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They Came, They Saw, We ConqueredThe Vandor are a humanoid race, and in many respects are not dissimilar to humans in most respects. Their internal organs baffle terrestrial biology but their external functions are broadly recognisable. They originate from a desert planet, scarce in many resources we take for granted, and their star was much brighter and emitted much more UV. While the Vandor themselves acknowledge the existence of many different Vandor races, unlike humans, they don't distinguish by skin colour. Most Vandor except for those originating from the polar extremities have extremely dark, almost irridescent skin which absorbs UV harmless. Their skin is very thick, the outer layers being hardened and compressed dead skin. Baby Vandor are pale and grublike, and they have a pupal stage in which their skin hardens.
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