Super Sunday: Pan-Species Government Representatives

Pan-Species Government Representatives

In the galaxy that is home to such species as the Ugder and the Runk, it has been a long time since contact was made between space-faring races. There have been good examples of first contact and bad ones, but only recently, with the Advit Empire starting to reach into explored space, has the idea of the species all banding together for their shared benefit gained any purchase. These are some of the representatives of the multiple species:

Immimmyimm

The representative of the Ugder is the Head Organizer of Deuray, a position given after a long election cycle and held for life or until the populace demands impeachment. Immimmyimm is a popular official among both his own species and their neighboring species, the Shlafes, and is one of the masterminds behind arranging this pan-species government, going so far as to have a meeting place built on an otherwise unused moon in the Deuray system.

(For the record, Roghad, Bloodking of the Shlafes is the representative of the Shlafes in this body.)

Geppar Tayo

Like all of the Runk, Geppar Tayo is a cyborg. In this case, all the cybernetics are used to enhance Geppar’s mindpower (increased thinking speeds, vast memory storage, etc.). Perhaps a sign that the Runk don’t yet take the pan-species government as serious as would be preferred, Geppar got the position from the Runkish government simply by being the first Runk to apply and pass the test, though Geppar is quite serious about doing the job well.

Maybo Kt

The representative of the Halmeen is their royal Kt named Maybo. First contact between the Runk and the Halmeen went badly, which was the first contact either species had had with aliens, went very badly. The Runk, being much more technologically advanced, arrived on the Halmeen homeworld and began to colonize it, assuming the Halmeen were “just animals” and this resulted in wars that lasted for a long time. Though things have gotten better, the Halmeen still feel like they are treated as a minor power by other species, and this is perhaps why they more than any other are considering joining with the Advit Empire. Maybo, however, keeps his people’s thoughts on this matter to himself. For now anyway.

Howtow

Howtow’s species is one of the most alien to the rest of those in this government. Howtow’s species does not have space-faring technology or even a government on their own world, so Howtow’s role is absolutely strange from their point, though they seem to be exceedingly kind to other races, so it makes sense that they’d want to help out. Communication with Howtow is also difficult, not only because it seems to have more than twenty forms of communication, but also because it seems to perceive time in a manner different than the other species. But the others want Howtow present in this body, because Howtow’s planet is directly on the border of the Advit Empire’s, but the Advit have had no luck taking over their planet. It is hoped that Howtow and the other species will learn to communicate well enough that they can figure out why that is.

Hem Seva

Srimuns are a species that is quite fond of the Ugder, as they were the species that introduced them to space. Hem Seva, who uses a wearable device to communicate to the other species, is very optimistic and intends to follow Immimmyimm in whatever actions he deems best. It is a naive outlook, but others see it as an example of the Pan-Species Government working out.

Stanhak

Stanhak is a representative of a species called the Q’Huss. For centuries the Q’Huss opted to remain aloof and apart from their stellar neighbors leading, on occasion, to open conflict. It is only within recent generations that the Q’Huss have begun to realize that working with others could benefit them greatly. Many of them, Stanhak included, were disappointed that just as they came to this more peaceful attitude the Advit Empire showed up and started making war seem inevitable, and the rest of the Pan-Species Government must work very hard to convince the Q’Huss that the attempts at peace will be worth the effort.

Kheppo

Kheppo is the representative of a race on a large aquatic world on the outskirts of “known space” as the Pan-Species Government knows it, on the outer rim of their galaxy. Kheppo’s species has not explored beyond their world, so they have no colonies at immediate risk of the Advit Empire’s approach. Still, Kheppo is a long-lived creature, and wise, and tries to offer advice to the other worlds who are in more urgent situations.

Super Sunday: Szunkruns

Szunkruns

The planet Szunkring is a lush, warm world circling a red star. The natural life on the planet, though, is being beaten down by the Szunkruns, a high-tech race that doesn’t care too much about the long term. Szunkruns are a humanoid species (though with short tails, and their faces set in their torsos). Their skin ranges from green to yellow and orange. As a species, the Szunkruns value wealth and prosperity to a fault.

I’ve covered Szunkruns several times already on Super Sundays. First was Montoroloxi, based on an old sketch of mine. Then I fleshed him out by giving him a supporting cast. Then I gave him another villain: Juka the Deadly. Now here’s some Szunkruns that are not directly related to him, to flesh out the rest of the world.

Twisakwoa is, unfortunately, a beggar. In her youth, she served in a security unit during a time of conflict between two rival wealthy individuals, a veritable war. She saw a lot of combat, and lost an arm. After that, she was basically considered useless, and was fired. Nobody thanked her for her service and nobody helped her readjust to life. Now, Twisakwoa lives on the streets asking passersby for scraps, because asking for actual help just makes them ignore her.

Getfatmo works in a factory that designs and builds the robots that are so important for keeping Szunkrun society running. Specifically, it is his job to ensure that no robots are intelligent enough to realize that their lives are non-stop toil. It’s considered both a mercy, because it keeps the robots from being smart enough that they suffer, but also a security measure, because Szunkruns are certain that robots would wipe them out if they got the chance. Getfatmo wonders if this belief represents some sort of planet-wide admission that society is deeply flawed, and if it should be taken as a sign that things need to change. But answering that question doesn’t pay bills, so Getfatmo just keeps working.

Feredelell is a rich person from a line of rich people. Feredelell could go every day of his life without even trying to do anything useful to earn more money, without wanting for anything, and would still have more left over than most people see in their lives. Feredelell could also use that wealth to change the world for the better and still have much of it left. The first option sounds easier, so that is exactly what Feredelell plans to do.

A Fact About Szunkruns: Szunkruns can store food in a pouch in their mouths for later eating, but in the modern wealth-based society, that is considered something poor people do. People with wealth consider is a status symbol to not need stored food, because it shows their confidence that they can get food whenever they want it.

Universe: Orange

Super Sunday: Hk’Lennsrs

Since beginning the Alien Sundays back in 2016, I have been focused on aliens that live in universes that are essentially like our own, with planets and stars and space and what have you. But today’s are not like that. These guys are from some alternate dimension, called Threk’lsho, where physics are different altogether. Human eyes would not even be able to process the images it received from this universe, but that would be the least of our problems since our physical forms would be unable to survive the experience. There is life adapted to this dimension, though:

Hk’Lennsrs

Hk’Lennsrs are a species of beings native to Threk’lsho, having evolved in a cluster of rocks that float around the life-giving warmth of a flaming nebula. We can kind of fathom their living space by comparing it to our own experiences. The fiery nebula is the center of their “star system” and it is surrounded by floating rocks that look like an asteroid field in a movie (not like a real asteroid field). These rocks range from tiny to the size of a mountain, but never the size of planets that orbit our stars. This is a simplified explanation, but will work for now.

These beings, if they could exist alongside a human, would seem to be several stories tall, but in their native dimension they move with the ease that a squirrel might in our dimension. They move around on four tendril legs and their large body/heads are covered in sense organs that we do not understand. They primarily feed by sucking heat out of floating rocks, which have gathered heat by floating around the fiery nebula.

Hebbel is a landscaper of sorts, which means that it gathers together the larger floating rocks that exist in the space of this dimension and tethers them together so that Hk’Lennsrs can build things on them. They do not use buildings for shelter or anything of that sort, but there are reasons why they occasionally need big space for technology. Hebbel actually just likes big rocks. Thinks they’re neat.

Ecking is a courier who travels long distances, and since the field of rocks surrounding the nebula is comparable to the orbit of planets, those are some truly long distances. Because of this, Ecking’s mind has adapted an impressive memory for directions and spatial coordinates.

Fns is a musician, which is actually an occupation more closely related to a scientist in this dimension. Because there is some manner of atmosphere suffusing the space around the flaming nebula, sound can travel all around. Musicians do still create songs for pleasure, but also to study the effects of the music on the universe, or to communicate across the cosmic distances.

A Fact About Hk’Lennsrs: This dimension, if not the system around the flaming nebula, has been visited by the multiverse-protecting wizards called the Wallfixers. They have waged a war in this realm against higher dimensional beings that we would describe as demons. Though the Hk’Lennsrs are not involved in this conflict, they have seen the effects of it in the distance (to make it understandable to the human mind, think of it as if they are seeing smoke and explosions on the horizon, but on a galactic scale), and spent much time debating what it could possibly be.

Universe: N/A

Super Sunday: Exoles

Exoles

The origin of the Exoles is a closely guarded secret among the Exoles, their home being located in a dense nebula that has little seeming value to other races. The Exoles are able to keep the location of their home a secret easily, since they have evolved the ability to not only survive in out space, but to thrive there. Exoles now ride through space, soaring on solar winds among other methods of travel (they can easily hitch a ride on an unknowing spacecraft), and only stop into planetary atmospheres on rare occasions. There is not a lot of “society” among Exoles, as they largely roam the cosmos solitarily, but they do come together for matters concerning that secret home of theirs.

A group of Exoles first made a cameo appearance in a Hover Head story, then one was insulted by Little Choy.

Always Soar is a traveller who is interested in seeing as much of the universe as it can during its lifetime. Having left home early in its life, Always Soar has never returned. Instead, it has encountered more different places and things than any of its peers, and these life experiences are what it cares about most.

Star Watcher is content to stay in a relatively small part of space. Having found a trinary star system in Sector Bokka that has dozens of worlds going around it, providing resources and comfort and that is all that Star Watcher could want.

Fast Drift is one of the Exoles most involved in keeping what little Exole society there is, alive. Taking messages between the home and the far-flung Exoles, Fast Drift makes sure that everyone is as up on the latest news as it is possible to be in a species spread across veritable light-centuries.

A Fact About Exoles: Communication between Exoles comes in several forms. They can create pulses of radio waves that create patterns of “words” which is ideal for communicating at a distance in space (and is also the language with which they communicate with other species), but it is very draining of the body’s resources. For more intimate and detailed communication, Exoles will entwine with one another and slowly writhe and wiggle in ways that get their meanings across clearly and with much less use of energy.

Universe: Bronze

Super Sunday: The Feral Pirates of the Circle

The Feral Pirates of the Circle

The Circle is a small, but very densely populated galaxy (which we encountered as the home to the Dellwellians). With many, many planets making up a galaxy-wide society, there are vast shipping lanes that bring supplies between worlds. This is prime territory for criminal activity, and one crew of such criminals go by the name “The Feral Pirates”.

Murb Deel

Murb Deel is a Drutag, and Drutags are not a species native to the Circle. Back home, Murb was a test pilot who was flying a new type of spacecraft when something went wrong. Murb has no idea of the physics of what happened, but the next thing he new he was in a new galaxy and surrounded by Space Pirates. Luckily, the Drutag are a species who advance in rank by being superior in combat, and that worked with these pirates too. Murb is now in charge of a pirate ship with a crew from a bunch of species from this strange new galaxy. Though Murb is not bloodthirsty, crimes being committed to make a living are fair game. And, of course, proving the superiority of the ship in battle is a must.

In any other story of this sort, this is the role that would be occupied by a human. If it isn’t clear by now that PDR don’t necessarily play that way, I don’t know what to tell you.

Haqwad

Second in command to Murb Deel, Haqwad is the femme fatale of the crew. Skilled with martial arts and espionage tactics, Haqwad’s real skill is the art of seduction. Haqwad occasionally hints at a mysterious past in which she was an assassin, but that is just to draw suspicion away from her real mysterious past as a member of a law enforcement agency.

Henjuen B

Henjuen B is from a species that could best be described as “brain cells inside large floating devices”. Henjuen B is the pirate ship’s chief mechanic, keeping the thing running even when it is being blasted apart by enemy fire and replacement parts are just too expensive to get right now. Perhaps rightfully so, Henjuen B is a cantankerous sort and plays it up, often playfully bantering with the rest of the crew, especially Pilot.

Pilot

Pilot is not a robot, but a member of a species who used their advanced technology to upload themselves into computers. The rest of the species has suffered bad times, with a sort of computer virus corrupting their memory banks and forcing them to go into sleep mode. Pilot now works with the pirates in the hopes of finding the means to save the rest of the species, but is also not averse to having a fun time along the way.

Swobbin

Swobbin is something of a loose cannon. Nobody else on the crew is quite certain if Swobbin is typical of her species, or if even among them she would be considered crazy, but she is almost suicidally reckless and unpredictable. She’s the sort who might betray the crew for the right price, but she’ll probably then kill the payers when she loses interest. She’s the type who might try to trick the crew into going to a planet where there is supposed to be treasure, but there is actually a bunch of people she wants to beat up. They can only justify keeping her around because she is really good in a fight.

Dworreh

Dworreh is the team’s muscle. From a species who are so feared that they aren’t even allowed to leave their home sector without permission from law-enforcement agencies, Dworreh is the secret weapon that the pirates don’t advertise unless they are planning on taking no survivors. Dworreh is less concerned about keeping the secret and is more eager to get into action than the others would consider wise.