The Olkari are a species of vaguely insect-like humanoids renowned for their extraordinary engineering skills, which are so advanced that it appears to be magic. Individuals are capable of manipulating both solid metal as well as biological materials like wood and plant life with a simple touch.
They live on the planet Olkarion, and were originally a more technologically-oriented race, building vast shape-changing cities until the recent Galra conquest of their world. Those that escaped being enslaved retreated to their world’s forests and over time adapted their skills to working with materials from the natural world instead.
"The signal came from Olkarion, home to the Olkari, a proud class of engineers, builders of vast cities that could change shape at the whim of their creators." - Coran from "Greening the Cube"
"They had a seemingly magical ability to manipulate solid metal. With just a wave of their hands, they could build a computer inside a block of steel." - Allura from "Greening the Cube"
..."Why would a society of literal tech wizards use spores to send a distress signal?" - Keith
- Ryner, the leader of the free Olkari, has a red dot in the center of her forehead reminiscent of the decorative bindi often worn by Hindu women.
- The captive Lubos has a similar blue mark in the position, which is considered the location of the anja aka 'third eye' chakra, commonly associated with the color and regarded as the seat of concealed wisdom.
- The clothing of the rest of the Olkari also seems to take a nod towards that culture.