Pachekki (pah-CHEE-kee) are tall, slender, pale blue humanoids. They have large, unblinking, multifaceted eyes and lipless mouths. The top of their heads are covered with waving, bulb-tipped stalk-like auditory organs. Other species find pachekki bizarre. Each pachekki has both male and female reproductive organs, and switch genders every few days. This change is accompanied by a change in temperament; male Pachekki are more deliberate and lethargic, female Pachekki are impulsive and energetic. Mating is casual, and results in pregnancy seldom. Children only know their birth parent, most of the time, and siblings and friends will aid in raising young.
Most pachekki are dullwitted, but about one in ten pachekki are dramatically more intelligent. Ordinary pachekki obey these “leader-types” with matter of fact loyalty. Usually a small group of 3-5 leaders will gather a following of many ordinary pachekki. More charismatic leader groups that have remained intact for longer may have hundreds of followers.
Pachekki culture is communal and cooperative, sensible when you cannot know what any individual’s capability will be day to day. This ensures that there will be at least one female pachekki any given day who will get things done, and at least one male, who will help keep things organized.
Pachekki social organization has influenced the interpretation of concepts like property and ownership. A pachekki doesn’t think of what it possesses. It thinks of what it is responsible for. Anything larger than a toothbrush is usually shared between several friends or family members. There are greedy pachekki, but they are rare, and confusing to other pachekki.
Pachekki have advanced genetic engineering technology. They are singularly willing to experiment with their own bodies and genetic codes. As a result, there are several variant forms of pachekki, including (but not limited to) pachekki more tolerant of cold weather, pachekki adapted to be even better swimmers, pachekki who can live in higher gravity environments, and pachekki who can endure dry environments longer. Pachekki also use genetically modified plants for a variety of functions, including lighting their homes, producing medicine, and recording and playing back music.
Pachekki are sometimes thought of as contentious in interspecies politics. They have unusual preferences for colony worlds, and come off as demanding and selfish. Pachekki only have 8 colony worlds of their own, though, spread through a wide swath of space. They share one colony with humans, but political tensions there can be high. It is difficult for pachekki to find worlds with low gravity and high atmospheric pressure and humidity, so any suitable worlds that are discovered will be coveted by pachekki settlers.
Native Gravity: 0.7G
Temperature Range: 50º -105º, 85º
Family Life: birth parent raises young, life with extended family
and friends, recreational sex anytime
Society Notes: Coalition Communalist Meritocracies
Major Languages: Chi, Kri-eech, Tillitkeereech, Prrr Achakah
Pachekki names have three parts; a personal name, a family name, and the name of the birth parent.
Ikki Lakku Bidi
Jiddichi Rikita Piti
Rippong Saovelli Gallau
Duagoel Biyigo Ferel
Suwaya Bulepi Nurokko
Wax Kellabbo Sumin
Ngora Telippu Laospu
Disopo Bohrtam Sikoop
Terobo Buvi Minina
Tatalu Duuriddi Buriggo
Bogobo Telekki Fimiwi
Gaowilo Kasokko Sousou
Suitaro Lebishi Loggoti
Pachi Beeggo Kassa
Tarok Tippu Suluta
Desikki Arragga Yikko
Kokka Gerappi Herin
Pak Dillisit Tautau
Yoggu Totiddi Tasadu
Boba Paopod Lanau