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Nian (nee-an) are a species of bipedal insectoids. Hailing from a fringe cluster in the Helmi stream, the Nian occupy vast swathes of space formerly considered uninhabited by most interstellar authorities.
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- Free movement in pressurized environments (with wings).
- Can cocoon to repair wings/antennae.
- Broken bones do not cause slowdown (with wings).
- Flashes incur extra eye damage.
- Wings burn while on fire.
- +1000% flyswatter damage.
. . . of an insurmountable age. Yet in spite of their years, the Pilot climbed the dunes ahead: the tail of the Alumn Comet his guide. Rising over the highest dune it came to be, that the great thread of Naksyhr, He Who Channels the Winds, revealed itself unto him. When the pilot gazed unto the plateau, the air hissed in a shudder to whip strokes through sand like so many brushes. Naksyhr spoke, "you who have followed the Pashann, who carry the sorrows of our peoples, shall bear witness to my art." It was then that before the Pilot, among dancing dunes, a great beauty was revealed.
An insight to end all hardships; an art to end austerity.
- In The Disquiet of our Stars, Chapter 3, "Pilot of the Alumn Comet," 838.
- NIAN is an IPC derived acronym and the official recognised name for their species: Natural Insectoid Artisans of the Nebulae.
- They are also colloquially referred to as Ткачи (Tkachi) by members of the USSP.
- The Nian abide by either of these, but officially recognise neither: a species is recognised as occupying a role rather than as a discrete category.
- While not a one-to-one translation, Nian typically understand themselves to be "We who Incarnate Stars into Tapestry."
Nian Naming Schemes
- Nian make use of naming schemes denoting an artistic or professional locus followed by an astral body important to one's community, parents, or destiny.
- Whilst Nian may derive their 'stellar' name from community/religious sources, their primary name is determined later in life.
Examples of names include:
Poet in Service to Cygni-9b
Arkwright Bound by Tau Ceti
Tender of the Crab Nebulae
Knight of Epsilon Eridani
Weaver of Antares
The Tkachi Language
The Nian Homeworld