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{{RaceBox|name=Chenjesu|image=ChenjesuCaptain_Portrait.png|caption=The crystalline Chenjesu.|homeworld=[[Procyon II]]|coordinates=074.2 : 226.8|organizations=[[Alliance of Free Stars]]|ship=[[Broodhome]]}}
The '''Chenjesu''' are a race of silicon-based, crystalline beings native to the [[List of planet types#Sapphire|Sapphire World]] of [[Procyon]] II. They are photo/chemovores, and have no natural predators, nor need for prey.  They are naturally non-hostile.
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The '''Chenjesu''' are a race of silicon-based, crystalline beings that are native to the [[List of planet types#Sapphire|Sapphire World]] of [[Procyon II]]. Possessing vast intellects and advanced technology, they were the ''de facto'' leaders of the [[Alliance of Free Stars]].
  
They also have natural receptors in the HyperWave band, which gave them the first inkling of the [[Ur-Quan Kzer-Za|Ur-Quan]] invasion. They formed a military alliance with the [[Mmrnmhrm]] to form the basis of the [[Alliance of Free Stars]].
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==Physiology and culture==
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Unlike most other sentients, the crystalline Chenjesu are photo/chemovores, and have no natural predators, nor need for prey. They apparently have some control over electrical fields, which commonly manifests as innate electrical energy fields. However, when experiencing strong emotions, Chenjesu have been known to produce visible and audible electrical discharges, sometimes interfering with nearby electronics. They also have natural receptors in the HyperWave band, which gave them the first inkling of the [[Ur-Quan Kzer-Za|Ur-Quan]] invasion. While silicon-based, they are not at all like the [[Taalo]] — Chenjesu are crystalline rather than rocklike.  
  
The Chenjesu were the first race to officially contact [[Human]]ity. Their star charts of [[HyperSpace]] form the standard that the races in this region of space use.
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Due to their unique niche in their native ecosystem, they are naturally non-hostile, preferring instead to engage their vast intellects in philosophical discussions and other pursuits of knowledge. Their culture's greatest achievement, a text of philosophy, is ''The Book of Bzzbezzu Kzaaz''. Avid explorers, their star charts of [[HyperSpace]] form the standard that the races in this region of space use.
  
The Chenjesu, while silicon-based, are not at all like the [[Taalo]] — Chenjesu are crystalline rather than rocklike. Their starship, the [[Broodhome]], possessed more raw power (and raw material) than any other Alliance ship, even if, in general, it was not the most effective in combat.
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Their technology is electrical and crystalline in nature, similar to their own physiology. Images of the Chenjesu captains during the [[First War]] imply that they control their equipment with their natural ability to control electrical discharges. Their starship, the [[Broodhome]], possessed more raw power (and raw material) than any other Alliance ship, even if, in general, it was not the most effective in combat. Some of their technology bears similarities to late [[Precursor]] technology (namely the [[Utwig Bomb]]).
  
Images of the Chenjesu captains imply that they have limited control over electrical discharges, which they use to control their equipment.
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Their rare physiology, advanced sentience and peculiar evolutionary path leads some to speculated that they are the product of an ancient, peaceful culture. An alternate explanation is that they are mostly software capable of some kind of field manipulation.{{ref|1}}
  
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==History and relations with other races==
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A little less than a thousand years ago, the Chenjesu established amicable relations with the nearby and recently arrived [[Mmrnmhrm]]. Part of this relationship was defensive military alliance that later deflected an initial attack by the Ur-Quan around 2111. This alliance also formed the basis of what became the Alliance of Free Stars.
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The Chenjesu have also been knowledgeable about, if not in contact with other races. For example, they were aware the [[Umgah]] and the technological primitive [[Ilwrath]], and had occasional friendly encounters with the [[Spathi]] prior to these races being subjugated by the Ur-Quan. They also apparently had come into contact with the [[Zoq-Fot-Pik]] and the [[Pkunk]], though further relations appear to have been halted by the events of the First War. The [[Yehat]] and [[Shofixti]] joined the Alliance sometime before 2115, but the extent of their contact with the Chenjesu is unknown. Most notably, the Chenjesu were the first race to officially contact [[Human]]ity. 
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===The Process===
 
After the [[Sa-Matra]] was deployed against them by the Ur-Quan, they and the Mmrnmhrm requested to be shielded together on the Chenjesu homeworld.  The Ur-Quan permitted this, and once on the planet, the two races began a synthetic hybridization of their species, which they called "The Process". However, the Process was interrupted prematurely by [[The Captain]], resulting in the hybrid race, the [[Chmmr]].  
 
After the [[Sa-Matra]] was deployed against them by the Ur-Quan, they and the Mmrnmhrm requested to be shielded together on the Chenjesu homeworld.  The Ur-Quan permitted this, and once on the planet, the two races began a synthetic hybridization of their species, which they called "The Process". However, the Process was interrupted prematurely by [[The Captain]], resulting in the hybrid race, the [[Chmmr]].  
  
The reasons for this are fairly clear for the Mmrnmhrm, as that race had lost the ability to reproduce on its own.  The motivations of the Chenjesu are still unclear.  The Chenjesu probably decided to do this because they felt their culture had become so advanced that it had stagnated entirely, and that the modification of their species into a transChenjesu synthesis would reinvigorate their society.{{ref|1}} Their motivation probably also had something to do with defeating the Ur-Quan.
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The reasons for this are fairly clear for the Mmrnmhrm, as that race had lost the ability to reproduce on its own.  The motivations of the Chenjesu are still unclear.  The Chenjesu probably decided to do this because they felt their culture had become so advanced that it had stagnated entirely, and that the modification of their species into a transChenjesu synthesis would reinvigorate their society.{{ref|2}} Their motivation probably also had something to do with defeating the Ur-Quan.
 
 
The Chenjesu were respected and admired by the other races in the Alliance, and many considered them its leaders, although they refused to take that title officially.
 
  
 
==Known individuals==
 
==Known individuals==
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
{{note|1}}''[[Role Playing Resource Guide]], pg. 23''
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{{note|1}}''Based on a comment in the 1998 [[TFB chat protocols|chat]] with Fred and Paul''
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{{note|2}}''[[Role Playing Resource Guide]], pg. 23''
  
 
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Revision as of 00:03, 15 July 2006

Chenjesu
ChenjesuCaptain_Portrait.png
The crystalline Chenjesu.
Homeworld: Procyon II
Coordinates: 074.2 : 226.8
Member of: Alliance of Free Stars
Ship: Broodhome

The Chenjesu are a race of silicon-based, crystalline beings that are native to the Sapphire World of Procyon II. Possessing vast intellects and advanced technology, they were the de facto leaders of the Alliance of Free Stars.

Physiology and culture

Unlike most other sentients, the crystalline Chenjesu are photo/chemovores, and have no natural predators, nor need for prey. They apparently have some control over electrical fields, which commonly manifests as innate electrical energy fields. However, when experiencing strong emotions, Chenjesu have been known to produce visible and audible electrical discharges, sometimes interfering with nearby electronics. They also have natural receptors in the HyperWave band, which gave them the first inkling of the Ur-Quan invasion. While silicon-based, they are not at all like the Taalo — Chenjesu are crystalline rather than rocklike.

Due to their unique niche in their native ecosystem, they are naturally non-hostile, preferring instead to engage their vast intellects in philosophical discussions and other pursuits of knowledge. Their culture's greatest achievement, a text of philosophy, is The Book of Bzzbezzu Kzaaz. Avid explorers, their star charts of HyperSpace form the standard that the races in this region of space use.

Their technology is electrical and crystalline in nature, similar to their own physiology. Images of the Chenjesu captains during the First War imply that they control their equipment with their natural ability to control electrical discharges. Their starship, the Broodhome, possessed more raw power (and raw material) than any other Alliance ship, even if, in general, it was not the most effective in combat. Some of their technology bears similarities to late Precursor technology (namely the Utwig Bomb).

Their rare physiology, advanced sentience and peculiar evolutionary path leads some to speculated that they are the product of an ancient, peaceful culture. An alternate explanation is that they are mostly software capable of some kind of field manipulation.1

History and relations with other races

A little less than a thousand years ago, the Chenjesu established amicable relations with the nearby and recently arrived Mmrnmhrm. Part of this relationship was defensive military alliance that later deflected an initial attack by the Ur-Quan around 2111. This alliance also formed the basis of what became the Alliance of Free Stars.

The Chenjesu have also been knowledgeable about, if not in contact with other races. For example, they were aware the Umgah and the technological primitive Ilwrath, and had occasional friendly encounters with the Spathi prior to these races being subjugated by the Ur-Quan. They also apparently had come into contact with the Zoq-Fot-Pik and the Pkunk, though further relations appear to have been halted by the events of the First War. The Yehat and Shofixti joined the Alliance sometime before 2115, but the extent of their contact with the Chenjesu is unknown. Most notably, the Chenjesu were the first race to officially contact Humanity.

The Process

After the Sa-Matra was deployed against them by the Ur-Quan, they and the Mmrnmhrm requested to be shielded together on the Chenjesu homeworld. The Ur-Quan permitted this, and once on the planet, the two races began a synthetic hybridization of their species, which they called "The Process". However, the Process was interrupted prematurely by The Captain, resulting in the hybrid race, the Chmmr.

The reasons for this are fairly clear for the Mmrnmhrm, as that race had lost the ability to reproduce on its own. The motivations of the Chenjesu are still unclear. The Chenjesu probably decided to do this because they felt their culture had become so advanced that it had stagnated entirely, and that the modification of their species into a transChenjesu synthesis would reinvigorate their society.2 Their motivation probably also had something to do with defeating the Ur-Quan.

Known individuals

  • Bzrrak Ktazzz
  • Tzzz-Tzer-Tzak

Notes and references

1Based on a comment in the 1998 chat with Fred and Paul
2Role Playing Resource Guide, pg. 23