Jertiffs are a species that look like a head with two arm/legs and a tail. They are able to manipulate things with their hands, but can only really do it with any skill if they are resting on their tail. The mouth of a Jertiff is positioned at the bottom of their “head” and extends out when it takes in food. Their sense of smell is more significant to them than their sight, but they still really like decorative hats.
Living on a planet they call Varitow, Jertiff’s build cities around farming grounds, often with walls around them. In most Jertiff cultures, a council of elders governs the city. They have a barter system that offers goods for services. Pretty standard stuff.
Libriver is a disaster responder. The planet Varitow is struck by small meteors with alarming regularity, and occasionally they hit populated areas. Libriver and fellow responders are not affiliated with any particular city, but travel where they are needed and help repair the damage.
Maubell dwells in the planet’s largest and oldest city, but has no appreciation of the history there. Working as a builder, Maubell looks only toward building new things and replacing the old ones. Maubell also feels this way about the city elders, and wants nothing more than for them to die of so it’ll be Maubell’s time to shine.
Phoado is a farmer in a small, wall-less city. Travellers on the roads near the city will frequently come into the farms and steal food, which angers Phoado to no end.
A Fact About Jertiffs: Jertiff society is based around health. You know how human societyis based around money? How they will do incredibly stupid things that turn a profit but don’t otherwise help society at large in any way? Jertiffs are like that with health. For example, they prioritize physical fitness over intellectual education. They also treat the physically unfit the way we treat the homeless, like scum.
The Vobavians are a tiny species by human standards, standing only a foot tall on their hind legs, but there are over twenty billion of them on their home planet of Vobav. In several ways they resemble Earthly rodents, they are a burrowing species with mammal-like traits. Vobavians live in colonies with castes that determine what job they will perform. They have no permanent gender and can change their nature as needed for reproductive purposes.
Blepdorp is a worker, which is to say that they do whatever physical labour it needed to be done at any time. That can include digging tunnels, carrying heavy loads, or building walls but almost never involves leaving the colony’s tunnel system. Blepdorp has only been outside the colony tunnels to work twice, and the second time was very nearly struck by lightning (and is still deaf as a result). Blepdorp is perfectly happy with not going outside anymore.
Wooploop is an unassigned worker, which means that most of the time they get to lounge around and play games with other unassigned workers. It may seem like that sort of thing would be a drain on a colony’s resources, supporting lazy slackers, but the idea is that, should an emergency arise, the colony will have a contingent of well-rested replacements ready a moments notice. So far Wooploop has had to serve as a worker when a bunch of the colony’s worker’s were killed by a rival colony, a garment maker when a disease left most of the colony sick in bed, and a firekeeper when a season of flooding left the colony’s fire supplies running low. So Wooploop has seen a lot, but gets to enjoy downtime most of the time. It’s a pretty good life. Wooploop’s favorite pastime is racing. This colony, and many others, has a system of tunnels designed just for unassigned workers to race. Though Vobavians with assigned jobs don’t get nearly as much relaxation time, there are those who enjoy spending what they do get as spectators for the races.
Nublobb works on the surface around their colony’s tunnels, mostly foraging for the berry-like things that make up a large part of the Vobavian diet, but also serving as a lookout for trouble from other colonies. Vobavians are quite territorial and violence will often break out between colonies just for being near one another. Nublobb particularly enjoys that aspect of the job and has been known to forage closer to other colonies than is wise, just in the hopes of getting a chance to beat up rivals.
A Fact About Vobavians: Vobavians are not willing to have any relationship with the other animals on their planet. As vegetarians, they have never needed to breed them for food. They don’t keep them as pets or workers either. When a swarm of Vobavians wants to create a new colony, the first thing they do is chase off all the animals in the area and creates walls and fences to keep them gone.