BRIA

Native Planet: Kraglin

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Bria [brē’·ə, pl brias] a warm-blooded, invertebrate species originating from the planet Kraglin. Brias are tridactyl bipeds with an average height of 2.5 meters. Bird-like in appearance, this species has analogous anatomical structure to ornithiscian dinosaurs. Unlike dinosaurs, however, Brias have advanced intelligence, which have enabled them to become the dominant species on Kraglin, with a sophisticated civilization, interplanetary travelling capabilities, and telepathic communication.

Background
Common to life-bearing terrestrial planets in the habitable zone, life on Kraglin began in their vast oceans, followed by animals shuffling onto land. With less water than Earth, conditions allowed for shallow bodies of water earlier in its continental arrangment, and so animals evolved land mobility early compared to Earth. Such conditions also created a vast network of rock terrains. It is through a unique cradle of vertical peaks embedded in a labyrinthical network of rivers where the first Brias come into being.

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A single family preparing to eat with primitive tools rendered from the fossil remnants near the Bekeke Rivulets, Charb.

Bria ancestors learned to manipulate rocks into tools, and it is believed to have used these tools to make homes amidst high altitude plateaus with natural rock wall formations protecting from predatory lifeforms. These early dwellings were relatively “open range”, albeit contained behind steep rocks. Archaelogical evidence suggests single family territories during the early stages of Bria population.

The earliest known Bria fossils and tools appear concurrently roughly 300,000 – 400,000 (Kraglin) orbits ago (i.e. 465,000 – 575,000 Earth orbits ago). Unlike early hominid settlements, single family dwellings flourished for millennia before the first early village settlements, though it seems as if the first Brias and first Bria civilizations both appeared in the Northwest region of the Charb continent, with expansion throughout the Bekeke waterways and into Lake Childs, where the first definitive city, Ko, developed roughly, 80,000 orbits ago.

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Anatomy
Brias are bilaterally symmetrical, land-dwelling organisms, with an anatomical bone structure strikingly similar to land based Earth vertebrates. Terrestrial life forms have developed parallel solutions to surviving, albeit there are near infinite variations on some basic frameworks.

Like humans, Brias have a protein based skeletal structure mostly comprised of calcium and collagen. Though they have fewer bones than humans, they have enhanced muscle groups, with significant development in the neck region. Their upper and lower extremities (arms and legs) exhibit a striking similar appearance to ornithischian anatomy though exhibit a wider range of movement. For example, the illium, pubis and ischium bones unite to form a socket for the femur, a structure which allows for their legs to stick out under their bodies, not unlike ornithischian hips. However, with a fully upright spine, they do not develop a large tail for counterbalancing their neck and head. The pectoral girdle consists of a much longer scapula than humans, which although exhibits advanced movement of the arms (more so than many ornithomimosaurs sideways “hugging” movement). Brias have incredible dexterity and coordination with their hands and arms, albeit not as precise and wide-ranging as humans (don’t ask a Bria to throw a baseball).

Some distinct characteristics include a thick keratin covering of the beak with definitive heterodont dentition, making Brias very adaptable omnivores. Brias have proportionally larger eyes, with a highly developed lens and pupils. While humans see just three basic colors, Brias see five. Another significant feature are their hands. Brias are tridactyl, with two major fingers and a “thumb” residing on the medial plane of the arm, on the posterior side, which allows for incredible dexterity. It would be as if our thumb was located near the palm in a way so that we could have the dexterity of the thumb and index finger with the pinky finger, too.

Reproduction
Both male and female play a crucial role in the child-bearing stages of life. Brias are oviparous, generally laying one egg per incubation. Modern Brias have developed an incubation chamber, but early records show that brooding was done interchangeably. While one parent brooded on the egg, the other would watch, hunt and gather provisions for their home. If the home was secure, both parents would brood. A Bria will tell you that the brooding stage is an opportunity to communicate with their new child, whether it be by hearing heartbeats or their “first thoughts”, so it is experienced as a privilege.

Perhaps it is due to the equalized roles of child bearing that Brias do not exhibit as much sexual dimorphism as humans. Males and females tend to range in similar heights. Still, there are more subtle differences, although regional variations can make it difficult to discern for the non-Bria. In general, females have a shorter beak and feathers through their head. Males are known to have a mane of feathers, though some races do not.

Brias tend to raise a single child to adulthood before having another. Being that Brias live over 200 Earth years on average, a single Bria pair can have several children, though it is unusual for a Bria pair to have go through parenthood more than three times.

Male, Angashkar

Female, Bhacgdul

Male, Charb

Female, Charb

Traits
When the first Humma explorer* discovered the planet Kraglin, and approached a Bria for the first time, the Bria was moving rocks along the coastline. Intrigued the explorer went over and through telepathy, asked him, “What are you doing?” The Bria said, “Speeding up nature. And you? What are you doing here?” To which the explorer said, “I’m here to learn.” The two supposedly spent awhile on that beach before the Bria introduced him to the masses. Although the story is hearsay, it suits the persona of Brias: fearless, fastidious, felicitous.

Bria “written” language.

Brias are constant builders and have an appetite for learning that challenges humankind. As highly visual creatures, they developed a written language comprised of colors (not symbols like our languages). It is unknown at what stage telepathy developed, but it has been a trait of Brias for at least several thousand years. In fact, the advent of telepathy overruled the need for aural language development as humans have so depended on in their history. Brias can talk, but for the most part find it relatively crude in comparison to thought exchange. Most often, words are used as exclamations, singing, and formalities.

Culture
Like many species with advanced intelligent, the Brias have spread populations throughout their home planet as they have learned to adapt living spaces for different climates. And like any mass population, there are needs for governing, trade, and communication

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The Bacgdhul Archives.

On Kraglin, there are smaller oceans, but a huge network of freshwater lakes and rivers which saturate many cities. The distribution of water has been a major government responsibility, ensuring that different regions are adequately satiated for crops, hygiene, and overall standards of living. Along with infrastructure, a branch of Bria government is a collective with the Hummas, mostly for exoplanetary terraforming, architecture, and development.

Telepathy makes it harder for surreptitious activity. Nonetheless, crime exists, and punishment is served succinctly. Death penalties are not uncommon, though family members can appeal a death sentence in some circumstances.

Brias are known for their architecture, and via the galactic order, have launched several archives on planets, which are essentially historical, biological, and anecdotal storage facilities for tourists to learn about life throughout the galaxy.