"The endless deserts of Ralteyo gave birth to the Lyncisians. They colonized world after world, created nation after nation and conquered their place in the universe"- The Exile's Journal, 99.949 CE
The Lyncisians, sometimes referred to as Ralteyans, are a humanoid race with feline features native to the moon Ralteyo in the Lyncisian System. They inhabit millions of star systems in the Lyncisian Sphere, of which they are its dominant ethnicity.
The Lyncisians are, generally speaking, a rather tall species, averaging around 2m in height for both males and females. Anatomically similar to humans, some of their most distinguishable features include skin colors ranging from light grey, over various blue and purple tones to almost black and their feline-like ears. The average lifespan of a Lyncisian is around 500 years.
Although early Lyncisian history is more myth than fact, it is generally assumed that the Lyncisians became a space-faring species around 85.000 CE. They colonized most of their system’s worlds before spreading to its immediate neighborhood in an event that is now referred to as the First Wave of Lyncisian Migration, the exact causes of which are unknown.
Over the next 15.000 years, a total of five such waves of migration took place, spreading the Lyncisian race throughout what is now called the Lyncisian sphere. Ever since the early days of their space-faring existence, they have been a people divided into countless of different nations, with the various states fighting for power within the sphere.
A common Lyncisian language has not existed since the days of the first wave of migration. Instead, the languages spoken by them have split into several different language families, all influenced by the peoples that inhabited the respective regions long before the Lyncisians arrived. The largest ones are:
Nubian: Often assumed to be the closest to their original Ralteyan language, Nubian is widely spoken in the western Lyncisian Sphere and is predominantly found in the provinces of Nubia, Fersara and Deryllia.
Caitian: Although stark differences exist in vocabulary and pronunciation, Caitian and Nubian share a common base vocabulary and grammar, with Caitian often being considered the harsher sounding one. Caitian is primarily spoken in the region Caitre, as well as parts of the region known as the Fracture.
Seyvo: The largest of the Lyncisian language families, Seyvo has virtually nothing in common with the other Lyncisian language families. Grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and even the letters of their alphabet, while looking similar, have completely different meanings from the more common variants. Seyvo is mostly spoken in the east of the Lyncisian sphere, whose inhabitants are also known as Seyvo.
Due to them spending most of their history divided, the Lyncisians have split into several different cultures, each developing strong differences from one another. No two cultures are alike, and outsiders often consider the culture of the region they have visited to be exemplary of Lyncisian culture at large - a stark misconception.
One thing most Lyncisian cultures have in common however is a deep religiosity. The Migrator Faith remains an important aspect of everyday life to most Lyncisians, with religious tenets forming the backbone of most interactions and behaviors. An example of this is the rejection of cybernetics especially by members of the Nubian culture, who follow a more fundamentalist interpretation of the faith that considers body modifications of any kind a religious taboo. In contrast, members of some Seyvo branches openly accept cybernetics as a central part of their religious practices.
A sense of racial superiority exists within some parts of the Nubian cultural sphere, but is not prevalent in any of the cultures. On the contrary, Lyncisians are largely seen as a cosmopolitan people, with them adapting many practices and customs of non-Lyncisian cultures. An example of this is the Seyvo practice of Imbolc, a birthday celebration that does not celebrate the individual itself, but the Seven Seals for granting them another year of life. The origins of that practice lie with the Sinaro, the original inhabitants of the planet Seyvar.
A deeply religious people, the Migrator Faith is of great importance to the Lyncisians. They believe that at the big bang, a cosmic soul, the Migrator, was created that split itself into many different copies and spread life throughout the universe. Every species possesses its own migrator, who is to be revered as their parent.
Alongside the migrators exist the Seven Seals, with every migrator having their own set of seals. They are seen as angels who, unlike the migrator itself, can interfere with daily life and whose task is to keep a people from going down a path that would lead to the extermination of the respective species. A common believe is that, if a people’s sins become too great, the Seven Seals can abandon them, thus making their doom only a matter of time. This has been used in the past to justify wars, giving them religious undertones. Whether or not the Seven Seals should be revered as the primary gods instead of the migrator is an ongoing theological debate.