The following alien profile was submitted by Jawad Hodgson.
The Oceonis are a race of intelligent amphibious aliens native to the planet Oceolana.
Oceolana is a oceanic planet, however there are a few islands dotted about the surface. Because the islands have rich resources and prey, the Oceonis have evolved to walk on land. This has proved quite useful for the Oceonis, who now spend almost as much time on land as they do underwater.
The Oceonis are one of two intelligent species living on the planet Oceolana. They live side by side with their ancestral cousins, the Sirens, over whom they have dominion.
Oceonis are without question a very mystical race. When born, Oceonis look like a large upright fish with a small sail on both arms. After 18 years they take on their adult form, after undergoing a dramatic metamorphosis. Changing into an adult form requires the Oceonis to crawl onto the shore and create a cocoon, typically in the rock-pools and reefs that surround many of the islands (although purpose built facilities are now available). Inside the cocoon the Oceonis begin to take on their adult, humanoid form. Their limbs and lungs develop, and their sexual organs begin to form. After about two weeks, the cocoons begin to disolve, leaving behind a corrosive acidic compound. The emerging Oceonis adults break through the weakened cocoons and rush to find clean water in which to bathe. Failure to wash off the acidic liquid in time can result in severe burns and disfiguring scars. The Oceanis are also very vulnerable to predators during their metomorphosis and their emergence from their cocoons, and so these nesting sites are usually guarded (either by females or by slaves belonging to their sister race – the Sirens). By the time they reach sexual maturity, it has taken them 28 human years.
While juvenile Oceonis are vegetarians, adults are omnivores and will eat just about anything. They retain the fin-like sails on their arms from childhood, but also have two legs, each with three webbed toes. Both their hands and feet have adhesive surfaces like those of a gekko, allowing them to grip even the most slippery of surfaces. They have 2 orange eyes on the side of their heads, which helps them see pitch-perfect in the gloomy depths of the Ocean.
The Oceonis have constructed magnificent underwater cities, which are the envy of hundreds of alien civilizations across the known regions of the galaxy, including humans.
Oceonis society is a democracy, but one with deep racial and gender divisions. Males work primarily as leaders, managers, and politicians, while most females are warriors and hunters. Oceonis civilization is politically divided into individual city-states, with many cities siding together to form larger federations.
For thousands of years the Oceonis have been reliant on another race of intelligent beings – the Sirens – for basic services such as food production and manual labour. While female Oceonis hone their warrior skills by hunting large prey animals both on land and underwater, no adult Oceonis would lower themselves to such a base activity as farming. In the past stores of food would have been raided from Siren settlements by the female warriors, but today the Sirens have been completely absorbed into Oceonis society as a slave race. The Sirens (who share an evolutionary ancestor with the Oceonis) are viewed as inferior and have very few rights compared to their Oceonis overlords, although they are without a doubt vital to the functioning of Oceonis civilization.
The Sirens aren’t the only slaves used by the Oceonis. Members of other species have also been captured and pressed into service. At one time, the Oceonis were feared as slavers and pirates, with ships crewed by female warriors plundering ships and outposts without mercy and enslaving whomever they encountered. Yet despite these interstellar exploits, Oceonis civilization never spread beyond their home system, the Oceonis being compelled by instinct to remain close to the safety of their oceon.
By the time Humans encountered the Oceonis their great civilization was already in decline. Oceolana was ravaged by civil war, and several revolutions had seen the Oceonis begin to lose their previously tight grip on their Siren workforce.
Despite popular opinion urging human governments to stay of Oceonis affairs, the U.N.G.F decided to intervene in the Oceonis civil war. The U.N.G.F sided with one of the most powerful and progressive factions on Oceolana, hoping to restore peace and prosperity. Human troops were sent to fight alongside the female warriors, and a strong alliance was forged to the benefit of both worlds. However, this intervention proved to be a mistake.
Humans weren’t the only species with interests on Oceolana; the Scariors – an old enemy of the U.N.G.F – also involved themselves in Oceonis affairs, siding with an opposing faction. The U.N.G.F had once fought a bitter war against the Scariors, and while a peace treaty had been signed a great deal of enmity still existed between the two sides. The Scariors and U.N.G.F never officially came to blows over the Oceolana conflict, instead their greivances were aired on the Oceolanan battlefield. The Oceonis had become pawns in a galactic game of chess.
Ultimately, the war ended badly for the U.N.G.F, their Oceonis allies, and the Oceonis people in general. With massive assistance from their alien allies, the faction backed by the Scariors won the civil war and came to dominate all of Oceolana. But there was a heavy price to pay, and their entire civilization was annexed into the Scarior empire. The Oceonis who had sided with the U.N.G.F faced a cruel and ironic fate – they were forced into a life of slavery. Meanwhile, those who sided with the Scariors could also be said to be slaves, albeit to their new Scarior overlords.
Written by Jawad Hodgson
Art by Raph (raph04art.deviantart.com)