Last year at the end of August I provided the Pllvm, a species that exist in multiple alternate universes, just to show that humanity weren’t the only ones that get that privilege. Well, this week I’m doing it again with another multiversal species.
Living on various alternate worlds called Tefd, the Lehss are a race of six-legged, shelled creatures with a single large eye and two arm-like limbs with manipulating digits. On all these worlds they are a slow, ponderous species that devote a lot of their lives to philosophical thought experiments. Their society is loosely knit, they spend a lot of time alone, but close together in tunnels near the planet’s shores (the planet has few large continents, but many, many small islands). None of these alternate versions of the Lehss have developed any form of music.
Yab Dag is a star mapper. Many of the Lehss are convinced that there is some way to divine important things in the motions of the stars, so Yab Dag has painstakingly created charts of their movements for years and carved the findings onto cave walls. Though, in that time, Yab Dag has grown less certain that there is actually any meaning in the movement of the celestial bodies, it is still pleasant work that seems like it could be potentially useful someday, so Yab Dag enjoys it.
Dipwut is a drug addict. On this version of Tefd, there grows a hallucinogenic plant that the Lehss have taken to using to go on “mind journeys”. Dipwut has gone on such journeys many times, preferring the space in imagination over the harsher real world. Sadly, the more Dipwut tries to take the drug, the greater their tolerance for it, and then the greater the need for more. If Dipwut is going to continue using this escape from reality, they may need to start doing underhanded things to get their hands on the drug.
Mak is a designer of puzzles and riddles. This is a risky occupation, because if your riddles are too easy, nobody cares, and if they are too hard your customers may believe you have given them a puzzle without an answer, which is a great crime among the Lehss. Mak specializes in the thought experiments that are provided to the young to educate them, which is less risky because the adults will be able to confirm that there is a true answer, but Mak really desires to create complex riddles that would stump even experts. For now Mak keeps those riddles in mind, perhaps to be revealed one day when the time is right.
Ebo Ebo is a wizard. On this version of Tefd, dark magics have been unlocked by the Lehss, and they use them to enhance their lives, but sometimes at great personal risk. The use of magic on this world has attracted certain spirits from beyond that want to toy with the species that presumes it understands the magic. Ebo Ebo has been tempted and tricked by these spirits, but has learned from those mistakes and is now one of the foremost protectors against those beings.
On this version of Tefd, predatory species that have been wiped out on other versions are still alive. Lobey and the others here must try harder to stay alive, and consequently don’t have the time to engage in deep thought that the species desires. Traditionally the Lehss of this world have focused on defensive methods of protecting themselves, but Lobey is thinking more offensively, designing chemical weapons to fight back. But could this use of chemicals cause more damage to the world than it is worth?
The planet Bo Dovi Exxus is home to a species that call themselves the Doviderans. These people have evolved to live in an environment of dense plant-life that we would liken to a thorn bush. Doviderans have four limbs, all of which can be used for locomotion or for manipulation. They are also have a vertical symmetricity that allows them to change their orientation while climbing without ever being “upside down.”
In their youth, every Dovideran is given a pet, a creature called a Mome Doriinty that resembles a cross between a pig and a squirrel. The young Dovideran is meant to care for this pet and thus learn all they need to know about life. Nik Po Tori learned early about death. When his pet died, Nik Po became shamed. Even though the death was no fault of his own, the superstitions of the world have people convinced that one whose Mome Doriinty dies will never be able to adjust to the pressures of life. In spite of this stigma, and motivated by the death of the beloved animal, Nik Po has dedicated his life to preventing death where possible. Fighting against the opinions of others, Nik Po has studied the medical arts and is trying to become the worlds most proficient designer of new and useful medical techniques.
Eab Mo Bofix is a judge. It is his job to investigate crimes, locate the criminals, and dole out judgement. With a team of about a dozen assistants, Eab Mo holds his offices in one of the largest populated areas in the northern hemisphere. During his career, he has solved robberies, caught murderers, and exposed swindlers. He has recently been on the trail of a serial arsonist, and he is going to be disappointed to learn that the culprit is, in fact, one of his own assistants.
In spite of their ease at climbing, most Doviderans make their homes on the ground in dug-out holes covered with slabs of stone. Maug Ep Arb is an exception, living in a hanging structure high above a river. Maug Ep works as a water desalination plant, an esteemed occupation on this world, and has been so successful that her certain eccentricities have been accepted. Still, people talk behind her back about how crazy she is, though Maug Ep likes being thought of as a “weirdo” and cultivates the image.
A Fact About Doviderans: The spoken language of the Doviderans is extremely complex and spoken very quickly. As a result, the part of their brain that deals with aural language is extremely advanced. They can concoct codes and ciphers nearly on a whim, and many play code games as a pastime. Poetry is another popular entertainment for them. All the languages that arose on the world in the olden days have now blended together into a single tongue that contains all of them. For Doviderans, picking up other languages is extremely easy. Though they have not yet ventured off their homeworld, they have detected life on other planets and begun communicating with them. They have also developed extreme xenophobic hatred of a couple of species they have learned have no spoken language at all. Again, it’s a good thing they haven’t left the planet.