A note to start off: First and foremost i'm not a forum regular. But i spent tons of time doing this just as something to have fun with, and it ended up being something half presentable. Some people said to throw it up here where it would get some attention, so here I am. Let me know if there's something about the format or whatever that i'm doing wrong. This is still a big work in progress and i'd love tons of feedback so i can make it better. Also, despite having all these sprites i'm no modder. Don't expect one to come out soon, until i can either sit down and figure it out, or pawn it off on someone else. One last note, "Marli" is a total placeholder name. It's just a stupid play on words (Props if you can figure it out, by the way). So i'll take any suggestions on a new one into consideration. The Marli Intoduction: The result of an extremely hostile evolution, the Marli race is a very short lived species. Maturing fully between the ages of eight and ten, and dying well into their late twenties. This has led to fast paced, chaotic lives. In a desperate scramble to get as much out of their short time as possible, Marli often have a strong disregard for the laws and ethics of the other species. A Marli's philosophy is to do what you want, for the sake of you. This and the near biological need for high paced adventure has turned the Marli people into a bit of a galactic nuisance. The rest of the galaxy has a clearly universal label for the Marli lifestyle. Pirates. Though "pirate" is an extremely broad term to the Marli. One would be quick to educate you on the differences between a buccaneer, a pirate, and a swashbuckler. Though they may be so fine, only a Marli could entirely grasp what sets them apart. In reality, none really choose the path of piracy. But life is short, and when you don't quite grasp the concept of ownership laws, it's easy to find yourself barging into strangers houses, smashing all their pots, and storming off with a few of their walls. [WIP] Hystory: How such a race managed space travel is anyone's guess. Their home planet is vastly unsettled and ungoverned, as it's people have a very weak concept of law and order. In fact, the closest thing the Marli people have to leaders are a caste of pirate lords and their fleets. As theories go, the most common one is that a crashed ship may have gifted the Marli the technology. The species is nearly unmatched in their ability to reverse engineer even the most complex piece of machinery with just a bit of rusted scrap. One interstellar drive would almost certainly be enough to kickstart the Marli's journey to the stars. Biology: Marli are a species of semi-amphibious cephalopods adapted to humid or damp conditions such as swamps or rain forests. With skeletons of cartilage and dense muscle, Marli are very quick, but very fragile. They live an average lifespan of a short twenty five to thirty years. Maturing just as quickly. Marli are considered adults at ten and elderly at twenty. A Marli that survives well into his thirties is venerated as an elder. They stem from an extremely hostile home world. Almost entirely covered with poison swamps, tropical forests, and enormous carnivores. The Marli managed to survive their evolution by taking refuge in the poisonous marshes. Evolving in these conditions have led Marli biology to become extremely toxic. A bite, scratch, or blood contact can cause serious illness or even death. Being a short lived, fragile, and rambunctious species, the Marly have a real knack for dying. In fact, very few manage to reach the ripe old age of twenty eight. As a further method of survival, when it comes time for a Marli to replace their rapidly dwindling numbers, they will lay a clutch of thirty or so eggs. It'd be a rare thing to find a Marli with fewer than a dozen siblings. Around half of which will have inevitably gotten themselves killed, anyway. Society: Marli aren't the kind to settle down. Colonies are very few and far between, instead preferring a life of constant motion and exploration in their starships. What colonies they have are intergalactic hubs of crime and debauchery. Majorly lawless and taking their desire for excitement a bit too far for most races to handle. Good vacation spots for the galaxy's bandits, pirates, and general troublemakers, though. Nothing like a planet of cheep booze, easy women, and a gunfight on every corner. On their home planet, Marli society is ruled by a council of pirate lords. Though they rule "equally", when not in a constant state of backstabbing and treachery, each lord holds their own territories and their own fleet at their disposal. Every year the council comes together in neutral waters to decide the fate of their people. As the saying goes, "It isn't a real council meeting without at least a dozen casualties". The Lord of the Western Seas was once killed and replaced four times during one particularly heated discussion over planet regulated fabrics. Despite their courageous nature and natural wanderlust, Marli are extremely superstitious. Their history, recorded exclusively through word of mouth stories, is a myriad of monsters, wicked spirits, and furious gods. Marli ships are often decorated with trinkets and idols meant to ward off such things. Some Marli still believe in the practice of dark and mysterious voodoo magic. Those suspected of such practices are feared and exiled. Left for dead on solitary asteroids and far away planets. Technology: While far from technologically advanced, Marli are masters of reverse engineering. Building their ragged ships out of scrap and salvage. Due to their parasitic need for other races tech, Marli would rather set out and raid other settlements in pursuit of scientific discovery, rather than develop it themselves. [WIP] Relations: Attempts at diplomacy have, for the most part, fallen shot. As each Marli is his own man, and there is really no government to tie together any long term alliances. Communications with the Pirate Lords, however, have gone out several times by now. Though, as suggested by the increasing frequency of diplomats being returned strapped to lit barrels of gunpowder, they haven't gone well. Apex: Naturally, the Apex are dumbfounding to the Marli people. How anyone can spend their life being told what to do under strict, cruel law is incomprehensible. Their technology, however, is prime candidate for reverse engineering. The Apex are one of the leading contributors to Marli technological advancement. Avian: Piracy is a very common profession among the Marli. This has led to a surprisingly friendly relationship with the Avian who've been known to choose a similar life. Though the Marli's constant raiding of their sacred temples in a misguided search for treasure has led to some tension. Floran: The Floran don't appreciate how notably inedible Marli tend to be. Though few Floran chefs have found a way to remove the one small section of Marli that isn't extremely poisonous. Making them somewhat of a rare delicacy. Marli tend to enjoy the company of the Floran, however. They aren't nearly as "stuck up" as the other lawful races, and similarly free spirited. Glitch: The Marli don't seem to respect the glitch much as being "alive". They treat them with little empathy as they see them as just machines. However, many Marli do have a passion for mechanics. Leading them to quite enjoy glitch company. Morbid curiosity, however, has led to some pirate crews attempting to adapt dead glitch into their prized ships. The glitch have responded in turn, with hostility and caution toward the Marli. Considering them savages. But when something's developed a habit for dismantling your brothers and welding them to star engines, that's a reasonable view to take. Sprites: Customization Making new hair styles and facial details every day. So expect this to get updated some time. Starter Junk Not even sure racial starter pets are going to be a thing anymore. But i had fun making some anyway. [WIP] Racial Gear Art junk: Uh, so this is the part where i post my hard work covering a less... "spritey" image of the race. But my Tablet's been giving me so much shit lately i couldn't make any. So to fill the space, have a scanned picture of a notebook drawing i had been using to help myself come up with hair styles. Pretty embarassing, to be honest. When i get the damned thing fixed i swear i'll post something that isn't such godawful quality. But hey, if all you oh so talented digital artists out there want to contribute to this page being less dull and lifeless, by all means.