Example Names: Ajitan Katai, Aku Hoh, Hara Siku, Hinish Hirib, Komo Go, Oshi Man, Oya Daman, Toyot Onda, Yasat Sunna.
- Highly Evolved Brain: +2 Int.
- Mon Silk: Mon can produce a strong strand of silk from their mouths in lieu of a normal attack which can be used as rope. +2 bonus to climb if applicable, can be used to tie up prisoners, or anything else reasonable.
- Multilobed Brain: Resistant to psychic manipulation. -10 penalty to telepathy, mind control, and mind-melds attempts against Mon.
- Nocturnal: No penalty due to darkness.
- Poor Hearing: -2 penalty on all hearing-based checks.
- Sociable: Mon are used to getting along with others. +2 Cha.
- Voracious: Must eat constantly. -1 Str/hour without food.
The Mon had been organized into hereditary kingdoms when they began their recorded history. These kingdoms traded openly and frequently. While they were conquered and dispersed by nomadic barbarians several times, the old kingdoms would always reemerge. Tribes used to have facial tattoos and feathers from regional birds to delineate kinship, though this practice is nearly non-existent today. Collecting the heads of enemies was commonly practiced in wartime.
Over time, a global language and culture began to develop. Most enforced through the totalitarian Mon Authority.
Before first contact with the Horizon, the Mon possessed virtually no personal freedoms to speak of. The Mon Authority was a totalitarian government led by a charismatic Autocrat. The Authority monopolized all aspects of life for the Mon. Typically, cults of personality would develop at the end of each reign within the military who would vie for power through assassination and hostage taking until only one cabal remained supporting a new supreme ruler. The last Autocrat, Timeni Vitran, met his end at the hands of the Horizon crew after the Autocrat attempted to assassinate humanity’s first contact team.
After the fall of the Authority’s leadership, many Mon looked to the Horizon and humanity for guidance. Rather than influence the Mon ignobly, the Captain Tephy Lexand discovered ancient documents suppressed by the Authority to reintroduce philosophical concepts of governance and economic institutions.
As a consequence of this, the Mon Assembly was founded.
Externally, the Mon resemble humans. They have a very human face, but the back of their head and neck are covered in wrinkled folds of flesh and they have no ears, only small tube-like protrusions. They possess no body hair, but Mon are covered in tiny barbed hairs, prolonged contact can cause rashes and respiratory problems for many species.
Mon are naturally nocturnal, possessing excellent night vision.
They are voracious herbivores and cannot process meat; cooked or raw. Their diet consists entirely of giant leaves found only on their homeworld and must consume synthesized meals while off-world. They must eat constantly to remain healthy. These leaves also provide them with hydration as well, so they do not need to drink water.
At around 80 years, a Mon undergoes a process of metamorphosis. They transform into a non-sentient, flying predator with a seven meter wingspan. Most are confined to reserves and honored by the Mon.
Mon space is governed by the Mon Assembly, a constitutional virtual democracy. Each citizen uses a communication device as a voting device to make decisions on a daily basis. Planetary government is comprised of allegiances, both philosophical factions and tribal kinship are the strongest in Mon politics. Symbols for the tribes are typically flowers, while factions adopt geometric shapes. Each has a share of power in legislation equal to its number of adherents. The executive branch is powerless, electing a ceremonial First Custodian to entertain off-world guests and lead holiday celebrations on the homeworld.
They value personal charisma, have a diverse array of cuisine, they enjoy political debate as a form of entertainment, and they respect scholars above all others. Astrology is still a popular form of entertainment.
Domestic violence: child abuse, elder abuse and neglect are growing less common, but are still considered a major societal problem.
Their military is primarily focused on exploration and is meritocratic in nature, based on aptitude tests.
In the past, the Mon worshiped a diverse pantheon of gods, but only some (<33%) still hold these views. The majority reserve their piety for their frequent holidays which are spent in solemn prayer. Many still hold a belief in reincarnation, however.
Current fashion incorporates scarves, skirts, veils, and pins shaped like birds. Those who belong to a tribe and/or faction will often display their allegiance in their clothing design.
Remarkably, the Mon possess advanced communications technology.