The Salakela are an intelligent cephalopodic species hailing from the world of Saleas in the Parvo-Aa System. They are primarily located within the Florathel Galaxy, and are the most populous species of the Economic Federation of Saleas. The Salakela are known for their attitude of kindness towards other species.
The shallow oceans were a warm broth of chemicals issued from vents throughout the early era after formation of Saleas. Simple species bound by phospholipid membranes formed rapidly, absent cell walls. Genetic information not only diversified quickly, but was consumed along with the nutrients of other cells by early predators. Evolution proceeded at a lightning pace.
As the ice crust sealing the planet thinned, photosynthesis joined chemosynthesis as methods of energy production. Early plants not only produced simple sugars, but also churned out heat to thin the ice more effectively.
Plants became multicellular, along with herbivores and predators in quick succession. The shallow seas were full of tumult.
Evolutionary pressure drove species quickly into the air to evade hunters, as well as drilling into the ocean bottom, which was a thick slurry of dead organisms. Soon the ocean became a honeycomb of various animals burrowing their way through the rock. These tunnels saw use by all organisms, and widened into vast complexes that were kept open by their own currents.
The first intelligent species were, as expected, tunnelers. Salakela evolved from herbivorous worms into omnivorous diggers, hollowing their own burrows as a way to escape the voracious hunters above. Less than half a meter in length, the ability to create and navigate vast tube complexes required a compact brain. Lacking the need to see, they did not bother with a visual cortex. Instead, their brain was occupied with cognition and speech centers, enabling the Salakela to communicate with one another via throat pouches that could emit vibrations across a wide variety of frequencies. These are not heard, but felt through the water, enabling Salakela to talk to individuals over a kilometer away, and hold complex discussions with an entire community at once.
With the ability to create tunnels, seal them, and warn others of danger, the Salakela left their predators behind to go extinct. With more time to focus on other activities, they developed complicated languages that broadened to include ultrasound frequencies. The appendages used to dig were able to manipulate rocks and tools. Rock tools were followed by glass once they figured out how to form silicates ores over ocean vents, and conduct early investigations into the process of chemistry while immersed in water.
Any discovery was immediately ‘published’ to the community at large, as every individual more or less talks to themselves on a constant basis. The ability to build required a medium, and soon the Salakela were able to construct biological materials on glass templates. Rather than use metals for building materials, they were able to construct carbon polymers and carbohydrate skeletons of chitin-like armor.
Their tunnels became cities, and the Salakela invaded the ocean above for the first time in their two million year history. Their clear-walled buildings vaulted high into the oceanic medium, and from there permanently into the thin atmosphere above. Space exploration became a foregone conclusion.
After they conquered the Parvo-Aa System, where Saleas is located, they expanded outward into the wider galaxy, eventually bringing many other lesser species into their nation. These species formed the Economic Federation of Saleas, and became one of the most powerful nations in the Florathel Galaxy.
The respiratory system of a Salakela is very simple. Sea water is constantly circulated over the gills, causing the oxygen dissolved in the water to diffuse into the gill cells. From there the oxygen is taken throughout the body. There is not much simpler than that.
Salakela ingest food through their mouths. They have no teeth, but their hard beak works to break food into smaller pieces. Many species also possess a rough tongue, known as a radula, that helps further tear apart their food and push it back into their esophagus. The esophagus pushes food into the stomach with a process called peristalsis.
The Salakelan stomach is rather large, accommodating fish debris for digestion. The stomach does a thing called segimental movement to mash up whatever's inside it, alongside powerful stomach acid. After the stomach finishes its work, it then goes to the intestine, where nutrients are absorbed. Finally it gets expelled somewhere in the open ocean.
The Salakelan nervous system is rather interesting. Rather than a single spinal cord-like structure, each Salakela has two. The Salakelan brain is rather large, taking up lots of space in their head. The nerves emanating from the two spinal cords and the brain travel all throughout the body, enabling control of limbs and such.
Salakela are almost solely found in the Florathel Galaxy, especially within the EFS and neighboring states. The only known Carlean habitations outside of the galaxy is the CFF embassy to the Confederacy of Borealis and to the Shev'ra.