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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
Intelligent Major Race with a large Federation trailing the Imperium.
Hivers average 1.5 meters from ground to top of upraised head and weigh about 150 kilos. Descended from omnivore gatherer/scavenger stock, they are the most alien of the Major Races.
Hivers exhibit a modified six-fold radial symmetry; the body has a calcareous internal skeleton consisting of a series of rings supporting the limbs and a fused carapace protecting the brain and internal organs.
The head is a modification of one of the limbs and contains six eyestalks and six manipulative tentacles, plus paired infrared sensor organs. The other five limbs are identical (except for slight modifications of the hand opposite the head) and are used as arms and legs indiscriminately. Each limb ends in a six-fingered radial hand. Fingers are very flexible and have muscular suction cups on the lower surface about halfway to the tips. Hiver arms and hands are generally weaker than human, but are very tough and difficult to injure.
The mouth (digestive opening) is on the lower surface of the body. There is no sound-producting organ, but hivers do have three ears placed around the neck near the head.
Hivers have only one sex. Reproductive cells are exhanged each time that hivers meet, using the modified rear hand (the process has been termed by Humans "shak