While the vast majority of Achroite are wild and uncivilized, Achroite tribes do adhere to a matriarchy, with each tribe usually led by a “Great Mother.” The few Achroite who do integrate into civilization do so out of personal ambition and typically stick to Taes- dominated planets, which are most familiar to them. Consequently, the Achroite do not have a unified government and are typically represented by either local Mothers or the members of the Taes aristocracy.
Achroite artists and musicians are renowned for their marvelous works, and the Taes believe the Achroite to be the oldest of the known sentient species.
The Achroite are native Source Color beings, their small crystalline, prismatic bodies glowing with the pulse of Source Color. Achroite typically have a couple preferred Source Colors; however, Achroite ecology requires variegated procreation to maintain proper balance.
Average height: 3 feet
Prismatic crystalline skin
Pulsing glow emanating from within chest
Average life expectancy: 1,500 years
In theory, Achroite can live for many millennia. Their crystal bodies reach maturity around 400-years old and continue to persist until natural wear deteriorates them. No known diseases affect the Achroite, but their connection to Source Color is vital to their survival. The oldest known Achroite are around 3,000 years old. Achroite in the wild tend to live about 2,000 years, while Achroite in society tend to wear out more quickly, living only about 1,000 years.
Spoken natively by Achroite, the Achro language is a blend of simple tonal sounds, body language and chromatic fluctuations. Because the language relies heavily on subtle variations in expression, it is a tremendously difficult language for foreigners to learn. Even native Achroite struggle to communicate clearly outside of their tribes, as each tribe uses similar expressions and tones to communicate vastly different ideas.
The only notable cause of division among Achroite is between those who remain wild and those who assimilate into Taes Imperial civilization. Wild Achroite, who follow a rigid matriarchy, enjoy harassing civilized Achroite who have adopted more fluid gender roles and authority.
Achroite and Seti are generally indifferent to each other. The two species view each other as siblings, sometimes beloved and sometimes despised, within the family of the Taes Empire.
Achroite live peaceably with the Taes. Achroite historians proclaim the Taes Empire to be the “mothers of civilized life.” It is not uncommon for Achroite to attach themselves to Taes noble families.