mostly made up of various metals and metalloids, with Iron, Silicon, and Aluminum being the most prevalent materials in their body.
The Ror Units are composed of trillions of tiny robots. These robots specialize in many things, some use glucose to produce electricity, others can vibrate to produce sound, while others are highly sensitive to light, allowing the Ror to see.
In the brain of the Ror (which is more similar to a central processing unit than anything biological) has a ridiculously long script inside of the memory centers (something akin to RAM). This script puts DNA to shame with the average Ror having 12 Gigabytes of Script, with human DNA only occupying 725 Megabtes.
The Ror requires electricity to survive, which means that they can directly plug themselves into the power grid of a planet and "eat" that way, making them far more efficient to transport than humans.
The Ror Units are bipedal. Unlike humans, they have four arms on their "torso" instead of two. These arms each have three fingers on them. The head of the Ror is where the optical and audio receptors are, as well as the voice generation cells.
The language, called Rorran, is actually coded into the script of the Ror Unit itself, making only one dialect actually possible. While accents exist among races, all of the languages work basically the same way.
The language is very simple, however, it is impossible for humans to say anything except for the most basic words, and most humans can't even do that. Most species are also unable to make the sounds of the language. Because the language is unpronounceable, every territory of The Intendancy was given an arbitrary English name by human geographers.
The language works as such:
- There are 46 tones that a Ror unit can make. These tones sound like a basic pitch made by computers with pitches ranging from 0.9 Kilohertz to 3 Kilohertz, with each tone spaced at 40 hertz.
- These tones can be added together to create cords. The cords are combinations of notes that can mean any word. 1.6 million cords exist, with about 1.2 million actually having meaning. The language can also have sequences of chords meaning things (usually only for names).
- Things with a positive connotation are lower pitch, while things with a negative connotation of higher pitched.
The Ror have a very unique biology. They are technically an artificial species, but their modern form evolved naturally.
About 4.5 Billion years ago, it is theorized that an advanced Civilization lived on the planet D'Naevium. This theory is supported by very ancient shards of plastic found on the largest moon of D'Naevium.
This civilization was advanced enough to have developed some sort of nanobot technology. Unfortunately for them, the nanobots ended up consuming all the pure metal on the surface of the planet.
The nanobots ended up covering over fifty percent of the planet causing a mass extinction, killing the civilization. All multicellular life on the planet was killed by the lack of oxygen caused by the coverage. Making anaerobic bacteria the only life forms left on the planet.
The nanobots were eight micrometers across, making them about as large as a red blood cell. They were covered in cillia-like hair which could propel the nanobot through water, or if need be, drag them across dry ground.
The robots were theorized to have miniature thermoelectric generators, so they ended up congregating around heat sources such as geothermal vents.
They had a limited self-repair system, but could not maintain themselves forever. When a nanobot died, a nearby nanobot would usually harvest its material and use it to reproduce.
Each nanobot had a very simple memory system. In this system was the script used to control the organism. Like biological genetic code, this script could change over time, allowing for a mutation. Unlike biological life, the nanobots could also evolve by the physical layout of the nanobot changing.
The nanobots population fell to about ten percent of what it was at first due to the lack of available metal. It stabilized at this percentage by the constant recycling of the nanobots' material. The remaining other species on the planet would normally ignore them, as they had no materials that a biological cell could utilize.
After over a billion years of this equilibrium, they finally began to mutate. These mutations eventually added up, resulting in a new species of nanobots. These nanobots still needed electricity, but they managed to incorporate a form of glucose fuel cells to harvest energy. This allowed them to become predatory to the bacteria that remained on the planet.
Every nanobot began to utilize elements like silicon and aluminum which were far more common in the crust of D'Naevium. Some even adapted to use insoluble crystals as their main body.
The original nanobots developed better aquatic motion and lost the ability for them to go on land. They congregated around geothermal vents harvesting the metals ejected out of them, as well as gaining energy from their thermoelectric generators.
As time went on, hundreds of species formed. Some were predatory, others harvested heat, others developed primitive solar cells, and others developed the ability to harvest energy from fat and other molecules instead of just glucose. By 2.5 Billion years ago, the nanobots were just as diverse as any other domain of life.
About 2 billion years ago, the first Eukaryotic organisms emerged on D'Naevium. However, unlike the traditional eukaryotes on Earth, these organisms absorbed some of the solar panel bearing nanobots, allowing for a unique form of photosynthesis called Electrophotosynthesis. This method of photosynthesis takes electrical energy generated by the Nanobots and uses it to create high energy molecules such as Glucose or Fructose.
Multicellular Life Origin
Eventually, multicellular life emerged on the planet. It is theorized that the first multicellular lifeforms were biological, pressuring the nanobots into becoming "multicellular" as well. This happened 1 Billion years ago.
The nanobots began to group together as well, forming colonies that eventually became less like colonies, and more like organisms. The nanobots on the outside of the colony would act as defensive structures, while those on the inside could handle energy production and reproduction. Over time, a battery system evolved in most organisms.
The nanobots in the colonies became so specialized that they were unable to live on their own, officially making them into true multicellular life about 900 Million years ago.
New Means of Energy Production
There were millions of these "organisms" scattered across the seafloor. These colonies were unable to move, therefore they could only gather energy from the hydrothermal vents. It is unknown when this happened, but some of the organisms evolved a spinning hydroelectric generator, allowing for the organisms to exist elsewhere.
These hydroelectric organisms developed large fans to gather the "single-celled" nanobots as well as the eukaryotes so that it could have the materials to rebuild and reproduce.
Others developed a unique way of reproducing. These nanobots essentially became viruses. With some species evolving to infect biological bacteria, others the Eukaryotes, and others infected the nanobots. The nanobots that infected the bacteria, due to the lack of metal present in bacteria, became far more biological in nature, with only trace amounts of metal appearing in any of them.
Multicellular "Free" Organisms
Around the same time as the viruses formed, some of the multicellular nanobots began to have the ability to move freely, instead of being anchored t the seafloor. These new organisms either floated just under the surface to gather sunlight or became predatory and ate other nanobots as well as biological organisms.
Colonizing the Land
425 Million years ago, biological life began to live on land, first plants emerged on land (the photosynthetic and Electrophotosnthetic varieties). Some plants made entirely of nanobots appeared on land as well. Eventually, some of the multicellular nanobots started to live on land. The nanobots went on land about the same time as the biological life did.
The Emergence of the Ror Units
With time, the nanobots began to become much more diverse and intelligent. Some developed a form of flight very similar to fixed-wing aircraft. These organisms had an electric motor move a propeller causing flight (Side note: I know this sounds like a stretch, however, we have biological life that can warp space-time, so this is fine).
Organisms similar to wind turbines dotted the landscape, they had a firm root system that absorbed essential nutrients, making them very similar to trees. Massive arrays of solar panels covered vast swaths of land. Larger organisms would actually consume the panels, even biological life evolved a way to absorb some of the energy the panels provided.
150,000 years ago, a species of the nanobot organisms became self-aware. This species went on to become the dominant race of the Intendancy known as the Ror Units.