Hey guys. I hope you’re all having pleasant holiday seasons so far. Thanksgiving break is coming up for me, so that means time with family. Don’t forget to remember what you’re all thankful for too.
Anyway, I haven’t been as active here on DA lately as I’d like to have been. So, here’s one of my Nexus project’s many sophont races; one that I’ve had in mind for a long time too. Enjoy.
ETS Overview: Xzjgru’mjgz
The Xzjgru’mjgz, or simply “Xzrume” as Humans pronounce it, are a widespread hive-mind sophont race native to the Speckle Wall Galaxy, a giant elliptical galaxy. Specifically, they are from the second moon, Djzru, of the second plant, the jovian Ezzxai’eil. Their home world is one of very low gravity, and a think super-oxygenated atmosphere. As is typical for slow-changing hive-minds, the Xzrume are still as lively today as they were in ancient times. Their First Contact with Cosmic Civilization occurred 111 million years ago. Xzrume were a difficult and often volatile species to interact with for most other sophonts. Many of early ambitions were carried out through aggressive expansion, and only similar collective-minds or types they found useful were readily tolerated.
By the time they had established themselves as a major influence in their home galaxy, 66 million years ago, the more corrupted factions finally began to get the better of them. These factions spawned a terribly great evil, one that was large player in the final Omniscide war. The unfathomable carnage that followed very nearly wiped out the Xzrume, as it did all other life throughout the universe. This had a profound effect on the hive-mind, even though they were able to fare better than most others. The Xzrume had experienced true smallness, near-collective-brain-death, for one of the only times in their recorded history. The only other time was in their prehistory. Through this, the Xzrume began to fully understand the concepts of symbiosis, and the dangers of their own hubris, isolation, and power corruption. After recovering, the Xzrume were quick to offer their assistance to other struggling sophonts. Through these actions, they spread far and wide to this day, prospering on informational exchanges and symbiosis with many factions of the universe.
Individual Xzrume themselves are built for aerial speed, agility, and durability. Their frame-work bodies are supported by cartilage skeletons, capable of regenerating entire limbs if severed. Various pumping spiracles are located at many joints across their bodies, leading to a web of complex air sacs throughout their bodies. Two hearts, one anterior, the other posterior, circulate clear hemolymph-like blood. Their heads are comprised mainly of large eyes and flexible jaws and mandibles. Although this head is where the primary nerve ganglia reside, up to seven secondary ganglia are positioned around their bodies. If properly tended to, an individual Xzrume is even able to eventually regenerate their head, in case of decapitation. They possess highly efficient immune systems, and regulate their body temperatures externally. In colder weather, they rely on communal huddling behavior for mutual warmth. All these abilities are enhanced in modern types of Xzrume, making them very adaptable.
Xzrume reproduce through males and females. Male drones fertilize female breeders, who then lay eggs. These eggs hatch to become any number of castes in a Xzrume hive. The type of cast an egg will hatch into can be controlled by regulating the incubation temperature, and can be further specialized by feeding young Xzrume specific diets. An individual modosapient hive can consist of a few dozen, to several thousand. Xzrume Ultras can fluctuate in more wildly, or consist of several modo-hives.Xzrume hives are as varied as any individual mind is. Many hives make livings for themselves by forming symbiotic relationships in various niches throughout Cosmic Civilization. Acting as anything from ship crews, sanitation managers, energy distributers, scientists, terraformers, constructionists, armies, mercenaries, or even business agents, the Xzrume have established themselves to be ever-present figures in daily life for a long time.
I had drawn this a few months ago, actually. Thanks.
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"Evolve and Grow." -- The Universe
Thanks, I am rather pleased with how that turned out.
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