Species: CereanSize: 1.7-2.1 meters
Attribute Dice: 12D (+6D for PC)
Redundant Physiology: Cereans have both two hearts and two brains, and can survive what would normally be a mortal wound to most other species. In game terms, a Cerean who would normally receive a mortally wounded status following damage to the heart or brain, instead gains only the incapacitated status.
Second Heart: Cereans gain 2D for every 1D they add to their Stamina skill at the time of character creation only.
Initiative Bonus: Cereans gain a +1D bonus to all initiative rolls.
Cereans are a sophisticated and cultured humanoid mammalian species that hail from the planet Cerea in the Mid Rim. They have tall tapering heads, which house large binary brains, enabling them to focus on many things at the same time. Aside from this unique feature, Cereans are physically similar to humans, although they possess an extra heart, which supplies extra blood circulation to support their brains.
Cerean males age more quickly than the females, who have similar lifespans to Humans. Thus, there are fewer males than females. Polygamous marriage is a necessity in order for the species to survive. Each male usually has one primary "bond-wife," and between four and ten "honor-wives."
Famous for their extraordinary thinking abilities, Cereans are often found among the ranks of the Jedi Knights, despite being exempt from the Jedi's vow of celibacy, due to their low birth rate. One such Jedi, Ki-Adi-Mundi, served the Jedi High Council during and prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars.
Biology and Appearance
Their enlarged skulls, extending up to twenty centimeters above their foreheads, house complex binary brains, provided with sufficient blood by an extra heart in their heads. The binary structure of Cerean thinking helps them to ponder two sides of an issue at once. It also enables them to process information and solve problems rapidly. Because of their thoughtful nature, they tended to be calm, rational, and analytical, preferring peaceful philosophies and a lifestyle which works in harmony with nature. Though the quick-thinking Cereans had equally quick reflexes, they were commonly not as well coordinated as Humans.
Society and Culture
Cereans developed a low-tech society on their homeworld, and preferred to live in isolation from the wider galaxy. However, during the years leading up to the Invasion of Naboo, a generational dispute erupted on Cerea when the younger generation took up a rebellious stance against their low-tech society. Many Cerean youths wished to own such technology as was commonplace in the Galactic Republic, like starships and speeder bikes. This unrest was ultimately quelled by Jedi Knight Ki-Adi-Mundi, who traced the instigator of the movement, Ephant Mon, to Tatooine.
Many Cereans used specially-forged Kasha crystals as a meditational tool. By focusing one's thoughts while in contact with such crystals, distractions were eliminated, creating an exceptional meditation environment. Cerean Jedi sometimes incorporated these crystals into their lightsabers, providing great focus, even during intense physical combat.
Cereans in the Galaxy
Ki-Adi-Mundi served as Jedi Watchman for his home system, though he relinquished this post during the Clone Wars to fellow Cerean Tarr Seirr. When Seirr was also called away, the Cereans were left undefended, and their planet was attacked by the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The death toll of the Battle of Cerea reached over one million, and included the family of Ki-Adi-Mundi. This led to the Cereans becoming even more removed from galactic affairs with the rise of the Empire.
Aversion to High Technology: Cereans, due to years of avoiding technological items, have a inborn aversion to advanced technology. The only true exception to this are lightsabers used by Jedi.
Male Rarity: Among Cereans, females outnumber the males as much as 20 to 1. As such, most males have multiple wives and concubines, a practice which other species may frown upon.