Art by, Artem1s
Common Jobs: Depends on class
Likes: Experimentation, Beasts, Perfecting genes
Dislikes: The Neo, People who get in the way, Ethics
Attack Method: Rarely attacks unless they are attacked first or the other person has something they want. Notails use beasts to attack for them due to their lack of power. If forced to fight themselves they will team up with others nearby to gain power in numbers, or they will dig their claws and bite into their attacker once they remove their mask. Notails are highly infectious so while they might die in the attack the diseases and infections they get will claim the attacker's life if not treated immediately.
The notails hate their god the Neo, and all the other limbo gods with a passion. They have dedicated their lives to figuring out a way to overcome and kill them all.
Something about the way notails look makes them appear so universally normal and casual, and this fact is what makes the notails so deadly to people who don't know what they truly are. Notails are a bipedal species that are covered in a darkish to lightly toasted brown skin that can also more rarely come in paler or darker tones. Notails once came in a much larger range of shades a long time ago, but over time the common mid tan tone was decided to be best for surviving the sun conditions that notails are exposed to on their planet. Notails who were made to work on planets where there is less sunlight tend to be made paler, where those who work on planets where there is more sunlight tend to be darker.
On top of the head of a notail is two antennas. These antennas normally reach upwards, before having a sharp bend in the middle, but notail antennas can come in a variety of shapes and lengths. Notails can fold these antennas and flatten them against their head for protection and when they are not in use. If someone or something touches their antenna this causes the notail to feel an awful life threaten feeling that makes them automatically retract it. The notail's black to dark brown hair does a fine job of hiding their antennas. Uncommonly a notail will have a hair color outside of that range, such as having blond, red, lighter brown, or grey hair. Notails lack hair on any other part of their body and their hair doesn't grow past neck length unless they have a mutation.
Notails have four fingers and a thumb for a total of five digits. Each of this digits has short but short claws. They also have sharp front teeth for ripping and tearing into things, but their back teeth are fairly flat to allow for chewing, thus allowing them to eat a wide range of foods. Notails are mammals with nothing that sets apart the male and females except their physical sex due to the careful refinement of their genes. In some extreme and unusual cases, these refinements may fail and a notail will be born with these traits back, such as the notail developing mammary glands.
The most important thing about a notail is what they call their "face." To them, the mask that sits on top of their face is their "face" and what is underneath it is their "mask." For the sake of easy clarification, the Cosmosdex will use the word mask for what sits on top and face for what lays under it, but when speaking to a notail it is best to say it the other way around to avoid an aggressive correction. Their masks are pure white in color and made of a hardened material such as a sturdy plastic. Their masks can also be black in color, but this is much rarer. While decorating one's mask or making it a color that isn't white or black isn't breaking any rules, it does go against social norms and is looked down upon unless the person is an L-class or very important notail. This mask must have an expression of happiness, such as a smile, or a contentment. Any other emotion that does not express some kind of joy, but especially those of sadness or anger, are strictly forbidden.
Inside the masks are usually a thin screen connected to a tiny nearly invisible camera so that the notail can see just fine without having to remove it. Notails are disgusted by the idea of taking off their masks where people can see them, and as such if they need to eat they will lift their mask slightly to slip food under the gap or move to a location where they can't be seen. The mask is far too important to casually remove for most, after all, expressions of anything that doesn't display some type of joy is forbidden. True emotions should be hidden.
Alone, a notail is a simple creature. Together, they are the universe’s worst nightmare, and that’s how they want it. The notails can speak to each other non verbally as long as they have their antennas. With enough notails around a higher class notail can create vast networks, able to get a message from one part of the planet to the other side in a half an hour. Lower class notails are weak to the control of higher class notails and instinctively do what they are told. The more notails connected in a “network” the smarter they are, with notails able to do huge projects without ever speaking to one another, like a hive mind.
Notails are very logical and distance themselves from “feelings”. When it comes to any situation they perceive numbers and values instead of “people”. If they had to pick between saving 4 low class notails and 1 high class notail they’d turn the situation into an equation. If the high class notail is worth more than 4 low class notails then they’d save the high class. If not the 4 low class get saved.
To notails though, everything is about the survival of the fittest and smartest. If something or someone they know dies they will rarely be moved or saddened by it; according to the notails, that person should have been stronger, or their genes should have better. Due to notails using machines to make new notails every “batch” of notail comes out the same. If one notail from the same batch cannot perform as well as the rest of them then this is commonly brought up, as notails do not see a reason that one person who is nearly genetically identical to another should fail their task while the other succeeds.
Due to their careful gene selection notails rarely look for mates in their own species as they don’t wish to “ruin the gene pool” and create a child that wouldn’t fit “standards”. If a notail is born out of a relationship between two notails then the child will be classless and can work to figure out what letter class to fit. These natural born notails are commonly not put up to the same standards as non-natural born notails. If this notail fails a job other notails will normally say something along the lines of “It’s ok if you fail, it’s no problem, your genes just aren’t correct.”
Child notails are taken care of by a class of child protector notails who make sure all the children are safe, developing well, and to root out imperfections. Young notails are described as "ducklings" as they become highly imprinted on their current parent at the age of 2. Once a notail is imprinted it is impossible to reprint them, as such notails raised by species that are not notails will act like their imprinted species.They will fully believe they are their imprinted species no matter how much anyone says otherwise.
They will wear masks that look like the other species and do what the other species does, even if it is deadly to them, such as being raised by a robot and refusing to eat. Other, non-imprinted notails do not consider the imprinted one one of them, and completely treat them as if they were of the other species.
When notail children reach the age of 12 they are given an animal companion and tossed out into the wilderness. If they survive a few years out there they are allowed to become adults and enter notail society.
Notails are highly impersonal even when on a crew of other species. They tend to call everyone a “subject” and even give them numbers. They have a knack for wanting to constantly test as they are curious beings. Every notail tends to find their test niche sometime after reaching adulthood. For example, there are notails who enter into relationships with different species just to catalog how said species operates into a relationship and post it on to a site that contains and archives this so that others may have a guide while attempting to court those not of their species. Some might test the effects of mind parasites on different species unknown to the people they are testing on.
Despite their nasty and well deserved reputation, notails almost never toss the first punch unless they want what someone else has badly. When they do fight notails use their smarts and their creatures to fight instead of doing it physically themselves.
An old tale on the notail planet goes like this.
Once there were a delightful group of beings, holy in all ways. They had long graceful tails and faces, pale and hardened. They were known as the tailed. They lived in peace for many ages, unknowing to the idea of harm or pain. Then one day a young tailed noticed a creature passing by their local forest just outside of their town. The young tailed tried to explain what he had seen, and could only explain it as a “no tail”, a creature just like them, with hardened pale faces. Just as humans would call bigfoot, bigfoot for his huge feet, the no tails were called no tails for their lack of graceful tails.
The idea of this no tail was silly they thought, a nightmare the child thought up. A nightmare was right. People would go missing suddenly. More sightings of these no tails would be talked about, but no one would believe them. The town of people became sick with an illness that could not be cured and perished. Word spread to the towns nearby about the sickness, but no one assumed anything about the no tail sightings.
And then it happened again.
Town after town. These no tails would be spotted and then a few people would go missing. Afterwards, a sickness would tear the town from the inside out.
The last settlement of the tailed stood. They knew what was coming. They knew it would be their end. The no tails were no longer scared to hide behind trees and bushes. In the dead of the night, they walked in the open with no fear into the last town. What the tailed saw horrified them. Upon their faces, the notails wore masks. Masks made from the tailed’s hardened and pale faces.
Notails have built their society on the idea of killing their main god, the Neo, for they feel the Neo is the cause of all pain. They feel like they were betrayed by their god long ago for not giving them the perfect life. Their society became about improving things, streamlining them, trying to advance everything possible until they finally find out how to kill god. As such notails were the first species to reach the space age and start finding new species and planets. Despite this, not much has changed about the notail's society; they continue to march on, barely acknowledging the other species in the universe unless it’s to make them useful or to put them in their place.
Notails lack subspecies but do have classes, which are slightly genetically different from each other. Every notail class has a leader for their whole classing. This leader is like an O-class and thus is able to control other notails with ease, but only for their classing. To see more info about the notails and their class system, go to the notail lore section in the Cosmosdex.
Sickness Spreader: The notail homeworld is basically the Neo's domain of punishment, and due to this notails have developed or evolved a system where every sickness and mutagen they come into contact with is stored within them. While they are not as affected by both of these things, these diseases and mutagens will hop from notail to another species with ease. Keeping up with the latest vaccinations will ward off the most common and horrible of diseases carried by the notails, but even that won't fully protect a person.
• When a notail wishes to show aggression they do a two handed-salute where they hold one arm to the side, and the other one folds before their face. Then they put their face into the crook of their arm. This movement lasts for only a second, two at most, and means "I hope you get sick and die." It is uncommonly used outside of the notail species.
• Most notail have no care for the concept of both gender and sex and thus go with whatever is assumed of them. They do get highly annoyed if one person attempts to correct the other, stating that the notail is one thing, not whatever the other person is using. In these cases, the notail will tell the person that they're the ones incorrect as they go by whatever is tossed at them, not a particular thing. The Cosmsodex will be using He in all entries about notails so that it is easy to tell when a notail has a set pronoun. If that set pronoun is He it will be explicitly mention it in the entry.
• Notail masks (their "faces") are very important to them. Their masks are almost always a flat, perfect white color, but very rarely they can be flat black, or even decorated; the latter will get one very odd looks from other notails however. Most notails keep the same mask for life, sometimes never even removing it from their faces and causing it to grow into it. Some notails are a little more fickle and will change masks every few months or years, just feeling the need to have a change in viewpoint.