"The Queens be with you."
- – Gaim valediction
The Gaim are a methane breathing insectoid race.
At the apex of Gaim social order is the queen. Since a given Gaim is obedient to its queen on a genetic level, rebellion and disobedience are physical impossibilities unless induced chemically. Lower level Gaim can be influenced to alter their allegiance from one queen to another when exposed to certain airborne chemicals. As such, pheromone warfare is a standard component of Gaim cold war tactics. Each Gaim within their society is genetically designed for a specific task oriented purpose, and even the queens themselves are designed by their progenitors. Individuals in Gaim society range from very intelligent, completely autonomous multi-talented advisors to the queen to non-intelligent, bio-mechanical worker drones. Since the function of Gaim workers and drones does not change, there is no possibility for any kind of social advancement in Gaim society. Rewards for a task well done are given in the form of chemical enhancements since Gaim are designed to feel pleasure when a task is done well, while a failure triggers fear.
The Gaim have no religion, reasoning that since the existence of a God cannot be proven, it does not exist. A nestling once attempted to prove the existence of a God, but the Queen ate him. They are loyal only to the Queens.
Glossary of Gaim Terminology
- The Gaim have a natural aversion to the colour green, to them green means "danger".
- Being subterranean nest dwellers, the Gaim are naturally agoraphobic and the sight of open space instils great fear in them.
- The Gaim have never evolved natural Telepaths, or as they call them, "mind-talkers", nor apparantly have they or others been able to engineer the ability in any of their drones.
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