The Ovanim are furry mammalian anthropoids, about 1.5 meters tall. Hailing from Ovanim and several colonies, Ovanims differ in facial appearance and body structure with canine, feline, and equine features. They are known for being master politicians and spies, craving intrigue and subterfuge. Ovanim culture is guided by the philosophy and principles set forth in the ancient text "The Way" by Golm Fervse'dra. In this "Ovanim Way", the pursuit of power and influence was paramount. Thus, individual Ovanims put their own political and economic success above all other concerns, and as a species, Ovanims put their own advancement ahead of other intergalactic interests. The volume of backstabbing, subtle character assassination and political maneuvering in Ovanim society was dizzying, and resulted in many species stereotyping Ovanims as untrustworthy. In times of crisis, the focus of Ovanim society shifted to a survivalist state known as "Ar'kai". When engaged in Ar'kai, all fit Ovanims volunteered to defend their species from impending annihilation. The call came when the Fen Domar, invaded their homeworld and colonies.