Race Character Sheet
: Nyæn/Nyæni (Nayn/Nayn-e)
Planet of Origin
: Niindal (Neen-darl)
Home-planet of the Nyæn, is located in a rather densely packed area of space, which consists of three inhabitable planets (Niindal, Graea and Staoa), and numerous moons.
Niindal is a heavily-forested planet, with huge steppes and flat-lands dominating the eastern hemisphere. There are three oceans that cover a third of the landmass, which includes both northern and southern poles. Mountain ranges spot the surface, and the only detracting sights from the air are five huge cities that spot the land, neatly laid out metropolis' that run efficiently and are environmentally effective. They each have a tower of three hundred feet at the centre, half glass, from where the Entiniraan rule.
Year at Start of RP
: 3rd Aaaea (Age) of the Nyæn, Aat 3090 - ‘The Age of Prosperity and Exploration’
(Each Age so far has lasted about 5,000 Aat, but it is based on events of import to the Nyæn as a race, rather than set increments)
Average Life Span
Uutanaat: 152 Aat (419 'Earth' Years)
Nyæni: 127 Aat (350 ‘Earth’ Years)
: Niindal (Neen-darl), Graea (Grey-a), Staoa (Sht-ow),
: The Nyæn are humanoid, and generally about 6 and a half feet tall, but varying between 6 and 7 feet, with waist-length hair, braided differently depending on their age and specialisation, of colours varying between blonde and chocolate brown, a few individuals having pure white hair - this is seen as a sign of greatness. They appear to have no ears, but their hearing is actually very acute. Their skin is pale, but not to the point of being white, and as a general rule of thumb, their three eyes are shades of green. The third eye is set in the forehead, which is generally high. The use of this eye in unknown to outside races, as it remains closed in almost all circumstances and on the rare occasions it is opened, it varies greatly between jet and the colour of jade, often within seconds.
They have four canines on their top row of teeth, the lower only having two, an aberration developed over the last 4000 Aat. All Nyæni have long, dextrous hands, with four knuckles in each finger and three in their thumbs.
Every generation, a few Nyæn are born with ruby red eyes and pure-white hair. These children generally grow to be taller than most every ‘normal’ Nyæn, a lot stronger and intelligent. The reason for this is unknown, but it’s thought to be due to a rare, unidentified recessive gene. They are referred to as the Uutanaat, which means ‘Ageless Wardens’. This comes from the ancient tradition of the Uutanaat being the honour guard of the Nyæn clan-leaders.
Nyæn women bear children for a full Aat, and after having given birth cannot bear another child for a further 3 Aat, due to the strain that pregnancy and childbirth take on their bodies. This has improved as, before they perfected their healthcare, a Nyæni woman could only bear one child in her lifetime.
Eye Colour: Blood red/ruby red/crimson
Hair Colour: Pure white
Eye Colour: Varying shades of green
Hair Colour: Blonde - chocolate brown
(Fay-da) - Spoken by the Fædanærie, only taught upon their induction into the ranks. To teach this language to any outside the ranks of the Fædanærie is a Capital Crime, punishable by death. This is to ensure that all matters of import to the Nyæn as a race are kept secret.
(En-tear-a) - This is the language spoken by those inducted into the Entiniraan, taught to them only upon induction to their ranks. Whilst teaching it to another is not a Capital Crime, any who does will be shunned and almost certainly will not rise any further through the ranks. Their careers will stagnate, as they are considered un-trustworthy of the honour the agreement they’ll enter into if they learnt the Faida, upon induction to the Fædanærie
(Sneer-a) - This language is spoken by all of the Nyæn, taught to them at the academies of their race (Ædunarion (Ay-do-na-re-on))
(Fay-dar-e) - Used by the Fædanærie, only taught upon their induction into the ranks. To teach this language to any outside the ranks of the Fædanærie is a Capital Crime, punishable by death. This is to ensure that all matters of import to the Nyæn as a race are kept secret.
(En-tear-an) - This is the language used by those inducted into the Entiniraan, taught to them only upon induction to their ranks. Whilst teaching it to another is not a Capital Crime, any who does will be shunned and almost certainly will not rise any further through the ranks. Their careers will stagnate, as they are considered un-trustworthy of the honour the agreement they’ll enter into if they learnt the Faida, upon induction to the Fædanærie
(Sneer-arn-e) - This language is used by all of the Nyæn, taught to them at the academies of their race (Ædunarion (Ay-do-na-re-on))
Levels of Leadership
(Fay-deh-nair-e) - Members of the top tier Nyæni ruling classes, and they make up the Council of Nyæn, and there are 1000 Fædanærie in total. Half are drawn from Niindal, whilst the other half is drawn equally from Graea and Staoa. They propose, debate, and vote on the universal laws that apply to all Nyæn. They are drawn from the members of the Entiniraan. Election is for at least 50 Aat (137 ‘Earth years’), or until the elected Member dies.
(En-tee-near-an) - The Entiraan are the members of the Nyæn who see to the overall running of each colonised planet, the ‘politicians’. They vote on the by-laws of their planets, and elect members from amongst their own ranks to represent them in the Council of Nyæn. They are themselves elected, mainly from the Tælan, but according to Nyæni law, ten percent of any planets Entiniraan must be drawn, equally, from the Udæn and Snaeren, to advise on the running and military capabilities of the colonies.
(Ew-dane) - The administrative arm of the Nyæni government.
(Snare-en) - The Snæren are the twin military and policing arms of the Nyæni race. Although they technically owe fealty to the Council, they are left under the command of their home planets Entiniraan in most circumstances. The exception to this is when the Snæren of the military arm leave the planet, in which case a Council-assigned representative leads them.
The Nyæn do not wage war needlessly, but are ready to do so to defend their own interests, if it becomes necessary. Because of this reluctance to take up arms, the Snæren are probably the least numerous of the Nyæn, but they make up for this with tactics that allow them to crush resistance with minimal losses, and a highly skilled and trained military that are the envy of the races they have yet been in contact with, and they are respected by nearly all the Nyæn.
(Tay-lun) - The Tælan are the most common of the Nyæni race, the mass population who inhabit the three major colonised planets. They are the farmers, the builders, the educators, the healers and the growers of uundairn, amongst countless other professions.
(Ew-lan) - The Ulan are those Nyæn who have been convicted of ‘Capital Crimes’ against ‘civilised races’. Whether the victims were Nyæni or from another race, the laws put down by the first Council of Nyæn, at the beginning of the Second Era, care not - they will still be classed as Ulan, and shunned by other members of their race.
There are varying ranks within these various branches of the Nyæni race, but this is a general outline.
The history of the Nyæn is split into Aaaea (Ages), which are defined by large, cultural changes that define the way the Nyæn live.
(The Age Before Ages) - This is the time before recorded history, and all that remains from these times are archaic languages inscribed on ancient rocks, preserved by the advanced technology.
(The Age of Darkness) - During this Age, the Nyæn were fractured into clans, warring between themselves constantly. The nomads of the west constantly raided the more permanent settlements of the eastern clans, and this was just the way of life. It was during this time that forging was first attempted, and the ways of war perfected, tactics recorded and venerated by the younger generations. The Age of Darkness is reported as being 5,204 Aat long, and it is estimated as many as five million Nyæn died through the disparate warring.
(The Age of Unification) - This Age was announced upon the formation of the Council of Nyæn, which was achieved when a series of huge, natural disasters struck Niindal. This caused devastation unmatched by the entirety of the 1st Aaaea, with hundreds of clans being wiped out in the blink of an eye. The clan leaders were shocked into action, deciding they had angered their gods though their wars, the blood-soaked lands abhorrent to their new-found deity, Neitur (Nay-chur). The priests who emerged preached unity, and the ending of unnecessary bloodshed. Many of these were Uutanaat, highly respected, and so many followed them dutifully at first, unconvinced but unwilling to cross those they saw as the messengers of the gods. Eventually, however, the entire race saw the benefits of following the ways of Neitur, and soon he became the primary deity of the Nyæn. The Unity saw vast advancements in technology, extending life-expectancy and creating efficient means of travel that didn’t harm Niindal or offend Neitur. It is during this time that the Nyæn discovered the means of growing uundairn, which was seen as Neitur’s blessing, a reward for their continued work to further his ways. Their was some reistance to the uptake of Neitur as the primary deity of the Nyæn, staying true to the Old Ways, worshipping the Pantheon. The Age of Unity was recorded as lasting for nearly 5,600 Aat, during which the Nyæn made truly outstanding technological advancements, which would have been considered outstanding, had there been any outside forces watching in.
(The Age of Prosperity and Exploration) - Reaching the stars had long been the dreams of a small, select group of Nyæni, who had spent most of their adult lives developing the technology to do so. The first time a piloted craft was launched beyond the atmosphere of Niindal, a new holiday was established by the Council. The first time a colonising party landed on Graea with pre-fab buildings, ready to establish the Nyæn dominance on the planet, a new Age was declared, to much celebration. It was titled The Age of Prosperity and Exploration for they came into contact with new species, intelligent life-forms which encouraged trade and brought in much wealth to the Nyæni economies. 200 Aat after the colonisation of Graea, a similar force landed on Staoa, and numerous outposts, military and trading, were established on moons and ambassadors were even sent to the hearts of those xenos empires close to them.
The Nyæn of Niindal use a form of crystalised light called uundairn (oon-dare-n) to power their technology. These crystals disintegrate as they are used, but are highly efficient, and so even the smallest crystal can last half an Aat (over one Earth year). Due to this being a completely renewable source of energy, there is little pollution on their home planet of Niindal.
Those colonies on Graea and Staoa use a hybrid technology of uundairn and nuclear fusion-like power, which is seen as a great taboo on Niindal, due to the environmental impact. Due to the distribution of power amongst the Fædanærie, it has become a stalemate argument, with neither side backing down and unable to create a majority to outlaw it, or make it legal. This is because the colonies away from Niindal do not have the capability to create uundairn on as large a scale as Niindal does.
They have been travelling the inbetweens of space for over 3000 Aat (about 8,267 ‘Earth’ years), using engines powered by huge uundairn crystals and ships made of a unique Nyæni composite material, lightweight and strong.
The Snæren use a mix of technologies in their weapons; from ranged to swords.
- The guns of the Snæren take advantage of the unique Nyæni uundairn technology, and are only ever used by the military arms of the Snæren, and never the police. The ammunition is in actuality tiny crystals that shatter upon impact, which releases enough energy to cause massive damage to their enemy’s central nervous system. These crystals are incredibly potent to the physiology of the Nyæn, and thus these weapons are in very short supply, meaning warfare is incredibly difficult to sustain. There are rather large stores kept under the central government offices and military bases on all three colonies and outposts in case of attack.
- Bows are used by both the nobility of the Nyæni and, occasionally, the Snæren. There are varying arrowheads that can be procured, but most use the same metal as the sword blades of the Snæren, and have the same consequences on the body.
- These are reserved for use only by the policing arm to give them a way to combat any civil unrest, which, despite being rare, has happened on several occasions. They look like shotguns, but shoot out a net that unravels in less than a second and will entangle a Nyæni in seconds. They have tiny uundairn crystals woven into the netting, which send out tiny electrical pulses, which can incapacitate most Nyæni.
- All members of the Snæren are presented with twin swords upon completion of the Tasks which gain them admittance to the ranks, be they military or police, more as a matter of tradition than anything else, but they are deadly, nonetheless. These swords, generally worn upon the back, are made of a metallic compound which reacts to the plasma and platelets in blood, rendering them redundant in some races, meaning that wounds do not clot and waste does not get removed from cells, killing them quickly.
Crowd Control Batons
- These are reserved for use only by the policing arm to give them a way to combat any civil unrest, which, despite being rare, has happened on several occasions. They have tiny uundairn crystals in them which send out tiny electrical pulses, which can incapacitate most Nyæni.
If these weapons are used to kill animals, purposefully or not, to kill animals, whether in the vast wildlife reserves of Niindal, Graea or Staoa, or anywhere else, thanks is given to Neitur when an animal is killed, and great respect given to the killed creature.
The various cities of the Nyæn on their colonised planets are all connected via underground, train-like vehicles, which run constantly to transport goods and people. Each city has one central station which these trains can be caught from, with numerous sub-transport stations which run around a single city.
There are also two other forms of transport available, mainly restricted to the rich, privileged and the elite of the Snæren. The first are Sheinta (Shane-ta), which are essentially personnel shuttles, typically unarmed, which form the main part of the Nyæni Air Force. There are various Sheinta models, but the most common can hold up to fifty passengers, with a compulsory crew of three and the space for another twenty personnel, be they additional aides or armed guards of the Snæren.
The second additional form of transport is only for relatively short distances - the Sferian (Sphere-ian), a race of equine beasts with six legs, four at the front of the body and two at the back. One pair of fore legs ends in what appear to be articulated appendages, which allows the Sferian the grip onto various surfaces. They have four eyes, always jet-black, and a shaggy coat of fur the colour of snow. Whilst they may look docile, they are in fact predators themselves, capable of great damage with both their legs and teeth, which are razor sharp and pointed like needles; as tough as diamonds.
The Nyæn have four main
classes of ship for space travel - the Aerlani Class Cruiser, Jaelangier Class Battle Cruiser, Meulianan Class Inter-System Cruiser and the Feuineri Class Inter-System Battle Cruiser.
The Aerlini Class Cruiser is the main form of inter-planetary travel for the Nyæni. It uses three huge uundairn crystals, which can power the ship for over 40 Aat. It can transport over ten thousand, but doesn’t cannot travel between systems. Due to being a transport ship, it only has defensive weapon and shielding capabilities.
The Jaelangier Class Battle Cruiser is a huge ship, over twice the size of the Aerlini Class Cruiser, and is powered by a massive ten uundairn, each twice the size of those found in the Aerlini, as each Jaelangier has an armoury of weapons. These ships are rare, but can threaten many times their number of most other ships they have thus far encountered. As with the Aerlini, it cannot travel between systems.
The Meulianan Class Inter-System Cruiser is one of two prides of the Nyæni scientists, and the first of the ships created by the Nyæni which can travel between systems. It does this by making near-unique use of complex algorithms and light-bending techniques to bend the space around
the ship, thus reducing point-to-point distance and reducing travel time exponentially. A huge power source of thirty uundairn power these ships, to power the inter-system travel.
The Feuineri Class Inter-System Battle Cruiser is the second pride of the Nyæni scientists; a ship with a devastating armoury that can travel between systems. They have become more prevalent, as have the Meulianan Class Cruisers, with the increase in travel between stellar civilisations. There are two Feuineri for every Meulianan, to provide defense in unknown territory. They are not as strong as the Jaelangier, but they have to be to enable the use of inter-system travel.
: The Flusen (Romero's Own) - 'The Greandaux Nyæn-Flusen Aerlici'
('The Grand Nyæn-Flusen Alliance' - Official Nyæni scripture)
: The Compact (Yru0) - 'The Meudernin Leagaeu eaurde Compact'
('The Murdering League of the Compact' - Unnofficial moniker amongst the Nyæn, but used widely (even amongst the Fædanærie))
Whilst there is no officially declared war, there have been several border skirmishes.
Individual Character Sheet
: Ædani Fieralra (Ae-de-knee Fear-al-tra)
: Fædanærie-Elect Generaux Ædani Fieralra of Niindal
Rank in Culture
: Fædanærie of Niindal
: Ædani is 7’6”, amongst the tallest Nyæni ever recorded. He has hair of purest white, like virgin snow, which reaches down to his waist, and his eyes are blood red. The third eye on his forehead, which remains closed for the majority of the time, flits between jade-green and jet-black as is the Nyæni norm. His skin is pale, once again as is the norm for those of his race, but he has two scars on his face; running parallel across his right cheek; two inches long and the permanently pink skin is quite pronounced on his pale face.
: Ædani was born onto Niindal amongst a family who had long, proud Snæren roots; every member of his parents family had served amongst the Snæren for at least three generations before him. Determined to join them, and to prove that he was worthy of being amongst the hallowed Uutanaat, he dedicated himself to his studies in the Ædunarion he attended. After graduating, he immediately applied to the Snæren, and upon demonstrating his incredible skill with bow and sword, he was admitted as a Heruupta (He-roo-p-ta), or ‘Hopeful’, to undertake the customary Tasks that mark graduation and full acceptance into the ranks. He excelled throughout his time as a Heruupta, coming top of all his classes, be they physical or academic based.
Once he had attained the rank of Neiruupta (Nay-roo-p-ta), the lowest rank, he was sent to numerous military outposts on Niindal until he was considered for the honour of off-planet deployment. His first posting away from Niindal was on the inhospitable moon of Tæni, where he came into contact with his first xenos race, an unnamed, indigenous species that resisted the Nyæn outpost. After that, he was sent to many, varying outposts, encountering more and more races, and gaining ranks. Eventually, after a much longer career than is the norm, he returned to Niindal to retire and start a family. Now highly respected amongst the Snæren and Nyæn as a whole, he was elected to the Entiraan as soon as a position was opened, and then, after 5 Aat, the Fædanærie, such was his favour amongst nearly all his peers. When the Republic was formed, Ædani was voted to be one of the main representatives of the Nyæn, his personal support a cadre of Udæn and Snæren aides. He was elected due to his experience with other races, both in a military and ‘diplomatic’ context.
: 95 Aat (261 Earth Years)
: Ædani suffers no nonsense, and being a general is used to putting his opinion forward and having others listen to and respect it. He is always very calm, even during the heat of battle, when he gains an intense concentration that blocks out all distractions whilst concentrating on all the varying factors.
One of the things that can really rile him up is the wanton destruction of nature, due to his dedication to the Nyæni deity, Neitur. He abhors such destruction, and will denounce any who commit what he sees as crimes that cannot be brushed aside.
Weapon of Choice
: Ædani favours the twin swords of the Snæren when fighting; although modified a bit. His have uundairn crystals set into the pommel, and when activated these funnel energy towards the sword tips, pumping energy into his opponents which can be powerful enough to shut down their central nervous system, dependant upon the enemy.
He wears the light composite-metal armour of the Snæren and has a Sferian mount, called Eterian (Ae-tear-e-an)
: Kædæ Fialdron (Kay-dee-ah Fee-al-dron)
: Fædanærie-Elect Æbritea Kædæ Fialdron of Niindal
Rank in Culture
: Fædanærie of Niindal
: Like Ædani, Kædæis one of the rare Nyæni Uutanaat, but he is not as tall as his colleague, at an even 7'. His hair is braided in a unique, hugely intricate pattern from the history of the Nyæn, which went out of fashion at the end of the 2nd Age. His skin seems to be even more pale than is normal, almost translucent, which is thought to have happened because of his extreme age, he's ancient even by Uutanaat standards; definitely the oldest Nyæn living, and maybe the oldest to have ever lived.
: Kædæ was born onto Niindal 180 Aat ago, and had two older siblings, and three cousins. His parents worked at one of the Ædunarion, and pushed him to excel, to go further and faster than he thought he could. After graduating, he took further courses and became a highly qualified Dærduna (Doctor). He became one of the leading members of his field, and a respected member of his community. When he was 50 Aat old, he was elected by the Tælan to the Entiniraan, and changed his dedicated field to the Udæn, once more becoming a leading figure and finding new ways to help make the running of the planet more efficient. Another 20 Aat and he was once again promoted, to the Fædanærie. He worked hard and used his experience and expert knowledge to help prolong his life, without defiling himself with unnatural cybernetics. He now dedicated to making the Republic work as much in favour of the Nyæn, as he is to making the Nyæn work for the Republic. Despite his age, he is still as hale and hearty as an Uutanaat in his prime. The only factor showing his age are the deep wrinkles on his face and the almost translucent nature to his skin.
: 180 Aat (494 'Earth' Years)
: Kædæ is a realist; whilst he dislikes the idea of war and the offences against Neitur that it can bring about, he knows that sometimes there are few alternatives and it can be the most favourable course of action - if the life of one Nyæni citizen was at risk, he would order the extermination of millions of enemies, but only after he has tried to exhaust other options. He is perfectly comfortable making tough decisions, and is determined that he will act in the best interest of the Nyæn regardless of the situation. He will try to get on with others, but will not hesitate to be ruthless and be a maverick if he feels it the right thing to do.
Weapon of Choice
: Kædæ is one of those few members of the Nyæni outside of the Snæren who has been given the right to bear a fire-arm, due to his newly-enhanced status, and he carries a pistol which fires uundairn crystals.