Here we go; here's my suggestion for a character!Player name:
Diah (which is her "off-world" name; on her planet Quyl women don't have personal names -- more on that in a moment -- but individuals who leave Quyl usually adopt names for themselves to better fit in with societies where names are important.)Character age (in Empire Standard years):
63 (early 20s in Quyllian years)Character sexuality:
Quyllian. Physical characteristics:
Quyllians are often viewed by outsiders as an all-female species, but this isn't completely accurate; male Quyllians do
exist, but are very rare and for that reason never seen off-world. In fact, no off-worlder has ever seen a male Quyllian, so it's hard to say what they look like. The females, at least, have a mostly humanoid appearance, but are in general rather small (the tallest ones seldom surpassing 150cm in height) and not very physically powerful. They have blue-tinted skin, in neuances that vary between light sky-blue and deep purple, they have four fingers on each hand and three toes on each foot, and are also completely bald. Most of them also have some kind of tattoo on their face; a sigil or mark that tells who their father is. (This is done because all Quyllian males are expected to mate with and impregnate hundreds if not thousands of women over the years, and the one sexual taboo on Quyl is sex between father and daughter.)
Their most noted feature, though, is their eyes, which are large, orange-tinted (varying in neuance from light yellow to deep orange) and have a strange hypnotic gaze -- see "More info" for details on this particular ability. Planet of origin:
Quyl. (Pronounced "Quill.") Note that "Quyl" is the name the Empire has given the planet; the inhabitants don't have a name for it, and generally only refer to themselves as "Quyllians" if talking to people from other worlds. Crime:
Accomplice to slave trading, human (and other sentient races) trafficking, taking active part in at least eighty known cases of kidnapping free citizens to sell as sex slaves. Smuggling of highly illegal and dangerous goods, and aiding and abetting known criminals by giving them access to lethal weapons and/or banned technology. Numerous cases of attempted bribery or otherwise control of official public servants. Several cases of rape, with the aid of drugs or hypnosis; the exact number is unclear because most of the victims remember nothing afterwards.Guilty or innocent:
Talking, joking around, sleeping.Dislikes:
Violence (especially being the victim of it!).Time served:
Three years, give or take.Personality:
Diah is a pleasant, cheerful and intelligent young woman whom you could mistake for being an innocent dupe who was taken advantage of and framed for crimes she didn't commit. However, there is a reason she is now on the Cooler; her affable, bubbly and innocent-seeming behavior hides a sociopathic, self-centered nature almost completely lacking in empathy for others. While she does have the basic emotions and can even have feelings for other people, she doesn't particularly care for anyone else's -- which is why she has cheerfully tricked, scammed, robbed and sold other people into slavery without so much as a twinge of regret.
It's easy enough to classify her as "harmless," especially compared to most other people on the Cooler -- and it's true that she is among the least physically threatening women there. Not only does her small stature and general lack of physical strength make her easily overpowered, but she hates violence and isn't particularly brave; hence she is usually the first to try and run away when violence looks like it might happen.
She is, however, very clever and has no qualms about manipulating and using people for her own benefit. And she hasn't lost her hypnotic abilities either...History:
The planet Quyl is one of the more recently-discovered worlds; it's only been officially part of the Galactic Empire for a few decades, but the "small, bluish bald women with the strange hypnotic stare" have adapted readily enough and have established friendly (or at least non-violent) contacts with several other worlds.
One of the several women who left Quyl for other worlds in search of adven ture and excitement was the 247th daughter of the male Grifnakh, who upon leaving the planet adopted the name "Diah" (which in her tongue means "sister") and very quickly landed in bad company. Already a bit of a sociopath with limited ability to care about others, she was easily seduced into a life of crime, quickly falling into the clutches of one of the bigger intergalactic organized crime rings.
It started out with a bit of "harmless" smuggling of spices and drugs, with Diah's role essentially being to use her suggestive abilities to convince officials and law enforcement that no smuggling was taking place -- but soon enough it escalated; she got involved in weapon smuggling, buying and selling of highly illegal goods such as the forbidden cybernetic enhancements, kidnapping and human trafficking (using her hypnotic abilities to get the victims to quietly come along). She was enjoying herself immensely, and got more and more daring and deranged in her escapades; employing not only her hypnotic abilities but the various contacts and resources of the crime ring to pull off bigger jobs...
...until she got too careless and was caught.
She was blindfolded so she wouldn't be able to attempt her hypnotic stare on anyone, and placed on trial for her various crimes -- to which she initially pleaded "not guilty" because she thought her many contacts would see to it that there would be no solid evidence. This turned out to be much too optimistic, though; either the crime syndicate was unable to help her or (more likely) they considered her an acceptable loss, because no help came and she was found guilty by an unanimous jury. Whereupon she was placed in suspended animation and shipped off to the Cooler.Other info:
Quyllians, generally non-violent and not very physically powerful, have another way of defending themselves: A partly inborn, partly learned ability to use a combination of their voices and eyes in order to lull others into a deep, hypnotic trance. On Quyl, this ability is usually used in order to calm aggressors, as a non-violent display of dominance (the one who gets hypnotized first is the one who yields) or as a way for mothers to get their children to sleep.
It's fully possible to resist this hypnosis, especially for people with strong willpower (game-wise, this means that you, as a player, get to decide whether Diah's abilities have any effect on your character or not).
The planet Quyl is otherwise made up of small societies, most of which consist of a few males to a large number of females. Perhaps one in every hundred Quyllians is born male, which is why males are seen as extremely important and are given all kinds of special treatment from birth on. Among other things, the males are the only Qyullians who have actual names, and almost all the females and societies define themselves by their relationship to a male.
This is both positive and negative for the males; they are at the same time the kings of the Qyullians and their closely-guarded prisoners. While a male is automatically a VIP in any society, his word is law and everyone is dedicated to ensure his continued welfare, he completely lacks the freedom the females have. A female might do as she pleases and choose her life as she desires, but a male has his life decided for him at birth: His role is to keep the population up by impregnating women. When old enough, he'll be sent away from his home (accompanied by a few of his sisters) to a new society where he'll act as a stud and eventually become the father of a large part of the community. He'll seldom leave the community he's been placed in after this, and never unaccompanied -- and he'll be kept away from all off-world visitors and is banned from ever leaving the planet.
Almost all Quyllians are highly sexual beings (otherwise the poor males would have been exhausted very quickly) and all of them are effectively bisexual; with so few males available a female Quyllian usually only gets to have sex with a male if she is trying to get pregnant. Which means that in most cases the women seek comfort and pleasure in each other. Your average Quyllian is very easily seduced, and there are few restrictions on who can have sex with who -- the only absolute taboo is sex between a father and a daughter.
(I wasn't sure if the hypnotic abilities were okay or not; I thought they might add some play options, and I've tried to present them not as a flawless power but as an ability that can be resisted if the players want -- if it's still too much, let me know and I'll drop them altogether. Oh, and I added a history in smuggling illegal cybernetic enhancements; I figured if they were outlawed by the Empire there would be at least some demand for them on the black market. It's just a background detail, though; Diah herself has never had any such enhancements.)