The Jinaar are a warp-capable species in the Gamma Quadrant. They are known for being peaceful and friendly explorers and scientists.
The Jinaar are humanoid, slightly shorter than Humans, with thick white skin and 'slits' running down the face, chest, arms and legs of both genders. Like Humans, they are sexually dimorphic. Females are slightly shorter, but not much.
All Jinaar have patches of colouration around their eyes. In males, they are usually deep orange to red or, rarely, gold. In females, the marks are green to turquoise; a very few have blue-violet markings. Such individuals are considered extremely beautiful and are highly sought-after as mates.
Jinaar hair is typically black and thick, worn in short and simple cuts by both genders. They do not have eyebrows or any other hair on their faces.
Their blood is acidic, and grey to black depending on the individual's health. Their internal biology is highly decentralized. The Jinaar have only two real organs inside their bodies; the heart and the brain. The brain is located in the head and the heart in the centre of the chest. A Jinaar is able to survive being run through multiple times and heal without damage, provided the heart is not damaged.
They are not capable of reproducing with other species.
Physically, the Jinaar are generally weaker than Humans but have great endurance. They require very little food, being able to go for weeks without eating, but must stay constantly hydrated. They prefer a cool, dark and moist environment, but can adapt to almost any conditions. They can even survive for surprising lengths of time in a desert, despite losing considerable mass.
The Jinaar lifespan is between twenty and forty years, though some women can live to be in their sixties. Jinaar males and females reach maturity at ten.
Society and Culture
Many, but by no means all, Jinaar are pacifistic. Some reject violence in all forms, others will use minimal force if there is no way around it. The Jinaar tend to be passive and cooperative, seeking to minimize conflict—but as always, there are exceptions. On the whole, women are more assertive and tend to lead the men. They are also said to be better at abstract thinking, though this is a stereotype.
To the Jinaar, all sentient entities are believed to be inherently equal. A typical Jinaar will have the same difficulties understanding the concept of discrimination as a Human might with quantum physics. In general, they do not hold grudges.
It is perfectly normal to share a stranger's house, and the head resident of the house may actually be offended to find someone sleeping outside. The Jinaar consider the correct course of action to be the one that maximizes general contentment, provided that it is nonviolent.
Owing to their peaceful nature, the Jinaar have a very weak military, established solely for the purpose of protection. Very few "military" officers have ever seen actual combat. Exploration is a way of life for the Jinaar, and knowledge in Jinaar society is equivalent to affluence in other cultures.
Though their weapons are weak to the point of being laughable, all Jinaar vessels have extreme defensive capabilities. Jinaar ships are equipped with shields that can withstand almost any attack. In addition, they are highly manoeuvrable and can sustain high warp nearly indefinitely. A typical ship has a crew complement of 75-150, having a maximum (temporary) capacity of three times that. Six skilled officers can fly one of these ships in an emergency. The normal minimum requirement is twenty.
Jinaar freighters are actually large groups of small ships in tight formation. Their starbases, similarly, are aggregates of small ships that can disassemble themselves within an hour.
The Jinaar have highly sophisticated scientific instruments.