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As'shavi
AsshaviF-M
Adult as'shavi, female and male

Lifespan:

Average of 80 standard years, about 100 at the most.

Genders:

Male and Female

Unique Attributes:

Unusually high intelligence rate across the entire population, high perceptiveness

Distinctive Features:

Slightly wider facial features than humans, pointed ears, and universal albinism.

Cultural Subdivisions:

Tribal

Warp Capable:

Yes, nearly 1000 standard years ago

Affiliations:

In early diplomatic relations with the United Federation of Planets, otherwise new to the galactic community

((Aavarius 09:50, July 20, 2011 (UTC): This document has gone through a considerable revision, including the completion of the previously unwritten Religion and Beliefs subsection.))

As'shavi (ah-SHHAH-vee) are a remarkably brilliant species with profound perceptiveness, spirituality, and heavily mutated DNA, resulting in myriad of physical disabilities.

Worlds

Korvahska, the as'shavi homeworld, is an arid world far, far off the beaten galactic path. It is one of about a half dozen worlds in an entire sector near the Alpha/Gamma Quadrant border capable of supporting organic life. This particularly lifeless stretch of space is where the as'shavi species calls home and it is where they have established a small, inter-solar civilization oblivious to intelligent life elsewhere in the galaxy. Korvahska itself is a relatively flat world orbiting closely to a weak sun with and a moderately dry climate. Its weather tends not to stray very far from warm-subtropical except on the poles and it has been estimated that the planet has been tectonically dormant for 3 million years. Although it still supports life, on a planetary scale Korvahska is a dying world in an already desolate region of the Alpha quadrant. Large parts of Korvahska are savanna- or scrub-like, supporting varied species of large predatory felines, quadruped herd animals, and a multitude of shrubs and grasses only infrequently broken by short trees. Its mountains are all worn down to "tall hill" status by millenia of erosion.

Baraat, an as'shavi colony in a nearby solar system is much the opposite. A lush, vibrant world of vast extremes, much like primeval Earth, Baraat has been seeing as'shavi traffic for a thousand years. Its weather is violent and chaotic, and the as'shavi witnessed the formation of a new mountain range eight hundred years ago that also included an earthquake of truly epic proportions. As'shavi use it as an agricultural colony for their homeworld, where farming is difficult and inefficient at best.

The as'shavi maintain nine lunar colonies scattered throughout both in their home system and Baraat's, each one a supply point for Korvahska. They maintain three permanent space stations, one above Korvahska, one above Baraat, and one halfway between the two worlds. Except for Korvahska, none of these locations even remotely supports the population or infrastructure one might find in a similar Federation world, colony, or station.


Appearance & Physiology

A human-like species characterized by its universal albinism. Not all members of the species express this genetic trait as strongly as others but it is present in some degree or another in all the population. This has natural adverse effects on the species' eye sight and capacity to function out in sunlight, among other things. Other characteristics include eyes that are usually blue or violet, an exception to their albinism. This may be an evolutionary indicator that the species is working out of its albinism or a part of their genetic structure that never mutated in the first place. Though their appearance is very human-like they do tend to have somewhat prominent foreheads, wide facial features, and all have small, pointed ears.

Compared to other species, as'shavi are unusually prone to sickness and recover from injuries slowly. Their bodies do not have the capacity to process many of the amino acids other species can easily digest (which are potentially toxic to as'shavi) and it takes notably less of a substance to adversely affect as'shavi body chemistry than for other peoples, making them susceptible to a wider variety of toxins. Because of their oddly shaped blood cells, as'shavi are also very prone to anemia. As'shavi appear to have a symbiotic relationship with some of the hyper-aggressive bacteria native to Korvahska, which appear in many ways to supplement the as'shavi's poor immune systems and so, when spending time among other species, they take regular, meticulously balanced cocktail of medication to deter pathogens other species' more robust immune systems encounter on a daily basis without incident. Because of all these things and more as'shavi tend to be slightly shorter in stature and smaller in build than many other peoples, with men and women sharing the same height ranges. As'shavi that regularly work in space do so in zero-gravity environments for years at a time, which has its own health risks.

It is Starfleet Medical's estimation that gene therapy might help to counter the deficiencies in the species in the short term, but considering the as'shavi's already substandard health the side effects might be devastating for subsequent generations. More research is necessary, especially into these symbiotic bacteria that as'shavi call Little Ones. Their own medical science is somewhat limited on the matter, but as'shavi only respond moderately well to long term antigen supplements, and long term use of these kinds of drugs has always resulted in organ failure in other species. One can only guess what side effects the less robust as'shavi might experience. This kind of treatment tends to kill the symbiotic bacteria, which seem to be essential for mitigating the worst of as'shavi anemia by consuming shredded capillaries and deformed red blood cells, thusly keeping blood vessels relatively clear of debris. These bacteria cultures, when grown in a lab or even when cloned, never survive long enough for implantation, suggesting their lifecycle is somehow dependent upon as'shavi bodies to live. The dynamics of this biological mystery may take generations to bring to light.


Culture, Education, and Government

The species divides itself into tribes based loosely upon bloodlines. As'shavi have a given name, an inherited family name, and an inherited tribe's name, which they give in that order. As a matter of personal privacy, they do not share their given names except for formal reasons or with close family or intimates. Instead, as'shavi have a myriad of nicknames they use instead that are usually bestowed on them by the people they meet. These are sometimes descriptive monikers or even outright hypocorisms. In one village an individual as'shavi might have one nickname, another nickname in his home village, a public name among his friends, an individual private name from each of those friends, so on and so on. It is considered a great honor for an as'shavi to allow another to use his actual given name and even then it is considered a breach of trust to use it among the uninformed.

Most live a simple, puritanical lifestyle in small, nearly self-sufficient villages that make or grow most everything they need and barter for the rest with surrounding communities. These villages tend to be composed of a half dozen families, their cousins, and cousins of cousins, and when resource become stretched too thinly, a few families voluntarily move away with the blessing of their neighbors to settle a new village further down the road. In some areas these villages have grown so thick over the centuries that they have merged into more urban towns, but large cities are very uncommon. Cities tend to be government sponsored settlements formed around mining strategic resources in an area.

With their relative lack of infrastructure, it is a wonder that as'shavi are a spacefaring, warp-capable species. They compensate for this with a particularly strong sense of community, almost like a herd mentality. An as'shavi feels more comfortable among others than alone. Consequently, they tend to work rather well with their neighbors and share most of their surplus with others. While this is an excellent social structure, development and progress in as'ahavi culture is extremely slow, which is not helped by the general opinion that change, while necessary for survival, is not to be undertaken without considerable discussion and analysis. They are not a people that embrace new things easily.

As if aware of their own physical disabilities, as'shavi hold education as one of their highest virtues over physical accomplishment. They spend all of their childhood and most all of their adulthood in formal academic study and an individual is expected to seek education throughout the remainder of his life, formal or informal. This comes with a certain amount of arrogance as one's education credentials become an important point of personal influence. The as'shavi debate endlessly on which learning institute or master of a skill or expert on a subject is greatest and a kind of "rat race" exists to garner their tutelage. As a result of this, as'shavi can be somewhat argumentative, though always in a polite fashion. Formalized oratory is a high art, to the point of discussion for discussion’s sake. Many arguments go undecided for centuries simply because as'shavi simply enjoy forming an opinion and then defending it. This, as stated previously, plays well to their tendency to make very slow, well thought out decisions.

Because an individual as'shavi tends to have such a large body of training instead of a narrow specialty, many disciplines are blended together. As part of the as'shavi world view, this people does not tend to view their understanding of the universe through neatly divided categories, seeing connections in seemingly opposing matters. The high and the low, the vulgar and the virtuous, the religious and the secular, all are sides of the same coin to be understood best in unity than in separation.

As'shavi government is a blend of secular and religious authority. Among the various levels of government there are the democratically elected ministers that see to the physical wellbeing of the people and the divinely appointed mystics that see to the spiritual wellbeing of the people. A High Conclave combines these two bodies on an international level, which is led by a hereditary Revered Matriarch or Patriarch that serves as a combined secular and religious head. The as'shavi government maintains many social programs but the individual as'shavi does not see much government activity in his life under normal circumstances--unless for some reason he cannot provide for himself or his family. Even then, government support requires a kind of indentured servitude for a period in compensation, usually to the aid of another as'shavi citizen requiring the same aid the indebted as'shavi just received.


Clothing, Arts, and Culinary

As'shavi favor broad sections of monochromatic color accented subtly with linear but complex patterns. Clothing is usually simple and functional, but long, hanging lengths of cloth (and long hair) are considered fashionable. As'shavi tend to dress very conservatively in light weighted, plant based fabrics. Women almost always dress in long length skirts and often wear a shawl either around the waist or over their shoulders and head (this is a byproduct of their albino sun sensitivity). Men, likewise, wear long, limb-covering sleeves and trousers and commomly supplement this with well-cut, hooded vests of various lengths (sometimes to the knees) and styles.

Sculpture, especially stone sculpture, and calligraphy are common art forms, but as'shavi art tends to be more abstract than representational of physical things. As most as'shavi concern themselves with high minded concepts, the material world is often somewhat neglected.

To others, as'shavi food is considered rather bland as spice is used rather sparingly (partly from cultural tastes and partly because spice is expensive), and the as'shavi diet involves little variety in protein sources. Generally speaking, they do not consume alcoholic beverages, partly out of cultural stigmata against drunkenness, but there are practical reasons as well. As'shavi physiology reacts quickly and sometimes dangerously to many alcohols. It is a safe assumption that the as'shavi do not hold their liquor. They are, on the other hand, great connoisseurs of teas. The as'shavi will brew just about anything safe for consumption and, unlike their food, as'shavi teas have an extraordinary range of flavors and potencies.


Religion and Beliefs

Most all of the population follows a truly ancient philosophy developed over the course of three thousand years, but even non adherents have practices in their daily lives that are rooted in this philosophy. This is because the philosophy, called Kor's'tash (roughly translated as "the Way"), dictates personal behavior, social norms, morality, and even governmental role. There is no grand codex of rules for these things, but the writings and oratory of the philosophy's greatest adherents (who are often Katulmahk) are kept in circulation as not only precedent but objects of study and contemplation. They are usually aphorisms not dissimilar to koans of Zen Buddhism from Earth. The goal of Kor's'tash is not to rigidly dictate all as'shavi behavior into some draconian system, but rather to gently guide and influence people's thoughts, feelings, and spirits into fully lived life. "When", says the mystic Ansyl of Baraat, "the mind is at ease with the self, and the body is at peace with one's neighbors, the soul knows its place in the Firmament and existence becomes a blessing worth celebrating."

As'shavi beliefs are only understood if one accounts for two major influences: biology and space travel. Although technically a philosophy, Kor's'tash has had its share of mysticism entangled in it over the generations. The as'shavi are all devoutly pious if somewhat superstitious people and many practices stem from an unconscious understanding of their own physical limitations. As'shavi, even in modern times, draw a semi-circle around their hearts when someone around them sneezes or coughs, a gesture that originally was supposed to ward off demons (which they call Dolah), and later, bacteria. This is simply an expression of polite hygiene practices, which as'shavi are somewhat hyper concerned about considering their half strength immune systems. Over the centuries this gesture has evolved into a warding against ill tidings as well, similar to how humans sometimes cross their fingers. In a this way, their many and varied quasi-mystic, sometimes animistic, practices (which are completely inescapable from in as'shavi society) have biological roots in living with as'shavi physical needs. It is, if anything, Kor's'tash is very considerate of others, for social good will and personal wellness are a few of its primary aims.

It is also important to remember that as'shavi have been warp capable for almost a thousand years. There has not been an as'shavi alive for many generations that is not aware of outer space and the greater universe. Indeed, the as'shavi believe they originated on another world long lost. In their history (which may or may not be a mythology) they were a slave race bound to the Dolah, or "Foolish Ones," who are entities of inconceivable power and evil. It is unknown just what these Dolah were, but the as'shavi believe them to be spirits. In this state another party known as the Yolah, or "Wise Ones," found the as'shavi being twisted and trampled and felt compassion. They whisked the as'shavi away on vessels of light through the Astral Firmament and found a safe oasis for them in the barrens far from the Dolah: Korvahska. As'shavi belief has been influenced by space travel ever since and as'shavi belief puts considerable stock in their complex system of astrology. Unlike on Earth, the as'shavi have never looked up at the stars and dreamed of what may lie out with them. They have seen it themselves.

It is interesting to note that the as'shavi world view does not account for the presence of other sentient humanoid life. The as'shavi are not terribly clear on just what the Dolah or the Yolah are but the are said to be well beyond the needs and capabilities of mortal existence, perhaps like the Q, or the aliens in the Bajoran wormhole. It is also distinctly possible this is simply an exaggeration of a pair of more mundane species elsewhere in the galaxy, but the as'shavi insist otherwise.

The as'shavi have a large, if unorganized, body of mystics, philosophers, and religious ministers that influence as'shavi life on a daily basis. As'shavi practice ritual tattooing and wear wooden or bone beads, intricate hair braids, and (rarely) metal jewelry for to signify important life events and accomplishments. Specifically, all adults wear a tattoo on their face to express their pledge to their peoples' spiritual beliefs sometime after physical majority. This mark is uniquely designed by each bearer. Warding rituals and protective charms are common. Even their sciences have a significant amount of mysticism blended into them, such as the aforementioned system of astrology, which is considered absolutely vital to their understanding of observational, scientific astronomy. Nothing in their culture does not see the influence of their religious beliefs in some way. The as'shavi philosopher Illuskal says that, "It is through the sciences that people learn how the world works and the spiritual that people learn why the world works, and that these two things only complement each other to the well-adjusted mind."

As'shavi beliefs require a certain amount of private meditation, but most of their rituals are practiced in public. As they are a very social species (who are prone to debate) it is considered not only efficient but necessary for good spiritual health to discuss one's path along the Way, roadblocks or not, with others. The general practice is to spend time alone reflecting on what an individual knows, then to share that with another, adding to your knowledge what you exchanged, later to reflect and then share again, ad infintum.

As a species that appears to be precognizant, as'shavi do not have a cultural concept of luck. Indeed, they do not understand it. They do, on the other hand, have a strong sense of destiny, to which they attribute to the Fates. This belief is very loosely animistic, as the Fates are not actually considered to be aware. They are best described as the collective existence of the Universe. This is as much physical, as temporal, as it is spiritual. Indeed, it is everything that ever was or will be, and it is through this concept that the as'shavi view destiny. They are unrelentingly holistic in their view of the universe, and it is in this kind of broad minded thinking that the Katulmahk spend their days and their nights. The as'shavi do not believe that all things are pre-ordained, as they believe that an individual's choice is the pen by which he writes his destiny, but they do believe that these choices have broad reaching consequences stretching out to the end of all possible timelines. This is a part of where their cultural tendency to be overly cautious originates. To that end, the as'shavi philosopher Illuskal says, "Even when the ink is gone the paper is forever imprinted by the weight of the pen." When the as'shavi invoke the Fates in a decision they are not making a plea to a higher conscious, but instead are considering the impression in the page of history they have made thus far and if that will lead them to their desired outcome.

Either by design or by destiny, as'shvi culture is steeped with taboos. Most all of them involve maintaining cleanliness. This, as a lot of their beliefs, has biological roots, for physical cleanliness is a reliable prevention for maintaining good health, or more importantly, to keep from passing contagions to the community. Like all other things as'shavi, cleanliness has a spiritual component as well, and the ritually unclean is as undesirable as the physically unclean. In this way as'shavi make a ceremony out of bathing, even when washing the hands before a meal. Like most of their rituals they are simple superstitious gestures involving a charm or a phrase. As social as they are, they do not exercise much physical contact, even among intimates, and it is considered not just rude but sinful to purposely touch someone that did not wish it. This has been the hardest cultural belief for the as'shavi to overcome when dealing with aliens, for as these aliens are not practitioners of Kor's'tash, then they are ritually unclean. This, of course, comes with a certain amount of arrogance that does not help diplomatic matters.

Related to this diplomatic hurdle is privacy. Although extremely social, it is unbelievably rude to delve into another's private life without permission. While most might see this as a contradicting their very social tendencies, the as'shavi navigate this interpersonal stumbling block with grace and finesse. For all the time they spend with each other (which is a considerable amount) they do so with an innate understanding of where to draw the line of personal privacy that other species find to be mind bogglingly difficult to understand.

Though allying with the Federation is bound to bring significant technological and cultural advances to the as'shavi, the as'shavi feel very strongly that this is an invasion of their privacy. Their pride requires them to turn down aid from others when it is not asked for. That is because such aid would not be given if the giver had not gotten his nose in as'shavi business--no matter how beneficial the aid. Recent changes in as'shavi culture have challenged this tradition (a civil war was fought over this ten years ago) but it remains an obstacle that will not be crossed anytime soon.

In light of this, the presence of telepathic aliens (whom as'shavi are quite horrified by) causes its own set of problems.

The as'shavi tell stories about how the Dolah would usurp control of their ancestors minds and bodies (either through some spiritual or scientific means is unclear). This was said to be done at a complete loss of the individual as'shavi, and to this day taking possession of another's body or the mind, even to include influence of another's thoughts by invasive means or actions, is a cardinal sin. By tradition, the only humane treatment for a person so possessed is a quick death. It is abomination to allow a possessed individual to live--a high crime of negligence against the lost or compromised personality. Indeed, formerly possessed as'shai relish the purification of their coming deaths. Some of this has become somewhat exaggerated in modern times (alcohol intoxication is considered a kind of possession, though not a death sentence), but this taboo is hard wired into all as'shavi. They do not understand Joined Trill, for no person in their right mind would willingly allow their personality to be usurped by another, the actual facts of Joining notwithstanding. Their one very brief encounter with the Borg has only solidified their argument, and as'shavi of all stripes feel pity for liberated Borg who must suffer remaining alive.

The traditional treatment for ther person that takes possession is incarceration alone in a windowless room with no contact (even visually) from another person for the remainder of their life (which is bound to be short since the lack of contact includes a lack of supplied food and water). To take possession of another is to break with every last contract of as'shavi society and it is only fitting that someone that choses to break with society not be allowed any society at all.

In the end, as'shavi believe in the existence of a soul in each individual. As'shavi have no graveyards or mausoleums, for they cremate their dead: cleanliness exerting itself even in their funeral rites. Just as ashes return to the land to replenish the fields, so too do the as'shavi believe that the soul returns to the Fates to become a part of the Universe once more. To them, death is absolute, but a certain legacy exists in one's destiny. This, they believe, will stretch on to influence all possible events, even if only in subtle ways, and the dead's actions in life preserved in the continuation of the Universe beyond their demise. This, of course, puts a moral responsibility on all the living, lest their lives negatively affect everything else in the Universe. Thusly, do the Fates further the cause of infinity.


Language

The as'shavi language is rather simple in arrangement and the language is almost completely regular, to the point that as'shavi struggle with the irregular verb forms of other languages. It does an excellent job communicating information factually and objectively, but it relies heavily on bizarre tonal inflection rules, body language, and as'shavi perceptiveness to these things to convey its full meaning. It is very much like a simple post and lintel building but in which all the art of the world has been stored. The language when spoken is rather harsh sounding with long, hissing vowel sounds and brutally staccato consonants. Most as'shavi words can be used in all parts of speech without changing their spelling. It is the particular vowel nuances in a word that indicate the word's part of speech.

As'shavi prose is longer and more complex than its spoken form because of the extra punctuation and myriad of emphasis symbols necessary on each word to accurately describe how it is being used. The space above a written character is reserved for up to three of the 472 pronunciation marks and the space below a written character is used for about two dozen body language indicator marks. Consequently, as'shavi poetry tends to be more akin to Japanese haiku, which requires strict adherence to specific syllable formulae.

Universal Translators seem to have a hard time deciphering the subtleties of spoken as'shavi on a strictly mechanical level, and without an as'shavi's uncanny perceptiveness it is difficult if not impossible for a non-as'shavi to gain true fluency. Nonnative speakers speak as'shavi in the same manner as how a piano may have a song played correctly on it but still be incorrect because the instrument was not in tune to begin with.

Illiteracy is rare among as'shavi.


Perceptiveness and Precognizence

If the as'shavi are anything, they are aware of their surroundings. Their DNA structure is so poor it is difficult to tell just what the species might have developed from, but anthropological evidence agrees they might have been prey or slaves to a more predatory species millions of years ago. This level of awareness would be a key survival trait to pass on to offspring.

The as'shavi have been distrustful enough of Federation scientists that much that is known about them is based on circumstantial evidence and not direct observation. This is especially true of the as'shavi Katulmahk caste, which the as'shavi only begrudgingly admit they believe to be prescient. The truth of the matter is hidden behind a shield of as'shavi wariness, mysticism, and hallucinogen usage. One hypothesis on the matter says that all as'shavi are mildly precognitive, which explains their uncanny perceptiveness and that this trait, if it truly exists, is stronger in certain individuals, presumably the Katulmahk. This at least provisionally explains the presence of the Katulmahk but does nothing to verify if this ability really exists or not.

In practical application, if it is true that they are all precognitive, then this ability is unconsciously used. It has been observed that as'shavi notice much in people and objects and have a general, if indistinct, sense of how a thing will be. This kind of active intuition completely defines how they approach life, and though they practice modern, observational science, their intuition influences their decision making in ways completely imperceptible to other species. This has several useful effects, including a kind of "danger sense," and social awareness that borders on unfair, though none of this appears to be actively drawn upon or even completely reliable. Clearly this could be of great strategic importance to the Federation but the as'shavi are loathe to discuss this, as they consider it one of their most sacred customs.

The Katulmahk are almost incapable of taking care of themselves. They are said to be lost to the whims of the Oracle, the very precognizence that the as'shavi are known for. These as'shavi have waking visions that are enhanced by terribly addictive drugs that ultimately lead to the Katulmahk becoming completely catatonic, followed by death. Nevertheless, these individuals are revered in as'shavi society. Their words are hung on to as almost certain truths (for this is only rarely not the case). Though most assuredly touched, these individuals are a treasured part of as'shavi society. It is unknown what causes these individuals to become so strongly prescient but the ability manifests a few years after birth (and complete brain development). These young children, the pride of their parents, are sent away for rigorous mental training for decades before becoming the spiritual pillars of their communities.


Technology

It is interesting to note that the as'shavi developed warp technology nearly a thousand years ago and never ventured very far past their solar system. Much of the reason is cultural. While as'shavi have a profound capacity for learning and understanding, much more than many other species, their culture does not encourage curiosity and exploration. While the potential technological benefits of allying long term with the Federation are obvious, the as'ahavi have a kind of "reverse prime directive" inherent in their methodical culture, which does not allow them to make too many advances too quickly, lest they abuse them. Innovation develops at a halting pace and only after a great deal of consideration and discussion. That being said, they are not enamored with technology as other species are and their lifestyle supports a very self sufficient way of living that does not eschew modern advances but does not rely on them either. For instance, the sundial, the mechanical spring-and-gear clock, and the modern digital chronometer all have an equally respected place in the as'shavi life.

As'shavi technology favors simplicity and efficiency over complexity and diversity. What they create works, and it works rather well for what it was intended for, but is not easily adapted to other uses. Although much of the technology found in the Federation is more advanced, often times a similar concept exists back on Korvahska, and with as'shavi being quick studies as they are, they appear to adapt to the more advanced forms without much trouble (though of course they do so with considerable distrust and hesitation).

Despite ten centuries of warp capability, as'shavi space travel has also made very slow advances. As'shavi spacefaring vessels are small crafts, holding a hundred souls at best, and even then not without cryogenic stasis for non-essential crew or passengers. Their fastest ships reach just a little past warp factor 2.5, which makes interstellar travel still a lengthy process. The Korvahska-Baraat trip require a full two years' one-way travel time between them, including a brief resupply stop at a station half way (essential crew are awake and active this entire trip). Their navigators, like old Earth submarine navigators, manually track their progress by interpreting machine telemetry and making calculations based upon speed, time traveled, and position compared to familiar stellar bodies. They make course correctsions with a sextant-like device and make warp calculations mentally. Before first contact with the Federation the as'shavi had a program in place to achieve warp factor 6.5 or better within ten years--a goal they had actually been putting off for generations.

Lacking impulse engines, as'shavi ships employ gigantic, ionized sails capable of riding on solar winds for intrasolar distances, and simple maneuvering thrusters for short distances. Except for the spinning, centrifugal force-simulated "gravity" available in their three space stations, the as'shavi still operate in space while weightless, which has its own natural complications. Having never warred with each other in space, their ships have no weapons or shields. They also are only beginning to experiment with replicator and transporter technology.



Relations with the Federation

The planet Korvahska and its native as'shavi people have been tentative allies of the Federation for 10 years after the Federation brokered an armistice in the as'shavi civil war that began just before first contact 12 years ago. It’s important to understand the political, religious and social dynamics of the as’shavi cautiously courting the Federation as they are. They have a culture that puts great emphasis on privacy and they almost all consider aliens to be ceremonially unclean, if not completely untrustworthy. The as'shavi world view up until recently did not include the possibility of other worlds and other peoples and adapting it to the truth of the greater galaxy will be an excruciatingly painful process, requiring generations. Fortunately a few liberal minded as'shavi exist that show some willingness to deal with aliens.

Additionally, they practice an almost primitive religion that is full of superstitions, taboos, and public formalities that they pride themselves on for how much more civilized it makes them. Consequently, arrogance is an inescapable part of their nature, especially considering the entire species is of genius level intelligence. That fact also tends to make them very single-minded and resistant to new things. Naturally, this makes dealing with these people difficult, as they insist on taking things at their own maddeningly slow pace.

Because of all this and more, the as’shavi are hesitant to trust these new alien peoples, especially the Federation that unites them, but they’ll come around eventually if the two dozen agents they have working with the Diplomatic Corps bring back reports that the Federation really stands for the peaceful rhetoric it purports to espouse. Not all of these agents work with the highest echelons of the Federation brass, but they all have a particular aspect of the Federation they are responsible for assessing. In a generation, maybe two, Korvahska and Baraat might become member worlds.