The Shi'ar are an extraterrestrial semi-humanoid race who have established a galaxy-wide empire in the Shi'ar Galaxy and have had dealings with humans from Earth. The Shi'ar originated on a planet they call the Aerie and their civilization predates Earth humans' recorded history. At an earlier point in their evolution the Shi'ar's had fully developed wings attached to their arms enabling them to fly. Apparently the Aerie's environmental conditions are similar to those of Earth, since Shi'ar can exist on Earth without artificial aids.

The Shi'ar Galaxy is believed to exist within the area of space containing the galaxy known on Earth as M-31. The Shi'ar now control all known inhabited worlds within their galaxy. Their principal rivals for control of the galaxy were the Mephitisoids who are now fully under Shier domination. The Shi'ar Empire is relatively young compared to those of the Kree and Skrulls, for the Shi'ar achieved control of their entire galaxy comparatively recently and their empire is still in its main expansionist stage. The Shi'ar have diplomatic relations with both the Kree and Skrulls and due to the great distance between galaxies and the age-old hatred between Kree and Skrulls have managed to avoid wars with either.

The Shi'ar Empire is governed from the Imperial Throneworld, an artificial planet constructed by the Shi'ar. Different artificial environments have been created on the Throneworld to serve the needs of the representatives from the numerous worlds within the Empire. The Shi'ar give the worlds they rule differing degrees of autonomy depending on various factors notably their loyalty to the Empire. Some worlds have virtual independence and are allowed to send representatives to serve on the Shi'ar High Council. Others such as that of the Mephitisoids are kept under virtual martial law. The Shi'ar High Council acts as an advisory body to the Shi'ar majestor (emperor) or majestrix (empress) but complete executive power resides solely with the majestor or majestrix. The Shi'ar Imperial Guard comprised of specially powered beings from throughout the Empire act as enforcers of imperial Law. An elite corps of the Guard protects and carries out the personal directives of the majestor or majestrix. A much larger division called the Borderers aids the governors of conquered worlds in enforcing Shi'ar law on those worlds. The Shi'ar have an enormous interstellar fleet used for military and exploratory purposes. Non-Shi'ar from loyal worlds are allowed to serve in the space fleet in positions below command levels. Members of conquered races that are regarded as primitive or of dubious loyalty are often used as slaves. Rebel leaders are consigned with criminals to slave pits.

Shi'ar technology is extraordinarily advanced. Besides their advanced warp-drive starships the Shi'ar can travel instantaneously between even galaxies using a space-warping device called the Stargate which demands however far more energy than warp-drive starships.

The Shi'ar have known of Earth for many years and have secretly stationed observers there ever since it became widely known that it lay at a crossroads for hyperspatial routes within the Milky Way Galaxy and between that galaxy end those of the Kree, Shi'ar and Skrulls. The Shi'ar tend to regard Earth humans as primitives, but some Shi'ar have begun to alter that opinion due to contact with Earth's X-Men.

Species Name: Shi'ar

Type: Humanoid

Physical Traits: Mammalian with feathers instead of hair

Height: 5-6 ft

Weight: 180 lbs

Mobility: Legs

Sensory Organs: Visual

Communication: Vocal

Reproduction: Sexual

INT: 3D6, WIS: 3D6, STR: 5D6, DEX: 3D6, CON: 5D6, CHA: 3D6, MR: 3D6, HPs: CON +D20

Orbit/Climate: 1 AU. Very stable, very elliptical orbit, gets hot and cold twice every local year.

Atmosphere: Standard Oxygen/Nitrogen with significant ozone component in stratosphere.

Oceans: 52%

Gravity: 110%

Feeding Habits: Omnivore

Lifespan: 150 years

Technology: 10

Culture: Xenophobic. Fearful of others, harsh but still some redeeming features.

Government: Military Dictatorship

Population: 1 billion, but this doesnt include other races within their empire


Home System:

Number of Stars: 1, Proxima Centauri

Star Type: G

Planetoid Belts: 1

Inner Planets: 2

Middle Planets: 3

Outer Planets: 1