Dragonius Lunus, or the Dragoni, more commonly known as Moonies, are a largish lizard-like species that were found native to a habitable moon orbiting a Jovian planet. Possessing a level of civilization fairly early into some modicum of a space age, they are somewhat technologically backwards, until it is discovered just how short their history is and how far they've come for living in such an isolated region of space, far from contact with any other species.
The Dragonius Lunus, or Moonies, are not yet discovered.
The Moonies, or Dragoni as they are more scientifically named, are a relatively young race. Their bodies and minds developed in order to cope with living in caves, and avaiding predators, while being capable of easily gathering a multitude of foods. Due to their relatively high intelligence, they were quickly able to develop crude tools, and settle into societies, creating first small camps, then villages, and later large cities in the number of cave systems found on their moon. with the increasing complexity in settlements, an increasing complexity of society arrived, first creating tribes, then clans, and finally nations, Moonies progressed much like many other species, though on a more geologically rapid schedule.
As the Moonie species grew in society, they also grew in technology, quickly going from crude tools to more standardized ones, industrializing, and eventually reaching a level of technology that would allow them to fling objects into space in a haphazard sort of manner. However, in between these eras were several eras of warfare. From the early tribal warfare to the first industrialized wars between cave-nations, Moonies have competed in such a way that has kept their numbers fairly small.
The Dragoni are a lizard-like race, whom stand on two legs, and have two arms. Their arms are adequately proportioned to their bodies, although a little on the thin side, and end in clawed hands with opposable thumbs, but only three fingers, making a total of four digits per hand. The Dragoni's head is somewhat long and pointed, with eyes near the rear of the middle section of the head, and a fused upper jaw. The lower jaw is movable, and both jaws are lined with razor-sharp interlocking teeth, with fairly large Canines and incisors, as well as molars near the very rear that are multi-purpose for crushing bone or chewing fibrous plants. The head has some small spikes and a barely notable spiked crest at the rear. at the base of the skull begins the neck, which connects to the main body, that is fairly small, and smooth and rounded, the spinal plates lacking anything resembling spikes. This line of spinal plates follows down the back to a fairly long, whip-like prehensile tail that is used as both a means of balancing the body but also as a weapon or a fifth limb at times. The Dragoni's feet are oddly human-like, but end in claws regardless, and are much longer and thinner than any humanoid foot.
There is almost no sexual dimorphism between Male and Female Dragoni, the only real difference being a Female Dragoni's crest is even smaller than the Male's.
Dragonis come in all sorts of colors, but only two scale patterns, those being Solid, and two tone (top and belly). The most common color scheme is solid red, followed by black, then brown, then green. Blues and yellows are rare. in two-tone, the most common belly color is tan, but it can be nearly any color.
Moonies are often skittish, and paranoid. They are not trusting of anyone except other Moonies, and have a great disdain for anything larger than them in general, finding them brutish and uncivilized. They are oftentimes prone to doing things with little to no provocation, but they aren't naturally violent in these actions. When something threatens a Moonie, they may do one of two things; run and try to find some small space to hide and curl up in, or; make a stand and try to find a way of overcoming the threat. The second option is usually only chosen if the Moonies are in a group, however.
Moonies dislike large, open spaces, and prefer to live in cramped areas where they are never far from the things that they need, or from a place to hide. When in a large area, Moonies will attempt to keep to the edges, for find anything resembling cover to stick around. They are oddly enough, very suited to living in the confines of spacecraft, and generally enjoy being cramped into a small starship.
A major difference in how a Moonie reacts to a situation versus a 'human' can be illustrated in their comfortable attitudes versus their nervous. A comfortable human is calm, collected, and focused, while a Moonie will be jumpy, twitchy, and unfocused. A nervous human is jumpy, shaking, and easily touched off, whereas a nervous Moonie is calm, still, and focused on their environment.
Moonie society is mainly based around the family or clan they belong to and the system of caves and crevices that constitutes that group's territory. There are three group types, with varying degrees of stability. Groups are always changing, and will often butt heads over territories, starting up squabbles over which group gets which land. Recently, this has pushed some groups into moving outside of the natural cave systems and into the wider world, where they dig small towns out of the ground via systems of trenches and underground compartments, that they then cover with whatever material is available. These outlier towns are often subject to invasions by some of the larger creatures that live in the lowlands.
The most common groups are the family groups, which tend to be fairly close-knit and cooperative, and will always help each other in times of need.
The next most common groups are clans, which are groupings of several family groups. These groups are really just allies of convenience and will work together as long as it is helpful to their mutual goals, but as soon as a family group has gone far enough they will break their ties. Moonies, however, do not hold grudges and the ties can be quickly rewoven.
The least common type of group is the pack, which is more of a rabble of various Moonies whom have been kicked out of their family or clan, or otherwise lost ties. These loner Moonies stick together for mutual protection but have no real government among themselves except for the direction of whichever individual feels most threatened by the rest of the group. this individual will try to take command of the others in order to seem strong and therefore survive longer. these leaders are usually hated and ignored, however, but are sometimes listened to.
Most Moonie technology is fairly unsophisticated, being made in simple ways and designed for multiple uses. They aren't especially adept at technology, but aren't really slouches at it, either, and can learn how to use just about anything at a faster rate than one would expect from a big lizard.
Moonies have discovered how to make various kinds of combustion engines, but prefer radial engines for their reliable operations at almost any angle, and use them mostly to drive pumps and generators, which are in turn used to power other parts of the mechanical mishaps currently referred to as vehicles for sake of convenience.
Much of the technology base has been designed around their need to travel within cave systems as well as artificially expand the caves or create a passage way to break into pre-existing territories and conquer them.
However, some of the more recent non-mountain settlements have taken to building machines that can take advantage of the more open, flat areas, as well as flying contraptions to explore the skies and search for other systems of caves to take over. Moonie curiosity has even brought some of these flying machines to have rockets strapped to them and then be launched out of the atmosphere, though most have failed. The moonies' 'scientists' have only recently realized that there isn't air in space, and so work is underway to build a craft that can actually travel into space without killing its occupants and then returning safely.