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The Mael-Num were one of the four founding member races of the Sentient Milieu. What little is known about them is mainly taken from conversations with the Ur-Quan Kohr-Ah, who describe them as "one-eyed creatures."

Along with the Ur-Quan they were mentally enslaved by the Dnyarri and assisted in the genocides against other members of the Sentient Milieu.1 After the Dnyarri slave revolt and the first doctrinal enforcements against the Faz and Yuptar, the Kohr-Ah came to the homeworld of the Mael-Num, the last free race the Ur-Quan were aware of, with the intent of destroying it. The Mael-Num asked the Kohr-Ah why they had come to destroy them, and so sincere was the question that the Kohr-Ah were given pause. In that hesitation, the Kzer-Za arrived with the intent to enslave the Mael-Num.

The two Ur-Quan sub-races fought, and thus began the first Doctrinal War. During the long battle, the Mael-Num escaped in a large interstellar fleet to places unknown. It is reasonable to assume that, were either species of Ur-Quan to discover the Mael-Num again, they would make great efforts to correct their millennia-old oversight.

Melnorme Descendents

Based on the fact that the Kohr-Ah refer to the Mael-Num as "one-eyed creatures", and the similarity of their names, it has been theorized that the Mael-Num are the ancestors of the Melnorme. A reliable source has confirmed this speculation.2

Notes and references

1The Role Playing Resource Guide (pg. 25) states that both the Mael-Num and the Ur-Quan were compelled to destroy the Drall
2From the 1998 IRC chat with Toys for Bob (Fwiffo is both Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III here):
<Deep-Reep> who are the mael num, realy?
<Fwiffo> The mael num are ancestors of the Melnorme
Sentient Milieu - Known member races
Drall - Mael-Num - Taalo - Yuli - Yuptar - Faz - Ur-Quan