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Geonosian

Geonosian society is based in a system of segregated castes which have evolved over many thousands of years. The more privileged elite rule legions of workers that work in large swarms and live in total submission. Violence is common in Geonosian society, as are frequent internal disputes over power. Geonosians divide up their castes according to intelligence and physical attributes. The winged beings are divided into two main classes - aristocratic and warrior - both of which can fly. A third class, the wingless worker drones, work in the planet's industrial foundries. These Geonosians do not possess weapons or take part in battle.

Through a selective breeding process and a series of systematic genetic modifications, Geonosians have managed to mold their castes around the different roles each is expected to perform. Warriors, for instance, have been biologically adapted to a warlike existence. They reach maturity very quickly, and at the age of six they are ready to fight in combat. Their main physical difference is in the wings they use to levitate - or even fly - for short periods. The warriors are tough and determined. They work well together in large numbers, and make devastating attacks with sonic blasters. Drones are the lowest caste of Geonosians and have a clearly defined function as labourers. But despite the radical separation of castes, the Geonosians live in close proximity in hive colonies that extend for miles underground.

The upper structure of these hives can be seen protruding from the planet's surface in the form of rock spires. These immense, organic-looking towers appear to be naturally occurring but are the result of much hard work by the species. The points where the spires taper towards the top make for useful look-out posts for Geonosian sentries, ready to sound the alarm in case of attacks from rival tribes or other predators. Indeed, their architecture is probably the Geonosians' greatest achievement. On a bright day, beams of light shine through fractures in the rocks which illuminates the inner structure of the Geonosian hives. The remarkable forms of these living spaces are sculpted in a rock paste consisting of stone powders mixed with excretion from the phidna parasite. Phidna are, in fact, specially cultivated in hydroponics gardens for this purpose. Although the upper classes in the hive disdain the lower castes, Geonosians of all classes can be found at the execution arena, enjoying violent displays such as sending prisoners to the beasts or one on one combat to the death. Given the enjoyment of violence that partially unites the Geonosians, it is surprising that they do not have their own organized army.

Homeworld

Geonosis
Planet: Geonosis
System: Geonosis
Sector: Arkanis
Galactic coordinates: (295, -250)
System coordinates: (12, 8)

Planet type: hot/breathable
Planet size: 13 x 13

Controlled By: Falleen Federation
Governor: Falleen Federation
Magistrate: Flying Doctor Loatu Seeg
Total population: 45,312,234 inhabitants
Hireable Population: 999 People
Civilisation level: 3.7000%
Tax level: 5.0000%
Planet income: 3,722,612 credits
Tax income: 186,131 credits
Description:
Most of the arid surface of Geonosis consists of hills, plateaus and great rocky outcroppings. For most species, life on the planet is extremely difficult. Because the planet\'s magnetic field is weak, solar rays reach the surface without any filter, and the world is exposed to aggressive waves of radiation. The potency of the sun around the planet is so great that harmful particles affect the surface even at night.

The only relief for the native species comes with the long periods of darkness caused by dense fog that can linger for weeks. In these periods, the high, dense fog banks act as a barrier for the aggressive sunlight, and provide the planetary surface with a gloomy, rather eerie appearance. During these periods, some of the planets\' creatures creep out of their lairs in the search for food or for mates. Some of the native beings have developed bioluminescent properties enabling them to adapt to the harsh environment. One of the more spectacular, natural phenomena of Geonosis is the abundant rain that falls on the planet.

The rainfall occurs only very rarely, but when it does it usually causes huge flooding. The planet\'s magnificent canyons and cliffs are living proof of the erosion caused by these powerful downpours. Among the desolate features of the landscape are peculiar spires rising high above the ground. These are, in fact, the only visible parts of the huge underground hive-colonies where the Geonosians live. These intelligent, insectoid beings live in complex maze-like dwellings that extend for thousands of metres underground. These structures imitate the natural forms of the surrounding terrain and so merge perfectly with the arid landscape. Most Geonosian creatures are reptilian or insectoid in form. Among its life-forms are the massifs - huge, dog-like reptiles that can also be found on nearby Tatooine. The Geonosians tame these creatures and keep them as pets as well as to keep their hives free of vermin and other intruders. Another Geonosian species is the red rock algae. These micro-organisms cling to the terrain and give the planetary surface its particular hue.

Skills

Force probability: 3%
Race Multiplier: 1.5

Dodge: 1
R&D Metallurgy: 1
R&D Electronics: 1
R&D Engines: 1

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NPC: 14 to 42 HP

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