Werm Engineer by DMFW ()
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The Werm are the most recent species to achieve emergence prior to humanity and the newest members of the society of contemporary races . Of all the aliens encountered in the Bubble, the Werm are perhaps the closest to human kind in evolutionary origin and body plan.
Adult Werm stand roughly three meters tall and are bipedal, with thick legs ending in four toed feet with curved retractable claws. A fat prehensile tail is rubbery in appearance, almost as long as the legs and remarkably strong. They are possessed of two pairs of limbs at the top of the torso. The "lifting arms" are most similar to the human design but with a simpler hand structure consisting of only three elongated digits. The "guiding arms" are more delicate, emerging from the top of the rib cage, multiply jointed, with five separate points of articulation and terminating in a trunk like appendige with highly sensitive sensory capabilities for touch, taste and smell and capable of a remarkable degree of fine motor control. The guiding arms can be folded against the chest for protection but when fully extended they may reach more than five meters from the base to the tip.
Whilst their limbs and head are hairless, the torso is furred with a fine pelt, usually coloured golden or red, although other colours and patterns can occur. The skull is elongated, shaped like a rugby ball and houses a recessed pair of eyes on either side, a small pair of stubby projecting ears and a wide central mouth with a sharp set of teeth. There is an atrophied nasal zone but the primary function of smell has been delegated to the guiding arms.
Males and females share the same general body plan but on average the females are about 20% bigger than the males.
In this image, a Werm engineer on their colony world of Radeff in the Barren Reaches surveys the view over the badlands. He wears a necklace of small memgems and extends his right lifting arm to gesture to unseen companions.