The Dugs are a species of diminutive arboreal creatures with a well-deserved reputation for unnecessary brutality and extreme mean-spiritedness. Evolving in the tops of trees on their high-gravity homeworld of Malastare has made them very agile and strong. They are noted to be excellent leapers and climbers though when walking they do so on their 'arms'. A Dug's limbs all bear opposable thumbs, an evolutionary advantage to a life in the trees. Few Dugs have any desire to leave Malastare, preferring instead to remain on their home planet, where they struggle to keep control of their native lands on the world's western continent.
Dugs view themselves as embattled warriors, always fighting for what is rightfully theirs, but always being beaten back by just about everyone else in the galaxy. Their first contact with aliens occurred when the Gran established a colony on Malastare, triggering a long and brutal war. The Republic settled the dispute in favor of the Gran, pushing the Dug to the political and economic fringes of their own world. This was but the first in a long string of clashes with aliens. The Dug responded by pitying themselves, yet in return, the rest of the galaxy just felt more disgust and disappointment.
Knowing that no one else wants to have anything to do with them, the Dugs have developed a culture that is openly self-congratulatory. There isn't a Dug alive who doesn't claim an ancestry that includes legendary heroes and patriots.
Few Dugs bother to lean Basic, but those who do can speak it with only minor difficulty. They rarely do so, however, hoping instead to force others to acknowledge Dug society by making them learn their language. Of particular note are the thick folds of skin at their necks. These folds can be inflated to let loose a bellow that can be heard for kilometers. In the wilds this bellow is used to denote a threat or to even warn off predators.
Climbing/Jumping Bonus: Due to their physiology, Dugs gain a +1D bonus to their climbing/jumping skill.
Shout: Dugs can issue forth a deep bellow which can be heard up to 3 kilometers away.
Reputation. Dugs are known as bullies and thugs by most other sentient species’, and are almost universally disliked by non-Dugs. Many crimelords, however, employ them as assassins and henchmen.