This insectoid species is native to an arid and relatively high temperature planet. Only a tenth of one percent of all Sra’thik are female. Sra’thik society is hive-based, though they do have a central government made up of nine queens from the strongest hives. Each Sra’thik is an individual capable of independent thought, though their culture is strongly duty-bound and it is extremely rare for a Sra’thik to leave its hive. Most male Sra’thik that do venture away from their homeworld, hiveships, or colonies do so after the death of a queen leads to the dissolution of a hive. It is not uncommon for crones to leave their hives.
Although the Sra’thik are not officially members of the Galactic Union, they do generally abide by the GU’s regulations and resolutions. The official position of the Queens Council is that they do not recognize any authority outside of the Sra’thik species.
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Sra’thik physiology is superficially similar to a praying mantis, but their hind legs are proportionately much larger and more developed. Their middle limbs are underdeveloped and somewhat clumsy, lacking an opposable digit. They have three clawed digits on their forelimbs that have an opposable digit and are capable of tool use and fine manipulation. Male Sra’thik average 1.8 meters tall and 85 kilograms in mass. Females (non-queens) average 2.2 meters and 104 kilograms. Queens average 3 meters and 142 kilograms.
Sra’thik hives rarely number less than one hundred individuals, and the largest have around one hundred thousand. Ten percent of Sra’thik females develop into queens, and each hive has only one queen. Females that do not develop into queens are called crones, and are sterile. Reproduction is through egglaying.
Sra’thik technology generally lags slightly behind M’ranu (which is second only to Haruan) but is ahead of most other species. All hive-based Sra’thiks shun cybernetics, but it is not unheard of for a crone that leaves her hive to elect for cybernetics (though due to low demand for implants suited to Sra’thik anatomy any implant must be custom made).
|3||+ 3 STR|
|6||+ 2 DEX|
|– 2||– 2 CON|
|6||Chitinous Skin: Resistant Protection (2 PD/2 ED)|
|8||Claws: HKA 1/2d6 (plus STR), RP (- 1/4)|
|10||Faceted Eyes: Increased Arc of Perception (360) Sight Group|
|2||Insect Senses: + 1 PER with Smell/Taste Group|
|5||Multi-limbed: Extra Limbs (two), Inherent (+ 1/4), Limited Manipulation (- 1/4)|