The Graxlat are a hermaphroditic vaguely-humanoid species of scavengers and thieves. They are usually found around urban areas where they benefit from the refuse of other species.
The origins and homeworld of the Graxlat are unclear. Like the Rixxikor, they are a widespread nomadic race that is found throughout known space.
They were first encountered by the Yamatai Star Empire in YE 35 when the YSS Eucharis visited Urtullan, but they were largely ignored among the crowds of various aliens living in and around the domed colony. Some Graxlat also lived on the Essai Dreamworld when the Eucharis visited it in YE 35.
In YE 38, the YSS Eucharis was taken to a Graxlat shipyard where the Graxlat were building colony ships for the Rixxikor at the behest of the Kuvexians. The Eucharis crew tracked down their ship and destroyed the shipyard.
As of YE 38, the presence of Graxlat is slowly growing in the Kikyo Sector and they can be spotted anywhere there is enough commerce and recyclable trash to support their lifestyle, including the Grand Bizarre.
They are roughly humanoid, with two arms and two legs, but with a vaguely-rat-like face. They are short (about 1.4 meters tall on average) and fat (about 90 kilgrams/200 lbs) on average, and have very oily skin.
Their backs are covered in course hairs, and they have three large eyes. They have evolved natural pockets in their flabby skin. These skin-pockets cover much of their bodies.
The lifespan of a Graxlat is somewhere around 45 years, although many die sooner of non-natural causes.
Graxlat breath Oxygen but have a high tolerance for atmospheres humans are unable to tolerate, such as elevated levels of Carbon Dioxide or Sulphur Dioxide.
Graxlat are also highly resistant to most diseases, allowing them to eat most organic materials, although they have a taste for fatty junk food, processed grains, candy, and generally anything that would make a human gain weight or get heart disease. They especially love hot dogs, neon green sugary soda, and flavored vending-machine tortilla chips.
Each individual possesses both male and female sexual organs which they use to conceive offspring with other Graxlat or with themselves. They have four wombs, allowing them to bear up to four children at any one time. Once born, the infants will climb into one of its parent's skin-pockets, where it will remain until fully developed.
Graxlat, despite their excellent resistance to disease, are susceptible to a few conditions:
Graxlat have a mercantile culture and believe greed to be the purest of emotions. They are collectors and traders. They recycle trash that other species leave, and make it useful again. They actually make good mechanics and engineers…if paid the right price.
Graxlat tend to exhibit kleptomaniac-like behavior, stealing whatever is around, because they are seemingly genetically dispositioned to be greedy. Also, care must be taken to remain “useful” in the Graxlat's eyes. If you no longer appear to be useful, they may turn on you and attempt to take your possessions for themselves. Because of the above, the Graxlat have a reputation as thieves wherever they are known.
They view Rixxikor as competitors and a nuisance, but they tend to inhabit the same spaces and occasionally cooperate, usually with the Rixxikor doing some sort of mass labor in return for something. The Rixxikor have even been able to get Graxlat to provide them with recycled starships.
The Graxlat tend to be extremely unsanitary. They do not bathe unless there is some medical reason that requires it, as freshly-bathed Graxlat are more susceptible to Graxlat flab stank.
Graxlat tend to live as solitary nomads or in small teams of 2-3, sometimes going for years without seeing another of their kind.