Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Stellar Quest: The Romanni...

Good Morning, All:

This is the final post of the antagonistic forces of the default Stellar Quest setting, the Romanni. Based on a mixture of the worst (and untrue) stereotypes of Romany gypsies of Earth and the Orion Pirates of Star Trek, the Romanni of Stellar Quest are the wandering raiders of the setting.

The Romanni

The Romanni are a blue-skinned humanoid species whose planet of origin is unknown, but which is theorized to lie somewhere in the unsettled territories to coreward of the Confederation of United Worlds. Diverse slave traders, the Romanni typically lead nomadic lives, travelling from one slave market to the next, gathering slaves from unsuspecting worlds and isolated vessels as they go. In addition to slavery, the Romanni are involved in a number of criminal activities, including the kidnapping and selling of Stellar Patrol crew members, assassinations, protection rackets, smuggling, and piracy. The largest of the Romanni clans form the backbone of the most powerful crime syndicate of the known universe, the Romanni Cartel.

Romanni are known for their distinctive blue skin, which ranges in coloration from a light turquoise to a deep midnight blue, depending on the age and dietary habits of the individual. Romanni males are typically hairless and, on average, taller and more muscular than an average Terran male. Romanni females are very animalistic in nature, known for their extreme carnal appetites and their innate skill of seduction. These females are aided by their ability to secrete powerful pheromones that engender an accelerated metabolism in the opposite sex of many species, raising adrenaline production to dangerous levels which causes aggression and, ultimately, a form of delusion. Its most significant effect is to make these males susceptible to suggestion. The pheromones' effects are cumulative; the longer exposed, the more pronounced are the results. Among females other species, the pheromones simply trigger negative reactions and headaches. The stoic, logical Eridanites are immune to the effects of Romanni pheromones.


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