Following clues based on Caprian legends, a joint mission from ASP-affiliated Cybermax and Enertron found exactly what they were looking for. In the Talaks-Dayal system, there was not one, but two inhabited worlds rich with heavy elements. The first of those was the desolate, volcanic planet of Dayal, home to a race of humanoids uniquely adapted to hyperthermic zones pocketed by pools rich with volatile compounds. Water on Dayal is flammable--at least the surface--and the top species on Dayal uses open flame to herd and capture prey.

Dayali are born with red skin impervious to flame. Even their eyes are unaffected by smoke and fire. But those adaptations were far less intimidating than the twin horns that grow from a Dayali's head and their sting-tipped prehensile tail.

A Dayali sting contacts the victim's nervous system, inducing tortuous pain and eventually total control of the victim's motor nerves. By far the most interesting thing about a Dayali is that the tail is a quasi-independent appendage, controlled by a nerve bundle at the base of the spine. It does whatever it pleases, as Dayali are quick to remind when accused of impropriety. If a Dayali's sting doesn't like you, it's best to keep your distance.

Used as interrogators, enforcers and even mercenaries, Dayali know virtually no fear. Even Dayali woman are stronger than human men, and Dayali from the highest clans grow to over seven feet tall, while lower classes are diminutive, but no less willing to strike at the first sign of weakness.

Dayali are unburdened by a guilt over the pain of others and find their greatest influence in the courts as judges unafraid to execute the final punishment for crime themselves. A day in court with a Dayali judge is one a criminal will not soon forget.

On Dayal, order is enforced by those with the will to control. But the repressed sub-classes of Dayal were easily seduce by ASP's promises of wealth and technology. However, those offers have never granted Dayali access to higher levels of influence within ASP. A few disgruntled Dayali have even joined the Believers.

Devil Believers. Indeed, it seems all things are possible. Dayali may be far more spiritual than their appearances suggest, although that power is largely dormant, possibly awaiting some future event, or contact with the creator itself. Believers and ASP alike find Dayali to be dangerous and difficult, although they have more in common with humans, than any other race.

But what causes only horror at first glance, may someday be the sting that saves your soul. For when a Dayali is the enemy of your enemy, you have no greater ally.


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