Hi'la evolved in an island jungle on the southern pole of Wreel. This jungle is widespread with various toxins and poisons, used as defense/hunting mechanisms for much of the indigenous flora and fauna.
A troll-like race with an anatomy akin to that of an upright tree frog, Hi'la evolved with a great leaping ability in order to elevate quickly into trees. Within these trees they would excrete a potent neurotoxin to debilitate their prey. Hi'la prey upon any number of insect-like animals that use the trees sap for food. The Hi'la neurotoxin mimicks the tree sap and incapacitates any animal unlucky enough to endulge itself.
Since the human migration and the subsequent Great Cultivation the Hi'la have undergone drastic changes in their abilities, appearance and culture.
History and Overview
Hi'la were seperated from the Khor for millenia by a salt lake and a vast range of mountains. Their ecosystem is unique on Wreel, a thick, humid jungle flourishing with a variety of flora and fauna. More life exists here than anywhere else on the massive desert planet. Much of this life developed various delivery mechanisms of
The Great Cultivation transformed the Hi'la through multiple generations of selective breeding overseen by the Consortium. The seperate classes of Hi'la were designed to perform three very different tasks.
- Main article: Mum'luk
Mum'luk were bred of only the strongest Hi'la. As a result they have well defined musculature, their legs are short and stalky limiting their once impressive jumping ability.
- Main article: Artificer
- Main article: Kabi'chi
Kabi'chi are stout and bright. The intense red and deep black patterned skin serve as a warning to any would-be predator of their mutually assured destruction. Upon their consumption the Kabi'chi - and all Hi'la - release their potent toxin, taking revenge from within the predator.
Each sub-class has its advantages and disadvantages. A character with higher than average intellect typically has lower than average psionics.
|Intellect (INT)||Psionics (PSI)||Vigor (VIG)|
Secondary Attribute Ranks
|Speed (SPD)||Perception (PCP)||Ego (EGO)|
The economy of the Hi'la have undergone many transformations over the generations. What started as a post-tribal community of hunters/gatherers morphed into a trade economy where artisans would barter their wares in exchange for food. After their encounter and subsequent oppression by the Consortium the Hi'la were no more than a slave economy. The Artificers were housed and fed a ration when they weren't assembling. The Kabi'chi were penned and fed synthetic rations and milked of their neurotoxin at regular intervals.
Currently the Hi'la economy is governed by a workers democracy. After the revolution the Hi'la rebels gave the government and economy back to its people. Transactions are taxed and regulated to maintain a communal pool of money in which any Hi'la may draw. This collective fund is used to subsidize the material costs of component assembly (Artificer) and genetic modifications (Kabi'chi.) Any profit derived from the sale of subsidized production is taxed, with that money going back into the collective for further investments in labor.