Friday, January 9, 2015

Invid's Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Alien Species (#142)

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)

(Already covered one species in this section under Sarrish.)

1411. Unidentified Nyny species. ...Okay, I gotta ask-is that "nye-nye" (long "i" sounds) or "nye-nee" (long "i" then long "e" sounds)? Because either one would sound kind of funny.

Their blood is apparently black and they have three necks. The sole appearance of a member of the species was a dead New Republic senator, who had suffered three broken necks in a terrorist bombing orchestrated by a Dark Jedi.

Rating: 2/5. Eh.

1412. Unidentified primitive race. Some of these guys once traded with the crew of a tramp freighter, known as the "unidentified tramp freighter."

How very elucidating.

Rating: 1/5.

1413. Unidentified pudgy species. Okay, these guys are sorta ugly froggish things (with a wonderful placeholder name, may I say [and by "wonderful" I mean AARRGH]), and there's some charm in the design, but said design is not done any favors by the positively awful low-poly game image used to represent them on their page for some reason.

The known representative of the species was a podracer.

Rating: 3/5. Purely because I like the non-low-poly design.

1414. Unidentified purple-skinned humanoid species. These purple people are native to some planet, where apparently they follow a Sith religion (whether more closely related to the True Sith or one of the various Sith orders is ambiguous).

Rating: 1/5. Eh.

1415. Unidentified Ryoone species 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. These five species share their homeworld with the Lyunesi, whose article saw me joke about how I'd handle this very entry. (Note that the method I decided on is quite different from my joke.)

It's always kind of interesting when there's multiple species native to a world, and the offhand, admittedly lazy mention of these guys as background for the Lyunesi is kind of neat, even if it's a bit frustrating here. The Lyunesi are supposed to be fragile, but also really good at translating, and implicitly they are such because of living among five other tougher species-it was the niche they developed to survive in a harsh society.

Rating: 2/5 for interesting background structure.

1416. Unidentified Sarm species. This species was wiped out by a supernova that created the Utegetu Nebula, the name of which presumably comes from the palindromic Killik language. The nebula apparently contained fourteen planets which were settled by the Killiks as part of a forced relocation, though the rascally Killiks would decide to abandon these planets in favor of picking a fight with the Chiss, which incidentally was probably not a good idea, since the Chiss live in the tough part of town the galaxy and have pretty low tolerance for other people's wacky antics bullhonky attempted invasions and a bit of a tendency to wipe people out of space, though they do at least do others the favor of never opening hostilities.

...Anyway, that this species was known to exist is pretty interesting, because a nebula with fourteen habitable systems in it would presumably be pretty large and take quite a while to form after the supernova, so it would have been quite a while ago that the species went extinct.

Their known artifacts are an extensive canal system.

Rating: 2/5.

1417. Unidentified Sarrahban species. They tried to be neutral during the Galactic Civil War, but the Empire invaded them anyway.

That rascally Empire.

Rating: 1/5.

1418. Unidentified Shoon species. This species was apparently gigantic and humanoid, and a war of unidentified nature devastated their homeworld and left them extinct.

Rating: 1/5, although I kind of like the detail that they were apparently huge, because that word "gigantic" is used persistently.

1419. Unidentified Sinton species. Their homeworld was conquered by the Empire. One individual would apparently brag about his involvement in the campaign later; however, it was later established that he probably had never actually been an actual officer, and was so horrendously incompetent that it begs questions of how he even survived in the Imperial military when it had a tendency to punish its failures so harshly.

(Said individual boasted of his execution of the "Massacre of Mendicat," but said event was actually a space station falling into a star with all hands due to an egregious programming error on his part. ...Which is a pretty gutsy way for him to reinterpret history, I'll give him that.)

Rating: 1/5.

1420. Unidentified snout-nosed species. ...Yet more elephant-faced species? At least these guys are blue, instead of red/pink again.

Rating: 2/5. They look mildly neat.

-Signing off.

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