Prior to operation Freeze Point, intelligent alien life has remained undiscovered through the galaxy. This changed on Eos II when the local xenos destroyed the colony and tried to destroy the scouting force.
All Xeno follow a core biology; Twenty appendages, a dislike of hot temperature (Inconvenienced by above zero celsius and actively unable to survive in 20+ celsius environment.) A white or grayish carapace, six eyes and short antennae.
Xenos possess inner organs similar in function to Human ones. Hydras possess a secondary heart two third of the way down to help blood flow. All Xenos are invertebrates, possessing an exo skeleton.
Xenos possess no teeth on their mouth, instead having a sharp beak similar to a turtle and spider-like pedipalps.
Manticores possess an additional array of organs allowing them to control the chemistry of their sack's content, effectively allowing them to brew different mixture when not holding eggs.
Senses & Communication
Xeno regardless of gender possess three pairs of eyes on their head that are primarily used to detect movement but still function well in extremely dark conditions. Their sense of smell is extremely developed and used to track enemies and communicate. Their hearing is fairly similar to human ranges.
Communication between individuals is achieved by one of three methods; Vocal, Olfactory or Sign language. Vocal is the most complex manner of communication, with sounds carrying meaning while smells carry tone and emotion. Olfactory communication is possible, either with direct antennal contact or leaving messages behind in the form of chemicals.
Xenos eat differently depending on gender, with Hydra requiring extreme levels of protein supplied with hunting. Gender B1 & B2 Xenos compose their diet primarily of fungus they cultivate underground as well as eggs from domesticated Egg Worms.
Gender & Reproduction
Xenos are divided into three genders with extreme dimorphism between them. They are Classified as “Gender A” “Gender B1” and “Gender B2”
Also known as: Egg Layer (Reproductive role), Hydra (Official Codename), Snake or Worm (Nickname)
Hydra are named such because of their bodies; Snake-like in appearance with arms at the upper third of their body. Adult Hydras are 12 to 18 feet long depending on age, with two pairs of scythe-like appendage near the top. They slither as a primary mean of locomotion, their legs being vestigial. The lower two thirds of their body lacks a hard carapace to allow them to move. Hydra uses their claws to dig through snow and soft dirt.
Once per 18 months (earth time) Hydra will grow an egg sack and lay up to hundreds of eggs depending on their nutrition. This one of the few times where Hydra become passive, cooperating with Gender B xenos to ensure greater childbirth. Hydra take about five earth years to become mature and are the result of fertilized eggs.
Hydra are extremely hostile and typically work alone, hunting for prey. Older Hydras seem to be less aggressive and will often tolerate the existence of another Hydran hunt mate.
Also known as: Inseminators (Biological role) Karkinos (Official Codename), Crabs (Nickname)
Karkinos, are the most common type of xeno, composing around 60 percent of the species. They resemble oversized earth crabs around one meter tall and a meter and a half in diameter. Like all Xenos they possess ten pairs of limbs. Eight of which are used for locomotion while one is reserved for pincers and the other for fine three finger opposable digits. Their pincers are strong enough to crush rocks and will regrow if lost.
Karkinos are extremely oriented toward cooperation in building their nests which they share with Manticores. Their primary occupation are building, farming and animal husbandry. They favor directly dug caverns but artificial structures are not unknown.
Gender B1 Xeno will inseminate around ten percent of laid eggs. Unfertilized eggs will become Karkinos or Manticores depending of whether or not they are fed the Hydra’s secreted hormonal jelly. Karkinos are unfertilized and not given hormonal jelly.
Also known as: Incubators (Biological Role), Manticore (Official codename), Balloons, Spitter, Lobsters (Nicknames)
Very similar in shape to Karkinos, Manticores are differentiated by the large semi-solid translucent sack that grows on their backside in which they safely keep eggs until they are ready to hatch. Another function of Manticores is that when not in use, their sacks can be filled with different concoction which they can project as they will, allowing them to make adhesive, acids, inflammable substance, certain pathogens or food for juveniles.
Technology & Culture
Xenos possess no technology comparable to modern humans but closer inspection reveals their understanding of biology, engineering and physics, being able to build fortifications, traps and brew toxins for their uses.
Gender B1 & B2 Xenos are communal in nature and when not working spends time socializing, talking and playing. Evidence suggests that Xenos are capable of arts such as songs and sculptures. Their lack of detail vision prevents them from developing writing or visual arts. Hydras by contrast remain away from the communities as much as possible outside of reproductive season.