Average length: 1.2â€“2.1 meters long
Skin color: Commonly black (carapace)
Eye color: Red
Distinctions: Three-section body; eight eyes; eight legs; carapace; great hearing
Attribute Dice: 12D
Hearing: Sic-Six have incredible hearing and get a +3D bonus to any Perceptionchecks involving hearing. However, Sic-Six are extremely susceptible to loud noises: any explosions within 20 meters of a Sic-Six cause upwards of 6D sound damage to them.
Poison: Beings injected with Sic-Six poison must make a Moderate Strength roll or be paralyzed for 1D+2 rounds.
Sight: Sic-Six can see in the ultraviolet and infrared ranges, and therefore can see in all conditions except complete darkness.
Webbing: Sic-Six can make very fine webs, which they often use as "prey detectors": they are strung across a lair, or between trees (in wilderness; they sometimes string them across corridors). A being must make a Moderate Perception total to notice the webbing. If the being fails the check, it may blunder into the web, which is very light and will give, but the vibrations on the web will alert the Sic-Six if it is still attached to the web strand.
Poison: The poison of the Sic-Six is extremely popular in the galaxy and can often command prices higher than that of the best Corellian spice. Because of this, crime lords often on the lookout for Sic-Six who they might be ableto "employ." A Sic-Six will get many of these offers, some of which will be "impossible" to turn down.
Description: The Sic-Six were a species of intelligent arachnids who could produce webbing and use it to detect nearby presences by hearing the vibrations of the threads. Their proportionally large tympanic membranes, which covered most of their bodies, made this possible. At the same time, this made them vulnerable to loud sounds. Sic-Six had other important sensory organs, including four pairs of eyes, each adapted to see a different part of the spectrum.
Sic-Six generated a natural poison that, while toxic to the fauna of their native planet of Sisk, only acted as an intoxicating drug to organisms from other planets. Several Sic-Six, such as Trix-sor, left their planet to earn a living as "fangers," individuals paid to bite and inebriate customers. This lifestyle suited the species well, as the arachnids disliked the company of fellow Sic-Six.
Biology and appearance
The Sic-Six were sentient arachnids who could grow from less than one meter to more than two meters in length. Each individual had three body segments: head, thorax and abdomen, all covered by a hard, chitinous carapace that was generally black.
The head had four pairs of eyes, all of them red and evenly distributed between the front and sides of the head. Each pair of eyes sensed a different part of the electromagnetic spectrum, giving the species a much wider visual spectrum than most species, ranging from infrared to ultraviolet. Nevertheless, they could not see in total darkness.
The Sic-Six mouth had two pairs of mandibular pedipalps that gave the arachnids an advanced sense of smell. The pedipalps were also used to interpret the environment. The mouth sported two fangs, which were used to inject venom into prey. Although this toxin killed animals from Sisk, it only had a paralyzing and mildly intoxicating effect on a wide variety of offworld species. The Sic-Six could also inject the poison using a stinger. In at least some cases, Sic-Six had a high-pitched voice, even when speaking the language of other species. A Sic-Six named Trix-sor, who was a refined polyglot, tended to infuse his speech with superfluous screeches and cheeps no matter what language he was speaking.
The thorax segment was the largest of the three body parts. It had eight legs attached, each of them with six joints. This allowed the Sic-Six to move at a higher speed than other creatures of the same size; however, this also meant that the species lacked any appendages capable of fine manipulation.
The short, fat abdomen was connected to the thorax by powerful muscles and tendons, despite seeming to almost float behind the rest of the body. It included four posterior spinnerets used to create fine webs. Sic-Six commonly laid webs among trees or in closed spaces to detect intruders: anyone stepping on the web would probably break it, but by doing so, that trespasser would make enough noise for the Sic-Six to notice. Sic-Six webs were seen in docking bays through the galaxy, where they spun webs that, in that position, were apparently a nuisance or a danger to pilots.
Sic-Six had highly sensitive hearing. In fact, their whole bodies acted as tympanic membranes. They could notice faint sounds that originated from hundreds of meters away. Unfortunately for the Sic-Six, this made them highly vulnerable to sonic weaponsâ€”even loud noises could seriously injure them, and the mere sound of a explosion from 20 meters away could be fatal.
Society and culture
Sic-Six were solitary by nature, particularly with regard to their own species: they only spent time with other Sic-Six to mate, and even then they were uncomfortable. As a result, their native planet Sisk had almost nothing in the way of a central government. Nevertheless, Sic-Six did not shun the company of sentients of other species. Sic-Six were also insecure and afraid of anything that fell beyond their control. This trait had been caused as a result of the quick climatic changes of their planet that sped up the rate of their evolution.
As the Sic-Six disliked uninvited presences, they used their webs to cover their surroundings, so that anyone trying to sneak up on them would be detected.
Although the Sic-Six were unable to stand each other, they managed to develop industrial-level technology on their own. However, that same personality trait stopped them from developing assembly lines. Sic-Six were proud of their own technological achievements, considering themselves superior to other species.
Sic-Six were known to enjoy music, theater and other forms of art. They commonly gravitated toward the humanities and often became scholars of such fields. Sic-Six-layer cake was a traditional dish from their homeworld; the confection's coloration was tailored to Sic-Six visual organs, a fact that made the cake vibrant to look at. The Sic-Six were by and large a wealthy people, because the venom they produced was exported as an addictive stimulant. However, certain unscrupulous entrepreneurs of the drug industry kidnapped and enslaved Sic-Six to make use of their drug-producing capacities.
Unlike several other arachnoid species, Sic-Six were known to wear clothing.
The Sic-Six homeworld of Sisk was once a warm, lush planet orbiting the orange dwarf star Sisk. There the Sic-Six evolved into patient beings who simply waited for prey to fall into their webs. However, a relatively short time prior to the Galactic Civil War, their sun underwent partial collapse and became a red dwarf. Consequently, Sisk became a cold, inhospitable world. This turned the passive Sic-Six into active, cunning hunters who began to rely on technology. They also evolved advanced sensory organs. This event affected their personality, making them frightened and insecure when faced with circumstances they could not control.
Gifted Sic-Six engineers developed industrial technology for their species, but lack of cooperation made mass production or the large-scale exploitation of Sisk's natural resources impossible.
Later, the galactic community discovered Sisk and the Sic-Six found that they liked outworlders more than they liked other Sic-Six. The galaxy learned of the intoxicating properties of the Sic-Six poison. Communities of foreigners came to enjoy the stimulating effect the drug gave them, and they eagerly paid generous amounts for each doseâ€”Sic-Six venom became more well-known and expensive than Corellian spice.
Several Sic-Six made their fortunes in a business known as "fanging," that is to say, injecting their venom into voluntary subjects who were willing to pay for the service. Although "fanging" was outlawed on several worlds, many Sic-Six made a fortune as "fangers." Others, however, were enslaved for the same reason. Sic-Six could also become addicted to offworld opiates, such as Ryll spice.
Certain offworld corporations wanted to mine Sisk but, as the Sic-Six had no planetary government, no-one was authorized to make that kind of dealâ€”to the tycoons' chagrin.
During the Imperial era, Sic-Six were well integrated into the galactic community. The species had prestige and wealth.
The Verpine business Roche Hive Mechanical Apparatus Design and Construction Activity for Those Who Need the Hive's Machines, who failed in their attempt to market an insect-looking protocol droid to mammals, attempted later to re-direct the units of J9 "worker" drones to insectoid and arachnoid species, including the Sic-Six, the Flakax and the Xi'Dec. Nevertheless, they found no success on Sisk.
Sic-Six in the galaxy
When traveling the galaxy, Sic-Six enjoyed the company of wealthy artists and dilettantes who had few responsibilities. Sic-Six were almost never found with other Sic-Six, as they got along much better with people of other species.
Sic-Six often found their way in the galactic community by providing their venom to willing customers. Some Sic-Six were enslaved by crime lords, or even murdered and dissected for their venom glands. Other, luckier Sic-Six were simply drained of their venom and released or hired. Less scrupulous "fangers" charged cut-rate prices for intoxication only to take advantage of their incapacitated clients and steal their possessions. A Sic-Six was a member of the Tatooine court of Jabba Desilijic Tiure, the well-known Hutt crime kingpin, in 4 ABY.
Trix-sor was a Sic-Six who worked as a "fanger" for an Imperial aristocrat at some point before 1 ABY. He obtained a wealth of money and contacts providing his employer and associates with narcotic services; meanwhile, Trix-sor himself developed his own dependence on Ryll. Trix-sor eventually retired to live on Bespin and enjoyed the local gambling establishments. He was well-known among his neighbors because of his eccentricities and because his previous job was an open secret. Even in his leisure time, Trix-sor sometimes worked as a spy for a minor Imperial noble known as Spenz.