Teladi

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Most of the races in the X Universe don't like the Teladi and refer to them as greedy and lazy. Sometimes they are even referred to as stupid but that is only by races that have never done business with them. The Teladi drive some of the hardest bargains in the X Universe and always come out of a situation with a profit. This is the primary reason why certain races have banned the Teladi from trading in their territories or sectors. Consequently, the Teladi are always on the lookout for new trading partners. It is believed that they finance many of the pirate factions that operate throughout the X Universe. Indeed, many races believe that it is no coincidence that their ships have been captured and their high-tech equipment looted by pirates after refusing to trade with the Teladi.
Their own technology tends to lag behind the rest of the occupants of the X Universe but, being Teladi, they would rather buy and trade for what they need than spend their money in research and development. Hence, the Teladi have access to all the high-tech equipment, engines and weapons technology of practically all the other races.
—Encyclopedia description, X³: Albion Prelude

The Teladi are a greedy race, only interested in doing what is the most profitable. All Teladis in space are female, and they reproduce through parthenogenesis. The males remain on their homeworld of Ianamus Zura, and unlike the females are not interested in profit, but are lovers of art and culture.

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History

Originating from a planet known as Zura, the ninth planet of the star Ianamus, a planet covered by large swamps instead of continents, the early space-faring Teladi found the jumpgate at the border of their solar system and started founding colonies on the empty, habitable planets they discovered beyond the gate.

For reasons that remained unknown to the Teladi race until recent days, after hundreds of jazuras, the Ianamus Zura gate changed its destination, thereby cutting off some Teladian colonies from their home planet.

Only then it became prominently apparent, that Teladi hatching outside of Zura would never breed male offspring; for some biological quirk, only eggs hatched on Zura would hatch males.

Every Teladi hatched in the colonies would become female, and female they were. The Teladian colonies would have died out quickly, if it wasn't for the fact, that Teladian females are able to lay and hatch eggs even without male Teladi (scientifically, this is called parthenogenesis); the only catch being that the offspring would always be an almost identical clone to its parent. (Of course, there are also some other ill effects like genetic defects amassing over generation after generation of clones).

Over time, the Teladi nearly forgot about "the other gender"; Ianamus Zura, however, stayed the archetypical dream shared by every Teladi throughout space and time.

After the separation from Ianamus Zura, it took the Teladian colonies several hundred years to discover the other space faring species of the Community of Planets, which wasn't that shiny and new anymore by then. By that time, the Teladian females had turned into a greedy, embittered society of lizard-clones that resembled some sort of a huge, hierarchical structured company. The impact of the Teladi entering would change the Community of Planets forever.

Entering known space at this late period in the history of the Community of Planets was extremely fortunate for the Teladi. As a race they missed the conflict of both the Xenon Conflict and the Boron Campaign, and were able to enjoy the more or less stable conditions. They traded with whoever they came across and in 563(2733), despite deputation's from the Foundation Guild, became members of the Profit Guild.

Both the Argons and the Borons became supicious of their actions. But the main reason why the Teladi refused to join the Foundation Guild was that they refused to use the Argon Mark, instead preffering their own currency, the Buckzoid.

In 2759, the Teladi, who had been hoarding the currencies of the various races, made a financial killing when the two guilds underwent the Big Currency Reform and the X Universe changed to the Credit currency.

The Teladi of the Community of Planets

Most of the races in the X Universe don't like the Teladi and refer to them as greedy and lazy. Sometimes they are even referred to as stupid, but that is only by races who have never traded with them. The Teladi drive some of the hardest bargains in the X Universe, and always come out of a situation with a profit. This is the reason why certain races have banned the Teladi from trading in their territories or sectors. Hence the Teladi are always on the look out for trading partners. It is believed that they finance many of the pirate operations that operate throughout the X Universe. Indeed many races think it is no coincidence that their ships have been captured and their high tech equipment looted by pirates after refusing to trade with the Teladi.

Their own technology used to lag behind the rest of the occupants of the X Universe but, being Teladi, they would rather buy and trade what they need rather than spend their money in research and development. Hence the Teladi have access to all the high tech equipment, engines and weapon technology of almost all the other races, and after the gates shut down, the Teladi remodeled their fleet, making them sleeker, rounder and capable of carrying big amounts of resources.

The opening of the gate leading to their long-lost homeworld, Zura, put many Teladi in a state of agitation and confusion. Many decided to go on a pilgrimage to Ianamus Zura. But as many Teladian females from the Community of Planets traveled to see Ianamus Zura, most of them came back utterly disappointed…

The Teladi race outside of Ianamus Zura

The Teladi look like large upright greenish or brownish lizards. They walk on their hind legs and from a distance look remotely humanoid.Their size is that of a human child. Instead of hair they have a hard plating across the back of their heads. They also have a so-called "scale plate" on their forehead that changes color according to their state of agitation: it pales when afraid, and it darkens when angry. On top of their heads, they have a limp ridge, that straightens/erects, when they are amused. They cannot laugh otherwise. (They can't cry either). Teladi do not shake the head to say "no" or nod to say "yes." Instead, they move their (very tiny) ears back and forth or up and down. If uncomfortable, they tend to roll one of their ears between the fingers.

Teladi are amphibians; they can also live under water. They move almost gracefully in water, making use of the rudimentary web between their fingers/claws. Most Teladi live outside the water, though, especially the space faring ones.

The teladian body is covered with small six-angle-shaped plates that are tightly connected on young Teladi, but grow larger and less connected on older Teladi. Teladian eyes are large and yellow, but become orange and dark red over time. Instead of teeth, Teladi have a sort of chewing-bone. They have three hearts, which means they do not know such a thing as heart failure.

Noteworthy is also the paralysis that is known to immobilize Teladi frequently when really scared for their lives, similar to a Terran fainting goat, which become paralyzed when startled.

Confusing for humans is that Teladi light-switches, doorknobs, and similar things are always close to the floor. Teladi use their feet to switch on light, open doors, etc. They also prefer very hard banks to sleep on (stone, metal or very sturdy plastic) over beds. They do not sit on chairs; they cower on "sitting-banks", with their legs pulled up to their chins. This may look strange to humans.

Due to their racial history they have no idea of loyalty, honour, or individual ambition - the sole reason for their existence is to make a profit – this, of course, holds true only for the female Teladi in the Community of Planets. The ancient teladian society on Ianamus Zura has evolved very differently from that. They also tend to avoid any form of trouble and would rather run than fight.

Another thing unique to the Teladi is that they are biologically immortal, as their cells are constantly renovating, Most Teladi eventually get tired of living after 400 or so years, ending their lives in ritual suicide.

Younger Teladi have a light green skin and yellow eyes, as they get older, their scales darken and their eyes turn red. Newborn Teladi speak a tongue known as Eggspeak, which consists of a few hundred words. Once a Teladi reaches adulthood, their parent gifts them a Nividium Cube, which they keep with them their entire lives.

Today the Teladi Government is run and organized like a giant multi-national company, in which every member of the race is a shareholder and has the power to elect fellow citizens to the controlling board. The actual government acts more like a board of directors with the leader or chairman called the Ceo, who are voted into this position by the rest of the board members. Before the Shutdown, and possibly after, the CEO was Isemados Sibasomos Nopileos IV

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