Cynos Union Databank

 

 

 

Koetaani
SPECIES:
Koetaani
TYPE:
Quasi-humanoid
PLANET:
formerly Klaz

Overview: The koetaani, known affectionately amongst the galactic community as “headjobs”, are one of the original six founders of the Cynos Union, and the only known telepathic species in the galaxy. As such, there is some distrust of the koetaani amongst certain sectors of the Cynos, in spite of the koetaani having strict privacy rules, precluding them from deliberately scanning unwilling participants, or revealing information gleaned from accidentally reading people’s thoughts.

These enigmatic blue people are also master geneticists and, in fact, they long ago gave up traditional forms of reproduction, instead reproducing through cloning. As such, they are a genderless species, which can sometimes make dealings with the sookas problematic.

The koetaani share particularly close relations with humanity, as their shared history goes back well over twelve thousand years; the koetaani have been human allies since the time of the first advanced human civilisation, the Aztlani.

Evolution & Biology: Originally hailing from the now defunct planet Klaz, the koetaani evolved from creatures strikingly similar to tarsiers, lemurs and bushbabies from Earth. However, the creatures in question had one very crucial difference to the small mammals from humanity’s homeworld, in that even these non-sentient ancestors were telepathic. Hand in hand with their innate telepathy, these small creatures were also telekinetic, and would use this telekinetic potential to manipulate objects around them, while using all four limbs to move through the kapler trees on Klaz.

As such, it has long been said that while you can take the koetaani out of the forest, you can’t take the forest out of the koetaani.

This led to the koetaani becoming something unique, in terms of sentient life within the galaxy, as they had no pressing evolutionary reason to leave the trees and adapt to a land-based, bipedal lifestyle. As such, they retain the digitigrade legs of their evolutionary ancestors (described by some humans as having “their knees on backwards”), and the long, grasping fingers needed to retain a semi-arboreal lifestyle.

However, the koetaani long ago gave up on the idea of natural selection, a scientific process that fell by the wayside when they transitioned into being a genderless clone species. Koetaani are bred in vats, in special breeding facilities, and their names reflect this. Each koetaani has an ‘indiv code’, equivalent to a human first name, and a ‘batch code’, the equivalent to a human family name.

Despite remaining semi-arboreal, the koetaani engineered themselves to move more easily on flat ground, after making first contact with the Aztlani civilisation on Earth, in a bid to help foster a deeper understanding between koetaani and human.

With their blue skin and green eyes, the koetaani are one of the most iconic species within the Cynos.

History & Culture: While the Grand Sookas Dynasty may be the oldest civilisation in the Cynos Union, the Koetaani Imperium has the most detailed recorded history of any civilisation, although it is recorded in a totally unique way. With reproduction reduced down to a matter of efficient cloning procedures, each living koetaani is a clone of the breeding stock that came before him. Each newly bred koetaani is allowed to develop independently, and develop their own personality, for eighteen years. After this period, they are linked to the ‘soul’ (or ‘Metastatic packet’ as the koetaani call it) of their ancestors, giving them access to every previous memory of every previous life.

As such, their true adult form involves a kind of ‘mental reincarnation’, where every living koetaani is the same koetaani as their ancestors, while simultaneously being a completely new person. For example, Arunezh Daphren, one of the most famous koetaani heroes in history, had memories of his ‘previous lives’ that stretched back back over a period of ninety-three thousand years.

However, the koetaani do keep written records of their culture, in case of catastrophes such as the loss of most of their civilisation during the war with the kochanqa.

The koetaani moved away from the idea of deities and organised religions at an early point in their history (something attributed to their affinity with, and deep understanding of, the Metastate), and instead invoke Ko, their concept of universal reason and understanding, when frustrated or seeking guidance.

the kochanqa: One of the greatest threats the galaxy has ever faced was the hostile, violent and terrifying entity known as the kochanqa super-consciousness. The creation of this super-consciousness was perhaps the koetaani’s darkest hour. The kochanqa first came about, in nascent form, during the first Abyssal War, when the alliance of koetaani and Aztlani humans had managed to force Ragnarok back into the Abyssal. Some koetaani, however, had not fought against the monster.

Some koetaani had instead begun the worship Ragnarok, seeing the Great Beast as the pinnacle of hive mind civilisations, one consciousness spread out through a trillion individual, hostile bodies, all powered by Ragnarok’s will. And thus, the fledgling kochanqa turned their backs on the Koetaani Imperium (even the name ‘kochanqa’ translates as ‘betrayer of reason’). After this, they were rounded up by the koetaani, but mercy stayed the hands of the people that the kochanqa had once been. Instead of execution, the kochanqa were exiled, sealed in Nadir stasis within a huge arkship six hundred miles long.

This act was the koetaani’s biggest mistake. The Nadir stasis chamber warped the koetaani within it, permanently merging their minds into one vast consciousness, which then went on to subsume the soul of the arkship itself, creating the kochanqa super-consciousness, one vast, malevolent entity spread across billions of drone bodies. The war with the kochanqa raged for thousands of years, and although the galaxy did eventually emerge victorious, the cost was great, with the koetaani civilisation reduced to a mere six million members.

Telepathy & the conjunctive The koetaani have a keen understanding of the Metastate, a realm of existence often described as the ‘skin of the universe’ (as an analogy, if the universe is contained within a bubble, the Metastate is that bubble), and this is due in large part to the fact that their telepathic ability is a Metastatic ability; it comes from the interaction between each individual koetaani’s soul, his Metastatic packet, and his genetic make-up.

The soul is understood by the koetaani to be a kind of metaphysical black box recorder for an entity’s existence, so in effect, their telepathy involves them reading a person’s packet, rather than their mind, picking up the memories of what that person thinks, as they are written to the person’s Metastatic packet. However, for particularly strong telepaths, they can slip through from the person’s Metastatic packet, to read the person’s mind in real-time, and even implant new thoughts, although this is strictly forbidden in koetaani culture.

The telepathic nature of the koetaani comes from their connection to the Metastate, and nowhere is this more true than in their connection to what is known as the conjunctive. This is the vast, telepathic collective that links all living koetaani, and although some have described it as a hive mind, this is not in fact true. Instead, it can be thought of as a telepathic ‘chatroom’ located at a non-geographic point within the Metastate itself, which each individual koetaani can slip into and leave at will, for communing with others of his species.