Irari (eye-RARE-ee) are slender, featherless, winged bipeds, about 4 feet tall. Irari are very long lived. They are insatiably curious, and an irari who becomes interested in some new subject will study it obsessively. They can be daring explorers, relentless detectives, dynamic businessmen, and brilliant scientists.
Irari come from a planet called Sribree, Alall IV. Sribree is a hot, dry world. Irari have 14 colony worlds, only four of which are heavily populated. Irari also have shared colonies with an phar, cidi, and humans.
The irari are not pedantic bookworms. They are an adventurous people, with a tendency toward self reliance. They are not usually motivated by material gain or power, though. Irari want to understand things. An irari not only needs to know what is going on, but why, for how long, and when it is going to happen again. He will endure privation and hardship to learn what interests him. He might be a little reckless in fitting out for adventure, packing state of the art measuring apparatus, four cameras, and a hardened computer terminal, while forgetting to include a tent or get all the permits needed to be where he wants to go.
Vengeance is not a big motivator for irari. They are unlikely to have an enemy, and if they do, they might not even realize it at first.
Irari live alone, but work together. Most irari have spartan living quarters located close to a lab they share with other researchers, a cooperative workshop where several irari ply a similar craft, a library that a community of irari jointly maintain, or a restaurant with a kitchen shared between multiple dining establishments. Working alone is regarded as risky and antisocial. Solitary workers are in some danger of working themselves to death, and most irari are naturally inclined to collaborate and seek input from those who share their enthusiasms.
Irari are slender, and lighter in weight than they appear. Irari bones have a complex internal lattice structure, and their muscles are very efficient for their mass. An irari has a wingspan of 10 – 14 feet, but wings can fold up into a more compact bundle along each arm. When irari launch into flight, they make a great leap from the ground and begin vigorously flapping. Irari vary in coloration from a bright red to pale rust brown. Brighter colors work on irari aesthetic sensibilities; the more brightly red an irari is, the more attractive he or she is to both genders. Although irari don’t engage in recreational sex, a more attractive irari will be listened to more carefully, given more help by other irari, and inspire more trust.
Irari females are only fertile every few decades. When she is ovulating, she will ask a male she admires to fertilize the egg. There is little stigma associated with refusal, and a female who wants to have a child will simply ask males she likes until someone agrees.
Irari evolved as cliff dwelling omnivores on a dry world. They have 50,000 years of recorded history. The most common form of government in irari communities is an informal bureaucracy, with posts assigned on a rotating schedule. In recent decades, irari communities have begun hiring an phar and human contractors to serve as administrators.
Native Gravity: 1G
Temperature Range: 60º- 115º, 80º
Taboos: excretion, incest, cannibalism
Family Life: neuter gender care for young, reproductive sex rarely,
solo living (male and female), group living (neuter)
Society Notes: contracted term bureaucracy, independent
arcologies subordinate to world governments
Major Languages: Elammel, Uroowahlay, Ongyolollee
Irari names are 3-6 syllables, usually beginning and ending w/ a vowel, often includes “-lree”(student of). Older irari sometime adopt longer names that concisely describe an achievement of which they are proud. Changing one’s name too often is seen as vainglorious.
This list is a sampling of irari names.