Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species (#84)

(I'm probably going to stick with a Monday/Wednesday/Friday sort of schedule until I have a better computer. Not that I don't like my sister's laptop; I just don't feel like dealing with all the stupid stuff that happens when it connects to the internet. Also it likes fighting with me when I follow my normal browsing habits, which involves things such as discovering just how many tabs a particular browser will permit at once in a given window.

Yes, I have gotten to the point where browsers literally refuse to open new tabs for me based on sheer numerical weight. I have crazy browsing habits.

...No, I don't remember how many tabs it was. I should have written it down.

On an unrelated note, there were absurdly huge Star Trek video game advertisements all over the pages I was looking at for this today. Amusing.)

831. Paonnid. An alien species.

Rating: N/A. While presumably they're supposed to be sapient, the article doesn't even specify. Sheesh.

832. Pappfaks. "Pappfak" is perhaps the worst name it is possible for an alien species to have. It just sounds so darned wrong.

They apparently have blue tentacles; the color of the rest of them is unknown. They may also have three sexes, or just a different marital model, because one group of three was described as being in a "prenuptial embrace" by somebody or another.

Rating: 2/5, because of modest interest. That name's just terrible.

833. Paqwe. Aside from having a name that can almost be traced by one's left hand on a keyboard with no keys between each step, apparently the Paqwe tend to be anarchic, as they don't like "politics and any law that could limit their expressive freedom, basically any law."

They like bargains, tall tales, and big ambitions. They're apparently short and waddle.

Rating: 3/5. Moderately interesting.

834. Partold. From Partold.

Rating: 1/5. Blah.

835. Parwans. Parwans are kind of floaty half-humanoid tentacle mushroom things. Apparently they generate electrical fields that crackle audibly. The known member of the species is a bounty hunter.

The design is based on a piece of concept art for a being intended to be a cantina alien, but it was too complex to make into a costume; however, that species has apparently been canonized as well.

Rating: 2/5. Because it's a goofy halfway-alien design, and while it's charming, I'd prefer an all-the-way-alien design, such as the original. (Don't worry, I'll get to it sooner or later.)

836. Pascwa. ...

Rating: N/A. There sure are a lot of more or less blank entries this time.

837. Pashvi. The Pashvi are apparently humanoid, and have thicker torsos and/or longer arms than humans (or Chiss-and yes, the article specifically mentions this).

The Pashvi homeworld is covered in big ol' stone pillars for some reason, and so its surface gets less sunlight than it should. The tops of the pillars are thus lush places, but also prowled by dangerous predators, and so the Pashvi like and hate the pillars as a dangerous source of food.

There is apparently a small but stable offworld market for Pashvi artwork, and thus some such came into the hands of a certain Commander Thrawn, who reverse-extrapolated numerous details of the Pashvi (probably everything we know about them) from this work.

Because Thrawn is goshdarned awesome, that's why.

Rating: 3/5. Even if it doesn't make a tremendous amount of sense, their homeworld sounds interesting.

838. Passars. The Passars apparently have natural venom. There's nothing wrong with that, but I initially misread it as "supernatural" venom, and so I can't help but be disappointed.

Sadly, we know nothing else of them.

Rating: 2/5 for the misreading-based amusement factor.

839. Patitites. The Patitititititititites are tiny aliens. How tiny? Apparently, C-3PO accidentally caused R2-D2 to crush their hated dictator to death.

Then they demanded that their gigantic mechanical saviors become their new rulers, but C-3PO (and presumably R2-D2) declined and taught them about democracy.

All indications are it wasn't going to work out.

Apparently, they were loosely inspired by the Brownies of Willow.

Rating: I'm not sure how to feel about this at all, so 3/5.

840. Patrolians. Patrolians look like fishy people and apparently are at least mildly resistant to being electrocuted, but their true claim to fame is having the name "Patrolian."

It's apparently from their planet being named "Patrolia," which is disappointing. "Patrolian" ought to be the name of a species that's primarily known as part of a law enforcement organization so old, the original name of the species was lost, and so they're now known only as "Patrolians" because the organization is called the "whatever Patrol."

Rating: 2/5 for giving me that beautiful mental image of what they could have been.

-Signing off.

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