Homeworld: Mirada Government: Council of Elders (representative democracy/meritocratic federated commonwealth) Population: Around 100,000 Melumsi and 1,250,000 Werashi
The Melumsi are an energy-based species located in the Mirada system. Made mostly of energy, the Melumsi taught themselves to inhabit the physical forms of other species to gain solid form.
They have amazing abilities with telepathy, empathy and telekinesis, and they tend to be fast learners. Most tend to be interested in the arts and have at least one field of interest in that area. However they are also very adept at science, having technology consisting of organic, living beings that work with them in harmony. They have also studied the technique of weather manipulation and terraforming for their cultivation of species that can house them.
After a nomadic beginning, they settled on Mirada and began to use a native species called the Werashi as their exclusive hosts. The Melumsi brought with them the gleaned knowledge and cultural adaptations of their previous hosts which they, over the centuries, have blended together into a culture and technology that is all their own.
Most of Melumsi history is lost to time, but much of their time on Mirada is chronicled on the walls of the Great Temple.
Melumsi history is vague and steeped in legends and myths previous to their settlement of Mirada. Mirada is seen as their native homeworld as it is where the Melumsi species gathered themselves from across the universe to form the nation that exists today.
Before Mirada, Melumsi were nomads. They wandered the universe in a loose group that was usually spread over neighboring star systems, living among the psionically-talented members of the different species that they came across. By taking over and inhabiting the bodies of these species, the Melumsi discovered culture and science, learning the development of both as they began making their own contributions to each species' technological advancements, most of which were already in the late-modern stage of development when the Melumsi encountered them.
However, the Melumsi rarely let a species know when it was being used, and even more rare was the species who appreciated the body-jacking of its members. Combined with the sometimes-uncontrolled psionic abilities such as telepathy that the Melumsi often unintentionally enhanced in their hosts, they found themselves unwanted on most of the worlds they settled on. Ironically, on the last world they inhabited before they found Mirada, the Melumsi helped to develop the anti-psionic devices that were used against them in their final exile.
To the common Melumsi citizen, the details of life before Mirada are vague or nonexistant, as over two generations have passed away since the nomadic times.
(Unknown time period) As they fled from the denizens of a frightened and enraged planet, the Melumsi happened upon a lone system on the northern pole of the galaxy, approximately 15 light years from where the Yamatian Star Empire was to develop centuries later. They found a planet that promised inhabitable hosts, but after the previous encounter the Melumsi were wary of what they would find. They were greatly pleased to find a sapient race of humanoids that were still relatively primitive, not yet out of the tribal state of civil development.
A highly superstitious and religious people with a technology level equal to that of early Mesopotamians, the Werashi accepted the Melumsi with open arms when it was discovered that 'gods' from the stars wished to live among them. The Melumsi found willing hosts and discovered a great genetic potential for psion-sensitives among the Werashi, while Mirada itself boasted many resources both for the further development of the technological knowledge that the Melumsi had absorbed and agricultural resources for the sustaining of their new host species, solidifying their decision to remain on Mirada as their permanent homeworld.
While it began as a time of advancement and sustained peace, near the end of the Golden Era both races became complacent and began seeking other challenges and territories to explore on their planet. Their populations had been relatively condensed on a single continent, so there was much space to map out.
With their homeworld explored and advancement in technology slowing, the Melumsi turned their sights back on space travel within their solar system.
Araiah became curious and tried to inhabit the creature, but something went wrong. After he escaped, Araiah discovered that part of himself was left behind, making Tayar a sentient creature. Jahi realized that it was possible to create artificial hosts.
|“…So that we will not have to require the deaths of other sentient beings to fulfill the needs of our own race.”|
|“You would deny a Werashi the honor of giving him or herself up to the gracious Melumsi? You would break their tradition, their very culture, out of self righteous guilt or for sake of convenience or power? We will not allow this!”|
With their history and the unique nature of their society, Melumsi culture is rich in tradition and nuanced customs. Unfortunately, little information is available outside of rumors and speculation.
A strong history of biotechnology and experience with electronics give the Melumsi many of their everyday tools and comforts, but the Werashi proficiency in mechanical technology has had its impact as well. This shows most obviously in their spacecraft with the planetside facilities and technology being a bit more segregated between the biological and mechanical.
The Melumsi Federated Commonwealth is considered to be within the borders of the Yamatian Star Empire, though talks were never completed between the two governments and no formal treaty was signed. The current understanding is that, despite their location, the Melumsi are an autonomous political entity. First contact aside, they have kept largely to themselves and have no desire to enter the galactic arena at this time.
Original Melumsi and Werashi concepts © 2004 by Jennifer Higgins. Additional information and history written and developed by MissingNo with permission.
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