Anatomy and Physiology
Biological Description :
The Umbruke, also given the name Precursors by humans, are a highly advanced species with unique fungoid biology, known to be masters of genetics and technology. Standing at around 9 ft tall, these organisms have tendrils alongside the crested head of their bodies, lined with nerves that read air fluctuations when they vibrate. The Umbruke don’t need to have a body plan that could use tools, seeing that they’re bio-engineers and edited themselves to be unrecognisable from how they originally evolved. They have several orifices along their upper section, which are gills that absorb oxygen and exhale it. They were much more psychologically developed, using radio waves to communicate with each other, and forming an unpronounceable spoken language comprised of thrumming vocal sounds. Umbruke are a very intelligent species, compassionate and resilent, trying to preserve beauty on planets with life. They take pride in history by collecting relics from other worlds, performing the steps needed to preserve the future.
It is notable point out their abnormal lifespans that can last for several centuries, or even thousands of years. The can live for nearly 700 to 900 Earth years, the age of 78 to 96 considered very young for Umbruke. The age of their species dates to around 100,000 years, their first exploration of another planet beginning about 4,000 to 7,000 years ago.
They can transmit data to eachother and download information to store in their memory. They genetically selected sensory apparatuses to hear and understand thoughts being broadcasted by a single individual, and to communicate back using radio waves. They can also interface with technology this way, able to intercept into computer programs and access information. It is possible that they are capable of some sort of telepathy, meaning they were considerably more psychologically developed than most species. Connected to their genetically augmented brain is a digital receptor that grants their telepathic capabilities, glowing a bright blue.
What is most interesting about their technological achievements in telepathic speech, is that they are willingly immune to it at the same time.
They are very similar to a network of organic beings, like an ant colony.
Umbruke feed on insects and plants, giving them a notable omnivorous role on their planet. Usually, insects tend to land on their backs, which they use their long tendrils to grab and eat, including plants.
The Umbruke are a very intelligent species, and a very compassionate race, trying to preserve beauty on planets with life, despite their brutish appearance. They take pride in history by collecting relics from other worlds, and will perform the steps needed to preserve the future, and of things they care about. Because of their extended sleeping period of 30 - 40 hours, and lack of beds, they sleep in whatever area they can find. They mostly sleep together in large groups, waking up a few days later to start work again. They are also very social, and are very protective of their clans. It is almost like this species has a large brotherhood, and are there for eachother when needed.
Umbruke lay seeds, which would then sprout into young broodlings. Broodlings are often separated from the group 50 days after sprouting to receive training.
While Umbruke do not have any appearance of male or females, there are still reproductive organs needed to gestate young. They have tunnelshaped orifices resembling exhaust pipes, the seeds forming and then being layed. They would then be seprated from their groups into their individual faction, to where they would be subject to intensive training. They originally reproduced sexually, but they wanting to begin expanding and building a larger empire, so they genetically modified themselves to produce identical clones of themselves to increase their population. Umbruke have no maternal instinct or any sort of attachment to their young.
Reproductive Method :
The collection of decaying matter will induce rapid growth and allow the sprouts to develop physical brains and other vital organs through symbiosis. The seed sprout will begin to develop muscular tissue and be allowed to consciously prioritize the nutrients they’re obtaining, then become independent of soil and be able to move freely on its own, though needed nutrients must be supplied but as long as they rare obtained, host will continue to live and grow. At this point, the sprout is around 7 years old, as the growth period takes many years to fully develop the infant. When they’re around 18, the sprout becomes a broodling, where it is extracted from the seed and into the world. Essentially, Umbruke start as seedlings, sproutlings, moving onto broodlings, infants, and then the final stage, which would age for several centuries, or perhaps thousands of years.
The seeds, now gathered, will be planted into a thinnly spread layout of dirt. They would then be seprated from their groups into their individual faction, to where they would be subject to intensive training.
The Umbruke speak a spoken language and have formed a complex alphabet.
Umbruke culture is based around a ceremonial practice, their statues serving a conventional, rather than practical purpose. Most of their ceremonial statues resemble vines, spiraling upwards towards a cold blue stone mounted above it. It represents a plant found on their home world, built as a religious import. Most of the statues are kept on off-world locations as legacy support, or purely as motivational support.
This religion also ties in to how they bury their dead, after their natural lifespans have seemingly run out. They are buried in special sanctuaries deep in underground caves, their minds are stored in devices that contain all of their biographical information on a single memory card.
The Umbruke are ruled over by a collective monarchy that consists of certain clans and tribe leaders, possessing notable hivemind abilities. It is also based around a central hierarchy system. Each action taken by clans has to be approved by the Temple of Research, while the commonwealth of the systems listen to their rulers.
The monarchy has one single ruler, overseeing most of the controlled systems. After the monarch passes, the adolescent Umbruke that was selected to be the heir to the throne will take place as the next monarch, as will his future offspring.
The Temple of Research is an expansive organization built around the gain of extensive knowledge and understanding of the universe. The Temple of Research is a special conservatory for their people. Young Umbruke train for many years to be inducted into clans. Within the Temple of Research is a diverse collective of other races who are willing to support the research teams. Many races also volunteer with them in their work, ranging from humanoids, androids, and even cyborgs.
Instructors and Clan Leaders - By far the most highest ranking in the Temple of Research institute, training research staff and conducting simulations, as well as assigning their collegues specific jobs when on the field. They recieve special training, and are inducted at a very early age, 30 years to be exact.
Research and Development - The largest portion of the scientists are assigned to research and development positions, where they conduct experiments and develop new technologies. The research conducted ranges in focus from microbiology, biological study, biotechnological manufacturing, and interstellar travel. Most of these scientists have knowledge of medical aid and are trained with combat skills for defense. In each laboratory, there consists of an armory with shelves of rifles and weaponry.
Members of this division are highly trained, and are initiated into the Temple of Research at a young age, around 67 to 98 years of age.
Research Associate - Research Associates work alongside Research and Development scientists, but with a lower status in the Temple of Research hierarchy. They are usually required to conduct the more mundane or less desirable portions of a given experiment. This includes entering the cages of dangerous predators, or within close distance to hostile species.
Security Supervisor - Security Supervisors assist in experiments, but are rather concerned with maintaining a safe and comfortable work environment for the research staff. They also gaurd certain areas of laboratories and research facilties, handling rifles. Most of these areas that are secured are biological containment centers or material bays.
Analysis Team - Analysis Teams are organized on routine expeditions and explorations of other worlds, tasked with entering previsouly unexplored planets. Collecting samples, specimens, and conducting experiments. Because of the unknown dangers, they are trained with military experience and combat training, often adorned with weapons in order to defend themselves from dangerous lifeforms.
Galactic Distribution :
196 Billion / 5,670 Individual Systems (Milky Way Galaxy, primarily in the Tenebrarum and Pezzalis arm)
43 Billion / 130 Individual Systems (Andromeda Galaxy, not yet canon)
Total Population - 239 Billion Individuals (has been known to be inaccurately measured in the trillions)
Empire Distribution - 5,800 Collective Worlds
As a knowledge seeking species, they sought out more territory to develop their already amassed knowledge, which they share with others. Knowledge and information is only allowed to those who wish to learn more, and forbidden from others who wish to use it use it as unintended.
They also attempt to contact other alien lifeforms, who have established a common sentience and society over their planet. Usually, these races tend to be less developed and less advanced, which is why most races will wait until the species observed advances to a state to where they can explore other solar systems. The Umbruke will commonly travel to these worlds, take a look around, get some work done, gather some specimens, then leave to another planet with life. Rather than destroy nature and replace it, they work around it and with it, as humble scientists who combine their machines with nature.
They engage in the surreptitious study of less advanced species, which is not as easily accepted in the galactic community other than rudimentary based scientific expeditions to off-world locations.
Their architecture appears to be built with glyphs engraved in them, possibly for an aesthetic or functional purpose. They put thought in the comfort of their staff, often decorating the interior of their construction with embellishments. They often have writing engraved into the walls of their establishments, serving as a cultural purpose.