Xalamian

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Stamina3+
StrengthWeak (1) - Strong (6)
SpeedSlow (1) - Fast (6)
AgilityClumsy (1) - Acrobatic (6)
IntelligenceSimple (1) - Genius (6)
Awareness+1
Size1.5 - 2.5 m., 80 - 150 kg.

A Xalamian is a quadruped with four-way symmetry. While most races have the two-way symmetry of two legs, arms, eyes, etc., a Xalamian has four legs, four arms and four digits at the end of each arm and leg. The planes of symmetry are perpendicular vertically, so Xalamians do not really have a front or a back. They have white, partially translucent fibrous skin with hard bone at the end of each digit. They lack a head; the only thing above their arms is a skyward facing maw surrounded by sound and scent sensing organs. The entire surface of their torso contains light sensitive cells with a cluster in a ring around their middle, allowing them to see in all directions laterally. Their torso is quite flexible and is able to bend 90° from vertical in all directions.

Xalamians originated on a rocky desert world and prefer warm dry climates. They have excellent vision, but somewhat lack in other senses. The faster ones can reach a substantial speed when running, though the gait used really must be observed to be appreciated (it's quite comical to most bipeds, even though it's obviously effective). Despite spreading throughout the galaxies, they tend to be quite rare. This is partially due to their inability to easily use equipment designed for bipeds, but mostly due to the recentness of their interstellar capability.