Chagrians

Chagrians are born as tadpoles in clutches of three or more, and raised in tubs of water in a family’s private home. During this time, their arms, legs, and air-breathing lungs are developed. Adult Chagrians are truly amphibious, retaining their ability to breathe underwater while also able to function without difficulty in air. They also possessed acute low-light vision.

The average Chagrian stands taller than a Human with blue skin ranging in tone from light blue to indigo. They are distinguished by two fleshy growths protruding from the sides of their heads, which they call lethorns. As they aged, the lethorns will thicken. Males also sport two horns growing from the top of their skulls. These were once used in underwater duels to attract a mate, and were seen as a sign of the males’ strength and virility. Females lack the superior cranial horns, but have more pronounced and longer posterior head plates. These can reach halfway down their back. Chagrians also have very long black forked tongues.

Because of frequent exposure to Champala’s oceans, Chagrians loose their sense of taste by adulthood. As a result, they regard eating as an unfortunate nuisance rather than something to be looked forward to and enjoyed. As they have little interest in eating, Chagrians consume nutritional substances to replace meals, and are known to carry sensors designed to scan for maximum nutritional value when forced to eat actual food.

Chagrians have a natural resistance to radiation. This dates back to a period of solar instability coinciding with the early evolution of life on Champala. The entire star system was bombarded with intense radiation, and only those lifeforms most able to withstand the bombardment survived.

Chagrians

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