Friday, January 2, 2015

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species (#141)

The Massive Index (Posts #1-#100)
The Less Massive Index (Posts #101-#110)
The Second Less Massive Index (Posts #111-#120)
The Third Less Massive Index (Posts #121-#130)

(Upon reflection, I've decided that since the posts are kinda sparse in interesting content for this section, I'm probably going to wait until the Star Wars stuff is finished before putting up the last index post, because the housekeeping on the indices is complicated enough already without being behind and doing at least two for such a boring stretch.

I've excluded unidentified Mamendin species because they're indistinguishable enough from humans that humans could pass for them, and that's hecka boring and also a bit dubious, and Unidentified Jerrilek species because I covered them some while back, with the note that they're unambiguously described as extinct here.)

1401. Unidentified Janguine species. This species of "jungle barbarians" had a language that was suspiciously similar to that spoken by the Yuuzhan Vong. They were apparently extinct or something for at least three hundred years, but their language had been preserved by the Mooloolians... who may have been the same species?

I don't even know, man. Frustrated as I am with some of the Star Wars stuff going on anymore, I can't say I regret the New Jedi Order books getting wiped from continuity.

Rating: 1/5.

1402. Unidentified Jomark species. They apparently built the High Castle, some kind of fortress, and then at some point after that went extinct, making them much like the Hijarnans from last week.

Rating: 1/5.

1403. Unidentified Kromus species. The planet Kromus was accidentally switched with its "sister planet" Kromol in galactic survey data, which complicated an attempt to stop a Separatist superweapon, the Starkiller (how many things have that name in Star Wars? Too many), and ultimately the Old Republic was forced to use orbital bombardment to stop said weapon, which the Separatists had deliberately built in the middle of a Kromusian city to discourage Republic forces from attacking it.

Unfortunately, the exotic hyperspatial tech in the weapon meant that it blew up good when it was destroyed, and the people of Kromus were presumably rendered extinct when the weapon's destruction "killed" the planet.


Putting a stupid but realistic spin on things, this was seen as the Republic's fault, even though the Separatists had 1) built the weapon in the first place, 2) deliberately put it in a heavily populated area on an inhabited planet, and 3) fired it up while there was a Republic fleet sitting there ready to shoot it, and the incident caused multiple planets to join the Separatists.

Rating: 1/5.

1404. Unidentified Kurluvion species. Hutt pornography was being shipped to their system.

Nobody needed to know that, guys!

Rating: 1/5.

1405. Unidentified long-snouted species. Their article notes that not only do they have long snouts, they also have buck teeth. I'm sure they'd love to hear themselves described that way.

Rating: 3/5. They look rather interesting, actually.

1406. Unidentified Majoor species. They're green and cartoonish, and honestly look too human to be that interesting, although on the other hand the major characters of the species known are a busy working dad and his son who resented how busy he was, i.e. they had ridiculously human concerns, which I believe I've noted I find pleasant.

Rating: 2/5.

1407. Unidentified mammalian species. They look kind of like kangaroo/rodent/monkey-somethings. Fortunately, when they named the article they showed more restraint than the last article in this batch...

Just wait and see.

Rating: 2/5. I dunno, mammalian aliens often kind of bore me. On the other hand, these guys are a bit less typical than usual, so I think that gets them a point.

1408. Unidentified Millinar species. There are two things known of them:

1) They're hermaphroditic.

2) They apparently are the keepers of super-special lost Force techniques.

Rating: 2/5. They get a point for randomness.

1409. Unidentified Neona species. They went extinct twenty thousand years before the movie era thanks to some global warming flooding their whole planet. In the movie era, there was an underwater facility put together to examine their ruins.

...Incidentally, water erosion is like super-destructive and very few things would survive just one thousand years underwater.

Rating: 1/5. Meh.

1410. Unidentified New Republic reptilian diplomat's species. Oh gosh that's a doozy of an article name.

Anyway, they're basically frilled lizard people, which is nice.

On the other hand, there are at least two other frilled lizard people species, both of which are more interesting.

Rating: 2/5. Probably can never have too many frilled lizard people.

-Signing off.

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