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Species: Columi

Attribute Dice: 12D (+6D for PC)
DEXTERITY 0D/1D:
PERCEPTION 2D/5D:
STRENGTH 0D/1D:
KNOWLEDGE 3D/7D:
MECHANICAL 2D/4D:
TECHNICAL 2D/5D:
Size: 1 - 1.75 meters
Move: 0/1 or 15 with hover droid construct
Homeworld: Columus
Source: Wookieepedia.com
Columi

Special Abilities:

Radio Wave Generation: The Columi are capable of generating radio frequencies with their minds, allowing them to silently communicate with their droids and automated machinery, provided that the Columi has a clear sight line to its target.

Description:

Columi are seldom found "out in the open." They are special beings who operate behind the scenes, regardless of what they are doing. Actually meeting a Columi is an unusual event.

Columi will almost invariably be leaders or lieutenants of some type (military, criminal, political, or corporate) or scholars. In any case, they will be dependent on their assistants to perform the actual work for them (and they greatly prefer to have droids and other mechanicals as their assistants).

Columi are extremely fearful of all organic life except other Columi, and will rarely be encountered by accident, preferring to remain in their offices and homes and forcing interested parties to come to them.

Distinctions: Very large cranium, atrophied limbs

"The Columi may be smart, but they don't have your best interest in mind."
-Dr. Gidoo Zehow of the Rhinnal State Medical Academy regarding the Columus Tourism Board.

The Columi are one of the oldest sentient species in the galaxy. They are easily recognized by their large heads (which make up over one-third of their approximately 1.75 meter height) and their vestigial arms and legs.

Biology and Appearance:

This highly evolved bipedal species were easily recognizable due to their large cranial cavities. They typically stood 1.75 meters tall, their hairless, noseless heads taking up a third of this height. Another notable feature was their immense black lidless eyes with worm- like veins on their temples. However, their mental evolution had an impact on their physical bodies with their physiques deteriorated. As a result, their boneless arms and legs became appendages that no longer were able to support their own body weight. This was even the case when in their natural low-gravity environment of their homeworld. Thus, their bodies became simply repositories for their lungs, hearts and other invaluable bodily organs. This evolutionary trend also resulted in their vital organs being drawn up towards their cranial activity.

Modern age Columi were highly specialized organisms with their brains containing four cerebrums and over one hundred lobes with each being dedicated to an independent function. Beyond their brains, the other organ that had developed in importance amongst their kind was their eyes, which were the only link between their highly evolved brains and the world around them. These developed more than being simply photoreceptors as they were able to see all the wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum. This had resulted in them being able to "hear" through their eyes by detecting and analyzing the frequency of sound or radio waves. This increased development of their visual senses had led to a loss in other organs with them losing their sense of smell, and holding only a vague sense of touch.

History:

The Columi originally evolved from herbivorous reptiles who roamed the marshes of the low-gravity planet Columus. These early members of the species made use of buoyont bellies which helped them crawl through the marsh on four webbed feet. In time, they eventually evolved to walk on their hind legs which allowed them to pick fruit from the trees. After a few thousand years, they underwent their next evolutionary step where they began laying their eggs in the trees which better protected them from predators. This gradually led to life entirely within the trees themselves where they began to develop hands instead of claws. In addition, they evolved prehensile tails which replaced the heavy caudal appendage which they dragged around when they were quadrupeds. Following a few centuries, they mastered the use of tools that in turn brought a rapid series of evolutionary developments. They lost their tails and gained the capacity to walk in a bipedal stance and marked their rise to true sentience. In time, they began to mine minerals and other raw materials from the bedrocks which they used to construct cities that were constructed high above the trees and mud that were supported by great pylons.

Over the next few thousand years, they evolved rapidly in technological advancement and in their own evolution. They quickly developed a technological civilization and, by 2,000,000 BBY and again by 100,000 BBY, interstellar spacecraft. The Columi became one of the first species to develop interstellar travel and were the first to send scouts to explore the far corners of the galaxy. However, their early explorations in search of other civilizations led to disappointing results. Every life-bearing planet they discovered, including Coruscant and Duro, was inhabited by people they considered no better than subsentients and barbarians. To make matters worse, the gravity on other planets was much too high for the Columi's comfort. The disillusioned Columi abandoned space travel, and retreated to Columus to develop in isolation. It was speculated that the Columi followed the example of the Sharu and checked their expansion to avoid the retribution of the Celestials.

Over time, the Columi began to develop their minds and their society to the exclusion of their bodies. While their limbs and torsos shrank and atrophied, their brains expanded. They eventually developed highly sophisticated brains, with four cerebrums and over one hundred lobes. Their eyes became highly acute, able to detect most of the electromagnetic spectrum. However, they lost their senses of smell and taste, and became essentially immobile. Eventually, they became utterly dependent on machines, repulsorlift chairs, and droids for mobility and all other physical tasks. These devices were controlled by radio signals generated by the Columi's brain waves. One such device was the Columi mental hoverpod, a vehicle controlled by mental projection. Eventually, the Columi gained sufficient understanding of non-Columi minds to allow the device to be modified to work with other sentients.

Society:

"The trouble with Columi is that they're always three steps ahead."
-Han Solo

This species devotion to mental pursuits had led to a deep disdain for physical activities with them holding the view that there was no dignity in any activity except those relating to thought. As a result, they often looked down at races that made use of physical forms of labor.

The Columi government was a democracy, where every Columi had an equal share in decision making. This resulted in policy discussions which dragged on for years. However, when the Galactic Empire turned its attentions towards Columus, the Columi reacted with uncharacteristic swiftness and joined the Imperial cause. Though the Columi feared and despised other, more "primitive" sentients, they were willing to lend assistance to the Empire in exchange for being left alone. Many Columi thinkers held positions within the Imperial administration. A minority of Columi went renegade, and lent their intellectual assistance to criminal organizations or even the Rebel Alliance.

Columi in the Galaxy:

By the latter days of the Galactic Republic, Columus was something of a backwater, with Columi civilization having been overtaken in influence by younger species. Though their technology was up to galactic standard, it was too specialized to attract significant trade. The Columi tried to attract trade by marketing their homeworld as a tourist destination, though the health benefits of Columus' low gravity were disputed. The Columi also had cloning facilities on their homeworld-facilities which were their only means of reproduction-but civilian use of these facilities was restricted during the Clone Wars.

Boss Tosk, a crime lord operating in the Tapani sector, was perhaps the best known Columi renegade. Despite admitting that they had an ancient civilization, the Imperial sentientologist Obo Rin claimed in his Catalog of Intelligent Life in the Galaxy that the Empire was the first galactic civilization to make contact with the Columi. These claims, revealed to merely be Imperial propaganda, were similar to those he made about the Mon Calamari.

A droid design team consisting of Columi were hired by Chiewab Amalgamated Pharmaceuticals Company for the creation of the GH-7 medical analysis unit due to their reputation for being logical and efficient engineers.

Story Factors:

Droid Use: Almost every Columi encountered will have a retinue of simple droids it can use to perform tasks for it. Often, the only way these droids will function is by direct mental order (meaning only the Columi can activate them).

Columus

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Columus

Region: Core Worlds
System: Columus
Grid coordinates: M-11
Gravity: Low
Primary terrain: Mud plains and forests
Native species: Columi
Government: Participatory democracy
Population: 100 million to 500 million
Major cities: Bailee
Affiliation: Galactic Republic, Galactic Empire

"Xendor died at Columus, as the Jedi and the armies they'd beguiled closed in."
-Arden Lyn

Columus was a planet in the Core Worlds's Columus system and the homeworld of the Columi species. A low-gravity, geologically-stable planet, Columus lacked any geographic features and possessed a shallow soil layer, causing its native plants to form horizontal root systems. The Columi species evolved to sentience remarkably early in the history of the galaxy, achieving interstellar travel by the year 100,000 BBY. However, the Columi were disappointed by their failure to contact any other species with intelligence on par with their own, and they retreated to Columus and remained in isolation on their homeworld. Around 24,500 BBY, during the First Great Schism, Columus was the site of the pivotal Battle of Columus between the Jedi Order and the Legions of Lettow, a battle in which the Legions' leader General Xendor was slain. Columus later joined the Galactic Republic and its successor state the Galactic Empire, though the Columi's decision to join the Empire was motivated by a desire to maintain their isolation.

Description:

Columus was a planet in the Columus system of the Core Worlds and the homeworld of the Columi species. A planet with extremely low gravity, Columus was geologically stable-a property that prevented the formation of mountains, rifts, or other similar geographic features, and gave the planet a low atmospheric pressure. As a result, Columus was a flat, muddy planet with weak winds and a shallow soil layer. Because of the lack of erosion, water settled into the soil, though the bedrock of the planet had relatively few cracks. Despite this, the plant life of Columus developed in an immense variety. The planet's larger plants and trees developed root systems that extended horiontally through the soil, covering wide areas and providing themselves a solid support structure. Columus was covered by swamps and forests, and the cities of the Columi, among them Bailee, rose above the treetops on pylons and were dependent on heavily automated factories.

History:

"At Columus, Pina's armies cut off Xendor and his vanguard from the bulk of his forces, and Pina's Jedi Knights advanced on my love as one."
-Arden Lyn

Thousands of years before 100,000 BBY, a species of four-legged herbivorous lizards with a buoyant belly evolved to walk on their hind legs on Columus. A few thousand years later, those herbivores began to lay their eggs in trees in order to protect them from predators, and the Columi began to live entirely in trees shortly afterward. They developed hands instead of claws and a prehenisle tail, and they soon learned to use tools after only a few centuries. The Columi underwent a series of rapid evolutionary changes over the next few thousand years, losing their tails and becoming truly sentient, and they began to mine metals and other materials so they could build cities, becoming a technological civilization. Over the next several thousand years, the Columi advanced their technology to the point where they were capable of interstellar travel by the year 100,000 BBY. Shortly afterwards, the Columi visited a number of planets-including Coruscant and Duro, the homes of the Human and Duros species, but they returned to Columus in disappointment because they considered the species they had encountered to be too primitive. The Columi soon gave up interstellar travel and remained on Columus, content to remain in isolation.

Around 25,000 BBY, Human scientists from Corellia developed the modern hyperdrive, linking Corellia, Coruscant, Alderaan, Columus, and many other Core Worlds together. Around 24,500 BBY, Columus was the site of the Battle of Columus during the First Great Schism between the Jedi Order and the Legions of Lettow, a group of Dark Jedi. Nearly thirty Dark Jedi, including the Legion's leader, General Xendor, attempted to trap a number of Jedi in one of Columus' rare ravines, and both groups annihilated each other-though the Jedi Awdrysta Pina escaped after killing Xendor, the only other survivor, a Padawan named Danzigorro Potts, recorded his thoughts on the battle in what later became known as the Columus Data Card before he died on the plains of Columus.

Around 22 BBY, the Columus Tourist Board started a marketing campaign that extolled the health benefits of Columus' low-gravity environment to severely overweight beings. However, a number of health officials, including Doctor Gidoo Zehow of the Rhinnal State Medical Academy, criticized the campaign and presented evidence that their claims were false. Columus was one of four planets, with the others being Khomm, Lur, and Arkania, that were exempt from Decree E49D139.41, which prohibited all non-military cloning of sentients during the Clone Wars between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems; Columus was permitted to continue therapeutic medical cloning with the appropriate license.

When the Galactic Empire replaced the Republic as the primary government in 19 BBY, the Columi quickly passed a resolution to entier the Empire in order to maintain their isolation, though some Columi departed their homeworld to join the Alliance to Restore the Republic or to become criminals. The Imperial sentientologist Obo Rin claimed in his Catalog of Intelligent Life in the Galaxy that the Empire had made first contact with the Columi on Columus, as he did with the Mon Calamari species of Dac.

Inhabitants:

The primary inhabitants of Columus were the Columi, who ruled their homeworld in a participatory democracy-every Columi had an equal voting share in the Columi government. The Columi lived in their extensive cities atop pylons in the forests of Columus.