Covered in green, moss-like plants
M'shinni were a sentient species of Humanoid mammals who shared a symbiotic relationship with a species of plant. Each M'shinn had no hair but instead a thick covering of the the soft moss like plant, which would normally be a shade of green in color and provided increased healing rates for its hosts. The Humanoids were native to the planet Genassa in the Mid Rim, but due to population size, colonised many worlds through the M'shinni sector including the homeworld of the Skrilling species, which they named Agriworld-2079. Each planet colonised by the M'shinni was controlled by a Council of the Wise, who ensured that the land on the planet was split up suitably between the different M'shinn families on the planet, which were known as Rootlines. All M'shinn within a Rootline would look incredibly similar, although different Rootlines had distinctive looks. This was due to the fact that M'shinni only possessed one gender, female, and reproduced by Parthenogenesis, which was close to cloning in terms of passing on genes to offspring.
M'shinn culture focused on agricultural development due to their unique relationship with plants, but was also highly advanced in botanical and genetic understanding. This lead to them producing large quantities of unique plant species, which they then traded with the rest of the galaxy, rivalling the Ithorian species for botanical dominance. The species integrated itself into the galactic community soon after encountering the Galactic Republic, and as each Rootline worked like an independent business, some groups of M'shinni continued to work with the Republic's successor, the Galactic Empire. Following the death of Galactic Emperor Palpatine, the M'shinni colonies fell in and out of Imperial space regularly due to the various conflicts between the remains of the Empire and the New Republic, and Genassa was controlled by the Yuuzhan Vong for a period during the Yuuzhan Vong War.
Biology and appearanceEdit
The M'shinni were an all female species of sentient Humanoid Mammals who shared a symbiotic relationship with a plant species also native to their homeworld of Genassa. Having evolved from a humanoid precursor species, M'shinni on average stood between 1.5 and 2.2 meters tall, around the same height as the Human species. They had a bipedal bodies with two arms, two legs and an upright stance. Their heads were larger than Humans however and their two black eyes bulged out from their face more, also normally being more watery in nature. M'shinni mouths had wide flexible lips and bony ridges instead of teeth, which were more suited to grinding the vegetation that made up their diet. Instead of a nose, M'shinni had two centimeter wide holes in their cheeks which act as nostrils, and had five centiemeter wide black membranes sensitive to sound in the place of ears, either side of their head.
The Humanoids were totally hairless across their bodies, instead having a soft but thick layer of the moss-like plant covering their skin, except for on the soles of their feet and the palms of their hands. The color of the plant, as well as other aspects of its appearance, depended on the lifestyle of the M'shinn hosting it and the environment they lived in. The type of light source in the environment played a large role in determining color, with natural and artificial light, but also different types of star, creating different shades ranging from a light yellow-green to a dark emerald green with patches of blue or black. Unhealthy M'shinni might also have patches of plant which had faded to a dull brown.
Without any light the plant covering would die, although it took ten days to disappear entirely. This loss of covering would reveal the soft pink skin of the M'shinn beneath, and took three weeks to re-root and grow again if any was left, as was the case if the M'shinn was burned or hit by a blaster bolt. Less severe injuries that didn't damage the roots of the plant would regrow in a couple of days however. The plant survived on the M'shinn by feeding upon dead skin cells and sweat, in return supplying nutrients and keeping the skin moist and elastic as well as providing increased healing rate to the host. Without the plant M'shinni healed far slower than Humans. They were able to make use of medical treatments such as Bacta tanks but doing so would often kill the plant covering in the treated area.
Due to them having only one gender, M'shinni reproduced through parthenogenesis, a natural cloning like method of reproduction in which good climatic conditions and abundance of resources caused birth. This could take place once every three standard years and would produce a single child, measuring only a centimeter in length, which would then remain in a belly pouch its mother possessed for one hundred days. All M'shinni in a family would look nearly identical as parthenogenesis was a similar to a form of cloning, although subtle genetic changes between generations would create some differences between individuals and different Rootlines would often develop distinctive appearances.
Society and cultureEdit
Almost all M'shinni shared the defining characteristic of being unalterably loyal to their family, which in their society was known as their Rootline. Individual M'shinni would pursue the goals of their Rootline with differing levels of personal vigor or focus, but M'shinni who actively worked against them were incredibly rare. Beside this unifying quality the personality and temperament of M'shinni was as variable of that of Humans, allowing for a huge range of personality types. To identify themselves many M'shinni would shave parts of their plant covering into patterns or would wear jewellery, including bracelets and necklaces. Clothing however was rarely or never worn by M'shinni due to the fact they would prevent sunlight reaching the plant covering them.
M'shinn politics was based around the different Rootlines which make up their society, each of which was made up of thousands of individuals. The eldest member of each Rootline on any planet was made a member of the Council of the Wise for that planet, with each planet having a separate council. When ever a new planet was terraformed and colonised the land available on it would be split between the Rootlines following strict rules on land ownership, which the Council of the Wise would monitor. Any individual M'shinn would gain politcal prestige in their society through maintenance and care for any land their Rootline owned. A good harvest, development of a new crop or reclamation of non-arable land all would improve a M'shinn's standing as well as earning profits and more land for her Rootline. Each individual Rootline controlled a large family business, and these different companies would compete fiercely, although rarely in the form of actual physical conflict. Sabotage and espionage instead are used to disadvantage competing Rootlines, although any Rootline caught using such techniques would suffer a large loss of prestige, meaning great care was taken.
Technological development within M'shinn society was focused on solar power and agriculture, due to the species' relationship with plants which also allowed their understanding of botany and genetics to be particularly strong. This lead to the species developing a number of devices such a solar collectors and power generators which made use of cellular organic material, as well as developing a large number of genetically engineered crop plants. Many of these plants were highly unusual, with some being able to survive using just airborne nutrients in zero-G environments, some being hugely heat resistant, and others being highly effective terraformers. Other plants they developed had purely decorative function, with huge ranges of shapes and colors of flower being created as well as bio-luminescent lichen which could be used as lighting with homes. Due to normal medical treatments damaging their symbiotic partners, M'shinni also developed analogs for medpacs and Bacta treatment which they could use without damaging their plant covering.
M'shinni evolved from a precursor species whom had formed a symbiotic relationship with the plant that covered all members of their descendant species. The female who first formed this relationship was known by the M'shinni as the firstmother and was the ancestor of all M'shinni. After the precursor species went extinct through evolution of the M'shinni, the M'shinni eventually grew to a population size which their homeworld, Genassa couldn't sustain. Due to this the M'shinni built a series of orbital biospheres around the planet, but continued growth led to the colonisation of Genassa's moon and then the Terraforming and habitation of the six other planets that occupied their star system. When the species developed hyperdrive technology, the M'shinni colonised hundred of worlds and systems throughout the M'shinni sector which they lived in, causing the sector to become commonly known as the Mossonian sector. One world the M'shinni colonised was the homeworld of a species they named the Skrilling, meaning bone-picker, who at the time were peaceful, primitive, nomadic herders. The M'shinni penned in the Skrilling herds and claimed their land, changing the planet's name to Agriworld-2079. The Skrilling were left to create a new life for themselves and eventually integrated themselves into the M'shinn colony on the planet as a form of beggar class.
The area of space that the M'shinni inhabited was first explored by the general galactic community between 3000 BBY and 1000 BBY, and when the M'Shinni first encountered the Galactic Republic they quickly accepted the huge galactic government and integrated themselves with the rest of galactic society. During the New Sith Wars between 1004 BBY and 1000 BBY the M'shinn homeworld and much of their sector fell within the area controlled by the Sith. By the time of the Clone Wars, between 22 BBY and 19 BBY, the species colonies were within Republic controlled space. During the reign of the Galactic Empire, the successor state to the Republic, Genassa fell within Imperial controlled space and some Rootlines traded happily with the Imperials, making a healthy profit, although others treated the offworlders more carefully. Many M'shinni feared the Empire would eventually take control of the M'shinn colonies, a fear increased due to the trade restrictions that the Empire placed preventing the M'shinni from trading with many worlds which aided or sympathised with the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. As such the species maintained neutrality in the war, with some M'shinn colonies welcoming Imperials and others only dealing with them in limited amounts, which caused growing friction amongst the Councils of the Wise. During this time some Skrilling on Agriworld-2079 also began campaigning for Skrilling freedom on the planet.
In 4 ABY after the death of the Galactic Emperor Palpatine, Genassa was no longer considered part of Imperial controlled Space, however the region fell back under Imperial control in 7 ABY, and was one of the sectors annexed by the forces of the Chiss Grand Admiral Thrawn's force in 9 ABY. The M'shinn's colonies were back in Imperial controlled space between 10 ABY and 11 ABY, but during the Yuuzhan Vong War, in which the intergalactic Yuuzhan Vong species invaded the galaxy, the M'shinn system came under the invading species control between 27 ABY and 29 ABY. By 137 ABY the M'shinn colonies fell within the Galactic Empire of the Sith Lord Darth Krayt.
M'shinni in the galaxyEdit
Plants created by the M'shinni could be found in fields, biospheres and gardens all across the galaxy after the species joined the galactic community, and they enjoyed friendly rivalry with the Ithorian species as to who was the galaxies best botanists and gardeners. Many of the systems surrounding the worlds colonised by the M'shinni depended on the species for food production and trade and Genassa's position on the prominent Celanon Spur trade route also added to their position as prominent food traders in the galactic market. In 22 BBY, during the Separatist Crisis a senator named R'shinnos Sh'neel in the Galactic Senate, hailed from Genassa.
Behind the scenesEdit
M'Shinni first appeared in the 1995 sourcebook Galaxy Guide 12: Aliens — Enemies and Allies. The book was part of the Galaxy Guide series of books produced for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and their species entry was written by Lisa Smedman. The species were later mentioned in the Skrilling species entries in the 2001 sourcebook Alien Anthology which was written by Steve Miller and Owen K.C. Stephens and produced for Wizards of the Coasts' Star Wars Roleplaying Game. In 2002 a senator from Genassa appeared in an article on the HoloNet News website titled "Palpatine to Separatist: Let's Talk" which was released as part of HoloNet News Vol. 531 48 and written by Pablo Hidalgo and Paul Ens. The article did not make clear if the senator was a M'shinn or if they represented the M'shinni sector. The text mentioning M'shinn from Alien Anthology was then reprinted in the revised and expanded 2003 Ultimate Alien Anthology. The M'shinni received an entry in the 2009 sourcebook The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, also being mentioned in the entry for their homeworld, the Skrilling and the Skrilling's homeworld.
- Galaxy Guide 12: Aliens — Enemies and Allies (First mentioned)
- Alien Anthology
- Ultimate Alien Anthology
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, II, III ("Agriworld-2079, Genassa, M'Shinn, Skrilling")
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 Galaxy Guide 12: Aliens — Enemies and Allies, pp. 55-57
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Galaxy Guide 12: Aliens — Enemies and Allies, p. 76
- ↑ The Essential Atlas, p. 120
- ↑ The Essential Atlas, p. 133
- ↑ The Essential Atlas, p. 151
- ↑ The Essential Guide to Warfare, p. 112
- ↑ The Essential Atlas, p. 194
- ↑ The Essential Atlas, p. 198
- ↑ The Essential Atlas, p. 200
- ↑ The Essential Atlas, p. 206
- ↑ The Essential Atlas, p. 220
- ↑ The Essential Atlas, p. 219
- ↑ HoloNet News Vol. 531 48 (content now unavailable; backup links 1 2 on Archive.org) —