An adult Skaraan body is about the size of a donkey. At the front is a centaur-like torso with two small arms and a horse-like head. At the rear is a muscular tail that can operate intricate controls.
The Skaraan central government exists only to enforce civil laws. It has no diplomats and makes no
policies, treaties, or tariffs relating to non-Skaraan affairs. Skaraans conduct defense and interplanetary trade through private corporations. These corporations operate strictly for profit, and have a reputation for being sneaky. Skaraan War Corporations have offered their services to the USFP but so far we have never hired them.
While Skaraan vessels are built around a set of standard hulls, each War Corporation outfits its ships with different technologies, making the Skaraans tricky enemies full of surprises. Every Skaraan vessel is equipped with some combination of the following abilities:
- Warp Drive (5 second bursts)
- Jump Drive (6,000 unit range)
- Invisibility to Tactical
- Cloaking device (60 seconds)
- Invisibility on Main Screen High-speed turning
Due to their ability to cloak, jump, or warp, Skaraan ships are often hired to attack USFP Deep Space Stations in the opening phases of an invasion.
Skaraans can tolerate a wide variety of environments. They are quite comfortable in the same environmental conditions as humans, Arvonians, or Ximni. They can tolerate the environments favored by the Kraliens and Torgoth with minimal extra equipment. For this reason, the Skaraans are the only race frequently seen on the planets of all of the other races. Because their government has no policies about other races the Skaraan race never has any enemies, though individual Skaraan corporations have numerous enemies. Thus Skaraans may be found living peacefully anywhere at any time. But other Skaraans in the same place and time might be hunted as bitter enemies, all depending on which corporations employ them.
The Skaraans’ weak government and strong corporations have given them a robust economy but their society has a few key weaknesses. They have almost no environmental regulations and almost no public health institutions. While the private corporations leave them well-defended against military attack and well positioned for financial prosperity, the entire Skaraan population might be unable to cope with a disease outbreak, natural disaster, or even an unnatural disaster.
Created by Mike Substelny