The Orukyten are the native inhabitants of Riranuer.
The Orukyten are a plant based species with a radial symmetry. Standing on three or more “legs” depending on genetics, the species looks like walking bulbous trees with a multitude of branches that are used much like human hands, with sturdy legs that resemble large thick roots. Their heads are large green mossy spheres with something akin to eyes that poke out of their heads using small stalks. The eyes can move around and perceive their environment.
They are capable of camouflaging themselves with their surroundings which nearly led to their destruction as the first humans to find this planet nearly settled it.
They stand at about the same height as humans but move slightly slower than humans. They communicate through something similar to mouths on their faces, and despite how many limbs they have there are always three mouths on each Orukyten. They receive nourishment not only from native plant life but from their sun and nutrients from the soil. When feeding the bury their legs in the usually moist ground and suck what nutrition they can out of the ground and from their sun.
The lifespan of the Orukyten is around 120 Standard Years. They reproduce in an unusual way. The males release pollen that the females catch on their heads and after about one month they plant the resulting seeds in large fertile fields. After a local year the seedlings are mature enough to begin to take their first steps. The planet is littered with former seedling forests that have been left to recover and used again. It was originally thought that the seedling forests were evidence of early farming but that was not the case.
The Orukyten are vastly nomadic and have a Neolithic type society. While most Orukyten move around to find fertile areas and live off the land most of the time then move on to let the land recover, there are a few small societies near a large equatorial asteroid strike and a smaller asteroid strike, both of which are now deep freshwater seas that have begun experimenting with rudimentary farming. The lands around both seas are unusually fertile and it is predicted that the first large civilizations will arise there.
The society at large is a patriarchal society with the male with the most limbs taking the lead as that is a sign to the rest that he is more capable than most because he can multitask better.
The planet has a general population of around 200 millioncurrently thanks to the large storms and receding ice caps which took away most of the more fertile seedling grounds.