The Jneril

The Jneril are a major race native to the Milky Way, they migrated tothe Greater Magellanic Cloud during the Early Terran Imperial Period. TheJneril are fierce warriors with a culture based on honour, individualismand stoasim.

Physiology

The Jneril are descended from bipedal poikilothermic bisexual carnivore/chaserstock. They stand approximately 1.65 metres tall and mass about 80kg. Theyhave a pair of manipulatory limbs with four fingered hands similar to thoseof a human. Around their neck is a collapsible membrane of skin (termeda “frill”) used to absorb heat and regulate their temperature. They havea closed respiratory system with a four chambered heart, in response toextreme cold they can enter a state of semi-hibernation with greatly reducedmetabolic requirements. They have a short vestigial tail which probablyacted as a balance in the pre-sentient Jneril, but now serves little purpose.The Jneril have a pronounced snout with four prominent canines in the frontof the mouth.

The average Jneril is stronger and has greater stamina than the averagehuman, but their reactions are on average slightly slower. Their no appreciablephysical differences between males and females other than that the males“frills” are coloured red through orange while the females are colouredgreen through yellow. Female Jneril lay a single egg and the young hatchafter about 32 weeks. The young are feed regurgitated food by either parent.Traditionally the egg and young were tended by both parents, but most Jnerilnow prefer to use modern incubators and prepacked baby food. The averageJneril lifespan is around 100 years and they reach sexual maturity at about22.

The Jneril Homeworld

The Jneril homeworld is Jnerkassh, located in the Milky Way. It shouldbe noted that the most recent information on Jnerkassh is over 1,000 yearsold and must be considered to be totally inaccurate with regard to socialdata. Jnerkassh orbits Kar’iskel a K4 V with an M7 V companion (Sisshinal)orbiting at a distance of 1,500,000,000Km. Jnerkassh orbits Kar’iskel ata distance of 60,000,000km. Jnerkassh has an orbital period of 296.875standard days and rotates on it’s axis once every 19 hours. It has an albedoof 0.25 and an average surface temperature of 28.57° Celsius. Jnerkasshhas an axial tilt of 3° and an orbital eccentricity of 0.02. Approximately32% of Jnerkassh’s surface is covered with water in the form of two largelandlocked oceans, 4% of Jnerkassh’s surface is covered by ice caps. Aroundthe two oceans is a coastal strip of fertile land, but the bulk (some 45%)of it’s surface is rugged desert.

History

The Jneril were originally desert dwelling chasers living in small packswhich hunted the sparse game there. It is these presentient packs whichform the basis of Jneril society. Around 3 million years ago the Jnerildeveloped rudimentary sentience enabling them to dominate and expand theirrange. With these came the slow development of language and cultural formsthat would ultimately allow the development of a technological civilisation.Fossil evidence indicates tool use and primitive shelters by approximately1.5 million years ago. The first major breakthrough was the developmentof fire around 1 million years ago. This only appears to have occurredwhen the Jneril expanded into the fertile coastal regions. With the developmentof fire, the cold-blooded Jneril could exist in habitats previously closedto them and were no longer totally dependent on their star for their bodyheat (it is theorised that much of prehistoric Jneril technology was developedto provide warmth). Now able to prey on the far more plentiful game ofthe coastal regions the Jneril prospered and expanded. The modern Jneril(Jnerilia jenosaurus) had evolved by approximately 400,000 years ago.

The Jneril remained a simple hunter gather society until approximately20,000 years ago when the domestication of a number of large herbivoresallowed the development of a more advance culture. By about -12,000T therewere extensive pastoral settlements throughout the sub-tropical coastalzones, by -8,000T there developed on the Eastern shores a civilisationbased on a number of city states. Termed the Waring Cities, it was initiallydominated by various local priesthoods. These city states vied with oneanother for dominance over the next 1,500 years, slowly advancing in technologyand sophistication in response to the continual wars between them. It wasduring this period that the crucial elements that would form the basisfor all future Jneril civilisation evolved.

The priesthoods which controlled the cities based their power on thecontrol of certain technologies (medicine, metalworking, construction etc.),but the precise technologies controlled varied from city to city. So graduallythese technologies leaked to the general populous and the power of thepriesthoods waned. With the decline of the priesthoods the concept of democracygrew to replace them and by the end of this period virtually all the citystates had become citizen democracies.

During the wars between the city states over resources a strict codeof honour evolved and came to be the basis of society. This code was laterformalised into the Dekisshal (Jneril Code) and remains the basis of Jnerilsociety even today. The Dekisshal emphasises loyalty, duty to family, stateand race, and stoasim in the face of adversity.

The Waring Cities civilisation came to an end in about -6,500T withthe development of a form of writing, the Hrakajner. With this came theexpansion of the city states into proper nations and empires. There appearto have been between six and eight of these nations, each with its uniqueculture and language, but all based on the Dekisshal and all using theHrakajner. It was during the Hrakajner civilisation that the Dekisshalwas formalised and codified. By -6,000T the Eastern Hrakajner civilisationhad become a vibrant iron age culture based on a strict interpretationof the Dekisshal.

In approximately -5,800T a disaster struck the Hrakajner civilisation.The eastern coastal region entered a period of intense volcanism whichwas to last for the next 2,500 years. This utterly devastated the region,destroying the civilisation. The last Hrakajner state collapsed under thepressure in -5,412T. The refugees from the Hrakajner civilisation fledinto the vast inland deserts and into the less hospitable coastal regionsto the north and south. The Hrakajner volcanic episode also had severeeffects on the entire planets climate, triggering a global drop in temperatureof up to 3° Celsius. Unable to maintain their civilisation the Jnerilreverted back to a primitive pastoral culture. However the fleeing refugeesbrought advanced technology to the primitive Jneril cultures they met.They also caused the spread of the Dekisshal and it is from this time onwardsthat it became the dominant worldview of the Jneril.

For the next 1,000 years the Jneril struggled to survive, developingnew technologies to cope with the drastic climatic changes. However inaround -4,700T a new Jneril civilisation arose in the interior desertsto the west of the former Hrakajner lands. This new civilisation was theGrenazz civilisation. An aggressive warlike culture, the Grenazz expandedand formed an empire which at it’s height in -4,200T encompassed as muchas 20% of Jnerkassh. Like the previous Hrakajner civilisation Grenazz societywas based on the Dekisshal, and the spread of the Grenazz furthered theacceptance of the code, though by now it had become more of a religionthan a simple philosophical system.

Naturally the expansion of the Grenazz spurred the development of rivals.The first of these was the Trasshiv civilisation. The Trasshiv startedas an alliance of tribes, formed in about -4,550T to defend against theexpansion of the Grenazz. The Trasshiv Alliance was located in the temperateregions to the north of the old Hrakajner civilisation. The Trasshiv hadabsorbed much of the old Hrakajner ways, including the Hrakajner itself(the Grenazz had evolved their own writing system). The Trasshiv remaineda relatively minor civilisation until about -4,300T when they perfectedthe skill of riding and developed cavalry. With this military advantagethe Trasshiv expanded rapidly into their neighbours territories.

In addition to the Trasshiv, the Grenazz are believed to have spurredthe development of the Orammanis civilisation. Like the Trasshiv the Orammanisstarted as an alliance to counter the expansionist Grenazz in approximately-4,400T. Based on a feudal elite, the Orammanis developed in the greatdesert. The Orammanis are credited with being the first Jneril cultureto develop a regular military force. However their cultural achievementsfar outweigh their military innovations. The Orammanis where the firstJneril culture to possess a written code of laws. Unlike the Grenazz andTrasshiv, the Orammanis culture was not based strictly on the Dekisshal(though elements of their culture were clearly derived from it). The Orammanisheld the same values of loyalty, honour and stoasim as the Grenazz andTrasshiv; however they did not follow the Dekisshal way in regards to democracy.The Orammanis based their culture instead on a hereditary oligarchial system,

By approximately -3,800T the three Jneril civilisations had reacheda situation of rough balance. None was strong enough to overwhelm eitherof the others. By this stage several other cultures had started to emergeas portions of the three major cultures split off from their parent civilisations.This process of slow decline of the three great cultures continued forperhaps 500 years as the concept of the nation state evolved. The primemover in this would appear to have been the prophet Wasshiras. He taughtthat the Dekisshal required those who rule to be close to those they rule(an attitude shared by the early Hrakajner civilisation). Curiously histeachings found the most fertile ground in the Orammanis, who did not atthis stage follow the Dekisshal. The invention of the printing press in-3,535T is believed to have played a crucial role in the spread of Wasshiras’steachings. With his teachings the great imperial civilisations graduallybroke up into many nation states and the Orammanis came to follow the Dekisshal(though even today their remain a few Orammanis sects who do not).

By -3,300T the Jneril had achieved a solid tech level 2 and perhapsas many as 65% of the Jneril lived in civilised states. By this stage thevolcanic episode in the old Hrakajner lands had come to an end and theclimate was starting to recover. With this recovery the Jneril were ableto concentrate far more on science and technology not required for immediatesurvival. The various nation states continued to exist for the next 2,500years as technology slowly advanced and civilisation spread. By -700T theJneril had reached tech level 7 and were starting to reach into space.The Jneril ability to enter a semi-hibernation state proved to be veryuseful in the exploration of space and by -500T the Jneril had colonisedat least 53 other worlds using sublight ships.

By -217T, when the Jneril discovered jump drive, they had reached techlevel 10 and colonised over 100 worlds using sublight travel. There wasnot however any single Jneril state. The Jneril never appear to have developedthe concept of a single racial state. Instead the Jneril worlds were fragmentedinto many different nation states, with only a handful of nations holdingterritory on more than one world. With the coming of jump drive and it’sconsequent improvement in communications the first true Jneril interstellarstates started to emerge; though decentralisation remains a major factorin Jneril governance even today.

The Jneril first came into contact with the Terran Confederation in102T, though considerable debate still rages today as to exactly who contactedwhom. By this stage the Jneril had expanded to encompass approximatelyone and a half sectors and most Jneril worlds were formed into small interstellarstates. The initial contact with the Confederation was peaceful, but withthe formation of the Terran Empire in 292T the situation started to change.

With the formation of the Empire, the Terrans moved into an expansionistphase. Initially this was not directed towards the Jneril, but inevitablythe small Jneril states came to be seen as suitable targets for expansion.The First Terran-Jneril War broke out in 356T with the Terran conquestof a minor Jneril state. The direct assault of a Jneril state by an alienrace seemed to spur some degree of racial unity with in the Jneril; andthe Sikalass Alliance was formed to oppose this expansion. There followeda period of on and off warfare which lasted until 672T when the Treatyof Damask ended the Eleventh Terran-Jneril War and established a mutualbuffer zone between the two races. Curiously, it was during this periodof conflict that the first Jneril crossed into the Cloud. During the Warsseveral Jneril states allied themselves with the Terrans for a varietyof reasons; and it was refugees from these states who formed the bulk ofthe Jneril colonists in the Cloud. With the Treaty of Damask, tensionsbetween the Terrans and the Jneril slowly cooled as the thrust of Terranexpansion focused in other directions. The buffer zone established by theTreaty was to remain stable, respected by both races.

Jneril in the Greater Magellanic Cloud

The first Jneril crossed over into the Cloud in 546T. These were refugeesfrom a Terran aligned state which had been defeated during the SeventhTerran-Jneril War. It became Terran policy to settle all Jneril refugeesin the Cloud until Empress Cloe II issued the Gateway Edict banning non-Humancolonisation of the Cloud. During the Cloe  suppressions many Jnerilin the Cloud chose to actively resist. Those who chose that path were defeatedand even more severely restricted. As a result many Jneril in the Cloudchose to flee the Empire altogether and the Jneril states outside the Terrandomains in the Cloud date from this period. Even though the Gateway Edictwas rescinded by  her successor, Arthur V in 687T, it was to leavea tragic legacy of mistrust and resentment between the Terrans and Jnerilthat would last well into the Diadochi period. From this time until theSecond Mwoah War, the Jneril remained hostile to the Terran (and laterMagellanic) Empire.

The first major Jneril state to form in the Cloud was the Koril Na’rl(Naral Union). This state formed from Jneril refugees fleeing the TerranTerritories in 649T. Initially consisting of five Jneril colonised worlds,the Naral Union expanded only slowly, eventually coming to dominate theVerass subsector in the Eyakhri sector. In 741T the Naral Union signeda defensive treaty with the Second Akhrini Commonality, essentially becomingan Akhrini client state. The Naral Union remained an important Akhrinially throughout the Imperial period, participating in the Third and FifthAkhrini Wars. The Naral Union survived the onset of the Second Dark Agerelatively well, but still suffered from the breakdown in interstellarcommunications. However they were able to retain some limited degree ofcommunications between the member worlds and emerged into the Diadochiperiod intact. In 2320T the Naral Union renewed it’s alliance with theThird Akhrini Commonality and entered a new phase of expansion which continuestoday. This new expansion is characterised by the absorption of human worldsrather than the colonisation of new worlds by Jneril. The Naral Union currentlyconsists of 45 worlds in the Eyakhri sector and is the largest single Jnerilstate.

No other Jneril state can rival the Naral Union in either longevityor size. Most of the Imperial period Jneril states succumbed to the SecondDark Age, which generally affected the Jneril as badly as it did Humansand Dk’arek. However the Jneril suffered far less cultural drift duringthis period than did Humans or Dk’arek. With the dawning of the Diadochiperiod the Jneril started to recover. Many small Jneril states come intoexistence around the new Magellanic Empire. Most initially failed to differentiatebetween the new Magellanic Empire and the old Terran Empire and were hostileto it. However with the Second Mwoah War and the intervention of the MagellanicEmpire to aid the Jneril world of Hrali, a profound shift appears to haveoccurred in Jneril attitudes to the Magellanic Empire. Most Jneril borderingthe Magellanic Empire saw this intervention as a heroic noble act and tensof thousands of Jneril joined the Imperial forces during the war (the eliteEiahya Legion has it’s origins in these volunteers). Whilst only a handfulof Jneril states actually aligned themselves with the Empire during thewar, astute diplomacy after the Magellanic victory has transformed relationswith most of the Jneril states on the Imperial border. The Empire now enjoysfriendly relations with most of these states and is formally allied witha number; two Jneril states have actually chosen to accede to the BabylonAccords and are now members of the Empire.

Language

The most frequently encountered Jneril language is known as Ossiyaisaand has it’s origins in prehistoric Jnerkassh. This language is curiousin that very few Jneril actually use Ossiyaisa as a first language, butvirtually all can speak it. Ossiyaisa is an artificial language createdin -3523T on Jnerkassh. It was originally intended as a simple tongue todisseminate the Dekisshal, but rapidly came to be accepted as the commonlanguage of trade and diplomacy; there would now be few Jneril childrenwho do not learn the Dekisshal in Ossiyaisa. Most sophontologists agreethat the remarkable stability and acceptance of Ossiyaisa is one of theprime reasons for the remarkable uniformity and stability of Jneril culture.

Calender

Most Jneril in the Cloud now use either the Terran or Akhrini calendarand temporal systems, but there does exist both a unique Jneril calendarand temporal system. The Jneril temporal system is based around Jnerkassh’slocal day of 19 standard hours which is called a wimarr. Each day is dividedinto 16 weri (hour), each weri is divided into 64 utssir (minute) and eachutssir is divided into 64 ekarr’l (seconds, each equal to approximately1.044 standard Terran seconds). When rendered in the traditional Jnerilbase 16 numbering system, this system becomes quite elegant (regrettably,many Jneril have abandoned their traditional numbering system in favourof the human base 10 standard). The Jneril calendar is based on Jnerkassh’slocal year of 375 local days (approximately 296.875 standard Terran days).The Jneril year or larisk is divided into 46 esarhil, each of 8 wimarr;with a 3 wimarr long festival termed the Nera’ssk inserted between eachlarisk. The Nera’ssk is not considered to be part of the larisk, but ratherfalls between them; thus one larisk ends and then three wimarr later thenext begins.

Psionics

The Jneril appear to have no ability for psionics, nor are they susceptibleto psionic influence. There are myths and legends amongst the Jneril whichappear to indicate that they may have had an aptitude in prehistoric times;and occasional rumours surface which indicate that these abilities maybe not totally absent from the Jneril. However none of these rumours orlegends have ever been proven to be more than fantasy.

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