Shahwings (Species Description)

Some details relating to names are pending an edit so they conform to the language used by the people rather than English.

(Derogatively called Shwings)

Characteristics:
human-like body, feathery wings on back, wispy hair, shorter and lighter than humans, wide feet with rough soles; male, female, or zirch

Found on:
Lekreanfyr, Fohrtiil, Qarlilian, Arshilkrin, Ortenfeil, Slyrpfyrn, Xhorgliff, Yrfsholgh

Social habits: mature at 8 (Earth) years, couple with a shahwing of the opposite sex generally around the same time, highly social — spend most of their time with other shahwings

Lifespan:
20-70 (Earth) years, depending on the planet, climate conditions, etc.

Housing:
high ceilings, high off the ground, no stairs, curtains instead of doors, vibrant decor, nest-like hammocks for beds

Clothing:
flowing halter tops with open backs (shirt or dress) and pants (if not a dress)

Familial structure:
mom and dad start a house, children can choose to build extensions off the original structure or start their own house after they marry

Children:
mothers carry 1-3 baby shahwings for 6 (Earth) months, nurse them for 1 (Earth) year; males generally remain in the family’s house structure, females leave to the husband’s, zirch are either kept as servants or sold to others

Zirch is a third gender for some species that is incapable of reproduction because they do not have reproductive organs.

Hierarchy:
based on wing colors and patterns — white, beige, then brown for base colors, patterned wings in each color are lower than the single-color based on the color of the marks (same order as for the main social strata)

Abilities:
flight, telepathy (with other shahwings or other creatures with telepathy), craftsmanship (especially construction)

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