The Vratix are a race native to the planet Thyferra and are noted to have perfected the creation of bacta by combining alazhi and kavam. They vastly outnumber the human natives of the planet, but are considered inferior to their corporate counterparts. The Vratix are humanoid insects. They have large, compound eyes, a stalk-like neck, and three pairs of limbs sprouting from a cylindrical thorax and abdomen. The upper set of limbs acts as triple-jointed arms, while the lower two serve as legs. The last set of limbs is well-muscled, and is used in jumping. Most Vratix are grey in colour, with the shades darkening with age.
They have a basic form of hive mentality, but are able to function as individuals. They believe that sight and sound are not permanent things, and prefer to touch another being in order to recognize their presence. The Vratix on Thyferra govern themselves through the Ashern Circle. However, the strong pro-human elements found on Thyferra have labelled the Ashern as terrorists. Although the Ashern are widely considered responsible for the contamination of certain batches of bacta, this may only be a ruse to cover up an internal struggle within the corporations on the planet.
Vratix is also the name given to the native language of the Vratix. It consists of a series of clicks and high-pitched sounds, which are augmented by changes in skin colour. Because of this combination, no written form of the Vratix language has been created and while non-Vratix can learn to understand the language, they are unable to recreate the nuances required to speak it.
Galactic coordinates: (15, -136)
System coordinates: (11, 9)
Planet type: temperate/breathable
Planet size: 20 x 20
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Total population: 1,714,963,755 inhabitants
Hireable Population: 1,000 People
Civilisation level: 5.0900%
Tax level: 5.0000%
Planet income: 4,158,716 credits
Tax income: 207,936 credits
Thyferra is known throughout the galaxy as the original source of bacta. Its native population, the insectoid Vratix, discovered the formulation and the human colonists of the planet (known as Thyferrans) became the major economic driving force behind its exploitation. The two races coexist upon the planet, with the Vratix and Thyferrans having their own separate systems of government. There have been tensions in this balance, with accusations of terrorism pointed at the Vratix Ashern Circle.
For such a large planet the gravity is low, leading to the tall and graceful physique of the Thyferrans and also allowing the evolution of the Vratix to such large physical size. Humid jungles swathe the equatorial regions of the planet with shady forest and grassland elsewhere, and it is generally a very pleasant place.
There is little variation in seasonal climate as Thyferra has an almost circular orbit and stable weather system. The lovely beaches are very popular as a destination for tourists and inevitably the settlements near the coast have lively casinos, bars and nightlife.
The location of this planet is strategically significant for controlling traffic passing through to neighbouring systems, which has led to the construction of several military bases to monitor ships travelling in the vicinity.