Biology and CultureEdit
The Verpine were a highly evolved, bipedal insectoids, with thin stick-like bodies covered by plates of a flexible green chitinous material and awkwardly articulated joints that gave them an ungainly gait. Two huge, black eyes dominated their faces, which had short snouts ending in small, toothless mouths, and two antennae which extended on the back of their heads, situated behind their eyes. The Verpine had evolved from an insect-like form but unlike many of the other insectoids they possesed no 'extra' limbs. Their large black eyes and hard carapace though were unmistakable signs that they evolved from an insect lifeform. Rarely, a Verpine would grow vestigial wings. They also possessed an organic telecommunication through their antennae with which they could communicate almost instantly. It also made their antennae quite a sensitive part of their body. Indeed a Verpine who had lost their attennae were considered to be particially deaf and often the Verpine would damage the attenae of criminals. Their large black eyes were able to see into the microscopic level.
The Verpine had a community in which they all had a say. Their unique telecommunication gave them ability to make important descisions at an almost a instantiously rate. It also meant that they considered all agreements binding with them all so that any Verpines decision spoke for not just themselves but all through the Roche asteroid field and along the Perlemian Trade Route in which they inhabited. As such they tended to stay together but there were still many that would leave and head out into space.
The Verpine were one of a kind engineers and had a rather bad reputation for there own unique repairs that tended to short out on the worst occasion. Though they developed hyperspace travel long ago and were widely considered some of the best ship builders in the Galaxy. Almost all of them were amazing technicians but did not have a love for fighting. Though on there own they learned that they must be able to defend themselves from the many other beings who felt very differently about conflict then they did.
Once, only five percent of the Verpines born were intelligent hermaphrodite while the other ninety-five percent of the populace were drones. As demand for the Verpine created technology increased, the race decided to increase the percentage of the intelligent hermaphrodites. Now, drones are only created by cloning procedures when needed, and when a hive must have an increase in population, some members would be asked to lay eggs while other members would be asigned to fertilise them. The fertilised eggs would then be carried off to incubators and the hatched younglings would be raised by the entire hive.
Microscopic Sight: +1D to search for small objects
Technical Bonus: All Verpine receive a +2D bonus when using their Technical skills.
Body Armor: The Verpine’s natural chitinous plate armor gives them a +1D bonus against physical attacks and 0D+2 against energy attacks.
Organic Telecommunication: Because Verpine can send and receive radio waves through their antenna, they have the ability to communicate with other members of their species with specially-tuned comlinks. The range is very limited when they are activating individually (1 km) but greatly increases when in the hive.