The Cardianon are a humanoid species that originate from Arcturis VIII or Cardianon, the eighth planet of the Arcturis system. Upon reaching adulthood, they suffer severe physical and psychological alterations due to genetic regression, transforming into creatures that range from primitive Lizardmen, to winged Dragon Newts or even gigantic Dragon-like beings, the latter being the "ideal" form to aspire to.
Cardianon have access to amazingly advanced techonolgy, such as faster-than-light engines and matter teletransportation. Some of the Cardianon's metamorphed forms somehow obtain access to Symbology
Their technological and scientific development was incredibly fast: A prehistoric-level species only a few centuries ago, the influence of the Grigori has rapidly transformed the Cardianon into an intelligent race with advanced scientific skill. However, they failed at completely mechanizing their home planet, which ended on its destruction. The homeless Cardianon built a giant mothership, Arcturis VIII, and began invading nearby hospitable planets in search of a new land to settle on, most notably Lemuris in the storyline of the game Star Ocean: The Last Hope. Generally speaking, the Cardianon are an extremely cruel and merciless people.
Like cited above, Cardianons are probable suffer from genetic regression upon reaching adulthood. This is due to the influence of the Grigori. Cardianons may transform into one of the following beings, which are listed in order of rank:
- Lizard Soldier - A primitive humanoid reptile.
- Wise Lizardman - A primitive humanoid reptile. Can use Symbology.
- Lizard Commander - A primitive humanoid reptile, stronger than generic Lizard Soldiers.
- Lizard Shaman - A humanoid reptile with superior knowledge than other Lizardmen.
- Lizard Warrior - A humanoid reptile that can live in harmony with Cardianons.
- Dragon Newt - A dragon-like humanoid that can use Symbology.
- Armed Dragon Newt - A dragon-like humanoid that retains his pre-transformation intellect, and gains the ability of Symbology.
- Dragon General - An enormous dragon with superior intellect, but no emotion whatsoever, which all Cardianon aspire to transform into.
|Races of Star Ocean|
|Aldian - Blue Dolphin - Cardianon - Earthling - Eldarian - Elicoorian - Executioner - Expellian - Featherfolk - Fellpool - Flau - Grigori - Fourth-Dimensional Being - Highlander - Klausian - Lemurisian - Lezonian - Lycanthrope - Menodix - Morphus - Nedian - Rezerbian - Tetrageniot - Tria - Vanguardian - Vendeeni - Velbasian|