Mov

GENERAL

The Mov (pronounced 'mawv') are a race native to the Cocoon. Specifically, they inhabit the planet cataloged as Rahhey II in the Mobdat Sector (called 'Myrh' by its inhabitants.) The Mov also have dome colonies on the two moons, Harrak and Grahol. Three military starbases (Darrhok, Larriten, and Sadeen) are equidistantly located on the system periphery. At First Contact, their ships compared to the average, balanced Starfleet vessel as follows: 65% of the weapon strength, 80% of the weapon accuracy, 90% of the sensor range, 95% of the sensor resolution, 85% of the shield strength, 60% of the personnel capacity. Since joining the Federation, they have significantly upgraded their shipbuilding capabilities and new construction is virtually equal to Fleet vessels, though in far smaller numbers.

The Mov have a sort of intermittent democracy in which the leaders gather only when a significant issue impossible to deal with at a more local level has arisen. The only permanent governing body other than provincial public works is the Interstellar Defense Force: the Mov military. The IDF, however, has no say in matters affecting only residents of the homeworld. All adult Mov, meaning any over 20 years, have a vote on anything brought up in their area of recorded residence.

Starfleet discovered the Mov after activity suggesting sentient life was detected in the Rahhey system 10.0703. The ursine humanoids were contacted 11.1215 by the USS MUNRO. After peaceful intent had been communicated, Captain Rof'sed of the IDF cruiser SHELTER escorted the MUNRO to Myrh where the Planetary Assembly had been called together to receive them. A Federation Embassy was opened on Myrh 12.0213. Personnel exchange between the IDF and Starfleet was initiated 12.1105. A Mov Embassy opened on starbase OMEGA in the Cocoon 13.0304. The first Mov graduated from Starfleet Academy 17.0427. Finally, Myrh was opened to the "casual visits" of tourists, researchers, and others 17.0818.

Mov are physiologically very similar to the larger subspecies of Terran brown bears. Weight usually ranges from 550kg to 600kg for males and from 575kg to 650kg for females. Height is frequently from 2.13m to 2.585m for males and 2.28m to 3.04m for females. Fur coloration ranges from pale honey or golden-brown through mahogany to a near-black brown and an individual's coat includes several shades as well. Pale areas include the face, belly, and inner surface of the upper portion of limbs.

SOCIAL

Young remain with their mother until they are between 13 and 18 years. The majority of females become land owners, but only the youngest daughter can inherit when her mother dies. The rest carve out their own niche wherever they can find room. The eldest female currently is 132; the eldest male, 83. The average number of surviving progeny at a female's death is three, including sons. Males usually enlist in the IDF for between four to ten years. About 50% of those surviving to their end of service re-enlist or become commissioned officers. Leave is granted based on performance of duties and males on leave from active IDF duty are favored companions, particularly those of high rank.

Every province gathers for a three night festival once a month. These get-togethers start off with a few hour's business each morning, followed by feasting, song singing, and story telling. The first day functions as a time for arranging apprenticeships, introducing young to key personalities, and indulging in flirtations. Voting in Province Speaker elections as well as on issues brought to the community's attention by the Province Speaker occurs on the second day. Community projects, such as road or irrigation maintainance, are organized on the third day.

Mov are practical, pragmatic, and tolerant; believing in one great, spiritual being that made everything and expects all sentients to live in peace. They compromise where neccessary to avoid conflict, relocate when compromise is unsatisfactory, and fight, as a last resort, when relocation will not remove the threat. The only exception is when females are fighting over land. This is, however, very strictly limited to one-on-one, unarmed combat and fatalities only occur in one of twenty-seven battles.

MEDICAL

Mov are omnivorous, but with limited tolerance for greens. By choice, they primarily consume fish, fowl, berries, roots, and grains though the meat of large herbivores is most enjoyed. They have a layer of fat just beneath the skin which thickens and thins depending upon dietary surplus of calories. Mov are capable of hibernation, but only achieve the state of extraordinarily decreased metabolic activity after at least twelve hours' exposure to temperatures lower than -5c. Returning them to temperatures above freezing for three hours or more will awaken them. The length of time a Mov can survive in hibernation, given continuously breathable atmosphere and a relatively safe location, depends upon the bounty of their reserves going into it. A maximized fat layer can sustain a female for eight Myrhan months (ten months eight days on the Terran cycle) or a male for 11 Mm 14 Md (14 Tm 25 Td.)

Mov claws are not retractable, and therefore not particularly sharp. Their enormously muscular bodies make sharp claws unnecessary, however, in causing a shocking amount of damage if they are pressed into combat. Their thick fur, tough skin, and protective fat layer make causing debilitating harm to them quite difficult.

Their blood presents three proteins of signifigance in transfusions, leading to eight blood types: ABD, ABd, Abd, AbD, aBD, aBd, abD, abd. Absence of all three typing proteins, the blood type abd, has been strongly linked to circulatory destabalization with age and potential organ failure during hibernation. The presence of all three proteins has been linked to autoimmune irregularities. The presence of the Beta protein without the balancing presence of either the Alpha or Delta proteins (type aBd) is linked to a Mov variety of epilepsy that displays the symptoms of tetany.

The Mov nervous system, unlike that of a Human, is continuously replacing itself. Permanent paralysis for any reason is, therefore, virtually unheard of. Cancers involving neurons are, counterintuitively, also next to non-existant. Their nerves are, however, prone to wear acceleration in later life. Any Mov who lives long enough (doesn't die from some other condition) dies from neural degradation.

All text and images in this wiki are © 1996-2008 Holoworld Fleet, unless they are © CBS Corporation.