Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species #41

401. Griddek. The Griddek are known for their belligerence and rigid social structure.

Rating: 1/5. Gee, that's informative.

402. Grueshites. Um, they're aliens.

Rating: N/A. I guess the last one was informative by comparison...

403. Gruvians. Gruvians are surprisingly tall when one considers they've got no legs. Their pillar-shaped bodies have slug-type feet at the bottom. They have rather a lot of eyestalks, two mouths, and four cartoonishly thin arms. (That's like having a four-armed guy have four eyes as well. I've mentioned this sort of thing in the past-I don't think it's bad, just silly.)

They're apparently known for their beer/wine/booze (which is known for having a chemical reaction when a certain drug is put in it-sounds real safe, guys).

Rating: 3/5. Their design is fairly good, even if I have a hard time believing they could escape predators, and the fact that they're apparently known best for producing an alcoholic beverage is amusing.

404. Guineo. Guineo are noted for not being very bright or at least having poor decision-making skills, and thus being restricted to "basic" jobs. They have rather large craniums for menials, though... Apparently, some were guards for a restaurant chain that was actually a front for a drug smuggling ring (specifically, "death sticks," which are an illegal and very dangerous hallucinogenic drug distributed in thin cylindrical containers), and had no idea what they were doing.

Rating: 2/5. I find their appearance interesting, but "dumb" aliens always bother me.

405. Gulmarids. Gulmarids are/were reptilian beings who were driven to the edge of extinction by a single Imperial spacecraft's efforts. (Specifically, it was capturing them en mass and killing them on an individual torturous basis, as a sort of mobile death camp.) The ship's mission ended when a Gulmarid who had escaped hired Boba Fett to take care of things. However, the Gulmarids had limited hope for survival at that time because of their limited population, and who knows where they ended up.

Rating: 3/5. They have an interesting look, although it should be noted that they have hangdog expressions. (Understandable, certainly.)

406. Gungans. I hope you don't expect me to rip on them, because I actually like the Gungans.

Even Jar Jar.

I think the thing I like best about them is that they're a little enclave separated from Galactic society, and they even help suggest where Palpatine may have gotten his anti-nonhuman leanings-the Naboo in general, despite their status as the victims of Episode I, are kind of racist towards them.

Rating: 4/5. They definitely don't deserve the hate. Also, check out the Gungan punk here. That is awesome.

407. Gupins. Gupins are from the Ewoks cartoon. They're apparently shapeshifters, and can only actually shapeshift if someone else visualizes a form for them to take by reading the individual's mind.

Rating: 4/5. Shapeshifting at someone else's whim is an interesting twist on limiting shapeshifting powers, so I'm willing to forgive the fact that they basically look like hobo leprechauns.

408. Gurlanins. Apparently, normally a Gurlanin is a telepathic (among Gurlanins) marsupial dog-thing that terrifies most people and can live to 700. Their voices have a slight lisp that is borderline comical, but are also described as hypnotically smooth.

But they're also shapeshifters, and worked for the Old Republic as spies against the Separatists.

Rating: 4/5. Shapeshifting telepathic devil-dogs work for me.

409. Gutretee. Gutretee are crystalline beings without gender who are immune to blaster fire and eat crystal deposits and other crystalline lifeforms. Their homeworld served the Rebels as a safeworld, but how safe it really was when the Gutretee kept challenging them to single combat is a bit questionable.

Rating: 4/5. That many didn't help the Rebels out of mere standoffishness and whatnot is amusing.

410. Guudrians. From the Guudria system in Wild Space (a region largely unexplored by the wider galactic society), Guudrians apparently aren't themselves technologically sophisticated, but at least one member displayed capacity for learning how to use it, and was a crew member on a starship that explored the Kathol sector, that mass of Lovecraft references. Said member was a pyromaniac who was also a demolitions expert, and was known as "Boom" after his favorite word.

Surely that would end well.

Rating: 3/5. I base this on Boom's appearance (especially his odd nostril placement). There's no way to judge the Guudrians in general-hopefully all of them aren't pyromaniacs...

-Signing off.

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