Species Name: Pobawa
Other Names: Batlings
Home Planet: Subiri-III
Home System: Subiri
Physiology: Humanoid in form, adults range in height from 4 to 4’6”. The Pobawa have wide, long ears that extend straight back from the sides of their heads and end in a shallow curve. Some colonies are known to practice ear cutting or piercing as a way to distinguish leaders and warriors. Their eyes tend to be large and nearly all black and they generally possess a small, slightly upturned nose. Pobawa fingers end in hard claws designed more for holding on to cracks in rock than for fighting. Their skin colors range across a broad range of neutral colors: near black, bluish grey, brown, tan, creamy white, and more. While there are large differences in skin pigmentation across the species, each individual colony tends to be nearly uniform in skin color.
Living in a world of near darkness the Pobawa are forced to rely on other senses than sight. In addition to an enhanced sense of smell, Batlings are able to hear sounds that are both higher and lower in pitch than typical humanoid hearing. They are also able to communicate at these ultrasonic frequencies in a manner that carries for miles, and mimic many sounds accurately, with some skilled Batlings able to mimic the resting echolocation of other Pobawa colonies. Additionally, Pobawa can produce a series of rapid ultrasonic chirps as they breathe. These sounds coupled with a specialized processing section of their brain allow these echoing sounds to be interpreted by the Batling as a type of echolocation.
Culture: The Pobawa live under the surface of their home planet, Subiri-III. The Batling people refer to this as the Infinite Caves, and by most standards the system of caves under the surface appears never ending. Underground the Pobawa have organized themselves into isolated colonies that are completely self-sufficient from other Batling colonies. These colonies carve their cities into miles long stalactites, stalagmites, or other cave features.
This species is less technologically advanced than most star-faring species, and have neglected developing means of star travel themselves. However, they have successfully developed a species of fungi that is both luminescent, an air purifier, and responsive to electro-stimuli to such an extent that it can be easily trained where to grow and when to glow. This has become a major export for a few Batling colonies and is the primary light source below in the Infinite Caves to the point that entire colonial cities may glow with faint blues or greens grown on the rock in decorative patterns.
Colonies of Pobawa usually only interact when they declare war on each other, and the introduction of alien weapons has caused these conflicts to become much deadlier in recent decades. Survivors from a defeated colony are exiled to the barren and cold surface of Subiri-III where radiation levels slowly kill them.
Bat Ears, Bat Eyes, Bat Nose
Explorer of the Infinite Caves
A Warrior for my Colony
The Colony is My Life
Good at: Sneaky, Quick, Instinct
Bad at: Flashy, Tech, Pilot
The Subiri System was thought to be void of intelligent life for many years due to the unique properties of the crust of Subiri-III. The system has one small and dim sun, and a mere four planets. Several satellites and stations have been stationed in the Subiri system over the decades, but most have outlived their usefulness.
Subiri-III is a large planet with a crust made of a unique substance that both exudes radiation and interferes with all but the most powerful scanners. The skies are usually overcast but precipitation has rarely fallen. Temperatures remain relatively fixed, between -5 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Large fissures provide access to the internal structure of the planet: The Infinite Caves. These large sprawling caverns are the home to the Pobawa, the systems only native sentient species. The greatest source of heat under the surface is found in thermal geysers that bring boiling water to a multitude of locations throughout the caves.
The Infinite Caves
Solar Station QL
Solar Station QL maintains orbit between the planets Subiri-II and Subiri-III. Having once been a major recharging station for merchant ships and passenger ships this station before a political uprising changed alliances between neighboring systems. It’s distinguishing feature are the three colossal solar sails that collect the limited radiation from the systems sun and converts it into power comparable with energy cell fueled vessels. While Solar Station QL still maintains this function, the lessened traffic load in the area has led to the Station being partially rented by a large scale research project analyzing the system.
Full of Researchers
Outlived it’s Usefulness