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The Kuagu(kway-goo)  is a cave-dwelling, sputnik-level sapient species from the planet Kuekua.(kweh-koo-ah)   

Etymology

Due to the gap between the possible vocalizations of humans and that of Kuagu, most Kuagu are often not referred to in earth writings how they are actually named. Most Kuagus are thus instead named as either “big (human name) Kuagu” or “little (human name) Kuagu” depending on if they are a royal(large in slze) or commoner(small in size). This naming system arose from the very first reports of Kuagu on the planet Kuekua. This is when the world-famous “Little Johnny Kuagu” revealed himself from a cave to investigate an explorer a minute before another horde of Kuagu followed suit joining in on the investigation. For his bravery in venturing out before any other Kuagu, despite his relatively small size to the explorer, labeled him “Little Johnny Kuagu” after the great earth explorer and connector of worlds John Cabot. Since then many other important figures in exploring the Kuagu livelihood have been assigned this same system of naming.

The name Kuagu also did not arise from a demonym of their people. Instead it arises from the echolocational sound Kuagu make when they are in danger. Human linguists believe that there does not exist a single demonym for all of Kuagu-kind due to their isolationist nature toward other kingdoms.

Anatomy

The Typical Kuagu is no more than half a meter tall at adulthood. Kuagu are almost entirely bipedal, only deviating from this when in a careful hunt. In this case “belly-crawling” is often the main form of locomotion.

The Kuagu has three webbed fingers on each of its two hands.

Its pseudo-eyes are for the most part blind, Though when exposed to stressful stimuli may be able to distinguish rough shapes around them by way of a lightness/darkness gradient that allows the basic visualization of movement.

The main sensory organ of the Kuagu is its two bobbles directly above its pseudo-eyes. These appendages serve two purposes. Firstly, they allow the Kuagu to perceive the intensity of wind around it and make it very keen to changes in weather that could be a very dangerous stimuli to their small stature. Secondly, they work as mock-fingers when in close contact to something or someone threatening, attractive, or important to the Kuagu.   

The entire skin of the Kuagu, especially in its hands, has an incredibly precise sense of touch. This allows a hunting Kuagu incredible awareness to its immediate surroundings. For larger spaces, the Kuagu uses short screeches of echolocation to map out its wider surroundings. The combination of echolocation screeches and precise sense of touch gives the Kuagu a fine perception of the world around it.

The Kuagu mouth has two parts; the exterior mouth of skin and the interior beak of keratin. Together, these two parts allow the Kuagu to break up food for passage down their alimentary canal and to share broken down food with other, like children, family, and close companions.

Society

The Kuagu live in semi-communalist communities ruled over by kingdoms that often have governing authority over several cave systems at once.

As Kuagu tend to have quite hectic lives, one major cultural aspect of almost all of the Kuagu modern world is what is known as Euclidean Humor( or Kuagu Humor). This form of humor is developed from the Kuagu's very blunt manor of speaking to form jokes that, instead of moving from buildup to punchline, are simply single phrases with the buildup and punchline combined followed often by some dance or jerking motion.

For example:

Johnny: "the meat is red!"(jumps back and forward while saying line)

Timmy: (laughs hysterically)

Though it is polite to tell the king a joke if one is ever summoned in front of him, in a majority of Kuagu cultures, it is extremely disrespectful to ever tell a joke where one must jump backwards despite any well-meaning context behind the move.

Almost all Kuagu kingdoms worship some form of wind, storm, or sky god as Kuagu are easily blown over by any large wind. This is one of the leading cause of death for Kuagu commoners in the majority of the modern Kuagu world.