Vexlores are a sapient carbon-based bipedal species native to the planet Err in Via Aylathiya. While primarily located in Via Aylathiya, large numbers also inhabit the Ventemir Galaxy. They are commonly confused for Humans, a species also common in the regions where Vexlores are found. They are one of the most influential species native to Via Aylathiya, especially in the region of Martial Space. Many species from outside of the galaxy do not trust Vexlores given their aggressive history.
Vexlores are vertebrates with a tough internal endoskeleton composed largely of calcium compounds and protein. They have four limbs and one head with two eyes and one mouth on that head. Like most predators, these eyes are placed on the front rather than side of the head. On each hand exist five digits and on each foot 4 digits. They posses hair atop their heads mostly as a vestigial feature, however, in colder environments, it proves useful in maintaining the temperature of the head.
They have a tribal nature developed over hundreds of thousands of years as living as primarily hunter-gatherers in grasslands. Since large numbers of the most nutritious organisms were mobile, they developed strong arms, endurance hunting, and sharp teeth meant to pin down and tear apart prey. As time went on, Vexlorian diets diversified, allowing for them to not depend on hunting so much. Additionally, they began developing complex language, endurance hunting, tool use, and, eventually, complex brains to allow for advanced social structures and less losses during hunts.
There exists one sub-species of Vexlore known as the "Demi-Vexlores." This species is the result of extensive genetic modification creating a hybrid species between Vexlores and Humans. Demi-Vexlores are very similar to both Vexlores and humans, containing traits both possess but muted. Since Demi-Vexlores are compatible with both Humans and Vexlores, the line between the two species have grown increasingly blurry.
Vexlores are what are known as "Mammaloids," a species that convergently evolved to be similar to mammals. They are not true mammals given their lack of relation to the original, however, they share a larger number of the characteristics.
Vexlores are mostly composed of water. They are divided into organs, tissues, and cells just like the majority of other species. They metabolize fructose or glucose and have adapted to tolerate plants in addition to their original carnivorous diet. Inside of their chests lies a large heart which pumps oxygenated blood through the body. They have a large network of liver analogs through their bodies designed to filter blood and detoxify whatever may enter their bodies. As a result, most anesthetics, alcohol, or drugs have little effect on the average Vexlore. Their internal tissues are slightly acidic (pH = 6.85) and they use oxygen as the primary electron receptors in their metabolism. They are mostly composed of carbon-compounds with genetic material stored in macro-molecules containing four distinct nucleotides.
Vexlores have 36 chromosomes divided into groups of three. Much like most complex life forms in the universe, chromosomes exist to make cellular division more practical. 33 of these chromosomes are autosomes while 3 are sex chromosomes. The chromosomes are all labelled A1-A3, B1-B3, etc. The sex chromosomes are "a" and "A." Males have at least one "A" chromosome. Two chromosomes are from the mother while only one if from the father.
Reproduction and life Cycle
Vexlores reproduce sexually and have two biological sexes, male and female. The females most commonly give birth to twins, rarely having only one child and even less rarely having more than two. Children are most commonly born in pairs of male and female who are identical genetically apart from the sex chromosome separating them. When only one is born or more than two are born, they are always one sex. Vexlores, from birth, have their fangs, with the rest of the teeth growing in as they mature.
Vexlorian males typically take 17 years to mature physically and 21 to mature mentally, while females take 16 years to mature physically and 19 to mature mentally. The difference is mostly due to size as males simply have more mass to gain before their bodies can focus on brain growth.
Vexlores are omnivores which primarily rely on meat and protein-rich plants. The Vexlores originally evolved to be scavengers on their planet's large grasslands, but soon switched to hunting as they mastered tool use. Evolutionary pressure caused a small group of them to begin diversifying into other food sources, mainly small invertebrates and other live prey. When the modern Vexlores first emerged in about 100,000 BCE, they ate a wide range of animals and plants.
Vexlores have a large brain within their head which evolved to counter the increasing intelligence of prey species. The brain handles only "higher" brain functions (meaning thought, reasoning, abstraction, etc.) while lower functions such as maintaining the heartbeat, digestion, certain reflexes, and balance are handled by lesser independent "brains" located across the body. These lesser brains often send signals to the main brain for the sake of staying in sync.
Vexlores remained primitive hunter gatherers until they were contacted by the Triumvirate Civilization in 37,000 BCE. Just like every species integrated into the Triumvirate, they received technology in exchange for loyalty. Their population exploded, increasing nearly ten times within the next century. Once birthrates slowed, the still modest population of ten million entered an era of post-scarcity prosperity. They sent explorers to many worlds in their system and even beyond as emissaries to other inhabited worlds taken by the Triumvirate.
In the 15,100 BCE, the Triumvirate began construction on a megastructure known as Holo's Ring near to the Vexlorian homeworld. The advanced ring allowed for any within its effective range to use Runic Thaumaturgy, a practice that allowed for the transfer of energy across vast distances. After finishing the Ring, The Triumvirate gave the Vexlores access to it in exchange for creating an army of their own to help them retake rebelling territory. The Vexlores agree and begin artificially increasing the population to participate in the conflict. By 5,000 BCE, they had a population of almost one trillion and complete mastery of the runes.
They proved to be of little use in the War of the Final Transition, however. They broke away from the Triumvirate holdout in 3,812 CE taking the Ring with them. They formed the kingdom of Rune-Err that same year. Even so, they remained allies of the Triumvirate until its final destruction during the Third Galactic War in 23,333 CE. From Rune-Err, the Vexlores have spread across much of Martial Space and beyond, greatly influencing human cultures in the region while themselves also being influenced. They have a presence in most major nations, especially those that also have a human presence.