I've started designing my Desertborn (yes, I like geckos very much!
(art by H.P. Saunders)
They are a reptiloid minor race native to Rim/Dark Nebula in my quasi-OTU setting
Their native name is a series of "clicks" and chirps; in human tongues, they are named Desertborn, after their dry habitat.
Aslan have an equivalent name for them - Asoue Akaahui, meaning "Ones of the Desert" or "Desolate Ones".
Physically, they are lithe reptiloid humanoids, with fine scales and a long tail; their eyes are large and have slit pupils. Desertborn have adhesive pads on their fingers and toes, ideal for climbing desert rocks (and starship interior walls in zero-g). They bear live young.
Desertborn speak in chirps and "clicks". They can learn human or Aslan languages and speak them with a chirpy, squeaky accent. Humans and Aslan have difficulty learning the Desertborn standard tongue.
A major psychological trait Desertborn exhibit is patience. They have evolved from pouncer stock, and even as modern Desertborn they hunt from ambush. Waiting for prey and concocting elaborate plans to achieve their goals are their way of life.
When playing a Desertborn, observe first; then think; then act, and only when you see fit. Weigh your words before uttering them. Plan ahead. You are never too eager to do things. The world can wait, just like the giant insects of the homeworld. A well-laid ambush is always preferable to a foolhardy chase.
_________________We are but a tiny candle flickering against the darkness of our times.
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