Monday, December 30, 2013

And A Happy New Year And Whatever

At the moment, I'm contemplating creating an index post for the first chunk of my Star Wars guide series, as it's just hit a full hundred posts and it'd be helpful to be able to just link the index at the beginning and say "find it yourself!" for each post, rather than individually linking things. That's going to take a while, though, so in the meantime, enjoy this belated embed of David Kaye's annual Beast Wars Megatron Christmas thing.

-Signing off.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species (#100)

Whoa, this is some kind of landmark. I feel like there ought to be a fanfare or something.

Oh, here we are.

Carry on.

991. Sikan. The Sikan (singular Sika) had their planet invaded during a crisis by someone else that I haven't covered because they didn't have an article when I originally went through the "C"s.

Rating: 1/5. Yeah, I don't know, there's no real incentive to be interested here.

992. Sikurdians. Sikurdians are rather hilarious-looking entities, with earthworm-shaped tentacle-arms and tentacle-legs. They like axes, and one infamous one is known as Alabar Double Ax.

They seem to be fairly small, in the three foot range.

Rating: 3/5. I kind of like their appearance.

993. Silentium. The Silentium are "descended" from droids created by a starfish-shaped species. That species died untold ages ago from a supernova's radiation storm, but the droids would go on to transform thousands of their members into massive fifty kilometer diameter spheres.

Okay, just for reference, the first Death Star is 160 kilometers in diameter, and the next largest Imperial warcraft I know of is less than twenty kilometers long. The majority of such craft the Empire commanded were rare, and the ships the Empire had in large numbers were far less massive.

The Galactic Empire is among the most powerful civilizations in all of fiction, and the Silentium probably outgun them. (They also likely outgun the next dozen most powerful civilizations after the Empire put together.)

Apparently, though, the Silentium are relatively pacifistic, outsiders to the wider galactic civilization (in fact, they're from another galaxy originally), and didn't want to get involved in galactic politics directly.

In the past, the Silentium were at war with the Abominor, another extragalactic race of droids that could rival planets in size, and the massive war between them inspired a deep cultural hatred of droids and other traditional technology in the Yuuzhan Vong.

The Silentium are very much beings of order, and were worried about their own stagnation, being super-orderly and essentially immortal. In order to shake up their own society, they took one of their smaller-model units based on their masters and programmed it to observe society and obey the rules of regular droids. Their intention was for this droid to experience society for a few hundred years this way, eventually bringing it back to themselves and then experiencing galactic society vicariously through its memories.

However, upon application of logic to what they had done, they realized that the droid they'd created was essentially a child of their own kind, and so they rushed in immediately and, in the only demonstration of their might before galactic civilization at large, stopped an Imperial task force and rescued the droid, the companion of Lando Calrissian known as Vuffi Raa. In the process, they somewhat unintentionally also rescued the Oswaft from extinction.

They haven't had any real roles in fiction beyond that, but are also responsible for things akin to alien sightings throughout much of the Star Wars galaxy.

The Silentium are beautiful.

Rating: 5/5. If I had to pick a single Star Wars race as my very favorite, the Silentium would be serious contenders, and they're almost definitely in any top five I'd create.

994. Silika. The Silika are "multiple-armed" (...guys, two arms are multiple arms; please be more specific) rock creatures (as their name suggests, silicon-based). They apparently are intoxicated by mineral water and have a very strict honor code.

Rating: 4/5. ...I like rock people, especially whimsical ones. (Discworld trolls have to be one of my top ten or twenty fantasy races.)

995. Siniteen. Siniteen (which is an anagram of "Einstein") are large-brained beings who look like their brains are visible on the outside. As a result, Siniteen often are known by names such as Brainee and Pons Limbic.

They are known for being able to perform complex calculations, including hyperspatial jump calculations, in their heads.

Rating: 3/5, mostly for humor value.

996. Sinkars. The Sinkars are apparently a slow-moving, slow-thinking species that rumors variously claim to be mindless beasts or extremely wise, long-lived sapients with telepathy. Rumor also claims that they feed only on the local sludge and solar energy, or that they can drain starships and even living creatures of their energy if they get too close.

They are also described as "helium-based slugs," yet also described as resembling gigantic amoebas. They live on a world where oxygen snows out of the sky.

Rating: 3/5. I like the mysteriousness of it.

997. Siolans. A Siolan can recognize close relatives by scent.

Rating: 1/5. That's interesting, but common enough that I'm not sure it qualifies as special in any way.

998. Sipsk'ud. Sipsk'ud are duck-billed, probably penguin-shaped sapients with seven eyes arranged in a circular pattern (one in the center and six surrounding it). They apparently don't live in the same kind of atmosphere as humans, for they apparently wear spacesuits when coexisting with humans. The known member of the species was a pilot.

Rating: 3/5. I like the combination of conventional animal features with a weird eye configuration.

999. Sith. The Sith, also sometimes known as Red Sith or Sith Purebloods, are the race whose name became all but synonymous with the dark side of the Force. They invented multiple dark side traditions (Sith alchemy, Sith magic) and ruled an empire during the early history of the galaxy. They have/had at least three castes/races/subspecies, the Kissai, Massassi, and Zuguruk. (One of these names is not like the others...) The majority of the Sith possess(ed) Force sensitivity, and even exist(ed) in a more strongly symbiotic relationship with the dark side, supposedly being at least partially sustained by it and being unusually strong in it. (Presumably, this is somehow connected to their encounter with the Rakata.)

The reason I talk about them in an inconsistent tense is because as far as anyone knows, because of a human Sith organization instituting an interbreeding program with the Sith Purebloods, the original Sith are probably extinct or have gone into hiding (nobody's sure which). For instance, one group of Sith refugees would eventually become known as the Sorcerers of Tund (they're probably extinct, since their last, non-true Sith member, the Croke Rokur Gepta, took credit for exterminating the rest of them-note the Lando Calrissian Adventures link in the Silentium entry).

They were responsible for a lot of old, mysterious things that modern (movie-era) inhabitants of the Star Wars galaxy aren't necessarily aware of as their handiwork; for example, the massive temple buildings on Yavin IV in A New Hope are actually special Force-amplifying buildings left behind by the Massassi and the human Sith Lord Exar Kun. There's also a region of 120 or so planets that are or were known as the Sith Worlds; the region also contains three worlds that have been credited as the Sith homeworld, all of which are strong in the dark side. (Korriban is apparently the real homeworld, which they abandoned and turned into a sort of tomb world; the world of Ziost was adopted later on, while Dromund Kaas's status as an apparent homeworld is "possible propaganda".)

While the Rakata taught the Sith about the dark side, the Sith king, Adas (who was over three hundred years old at the time and was the first king to rule the entirety of their original homeworld) was able to anticipate the inevitable Rakatan treachery and was able to drive them off at the cost of his own life. From the fact that there were multiple Sith Empires, several of which were ruled by the Red Sith themselves and most of which were very influential in galactic politics if not the dominant powers of their times, it's fairly obvious that they were at one time very influential.

When all is said and done, the Sith are basically Evil Ancient Egypt IN SPACE. That's honestly pretty fun.

Rating: 5/5.

1000. Sivorians. Native to Sivoria.

Rating: 1/5. Get outta here, ya bums! (It's very true to form that one of those would be where I hit four digits.)

-Signing off.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


NOTE: The following has a fair bit of swearing, and while a lot of it is bleeped, the censoring is pretty lazy.

Frankly, while I don't particularly care for large volumes of swearing, I do rather think that, discounting the literary era he was created in, Gollum's nastier side would definitely swear the nastiest swears he could come up with, so this strikes me as relatively in character.

-Signing off.

Monday, December 23, 2013

At Least His Name Hasn't Ruined His Self Esteem*

My sister declared this the weirdest thing she's seen "in a while." Take that how you will.

I love how apparently Coach Crime knows when crooks are near random phones. (I wasn't watching quite closely enough to know if there's an actual explanation, but it seems dubious.)

Fun facts:

The main characters are voiced by Peter Cullen (many versions of Optimus Prime) and Frank Welker (has voiced characters in almost every cartoon ever, but in context the most relevant are the Megatron voices he did). (Additional fun fact: The spellcheck knows "Cullen" but not "Welker.")

This originally aired as part of a block called The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show.

The dog's name is Yukk!, in the words of Wikipedia's article "formally stylized with an exclamation point."

I stumbled across this, by the way, because I was looking at an entry on the Ben 10 wiki about an alien with a loosely similar gag to Yukk!'s.

*I mention this because he compares himself to Robert Redford. Dude's pretty comfortable with himself.

-Signing off.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species (#99)

981. Shimholts. Shimholts are 1) an interesting sort of ugly, and 2) long-lived.

Their culture apparently found something dishonorable in being captured by outsiders, and one of their member was ostracized after being captured (and apparently then released) in an Imperial raid; for some reason, this made him want to join the Empire, and they gave him a high-ranking position for some reason.

...You can always tell the Star Wars Marvel Comics stories...

Rating: 3/5 on the basis of their appearance, mostly.

982. Shistavanens. Shistavanens are supposedly rarely seen in the galaxy at large, but I count eighteen named characters, so I find this dubious. (Consider that the Shistavanens are one of an estimated twenty million sapient species, which is a really small group in a really large population, even if there are billions of them.) They're supposedly isolationist, and are largely found in loner-type occupations off their homeworld, such as scouts, bounty hunters, and so on.

They find work in such occupations, of course, because of their fairly stereotypical predatory species skills, such as fierce claws and teeth, good sense of smell, etc. Kinda boring.

It doesn't help that they exist because somebody grabbed a wolfman mask to use in the cantina scene.

On the other hand, the original Shistavanen character fell in love with a (Florn) Lamproid at first sight, and that's kind of wonderful.

Rating: 3/5, because their existence contributes to one of the odder canonical romances in the entire Star Wars canon.

983. Shorak. Near-humansscreeeechno, I'm sorry, dying hair, getting arm tattoos, and being more muscular than the human baseline don't qualify as an alien species description. That basically describes, what, pro wrestlers? I don't know.

Rating: 1/5. Not even worth mentioning the illogic of their relationship to the Peroenians so I'll just link that article (they're the rival group mentioned there).

984. Shownarri. Near-humansyoink.

Rating: 1/5.

985. Shrieks. There may be only one Shriek (which may not be the name of whatever it is), because Ewoks cartoon.

Anyway, the known Shriek is a purple-furred cartoon alien with a third eye on an eyestalk sticking out of its head that drove off intruders by, as the name suggests, shrieking.

Also, his name is Larry.

Rating: 2/5. Because Larry is a hilariously incongruous name.

986. Shrobs. Shrobs are ambiguously canonical "saurian humanoids." They apparently are native to a planet that was colonized and forcibly made to work in its environment-wrecking industries, and while they were traditionally pacifistic, their pariah status on their own homeworld drove them to violence.

Rating: 3/5. ...I dunno, I'm feeling unusually favorable towards them.

987. Shusugaunt. The Shusugaunt are supposedly known as fierce warriors, but they invaded a high-gravity planet (homeworld of the Anx), and got tired so they ran away.

Rating: 2/5. Amusing.

988. Sibilaari. The Sibilaari homeworld exploded at some point, and since their civilization apparently was entirely within the bounds of their planet, that should have been the end of that.

However, they were advanced enough to make well-shielded stasis devices that they used to preserve some proportion of their population, and at least some of these found their way into an asteroid belt. This asteroid belt would later be the site of a mining rush, and the miners would uncover the Sibilaari's existence.

Considering that the Sibilaari apparently possess vast physical strength, are capable of surviving indefinitely in vacuum, Force sensitive, can withstand hand weapon fire, navigate asteroid belts without mechanical aid, and completely silent when in atmosphere (due to somehow absorbing noise to nourish themselves), this probably didn't end well (not surprising, considering they're from a role-playing game adventure).

Rating: 4/5. I'm having a bit of trouble grokking their description, but they also sound suitably alien.

989. Sic-Six. Sic-Six are quite large spider creatures with highly sensitive hearing who apparently don't like each other terribly well. While they apparently could be a nuisance (like Lamproids-see earlier link) in the style of an invasive species that happens to be sapient, they also are popular in certain circles because most beings not native to their world find their venom inebriating rather than toxic.

...In other words, they're paid to bite people for those people's pleasure.

This is strange and fascinating to me.

Rating: 4/5.

990. Sif'krie. At least twenty percent of the Sif'krie homeworld's economy is centered around exporting products of the hilariously named pommwomm plant, which is the source of eight useful medicinal substances and sixteen natural flavoring agents. However, pommwomm export is time-sensitive, and when their unfriendly neighbors, the Frezhlix, blockaded them in an effort to get them to support measures in the galactic government to punish the Bothans during the Caamas Document crisis, it threatened their economic stability severely.

Fortunately, even though they couldn't get a message out properly, they were rescued by a New Republic task force, and would then contribute to the peacekeeping fleet that protected the Bothan homeworld.

Rating: 3/5.

-Signing off.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Seasonal Dalek

Inevitably, a very high proportion of the comments upon this video are along the lines of "DECORATE! DECORATE!"

Because apparently shouting three-to-four-syllable words is something Daleks are contractually obligated to do. (I should think, even though it's slightly off in context, that it's clear it really ought to be "REDECORATE!")

-Signing off.

Monday, December 16, 2013

He Will Appear In Your Nightmares

On the one hand, the character design feature of this wrestling game that I don't care about at all is clearly amazing.

On the other hand... shiver. That Scrooge McDuck...

-Signing off.

Friday, December 13, 2013

It Figures...

...that the very day after I finally catch and blog about the previous Godzilla trailer, they'd release the new one. (I'd have blogged about this Wednesday, but I'd already prepared my post for that day. It can be a little frustrating only blogging three days a week, though I still don't have the energy for five days a week at this point.)

And the awesome one.

Granted, we see very little Godzilla in this trailer, but the imagery of the HALO jump was great.

They're basically parachuting straight into Hell, and that is fantastic.

-Signing off.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species (#98)

971. Shaliz'Na. The Shaliz'Na are ambiguously canonical winged space Native Americans.

Where have I heard that before?

Rating: 1/5. Yeah, I'm not feeling especially charitable to that. Somewhat offensive and unoriginal? No.

972. Shards. Shards are living, sapient crystals that are usually a foot or so long. Their electromagnetic senses made it easy to essentially connect them to droids as brains, and while they're normally borderline hive-minded because their electromagnetic senses work a lot like telepathy, being put into bodies makes them into extremely curious and independent explorer types.

Also, they can be Force sensitive, and some droid-wearing individuals became Jedi.

Rating: 5/5. They can be Jedi who look like droids.

973. Sharu. The Sharu existed a really, really long time ago. Around 1,000,000 years before the movies, they disappeared. Left behind were a group of seemingly broken people called the Toka, a huge bunch of impervious gigantic pyramids dotting the various planets of their worlds (so huge that later arrivals in their home system would often build their buildings in the crevices between them), and bizarre "orchards" of strange trees that grow "life crystals."

These last became the system's primary export in relatively recent times; the orchards suck the life out of people-intelligence, vitality, everything that makes someone who they are-and essentially charge their "fruit," life crystals, with it. Life crystals significantly increase the lifespan and health of those who keep them as jewelry or otherwise in regular contact with themselves. Obviously, we're talking some pretty valuable merchandise.

Eventually, Lando Calrissian discovered that the Toka actually were the Sharu, and their disappearance was because they had gone into hiding disguised as something innocuous, and the "life orchards/life crystals" were tools that enacted the transformation and stored their intellects for their descendants to access.

And the pyramids hid all their real buildings, which probably wasn't very good for all the other people living on their planets when they decided it was safe to come back.

The Empire put a garrison in their system, but it never came to conflict; the New Republic would later put a large research team into place there.

I should mention that this is part of my favorite of the older Star Wars novels.

Rating: 5/5. Of course, we're left to wonder what the Sharu were hiding from, but that's part of what makes them wonderful.

974. Shashay. The Shashay, known as Space Singers because of their skills in space navigation and singing (heh), are/were very distrustful of outsiders, and so their homeworld Crystal Nest's location is a closely guarded secret, only to be found in the memories of Shashay navigators. (Not that this makes very much sense, since the Star Wars galaxy is very well explored compared to a lot of space settings.) They made tentative friendly gestures towards the Alliance, and then stuff happened that was designed to make them stop by the Empire.

They're kind of puny bird people.

Rating: 2/5. Mainly because I'm not terribly fond of secret, uncharted worlds in Star Wars when there's no indication that they're in an area where it would make sense.

975. Shatras. Shatras are reptile people who are hard to sneak up on.

They have five major ethnic groups, one who makes up 87% of the population and is the spacegoing portion of the civilization, one who makes up 10% of the population and has rejected technology because they fought a really big war, and three other groups that make up the remaining 3%.

Also, supposedly each Shatra is very loyal to every other Shatra.

Rating: 3/5. I particularly like the cultural makeup information.

976. Shaull. We don't know that much about the Shaull, except that they apparently aren't spacefarers, and also those that are seen in the wider galaxy have usually become indentured servants to have a chance to explore, such individuals generally being very adventurous and curious.

We also have a picture of one. She's kinda cute, in a mutanty sort of way.

Rating: 3/5. Simple, but I like them.

977. Shawda Ubb. Shawda Ubb are really short (from one to three feet tall) fat reptile things. Their limbs are so spindly I'm not sure they would be able to actually walk.

Fortunately for them, even though they're small and probably not very mobile, they can spit poison that can immobilize human-sized creatures for fifteen minutes.

One of them was a musician in the Special Edition version of Jabba's palace.

Rating: 3/5. Eh, fifteen minutes of paralysis is much too short for anything but a video game or whatnot, but I'm still entertained.

978. Shi'ido. At some point, I mentioned that ambiguously canonical size-changing shapeshifters were unnecessary. That is because the Shi'ido exist.

The Shi'ido are a fairly mysterious race of shapeshifters. We don't know precise limits on their shapeshifting, but presumably it's why they're so mysterious.

We do know that several Shi'ido characters had a remarkable lack of limitations on their shapeshifting prowess-Mammon Hoole, the best-known Shi'ido, could turn into a mouse-sized animal or a hundred-foot-long whale (excuse me, "Whaladon")-but that's not a reliable gauge.

You see, Mammon Hoole and another Shi'ido, Borborygmus Gog, were coworkers on a bioengineering project that involved first trying to create life from scratch. After the first stage of their experiments was declared a failure, they used Clawdite genetic material to experiment on themselves. Now, how you add something that isn't even capable of becoming something other than very humanoid and exactly the same size to something capable of much more and get something capable of even more powerful shapeshifting isn't clear, but I'm not going to argue with the sciencey powers of people who live in a civilization that can generate orders of magnitude more energy than the momentary output of a star in a space station too small to contain the amount of matter one would convert to get that energy.

At younger ages, supposedly Shi'ido can only change about as much as Clawdites, but one older than 150 is believed to be able to achieve size changes. Again, this involves Hoole and Gog, so we should probably be mildly suspicious. It's also established that Shi'ido are much more capable of sustaining their shapechanging and aren't pained by the process, and can also store objects inside their bodies without apparent difficulty. They also can use some form of telepathy to make their disguises more complete.

A Shi'ido is considered an adult at 61 and can live for 500 years.

Anyway, we don't know that much about the Shi'ido culturally, but we do know that 1) Mammon Hoole was a scientist who worked on mad science (and later quit with regret when an experiment wiped out a civilization, though it wasn't his fault) and would move on to become an anthropologist dedicated to the preservation of cultures, 2) Borborygmus Gog was another scientist who worked on mad science (said experiment wiping out a civilization was his fault) gleefully continued his evil research and even challenged Darth Vader to his face once. (Amazingly, Gog was killed not by a long-distance Force choke but by an eldritch abomination he'd created and then inadvertently taunted.)

My conclusion is that Shi'ido have a full array of alignments, and thus I approve.

Rating: 5/5. (The height of the rating is partly due to the fact that I quite like Hoole as a character, even if the books he mostly was in could be pretty darned silly [see the S'krrr].) I don't think the Star Wars galaxy really needs any other high-end shapeshifters.

Also, it is quite possible this particular article has the most 5/5 scores in the series.

979. Shi'kar. All we know about the Shi'kar is that their planet blew up and became an asteroidal cluster known as the Shi'kar Straits. We don't even know if they still exist or not.

Rating: 2/5. The odd ambiguity intrigues me a bit.

980. Shifalas. Sapient simians from Carreras Major...

Rating: 1/5. ...are failing to incite any interest.

-Signing off.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Phantom Trailer Finally Caught

You know, this trailer has been appearing and then vanishing before I could see it for months now. A bit weird to use a Chinese video site to post it, but...

Anyway, I'm still relatively cautiously optimistic about this movie. A little less caution and a little more optimism than before, I think.

Also, that's a pretty beefy Godzilla (though I'd seen pics of that already).

-Signing off.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species (#97)

(I've done a little bit that hopefully will mean it won't be another month or so before the next of these. I really like doing these articles, and they're probably my favorite kind to do anymore, but it's been hard ever since my sister joined Tumblr.)

961. Senali. The Senali and the Rutanians are closely related species; the Senali live on the moon of Rutan, their mutual original homeworld.

The Yuuzhan Vong incited war between them using disguised agents to make it easier to conquer them. This actually highlights a thing about the Yuuzhan Vong that was a particular failing of theirs: They were really darned good at infiltration, and this was one of their most interesting features, but after some early uses of these abilities, they almost forgot they could do it or something.

Rating: 2/5. I'm pretty sure there's a pity point there.

962. Sentient mynocks. Sapient mynocks were a race of mynocks (those things that chewed on the Millennium Falcon inside the asteroid) that developed sapience, apparently due to the unique Force properties of their home system, and then developed unusually powerful dark side Force powers, which they used to conquer their home region.

Fortunately for the rest of the galaxy, they were incapable of becoming a plague on the rest of the galaxy because they could only breed in their home system, and a disaster of some kind wiped them out. Incidentally, "sentient" mynock is a placeholder name, and we don't necessarily know what they called themselves.

Rating: 4/5. Because little pest things turning into terrifying conquerors of worlds is great.

963. Sephi. Sephi are basically more or less humans with pointed ears. A Lucasfilm staff member has gone on record as saying that "most" pointed-eared individuals are probably either Sephi or closely related, which is a thing that has many problems with that I'm not going to touch.

Unsurprisingly, there is a mention that one can distinguish female Sephi by their breasts (as I've noted in the past, Wookieepedia is, basically, a pervert); notably, this particular instance describes female Sephi as having "more prominent" breasts than male Sephi, which is the only time I've seen this variation on the description.

Rating: 1/5. Sorry, no. I like pointed ears on human-looking beings, but there's not really anything of note about these guys.

964. Sernpidalians. Sernpidalians resemble albino humans. There's probably not a lot of them left, because the Yuuzhan Vong dropped a moon on their planet.

Rating: 2/5. Okay, interesting thing about their planet: The capital city's mayor was a certified grade A batman dude, such that there were actually people wondering if he was Boba Fett. If he'd been an actual Sernpidalian, it'd have raised their score another point. (If you're wondering what he did, when he learned what the Yuuzhan Vong creature that was pulling the moon down was, he yanked out a thermal detonator and got ready to jump on it. Somebody there pointed out that it was too late to stop the moon from crashing into the planet, and he responded that he wanted to make sure the so'n'so didn't escape and jumped on it anyway.)

965. Serps. Serps are, predictably, reptile people. The women are distinguished by, you guessed it, their breasts. (And coloration.)

Oddly enough, the Serps once had their name misspelled as "sepr" in official material. I think I'd have preferred that spelling.

Anyway, apparently they'd once been advanced, then outlawed advanced technology because of what it did to the environment/bad things from a war/whatever, and adopted primitive technology and a distinctly medieval outlook, including jousting as a regular hobby and a single king for the whole planet.

The king of a certain era allied with the Empire, started refurbishing the old technology, and instituted a law that all jousts be to the death or something. Then he was stopped.

Rating: 2/5. If we're talking medieval reptile people, the Anointed People are vastly preferable. In fact, the only reason the Serps get even the 2/5 is because "Sepr" is a more interesting name, even though it's not their name at all.

966. Sessehshellah. The Sessehshellah, also known as the Sesseh', apparently are basically giant river otters. The Empire plundered their planet of much of their fossil fuels, which is described with the remarkably awkward phrasing "stole most of the planet's hydrocarbons."

Unless the Empire stripped the planet of most of its life as well (which isn't stated), that's quite unlikely, because hydrocarbons are essential building blocks of life as we know it.

Rating: 2/5. Because I was inadvertently made to think of silicon-based otter people, and that was worth a chuckle.

967. Seuvhat(s). One was seen on a planet, apparently driving something.

Rating: N/A.

968. Seylott. They kind of make me think of walrus people, although they don't have tusks.

Apparently, their culture is a decayed remnant of a greater culture that had developed in isolation from the Old Republic. They follow a religion that involves an idol that is some sort of powerful Force relic that, if damaged, would apparently release an enormous burst of energy that could devastate a planet. A terrorist stole this idol and was going to use it to bomb Coruscant, but was stopped by Jango Fett and a Jedi.

That's... kind of amazing.

Rating: 3/5.

969. Shadda-Bi-Boran. The Shadda-Bi-Boran lived on a planet with a unique atmosphere and orbiting a special snowflake star. When that star died, the race quickly went extinct because every world refugees were moved to was inadequate and they refused to accept being put into stasis.

We know about them because Padmé Amidala was part of a youth corp when she was younger who worked with the refugees.

Rating: 2/5. Sad.

970. Shadowmen. The Shadowmen (no relation) exist on a perpetually dark planet and are adapted to it. They fought with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker once.

Rating: 2/5. If there were an image of them in a different art style that I liked better, they might have a higher rating; as it is, they look kinda silly. (Also, it's hilarious that they have a known appearance when the story they were in took place in pitch darkness.)

-Signing off.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Faith And Begorrah And Top of the Marnin' And All That

I don't really know anything at all about this game, except that Jaunty there is apparently sorta also a leprechaun or something.

All I have to say is that Jaunty there sure is a friendly vaguely demonic Irish snake thing. (Also, it's funny how his movements are mostly random right up until he silently emotes at the end.)

-Signing off.

Monday, December 2, 2013

That Narrator Is Still Obnoxious

Y'know, I don't care if the animal is called a two-headed snake, labeling a video about an animal with a false head designed to distract its enemies "Two Headed Snake Attack" is misleading.

Especially since there is technically a such thing as a literal two-headed snake.

-Signing off.