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Physical Makeup

Last Updated Friday June 20, 1997, 10:35 PM EDT

Rihannsu tend to look somewhat like Vulcans, but with a slightly different forehead structure as shown in graphic images on these pages. Typical physical makeup and attributes for the common Rihannsu male and female are listed below. Rihannsu males have facial features that are generally softer then the sharp angular features of their Vulcan cousins and range from 5'7" to 6'3" in height, weighing between 145 to 250 pounds. The males have strength two to three times stronger than that of the average non-Rihannsu humanoids they have so far encountered, while Rihannsu females range from a height of 5'6" to 5'9" and weight tending to run from from 126 to 165 pounds. There are a few exceptions as in any race, however Rihannsu females are, like the males, generally of greater strength then those of other races. The facial features are softer than the chiseled features of the males, with Rihannsu ears being slightly less pointed than their distant cousins the Vulcans. These facts are summarized in the tables listed below.

Rihannsu Males
Height: between 5'7" and 6'3"
Weight: between 145 lbs to 250 lbs
Hair: black or dark brown
Eyes: dark colors, nearly black
Strength: 2 to 3 times greater than that of Terrans
Facial Features: softer than the sharp angles of the Vulcans, but there is still a chiseled-like feature, the ears being less pointed than their Vulcan cousins

Rihannsu Females
Height: between 5'6" and 5'9"
Weight: between 125 lbs to 165 lbs
Hair: black or dark brown
Eyes: dark colors, nearly black
Strength: stronger than the average Terran
Facial Features: softer than the chiseled-like features of the males, ears being less pointed than that of their Vulcan cousins

Rihannsu blood chemistry is significantly different from that of Terrans. Like their Vulcan ancestors, the Rihannsu have copper-based blood, which is green rather than red. The Rihannsu physiology is not identical to that of Vulcans however, since the two races have had two millenia to evolve and develop in different directions. Living on the two homeworlds, which are somewhat colder and a good deal wetter than Vulcan, the Rihannsu have undergone a few changes. Their long pointed ears, used by Vulcans to radiate excess heat, have shortened somewhat. Rihannsu have slightly more exterior insulating body fat, and lack the gaunt look of Vulcans. Rihannsu skin is a slightly lighter shade of green than Vulcans, since they do not need the extra protection from a sun provided by excess skin pigmentation.

Unlike other races whose eye and hair color may vary drastically, that of the Rihannsu does not. Rihannsu have either dark brown or black hair, which is also true of their eye color, again, either dark brown or black. Due to its xenophobic nature, the Rihannsu society does not tolerate anything less then pure Rihannsu, so diversion from the above is generally considered somewhat of a social stigma. They would in no way associate theirselves with a lesser race by unnaturally coloring their hair or eyes and are already physically ideal for their environment, therefore there is no reason to alter the natural state of things. For example, you will never see a blond-haired blue-eyed Rihannsu or something other than listed above.

As the Rihannsu are descendants of the Vulcans, subjected to millenia of evolution, they share the long Vulcan lifespan, albeit to a slightly lesser degree. The maximum Rihannsu lifespan that can ever be expected is approximately 250 standard years, with more typical figures ranging from 200 to 230 or so. Generally, the last 10 to 25 of those years is spent in a weakened state, as is common with most races. As is to be expected by their longer lifespan, Rihannsu physical development proceeds at a slower pace than their human counterparts, lagging behind humans by approximately five to ten standard years early on in life. Knowing this, the primary developmental difference between Rihannsu and Humans occurs later on in life, where the more hardy and developed Rihannsu physiology allows for a lengthened adult life.

Appropriately, the Rihannsu gestation period is slightly lengthened, with the typical child being born after approximately twelve months of development. Birth weight is generally in the same proportion to the human counterpart as are adult weights.

Finally, birth rates generally run slightly higher than their human counterpart, with an average of four children born to Rihannsu family. This can primarily be attributed to the fact that early life on the homeworlds was so harsh, requiring a higher birth rate if the species was to survive. As the milennia progressed and conditions on the homeworld became more bearable and the population stabilized and grew, this average birth rate slowly decreased to the level it is today. Further, child bearing generally does not occur until both male and female are fully in adulthood. It is not considered socially acceptable in Rihannsu society to bear children in one's teens, although it is physically possible.

Rihannsu women often have two fertile eggs available at once. Therefore, multiple births are more common than in other races. It is even physically possible for two children, born of the two seperate eggs, to have different fathers. When twins are born of two different eggs, it is called d'navassatil. When they are born of the same egg, however, it is d'navassatil'anna, and is considered a special bond between the two children.

You can see from all of this the physical evidence of the inherent superiority of the Rihannsu form. The Rihannsu are stronger, hardier, live longer, and generally are more efficient physically than the average humanoid race.

Graphical Rihannsu Page

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