Star Wars: Rebirth
An Anthropological Study on the Freibrax People
The Feibrax were discovered in 450 ABY by Jedi Master Dalbar when he was on a mission for the Jedi Order, and during Dalbar’s time on Feibrax, he decided to document them for the records of the galaxy at large.
Below are what Dalbar has recorded of the enigmatic Feibrax:
Without the aid of priestess Qarshigal, this text would never have been written.
The Feibrax are like a cross between a beetle, and a serpent. The Feibrax have a chitinous serpentine body with a chitinous serpentine tail. For locomotion, the Feibrax walk on 4 beetle-like legs ending in hooks that can grasp steep surfaces with ease. Beyond the legs, the chitinous torso curves upright bearing a more “human” look. The Feibrax has 2 arms that end in clawed hands. Both the torso and arms are otherwise human-like; aside from being thinner.
The head of the Feibrax is very insectoidal, with long thick antennae, compound eyes, and a heavily fanged mouth with jagged mandibles covering the mouth. The mouth of the Feibrax is only biologically able to commune in the Feibrax tongue and no others.
The Feibrax are commonly of black/brown/red/yellow colors, but the few Feibrax that come out as Blue, Green, or White are often regarded as being unfortunate.
Also interesting enough, the Feibrax seem to have a lot of force sensitives among them; perhaps with a percentage greater than the Twi’lek of Ryloth. The Feibrax don’t call it the Force however, but tend to refer to it as the ability to commune with their gods, but I digress.
The Feibrax females lay a clutch of around 10 to 20 eggs that hatch into larvae. The larvae have bulbous bodies like what you would find on a beetle, and they have mouth-pincers that are the size of their bodies; which eventually shape into the mandibles of the Feibrax when they pupate. They too are propelled by 4 legs, but they lack arms at this stage.
The Feibrax larvae have a psychological need for enclosed spaces, often burying themselves in whatever soil there is. The larvae then tunnel through the earth and eat decayed matter, bugs, and even small mammals.
The larvae tend to pupate at the age of 8, wherein it starts to grow its body parts. This process takes about 1 to 2 years to finish, after which it is a full grown adult.
The Feibrax that I’ve encountered only recount that the oldest they have seen one of their species get would be the equivalent of 70 years.
The Feibrax are a species that looks up to wisdom, cunning, and ability more-so than strength of arms. This trait has been found both amongst the nomads, and the denizens of the growing city of Urux.
According to Feibraxian legend, Urux was a city formed when the legendary Gilesh united a significant number of Nomadic Feibrax with help from visions he received from the gods in order to carry out the will of the gods.
The Feibrax of Urux abide by a caste system, which I have documented below:
Royal Family (Ilallunei): Gilesh’s descendents comprise this caste, and they are responsible for the leadership of Urux, and often only finalize choices once communion with the gods are made. It should be noted that all of Gilesh’s descendents are force sensitive.
Nobility (Qallanei): The nobility are the ones who help to manage the people living in Urux, but also help by advising the Royal Family. The Nobility answer only to the Royal Family. The nobility were the descendents of the leaders of the Feibrax who followed Gilesh’s lead to founding Urux.
Priesthood (Enaqu): The priests are there to venerate the gods, and to provide a space where the gods can be venerated. They also provide guidance to the common peoples, and are often the ones carrying out ceremonies and festivities that the Nobility have helped to organize. The Enaqu are unique in that only the force sensitives can have a part within this caste. Those not born into the Enaqu who are force sensitive get extensive trials to see if they are worthy of joining the Enaqu (often those trials deal purely with the ability to commune with the gods), while those born into the Enaqu caste who cannot hear the voice of the gods are sent to the Asharex or the Kafmugu caste with approval from the nobility.
Warriors (Asharex): The warriors are the defenders and protectors of Urux. They are also the ones who are called upon to attack others if need be.
Workers (Kafmugu); The workers are the ones who manage the general infrastructure of Urux, making sure everything is working properly. The workers also comprise the “common folk” who live their lives in Urux.
While not a caste, it is worth noting the Outcasts (Aqshallu). These were those who have abused or severely disgraced their caste. Depending on the severity of this disgrace, the aqshallu are banished for a number of days to months to even years away from Urux to contemplate their deeds. Once the time is elapsed, the aqshallu are welcome to return. Some crimes however are so severe that they are exiled for good, while others are deemed too dangerous, in which case, the Illallunei step in and determine the Aqshallu’s fate. Death is a penalty that happens often in this case.
These castes coexist with each other with the understanding that each caste needs the other for Urux to keep standing and being healthy.
It is also possible for members of one caste to change from one caste to another with approval from the appropriate nobility. However to be one of the Illallunei, you must be born into it.
Society and Culture
The Feibrax as a whole have a culture that revolves around life and death and the necessity of both forces. The Feibrax themselves diet on rotten matter and decayed roots (Though they have been known to eat fresher matter; the majority of them would rather let it rot before consumption), and the Feibrax’s bodies then process that decayed matter into a substance more usable by plants and a few animals to grow anew. The Feibrax by and large see themselves as a renewing force, and see all other forces as a potentially renewing force as well.
To the Feibrax, the ultimate evil is to destroy and/or create without room for renewal. The Feibrax call this “Nequllashu”, which translates to “Waste”.
Starting at a young age, the Feibrax are drilled with the importance of renewal, especially as their fledgling bodies grasp at the decayed roots to make sure that more trees can grow in its place, so that their future children as well as the future children of all other living things can have food as well.
The familial lines of the Feibrax are matrilineal, meaning that the names that get inherited come from the mother’s side. The mothers are seen as the protectors of the family, while the fathers are seen as providers of the family, but both of them must raise the children equally.
The Feibrax by and large are still nomadic, wandering their lands of old as the rains come and go to nourish the harsh stoney land of Feibraxa. Most of the nomads are peaceful and ambivalent about the existance of the city of Urux. Still, other nomads are hostile towards Urux; believing that Gilesh; Urux’s founder has committed a great nequllashu by building a city where there once stood shady and cool springs surrounded by woodlands and stone formations. By building Urux, Gilesh sealed that part of Feibraxa into never renewing again.
The only city on Feibraxa is also a very large city, having a seaside port for Feibrax sailors; and encompassing a mild valley in the midst of a vast arid land. By looking upon Urux, I am reminded of the sights of the old Sith ruins of Korriban and the current Sith cities of Ilthssarh, with Urux’s ornate stone ziggurats, turrets, temples, and houses. Fortunately, the Feibrax don’t seem to have the inclination for the dark side like the Sith race was.
Since I was on Feibrax for such a small time, I wasn’t able to get as in depth with the Feibrax as I would have liked. Still, I hope that this text sees itself in the hands of a curious spacer who wishes to learn more of the Feibrax species and their ways, and maybe help to show them the galaxy at large as well.