The Spathi are a cowardly race of "meta-mollusks." They have a coloful exoskeleton, a single jiggling eye, and jointed pinching claws. As a race, the Spathi are absolute cowards and paranoid. They live in constant fear of an undetectable phantom called the Ultimate Evil, which the Spathi are convinced lives just beyond the reaches of their most powerful long-range sensors.
The Spathi evolved on the lone planet Epsilon Gruis I (their name for the star is Yuffo and the planet, Spathiwa). Recently, their home planet has been beleaguered by a race of ravenous creatures called the Evil Ones who enjoy eating Spathi, with the result that the Spathi population has taken refuge on their own moon.
When the Ur-Quan Kzer-Za subjugated the Spathi, they offered them the same choice given to each race, as dictated by the Path of Now and Forever: be a fallow slave or battle thrall. The Spathi actually chose to be fallow slaves, being rather fond of the idea of being forever protected by an impenetrable Slave Shield. However, the Ur-Quan's Umgah servant who was to notify the Ur-Quan of the Spathi's choice mischeviously reported to the Ur-Quan that the Spathi had chosen to be battle thralls.
The Spathi have a traditional daily prayer which reflects their general attitude towards life: "..Oh God... please don't let me die today! Tomorrow would be so much better!"
The Spathi pilot the very nimble Eluder-class ships.
Black Spathi Squadron
There are legends of a Black Spathi Squadron who somehow overcame their species' natural cowardice and began roaming the galaxy performing "brave and hostile deeds." They reportedly painted their ships black with bright red stripes in order to distinguish themselves from their cowardly brethren. However, no one knows if they ever actually existed, and the Spathi have never mentioned them.