The Zephyran

Species Origins

Homeworld: Thyella
Class: Mammalia
Scientific Name: (I've got nothing. Nearest would be some sorta bat)
Evolutionary History: The Zephyran evolved on a large, temperate world from small, winged mammals.
Earliest Evidence of Civilization: -35,000 CE
Enlightenment Date: 2851 CE

Biology

Anatomy: Averages about 1.4m from tail to muzzle in males, 1.8m for females. Organs are protected by underneath the ribcage. Highly developed tympanic membranes inside the ears send an accurate "view" of an individual's surroundings to the brain, allowing the Zephyran to move in darkness.
Physiology: The head is wide, accomodating a large brain. The eyes are relatively poor. Wide ears are based on the sides of the skull towards the dorsal side. Zephyrans possess a long, pointed muzzle. A flexible membrane stretches from the upper set of limbs to the lower set, allowing for gliding or short periods of flying. The hands have two clawed, dextrous digits, and an opposable thumb. The feet have two digits facing in each direction. They are large, muscular, and clawed. The body is covered in a soft fur, except on the wing membranes. A short tail help to keep balance while walking, which is done on all fours with the wings folded.
Genetics: Carbon-based DNA
Reproduction: Zephyrans require internal fertilization and birth live young.
Gestation Period: 7 months
Life Cycle: Pup, Youngling, Adolescent, Adult
Diet: Omnivorous
Sleep Cycle: Zephyrans tend to sleep roughly 6 hours out of every 24.

Psychology

Overview: The Zephyran are philosophical. They tend to try avoiding conflict, unless it is necessary. Overall, they are an intellectual species.

Society & Culture

Sexuality: Very accepting of all views. They see sex as something done more for personal enjoyment. However, the males almost always show the utmost respect for the females.
Gender Roles: The females are considered to be the heads of households. Males are respectul of them.
Language: High and Low Zephyran
Art/Music: Art and music play central roles in their culture. Orchestral music is composed to produce images (echolocation plays a part) within the listener's senses. Art leans more towards literary pursuits, such as poetry.
Religion: Varied. The ancestral religion is Thriskeia, which believes in one omnipresent being called Psychi. The Zephuran believe that every soul has worth, and that after death, one returns to the omnipresent essence of the universe. Depending on one's actions, they either become a positive or negative thing.
Philosophical Concepts: The Zephuran are great thinkers. They believe in finding meaning in chaos, and melding the spiritual and scientific world.

Psionics

Psionic Potential: Yes
Rate of Occurrence: Medium to rare
Relative Power: Low (usually)
Role In Society: Oracles, spiritual guides