In the spirit of Battleplan Lore Thursdays.
Caldarius is about eighteen inches tall, yes. Not all shock troopers are the small Kemessians. Many of them are normal-sized Jennerit.
NOTES FROM THE CODEX: Kemessian:
Around 1'6" tall, these small dark-skinned folk are known for their incredibly disproportionate strength, able to lift 20 to 30 times their weight. They have a reputation as fierce, unrelenting warriors. Their home of origin was the bitterly cold planet, Askallar from the Forthus system.
Askallar was overrun by the Jennerit Empire in 19,739 c.r. in an event known as the "Reaping of Askallar". The Jennerit, aware of an impending Varelsi darkening there, offered the Kemessians the options to become slaves and live or remain behind and die to the inevitable tide of Varelsi about to claim the planet. Only a fraction of the populace accepted the "Reaping". A few others were forcibly taken (re. Caldarius).
Kemessians typically live for 400-500 years.
So, just to help put to rest some doubts:
- Oscar Mike and Whiskey are clones of a long-dead race known as the Galahadrim.
- Whiskey is from a earlier batch that was considered "defective", but mostly for psychological reasons. That batch were less 'group compliant' as soldiers.
- Whiskey is currently 25 years old. Oscar Mike is 20. They both began clone life as ~20 year old adult Galahadrim.
- Whiskey was only with the RDC for a year, before being rejected from the service. He went AWOL shortly thereafter and has had an "interesting life" since then. Any differences in the Whiskey face and the Oscar Mike face should be attributed to age and lifestyle variances.
NOTES FROM THE CODEX: Galahadrim:
A strong and ferocious blue-skinned race of humanoids from the planet Bromiet, they have been (technically) extinct for almost 1,500 years as their home system was one of the first inhabited planets darkened by the Varelsi. It is only because of the R.D.C. cloning program that the race still exists in the universe at all. Unfortunately, the R.D.C. only had samples of male DNA and thus far has had no luck in replicating females of the species.