Helmecute

Helmecutes are a species of semi-sentient creatures that inhabit the Helmecute Planet. Their planet is controlled by the Zintoniean Empire and carefully monitored by Zintoniean scientists.

History:

There is very little recorded history of Helmecutes. Ruins and Sarnisian mythology suggest they were involved in a massive, early empire known as the Aaire. However, there is no evidence to suggest Helmecutes have ever had the mental capability of constructing a functioning society; let alone star ships. In 2274 A.D. The Zintoniean Empire discovered the Helmecute Planet and designated it as a restricted colony, wishing to preserve the environment in its natural state. Years later it was discovered a small number of Helmecutes, approximately one in every one hundred thousand, is in fact sentient. Sentient Helmecutes are given full rights under Zintoniean law.

Culture:

Helmecutes don’t have a unified culture to speak of. As the great majority of them are pack hunters there is a hierarchy of Alpha Males and dominate pairs, as is found in most mammal groups. Some sentient Helmecutes have campaigned for independence, but their efforts have mostly been in vain. Most sentient Helmecutes leave the Helmecute Planet and pursue their lives in other parts of the galaxy. Since gaining recognition for their sentience, sentient Helmecutes have developed a full language based on normal Helmecute communication. “Click-tongue” has become a popular language even amongst non-Helmecutes.

Physiology:

Helmecute physiology is some of the most complex in the galaxy. Part avian, part humanoid, Helmecutes have an odd mix of abilities and physical characteristics. Helmecutes have an average lifespan of 900-1000 years. They have purple blood, large pointed ears, brown leathery skin, slate black eyes that see inferred, tall wings extruding from their backs (vestigial, primarily used for balance and defense), hooks on their knees and elbows, claws on their fingers and toes, a venomous tongue, serrated teeth, and they generally stand six and a half feet to seven feet tall. Helmecutes have gargantuan muscles that form a kind of natural body armor. They can survive with extreme trauma to many of their internal organs, and in some cases, with as much as 75% of their blood missing. It has been argued Helmecutes are genetic triplets with Moranians and Sarnisians, but further investigation is needed.

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