The mysterious myr’na are the most recent species that the Terran Sovereignty has made contact with. They are a highly spiritual and peaceful people who are close in nature to the plane of Omega. They are blessed with the ability to clear their mind and tap into this power, healing the wounds of themselves and others. They have a relatively long lifespan, usually around 200–250 years. The myr’na’s skin is a shade of blue or grey, with light-coloured hair. They dress in flowing, elaborate, brightly coloured clothing, adorned with bells and sashes. Their faces are painted with ornate geometric clan markings.
The myr’na are a race fundamentally connected to the Omega, and are able to channel its power naturally from birth. However the Omega is a dangerous place, filled with unimaginable horrors. If a myr’na becomes too lost in his or her own abilities, such as in the heat of battle, they are at risk of being consumed and drawn into the Omega. To combat this they practice pacifism and restraint in all things violent, but will do their best to protect their friends without harming others. Possibly as a result of this they are very conscious of their personal space. The act of touching another when not healing or without permission is considered extremely offensive.
If a myr’na decides they wish to fight they must give up all but their most innate connection to the Omega for the rest of their lives, lest they become an uncontrollable danger to those around them. When a myr’na takes this oath, they sever their connection to the Omega with a complex ritual. They then paint their clan markings in red, indicating they will both shed both their own blood and the blood of others. Over time their skin fades to a paler shade as the influence of Omega leaves them and they lose their inhibitions about their own personal space and touching.
The myr’na culture is composed of a system of clan families, ruled over by a council of elders. The five major clans are:
Akiyama – Based in the foothills of the mountains of the myr’na homeworld, this particular clan have wealth based on mining.
Kaneko – Responsible for a large proportion of the trade routes, this family is one of the most powerful clans in the myr’na world. They have a large amount of political influence, being able to push votes and use their influence to keep the peace.
Shizuka – The main exports of the Shizuka clan are incense and fabric, and their dress tends to the more sumptuous and beautiful.
Tanaka – This clan is made up largely of agricultural families, who between them cultivate the most land amongst the myr’na.
Yukimura – Based in the polar areas of the myr’na homeworld, their main trade is fishing and hunting. Their dress tends to be a little warmer than that of the clans in the central areas.
Many smaller clans are scattered across the land, and they tend to be more self-sufficient, but concentrated in smaller areas. Each clan works with the others for the harmony of the myr’na, and by sharing all that is produced, conflict is avoided.
The myr’na claim that they have observed the Terran Sovereignty for some time, but have only recently decided to venture outside their home system (whose exact location is not known by the Terrans, but is rumoured to be some distance from their space). It seems that a cultural rift has formed between the older myr’na who are set in their ways and the younger generations who wish to explore the galaxy.
The myr’na dress in flowing, brightly coloured clothes such as robes and kimonos. Many myr’na also complement their appearance with bells and sashes and non-metallic jewellery, smooth glass being a favourite. Skin must be a deep shade of blue or grey, if a healer, or a pale shade of blue or grey if a warrior. Hair must be white, grey, or silver or otherwise a light shade. Clan markings must be geometric (circles, squares, solid blocks etc, not tribal warpaint style). Healers can have clan markings of any colour besides red; warriors must have red clan markings.
Valuing peace and diplomacy, the language of this species is usually gentle and flowing, frequently using dipthongs (ae, ai, ou, ae, ia) to elongate words. Often a name is given to a child based on its meaning, and these meanings frequently refer to the natural world. A myr’na deeply values his/her family name, and in formal situations will introduce themselves with their full given name. Some myr’na who join the Terran Sovereignty Army or move in Terran societies choose to adopt an informal name that is more easily pronounceable to their allies.
Female names – Aiko; Haruna; Rei; Kaeni; Maeyukai; Taemokou; Imaeru
Male names – Chiang; Shiu; Baeru; Saubouru; Shichirou; Katoichi