Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species (#57)

561. Kiffar. The Kiffar (sometimes mistakenly called the Kiffu [ha] after their planet) are near-humans. About one in a hundred possess a Force-based psychometry-like ability. A very few with Jedi training could learn to read live people.

Rating: 1/5. Boring. Give me something totally bizarre with psychometry whose entire culture has been warped by it and we'll talk. (Actually, that's a pretty interesting concept for an alien species/fantasy race. Do want.)

562. Kikla. The kikla (note the lowercase) come from what seems to be a Kaminoan myth, and thus might be entirely mythological (or nonsapient animals that were characterized as having intelligence and speech in stories). They're probably essentially fish.

They are part of an interesting story, because said story involves a fight between beings called Protas and Melkorr which are described as a "monster-god" and a "dark titan" respectively; Protas whupped Melkorr and then the kikla in battles for dominance, but then was beaten by a pod of flying whales who weren't interested in fighting but in completing their winter migration.

Alien mythology is boss, yo.

Rating: 1/5. ...Though the kikla themselves are near-nonentities.

563. Killam. Their planet is also called Killam (well, Quas Killam). And... that's it.

Rating: 1/5. Their name sounds like the setup for a pun involving the Death Star.

564. Killiks. The Killiks were the original natives of a planet you might have heard of called Alderaan. According to some (namely themselves) they built some big powerful ancient artifacts, apparently under commission from the increasingly boring and convoluted Celestials. They also fought wars with a bunch of the other super-ancient civilizations.

They disappeared from view a long time ago, and most assumed them extinct, but they totally turned out to be fine and wandering around doing their thing.

They are, since I haven't brought that up just yet, hive-minded insects who may accept non-Killiks, which they call Joiners, into their hives. They come in many different sizes and with many different functions.

While this is often a formula for a terrible, generic species, the Killiks dodge this by being friendly and overeager, and thus actually a bit more terrifying than the generic bug aliens you usually see in science fiction. They'll invade, they'll tell you it's for your own good, and they'll try really hard to make friends while they're also actively attacking you.

Rating: 4/5. The point off is actually just because they're associated with the increasingly icky Celestials. The fact that they are would be good if those guys weren't putting me off more and more every time I read about them...

565. Kilmaulsi. The Kilmaulsi are ugly green bird guys. Apparently, they were warlike until they came into contact with other worlds, at which point they put aside their warlike ways and came to frequently be employed as hired toughs and mercenaries.

Yes, really, that's more or less how the article describes them. I kid a bit, as the behavior they stopped was internal warfare, not general violence, but still, it's a bit ironic.

They have that stupid berserker rage thing, too.

Rating: 3/5. They're cool-looking ugly green bird guys. That can do a fair bit, and they aren't stereotypical birds.

566. Kindalo. The Kindalo are some kind of tree-like people. They are also basically the stuff of nightmares. They live in an area called the Aleen Underworld and they have glowing stripes, and they look like tree-ified Slender Men.

In other words, they're pretty great.

Rating: 4/5. Note that they apparently appeared once, and probably for not more than three or four minutes of screentime.

567. Kips. The Kips arrested and imprisoned Zorba the Hutt once.

For those not in the know, Zorba was Jabba's daddy/mommy. (Hutts are hermaphrodites, in case you're not aware, though Zorba was only ever called Jabba's father-note that gender is apparently a matter of personal preference among Hutts.) He also had a beard and generally big hair.

There have been some dumb books in the Star Wars series, guys.

Rating: 1/5. They could arrest Hutts, but that doesn't tell us much.

568. Kitonaks. Kitonaks are relatively small and rather chubby, but despite this are very durable, as they are slow-moving and spend most of their time standing around waiting for prey to climb their bodies to their good-smell-emitting mouths where they can be eaten, and do this in a desert environment with brutal sandstorms. In at least one story, they were completely unharmed by repeated axe strikes from Gamorreans.

How such beings developed significant intelligence is rather beyond me.

Rating: 3/5, merely for their rather incongruous natures (both as a good and bad thing).

569. Kiughfids. Having four hands, they apparently frequently have been employed as card dealers.

Rating: 1/5. Meh.

570. Kivans. Oooh, the Kivans!

This is one of those things that's pretty obscure, but I totally know about it because I happened to read that particular relatively obscure book.

There was an experiment being performed by a pair of Imperial scientists, Mammon Hoole and Borborygmus Gog. (Now there is a set of names. Incidentally, both characters are of the Shi'ido species, who are shapeshifters that I'll surely talk about later.) The experiment went bad and killed all the Kivans. Hoole believed that the incident was an accident that was his fault, and changed fields into anthropology so that he could work for the preservation of cultures instead of the destruction of cultures. The truth is that Gog was the one who did it, on purpose, as part of his research into horror tropes unconventional quasi-magical weapons.

Years later, Hoole, Gog, and a gaggle of others ended up back on the now-dead Kivan homeworld, where Gog's project was reaching fruition. Shadowy ghosts of the Kivans showed up and demanded vengeance on Hoole... until somebody convinced them it had been Gog who did it instead.

The ghosts descended in a single mass upon Gog, covered him up, and shrank away to nothingness... and there naturally wasn't any Gog anymore, either.

Rating: 3/5. I like a good stupid kids' horror story as much as the next guy, and this is better than a lot of them because it's set in the Star Wars galaxy. (Yes, there was a kids' horror series set in the Star Wars galaxy. It was surprisingly fun.)

-Signing off.

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