Cheatons

(chee-tawn)s

Total Stat-Levels at Adulthood: 6

Species Abilities

6, Camouflage, (Morphing Pigment)

6, Climb, Scale Surfaces

Race History

Homeworld

Erk  in the Brix Solar System

Erk is a swampy grass world. Half the planet is covered in large swamps instead of oceans. The other half a mesh of grass contenents. Single blades of this tall yellow grass can reach over 3 meters in height.

Culture

Chetons are intelligent lizards who live on the swampy world Erk. Chetons die sometime after they reach maturity from a process known as “the divistion” Due to their little understood reproductive cycle. Some fifty years after a Cheeton reaches adulthood they will start growing themselves a new body. This process wares on the Cheeton, while all their daily nutrients are given to the young.

Chetons lose most of their body weight during the last month of life and generally become very sick, yet are usually in good spirits for soon they shall join Chimicha (Chim-echa).

Biology

Intelligent lizards that walk on two legs, their scales are naturally a dirty green but can match their environment and act as camouflage. Chetons have long sharp claws they use to hunt and climb, they also generate a thick, oily substance from their palms that they rub on objects. Within seconds the oils will match to the skin causing the object to resemble the creature. These oils can also be used to stick to walls and climb them.

Blue crusts called an Evith (Ev-e-th) jut out about an inch over the eyes and travel across the head down the back and along the tail, these crusts turn red while the creature is incubating a youth. The Chetons reproduce asexually, thus there are no genders. The young develop in the parent’s lower back. Average gestation takes a month; when gestated the young travels down into the tail, stretching it out. This is generally painful as the tail is normally thin. The end of the tail splits and the baby is forced out. The tail will heal in about 5 hours, but during those 5 hours the parent is prone to diseases. Chetons are born wrapped in a thick green sack that will breathe for the newborn for a few hours. After the baby’s lungs have developed and it will be able to breath in the environment, the youth will tear through the sack and eat it. Chetons give birth about once every 10 years. The young stay with the parent for a few months and then leave to start their own life. They will most likely never see each other again. Parents are extremely defensive of their young.

Spirituality

Chetons believe in 3 gods: Chimicha (Chim-echa), the god of life; Ventran (Ven-tran) the god of death; and Michimac (Mich-e-mac) the god of procreation. Chimicha (Chim-echa) is believed to own a word of infinite swamp called Chimi (Chim-e); this is where Chetons believe they spend the afterlife, swimming in the clear water and living on a diet of plump insects. Chimicha is a tall Cheton with gold scales and a purple Evith (Ev-e-th). Ventran (Ven-tran) is the lord of the middle-world which is called Vexia (Vex-e-u), a place in-between Chimi and Erk. The evil spend their afterlife there, building towns for the dead of off-worlders. Ventran (Ven-tran) is a tall black shadow in the figure of a Cheton with black feathered wings. Michimac (Mich-e-mac) grants each Cheton an infant every 10 years. Michimac has no face, no figure, and is always portrayed by a green smear of color. Chetons view harboring a youth as the most honorable task and often show pride during the month of gestation, constantly showing the lump on their back to anyone or anything that will listen. If the baby doesn’t survive birth it is believed that the parent should stop breathing and kill itself.

Chetons fear any creature with feathers, as they resemble Ventran (Ven-tran) and often hide or stray away, as they don’t want to be dragged into the middle-world. A Cheton custom of high honor is to crack the crust above the right eye. The crust is then disposed of, showing a sacrifice, as a single crusted Cheton is viewed as ugly. The crust grows back in about 3 months. This custom is portrayed to show honor to a fallen comrade, a doomed friend or a worthy adversary.