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Species: Caamasi

Attribute Dice: 12D (+6D for PC)
DEXTERITY 2D/4D:
PERCEPTION 3D+1/5D:
STRENGTH 2D/4D:
KNOWLEDGE 2D+1/4D+1: Bureaucracy +1D, Cultures +1D
MECHANICAL 1D+2/3D+1:
TECHNICAL 1D+1/3D:
Size: 1.5 - 2.1 meters
Move: 10/12
Homeworld: formerly Caamas
Source: Wookieepedia.com
Caamasi

Special Abilities:

Vivid Memory: Caamasi have incredibly vivid memories called memnii - they can remember every nuance of a situation if it is emotionally powerful. A Caamasi can share these memnii with direct relatives using a Difficult Perception roll to send it. The receiver immediately experiences the memnii, but doesn't always remember it as vividly as it is shared more often. (Only blood-related Caamasi or Force Sensitives can receive memnii.)
Strong Sense of Smell: Caamasi have a stronger sense of smell than most species and gain a +2 bonus to all scent-related Perception rolls.

Story Factors:

Peaceful: Caamasi are pacifists, and believe that no life should be harmed unless there is no other choice.
Logical: Caamasi are very logical and deep thinkers. Combined with their peaceful nature, they excel in diplomatic positions.
Orphans: The homeworld of the Caamasi, Caamas, was destroyed by the Empire many years ago, so Caamasi enclaves are present on many worlds (including a large one on Alderaan prior to its destruction).

Description:

The Caamasi are an interesting race, with a diverse and troubled history, almost extinct by modern galactic standards. The Caamasi were long known as a peaceful people, preferring to turn the other cheek than raise a hand in violence. That is not to say that they would not defend themselves, but nothing short of a life-threatening situation will rouse a Caamasi to do violence.

Their unique memories, a sort of full-sensory recording of a powerful event, are called memnii; these memories are so vivid and realistic that it is thought the Caamasi is experiencing the event firsthand. These memnii can also be passed amongst other Caamasi (and occasionally Jedi Knights or other Force Adepts), to be preserved for generations to come. The Caamasi were also the targets of a terrible tragedy engineered by Emperor Palpatine; their planetary shields were sabotaged, and their homeworld was razed without any known reason or explanation. The remaining Caamasi, much like those Alderaanians still alive, are a displaced people without a home.

The Caamasi are well known for being great negotiators. The Caamasi home world was wiped out in a secret plot by the Bothans. A few of the Caamasi escaped to Alderaan and were on planet when it was destroyed. All though many of the Caamasi have been killed a few still survive.

Personality:

Almost all Caamasi have a slow, deliberate tone about their actions and words. They are seen as wise sages, whose deep thoughts and careful word choice make them excellent negotiators. They prefer peaceful settlement to all conflicts, and go out of their way to avoid harming another living being. They are deeply philosophical and thoughtful beings, and believe that through deliberate thought and negotiation, most any situation can be resolved peacefully. Caamasi abhor killing, partially due to the fact that such an act is sure to create a memnii which they will relive in all its horror for the rest of their lives. The Caamasi are slow to anger, and even harder to drive to violence, but have a manner about them which can often defuse the most volatile argument in a matter of moments.

Physical Description:

Caamasi are tall, slender creatures covered in a type of down, often with a golden or brown coloration to their bodies but with bright colored down about their eyes and faces. Their limbs are long and slim, almost seeming fragile, and their bodies seem almost unfit for any sort of violent situation. Their eyes bear an uncanny sharpness, and their noses and mouths are always surprisingly adept at conveying senses.

Language:

Caamasi speak their native language, Caamasi, but their displacement from their homeworld has necessitated that almost all the remaining Caamasi speak Basic as well.

Names:

Caamasi names are wide and varied, often having sharp consonant sounds in the middle of their names. An example of a Caamasi name is Elegos A'kla.

Adventurers:

Caamasi are found all over the Galaxy, the remaining members of the species scattered about in an attempt to resettle. It is not uncommon to have a Caamasi in any part of the Galaxy, and adventuring Caamasi can come from almost any friendly planet. Caamasi enjoy pilgrimages around the Galaxy as a means of expanding their wisdom, as well as furthering their goals of Galactic peace. Caamasi are often diplomats or negotiators, brought in by many organizations to help mediate conflicts of all kinds.

History:

"They were an almost universally beloved people."
-Leia Organa Solo to Talon Karrde

Caamasi possessed great moral strength and respect for others. They were among the galaxy's finest diplomats and mediators, often solving severe conflicts in a matter of days. Indeed, as the Jedi Order began to evolve on Ossus, Jedi scholars studied on Caamas and drew upon the teachings of Hespecia Tik'kla when creating the Jedi Code. Many millennia later, Arden Lyn would cite Caamasi influence on the Jedi Order as being a factor in the schism between the Order and the Legions of Lettow.

During the last stages of the Pius Dea Crusades around 11,000 BBY, the Caamasi opposed the Pius Dea-controlled Galactic Republic's inquistions against domestic opposition. They succeeded in persuading the Jedi to end their centuries-long Recusal and collaborated with the Jedi and Alsakani to mastermind an anti-Pius Dea heresy which developed into the Renunciates movement by 10,967 BBY. During the Seventh Alsakan Conflict, the Caamasi were part of a broad anti-Pius Dea coalition which toppled the sect and ended its grip on the Republic. Following the Battle of Uquine, the last Pius Dea Supreme Chancellor Contispex XIX was tried and imprisoned for life on Caamas.

During the last days of the Galactic Republic, Senior Anthropologist Mammon Hoole witnessed the Caamasi prowess firsthand when they negotiated peace between the Kubaz and the Verpine. Unfortunately, the Caamasi pacifism was at odds with Emperor Palpatine's New Order, and they suffered greatly under Imperial rule. A few months after the end of the Clone Wars, the surface of their homeworld, Caamas, was bombarded, killing millions. After the destruction of their planet's environment, many refugees moved to Alderaan, Kerilt, and Susevfi. The bombardment was aided by a group of Bothans who sabotaged Caamas' shield generators. The Caamas Document detailed their involvement. Although many demanded that the Bothans purchase an uninhabited planet and terraform it according to Caamas' specifications, the Caamasi chose to forgive those guilty of harming them.

Caamasi in the Galaxy:

The Caamasi who found themselves away from their homeworld typically worked as diplomats or law-givers at the side of politicians and planetary rulers across the Galactic Republic.

Force-sensitives in Caamasi society were celebrated and while few went onto join the Jedi Order, those who did often found themselves training in the ways of the Jedi Consular. Jedi Knight Ylenic It'kla served with distinction during the Clone Wars and exiled himself to Alderaan during the Great Jedi Purge, serving as an adviser to Senator Bail Organa until his death.

Caamas

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Caamas

Region: Core Worlds
System: Cirius
Suns: 1: Cirius
Orbital position: 2
Moons: 0
Grid coordinates: M-9
Trade routes: Commenor Run
Rotation period: 25 standard hours
Orbital period: 375 standard days
Class: Terrestrial
Diameter: 15,540 km
Atmosphere: Breathable, Toxic (after devastation)
Climate: Temperate to arctic
Gravity: Standard
Primary terrain: Jungle, Steppes, Hills, Barren, rocky wasteland (after devastation)
Surface water: Marshy oceans (three landmasses)
Native species: Caamasi
Immigrated species: Ithorians, Bothans
Primary language(s): Caamasi, Galactic Basic Standard
Government: Representative democracy
Population: 250 (after devastation, 80% Caamasi, 14% Ithorian, 6% other)
Major cities: Refuge City
Major imports: Foodstuffs
Major exports: None

"They were an almost universally beloved people."
-Leia Organa Solo to Talon Karrde, about Caamas' inhabitants

Caamas was a highly populated and marsh-covered Core World in the Cirius system, the second planet orbiting the star Cirius. It was notable for the devastation it suffered during an Imperial orbital bombardment which destroyed its ecosystem and nearly wiped out the native Caamasi.

Geographic Features:

Caamas was once a temperate, hospitable world of jungles, marshes, steppes, and rolling hills. Its dense rainforests and jungles teemed with life. After the Imperial bombardment, nearly all flora and fauna either disappeared or were mutated beyond recognition. Caamas became a barren waste, and without vegetation to release oxygen, the atmosphere became toxic and unbreathable. Bombardment kicked up smoke and dust into the air, and the surface became wracked by dust storms and falling soot, eroding the surface and sending dirt and mud into the oceans. The waters, once teeming with sea life, became muddy, polluted, stagnant, and lifeless.

History:

Pre-Republic Era:

Caamas was the homeworld of the behemoths and the sentient Caamasi people. Around 30,000 BBY during the Pre-Republic era, Caamas was ruled by the space-faring Rakata. Using Force-based hyperdrives, they traveled to many worlds around the galaxy that possessed significant signatures in the Force, uniting them to form the Rakatan Infinite Empire. After five thousand years of galactic dominance, the Rakata retreated to their homeworld.

Old Republic Era:

In 25,053 BBY, Caamas was one of the Core Founders of the Galactic Republic. Some legends claimed that the early Jedi learned morality from the Caamasi, whose name came to mean 'friend from afar' or 'stranger to be trusted' in various languages used throughout the galaxy. Despite these legends, few Caamasi ever learned the ways of the Force under the Jedi. There was, however, a Jedi Temple established there for contemplation, learning, and teaching proper moral judgment, and at least one Caamasi did become a Jedi, Ylenic It'kla, who served during the Clone Wars.

During the last stages of the Pius Dea Era in the 11,100s BBY, the Caamasi opposed the Pius Dea-controlled Galactic Republic's inquisitions against domestic opposition. They succeeded in persuading the Jedi to end their centuries-long Recusal and collaborated with the Jedi and Alsakani to mastermind an anti-Pius Dea heresy which developed into the Renunciates movement by 10,967 BBY. During the Seventh Alsakan Conflict, the Caamasi were part of a broad anti-Pius Dea coalition which toppled the sect and ended its grip on the Republic. Following the Battle of Uquine, the last Pius Dea Supreme Chancellor Contispex XIX was tried and imprisoned for life on Caamas.

The planet was represented in the Galactic Senate by Eeshrin Ot'Hyne, who opposed the Military Creation Act. Despite this, Caamas remained loyal to the Republic during the Clone Wars that followed. Pacifistic by nature, the Caamasi found war distasteful, possessing a deep empathy and respect for other beings, including their enemies.

Destruction:

"Mysterious Disaster Strikes Caamas"
-Newsreport on the incident

Although Palpatine appreciated the loyalty of Caamas, he found their adherence to the principles and values of the Old Republic intolerable. The Empire had the planet subjected to a planetary bombardment in 19 BBY shortly after the Clone Wars, after the powerful and heavily guarded planetary shields were infiltrated and lowered by Bothan agents. The Jedi Temple on Caamas was ruined, suffering many direct hits at Palpatine's direction. Many survivors fled to other worlds including, ironically, Alderaan. It was here that one of the largest communities of the Caamasi Remnant settled, hoping to find sanctuary, only to die when that planet too was destroyed by the first Death Star. The Royal Library on Alderaan contained a great deal of information on the attack. In later years, other communities of Caamasi survivors were formed on Kerilt and Susevfi.

Several years after the destruction of Caamas, a meteor hit the planet and carved a massive crater in its surface.

Between 2 BBY and 0 BBY, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan led a mercy mission to Caamas.