Biology and CultureEdit
The Arcona, sometimes singular Arconan, were a scale less reptiloid. Hailing from the desert planet of Cona in the Teke Ro system, they had poor eyesight, despite their large eyes. These large glowing orbs could not detect fine shapes; and so they only saw blurry shapes. However, a small diamond shaped organ between their eyes which was often mistaken for their nose, helped them to see. This organ detected heat patterns from living beings; thus, the Arconan could recognize someone or something by its heat signature. They had flat, anvil-shaped heads, sharp claws, clear marble-like bulbous eyes, and skin tone that ranged from mahogany to ebony. Like many reptiles, the Arcona had olfactory organs located in their ever moving tongues. This helped them distinguish objects in their environment that they otherwise could not make out and also gave them a keen sense of smell. The Arcona also depended on ammonia to live and, as a result, when living off world they had to take ammonia supplements. An Arcona's lifespan was roughly the same as a Humans. The Arcona lived in a family based community called a nest, where the males took care of the young, while the females were off recklessly seeking the next thrill. Arcona took their time in selecting and courting a partner as the commitment to marry was also a commitment to parent. They were also notorious for their easy addiction to common salt, which more often than not affected the females due to their free-spirited nature. Salt was a powerful hallucinogen for the Acrona and the addiction caused their eyes to shift from green to gold after time. To keep the nests safe and prevent the younglings from experimenting with salt, the Grand Nest, the ruling council, would have the addict exiled. Arcona normally thought of themselves as a whole. They often referred to themselves as "we" even when only one was present. Because Arcona were born in nests underground they obtained a close sense of family living in close quarters with brothers and sisters.
Another interesting aspect of their culture was that while Arcona spoke Arconese on their home planet of Cona, on off-world colonies, Arconan young were rarely taught Arconese, as they could learn Basic easily.
Digging: Time to use: One round or longer. Allows the Arcona to use their talons to dig through soil or other similar substances.
Senses: Arconans have weak long distance vision (add +10 to the difficulty level of all tasks involving vision at distances greater than 15 meters), but excellent close range senses (add +1D to all Perception skills involving heat, smell or movement when within 15 meters.
Thick Hide: Arconans have tough, armored hides that add +1D Strength when resisting physical damage. (This bonus does not apply to damage caused by energy or laser weapons.)
Talons: Arconans have sharp talons which add +1D to Athletics while climbing, Strength (when determining damage in combat during brawling attacks), or digging.
Salt Weakness: Arconans are easily addicted to salt. If an Arconan consumes salt, it must make a Very Difficult willpower roll not to become addicted. Salt addicts require 25 grams of salt per day, or they will suffer -1D to all actions.