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The Lypans are the dominant species of Lypania and the oldest and most powerful species native to the Apsila Galaxy. They are the primary species of the Lypan Technocracy.

Appearance

The average Lypan takes the appearance of a long snakelike creature with relatively short grasping appendages in the front third of their body. Their scales are generally dark green or brown in color, and a female's average length is somewhere between 4.7 and 5.7 meters.

Biology

Subspecies

Various "subspecies" of the Lypan species exist, but they are not clearly defined, and the line between one subspecies and another is more of a gradient.

Respiratory System

The Lypans' respiratory system consists of a single long lung situated above the upper esophagus, connected to the mouth via a series of long tubes. The lung has many small pockets in it where blood collects oxygen from it and passes it throughout the body.

Digestive System

Lypans lack any mechanism of chewing, and must therefore swallow their food whole. Because of this, their jaw has a remarkable mechanism allowing it to effectively unhinge itself to admit extremely large objects. Interestingly, Lypans generally don't use their arms to try to force their food down their throat, but instead "walk" their jaw over it until it is in the esophagus, where it is transported to the stomach via peristalsis.

The lypan stomach is a long bag stretching roughly 2/3 of the length of their body. It is extremely stretchy, and there are documented cases of lypan individuals managing to swallow and digest animals twice their own mass. This makes it virtually impossible for them to move, and before technology they were forced to shelter for days at a time to digest their food. After the mass of food is fully crushed and liquefied by the stomach acid, it simply sits in the stomach while its nutrients are absorbed. Any undigestible material is dumped out the back, and the average Lypan would not be required to eat again for over a month.

Nervous System

The Lypans' nervous system is much like most other carbon-based lifeforms, with a brain and various neurons. However, unlike many other species, instead of having a single concentrated mass of neurons taking the role of brain, parts the brain is spread out throughout the body, lessening damage if something were to impact the head.

Senses

Lypans have relatively poor eyesight, due to the lack of long sightlines in their rainforest habitat. They also have very good hearing, allowing them to trace the location of creatures that might be dinner. Aside from this, they don't appear to have much of a different sensory system than other species.

Reproductive System

Due to Interesting Biological Reasons, in the mating process, the Lypan female "swallows" the male partner into a womblike pocket to fertilize any eggs. Around a month later, the female generally lays clutches of approximately six eggs each. They incubate them until they hatch, which takes place around six months after they are laid.

Sexual Dimorphism

Generally, Lypan females are approximately twice as long as males. Aside from this and the obvious reproductive system differences, there isn't that much else.

Behavior

Demographics

The vast majority of the Lypan species lives within Pathopsila, and roughly 92% of that population lives under the control of the Lypan Technocracy. Small enclave nations such as the Republic of Atrea and State of Calris contain the remainder. Roughly 1% of the total Lypan population lives outside the Apsila Galaxy.

Culture

Religion

The Lypans practice many religions of all sorts, so it is impossible to make any general statements about them. However, one of the more common religions is that of Marwanism, a polytheistic religion that around 48% of the population practices.

Language

Most Lypan languages rely on pitch in some way, meaning that in most languages songs and other such things are impossible. Aside from this, due to the sheer number of languages, no general statements can be made, aside from the fact that most of them are severely endangered.

Among the most common of the languages is Kaphri, which is spoken by 98% of the Lypan population and is used as a lingua franca between various ethnolinguistic groups.

History

Evolution

Ancient Times

Medieval Era

Early Modern Era

Space Age

Formation of the Lypan Technocracy

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