The Confederation dreadnought UCS Palestine (DHF-34) came
across mankind's fifth interstellar contact, the Zhju, near Omicron
Hydrus IX on January 23, 2297. The crew of the Palestine
reported a remarkable race with some very advanced technolgies.
Though the Confederation offered a truce for trade and cultural
exchange, the Zhju examined man and found him to be too primitive
to be worth their time. Mankind's initial insistence led to limited
hostilities, and the Confederation backed down quickly. They are
one of the most technologically advanced species in the galaxy, at
least 1600 years ahead of the Confederation technologically. They
are considered to be a secondary threat, though they are generally
non-violent. They rate a secondary threat rating because they could
easily become violent with little or no warning and the
Confederation would have little time to react in such a situation.
The Zhju call their homeworld Zhjukia, which is the third planet
out from the Delta Crateris star system. The world is a standard
class-M, though there is a noticeable lack of an ozone layer,
possibly explaining the odd development of the Zhju's remarkable
humanoid deviations. The planet's crust is composed of nearly 95%
silicates, nearly 10% of which is amethyst. The Zhju have a long
history of quality trade with the Mal-Nium and rank among the
galaxy's most wealthy species, though apparently the Zhju only
trade older technologies. It is believed that the Zhju have some
kind of species review board which lets them know when
dissemination of technology can be allowed.
Zhju culture is based upon pure science. Everything that happens,
including work, sleep, and festivals are based upon science. Most
of the time, the culture works without ceasing. When a breakthrough
is released, the populace celebrates with a weeklong vacation. One
could almost say that the Zhju worship science, an interesting
topic for philosophical discussion.
The Zhju possess a super-advanced culture that has in recent times
become more and more lucrative for those who would trade with them.
The Zhju, however, have had to institute a law which prevents
dispersal of technology. Most species don't like this, but they
understand the motivation: easy dispersal of advanced technology is
dangerous, and could eventually represent a threat to the Zhju.
The Scientific Consortium, which is the ruling government, is based
upon a parliamentary democratic system. The Consortium controls all
fields of science and therefore controls all breakthroughs as they
come out, determining whether or not the technology should be used.
It isn't known if this "technological review" is also used to
control trade with other species, though it seems highly likely.
Their technology has given the Zhju an extraordinarily high quality
of life, to the point where they practically don't have to go
anywhere or do anything (even down to getting dressed in the
morning). Their economy is stable and currently at a very high
Zhju Physical Combat:
Zhju are by no means strong, but they possess a very high level of
dexterity, and can use this to both manufacture and use weapons of
almost all types. They also have excellent depth perception, giving
them the ability to aim and fire 4 derringer-type guns at different
targets simultaneously. Their body chemistry is such that
adrenaline doubles their overall strength, making them lethal
opponent indeed. If cornered, which does happen occasionally, they
will rush their opponent and attempt strangulation. Most of the
time, the Zhju will die in the attempt, though there are a few
cases where the attacker was dumb enough to get strangled.
Zhju Major Fleet Forces:
Zhju Fleet Strategy:
The pinnacle of Zhju technology is the massive Arrakh-class
Battleship. This ship class has served the Zhju well for several
centuries now. It's modular design allows the class to keep up with
new advances in technology, and can also allow the ship to serve as
a transport or a light carrier (though the Zhju do not currently
employ a standard set of starfighters). The Arrakh-class
serves all purposes for the Zhju, including transport duty. They
usually will travel in wolf-packs, groups of three, for mutual
defense and maximum destructive force.
Zhju captains remain cloaked until ready to fire, and then launch
fierce torpedo volleys at their opponents. They don't lollygag
around with attempting to negotiate either: they will fire at an
optimal distance with enough weaponry to destroy their opponents
outright. If the situation becomes critical for the Zhju, they'll
just cloak and escape. If they cannot cloak, they'll kamikaze or
set self-destruct to ensure their opponents will not gain access to
their advanced technology.
While the Zhju are strong, and their technology advanced, they are
far from invincible. This was evidenced when a Fleet starship found
the wrecked remains of an Arrakh-class Battleship on the
surface of Epsilon Crateris IX. Several cadavers were salvaged from
the wreck and taken back to Earth for dissection. This report is
based on that data, as well as salvaged medical files from the
crash site. Little technology survived the crash, much to the
chagrin of Fleet intelligence.
The Zhju are humanoid, with the unique feature of having eight eyes
in their head, positioned to give the Zhju 360 degrees of vision.
Because of this, though, the Zhju have no ears. Instead, the
auditory sensors are located in their mouths, where a human's taste
buds would be located. Zhju lack a sense of taste. Their other
special deviation from the humanoid norm is an extra set of arms.
Zhju are about 1 meter tall, with a characteristically light yellow
skin complexion. Zhju have characteristically brown hair, and a
nose set just above their forward set of eyes which contains
sensors for heat and smell.
The Zhju feed off of sound energy, making them audovores. They
ingest sound energy through the mouth. Zhju require sound above 10
decibels for 10 minutes per day or they die. They do not require
water. Zhju procreate via standard intercourse. Gestation Period
for the female is 7 months, after which she gives birth to 1
offspring. Zhju take about 6 years to mature sexually and live to
be about 60 years old under natural conditions.
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