|Average Height: 5'5"|
|Life Expectancy: 90 Years|
|Species Status: Open|
|Earth Species Evolved From:|
Peaceful, spiritual beings from the planet Assari. Zhaocians are one of the five Elder Races that formed the Galactic Alliance. Their culture is a fusion of several of our Asian cultures.
Bipedal humanoids with firey red fur that fades to dark brown on their hands, feet and ears. Their faces are primarily white with red markings around the eyes and dark brown tear lines. Their hair is always white while their eyes are dark grey with black pupils. Their bushy tails have light tan rings around the base that become dark brown rings around the tip.
Their faces have a distinctive look with sloping muzzle and a low forehead. It resembles the cross between a human face and animal muzzle. Their long, pointed ears are set about where a human's ears should be.
They have slender bodies with long legs. Obese or overmuscled Zhaos are rare.
Their feet have three toes, the innermost toe being an opposable digit for grapsing.
Both their tails and opposable toes are left over from their tree-dwelling ancestors and become smaller with each passing generation.
Intelligence and Mental Health
Zhaos are a very old and wise race, though many consider their culture to be very 'dry'. They are gentle creatures that tend to get along very will with the other races, particularly the other Elder Races. This makes them well suited to be traders, merchants, scholars, and diplomats.
They are among the best melee fighters in the galaxy. Most Zhaos don't like firearms, which leads the other races to believe that they are 'impractical' for ground combat. They make lousy soldiers, but are good at combat professions that require stealth such as assassin, scout, and spy.
Sex and Reproduction
Zhaocian courtship is a lot like human courtship. When they become of age, they start dating. Marriage isn't required for reproduction, but traditionally mated pairs are the ones to reproduce.
Males become sexually mature around age 17 while females become sexually mature around 19.
The mating process is highly ritualized. When trying to conceive, fertility symbols and aphrodesiacs are used. The gestation period for femals is around 7 months. Zhaocian newborns are very small and require a lot of attention from the parents.
Children are taught not to act up (There is an old Zhaocian saying - "The nail that sticks up gets hammered back down) and intelligence is encouraged through play.
Zhaos are omnivorous. They can eat plants and meat, but seem to prefer plant matter. Especially fruits. They are also the only sentient race to regularly feed on bamboo.
They seem to be very fond of eggs, insects and small rodents as well.
Zhaocian and the Lifestream
Though not necessarily religious like the Ibirians, Zhaocians are highly
spiritual beings that almost exclusively walk the path of spirituality
rather then science. While Zhaocian scientists do exist, they are rare.
Most of the technology they have has been 'borrowed' and adapted from
the technologies of more science-savvy races.
Zhaocians with connections to the lifestream are somewhat common.
While most Zhaos seem to have a natural empathy towards life,
many of them carry similar abilities to the Reth'kaa
They do have organized religion. The largest of Zhao religions is
known as "Kawazhien" and is best described as being a cross between
Buddhism and Daoism.
The Zhaocian language has a sound that combines
Chinese and Japanese syllables. Most Zhaos can also
speak Galactic Common, but prefer their own
language whenever possible.
Zhaocian names are usually words in their native
language that translate to certain emotions,
physical qualities, plants, or traits.
Mesumao (Revered Warrior), Xianeru (Handsome),
Shuotaki (Lovely Bird), Shiansami (Lovely)