Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species #9

I sat on this lot longer than I should have, largely because I didn't look too closely at them, wasn't too familiar with any of them, and thought it would be one of the more depressingly boring bunches. Turned out I was wrong about the last one, at least.

81. Bartokk. Bartokks are hive-minded bug aliens with extreme (starfish-like) regenerative powers. They travel in hives of fifteen. They exile those with "minor" mutations, and also are known to work as assassins.

Rating: 3/5. While there's little information on their culture, which could be an issue, there are little hints of their nature. That, and they're some kind of bug things that are hard to kill. I must admit I have a soft spot for stuff like that.

82. Barundi. The Barundi are blue-skinned humanoids whose culture has low tolerance for discord. How low? They beat those who offend their cultural sensibilities to death with flowers. Yes, really.

Rating: 4/5. They call their violent public executions "assisted reincarnation." How awesome is that?

83. Basiliskan. Basiliskans were huge, flying reptilian sapients who built quality war droids apparently modeled after their own appearance. They were invaded by the Mandalorians, and tried everything to drive their enemies off, including poisoning their own world. (Wha? How dumb can you get?) The Mandalorians eventually decided they were useful, and started training and breeding them to be war mounts. Basiliskans were then renamed Lagartoz War Dragons, as they degenerated into beasts over time.

Rating: 2/5. On the one hand, that's horrible. On the other hand, there's a small acknowledgment of the fact that evolution isn't an upward spiral. I honestly don't know exactly how I feel about these guys.

84. Battrach. Battrachs are ambiguously canonical chelonoids, that is, turtle people. Supposedly, at least, another group genetically engineered them.

Rating: 3/5. Very little info, but they get at least one extra point for being turtles. Although they're probably named after frogs...

85. Bavakar. The Bavakar specialize in medicine, specifically "biological enhancements." That's right, if there's an equivalent to baseball in the Star Wars universe, these guys are the ones supplying the cheaters.

Rating: 3/5, if only because they let me type the above sentence.

86. Baxthrax. Baxthrax have wings like a butterfly, and coincidentally are also butt ugly.

Rating: 1/5. They would have scored lower if they hadn't been lucky enough to have a cool name. (Baxthrax! Baxthrax!)

87. Belovian. Belovian... are known to be sapient, I guess.

Rating: N/A. Their article took me less time to read than it took me to type "N/A."

88. Berchestian. Berchestians... *pffft* ...excuse me... are near-humans who have tattoos all over their heads and stuff for some reason. They lived on at least two planets.

Rating: 1/5. I'm inclined to think that they're a culture, not a species as such.

89. Bergamasque. The Bergamasque are sapients with a funny name, stubby fingers, and tentacles.

Rating: 2/5. The combination of tentacles and fingers makes me wonder about them, and their name gets them a little extra.

90. Berrite. Berrites are diminutive, covered in thick folds of skin, and ugly centauroid creatures. They don't reach sexual maturity until they hit sixty, and can live for four hundred years. They are hermaphrodites who take on specific gender roles depending on what they think will be most to their advantage.

They also resist conflict through obfuscation and feigned stupidity-when the Empire enslaved them to work in factories, the production process was so incompetently handled due to their efforts that the Imperial Governor asked to be moved to a new post.

Rating: 3/5. Their culture sounds rather amusing.

Just a bit better than average this time around. Hopefully, next week's won't be too bad either.

-Signing off.

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