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The Ankoran are a member of The Progeny
The Ankoran are a Progenic species of homosaur reptiles originating from the planet Usse, in the Milky Way Galaxy. Although largely united as a species, with a single empire spread across the Milky Way, and Andromeda galaxies, several factions of Ankoran exist.
They are characterised by deep blue scales and a highly religious society, however a non-religious splinter faction has established itself in the Aoshtai Galaxy, independent from, and unknown to, the Ankoran Empire.
Approximately two meters tall, Ankoran take the form of bipedal reptilians, characterised by a hardened shell on their head, and two horns that protrude from the back of the skull, not too dissimilar to a dragon's horns from Human mythology. Strongly muscled, and slightly hunched, they originate from a world where they were one of the smallest species, and thus evolved as scavengers capable of fleeing at a moment's notice. This can still be seen in their leg-structure across the species with powerful musculature in the lower body.
The species has a notable lack of sexual dimorphism comparable to species such as humans - Not even the voice works as a mark of gender, leaving DNA tests, and internal organs as a possible method of determining gender.
Evolving on a planet where they sat at the bottom of the food chain, the Ankoran have developed to prefer large social groups, and to be overtly cautious around matters concerning unknowns. Given that most Ankoran prehistorically would end up eaten by predators, they seem eager to run from a fight when placed in danger, and generally favour escape in a flight or fight response.
Their cautious nature, Ankoran seem unusually slow to come to decisions, spending hours or even days weighing the pros and cons of a particular tactic, or when deciding on whether or not to leave a hiding space, usually waiting for exactly the right moment to move, when all odds are in their favour. They typically view less-cautious races as impulsive and prone to action, and typically shun the less cautious and more impulsive individuals of their own kind. This shunning behaviour is not typically demonstrated with non-Ankoran, with many thinking it to be rude and disrespectful of alien cultures.
Ankoran are primarily meat-eaters, with a dietary composition of approximately 80% meat, and 10% fish products, though the species is capable of consuming non-meat animal-products such as eggs and milk, which make up the last 10% of a typical Ankoran's diet. Eating approximately half their body-weight each day, Ankoran are capable of digesting toxic, poisoned, or rotting meats with little issue, due to a powerful defence mechanism within the body.
The origins of the Ankoran species can be trace back hundreds of thousands of years to the age of the Psal'Jinnai Symmetry. Often referred to as a "world of giants" by natives and aliens alike, the Ankoran homeworld, Usse, provided the Psal'Jinnai with an opportunity to test the survivability of a small sapient species, an act often cited as the Psal'Jinnai equivalent of artistic irony.
The Ankoran were thus uplifted to a degree of sapience thanks in part to genetic modification that allowed the proto-Ankoran species to evolve into what is now considered the Ankua genus' pivotal achievement. The tribes that began to slowly form as this 'sapience gene' spread throughout the species would quickly come to view the Psal'Jinnai as gods, an idea that slowly evolved into modern Ankoran Spodism. This was facilitated by the collapse of the Symmetry and near-extinction of the Psal'Jinnai shortly after the rise of the earliest Ankoran civilisations, which allowed their nature and number to become blurred over the subsequent centuries.
Post-Symmetry, the Ankoran would struggle to evolve into space, always hampered by their small size in comparison to Usse's dangerous and comparitively massive size. This consequently caused the Ankoran to remain stuck in a tribal-era like civilisation for thousands or more years than most other sapient species, limited by space and predation.
Ankoran Dark War
Once the Ankoran people had made their way into space, and established a sprawling colony in the stars, a civil war broke out between two major Ankoran factions, the Holy Ankoran Alliance, and the Ankoran Confederacy; these two powers would fight for control of the Ankoran for nearly thirteen years, assaulting each other's ships, 'liberating' planets, and blockading major trade arteries in hopes of claiming dominance over their rival. While this was initially a mere cold war between ideologically opposing groups, it quickly got hot, and erupted into ceaseless violence. Eventually, with the aid of the newly created Ankoran Templars, the Holy Ankoran Alliance won the war, eventually founding the Holy Ankoran Empire several years later.
Founding the Empire
The current Ankoran state formed approximately three thousand years after the end of the Dark Wars, as the Holy Ankoran Alliance finally absorbed the occupied Ankoran Confederacy, marking the occasion by flying a new flag, influenced in design by both former flags, and rebranding their Alliance as an Empire: Soon after encountering new alien life, though it was not the first encounter with interstellar species, the Ankoran began a new expansion wave, including the formation of the the Vana-Lyrx Gate, a wormhole allowing colony ships to arrive in the Andromeda galaxy.
Deeply spiritualistic, Ankoran society is deeply ingrained with the dominant religion of the species - A unusually peaceful Spodist sect that almost 99.9% of Ankoran follow, according to yearly surveys done at the request of the Ankoran council, which rules the Ankoran Empire. Despite the highly religious theocracy's stance on a single dominant religion, freedom of religion is still free to practice, and is done so by the 00.1% of non-Spodist Ankoran.
Of course, with a single religion dominating so much of the species, Ankoran settlements are almost always with a central cathedral from which the rest of the city or town will be built around. Religious iconography can be seen on sale at almost every store in each settlement, and the local religious leader of a planet, whom will usually answer to the High Priest of the Ankoran Council, is often viewed upon like a celebrity.
Ankoran society holds a variety of known individuals, ranging from politicians, to commanders, to cultural icons.
- Kavaat Sus - One of the more recent Ankoran in the political and military scene - from the planet Lusara, he has risen to prominence in recent years for his impact in the Muaran Resistance, and his rapid rise through the the Ankoran navy.
- Kalia Suuk - A highly skilled, veteran agent of the Ankoran Ghost Programme, she is a highly skilled marksman, though jovial in attitude. Known for her amorous personality, she currently serves in the Teyan Subjugation War with the Muaran Resistance.
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“Interesting species to say the least, if it weren't for our tense relationship with the rest of the Progeny perhaps we could be friends. But alas, letting the Pattern Squids get their tentacles on us again is too great a risk, no one race no matter how god-like must be allowed to rule over our destiny.”
- - Empress of the Night Zuki of the Sacred Vanara Empire
- Ankoran Templars, while a military rank in the Ankoran Empire, are genetically distinct enough to be classified as an entirely different species.