Biology and appearanceEdit
Vratix are an insectoid species with large compound eyes, long thin necks, and six limbs sprouting from a cylindrical thorax. They have two arms that are triple-jointed, which extended from their shoulders. Small thin hairs cover their bodies and chang color to express emotion. Vratix excrete denin, a chemical that alteres the color of their skin to reflect their mood, and is connected to their speech patterns of clicks. They are also slightly telepathic, capable of sending thoughts with other Vratix that they related to.
Vratix are a logical and straightforward species that have trouble grasping abstract concepts like art and music. However, they can solve a complex problem by examining every detail and angle. Culture is centered around the hive mentality. They generally refer to themselves as the plural we rather than I, and usually under their hive name. It should also be noted that the Vratix are generally a sociable species; they prefer all information to be delivered personally.
The Vratix also keep Knytix, a smaller insectoid species, as pets and for the creation of dwellings (their saliva is used to make a mud-like paste that is then dried to make bricks). The Vratix also eat the Knytix on certain occasions, when the owner of the Knytix offers his pet to another Vratix as a sign of high respect.
Vratix have used bacta for thousands of years, and are not hesitant to share their secret with the galaxy at large. About the time Palpatine was elected to Supreme Chancellor, and Preston Zaltin took control of Zaltin Industries, a thriving business evolved around the sale and distribution of bacta.
During the Galactic Empire, Palpatine eliminated all but two bacta producers, Zaltin and Xucphra factions. These two cartels would be the Empire's bacta supply. During this time some Vratix resorted to terrorism to beat out competition in the bacta market.
With the help of Rogue Squadron, the Vratix liberated their world from the cartels and asked the New Republic for admission as a member world.
During the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Verachen sect of Vratix controlled bacta production, supplying the vitally needed bacta.
During the Swarm War, the Vratix became Joiners to the Killiks and led a revolt on the bacta cartels on Thyferra, bringing production of the healing liquid to a halt and causing a major blow to the forces of the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances.
A famous Vratix was Yopaxtul, who won the "six-legged being" category at the Mobquet Presents: Fastest Land Beings event held on Teyr in 22 BBY. It won the 100-meter race in a record breaking 6.132 seconds.