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Iristo is a large, watery world with a high gravity and thick, murky atmosphere. Its single super-continent is predominantly jungle and forest that fades to grassy steppes in the north. It has a highly competitive and evolved food web. Due to the high gravity, most life has developed at low altitudes. The sun is hot and large. The collision of inner planets two and three has left the system full of asteroids in a wide gravitational belt. The planet has numerous small moons that cause a complex set of tidal cycles and provide shielding from the debris that clutters the system.

Physical Description
The Esimantumi are thick-skinned, ten-legged centipede-like marsupials. Their front four legs have developed opposing digits which they can use as hands by rearing up vertically. They are flat-bodied and low-slung, capable of enormous leaps and fantastic speed, particularly on the lower gravities so common off their homeworld. Their large, sharp-toothed mouths are mounted on the frontal underside of their body, as their primitive ancestors evolved to over-run prey and drop on them. They have two antennae which pick up the direction and intensity of sound and smell. They have no eyes, due in large part to the murkiness of their habitat, instead relying on echolocation using a forward-facing organ that emits sound through a membrane located between their antennae. Their rear 6 legs have multiple pads on them through which they detect the presence and direction of vibrations through the ground. They are covered in tiny bristles that are sensitive to the chemical processes of carbon-based life forms, like breathing and the emission of body heat. 

The Esimantumi seem almost emotionless and incomprehensible from a Human point of view,  receiving predominantly chemical cues and responses from one another rather than the "body language" common in many other species. They are familial and are fierce fighters when their homes of planets are threatened.

While not common off their homeworld, the Esimantumi are well spread and can be found virtually throughout the civilized galaxy, traveling individually or in small groups.

The Esimantumi have an incredibly complex language. They think and communicate in pure concepts rather than words. Their language is built around their echo-location organs so that rather than nouns being words that represent things, they broadcast an almost literal picture of the thing they are referring to. They are capable of portraying extremely complex concepts almost instantly using a combination of objects, motions, and qualifiers. 

The Esimantumi are intelligent, scientific, and mathematically capable. They are stoic and very ergonomically and functionally oriented. Trade has always served to unite the race's scattered hives, so their culture has a strong focus on formal trade trips involving significant members from multiple families . They are good fighters in a group as they subconsciously release chemicals that trigger increased energy levels and morale in one another.


Three unattached Neuters will meet and form a family bond. Chemicals are exchanged in regular grooming and sleeping rituals which determine the most genetically ideal sexes for each member of the familial Triad. The three neuters take about a year to develop into a Father, Mother, and Husband. The Father begins to generate sperm and fertilizes the Mother by depositing it into her embryonic pouch. Once the Mother has been impregnated, the Father becomes extremely aggressive and hunts and eats incessantly, growing yolk in a partially developed embryonic pouch which it regularly deposits into the Mother's embryonic sac. The Husband then becomes extremely protective of the Mother, providing food and a constant source of protection for her until the birth of the babies. The Mother develops a set of 4 or 5 embryos that develop in a belly pouch near her posterior. They feed off the placental yolk until emerging as babies, which share a close life-long bond. If at any time the familial Triad is broken up, all three revert to Neuter until another Triad is formed.