Teshari

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The Teshari are reptilian pack predators from the Skrell homeworld. While they evolved alongside the Skrell, their interactions with them tended to be confused and violent, and until peaceful contact was made they largely stayed in their territories on and around the poles, in tundral terrain far too desolate and cold to be of interest to the Skrell. In more enlightened times, the Teshari are a minority culture on many Skrell worlds, maintaining their own settlements and cultures, but often finding themselves standing on the shoulders of their more technologically advanced neighbours when it comes to meeting and exploring the rest of the galaxy.

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Feathered raptor people native to the Skrell homeworld. Pack-based society; cannot function well alone (although any company will do, even a maintenance drone or a space carp). Very quick, small enough to be picked up, and very fragile. Extremely keen of hearing.


NOTE: Due to their diminutive size, they cannot use large, two-handed weapons, such as (but not limited to) fireaxes, shotguns, machine guns, rifles, carbines, swords, or baseball bats. Smaller weapons such as knives, pistols, hatchets, machine pistols, energy guns, etc. may be used, but due to their heavy recoil automatic weapons should not be used in the "burst fire" setting.

Relations

The Teshari haven't really met any other species, barring the Skrell, in a diplomatic sense yet. They're pretty new to the galactic stage!

Government

There are around eight million Teshari on the Skrell homeworld. Some of them prefer to use Ka'merr to describe themselves, believing that it shows that they are better and more deserving allies to the Skrell; this is often seen as sycophantic and something of a betrayal of their species, especially if it's done in a social context with non-Skrell.

Teshari communities maintain a local council of elders and influential figures who are considered to speak for the Teshari population of that settlement. This does not extend to their regional, isolated cousins in the barren tundral polar regions; the most isolationist and aggressive groups within Teshari culture never leave these regions and refuse to make use of most Skrellian technology, insisting that the Teshari as a whole will not develop properly if they continue to rely on the generosity of their neighbors. The most fanatical of these groups believe that the Skrell have stolen the planet and the potential of their future from them, and incite for race wars and the ejection of the Skrell; luckily these groups are tiny and nearly universally reviled.

Many Skrell societies offer Teshari the opportunity to apply for citizenship. Complications tend to exist in the caste placing for the Teshari in these societies, as the definition of their caste is not easy to determine when they are coming in. There are societies that have decided to place the Teshari in their own caste, and while not often included in political debates, there are those Qerr-Katish that push for more inclusion of the newer members of their society. Teshari involved in the political scene have historically often been viewed as representatives for their culture as a whole, but there have been recent realizations of the different political standings that may exist in different packs.

However, Teshari cannot participate in Skrellian politics outside of a regional level, and even then only if they are speaking on behalf of a large Teshari population in a Skrell city.

Physiology

The Teshari are very small, rarely reaching more than 2-3'/1m in height, and weigh less than 90lbs/40kg. They have rapid metabolisms and very efficient digestive systems, and thanks to sharing in the medical technology of the Skrell, they tend to have robust and effective immune systems.

They evolved for very cold and very barren areas, generally the polar regions. Because of this, their skin is a fine insulator and many of their internal processes are not particularly energy-efficient; they cannot cope well at all with high temperatures.

Their hearing is exceptionally sensitive to the point that they can detect a person moving on the other side of a wall, but comes at the cost of being extremely vulnerable to sonic weaponry like flashbangs.

The Teshari are omnivorous but generally prefer to eat meat wherever possible.

Life Cycle

A breeding pair of Teshari, generally supported by their social grouping/pack, will lay a clutch of eggs and tend to them until they hatch. The parenthood of the resulting children is generally irrelevant; the entire pack is their family and protectors, although their blood parents may have a status similar to that of an favourite uncle or aunt in human culture. Depending on the culture of their society, as well as how tied to the Skrell they are, Teshari children may enter the workforce as soon as they are old enough, be placed in education, or take up a vocation. When a Teshari dies, they are given the funeral rites appropriate to their culture. Generally this involves eating their dead religiously or conducting sky burials.

Society & Culture

Teshari culture is extremely social and open; privacy is not important to most Teshari other than the most Skrell-integrated groups, and communal activities like grooming, eating or watching entertainment are part and parcel of Teshari life. Those Teshari who are able to leave the planet via spacecraft will generally be more aware of the social expectations of other cultures, especially if they have spent much time around Skrell in a social setting.

Some Skrell cities, generally those bordering Teshari territory, may have sections of the city inhabited by Teshari exclusively; this is largely because standard Skrell construction and buildings are utterly unsuitable for Teshari habitation. While each district tends to differ in societal nature, these quarters tend to be open-aired and heavily decorated, and due to the communal nature of the Teshari are often treated as a single large dwelling.

Generally speaking, modern Teshari living in urban areas will find work easily as hospitality staff, clerks, technicians, or any number of tasks that require little heavy lifting. Many of them also work as personal assistants and house staff for Skrell individuals or businesses, although amongst the Teshari this is seen as rather demeaning. Generally, even in the modern era, Skrell tend to overlook Teshari applicants for more intellectual positions, a situation that is being actively addressed by sponsorship programs to get more Teshari into scientific and industrial fields. More regional areas tend to offer Teshari work as guides, foragers and such, but these areas also tend to be occupied by the more territorial portions of the Teshari, leading to a poor reputation amongst the locals due to aggressive and often isolationist behavior.

Teshari tend to build low, open-roofed dwellings with plenty of room for leaping and gliding, although this is an increasingly rare architectural style on imperial worlds where living space is at a premium. Living spaces will be owned by entire packs rather than individuals or couples, although smaller, one or two-person dwellings may be found within a larger territory. Even at its most solitary, Teshari society has nothing that a human would call privacy.

Until quite recently, Teshari were rarely if ever found outside of Skrell worlds due to their dependance on their pack and the fact that the vast majority of Skrell vessels are not designed for tiny, fragile raptor people. This has changed recently with a number of investments into some of the larger Teshari-occupied areas and they are beginning to be seen on human civilian stations and in the wider galactic community.

The Teshari name for Qerrbalak is Sirisai.

Technology

Teshari are directly equivalent to the Skrell in most of the formal sciences, having easy access to information and theory on topics such as mathematics, physics, etc. However, they lag behind in fields of applied science such as engineering and medicine, as most of the research conducted by the Skrell specifically caters to Skrellian physiology and needs. The Teshari also lack anything resembling centralized government or infrastructure, greatly limiting industry, fabrication, and manufacturing capacity. As such, most of the high technology they use was created by Skrellian hands or imported from offworld, and until recently attempts by the Teshari at adapting this technology for tasks such as spaceflight were hampered by the relative fragility of Teshari bones and other similar problems.