Super Sunday: Supernatural Aliens

After I did Superhero Sundays and Supervillain Sundays, I did Supernatural Sundays, so here I have three aliens that have supernatural powers:

Wise Chargan

Planet Gurx is a world where knowledge is highly valued and collected, but sometimes forbidden knowledge has escaped the records and now only exists in the minds of those who call themselves “The Wise”. Chargan is one of the wisest Strondovarians in this sense, full of occult knowledge that is too dangerous to be made public. Chargan employs a small army of loyal subjects who infiltrate all sections of Strondovarian society and keep Chargan informed if any important “secret” information should be discovered. When that happens, everything in Chargan’s vast power is done to make sure that information is lost anew.

The project to create a New Gurx, a giant replacement planet for the tiny homeworld, is secretly being financed and led by the Wise. They have had their secret employees filling the interior of the planet with occult runes with meanings unknown even to those employees.
Universe: Blue

Dark Victor

Centuries ago, the planet Jinnar was ravaged by wizards who wanted to wrest control of the planet from the technology-based governments that had ruled for so long there. A long war resulted, which left that planet in ruins, but at least the wizards were wiped out. That is, save one. A single one of those wizard found terrible secret ways to cheat death. So now, as the only remaining survivor on either side, that one wizard can safely declare himself the Dark Victor of the war. But even having survived, the Dark Victor did have to leave Jinnar to find a better place to recover. The Victor now roams from planet to planet, haunting the cosmos as a magical alien ghost monster, occasionally attempting to take over some other nice species. It’s a good gig, but it also makes him a prime candidate to be hunted by Konwaag the Magic Hunter.
Universe: White

Haphaff

There was a time when otherworldly beings were present on the planet Dellwell and they were worshipped as gods. Though those beings seem to have left the world, their traces remain, but none more strong than Haphaff, who claims to be descended from those very beings. Essentially this makes Haphaff a demi-god, and his strength and durability seem to agree with that assessment. Though boisterous, Haphaff has not drawn too much attention to himself over the years, but there are elements working on the planet who would like to get their hands on him.

I didn’t mention it when I did the Dellwellians’ profile, but this is a species that was one I found among my notes from back in my youth. It was just two pages, one with a few Delwellian “superheroes”, and the other with the Dellwellian religion. Haphaff was the thing combining the two. I maybe thought it was clever that the species is hunched over normally, but this example of a more “bestial” Dellwellian stands upright, a reverse of how that might go with humans.
Universe: Orange

Super Sunday: Supervillain Aliens

This week it is aliens who are supervillains.

Juka the Deadly

Planet Szunkrun is full of advanced technology, but few are more advanced than Juka the Deadly. Juka is from a Szunkrun culture that believes a person only really has power if their technology is inside them, and therefore eschews the robots and devices that other Szunkruns use to make their lives easier. But Juka has developed the planet’s most advanced nanotechnology and has injected it in his own body. Now with all sorts of powers over electricity and magnetism and the like, Juka wages a war against all the machinery and robots of the rest of the world, thus coming into conflict with the hero Montoroloxi the Magnificent. Juka would be a different kind of enemy for Montoroloxi, whose regular opponents are just corrupt businesspeople and their enforcers.
Universe: Orange

Revengulon

The alien criminal mastermind/warlord/villain called Revengulon is a recurring foe of the superhero called Noblewoman. At some point, Noblewoman stopped one of Revengulon’s evil schemes in deep space, so now, befitting their name, Revengulon pours all sorts of resources into getting revenge. Revengulon has used all sorts of tactics (armies of robotic soldiers, hired alien mercenaries, giant mechs, anything at all) in attempts to defeat the hero and conquer or destroy the Earth (depending on Revengulon’s mood).

If I got around to doing stories for Noblewoman, Revengulon would mostly be a running joke. If I need a story to start with some action, or if there has to be an ongoing fight outside while the real plot is going on inside, those are the kinds of places where Revengulon would allow me an easy set piece.
Universe: White

Starcleaner

Every now and then a being is born with a connection to the multiversal axes, allowing them vast mystical abilities. These are the types of individuals that the Order of Wallfixers seek out and try to recruit. But the vastness of the cosmos means that they can’t reach them all and set the on the right track. The Starcleaner developed its powers all on its own and has set about using them in whatever way it wants. Oddly, the way it wants to use its powers is this: The Starcleaner will bring itself to a new universe and find a star it likes. It will then proceed to remove anything that orbits the star, including comets and asteroids and even inhabited planets. The Starcleaner has never made any effort to communicate its mission, but as far as anyone can tell, the mysterious creature just prefers the appearance of stars with nothing around them and doesn’t care if it has to kill whole species to get it just right. This use of its powers does not actually damage the walls of reality, since the damage is contained within the universes the Starcleaner visits, but the Wallfixers still consider it an enemy because they recognize it must be stopped.
Universe: Wherever It Wants

Beekeeper Review: Elizabeth Boyd and Bill Chalmers

“Between two beekeepers there can be no strife. Not even a tepid hostility can mar their perfect communion.
The petty enmities which life raises to be barriers between man and man and between man and woman vanish once it is revealed to them that they are linked by this great bond. Envy, malice, hatred, and all uncharitableness disappear, and they look into each other’s eyes and say ‘My brother!”

Uneasy Money is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse and, like most of his works, it is a farcical comedy. Unlike too many of his (and everyone’s) works, this is a story about beekeepers. The fact that they are beekeepers is not particularly relevant to the plot, so I’d hoped I could go into detail without giving much away, in case anyone wanted to check out Wodehouse (which they ought) and decided to do it through a work not related to his more well-known franchises. But I do kind of need to spoil a bit here. There are two beekeepers in this book and they fall in love. I admit that’s a pretty big spoiler, but I assure you there are jokes and misunderstandings that will get a reader through the story even knowing the ending.

Elizabeth Boyd is an American beekeeper, but she isn’t making much money at it. “She had not prospered greatly. With considerable trouble she contrived to pay her way, and that was all.” On top of running her bee farm in Brookport, Long Island, she also has to take care of her loser brother Nutty. She’s a hard working, nice young woman.

William FitzWilliam Delamere Chalmers is an English lord (albeit one of the poorest of them) who enjoys beekeeping. He worked for a year on a bee farm until his lack of money and the response of his peers. “The general impression seemed to be that I should be foolish to try anything so speculative as beekeeping, so it fell through. Some very decent old boys got me another job.” Luckily, by the end of the book, Bill and Elizabeth are off to be wed and buy a big farm of their own. He’s a particularly nice guy, if a bit dim.

How do they rate as beekeepers? Well, Elizabeth is the only one employed as such during the events of the novel, and she admits her business just barely scrapes by. It isn’t for lack of trying, though. Any success she has at the job comes from natural aptitude, for she “loved bees, but she was not an expert on them” and she has “reached a stage of intimacy with her bees which rendered a veil a superfluous precaution.” Bill may not keep bees during the story, but at the very least he has a year of experience and no fear of the insects. He is capable of the job. And what of fighting? Well, it isn’t the kind of story where they get to do much fighting, but Bill is often described as a physically fit and even imposing figure. It isn’t his nature, but I suspect that if he had to fight, he’d do alright. Also of note: on one occasion, when wanting to inflict some minor pain to Bill, Elizabeth pokes him with a pin, which is on brand as a stinger. Maybe she’d do more with that motif in a fight. Any supernatural powers? Nothing significant, though there is one moment when Elizabeth is trying to hide something from a snooping reporter and one of her bees “stung him at the psychological moment” which could be coincidence, but also could be a bee knowingly doing its keeper’s bidding.

Beekeeper Rage? Well, Elizabeth at one point notes how quickly she goes from being unhappy that her brother may come into some money he will surely misuse, to “boil[ing] with rage” when he doesn’t get it. She knows it is inconsistent, but the rage is still there. But also “it was a trait in her character which she had often lamented, that she could not succeed in keeping angry with anyone for more than a few minutes on end.” So there isn’t too much Rage to be had.

Three Honeycombs out of Five.