Updated: Apr 24, 2020
This one was for my alternate Role-Play universe (based on the UTN universe). But here, an Alien Race obsessed with trade known as the Vujlcyon Conglomerate ruled a quasi-alliance of other races, all united by the common goal of profit. Here is the fact file for that species. I put a lot of detail into this one, shame it never came to anything in the end. So, it is added to the pile of Forgotten Role Plays.
I consider this to be "Alternative Canon" in my universe, that is to say, it is canon, but as a "fork" of the "main timeline".
Update note: I am combining UTN and VC universes into a single canon. I have amended a few bits here, this is now fully canonical;
Update 2 (25/04/2020) this is now Canon. (Renamed: Vujlcyon)
Their name appears "Volcyon" here because I CBA to replace all the words (yet). They are Vujlcyian in Canon.
Volcyon Conglomerate Fact File
Summary – The Vujlcyon
Volcyon are a humanoid, bi-pedal species hailing from the Planet Vujlcyia, in the Deep Red, Sagittarius Cluster. Vujlcyia's strong gravity and thick atmosphere means the Vujlcyian have a very solid skeletal structure and powerful muscles. Standing roughly seven and a half foot tall, the average adult Volcyon has coarse, pale green skin covered with a fine 'fur' type coating, that is actually microscopic scales developed to protect their skin from acidic compounds in Volcyia's atmosphere. This 'fur' appears to have a shiny, almost 'velvet' appearance.
The Volcyon respiratory system is far more expansive and of significantly larger capacity than the average human's; the thick Volcyian Atmosphere is almost three times the density per cubic metre what would be comfortable for a human. Volcyon have four lungs for filtering this gaseous soup, and break it down into usable chemical compounds; namely Ammonia, which is essential for Volcyon life.
The Volcyon have two eyes, like humans. But they are a distinctive deep black colour; seeming to posses no pupils. Their eye sockets are also smaller than humans; with a thick membrane covering their eyes, developed to protect them from harmful substances in Volcyia's atmosphere. Volcyon Vision is good, they seem to posses superior night and low-light vision, but often find bright lights uncomfortable. This is likely due to the lack of bright light on their homeworld during their development; thick, permanent acid clouds actually make Volcyia's Surface (even before the pollution) relativly dark, despite the large Red Giant it orbits.
The cranial structure of the Volcyon is very angular and rigid; their skulls taper into a triangular ridge at the rear of their heads, with a rough, hardened bone surface across from their foreheads to this ridge. Like the rest of the Volcyon form, their cranium is incredibly strong, developed to resist Volcyia's crushing atmospheric pressure.
The Volcyon distinctively lack a nose; instead, a smooth ridge of bone covers the gap between their eyes and jaw, giving them a 'masked' appearance to other species, female Volcyon have a flatter, more angular ridge, whislt males tend to be quite bulbous. Their Jaw is somewhat wider than a human's, with thicker bone structure and significantly more powerful muscles. The Volcyon have a set of blunt, inset teeth within this jaw, adept at crushing the hardened shells of Volcyia's natural plant life.
Volcyon are bi-pedal; possessing two arms and two legs. Their limbs bones are far thicker than a human's with bands of powerful muscles allowing them to move their heavy bodies within the harsh atmosphere and strong gravity of their homeworld. Their elbows have a distinctive, protruding ridge of bone that extends from the upper arm bone, forming a sort of claw, a remenant of their primitive early historical biology. The Volcyon hand has seven digits; three large, powerful 'thumbs' two on the inside and one on the outside act as the primary opposable digits, with the space between them occupied by four smaller, more precision-orientated 'finger's that Volcyon often clench into their palms when not in use.
The Volcyon are very strong. More than capable of overpowering an adult human male, this is a trait of the dense atmosphere and strong gravity of their homeworld. They appear very 'stocky', with large concentrations of powerful muscles.
Volcyon live for about 70-80 Volcyon Years. Average life expectancy in Earth years for the average Volcyon is 137 years.
Despite their appearance and great strength, the Volcyon are not an aggressive race by nature. Volcyon Culture is centred around trade, merchandising and production. This trait deems to have stemmed from the early tribes of Volcyia; always seeking to trade wares and barter rather than wage war. As a result, the Volcyon have become highly successful; forging trading alliances with many other races – culminating in the Fifteen Trade Alliance; a massive, inter-stellar trading alliance stretching over thousands of systems.
The Volcyon way of life is centred on trade and money. Almost all deals in the Conglomerate are done on this basis. Individual Volcyon always seek to get the best deal, they always look to provide the best wares; even on a personal basis; trading takes place between great friends and even partners of individual Volcyon. A good deal is considered the best gift a Volcyon can get his partner to seal their relationship.
As such, Volcyon culture revolves around the well-oiled machine that is the Conglomerate's Industrial power and Economy. Society is made up of the Volcyon Corporate Clans; representing the Volcyon People as a whole; trading and striking deals to settle daily matters.
The Volcyon have distinctively 'grey' morals. They are known to pursue profit in many ways and methods that other races would deem unethic. An example of this is the Volcyon "underworld" also known as the Shadow Corporations. To the other races, especially highly moral species such as the Senlani and Humanity; the Volcyon have a certain hypocrisy, or 'front'; they officially support good moral conducts and outlaw taboos such as slavery and sentient species trafficking, but internally, these things are considered morally acceptable to the average Volcyon in the name of profit. Hence, the Volcyon "underworld" is a thriving black market largely hidden from the other races.
Summary – The Congomerate
Volcyon Conglomerate is a unification of hundreds of Volcyon Corporations, and forms the Volcyon government, social and cultural structure. The Volcyon Conglomerate use the Trading Calendar, which started when the Volcyon clans first united in the first deal; approximately 3,817 Volcyon Years ago. (~6,985 Earth years, 1 Volcyon Year = 1.83 Earth Years). So VC date is '3817 TC'.
⦁ The Conglomerate achieved space flight in Circa ~213 TC.
The Volcyon Conglomerate's governing body is the Trade Council, chaired by the Executive Manager of the Conglomerate. Seated on the largest Factory Complex in Volcyon space; the Vocrelis Manufacturing Complex; the Trade Council oversees the Volcyon Clans' daily activities; regulating deals and ensuring all trade is fair and complies with the Volcyon's lax, but still present laws. The government is a Meritocracy, based on individual performance. For example, the position of Executive Manager can only be attained by the most skilled and business-minded Volcyon, usually rising up the ranks of a leading Corporate Clan by striking excellent deals and bringing fortune to the Clan. This merit is recognised by the Trade Council, who appoint the Manager themselves. Positions on the Council are cycled every Volcyon Cycle (roughly two human years) by selecting the best Clan Managers. This naturally means the Volcyon government is very dynamic, and shifts easily.
The government's main purpose is to oversee, and host all trade in the C