Scree-Clik-Kee (Text translation)
Bodily intake required for function:
Liquid-only compounds (primarily nectars), Oxygen, Zinc
Base Min/Max Temp. Tolerance:
80F to 160F
Physical Force Capability (what is considered heavy weight-wise):
Varies on body type, but most often ~35 lbs
Ixarians are well known for their high dexterity, lightweight frames and their semi-hardened outer shells. Possessing four or more upper appendages, Ixarians are unmatched in regards to multi-tasking and articulated manipulation of objects and devices. Upon first glance, one may notice that they posses no opposable thumb and assume that they would perform poorly in tasks that would normally require this trait such as grasping cylindrical objects.
The most defining quality about Ixarians is that they posses highly advanced appendages. Through millions of microscopic, highly durable and movable pincers on the surfaces of their hands and feet, Ixarians are able to grasp, hold and manipulate objects without need for an opposable thumb. For the sake of example, items such as a pencil would be held with one finger, being anchored firmly against the underpart Ixarian hand’s surface. Ixarian hands are also “double jointed”, and can rotate backward and forward. One property that has puzzled Xenobiologists throughout the galaxy is the fact that these microscopic pincers are durable enough to pull upwards of 1 ton of weight… far beyond what the Ixarian arm is capable of withstanding. The strength of this organic property has yet to be replicated to scale in technology. These pincers also allow them to climb and hang on most surfaces… even smooth ones quickly and efficiently. As a further note, an Ixarian’s fingertips are used to ingest fluids as nourishment; they cannot ingest solid compounds. Simply put, their hands function much like the concept of the “straw” in Morphic culture.
Ixarians speak naturally through a series of clicks and screeches, making it nearly impossible for observer races to speak in their native language. It is extremely rare for an Ixarian to be able to speak non-Ixarian tongues and vice versa, but it is possible with significant training and time investment consisting of around 4 years or more on average to learn and speak the language despite having incompatible vocal organs. In situations where diplomacy is required, those fluent in the observer and Ixarian languages are highly desired as it is a sign of respect; it can make a significant impact on the dispositions of others of high rank status.
To examine Ixarian biological properties further, the observer will notice that they posess no “nose” and no “mouth”. The paragraph detailing their limbs explained how they eat, but how do they breathe? Typically their “nostrils” are located on various pourous surfaces on their heads and most often on their extended crest areas. So, while choking on food is highly unlikely for an Ixarian, weather consisting of rain can be extremely dangerous and poses the risk of drowning. A moist atmosphere is likely to make an Ixarian very uncomfortable as they are biologically best suited for hot, dry environments. Because of this, many Ixarians, especially travelers, will often affix warming patches to their bodies or wear modified clothing to stay comfortable in situations where they must enter an environment that is too cold or humid for them (most commonly Morphic environments).
Eyesight for Ixarians tends to serve the function of detection more than it does clarity. They typically have a very wide field of vision, but visual acuteness is typically below that of the average morphic lifeform. In the educational and similar fields, instructors should note this and offer Ixarians first choice in seating to accomodate their ability to read materials presented from afar.
Many observant races do not realize the unique reproductive properties of Ixarians… their “mouths” actually serve the function of reproduction, containing many tendrils in which both males and females posess. It is noted that while females carry the entity that is to be inseminated, the male intakes, gestates and births the resulting shelled egg or eggs from mating. The act of mating is achieved through the intertwining of tendrils.
One other notable quality among Ixarians are their regenerative properties. Should an upper or lower appendage be severed, it can be grown back in as little as 2 days assuming proper nourishment. Ixarians are very durable, fast-healing lifeforms and for this reason, they are highly desired in situations where non-fatal bodily injury is more likely. An injury regarding the loss of appendages or deep lacerations is far more costly, painful and life-threatening to, for example, a Morph than it is for an Ixarian. This regenerative property however does not extend to the Ixarian’s head; injury to the eyes for instance can constitute a permanent loss of natural vision. Proper and customized head gear is recommended for ANY hazardous work environment, regardless of race or background.
The physical traits of of Ixarians can vary widely. Not all of them are biped creatures; some have upwards of 12 limbs, some have a heavily armored shell and others posses rare unique features such as venomous long pincers or wings that allow for a slower descent. Most often, however, is the biped body type. To the average observer, there is no discernible difference between males and females; most of the difference is noted in the sound of their vocal clicks and screeches in which most the time only Ixarians can tell the difference.
As a final note, Ixarians posses no auditory receptive organs. Instead, they “hear” through their skin and are thus very sensitive to vibrations around them. Consequently, this function also serves as a rudimentary form of echolocation: Even without eyesight an Ixarian is typically very aware of the topography of their surroundings. This can be seen as both an advantage and disadvantage depending on the situation. For example, the loud, high bass humming of a generator may render an Ixarian “deaf” in that area, yet when in a resonant location they may be able to hear a softly spoken conversation from over 400 feet of distance. In music, the vibration of the sound is more important than the tune it makes, so it is seldom that an Ixarian musician creates music that other species would enjoy… of course, as in all aspects of life exceptions are always present.