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Forms > Umbrites
Umbrites are robust bipeds averaging 1.6 to 2 meters tall,
with deep-set eyes and a set of powerful pincers on their
faces. Descended from a species of subterranean tunnelers,
Umbrites are impressively strong and well-adapted to low-light
a vaguely mammalian biology, Umbrites reproduce much like
insectoids. Umbrites have three genders-males, sterile females,
and fertile females. Before the Umbrites developed technology
and civilization, males existed only to fertilize the females,
and once born the resulting young were fed and raised by
the sterile females. But while their biology has remained
the same, Umbrites have over the millennia developed more
egalitarian ways of handling reproduction and child rearing.
Umbrites come from the densely populated planet of Zhu-Zhu
Hwai in the Triangulum Galaxy, where eight billion citizens
live in elaborately constructed underground warrens ranging
in population from hundreds to the 185 million who live
in Plyx Gribnath, the Umbrite captial.
befits their insectoid social structure, Umbrites tend to
be highly cooperative beings, renowned for their deep friendships
with other beings (even across species lines) and loyalty.
Umbrites have also adapted particularly well to life in
a starfaring civilization, perhaps because the confined
spaces of space travel remind them of life in the warrens
of home. During the Commonwealth era, many Umbrites served
on starships and orbital stations, and to this day Umbrites
can still commonly be found living on Drifts, spacecraft
and other celestial habitats.