plural: scavs / slang informal contraction: scavenger
The so-called ‘Zone 4 Scavs’ are the sole intelligent life form native to the planet Zastor in the Pegasus Dwarf Irregular Galaxy. Originating from the genus vermicularis, the species evolved below ground to avoid the harsh glare of the planet’s twin suns, venturing to the surface only at night to scavenge; hence their pallid complexions and light-intolerant eyesight.
Upon becoming a more advanced species, the race developed protective clothing which allowed them to inhabit to the surface in daytime. Eventually, they ventured into space and continued their scavenging on neighbouring planets, hence acquiring their nickname. The word ‘Scav’ was originally a term of derision, but was reclaimed by the species to foster a more intimidating image.
Since voyaging further into space, the Scavs have garnered a reputation not only as scavengers, but also as amoral factotums, willing to undertake various tasks, irrespective of political or ethical standpoints, for the right price. They operate in small units of no more than 20, led by a captain and a second-in-command. Higher ranks are generally recognisable by extravagant accoutrements and accessories stolen from other cultures