The K’kree (once called Centaurs by humans) are among the most massive of the major races and are the only one of the major races to be descended from herbivores. An adult K’kree stands about 1.5 meters at the shoulder and between 2.0 and 2.4 meters tall when standing erect. Weight averages 550 kg. They are bilaterally symmetrical, hexapodal, and homeothermic. They bear some resemblance to the centaurs of ancient Terran myth, a trait noted by the earliest human explorers.

The word K’kree comes from their own language, and translates literally as all the nobles, or more broadly, The Herd.

The arrangement of the manipulative organ (or hand) on the front limb is one of their most interesting features. Complex or cartilaginous tubes permit the fingers of the K’kree hand to telescope up out of the way when the hand is used as a weapon. Fully extended, the fingers are mutually opposable to each other and to the “thumb” which is in reality an extension of the ulna. The K’kree hand is very flexible but somewhat weaker in grasping power than the human hand.

The K’kree are covered with a short gray or black fur and with a dense black mane covering the head and neck and upper back of both sexes. Unlike Terran mammals, the young are fed partially digested, regurgitated food instead of milk. Males average 15 percent to 20 percent larger than females.

K’kree are extremely conservative in all aspects of their culture. Ceremonial military units (such as bodyguards) are armed with equipment which K’kree military technology outdated centuries ago, and (aside from modifications made necessary by the discovery of space flight) K’kree government has not changed significantly in centuries.

Because of their origins as plains-dwelling herd animals, the K’kree are claustrophobics; they cannot stand to be enclosed. K’kree cities are clumps of low, broad, buildings; the interior is never more than one story in height, which allows the sky to be visible. Internal building divisions are achieved with curtains or tapestries.

K’kree are extremely gregarious. They are never found alone, and will quickly sicken and die if removed from other K’kree for any length of time. Receiving a trade or diplomatic delegation from the K’kree means entertaining the entire family (one or more wives, servants, scribes, assistants, etc.) of the merchant or the ambassador. The K’kree word for “my” refers to a possession of an individual’s herd, not to that of an individual. Privacy and individuality are exotic and little understood concepts for the K’kree.


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