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The Kicath are a species of pseudo-reptilian bipeds native of the planet Paclernos, located in the Milky Way Galaxy. Though a highly prominent race in the history of the First Gigaquadrant, the Kicath are equally engimatic by nature - holding complex philosophies regarding morality and codes of conduct regarding their place in the universe. Known primarily as both builders and warriors, the Kicath are highly intelligent entities, though often prefer to keep their own counsel.

An ancient race by the standards of the First Gigaquadrant, the Kicath have traveled the stars for hundreds of millennia longer than almost all others that exist now; this is likely thought to be due to their aptitude and ingenuity regarding technological advancement. Though many civilisations regard themselves as contemporaries to the Kicath, very few are privy to understanding the Kicath's collective attitudes towards the universe.

History[]

Native to the world of Paclernos, the Kicathian race has lasted longer than many others - archaeological evidence suggests that the Kicath have been a developed, sentient race for approximately a million years. The vast age of their race has however brought several difficulties into the chronicling their history; very little to no literature remains of their culture before their ascension to space. It is believed that societally, the Kicath held more religious beliefs and possibly maintained a theocratic government in their ancient history. As their spacefaring civilisation has existed for more then seven hundred millennia, even accurate accounts of their existence in space has vague account before other extant civilisations began to record them.

The subject of the Kicathian race having existed for such a long time has been one of great interest to those who study their ways - it is thought that through the millennia, Kicathian ideology has shifted so many times to perpetuate their survival that they have taken on roles of both peacemakers and destroyers of civilisation. As time has continued, Kicathian philosophy has developed into such complexity that few other than educated Kicath understand.

Characteristics[]

Biology[]

Typically defined as pseudo-reptilian bipeds, the Kicath are a species that exhibit some unusual evolutionary traits. Standing at an average height of 3.66 metres tall, Kicath are among the taller species of the First Gigaquadrant, and few of their species can grow to a height in excess of four metres. Due to Paclernos' high ultraviolet radiation, the Kicath have evolved an quasi-exoskeletal structure on their skin, akin to metallic scales. Kicathian skin is typically a shade of brown among males and blue among females as the main marker of sexual dimorphism, and can vary widely. Kicath also exhibit genetic mutations regarding skin colour; a small number possess a deep black skin colour with little to no red or blue pigmentation. Biologically, Kicath live over four hundred years on average. This is often augmented by cybernetic enhancements as well as technologies that have eliminated diseases they can suffer.


Society, Culture and Behaviour[]

I often think of them as children think of their parents - they commit strange acts that we do not understand until we are the elders ourselves. But to understand over seven hundred thousand years of collective societal development and thought is perhaps something we will never come to know.


It is often emphasised that the psychological processing of the Kicath, alongside their intelligence, make them difficult to understand. Some claim that the Kicath border on transentient intelligence regarding their understandings of the universe, though to many others this projects itself as a species of unusually cold and insular beings. Kicath exhibit similar social characteristics and behaviours to many other species in the First Gigaquadrant, as well as comprehensive understandings of art and literature, though they are often reluctant to share such information with any other than their own race. It is often thought that Kicath are a race of xenophobes due to their curt demeanour to others, though it is often emphasised by the Kicath themselves that they prize directness and formality over other forms of communication, and thus informal communication is seen otherwise as a form of familiarity or insincerity. Kicathian culture is not particularly well documented despite their longevity. It is often summarized as something akin to a military-caste culture, where discipline and codes of conduct regarding their philosophies and directions govern their lives. Kicath have both socially and psychologically evolved beyond the necessity of reproduction, and thus concepts such as family and ancestral lineages are viewed as ideas of duty rather than natural happenstance. This has also led to the idea of marriage between families as becoming wholly arranged rather than not; thus, the Kicathian concepts and philosophies of love are far more complex and systematic than humans. It is not to say that Kicath are incapable of loving, though their considerations of it extend into much greater detail.

Despite their higher collective intelligence, Kicathian culture is not homogeneous among themselves. Kicath are known to have highly differing opinions regarding their own stance in the universe alongside that of other races; whilst many are content to live alongside foreigners, others believe that their superior intelligence grants them dominion over others. While it is not a common viewpoint among Kicathian civilians, many self-employed Kicath that exist outside of their territories tend to uphold that sentiment. Societally, Kicath also tend to reject notions of religion and spiritual belief as something to be taken as a truth; thus, they tend to discourage doctrinal beliefs such as Spodism among themselves. Kicathian society is not antitheistic by law and many civilisations that have been integrated into the Kicathian Coalition have maintained their religions, though Kicath themselves tend to be irreligious. In a similar vein, Kicath have complex views regarding immortality. While many Kicath have rendered themselves immortal through technological developments, many see this as controversial and possibly immoral. As a result, few Kicath have lived innumerable lifetimes.

Individuals[]

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