development from birth is a relatively fast process in Dojarik, taking only around 8-12 years for an individual to reach adulthood. Like most species, adulthood marks the begining of gradual senescence, and the total lifespan of a typical Dojarik in the modern galaxy is around 70 years for females and 80 for males.
Diet: Omnivores
Sleep Cycle: 3-4 hours

Psychology

Overview: Dojarik are a fairly non aggressive species. They are not immune to being angred, but they are slow to it and rarely result to physical violence when they feel personally slighted. A more common response to a feud is for both parties to target the other's reputation, inflicting damage that way instead. However, such occurances are fairly rare, and co-operation on a general scale is encouraged. This is probably a result of the Dojarik's early history. As the Dojarik were always gathers and scavengers instead of hunters, the developed a co-operative attitude without any heavy aggressive tendencies. Some spectulate that this focus on gathering and hording for survival is what led to the Dojarik's fixation on gathering knowledge for the great library.

Society & Culture

Sexuality:
Gender Roles: Females are larger and notably less numerous than males. In general, their relative scaricity has increased the value of females in society.
Language: Chlik, a fast moving, high pitched language which involves a lot of click consonants.
Art/Music: The Dojarik have a high appreciate for art, both their own and those of alien cultures. Huge sections of the Great Library are devoted to paintings, sculptures, and various sensory artworks of many hundreds of species. While this appreciate tends to flow both ways in general, Dojarik music tends to be less popular outside of Sykun.
Religion: Some Dojarik believe in an all knowing being who has transcended beyond understanding and believe that the pursuit of knowledge can bring them closer to this being. While a popular religion, its followers are still a minority amongst the Dojarik, with most simply placing a philosophical or vaguely spiritual importance of the pursuit of knowledge.
Philosophical Concepts: As a species, the Dojarik have a peculiar fixation with the gathering and retention of knowledge and information. On personal level, most Dojarik have an extremely good memory, although not an eidetic memory. Many Dojarik who are experts in certain fields have a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of their subject.

The greatest example of this mentality is the Great Library of Eisai, the largest collection of organised knowledge in the galaxy. The Dojarik have been known pay extravagant sums of money for rare finds that they can add to the library. To serve as even a basic custodian in the library is considered a great honour, while the 'Great Archivist' of the library is one of the most prominent and influencial figures in Dojarik society.

Psionics

Psionic Potential: No
Rate of Occurrence: N/A
Relative Power: N/A
Role In Society: N/A