Halogai’ (Savage SDF)
This race is dedicated to my good friend, the late John D. Reavis, who helped in the evolution of the race. From the Other Suns race that inspired it to the renaming of it, this races now exemplifies what kind of gamer and dreamer John Reavis was. Thank you, John.
The Halogai’ developed from a feline species perhaps not too distantly related to the K’Dasi. However, they evolved to much larger stature, physically, and much more aggressive. Halogai’ are fierce furred humanoid felines, the males sporting a large furry mane and the females being taller than the males. The range in color from black to a mix of earthen colors to tan-brown. They are pure carnivores, never developing the digestive system to handle flora-based edibles. They are also tailed, like their other feline brothers, both female and male sporting one that is usually 1/2 the length of their body.
Average Size: 1.8 m (male) 2.0 (female)
Average Mass: 75 kg (male) 90 kg (female)
Average Life-span: 180 yrs
Reproduction: Heterosexual, viviparous
Body Temp: 37 degrees C
The Halogai’ homeworld, Haloga’us, is a human normal world with a surface gravity of 1.25 times that of Human-norm. Their system can be found just on the edge of the Rim, nearest to the former Sathar Empire.
The Halogan history, like human history, was a tumultuous one. Intra-species wars were quite common. It wasn’t until the Sathar invasion when the Halogai’s finally turned their warring ways to some other enemy and unified their planet. Long before the Sathar Wars with the UPF, the Sathars and their allies thought the Halogain would serve as a good slave race. They underestimated the ferocity of the lion-men, however. Eventually, the Halogas system was quarantined off from any further Sathar contact.
The Sathar occupation left the Halogai’ scarred and angry. They became even more militant, and after stripping technology from left behind by the Sathars, more advanced in technology. the carved out a small empire of a few systems before first contact with the Rim Coalition. They were first encountered by the Humma just as they were colonizing their own system. The first contact encounter did not start out well. Xeno-phobia and tensions were already high. The Humma-Halogai’ War ended when the Ifshnit and Osakar intervened and negotiated peace. Once the Halogai’ realized they all had a common enemy in the Sathars, peace was established.
All the Halogai’senses are the same as human.
Speech and Languages
The Halogai’ have no problems with Pan-Gal Common. They simply speak with extremely low voices. The modern Halogai’ have only one language which is simply called Tongue.
The Halogai’ are a honorable race. They thrive on honoring the Halogai’ as a race, their ancestors, parents and family. If one were to dishonor them or challenge the particular honor, the Halogai’ would be forced to retaliate, which usually ends up in death. They consider their culture superior and strongly protect it against outside influence.
They also thrive on physical pleasure without abuse to the body (no drugs, alcohol, etc.). They believe in a healthy body, and do not respect those who abuse their body with artificial, and unnatural substances. They also respect courage, and inventiveness. However, honor is everything, to a Halogai’.
The Halogai’ most respect the Humans for their ability to adapt and survive. The Bengradi is the only race Halogai’ cannot get along with since the revelations of their origins. They still have a resentment towards the Humma but respect their ability to wage war.
Social Structure and Standards
The central unit in the Halogai’an Society is the nuclear family, the father being the figure-head leader, but the mother doing the majority of the tasks. Both are honored equally. The males are traditionally the warriors, but the females are traditionally the hunter/gatherers.
Halogai’an society is ruled bya High Coucil of Honored, populated with the most honored of all Halogai’ (the ones with the longest names). The rule with wisdom and courage, with Halogan interests coming first above all else. There is no true equality of other species in the Halogai’an society, but there is mutual respect.
The Halogan are represented well by their G’ru’or – Emperor and King, the most honored and influential of all Halogai’ males. He is supported by his honored mate, the G’ru’ra – Empress and Queen.
The Halogai’ measure honor through naming. At birth, young Halogai’ are given a generic name representative of their birth order, like second son of Gra’aalsh, Gra’salsh being the father. They are referenced that name until adolescence, where they must earn a name through a rite of passage chasen by the father. Once the rite is over, the young Halogai’ chooses his first name.
Naming in a Halogai’ never ends, however. Titles represent honor in the Halogai’an society. However, the can not be false titles. One must earn them properly. In a given life, a common Halogai’ could have infinite titles. Somoe titles, at times, are collapsed into one larger one, but only neophyte beginners are without titles,a nd if a older Halogai’ is without a title or only have one, they are considered dishonored.
Natural Weapons: Claws (+1): STR+d6 damage. He doesn’t count as an unarmed defender.
Edge (+1): At Novice, the Halogai’ gain the Beast Bond Edge.
Animal Empathy (+1): At Seasoned, they gain +2 Charisma when dealing with animals and animal handling.
Hindrance: Bloodthirsty (Major, –2): Halogai can be cruel to their foes, often toying with them for simple amusement. They rarely take prisoners and feel little compunction about punishing captured foes. They have –4 Charisma among civilized types.
Racial Enemy (–1) – Bengradi: Halogai’ suffer a –4 Charisma when dealing with the Bengradi. Unless fettered by other authorities or common goals, individuals of the two races typically attack each other on sight.
Hindrance: Code of Honor (-1):