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While the nature of the Zhodani major human race is well understood by Imperial Sociologists and many galactic travellers, there is one aspect of the Zhodani that is often missed.   There are in fact two minor non-human races that play an important role in the Zhodani state.   
First, there is the Span-Kee, a  minor race known for their scientific and psionic prowess.  They appear as small (1 to 1.5 meter) humanoids, slender of build, with grey skin and large black eyes, small mouths and almost vestigial ears and eyes.  All Span-Kee are telepaths, and many have additional psionic powers, as a result they have had very little direct friendly contact with Imperial humans, due to the Imperium's broad hatred of psionic power.  What has been discovered is that the Span-Kee's chief interest is collection of data about other species, but that they are clinic, pitiless and cruel in collection of such data.  Span-Kee have been documented engaging in vivisection, prolonged torture, and even genocidal assaults on species they have encountered.  However, they prefer to avoid direct confrontation with anyone they consider dangerous, preferring treachery and guile. 
Second, there are the Mavorians, another small, humanoid race.  While they are a similar stature to the Span-Kee, they are very different in temper.  Mavorians have wrinkled green skin and large, bulbous heads.   They are notoriously violent and even murderous; more than that they are incredibly loud and obnoxious, constantly yammering on in their ear-piercing dialect.   While average Mavorians are usually not psionic, they are ruled by a psionic priesthood, who are considered nobility in the Consulate.     
The Zhodani Consulate favors these two races mostly because of their psionic affinity and have found them very useful for various tasks.  
span-kee_and_mavorians.txt · Last modified: 2018/03/09 14:08 (external edit)