Biology & Appearance:
Verpine were thin bipedal insectoids, standing 1.9 meters tall on average. Their heads were dominated by large, black, compound eyes. They also had two antennae, one located behind each eye. Their hardened carapace, composed of a green chitinous substance called carahide, was as flexible as the skin of other creatures, yet tough enough to deflect a blade or even absorb a glancing blaster bolt. The Verpine circulatory system did not contain a heart — at least, not an organ which Human physiologists would identify as a heart.
Verpine eyes were keen enough to pick out microscopic details. Their antennae contained tympanic nerves which picked up sound. Their antennae were also sensitive to radio waves, giving Verpine the natural ability to sense and transmit radio waves to communicate with another Verpine in their language over long distances. Some observers mistook this nearly instant, silent communication for true telepathy.
Society & Culture
Verpine had variable naming customs. Some had single names such as Fxz’et, Zix, Ss’s, or Moegid. Others had first and last names such as Kuli Ned’lx, Kyli Ned’Ix, or Osos Niskooen. Many, though not all, Verpine names contained sibilant consonants and glottal stops.
Verpines were also known to make highly sought after weapons such as the Verpine Shatter Gun, the Verpine Headband, and the Verpine Prototype Shield.
The Verpine people did not evolve in the asteroids of the Roche System. Each inhabited asteroid was only made livable through the creation of artificial, self-sustaining environments in the interior.
The Verpine were a peaceful people, expert arbitrators who preferred compromise to conflict. The large insects had long been a spacefaring race and had colonized the Roche asteroid belts before the Old Republic was born.
By the time of the Jedi Civil War, the Verpine were part of the Galactic community. High-quality Verpine-manufactured items ranging from ion blasters to cardio-regulators were widely used.
In later years, Verpine engineering was exemplified by the starship manufacturer Slayn & Korpil, which built the famous V-19 Torrent starfighter for the Galactic Republic and theB-wing Starfighter for the Rebel Alliance. Their shipbuilding skills were attributed to the need to produce vessels which could safely navigate the Roche asteroids.
During the Galactic Civil War, the Verpine were openly sympathetic towards the Rebel Alliance. However, they did not officially join the Rebellion as a whole, partly due to their natural pacifistic idealism, and partly due to the Imperial “advisors” posted in their system.
During the Second Galactic Civil War, the Verpine accused the people of Murkhana of breaking trade agreements by producing technology similar to theirs. They signed a non-aggression pact with the Mandalorians because of their fear that the Mandalorians would expand their borders once again and invade Verpine territory. The treaty was simple: the Mandalorians would supply their best export, military strength, while the Verpines would supply defense technology and quality control.
Verpine in the Galaxy
Many of the Verpine who left their home system found work as starship technicians. Most of them met with success, though some of them would get in trouble for continually making unauthorized, sometimes dangerous, “improvements” to the equipment they maintained. Others used their experience with Verpine communal decision making to act as professional arbitrators and negotiators.
Party Role. Armour/Gunner
Easily Distracted by technology
Knowledge: 4D / 5D
Darkside Points: 0
Force Points: 3
Wound Status: 3
Body Armor: The Verpine’s natural chitinous plate armor gives them a +1D bonus against physical attacks.
Microscopic Sight: +1D bonus to search when looking for small objects, due to their highly evolved eyes.
Organic Telecommunication: Because Verpine can send and receive radio waves through their antenna, they have the ability to communicate with other members of their species and with specially-tuned comlinks.
Light brown trousers, Tinker tools utility belt, Ion Blaster, Credits 1000, Ship (Hounds Tooth)
Boot laces, Belt with large buckle