Location: Small garden world in a system coreward of Kalai’ah, within Valiskan space.
Status: Pre-spaceflight, mid-industrial
Description: Quadrupedal mammals with two utility arms. Best description is of a common biped with two extra legs opposing normal ones. Approximately 1.5-1.8m tall, fur patterns vary by region to match environment. Unusual in that they are a hive culture. Males have task-focused intelligence and little else. Sterile females act as organizers, scientists, artists, and other intellectual tasks, while the rare fertile ones form new hives using males donated from sufficiently unrelated hives as mark of alliance. Matriarchs rule supreme over their hives, and though they are industrialized, seem to operate along feudal alliances. Several dozen queens may fall allied to a council of four or five of their own mothers, and any warfare occurs between these groups.
Planet is considered under protective quarantine by the Network. No ship is allowed within 2 light years unless it meets the stealth and research methodology limitations set. While nearly all who agree to the requirements can participate, Viern and Demothian scientists are restricted to second-hand and remote data due to their known disruptive activities on pre-spaceflight worlds.