Pontik

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The Pontik are a somewhat humanoid species of omnivorous ravine and cavern dweling sentients from the planet Tys, they form the largest part of the population of the Tysian Sphere. Notable is that on any given world, the Tys are often a minority, with most of the inhabitants being member of one of the many client races.


Species Origins

Homeworld: Tys
Scientific Name: Tys Pontik
Evolutionary History: The Pontik evolved from a genus of ambush predators and scavengers, which led to an early pack mentality and eventually sentience.
Earliest Evidence of Civilization: ~ -20000 CE
Enlightenment Date: 2158

Biology

Anatomy: Although not evolutionarily derived from the insectile life found on Earth and nor do they meet all the requirements for classification as insects, the Pontik do share some notable similarities, leading to their eventual classification as 'Xenoinsecta'. The most obvious insectile traits the Pontik possess are a chitinous exoskeleton, three pairs of jointed limbs (although the pair on the thorax has evolved into a typical unspecialised girdle) and a body which is separated into three clear segments. However the Pontik do not seem to possess the antenna or compound eyes typical to Earth's insects. Most obviously though, the Pontik possess the enlarged head typical of a sentient species.
Physiology: The Pontik mostly adhere to the Terran organ layout, although the lungs are located in the otherwise largely hollow shell behind the head, with the heart located at the base of the neck. This allows for a larger digestive system in the torso, allowing Pontik a generally more diverse diet and increased resistance to the many poisons of the Tysian biosphere.
Genetics: Carbon based DNA
Reproduction: The Pontik are quite typically oviparous, laying large quantities of externally fertilised eggs, however, egg fertilisation is unreliable and eggs take a long time to hatch, so population growth is usually slow. When a society requires a large amount of population growth, egg fertilisation can be centralised or even industrialised, although such measures are seen as repulsive.
Life Cycle: Pontik start out as 'eggs' which, when successfully fertilised, will try to absorb nutrients from their surroundings, to be supplied by the parenting pack, this results in eggs that grow along with the hatchling inside. The resulting hatchling will be smaller than an adult Pontik and with considerably shorter legs, often clinging onto adults when not at a settlement. During puberty they undergo a pupal stage before emerging as adults.
Diet: Omnivore
Sleep Cycle: Pontik have a very variable sleeping cycle due to their preference for underground environments, usually spending a third of the time asleep in cycles between fifteen and thirty-seven hours. When on the surface they are nocturnal.

Psychology

Overview: Psychologically speaking the Pontik are highly focussed on a pack mentality. Eggs are grouped together into packs of ten before hatching. Packs generally stay together as a cohesive unit for the entirety of the lives of its members. Pontik society is strictly divided between interactions within the pack and interactions between packs. Within a pack everyone is equal, with one first-among-equals to make time-sensitive decisions and deal with orders from any superiors, while the other nine members give orders to subordinates. Packmates pick or are assigned professions and specialisations similar and complimentary to those of his packmates. Society beyond the pack level is generally a strict hierarchy, with each pack having one liege and nine subordinates. Some specialist packs such as bodyguards may be directly subordinate to a very high-ranking pack but have no subordinates itself.

Society & Culture

Sexuality: Hermaphroditic
Gender Roles: N/a, see above
Language: Trentic, Tyrlitian
Art/Music: Pontik art is only slightly less diverse than Terran art, but emphasis is put on works that inspire the audience to find new goals and ways of reaching them
Religion: Hero and ruler worship is common, a but only very little attention is paid to deities. Strict adherence to and enforcement of their philosophical concepts can verge on the religious.
Philosophical Concepts: Tysian society strongly believes in structure within change. A belief that assumes nothing is permanent, but that certain factors creating that change are almost perfectly constant. Notable example are the Eternal Expansion and the Balance of Power.

Psionics

Psionic Potential: Yes
Rate of Occurance: Extremely rare
Relative Power: Weak
Role In Society: Negligible