Name: Qaursi, Known across the galaxy more commonly as the Swarm.
[Optional Pic/doodle, you still need to explain physiology however.] http://images1.pcgam...x abilities.jpg Imagine that as a base of what a single Swarmer might look like, except take away the wings, and reduce the size.
The physiology of the Qaursi is different depending on what strain of the Qaursi you are dealing with, but several facts stay true across the board. They have two hearts, and an enhanced circulatory system. This allows them to move and take as much punishment as some. Their muscles are also augmented, allowing for longer stretching and generally more stretch and use. Their stomach is larger then most, and they produce a race specific acid, that allows them to dissolve food fast. All Qaursi are born with antennae that allow them to communicate with their brood lords. Almost all Qaursi are born with an aversion to light, as they are nighttime hunters. They will go blind in light if staying in it long enough.
Evolution Specific physiology:
Tifling: Known as a Swarmer in human terminology it is the cannon fodder and general worker of the Qaursi, they are born smaller then most, with enlarged claws and a sharper defining jaw line. The Swarmer is useless alone, but deadly in packs or in swarms. With numbers they can quickly overrun a position and move on, leaving a trail of destruction in their waste. Back at the Hive their claws also serve as cutting tools, and in race occasions some can cut through stone.
Espain: Known as a Spitter in human terminology it is larger then a Tifling, with smaller claws and a larger jaw, with floppy mouth muscles. The defining feature of a spitter is that their stomach and throat works different in such a way that they can throw up their stomach acids and combining it with chemicals in their mouth to create a potent ranged attack. However due to the constant spitting and traveling of the acid through their system their skin and overall muscular structure has been weakened, leaving them as the first to be picked off in a fight. As a worker they typically wear down stone or metal structures with their acid.
Known as a digger in Human terminological it is born different then the Espain or Tifling and is a different strain of the Qaursi entirely that evolved differently in the caves of their home planet. They are slender, worm like almost. They aren't typically used in combat but have been used in sieges before. They are typically used as workers at home, digging out the ground for burrows or nests.
Known as Queens or Nest Lords they are strictly a nesting strain, some never seeing the daylight, living underground in the nests and burrows. They drive the growth and birthing of Qaursi, founding web and slime filled nests. The caves that that the Homsian use to nest and birth in are typically covered in slime, to aid birthing and movement of Qaursi in general.
Acendsi: Known as leapers in human terminology they are larger then swarmers, with wings sprouting out of their backs. Via enlarged and strengthened leg muscles they have the ability to leap and fly short distances. They are almost entirely used on the fields of combat, and are born into war. They serve nearly no purpose outside of warfare, and are killed at birth unless on a warring planet.
Nameless: Known as Bio transports in human terminology, they have no word in the Qaursi tongue. They are massive space faring ships, allowing the Swarm to travel between planets. Very rarely will multiple queens give birth to several worms, that will then evolve together, forming a symbiotic relationship in what can only be described as nature's final evolution. The massive hybrid can breathe in space due to a parasitic worm on the lungs, as well as the stomach is hollow and inflated, allowing several queens and swarm lings to nestle inside. Natural gases allow it to move through space and land on planets. As the different species evolve and grow a hardened shell is formed, taking up more space as it is fed and fed. It takes several years for one to grow to full size, and the birth and creation of one is rare. They have very few defenses, and are not fighters, simply transports. In time of defense that have been known to spit massive globs of acid, but that is mostly just to scare off the attackers.
Spasion: Known as Latchers in Human terminology, They are born and bred inside bio transports, and launched out only in time of threat. Via several holes that open and close on the outside of the bio transport they fly out, having the same parasite on their lungs that allow the bio transport to breathe through space. They also propel themselves via natural gases. They are born with claws and are of slender build, digging into the side of space fearing ships, trying to depressurize the ship itself. http://images2.wikia...g_SC2_Rend1.jpg
Language: Due to the structure and build of the Qaursi jaw they communicate via either scents antennae messages and sounds of clicking. Queens, typically release scents via their anal hole, causing some Qaursi to go into a battle frenzy or retreat, depending on the breed. All Brood Leaders are born with Antennae and can communicate messages directly to specific troops, giving specific orders if needed. Their language is mostly spoken between individual troops.
Society: Swarmers themselves are typically lowest on the social food chain, only getting the scraps left over. Spitters are next, followed by Acensdi. Worms feed themselves, while queens save their own food. The brood lord of that specific brood begins the meal. Food is hunted and then ate raw, as the Qaursi's improved digestive tract can take the raw food. Blood is also nutrition for them.
Breeding is done between a queen and a breed of another brood, as inbreeding is frowned upon and any inbreeders will be killed on act. Once in a cycle two broods will meet, and mate, the only chance that some of the men will get to breed. All queens are female, while worms and Bio transports are undetermined. Everything else is male by default.
The Qaursi are relentless and vicious having only one goal, survive. They will constantly exhaust the resources on their current planet, and simply move to the next one, having no regard for life in any form. The weak are killed, and the strong survive. The social system is broken into Broods, with each brood having a brood lord that runs the entire brood. The brood is typically covered in natural webbing and slime, aiding the breeding conditions for the queens. Beneath the surface of each brood is a series of tunnels dug by Diggers.
Each queen can give birth multiple times, and will have hundreds of babies in their life time. On rare occasion a new queen will be born, a freak in the genetic cycle of life. This is what allows the Qaursi to live on. On the Qaursi home world, now decimated and a husk of it's former self after being taken over by the swarm, is home to one of the most important Qaursi structures. The Hive. The hive is a combination of natural energy emitting from the core of the planet, and broods evolving together. It is a legendary breeding ground, where strains such as the digger and spitter were born. Many turn to the hive for the next step in their people's history.
The Qaursi lack the intelligence needed to make tools or harvest ore, but they make up it for it in pure strength and numbers. Most only follow the brood lords or the queens, yet a few have broken free of the tight grip of oppression. A few brood lords and Queens have shown enough intelligence to speak English among other space faring languages. And communicate with the other beings that way.
Early History: [The before times, the foundation for any empires based off this race to use.]
Other: (anything else)
Basic outline. Thoughts so far?