Maru-marthra are humanoid in as much as they have two arms and two legs. They have three fingers on their hands and three splayed toes on their double bent legs. The skull/brain case sits on top of the torso. From it extend their two faces on the end of snaking necks. Each face has three small eyes, a mouth, and nostril and ear slits. Skin color ranges from dark reddish brown, to a pale dunish yellow and they have no hair.
The maru-marthra are a mature space fairing race and an Alliance cofounder. Though they have been active in the galaxy for about ten thousand years, they have never been great empire builders. They interact with other races well enough (except the vizellens recently), and they’re a relatively common sight moving around various worlds conducting their business, but they don’t like to gather in vast numbers in any one place. They’re not demaphobic, they just prefer to spread themselves out a bit, “Just in case”.
The maru-marthra sphere is a loose union of many smallish, mostly democratic and self governed, yet very coperative worlds spread across Alliance space. A cabinet of elected represenatives on the home world handles most of their political dealings with other races, but individual worlds maintain the right to “opt out” of any decision they don’t agree with. This is rare though as almost all maru-marthra worlds participate in shared industry and ecconomics as well as maintaining a common defense force.