Thursday, January 31, 2013

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species (#78)

771. Nightmare Demons. These beings have human skull faces, and use their telepathy to debilitate people with their own worst fears. Apparently the telepathy can be blocked by lead; I'd assume that in a galaxy with technology as advanced as that in Star Wars, there'd be plenty of other ways to block it.

They were supposedly extinct at some point in the past, but one existed in the movie era, so who knows.

Rating: 4/5, because that's rather amusing.

772. Nikto. The Nikto are the last part of the in-joke related to the better-remembered-than-it-deserved The Day the Earth Stood Still. (Actually, they're two-thirds of said in-joke, because the first part is an individual of their species.) The Nikto are reptilian guys who signed a contract with the Hutts a long time ago that made them slaves forever. They apparently have five really strongly distinct races because of accelerated mutation or some such silly thing. They apparently are pretty content with this, because their homeworld is worse.

Their homeworld is worse than slavery. Think about that.

Rating: 3/5. That's... kind of horrible.

773. Nimbanels, or Nimbanese. The Nimbanels look like walruses, but in a droopy-faced way rather than an angry way.

They are my least favorite walrussy Star Wars aliens. That's more meaningful when you consider that there's a fair number of those.

Rating: 2/5.

774. Niordi. All we know about the Niordi is that they're pretty humanlike, and that a guy whose head was surgically replaced by a laser cannon was one of them.

Rating: 2/5, because D'harhan was awesome, even if the book he was in... wasn't so much.

775. Nish. The Nish of Nishr are "near-human" and have a lot of basic information on the structure of their world and society, but that's about all.

Rating: 1/5. Said information isn't the interesting kind.

776. Nixor. The Nixor didn't get along with the other inhabitants of the Nixor system.

Rating: 1/5. TLI.

777. Noehons. The Noehons have a brutal society involving slavery and slave trading (and harems), but if raised in other societies, are well-adjusted and show excellent talent for organization, which served them well in technical and bureaucratic functions.

They're also bug people and like to mark things with territorial scents.

Rating: 3/5. There's something about all that which I find amusing.

778. Noghri. The Noghri (the "gh" is sort of silent and indicating that the "o" should be long and soft) are short and deadly as heck (they're comparable to the reputation of ninjas). They're supposedly possible to mistake for Jawas (when wearing Jawa robes) or children, though their official height range is listed as rather taller than quite makes sense for that.

My sister is annoyed at artistic representations of them, because they're supposed to be smallish and slender and they're usually drawn as what she calls "tiny football players."

Anyway, the Noghri have another interesting trait: They can actually smell bloodlines. This helps them verify people, and this causes them to have an unusual relationship with the Skywalker family, because they believe that Darth Vader is the only reason their planet survived.

They also have a subspecies found on a different planet than their homeworld (an ancient empire took some as slaves) who have crocodilian heads.

Rating: 5/5. The Noghri are great.

779. Noolan. This species has female members.

Rating: 1/5. What a shocker.

780. Noorians. They have striped eyes. Also, one was Qui-Gon Jinn's sexy girlfriend who pretty much got stuffed in the fridge.

Rating: 2/5. I rather like the eyes.

-Signing off.

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