The Oniri are a humanoid marsupial species with three divergent sub-species: Loroniri, Sajoniri, and Xanoniri. They are known for their strong dislike of humans and fondness for the arts and sensory experience in general. Appearance is not everything to an Oniri, but it certainly means a great deal.
The Oniri have never forgotten that they once ruled the Galaxy.
The history of the Oniri stretches back over 2 million years, making them one of the older civilizations still active in our galaxy. Roughly 1 million years ago they allied with an Entropic entity known as the Scourge, and formed the Void Empire. This Empire fought a long and brutal war against the Gresh Collective for control of the galaxy. The conflict lasted for over 100,000 years, and ended with the defeat of the Void Empire and near extinction of the Gresh Collective. For the next million years, the Oniri made various attempts to rebuild their empire and regain their former glory, but these endeavors were short lived, and the Oniri settled into a long period of decline.
It was during this time that the Oniri became a divided people, forming three separate kingdoms each in a different star system. Gradually, due to environmental differences and limited contact between the kingdoms, the Oniri became three biologically distinct species.
1000 years ago the Oniri united for the first time in nearly 100,000 years. With strong leaders to guide them they began again their conquest of the galaxy. The new Oniri Empire spread rapidly, but soon encountered an up-and-coming species who had just stepped onto the galactic stage: Humans. Looking to squash the humans and their small-but-rapidly-expanding empire, the Oniri brought the full force of their armada to bear against the Celestial Ascendancy.
The unified Oniri had a clear advantage both numerically and technologically, but the Celestial Ascendancy saw weakness in their enemy’s fragile union, and set about turning the kingdoms against each other. Soon, a civil war broke out, distracting the Oniri and forcing them to withdraw their forces. By the time the civil war was finally drawing to a close, the Celestial Ascendancy had built a new fleet, which swept in and easily defeated their weakened foes.
For 500 years, the Oniri homeworlds lived under harsh Ascendancy rule. The Ascendancy destroyed millions of years of Oniri culture during their occupation, and made an example of them to the rest of the galaxy. After The Fall of the Ascendancy, growing resistance amongst the Oniri turned into a full rebellion against their human oppressors. For 200 years the Oniri fought, and eventually won their freedom.
Today the Oniri are a people united once more. There is strong movement to revive Oniri culture, and the ever-present longing to return to the days of the Void Empire, and punish humanity for what they have done.
Oniri are sensationalists. Life is art to you, and you have a consuming desire to appreciate it in all of its aspects. In addition to your strong focus on sensory experience, you have a particular affinity for a specific aspect of life, based on your sub-species type. You dislike over-stimulation in general, even though you have developed skills to tune out bothersome input. You prefer to be able to ‘turn on’ your awareness specifically for the experiences you choose to enjoy.
Having lived through a long and hard-fought war against human occupation, you have a strong and justified distrust of other species, especially humans. However, you recognize the need for diplomatic relations, and do your best to be civil. Oniri are monarchists, having a strange and byzantine system of government, and your worldview is heavily influenced by this. There is a saying that the when an Oniri sees a knot, she does not seek to untie it, instead, she tries to find a way to make the knot so complex that it can never be untied.
Each type of Oniri represents a different kingdom. These sub-species are genetically distinct from each other, and should be considered biologically incompatible. Loroniri, the Kingdom of Listeners and Tale-spinners: Focused on music and sound, with incredible sense of hearing and perfect pitch. Sajoniri, the Kingdom of Sensation: Focused on touch and taste, trained Sajoniri can touch an object and know its history through vibrations. Xanoniri, the Kingdom of the Piercing Eye: Focused on sight, their eyes are so powerful they can see between the spaces in our reality.
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Oniri treat all Surprise Attacks as regular (non-Surprise) Attacks and may Defend against them accordingly.