The Luriani are a minor Human race with a homeworld at Daramm (Ley 0812). The Ancients did extensive genetic engineering in the Luriani to adapt them to the water world that is their home, including webbed feet and hands, an ability to surive on the oxygen in their blood stream for up to an hour, and dive to much greater depths than normal humans. Unlike most minor human races, the Luriani are classified as a seperate species, Homo luriani. As such they are not interfertile with other humans without extensive genetic engineering. Their culture is based around close knit family groups and governed by extensive rules of etiquette and honour. Luriani are best known for the artistic and musical achievements.
The race has a widespread reputation for being highly emotional and unpredictable. They are also noted for their mistrust and dislike of Vilani due to their near genocide during the Ziru Sirka in a unique event known as the ‘year of woe.’
The Luriani are a race of contradictions. Most outsiders are struck by the extreme level of politeness in their society and apparent calm demeanour, only to be shocked by a sudden outburst of passion. They are a people with no significant martial tradition that have fought some of the most brutal wars in history. They are loyal Imperial citizens that suddenly and seemingly without warning came to the brink of revolt. These apparent contradictions are the root cause of the Luriani’s reputation as emotionally unstable and unpredictable. Yet all these make perfect sense to the Luriani themselves.