Sapience level Sapient
Lifespan 100+ years
Average height 5-6 ft.

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The Ood, also known as Oodkind, were a gestalt race of telepathic humanoids, their home planet being the Ood Sphere, a frozen, snowy world.


The Ood were a peaceful herd-race originally. In the 39th century, humanity discovered the Ood, enslaved them, and used them to perform menial tasks throughout the three galaxies of the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire.

The Ood were a humanoid species with coleoid tentacles on the lower portions of their faces. They had no vocal cords and instead communicated by telepathy. There seemed to be no visual distinction between male or female Ood, which would suggest that they were hermaphrodites. On the other hand, they may be mono-gendered (i.e. all male). The Ood had long lifespans, with one individual living 100 years after the Ood rebellion, when the human enslavement ended.

The Ood had two brains; a forebrain in the head and a secondary hindbrain connected by an umbilical cord-like connection to their faces, usually held in their hands. The forebrain did much of the thinking and stored the telepathic sensors. The hindbrain processed memory and emotions, leading to mental instabilities when removed. The hindbrain also allowed them to communicate with the Ood Brain. At least one Ood had a larger, external forebrain, although this may have been a unique occurance.

The Oods were originally a hive mind led by the Ood Brain, using their hindbrain to "sing" with each other. When in the servitude of humans, their hindbrain was removed and a translation sphere fitted in place, not only to enable speech, but also to limit their telepathic communications field, which cut them off from the Ood Brain, making them willing to serve and incapable of surviving on their own. The colour of an Ood's eyes changed with the level of telepathic activity, normally glowing bright-red but turning to white when not connected to a hive mind. Humans, who only knew the Ood in their telepathy-disabled form, misinterpreted the presence of red eyes as a disease, known as "red-eye".