Kestrel is part of the Fast-Response fleet of PACT, the Planetary Alliance for Co-operation and Trade. The Alliance is between the seven races who have warp drive (fast-than-light travel). One of the races is human. I have discussed the Altairians and the Anak so far. Let me introduce one of the others.
Planet: Kohath, higher gravity than Earth
|An actor, giving an impression of what Kohathi look like|
The Kohathi look like gentle, bewhiskered old men, even when young, and they live to be over 200. Females look the same as men, and non-Kohathi can usually only distinguish the sexes by their dress. They are stocky due to coming from a higher gravity planet, which means they are unusually fast-moving in Earth-normal gravity.
They are gentle and polite, and have high principles. In Intruders, Doctor Dathan excuses himself whenever there is any sign of conflict. He always tries to see the good in everyone.
They revere their long-lived ones and continue to consult and use them in all fields of knowledge and endeavour. They have no concept of retirement. Although they live longer than humans, they are aware there is not enough time to learn all there is to know. So they take apprentices and pass on their knowledge, for them to continue the research afterwards.