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Race Name: Comencian

Home world/s: Comencia
Language/s: Comencian (only natives speak it; examples like Astra were raised off world and unaware of it)

Biology and Appearance
Average Lifespan: 250 years
Average Height: 3'9" - 4'1"
Skin Color: Human skin tones
Hair Color: Human hair colours
Physical Distinctions: Two sets of large translucent blue insect wings on their backs, one larger pair and one smaller pair beneath them. Physically small. Strong floral scent that resembles a strong floral perfume surrounding them at all times. They are female only, despite having the ability to reproduce. The male of the species has not been discovered.

Race Strengths: Able to fly and move with incredible speed. They can either fly very quickly with their larger set of wings, making an audible buzzing as they do so but able to move quickly, or to hover and move slower but silently with their smaller set. They have incredibly fast reaction times honed from generations of survival instincts. They are naturally resistant to ninety percent of poisons, including alcohol, having had to survive on a planet in which poison is used by various predators. As something that can vary between a strength and a weakness, they give off a strong floral scent, on their home planet to help them blend in to their environment of giant flowers, but out of their environment, it smells something like an extremely strong floral perfume. Attractive to some, but too strong for others.
Race Weaknesses: They are physically incredibly weak. Evolved to be as light as possible to move quickly, they have literally no muscle tone beyond that required to move their incredibly light frames. They cannot lift or move objects that most species would not even consider having weight behind them. It is also impossible for them to build further muscle mass. As this would be a disadvantage to flight, no amount of exercise will change their muscle tone. They are incredibly light, weighing between twelve and fifteen pounds, and as such, cannot move, fly or operate in strong winds or heavy rain. They cannot ingest meat under any circumstances, it is poisonous to them. Their strong floral scent can both be off putting to some in proximity (it smells much like a person simply wearing far too much perfume) and an active disadvantage to stealth. Their wings are incredibly sensitive, if injured in any way the pain is overwhelming, but if stroked gently, it can be extremely sexually arousing for the Comencian. Honey appears to have the same affect as alcohol on other species on them, but also is incredibly addictive to them, leaving them madly craving it and becoming incredibly intoxicated very quickly upon ingesting it.
Race Distinctions: Apart from their unique physical aspects as described above, they have a very distinctive psychology. Unlike other species in the universe, they have no 'fight or flight' mechanism evolved in to their instincts, as a species like the Comencian trying to fight the vicious predators of their homeworld would have only resulted in their death. As such, they are incapable of feeling aggression or the desire to physically harm somebody. For them, anger is not related to violence, they are unable to become aggressive towards a person. They are, naturally, more cowardly than most species, as their instinct is to flee, but like all species, this can be overwhelmed with the right emotions and courage.

They are capable of 'fighting' (as much as their physical aspects allow), but to do so is a conscious, logical decision, and never driven by instinct.

Brief History

The Comencian species has not evolved much over their existence due to their nature. Surviving in small colonies loosely associated, and living off the fruit of the land, they've had no need (nor the strength) to build anything or construct anything, and therefore their existence has been a static one. The only change came in a visit by Imperial scientists who abducted many Comencians to experiment upon and to investigate.

An essay from an Imperial scientist on this matter can be found below:

Primary Intelligent Life Form Study: Comencia

A research paper and proposal by Dr Elizabeth Weaver

There are many reasons to be fascinated by what many would consider to be the primary life form on Comencia, currently named the rather obvious 'Comencian', and all of these I shall attempt to touch upon within this body of work. Primarily, we must consider this a species that lives on a world ripe with hostile predators. This is not unusual. There are many examples of vicious hunter species that have evolved to survive on worlds such as this throughout the galaxy. It is, however, relatively rare to find a species that has evolved purely to avoid conflict, such as these 'faeries' (a nickname that is both ridiculously inaccurate and very childish, but one that I confess it is not difficult to see its origin).

The basic structure of the female is that of a human, albeit one roughly four feet tall on average, and with large insectoid wings. Their bone structure is much thinner than ours, and the bones themselves are hollow. Their nature makes them also somewhat brittle, although for the species as a whole, that is not an issue. Their muscle structure is very limited, their muscles being tiny and without any density, resulting in a species that weighs, on average, 14lb. This allows them to stand on the thin flower petals of the giant plants found on their homeworld quite comfortably. Comencia is not a low gravity world that would usually accommodate for this, and instead, it appears the species has grown to value the speed of their wings (a subject I shall touch upon shortly) rather than their own muscular-skeletal power. While still relatively lacking in power, their strongest muscular area appears to be their fingers, making me suspect that they lift objects by grasping it, and then allowing their wings to do the work, rather than lifting directly with their own muscle mass, given that it would make lifting even the smallest of objects nearly impossible. Any weight greater than a kilogram appeared to be too heavy for the creatures to lift, and some smaller examples of the species were unable to move even a 500 gram weight. This raises the question that if they gathered fruit, how did they carry it back to their homes? I theorise only the male species could answer this question.

Their wings are large, translucent affairs, made up of two pairs. The primary pair are almost two feet in diameter, and create a tell-tale buzzing when in use. Using them, they appear to be able to fly up to heights of at least 100 feet, and possibly much higher. We at first thought that the smaller wings were simply for control, but it appears that they can support themselves, in a much more limited manner, using only the smaller pair of wings. This creates no noise at all, and thus we must speculate is used only when the creatures wish to avoid detection. They appear to be able to fly only a couple of feet using these, and it would be safe to assume they only use them to move from petal to petal on their homeworld undetected. A theory that some of Dr Cutter's own observations would support. The wings appear to be able to fold away behind the back, perhaps to protect them from damage.

Another fascinating trait is the creature's scent. The species appears to secrete in its sweat something that could only be described as a very strong perfume. Comments from those present on Comencia mention the overwhelming scent of flowers on the planet, and since we also speculate predators on that world hunt via smell, these life forms must have evolved to disguise their scent by matching the smell of flowers. There is also trace elements of pheromones in their scent, making it perhaps resemble market scents more than one might expect, although somewhat greater in strength. Theories on whether or not this can be in somewhat way marketed shall be discussed in a further paper. As it is, it presents another interesting twist upon this species. Having evolved upon a world where smell is one of the many sources of identifying prey, they have evolved to disguise their scent, rather than simply not have a strong one at all, which in of itself may have appeared suspicious on their homeworld.

We have observed that many of the females have filed their nails to a point, making them a sharp edge. The suspected reason for this is that they use the crude blade of their long fingernails to cut fruit free of the plants on which they grow, given that their need for lightness stops them from carrying a blade. This also reveals their dietary requirements. They appear able to stomach any type of fruit, but meat causes severe vomiting, illness, and when test subjects have been forced to continue, eventual death. This does not appear to be a natural state for their nails, but it does reveal that they feel no pain in any part of their finger nails to use them in such a manner.

Their blood takes on a slightly more purple hue than our own, and appears to be highly resistant to poisons. A natural trait, given the poisonous barb on the planet's main predators. Interestingly, this gives the species a high alcohol resistance. Some of the men seemed rather less keen on the nickname 'faerie' after they were drunk under the table by one or two of them! This also extends to their immune system. Ninety percent of common bacteria we exposed them to was destroyed with no ill effect upon the life form.

They have an advanced language, and appear to be able to communicate on a sophisticated level. We have already taught some basic, and they have picked it up with ease. Despite their primitive technologies, they appear to be surprisingly intelligent.

To me, however, perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the species is its psychology. Throughout their captivity, and during their capture, not once were any of our researchers attacked by the species. Having examined the alien's brain activities when placed under immense stress, we made a startling discovery.

Every species in this galaxy shares certain psychological traits. One of these is the result of adrenaline. In a dangerous situation, the body becomes primed to either fight, or run away. The 'fight or flight' reaction. It is the basis for so much in our society. Why do we become aggressive when we become angry? Why are we able of greater physical feats when frightened? Because our body primes us to be so. In the Comencian alien's brain activity, the reaction that occurs is notably different. There is no 'fight' element. Adrenaline appears to prime the body for one of two courses of actions, but neither factor in to attacking. One sends blood to necessary muscles to work the larger pair of wings, and appears to prime the body for rapid and quite literal flight. In other words, to flee the scene as fast as possible. The other appears to prime the muscles to freeze, and readies the smaller wings. This, in comparison with the infra-red scans discovering many of the species hiding in the flowers on Comencia, suggests that instead they prime a 'flight or hide' adrenal reaction (I admit, not quite as memorable as 'fight or flight'). This makes sense, of course, when we consider their muscle structure. They cannot fight the larger, more aggressive predators on the world below them. Instead, they either flee or hide, a talent their entire bodies appear primed for.

However, this rewrites their entire personality. Anger in this species does not lead to aggression. At least, not as we think of it. Comencian interview subjects have confessed, under stress, to desire to see harm done to the stressor, but never has the thought crossed their mind that they should be the ones inflicting said harm. As a species, the option of physical violence appears to simply not be there, and judging by our brain activity scans, this appears to be on a very basic, instinctual level.

I propose the following research. One of the captures Comencians was pregnant. I would like to see the child removed from the mother as soon as possible and raised in one of our Imperial slave camps. It is vitally important that no other Comencians enter into this scenario. The child should not even know of its species. As a piece of research, it shall be the ultimate proof of nature vs. nurture. Raised in ordinary circumstances, how much of an impact shall the Comencian's basic instincts have on its personality? Surrounded by human aggression, will the creature really not develop a fight mechanism? If we find that it shall, we shall prove that we can bend these aliens to our will, and it would show much promise for rehabilitation of future species into the Empire.

Interestingly, the creatures also lack that instinct that is present in so many civilised species; the fear of the dark. Even the bravest human, if plunged into a maze, would show signs of increased fear and adrenaline if the lights were killed. Interestingly, the Commencians respond in the opposite manner. They appear to be scared of the light. At least, a sudden, bright light causes an instinctive sudden quickening of the heart rate. I suspect they sleep in the closed over giant flowers on their homeworld, and thus have evolved to fear sudden emerging light as that would imply something finding them in their hiding place.

As of present, no information on the male of the species is available. Due to the small size of the females, any attempts at cross-breeding with males have so far failed.

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