The Nellmn are a large, predatory species from the Nellmari system. The
Nellmari system itself is located near Bakura, on the outskirts of the
small area of space controlled by the Ssi-ruuvi Imperium.
The Nellmn evolved from ancient reptilian ancestors and still retain many
reptilian aspects such as soft thin scales, short spines protruding from
their spinal column, large claws on their fingers and toes, and razor sharp
teeth. However, what is unusual is the that somewhere during the course
of natural evolution, they have become warm blooded and more tolerant of
In physical appearance the Nellmn are large and intimidating - sometimes
reaching heights of nearly three meters. They have several reptilian
features including scales patterned in greens and browns. The typical
reptilian snout no longer exists in the Nellmn who have evolved a flatter,
more human-like face. The nose is basically non-existant with only a pair
of nostril holes present. The eyes are large, black and slightly slanted
downward giving them a sinister appearance. They tend to have a hard time
fully closing their mouth, so their razor sharp teeth are almost always
seen through an open slit.
Due to their close proximity to the Ssi-ruuk homeworld of Lwhekk, the
Nellmn have a long history of violent conflict with the Ssi-ruuk. For
centuries the Ssi-ruuvi Imperium has attempted to constantly conquer the
Nellmnari system, but intense resistance on the part of the Nellmn (due
in part with the fear that a Ssi-ruuk feels about dying off of their
homeworld) has always driven the invasion forces away.
It is fairly common and acceptable for Nellmn to depart their homeworld
in search of a "greater cause." Some Nellmn serve in the small Nellmnari
Navy which has the soul purpose of defending the system against Ssi-ruuvi
Typical Nellmn: Dexterity 2D+2, knowledge 2D, mechanical 2D, perception 2D,
strength 3D, technical 2D
Homeworld: Nellmnari II
Attribute Dice: 12D
- Hermaphroditic: The Nellmn have evolved to be hermaphroditic, meaning
that they carry both male and female reproductive organs. This does
NOT mean that a Nellmn may reproduce asexually, just that any Nellmn
may mate with another and both (in some cases) end up birthing a
young Nellmn after a twelve month gestation period.
- Claws: STR+1D damage
- Teeth: STR+2D damage
- Tolerant: Most people who encounter the Nellmn are suprised to learn
that they are typically very patient and very tolerant. The Nellmn
have learned to be tolerant from many centuries of constant Ssi-ruuvi
attacks on their culture and only strike back after being pushed over
the limit (which is usually a lot more than the average human will
put up with).
- Hatred of the Ssi-ruuvi: Due to the constant conflicts with their
Ssi-ruuk neighbors, the Nellmn are raised to hate and kill them on
sight. If a Nellmn encounters a Ssi-ruuk, he will violently maim,
bludgeon, dismember and kill it with effective brutality. In game
terms, a Nellmn must make a Difficult Willpower roll to resist killing
a Ssi-ruuk when encountered. This may be negated if the Nellmn grew
up outside of the Nellmnari system and was not raised with such beliefs.
- Intimidating: To those who have never encountered a Nellmn or know very
little about them, the Nellmn may appear very intimidating. All Nellmn
receive a +1D bonus to Intimidation against ignorant species - this
bonus is negated against characters with knowledge of the Nellmn's
tolerant nature toward species other than the Ssi-ruuk.
Size: 1.9 - 2.6 meters tall
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