The hydra are a reptile like, biologically immortal species. Every one to two years a hydra goes through a regeneration process called the Cycle where every single cell in their body dies and then immediately after regenerates. It’s a very painful and slow process since all the cells need to be regenerated in certain order and speed so that the individual will survive the Cycle. The older a hydra is, the longer and thus more painful the process will be. During the Cycle hydra are in a very vulnerable state and thus they usually travel back to their homeworld or a well-fortified starship built for the individuals to go through their Cycle’s in peace.
During the Cycle hydra can regenerate lost limbs, heal scars and cure diseases, but this greatly increases the pain level and the Cycle’s length. Hydra have only a handful of life-threatening diseases, and most of them affect the regeneration process, making it too strong or weak for the hydra to survive. Outwards the Cycle looks similar to amphibian skin shedding; as the skin tissue renegerates it leaves a slimy substance behind, which sheds off after a while. The new skin behind is a dramatically lighter than the old one, but the skin will fully get back it’s shiny black gloss in one or two months.
Hydra are one of the oldest known species and they see themselves as the highest form of all living things. While they might be somewhat arrogant, they’re not opposed to helping other species to evolve with their technology and knowledge. Hydra are territorial but overall not very aggressive so they tend to end up as scholars or diplomats rather than soldiers.
They’re born genderless but with a genetic code for either gender which activates around maturity. While hydra don’t have much sexual dimorphism based on body type, their marking colors are an easy way to tell the males and females apart. Male colors range from violet to light blue, while female’s from red to yellow. Young hydra don’t have markings at all and sometime before maturity the markings appear but are grey.
Both genders have a sexy walk.
Aka sexy and immortal snake people.
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