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These are my dumb moths. I write them because I get bored. They will probably never exist.

Home System

Alva. This is a planet orbiting a K-class star called Em-Il that's a bit smaller than Earth and has slightly lower gravity, but is denser with a thicker atmosphere. It has a thick oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere that's about 40% oxygen, which has led to very large life on the planet (like the Alvani.) A strong magnetosphere protects it from its close proximity to its sun.

Alva is very lush, and has higher average temperatures than Earth due to its proximity to its home star. Wildfires are a big concern because of the oxygen content, but the humidity is one thing that prevents them from being too devastating.

It has a surrounding ring of dust and ice that astronomers theorize is debris from a time when the planet was much larger, and became much smaller after colliding with another object. This is backed up by Alva's high-quality mineral content, which is one reason it was able to industrialize.

Other notable objects in the system include:

  • Gana, a hot gas giant harvested for hydrogen to use as fuel for starships or power generation.
  • Orva, the first Alvani colony. The planet is larger than Alva, and has a thinner atmosphere, but has an atmosphere of similar composition. Despite this, no life had developed past the bacterial stage by the time the Alvani stepped foot on it, and so nearly all of the planet's modern flora and fauna can be traced back to Alva.
  • Yibir, a tiny planet that was the closest to Em-Il. It was partially cannibalized in order to create a swarm of satellites orbiting the star, which now provide most of the Alvani's energy. It still remains, but has visible deformations from the heavy strip mining done to it, and continues to be exploited as time goes on.

Biology

Big flying arthropods resembling moths or butterflies. They have six double-jointed limbs and four large wings (composed of two forewings and two hindwings). Adult Alvani range in size from 2-3 feet long from abdomen to the tip of the head, with wingspan being comparable to 4-5 feet fully extended. They started out small and were able to become very big because of Alva's high-oxygen atmosphere. They have a large abdomen conjoined to a smaller thorax, with a head at the end of it. They have two slanted, compound eyes on the sides of their head, and feathery antennae. Unusually for a Lepidoptera-type animal, they have proper mouthparts for chewing instead of a proboscis.

Many of an Alvani's body parts are used in grasping. Large objects are moved with limbs wrapped around them, while folding graspers can be used for more fine manipulation. Tiny objects can be held in their mouth. With their limbs fully extended, an Alvani can "stand" between knee height and waist height, but they prefer to fly. Alvani physiology allows for high energy storage and great strength while flying - enough to lift a great deal for their size, although they still struggle to lift heavy weights. A lot of Alvani hauling is assisted through technology, uses physics like pulleys, or happens in groups.

Alvani are fleeting creatures, and usually reach adulthood at about five years, and die of senescence at around three decades on average, although these numbers have been greatly increased by technological enhancements (more on that later.) They have normal male and female sexes, and lay clutches of eggs. These can grow on their own over several months, but among their modern technology are specialized "spawning pools" consisting of nutrient baths and other conditions that can accelerate the growth and hatching process to just a few weeks.

Tech

Alvani technology is weaker than humanity in terms of spaceflight and travel, but their mastery of their home system rivals that of the Skrell or even the Ascent in some forms. Strong incentivization and guidelines has allowed the species to maintain the ecology of its planet despite large-scale industrialization.

Alvani power storage and generation technology is extremely sophisticated. To facilitate their endless need for electricity, their home star - Em-Il - is orbited by many, many thin reflector satellites, which were created by cannibalizing the closest planetoid to the star itself, assembling them on-site, and launching them, which was made much easier without gravity or atmosphere to hinder it. The satellites reflect energy into dishes, which then transmit the power as needed throughout the system through lasers. The excess is stored in batteries, which are then sold as the Alvani's primary export to other species.

Vessels that won't ever leave their home system often even only have backup energy generators, with primary power coming from collector dishes to catch energy from the satellite swarm. FTL-capable vessels utilize high-end fusion reactors that operate at an impressively low temperature (although still very hot.)

The Alvani have strived to better their own bodies through technology. Despite the size and intelligence that their oxygen-rich atmosphere grants, their natural biology is quite limited, and they lack the flexibility or adaptability of humanoid races. Cybernetics and bio-engineering have seen major strides on Alva, and the vast majority of Alvani utilize it in some capacity. Genetic curation has gradually improved the species' average lifespan from three decades to almost a century, and redundant, durable organs allow them to survive hardships and disease that would otherwise kill them. Many Alvani use augments, such as auxiliary wings like a hummingbird's that have much less difficulty in keeping them aloft. Among the more impressive and iconic of their augments are floating robotic arms - kept at a distance from their body through strong magnets, and controlled through their own impulses, that greatly enhance their dexterity and reach. In recent years, top Alvani scientists have gradually begun experimenting with the splicing of DNA from other organisms to merge their beneficial traits into their own bodies - an initiative funded and supported by their Empress.

Mentality

Do not get along with GAS. Something about their movements and appearance triggers a "this is prey" gut feeling in them, which makes interactions with them tense.