Oid

A diverse species of, carnivorous motile sentient plants, Earth Federation scientists theorize that the Oid species is distantly related to the orchid found on Earth. Oid are ageless and not known for sustaining a strong culture or records. Their planet of origin is unknown and how far they have spread is also unknown. Oid lack the knack for engineering or scientific discovery commonly seen in other space faring species, and it is commonly believed that they acquired space flight from a visiting species. Even though they typically use common technology, very rarely a fringe explorer will encounter organic ships that are genetically related to the Oid species.  For sustenance they rely mostly on water and light, however they are required to occasionally consume small amounts of organic in order to harvest nitrogen, and essential amino acids, therefore, they have a strong preference for  meat of all kinds. It is widely known that Oid to not age, and due to their strange anatomy almost never succumb to illness.

Standard Oid reproduce through a typical plant like budding process, usually from the left shoulder, happening every two to three years. This process can be triggered prematurely by exposure to mutagenic agents, toxic waste or radioactive elements. Prior to entering a budding cycle Oids have the urge to consume dangerous and toxic foods. During the budding cycle the parent body becomes more resistant to the damaging effect of these dangerous exposures. An Oid can prevent budding by eating a clean healthy, alcohol and tobacco free diet for one month when they enter the budding cycle. An Oid designing for offspring sooner can bring it on by deliberately consuming toxic material. Due to the mutagenic properties of the diet consumed during budding, the offspring can be significantly different from the parent. This has also lead to numerous strange mutation events such as ettinism, where the Bud forms redundant mass and a fully developed head without budding off. Additionally monstrous Oid giants have been rumored among fringe-star traders. It is speculated this happens when the Oid doesn’t form external buds, but instead form internal parasitic twins. Oids’ relationships with their offspring are more like little brother or friend. They often refer to their buds as buddies.

Even though there are no Oid males. There are in fact Oid females. One in every ten million Oids will bud a female Oid. If the standard Oid is a scrub bush the Oid female is a rare and exotic flower. She is held in high regard by other Oids and commands respect and obedience. Oid females look almost nothing like a typical Oid. They lack rough, hide or bark like skin or sharp teeth, and each one is unique and beautiful. Their features and looks are gorgeous to behold to outsides and are designed to attract mates of other species. Oid females’ motives, biology and anatomy are a great mystery, and they are aggressively guarded by other Oids. One has never been captured and none have submitted to medical scans, requests from nosy scientists have been met with aggression and sometimes violence. Once an Oid female has mated with another species she will select a verdant world to give birth on. After a two year pregnancy she will give send out 10 to 30 thousand bud spores. These spores take root within soil and eventually become Oids themselves. Bud spores are considered lucky by other Oids and tend to be natural leaders are more intelligent, cultured and civilized. Other Oids congregate on planets containing bud spores colonies and instinctively protect them until they gain mobility. After giving birth, the female Oids dies. The purpose and reason for mating with alien species is unknown and a mystery. Several Earth Federation scientists have proposed that female Oids are a recent evolution in the Oid species. Bud spores are the only known instance of an Oid actually rooting into the soil, but rumors exist of ancient Oid having rooted permanently into soil, where they have remained for tens of thousands of years.

 

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