Source: Distant Worlds, pg(s). 20
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Vercites are native to the nations along a narrow strip of habitable land on Verces, a tidally locked world that's nearly half hellish desert and half unforgiving fields of ice.
Adult vercites have an average height of 8 feet, humanoid features, long limbs, and bulbous black mouse-like eyes. They have chameleon-like control over their pigmentation, which they use to regulate radiation absorption, for camouflage, and as decoration.
Vercites in Verces' Ring favor creating patterns on their skin over wearing clothing. The few vercites who live in the Fullbright wear mirrored robes to deflect the harsh, unending sun, and invert them to serve as earthen camouflage when hunting.
- the Augmented: a futuristic caste that uses technology to modify their bodies and travel in outer space in aetherships they produce and maintain
- the Pure Ones: the most populous caste; rejects bodily augmentation and is most concerned with government, farming, and commerce
- the God-Vessels: clerics of the Vercite race who bear permanently burned holy symbols on their skin
The Augmented and the God-Vessels are only allowed to marry Pure Ones; the resulting balanced, shared understanding of each caste contributes to their society's stability.