Physical Description and Physiology
The Ashi are a large, five-sided radially symmetric race,
appearing something like an onion dome perched on five three-segmented,
double-jointed legs. In a ring around the pointy tip of their body
sprout five stout eyestalks that contain both optical and auditory
sensors, which are centered between each pair of legs. Their eyestalks
can be swiveled in any direction, providing excellent depth perception
for both senses. Five three-segmented, double-jointed arms are located
equatorially and aligned with their legs. Each arm ends in a hand
possessing 5 opposing digits. A single, wide mouth is located on the
underside of their body, ringed with 3 concentric rows of teeth that
vary from sharp cutting teeth on the outer rows to grinding molars on
the inner rows. The Ashi can squat on their food or feed it in with
their long, limber arms.
Five brains (peripheral coactors) handle the input/output of
their five sides, coordinated thorough a central master brain (complector).
Hive communication functionality is handled by the medi
ascripticus, a delicate, resonant transmitter/receiver network of bone
and cartilage located above the complector in the upper tip of their
body. Emotional response is derived through a separate chemical sac (corcordis
encephalon and corcordis glands) under the complector. Ashi-Adacheron
social status is determined by personal “chemical perfection”, which
represents the health, genetics, and potential of the Ashi-Adacheron and
is excreted through the corcordis glands.
Attitudes and Culture
Familial groups share a hivemind, possessing the ability to
communicate and transmit emotional stimulus to one another. Well adapted
to and comfortable within their natural environment, historically
integrated and positive relationship. They tend to adapt to and meld
into their environment, assigning to it significance and respect. They
particularly enjoy cave environments, where nature protects the Queen
that runs the Pod.
The Ashi-Adacheron are a
family and environment oriented race. They are curious and
scientifically inclined. They are natural explorers and settlers. They
are mellow, paced, and self-assured.
They are almost exclusively part of the
with the Immasu.
Caste System, Breeding, and Life-Cycle
They form familial Pods around a Queen, who chooses her
pod-members based on the complex interaction of their corcordis
chemicals, an interaction known as “love”. Pods consist of approximately
100 members. She then secretes chemicals that cause them to develop to
fit a caste system involving Warriors, Workers, Donors, and Bearers. Warriors are chemically adapted to grow large and fast and
strong, destined to protect the pod. They grow layers of thick, knobby
skin and tend to have long, strong limbs. Their medi ascripticus is
adapted to short range, high-speed communication that causes fast,
subconscious reaction in other Ashi. This trait allows them to provoke
and coordinate response in danger situations and allow Warriors to
become de facto leaders in time of crisis. Workers supply the pod with
necessities like food and shelter and tend to develop longevity and
dexterity as primary traits. Their legs tend to grow shorter and
stronger and their arms longer and thinner. Their eyesight and hearing
are acute and their ability to detect resources at a distance is
uncanny. Their medi ascripticus is adapted to long-range communication.
Donors are mature warriors and supply the sperm to fertilize the Queen’s
eggs. Their arms actually begin to atrophy as they switch roles,
sacrificing muscle mass to help develop a strong, well-developed
reproductive system. Bearers tend to be slow, reliable, and chemically
pleasant to be around. They ingest the Donors’ sperm and Queen’s eggs,
carry the fertilized eggs to gestation, and raise the young. They are
also more adapted to slow, delicate, and dexterous work when not
directly Bearing. Their medi ascripticus is particularly adapted to
sending and receiving the higher frequencies emitted by the Ashi-Abrago.
None of the castes are socially more powerful than the rest; they all
have their roles to fill. All tend to be intelligent and adaptable
within their destined roles; they aggressively develop new technologies
to improve the Pod’s survivability and help integrate with and learn
from their environment.
massive, bloated Ashi with attrophied arms, legs, and peripheral
coactors. They have extremely well developed chemical systems, medi
ascripticus, and complectors. They are evolved to think, coordinate, and
communicate. The exceptional amount of hormones and chemicals that
course through their large frames make them exceptionally emotional. The
rest of the Pod act as their arms, legs, and senses. Every year, the
Queen will produce 20 to 30 eggs that are each ingested by a different
Bearer. Donors will regularly supply sperm to donors until a Bearer
becomes fertile and Bears. The Bearer will Bear for a year, maturing a
young Ashi-Abrago within its womb. The Ashi-Abrago emerges, wriggly,
slimey, and almost worm-like in form. The whelp is essentially helpless
and dependent on its Bearer and Pod for approximately two years. It
gradually becomes bloated and stubby, developing the Ashi-Adacherons’
characteristic five arms, eyes, and legs and, in the process, becomes
one of the squelchiest and least appealing life forms in the universe.
After three more years of developing limbs and control of said
limbs, a Pod Queen will select the Ashi-Abrago and chemically fertilize
it to develop over the next few years into its new role in its new Pod.
While not as naturally adept at biological manipulation as their
allies, the Immasu, the Ashi-Adacheron are exceptionally advanced in
their understanding of bio-computing and bio-manufacturing. Their
technologies are grown from DNA and base components and usually
incorporate at least some form of artificial intelligence to aid the
user, if not outright collegially intelligent multi-processors with full
decision making capabilities.
The Ashi are a unified race
and members of the
Y'Hotha Alliance which, with the Immasu, is
more of an integrated culture than a political entity.
Ashi are well adapted for fighting. They have no weak backside to
exploit and their multiple brains allow them to coordinate complex
actions in all directions at once. In times of crisis, the Warrior caste
naturally takes over by subconsciously broadcasting signals that other
Ashi instinctively respond to. Ashi action tends to be well coordinated,
insightful, and effective.
While the Ashi-Adacheron have no naturally spoken language,
their cultural immersion with the Immasu have seen them almost
universally develop the ability to speak by sucking air into their
stomachs and expel it, essentially burping what they need to
Ashi naming convention
consists of the Ashi’s Adacheron Pod name followed by their Abrago Pod
name followed by a unique surname.