Skelion "Skales" ArkosAge:
Ground Forces COSexuality:
Skales is...well he's an oddity when it comes down to it. He tends to be very introverted until he gets to know someone. Once he does, he opens up and can become very talkative. He likes to joke and laugh when he can, as it helps keep the stress down. If you truly get to know him, you'll find him to be pretty good natured and easy going.
He truly cares for the people around him, whether they're equals, superiors, or soldiers under his command. Survival of the fittest may be a facet of life on Drakon, but he's no longer on Drakon and letting someone die because they weren't strong enough isn't something he can abide by.
As someone who worked on his own for so long, and then in Covert Ops once he joined the Corps, Skales tends to improvise a lot and not follow set plans much. If you commit too much to a plan and it doesn't work, well that's how things go bad.
He feels it's better to make a plan and remain flexible, then try to only go with that plan even if it's failing. Combat tends to turn Skales into a different person, and he is ruthless against any Winnower forces he encounters. Sometimes he even seems to take enjoyment in seeing them squirm.Appearance:
Skales is about 6'4, and weighs roughly 300lbs in his 'human' form. His skin is a deep brown and his eyes are a piercing hazel.. Like all of his species, even in human form he has several physical features that mark him as not human. The first would be the tribal markings on his head. They are representations of his clan and he keeps his head shaved to show them off.
Secondly, faint scale patterns can be found on his body, like around his eyes, the crooks of his elbows, etc... His eyes are another giveaway. They are normally hazel, but flash yellow and turn to slits depending on his mood or if he's about to change. His teeth and nails are also incredibly sharp, looking more like fangs and claws upon close inspection. He's also got a fully functional forked tongue(strangely enough, he doesn't really hiss).
In his Original Form
, Skelion is 6'4 with grayish-black scales, similar to the color of gunmetal. He has a mohawk formed of bone spikes protruding from his skull. He possesses a prehensile tail that while delicate enough to use as an extra limb, is also sturdy enough to be turned into a bludgeon.Biology/Racial Traits:
Evolutionary Apex Predators - The Drakon have evolved very quickly over a short amount of time due to the extremely harsh environments and animals of the planets they inhabit. This has basically forced them to become some of the most dangerous creatures in the universe.
Physicality - Their thick hides are virtually impervious to cuts, scrapes or contusions, and they are highly resistant to environmental hazards, including toxins, radiation, and extreme heat and cold. Thicker bone structure and denser muscle tissue also means highly increased strength and speed.
Sturdiness - Drakon are robust creatures, able to ingest food and liquid that may prove fatal to other species. They also possess several 'sacs' that store fluids and nutrients, allowing them to survive for long periods of time without external nourishment if necessary.
Redundant Systems - Drakon have multiple instances of major organs, allowing increased physical performance as well as the ability to ignore even grievous injuries for a time. To give a brief example, they possess two hearts, and four lungs, as well as other multiplied organs. They also possess a secondary nervous system, making it nearly impossible to paralyze or impair their movement using any means aside from physical restraint. With secondary and tertiary body systems in place, Drakon are extremely long lived(several hundred years on average, and over a millenia if they're lucky) and able to heal wounds at an accelerated rate. However, the greater the injury, the more feral a Drakon will become.
Reptilian Physiology - Similar to how humans evolved from apes, the Drakon evolved from Dragons, their version of dinosaurs. Because of this, they have many traits associated with dragons, reptiles, lizards, etc... Pit Organs allow them to see in infrared, they have sharp fangs, claws and talons, prehensile tails, and excellent senses. They can even stick to surfaces like geckos. Each Drakon also possesses something unique about them. Some have venom in their fangs, some can breathe fire, some can even fly. These abilities vary wildly from person to person and it's rare to see similar abilities.
Shapeshifting - The Drakon can shapeshift, but not to a degree that allows them to assume the form of others. The extent of this ability is that they can assume a more human-like form, and from that human form, shift back into their natural forms which are much more suited for battle. Shapeshifting extends to a natural form of camouflage that helps keep Drakon safe from many predators on their planet with movement based vision.
Electrical Current - Skelion naturally produces and incredibly large amount of bio-electricity. He is able to harness this excess energy and manipulate it, directing it through his body as a powerful electrical current. He can even discharge it through his hands as blasts of electricity. This isn't something he can spam however, and he only has a limited number of uses before he has to let his body replenish the lost energy. He can recharge himself by draining power from other electrical sources, but he tends not to as he doesn't like the feeling and there are usually limited places to draw from. Background:
The Drakon are one of many reptilian races colloquially known as "Lizard People". They come from the harshest area in known space and every planet they've colonized after leaving their home planet of Drakon Prime, has been just as if not more hazardous. Constant storms, giant flora, highly aggressive fauna. All of these harsh living conditions forced a rapid genetic anomaly within the Drakon.
In an extremely short amount of time, they evolved to survive, and by doing so became one of the most feared races in known space aside from the Winnowers. And while they were a war like people(mainly against their planet to keep it from destroying them), they didn't really bother anyone outside their home system of the Torrential Nebula.
They traded with other species with no problems and because of their constant fight for survival made them masters of combat. Drakon weapons are in high demand everywhere due to their durability, versatility, and reliability. A good Drakon rifle is worth ten men, or so the saying goes.
Also due to the harsh conditions of their system and planets, they are also very hard to attack. It is because of these reasons that the Winnowers haven't tried to conquer them yet. And while it is rare to see a Drakon out of Drakon space, if you do then chances are they're involved in something dangerous. Most Drakon drifters tend to end up as bounty hunters, mercenaries, soldiers, or assassins. Fighting is in their blood, and they're damn good at it.
Skelion's story begins on Drakon Prime. He was born the only child of a very powerful family. The Arkos family was an old name on Drakon Prime, as his great-great grandfather was the undefeated arena champion of his time. And victory in the arena means privilege outside of it. His winnings made his family rich, so rich that the next few generations didn't even need to work. Skelion was brought up privileged, with the best schooling and training money could buy.
And for most of his young life, things were good. He'd even considered fighting in the arena just like grandpa Sithis. But his life would take a different path. When his uncle was killed, his family launched an investigation and found out it was done by the Shadow-Scales, a legendary group of 'Fixers' who would solve any problem for a price. The murder of his uncle seemed to be nothing more than a message.
The Drakon believed in survival of the fittest, and if someone thought they had enough power and resources to kill someone they didn't like...well it wasn't unheard of. Over the course of the next ten years, there were five more assassination attempts on his family. Skelion personally stopped one and found out who hired them. Needless to say the assailant didn't survive the questioning.
It turns out an associate of his father named Aurelion Ziphos thought he could somehow gain access to the wealth of the Arkos family. And he had eyes everyone on Drakon Prime, but for his own safety had moved off world until the job could be completed. They knew the assassins would just keep coming, so Skelion and his family moved off world as well, with Skelion descending into the underworld to find any information he could on the man responsible for hounding his family for over a decade. He kidnapped people, killed people, tortured people.
All so he could keep his family safe. It took another five years to compile enough information to find Aurelion. He found where he was though, and after slaughtering the small security detail he kept, he confronted the man and killed him in cold blood. And if anyone had been alive to see it, they would have noticed a smile on his face. After that, his family moved back to Drakon Prime, but he stayed.
He discovered how much he liked fighting, and how good he was at it. His travels throughout the universe eventually showed him how serious a threat the Winnowers were. He ended up joining the Space Corps after a group of them thought it would be a good idea to get drunk and then pick a fight.
He wiped the floor with them, and their CO saw something in Skelion. He asked him to join up with the Corps, to fight for something bigger than himself. He picked a good time to recruit, because Skelion said yes. With his skills and ferocity in a fight, he quickly worked his way up through the ranks in the Covert Ops division. Eventually he was promoted to Major. A short time later, he volunteered for the mission to sabotage the Winnowers super weapon.
(Essentially what I tried to do was make a race the Winnowers were genuinely afraid of and would think twice about how much they'd lose going against them. Like Furyans or Krogan or the Swiss. )