|Environment||Any land or underground (Castrovel)|
|Images of formians|
Source: Alien Archive, pg(s). 50-51
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Formians are divided into five castes, each specialised on a task. The queen of each hive is its ruler and sole egg-layer; under her are the myrmarchs, taskmasters, warriors and workers. All members of a formian hive share a telepathic link to coordinate with each other.
In ancient times, the formians were constantly fighting against other formian hives. These civil wars ended with the Meeting of Queens, where the leaders of several large hives agreed to work together in service to the concept of an Overqueen, the ultimate authority figure of the formian race. The newly unified Colonies then turned their conflicts towards the lashuntas of Asana, which lasted for millennia until the shirrens brokered a peace treaty between the formians and lashuntas in 287 AG; the formians then began to industrialise their society by adopting the technology of other species.
Formian society is strictly collectivistic and authoritarian. The queen of each hive is its absolute monarch, ruling over the myrmarchs, taskmasters, warriors and workers in that strict hierarchy. Unlawful behaviour is rare and can be overlooked or punished by re-education or death, although the shirrens have convinced some hives to send their 'dysfunctional' citizens to the Broken Minds colony. Due to influence from non-formian diplomats (often shirrens), most queens tolerate the individualism of other races as long as it still serves the formians' best interest.
Non-formian corporate employees are sometimes granted the status of honorary member of a hive and the permission to oversee formian workers, whose efficiency is only second to that of the best robots. Due to the formians' relative lack of concern for the environment, many firms have transferred their fabrication to the Colonies.
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- Paizo staff. (2017). Alien Archive, p. 51. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-975-2
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