Planet Horhut is, to put it mildly, not a great place. It is ruled by a dense bureaucracy that has no concern for the ecological well-being of the planet’s biosphere. The pollution is terrible and life for the lower tiers of the societal hierarchy is a maddening trial.
Rather than slithering like a snake, Horhutans move by flexing their scales in a wave pattern that conveys them along. When not moving, they position themselves in an upright manner that lets them stand about as tall as humans. They have a large sense organ on the top of their heads, which is based on seeing magnetic waves. They have two arms that have claws that they can lock onto whatever they are holding.
Little Choy once insulted a Horhutan.
Naynik is a Horhutans of a reasonably high social tier, not super rich, but also not forced to dwell in squalor the way most of the populace is. Still, it isn’t a great life. There are so many rules that one must follow or lose face that Naynik is constantly stressed out and worried about making a misstep.
Veadivo is employed at an information office, inputting data incessantly into the government’s databases. As is desired by the government, this job has destroyed any traces of interesting personality in Veadivo and co-workers.
Irxadan dreams of a better world. Why must we toil endlessly in meaningless tasks? As far as Irxadan can tell, the only reason it is done is to tire the Horhutans and prevent them from meaningful tasks. Irxadan would love for this to change, but can’t think of any way to change it, and anyway, is too busy working in a factory that makes whips that rich Horhutans can use to hurt poor ones.
A Fact About Horhutans: There was a time when Horhutans created space probes with the intention to explore their galaxy. After doing that for a while, they got bored of it. The government did not find anything interesting quickly enough to justify spending resources, so they not only cancelled the program but went so far as to remove evidence that it had ever existed, because they didn’t want to admit that they’d made a mistake. The probes they made were actually very well designed, however, and may still be out there collecting information that nobody on Horhut is going to gather.
The Kringdaru are a three-legged species that have a single dexterous claw. They are large compared to humanity, standing about two metres on average, but there are many species that are much larger on their homeworld. The Kringdaru were, in their history, frequently preyed upon by a number of large carnivores, but their greater intelligence allowed the Horhutans to rise to the top and create their society in relative safety with their fancy technology.
One of the Kringdaru, with super powers beyond those that are typical of the species, has somehow gone off to the planet Earth to fight superheroes there while taking the name Invay Dor. It does not seem that Invay Dor’s desire to invade other planets is typical of the species, though.
Dolpar is a breeder, whose life is devoted toward egg-laying. Breeders live in the center sections of Kringdaru cities, and are cared for by servants. Given that their lives are devoted to the sole task of laying eggs (they don’t even have to care for the young), the breeders are free to devote mental energy toward a game (we can compare it to chess, but it is fairly different). This game is the most popular sport of the planet. Dolpar does not rank among the best players in the world or anything, but is renowned enough to those who follow the game closely.
Wibbylo is a water capturer. The Kringdaru devote great amounts of resources to taking water from natural sources, like rivers and springs, loading it into containers, and bringing it back to their cities for use. If there is a reason they don’t just use water straight from the sources, or even use pipes or something, it is not a reason that we as humans can understand.
Zeechy is a nice young Kringdaru who enjoys spending time with friends, quiet nights, and long walks. Dislikes include excessively hot temperatures and comets. Zeechy collects rocks that have been shaped into spherical shapes and regularly volunteers for work at the crematorium where dead Kringdaru are burned and their ashes gathered for various industrial uses.
A Fact About Kringdaru: The Kringdaru are able to mimic the sounds made by other species of animal on their world with much accuracy. When they train an animal for some use, they are more likely to do it by almost speaking that animal’s species than to try to make the animal understand their own.
I have reviewed twenty-five Beekeepers since I started that project and I have just done an average score for them. So far, they average a mere 2.52 out of 5. Considering I started the Beekeeper Review project as a way of proving how awesome fictional beekeepers are, it is clear to me now that I have not done a good enough job. Gonna have to find some real winners from this point onward.