Formian

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Formian
A formian worker.
(Creature)
Type Monstrous humanoid
CR Varies
Environment Any land or underground (Castrovel or Vesk-5)
Alignment
Adjective formian
Images of formians

Source: Alien Archive, pg(s). 50-51
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Formians are a race of ant-like eusocial monstrous humanoids native to the Colonies, a continent located in southern Castrovel. They once warred against the lashuntas.[1]

Appearance

Formians resemble giant ants with humanoid upper bodies. Their exoskeleton is carved with images reflecting their name and achievements.[2]

Ecology

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.[2]

History

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.[1][3]

Society

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.[3][4]

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.[3]

Formians also inhabit the ring orbiting Vesk-5, carving their hives out of chunks of rock and ice. For some reason, they were not mentioned in the Veskarium's pre-Gap chronicles, and were first encountered by the vesk when they first reasserted their control after the Gap ended. It is unknown if they were missed by ancient vesk explorers, or only arrived during the Gap.[5] The vesk have recently grown concerned about the formians' recent expansion, particularly around Quariskt. High Despot Kesharkan maintains a close watch, aware that an impulsive reaction might lead to unnecessary confrontation.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Logan Bonner et al. (2017). Starfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, p. 438-439. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-956-1
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paizo staff. (2017). Alien Archive, p. 51. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-975-2
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 James L. Sutter et al. (2018). Pact Worlds, p. 30. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-022-4
  4. James L. Sutter et al. (2018). Pact Worlds, p. 33. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-022-4
  5. Joe Pasini et al. (2020). Near Space, p. 45. Paizo Inc.. ISBN 978-1-64078-212-9
  6. Joe Pasini et al. (2020). Near Space, p. 47. Paizo Inc.. ISBN 978-1-64078-212-9