Against the Flow
The Giff are a race of anthropomorphic hippos. Their origins are lost to history, but they seem to be exiles from their homeworld. They have spent many generations wandering space as mercenaries. They are greatly valued for their strength, toughness, dedication and tactical skill, but occasionally feared for their preference for heavy firepower. It seems that the rumble of cannonfire in a giff’s chest is a sublime sensation, and so the giff prefer flintlocks, cannon and explosives over other weapons. This isn’t generally a detriment, but occasionally results in tactical blunders from otherwise sane giff commanders.
Gnomes, Humans and Giff are fairly well integrated into the Pax Victoria. Although the Pax does have a rigidly stratified social order, Giff have been very successful within the military which grants them a large degree of power and respect.