Tamile (ta-MEEL) are 2-3 foot long, slug-like people with four eyes on short stalks. A fringe skirting their bodies horizontally can extrude ribbon-like tentacles that are capable of fine manipulation. Tamile skin is moist, soft, and brightly colored. Tamile can be blue, red, green, purple, or combinations and patterns of any of these.
Humans colonized the tamile homeworld without realizing for a few decades that the tamile were sentient. Tamile had a native bronze age culture prior to contact, and most tamile still live primitive lives. Word of beings from others worlds is widespread among the tamile, but there is some hope that the tamile culture will prove resilient in the face of advanced interstellar civilizations.
Tamile are artistic, and include many well regarded sculptors, singers, and writers. Tamile usually subscribe to a simple ethos, concisely expressed, “avoid causing harm and leave the world more beautiful than you entered it”. Tamile have a universal revulsion toward destroying art in any form, and would react to someone interrupting a musical performance the way a human might react to another human urinating at the dinner table.
Tamile reproduction is complex. A primary male fertilzes an egg in a primary female, who then deposits the egg. A secondary male fertilizes the deposited egg, which then sprouts like a plant. The fruit of the plant, which contains the egg in a pit-like form, is consumed by a secondary female. A tertiary male fertilizes the egg again while it is carried by the secondary female, who then gives live birth to a single young tamile. The secondary female raises the young. Complicating this is that any given tamile is simultaneously two of the genders (primary male, primary female, secondary male, secondary female, tertiary male). Sex is a casual activity, and any two tamile, regardless of gender, can engage in sex. Tamile, indeed, seldom know their own gender for certain, unless they deposit an egg, find an egg fruit and feel a desire to consume it, or give birth. Multiple generations of tamile will live together in a migratory nomadic tribe. Tamile continue to grow throughout their lives, and the largest and oldest tamile are the tribal leaders.
Tamile sometimes travel among other sapient species, where their art and music are almost universally appreciated. Some tamile have become wealthy this way, although they tend to spend most of their money on patronage of other artists. The tamile singing group with a human manager is almost cliché.
Native Gravity: .95G
Temperature Range: 45º -100º, 85º
Taboos: cannibalism, destruction of artifacts
Family Life: young raised by birth mother, multi-stage
fertilization/ovulation/adoptive gestation cycle,
reproductive/recreational sex anytime
Society Notes: geritocratic anarchy
Major Languages: Tamile
Tamile names and language consist of tonal sequences. Tamile traveling off the homeworld employ adopted human names, often taken from flowers or from human artists, composers, writers, or philosophers. The list below is of the sort tamile might adopt.