A near-human anthropoid race that descend from a long-dead fallen empire. The Kepari have hands for feet, prehensile tails, and tarsier-like eyes that are often replaced by augmentation in societies where day/night cycles are regular. They tend to blend well in Terran societies, as they often resemble ordinary humans depending on the level of dominant Yuparil genes.
The Kepari can trace their lineage to the fallen empire of the Ieptheros Triumvirate, a society that primarily consisted of broad, primate-like creatures known as the Yuparil. The Ieptheros Triumvirate existed for several millennia, before eventually fracturing, and coming to decline, being driven to near extinction by a neighboring empire. The only remnant of this ancient war is the fleet of the Kepari Corporate Trust, an Ieptheros corporate entity that launched a last-ditch effort to save the Yuparil from utter annihilation.
A thousand years since its launch, the Yuparil people were all but extinct, replaced with a species that represented an inter-breeding between the native species and the humanoid species that joined the fleet in the centuries. This new species named themselves the Kepari, after the founding organization of the fleet, now known by the galaxy as the Junk Fleet.
The Junk Fleet, once a carefully crafted grouping of the Ieptheros' finest ships, was a flagging diaspora of wreckage capable of hyperspace travel. The Kepari earned their reputation as the leaders of this fleet, and the glue that kept it together from destination to destination. Prior to the Drathonian War, the Kepari were possessed of a negative reputation of being scavengers and thieves, as they would typically scoop up any near-scuttled or scuttled vessels to put them into service in their massive ocean of vessels.
During the War, the Kepari aboard the Junk Fleet held an isolationist view but would send ships in the wake of battles to scavenge, and at times, rescue stranded pilots on both sides. Others fought on the side of the Terrans in the war, leaving the fleet to join the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Many Kepari who live on United Terran Republic (UTR) worlds in the post-war period could trace their lineage to ancestors that fought in the war and earned their citizenship.
Ranging at an average height of four to five feet, or 122 to 153 centimeters, Kepari are diminutive near-human anthropoids that have evolved to survive the extremes of stellar travel and life. Their most distinguishing characteristics are their prehensile tails and their primate-like feet that allow them to navigate hazardous zero-g environments with greater ease. Less seen are the tarsier-like eyes, which enable Kepari to see in near total darkness, but make life on regular day/night cycles difficult. These eyes are often replaced with cybernetic augmentation.
Certain Kepari tend to resemble more humanoid variants of the primate species of Old Terra, depending on the level of dominant Yuparil genes. Kepari with more dominant Yuparil genes will have more body hair, giving the appearance of fur on most of the body. While males typically have more hair, most examples of the species have fewer dominant genes, and will only have extra hair on the tail and the posterior region connecting to the tail.
Because of their resemblance to Terrans, Kepari with ocular modification often blend well with Terrans on planets in the United Terran Republic. If the tail is not shown in wear of clothing, most Kepari only differ from humans in the size of appendages, with longer arms and legs to torso-ratio and larger ears, hands, and feet.
Kepari tend to live aboard starships and stellar structures, as their bodies are mostly accustomed to life without gravity. Those that do not, are prone to smaller spaces and orderly, quiet lives. Most Kepari display an overall behavioral leaning towards survival instincts, even in relatively safe, urban societies. Lending to the stereotype, most Kepari are found in professions that require mechanical and intuitive problem-solving, typically as mechanics and star-ship engineers. Due to their diminutive size, compared to the size of other stellar species, few Kepari are seen in security roles, those that do purportedly possess a 'small dog' mentality.
While most of the species move by bipedalism, the range of motion of a Kepari is diverse. Their skeletal structure lends to movement by brachiation, and they tend to possess a range of motion that is greater than that of their Terran counterparts. However, some Kepari have difficulty with the cadence required to sprint and are typically slower than most bipedal species.
Because of their skeletal structure, some Kepari tend to slouch in their posture, resembling that of Old Terran of simians, while some have more upright posture similar to Terrans. This seems to be influenced heavily by the origin of the Kepari, whether they were raised within the Junk Fleet or in the UTR.