Art by, Festerday
Common Jobs: Therapist, Psychologist, Ambassador
Likes: Control, Order, Puzzle solving
Dislikes: Messiness, Chaos, Mixed signals
Attack Method: When threatened, the virgora scream. This scream can reach roughly 160db, and harms all close enough to hear.
The large majority of virgora don't honor any sort of god, and those that do are very rare and don't seem to follow any specific kind.
The virgora are ambulatory plants that resemble a hooded, humanoid figure. When speaking to a virgora, most are often not looking at the true face of the virgora, as their bodies are wrapped up within their cloaks, a pair of animated leaves that allow them to walk. The true body and face of the virgora is a gnarled root, possessing one eye, a large gaping mouth and two thin arms.This root tapers downward, and at the bottom they grow a pair of thin 'tails' with small leaves at the end, which pick up vibrations and effectively act as the virgora's ears.
What the virgora present as their face is actually a seed, essentially a child that the virgora carries around until it is ready to be planted into the soil. This seed is fully sentient, and learns as it is carried around as the virgora's false head. It is not uncommon to see a virgora that lacks a head all together, leaving an empty hood. The top of the hood carries unfertilized seeds, up to 9 at a time, which are transferred to the empty hood space when fertilized and ready to grow into a new head. Two thin antenna protrude from inside the hood, and are the virgora's stamen.
Virgora come in a wide array of colors and patterns, however the most common colors seen are green, yellow, and red. Virgora will often have a brighter color on the inside of their cloak leaves, while the outside will often be shades of green or brown.
Virgora are often described as being cold and unfeeling, however the truth is that they don't feel emotion as strongly as most other species. They have a very logic based way of thinking and have very low intuition. Due to this, virgora have a harder time understanding more emotional species in their actions and reactions. Space faring virgora will sometimes try to imitate emotional response from their friends and crew mates, however they're liable to misunderstand, over exaggerate, or mix up certain adjectives to describe their feelings.
Virgora by nature are problem solvers, they seek out and try to settle disagreements and solve disputes. However because of this many species tend to find virgora to be meddlers, and only see to solve for their own self gratification rather than genuine concern for others. This could be partly or entirely true for some individuals, however there are virgora that dedicate their lives to helping others for the sake of making people happy. Many of these virgora turn to jobs in psychology and therapy, able to emotionally remove themselves from their work to completely understand the psychology of another species.
The virgora rarely ever interact with other individuals of their own species, unless it is for breeding purposes. Instead, virgora will often become emotionally attached to another species, whether if it is a singular person or an entire species as a whole. Those who the virgora are emotionally attached to are the only one(s) that are allowed to see the virgora's true body, in hopes that they will accept them for the twisted, gnarled root they actually are. In any other case, showing off one's true body is considered incredibly taboo by virgora standards.
The early years before space travel, virgora were forced into creating small communities with each other, despite being largely independent for their evolutionary history. It wasn't until they started to develop more advanced technology that it was realized that they had to work together if they were to advance any further. Following was an age of struggling, as virgora had never had a reason to live in tight knit communities beforehand, but as the years progressed so did their tech. The virgora never made it to the space age on their own, but were one of the first to send out radio signals into the vast universe in hopes that they were not alone.
Banshee: The banshee subspecies is a parasitic variant that lives within the deeper forests of Astivum T. These virgora lack any pigment in their leaves, making them semi-translucent, and are dyed by their blood diet. This makes them a rusty red color, brighter along the edges of their leaves, however it all depends on the source of the blood. These virgora have no hood, instead their 'heads' are completely covered by their leaves, that are translucent enough for them to see through their cloaks. The ends of their cloaks are naturally tattered.
Banshees are often very gloomy and quiet. Like the average virgora, banshees don't feel strong emotions, however take a more nihilistic approach to life. Banshees often find most endeavors to be pointless in the grand scheme of things, and will go out of their way to criticize other people's hopes and dreams, and anything that they find to be childish.
Royal: A lesser known subspecies, the royal virgora also reside within deeper parts of the forests of their home planet, and are an active predator that lures in prey with their sweet scent. Instead of a hood, their heads have bloomed into a vibrant rose, with their seed head in the middle. Their leaves are lined with sharp, serrated thorns that the royal will wrap around and tear apart prey too big to swallow whole. Their scent is said to be lightly sweet and honey-like, attracting all manners of insects to their doom. Even species such as apidees, didaskaloi, or fairies tend to be attracted towards the smell of royal virgora, but their higher intelligence makes it easier to resist.
These virgora are rarely seen outside of their home planet, as they are permanently rooted into the ground. Those determined enough to leave Astivum T have been fitted with a robotic pair of legs to carry them around in a pot of soil, however constant moving and having to change into a bigger pot every so often may drastically cut their life span.
Ariesa: The ariesa find the virgora on occasion difficult to understand due in part to the virgora's seeming lack of emotional understanding. Despite this however, the ariesa remain patient with the virgora, and will attempt to understand them as best they can. Though they do not always get along, neither party holds much, if any, ill will toward the other and will gladly assist the other if in need.
BVo9: BVo9 make up faithful patronage groups of many different virgora singers, as the cow cars love to listen to their death metal screams while driving fast and doing stunts. Some BVo9 have murals of virgora singers who died too soon painted-in-mural on the side of their body near other decals. BVo9 also love the raw appearance of uncloaked virgora. Virgora are ambivalent about this, on one hand cherishing that someone thinks they're "cool" and "raw beef 100%;" on the other hand, they are a bit put off for the reason BVo9 think they're cool and are also made anxious of how much BVo9 can get carried away with their enthusiasm and with how careless they can get in spreading the image a virgora's hidden likeness.
Gemimi: The gemimis and the virgoras always had a hard time getting along. Virgoras can't understand what gemimis are attempting to pull with their puppet act, while gemimis are frankly insulted by the virgoras calling them out, never mind the fact that the gemimi find it hard to understand what they feel are just emotionless plants. Dispite this, the moment the gemimis stepped on the virgora's homeworld, they were in love, and the virgora's realized they had a perfect opportunity on their hands. The virgoras allowed the gemimi to move to their homeworld, and the gemimis pay handsomely for this. With the money the virgoras are finally able to leave their homeworld and finally be with anyone but their own species.
Everything quickly went sour though. The virgoras who refused, or could not leave their homeworld frequently find themselves in great argument with the gemimis who live there. This causes a great issue with the virgoras who have left the homeplanet and wish to do nothing more with it, as now the homeworld virgoras wish to either kick out the gemimis or take most of the money that's funding the move in to space. Due to the gemimi's unwillingness to change their habits, the virgoras frequently find themselves between a rock and a hard place, and still don't understand why the gemimis can't make the changes needed to make the homeworld virgoras happy.
Carcili: The plantlike virgora and the predatory carcili would not be most people's first choice when asked "Who goes well together". However, the two species share a surprisingly close relationship. The virgora are fascinated by the body-control of the carcili. They feel that it's simply in their nature and can't be helped - and point out that it's one of the only real means of communication the carcili have with the surface world. The carcili, meanwhile like the virgora's tendency to unravel the pointless and recursive arguments they often embroil themselves in with both each other and other species, especially when no alternatives are willing to step up. When a virgora is dreamed by a carcili, the snakefish rarely bothers to disguise the fact that they're piloting them from other virgora, as they have a very cavalier attitude to the action, in opposition to many of the other species.
Leo: The leos were overly excited to meet the virgoras, and once they heard that the virgoras wanted to leave their home planet, the leos picked up the virgoras and took them everywhere. Which was a bit of an issue when a virgora found a perfect home, only to be pulled along by the leos who assume too much and don't listen as hard as they should. Even to this day the leos attempt to pull virgora into situations without asking, which the virgoras will accept only because they find it hard to reject the excited leos.
Libraille: Virgora and libraille get along well - on principle. Libraille appeciate the virgora's helpful nature and their logical assessment of situations. However, libraille insistence on consulting everyone and taking everyone's feelings into account when decision-making is a source of irritation to virgora, who will wonder why they were approached for their dispassionate analysis in the first place. To a virgora, a compromise is simply equally dissatisfying for all involved; to them it seems far more sensible to choose a side and stick with that.
Because every merged libraille represents someone who willingly died for an unrelated member of their species, the very concept of merging is offputting to a virgora's sensibilities. Despite differing view points and life histories, the two species do acknowledge each other as acting in the best interests of others. Leaf-libraille are a happy exception to the mutual awkwardness; they were delighted when the virgora's radio signals reached them and the two planet-bound populations maintain cordial communications to this day.
Skokakrio: The virgora and the skokario have a somewhat rocky relationship. Some skokario are able to bond with virgora simply becuase the virgora, too, don't interact with other members of their own species very much. At face value, the relationship between skokakrio and virgora appears to be stagnant and moving nowhere, but this is not the case. There is a lot of implicit, mostly wordless communication between the two. The virgora, being the more emotionless and analytical of the two, can look past the layer of aggression the skokakrio has and understand how they truly feel - this is something that the skokakrios appreciate greatly. There is a great amount of trust and empathy between the two species, however, that is not to say that everything is peachy keen. Often times, the skokarios may say something out of line, or the virgora may end up feeling too distant for the skokakrio's liking, and a fight may ensue. However, this does not normally last for a very long time and (unusual for the skokakrios), both sides will apologize. Truly, the virgora does bring out the best in the skokakrios.
Sagittari: The virgora and sagittari started off strong at first and both groups had an understanding of each other's thought processes, but over time this strong relationship became sour. They got along over their "hidden selves" as well as their need to move around, but as time passed, the sagittari came to detest the virgora attempting to meditate many issues between them and other species. The sagittari felt like they were being babied, while the virgora felt like the sagittari were making obvious mistakes which could easily be fixed by listening to them in the first place. Now the virgora and sagittari tend to be absent from each other's lives, with too much bad blood between the two. Yet stories of the virgora and sagittari working together are still look at to this day, to the point that it is nearly romanticize.
Kapricanus: The virgora and kapricanus seem like an odd fit, but both support each other when issues arise. Both species are slower to change, the kapricanus much more so than the virgora, so the kapricanus attach themselves to the virgora as allies who they know aren't going to destory their nerves by suddenly changing the game in the middle of things.
Duckarium: The virgora and the duckarium get along together nicely from an outsider prepective, but once someones dips in a little closer they soon figure out that the relationship between the two species is more complex, with both of them of them being surprised by what the other is doing, and having to take the time to explain it. The virgoras look at the duckariums as wild and irrational animals, especially when it comes to the treatment of their children. The duckariums on the other hand do not approve of the cold relations that the virgores have made with their own species. This can lead to things being slower when the virgora and the duckarium are paired to work together on a project and they have to constantly confirm orders.
Aqualisces: The virgora and aqualisces disliked each other at first but after being forced into a few situations with each other the two now know the quirks of each other's species, and also understand they are fairly alike. The aqualisces will commonly bring up a strange task for the virgora to do, and they will do it out of a rare spark of curiosity, and find out that the aqualisces wanted to give them a reward for being a good partner in a recent vote. Some people try to point out that this seems like bribery to them, but for the aqualisces it's anything but.
• Breeding season is the only time virgora will seek out other members of it's species. In the case that two virgora are looking to court the same individual, the two will scream at each other until one gives in. Virgora display this behavior outside of courting as a form of asserting dominance.