Why, hello there all you happy little Humans. J This here is a piece I am submitting for the newly revamped group, World-Craft. It’s pretty neat being able to take part in this little game again. This species was actually originally designed to be a part of my Nexus project, but they’re not so canon that I’m not willing to put them up as something else… Now then, on to the description…
The Ooma are a recently evolved intelligent species native to the world of Zondu. Planet Zondu shares a close orbit with its twin celestial body Hru, its large moon. The worlds’ close proximity and Zondu’s thin shell of light elements have resulted in a world of irregular landmasses, many shallow seas of water, and numerous archipelagos and island chains. Most of the land is covered in think forests, fueled by the dense, think atmosphere rich in oxygen, and plentiful seasonal monsoons. The thick jungles have sheltered the Ooma race’s evolution and societal development on into their still as-yet homeworld-bound civilization. Although they evolved from a line of animals known for hive societies, Ooma themselves have become a race of individuals, yet still possess a strong empathetic sense towards others. They have most recently developed steam engines and ceramic clockwork, in addition to their highly advanced botanical engineering.
Ooma possess a vertebrate-like general body plan, and have become specialized at living within their lush, wet home. Their serpentine bodies are strong and flexible, protected by tough armored scales, and average at about one and a half to two meters in length. They are limbless save for a pair of highly specialized arms. An Ooma’s arms are short, yet powerful, and possess an exceptionally useful appendage known as a “phalangichord.” This long, whip-like digit is derived from cartilagous fingertips. It is flexible, muscular, sensitive, and can be very dexterous in aiding the Ooma in swinging through trees and buildings, grooming and caressing, and handling objects and tools. Their streamlined bodies allow Ooma to be both agile acrobats and strong swimmers.
At the front of the body is the Ooma’s head. Long and beak-like, it houses their triple-lobed brain. Ooma are primarily herbivorous, and their intricately serrated beaks are suited to nip away are various fruits, nuts, and the occasional small animal. Ooma have very good hearing, and can listen to many frequencies along their lateral lines across their bodies, which also aid in their sense of orientation and balance. These lines terminate in small, yet sensitive inner ears in their heads. They communicate via complex vocal languages and songs. Their voices are quite versatile, given that they have triple-jointed tongues. Their eyesight is keen and not much different from a Human’s, except theirs extends into the higher light spectrum.At the opposite end of their bodies, Ooma possess a thick, sturdy cleft of a tail, which counterbalances their heads. There are extra sets of finely tuned ear-like membranes along the sides which are key during mating. Female Ooma can generate high-pitched clicking and chirping noises by rubbing specialized scales together. The frequencies and rhythms are used to stimulate males during intercourse. Females possess a detachable, corkscrew-like uterus containing eggs, which burrows into the male’s cloacae to meet with internal penis and become inseminated with sperm. In this way, the male becomes pregnant with three to five pups on average. The female regrows a new uterus within a few months as she helps tend to her husband and children.