The population of the planet Aesco decreased to just a handful following a planetary nuclear devastation three hundred years ago. Today, the growth of their culture is stagnant, with the planet living in a near Medieval society. However, underground, scientists and engineers have survived, augmenting the society above with pure water and other necessities to keep them going, all while remaining hidden.
The females of the species go into 'heat' seasonally, and huge Festivals are held to allow them to choose their mates. During the Festival, women are expected to bring 'Presentations', food items for the feast. If they do not bring it, they are placed at a table where they must remain until all the other women have chosen their mates (this involves making a plate of food and offering it to the male).
Family is extremely important to the society, and elders are held in high regard.
Inadvertently, the away team of the Talon set in motion a renewed sense of community, and those underground plan on reintegrating into the society and move them forward.
Snapper: A vicious creature that is hunted and kept alive during a Festival.
"Squishie": A small, cute creature that bit Lt. Hunter and is attracted to the scent of Oxytocin.