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Shevins are a bipedal humanoid race from the planet Edana in the Sagittarius dwarf Spheroidal galaxy.

Description

The average Shevin stands 6.4ft tall although a few have grown to be taller.

They possess four arms and two legs which are arguably similar to those of a mantis in terms of shape. Their hands have five digits, four fingers and one thumb like those of a human but slightly longer.

Shevins have light creamy blue skin and dark purplish almond shaped eyes. Their ears are pointy and have a long tendril on each of their ears that sense temperature, allowing Shevins to determine what types of weather could occur. This was especially useful during their tribal period.

History

Shevins evolved around 4 to 5 million years ago, starting out as hunter gatherers, trying to survive whatever the world threw at them, such as predators and storms etc. Overtime, they began to migrate across Edana, becoming the planet's dominant species.

Thousands of years ago, they gradually became more intelligent, forming civilisation and culture, building temples across the land. Ancient Shevins all followed polytheistic religion like that of ancient Greece on Earth, worshipping a pantheon of 10 gods. These gods were:

Aya: The luminous, multi-armed deity of creation and most powerful. Edana's sun was worshipped as Aya during ancient times because of how bright it was. The Shevins regarded Aya as being hermaphroditic (being of both genders) and having four different faces. Because of this, the name 'Aya' stuck for Edana's sun.

Sojos: The messenger of the gods and least powerful. Sojos was described as resembling a Shevin because of his job as a messenger. The Aya system's first planet was named after him.

Balaris: The god of fire. Balaris was said to be made entirely out of fire so ancient Shevins would light up fires to worship/communicate with him. Balaris would soon become the name for the Aya system's second planet.

Deiona: The goddess of fertility. Shevins had shrines dedicated to worshipping her, (some of which still exist today) and was regarded as being the main source of life in the world. Aya's third planet was named after her due to having life on its surface.

Gamouri: The personification of love in ancient Shevin mythology. Unlike the other gods, Gamouri was genderless as the Shevins thought that love has no gender. It was this reason that Gamouri didn't have a physical appearance, instead being seen as a non-corporeal force that causes love. Aya's fifth planet was named after Gamouri.

Mirus: Ancient god of the weather in mythology. Shevins would commonly pray to Mirus for good weather, having tower-like shrines dedicated to him. Mirus was said to made from clouds, even having a face in some depictions. The sixth planet would be named after him.

Alvara: The goddess of magic. Ancient Shevins would sometimes perform strange rituals to try and evoke Alvara's magic but to no avail.

Inos: The goddess of knowledge and intellect. Shevins would often worship Inos to gain her knowledge and become smarter. The 8th planet of Aya was named after her.

Xisym: The goddess of ice and Balaris' opposite. Shevins believe her to be the cause of snow and that she would battle Mirus for control of the weather.

Damastus: The god of destruction. Accoring to ancient Shevin myth, after having a major disagreement with his brothers and sisters, Damastus started to lurk on the outer edge of existence, waiting for the perfect time to overthrow Aya and destroy the world.

Culture

Shevin culture is one that endorses creativity, entertainment and development, being a very peaceful race. Naturally, Shevins are a pacifistic species so any violence is looked down upon in their society.

The Shevins have their own interstellar government known as the Shev'ra , which roughly translates to Shevin Council or Shevin leaders in their language. The Shev'ra maintains all the Shevin colonies, aside from a select few that are independent, and controls 27% of the Sagittarius dwarf Spheroidal galaxy.

Technology

While not as advanced as Humans or Xa'Thins, the Shevins have still colonised a large part of space and have constructed dyson swarms around some of the stars in their territory. Their cities are famed for having some of the most interesting architectural design, featuring tall golden skyscrapers, buildings with fractal shapes on them and huge domes underwater. The cities on their colonies are similar as well. Shevins have even colonised some planets in the Milky Way. They are currently a thriving mid type 2 civilisation.

Discovery

The Shevins were discovered in 5483 by the Confederation of Cerberus after a dyson swarm was discovered surrounding a small star. Ever since then, they have been allied with the Confederacy and The Commonwealth. There is currently a joint collaboration between all three nations building a dyson sphere around a lone star, just outside of the Sagittarius dwarf Spheroidal galaxy.

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