Akanda Synapsida sapien
Native to the Izeran Empire’s home-world, Akanda, are the theran, a species of humanoid “reptomammals.” (As with any species classified as reptomammalian, they share traits with both reptiles and mammals.)
Theran have grey skin and highly flexible, dexterous tails that are segmented and usually a shade of bronze. They have lizard-like eyes but also grow hair on their heads and faces (with very little, if any, elsewhere).
General Biology Edit
Theran have three hearts; normally, only one is active. The other two still beat, though not nearly as often and with considerably less strength. In high stress situations, the second activates and pumps relatively small amounts of an adrenalin-equivalent into the bloodstream. In very high stress situations, the third activates and releases more adrenalin-equivalent into the bloodstream, while also greatly increasing the rate at which it circulates. If the primary heart should fail, the secondary can take over. And if the secondary fails, the tertiary can take over.
While still inside the body, Theran blood is bright purple. But when it exits the body's system of blood vessels (i.e. when bleeding occurs), the blood blackens and congeals, greatly speeding up the clotting process and reducing the risks posed by bleeding.
The tails are typically slightly over half the length of the body and are comprised of a hard, bronze-coloured, exoskeleton-like material arranged in a segmented form. They end in a spear-like tip with sharp edges, though naturally dulls without active sharpening, and can also be used to enhance balance when necessary. Despite the hardness of the material, Theran tails are very flexible and can be contracted and flattened at will. When pressed against the back, the need for special chairs or garments is removed.
Theran also tend to be quite comfortable in high temperatures (up to and including 50 degrees centigrade), but are sensitive to the cold, often experiencing unpleasant sensations starting at temperatures of about 0 degrees centigrade.
Located between the eyes and the bridge of the nose, a small sensory organ rests just under the skin. This organ gives Therans the ability to perceive infrared thermal radiation, and acts in addition to the "standard" sensory suite which they also possess (sight, hearing, smell, etc).
One of the most notable aspects of Theran physiology is the fact that Theran females lay eggs. The process is usually painless and generally involves only one egg, though the Theran body can hypothetically support up to four at a time. Labour, so to speak, frequently lasts only a few minutes and rarely requires the intervention or supervision of any medical professionals. New eggs are normally incubated in hospitals, however, at least until the embryo's immune system has fully developed. Here, any diseases or disorders are cured, if possible. Most eggs hatch within 3 to 6 weeks. Additionally, Theran females have breasts, but never lactate. Instead of playing a role in childcare, Theran breasts generate pheromones and serve as indicators of overall physical health to potential mates.