Evolved in the depths of Luna, the Selenites can best be likened to Earthly insects. Indeed, they most closely resemble a cross between a human being and a beetle, and their social habits are as bizarre as those of any insect community.

The Selenites live all through the area of caverns on Luna. Many communities are isolated by many miles from the next independent community.

The Selenites, though physically indistinguishable to human eyes, all perform distinct tasks within their group which are predestined from the time they emerge from the hive. There are three broad classifications of Selenite: drone, custodian, and specialist.

Selenites are roughly five feet long from head to bottom most feet, and stand about two feet high when on all their limbs. They only weigh about 30 pounds on the Moon, or 60 pounds on Earth, since much of their outer skeletal structure is hollow. The Selenite face has two saucer sized, multifaceted eyes and a large vertical mouth. The teeth are not for tearing or cutting, but for grinding, since their chief sources of food are the brown and the gray fungi. Their six limbs are identical, each with three “elbow” joints and a bony hand with three fingers.

Selenites are hermaphroditic; that is, they have both female and male sexual organs in each individual. Individuals give birth in a cell of the hive when the community needs additional drones, custodians, or specialists. The incubation process takes three weeks until a new young Selenite is ready to emerge from the hive. Once it emerges, the young Selenite must be nursed for three more weeks until it is ready to function on its own.

A Selenite is likely to live for no more than 10 Earth years before its body eventually gives out, and it dies. It will spend all of that time performing its function for the community – Selenites have no sleep cycle.


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