Species of the Week: Skrull

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Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Skrullos

Notable Members: Talos

Fandom: Marvel [MCU]

Appearances: Captain Marvel

The Skrulls are a reptilian race with highly adaptable bodies that are not carbon-based like most life forms. They are capable of modifying their form to replicate another being, assimilating even their DNA and recent memories. Their expansion led to conflict with the Kree, who retaliated by annihilating their home planet and branding their refugee survivors as infiltrators so they could continue their purge. A group of Skrulls were helped into hiding by Kree agent Mar-Vell and left to find a safe home with the help of Captain Marvel.

I really liked the portrayal of the Skrulls in Captain Marvel. Obviously they’re well known as a big bad in the comics and the prospect of them invading Earth was already exciting but to have that flipped as Carol uncovers the truth about her Kree guardians and that the surviving Skrulls were just fighting to survive made for a really engaging film.

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Species of the week: Pahvan

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Pahvo

Fandom: Star Trek

Appearances: Star Trek Discovery

The Pahvans are a planet-wide network of noncorporeal beings who exist in perfect harmony. Manifesting as a blue cloud they were able to communicate with other species when they came into direct contact. Despite their lack of bodies they were able to build physical constructs including a transmitter calling other races to join them in harmony.

The Pahvans felt familiar to me, but I can’t put my finger on what they remind me of. I guess any noncorporeal entity is going to look pretty similar and I do love an alien that is truly alien to even a multi-species Federation

Species of the week: Drabatan

Homeworld: Pipada

Designation: Sentient

Notable members: Pao

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: Rogue One

The Drabatans were an amphibious species. Their world was harvested for resources by the Empire, displacing many and causing them to sympathise with the Rebellion.

Been watching Rogue One this weekend. So many great background species but Pao really stood out for me. I was glad to see at least one alien on the Rogue One team and you couldn’t help but feel elated at his battle cry along with all the main cast and supporting human fighters.

Species of the Week: Gormagander

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Designation: non-sentient

Homeworld: Unknown, possibly none

Fandom: Star Trek

Appearances: Star Trek Discovery

 

Gormaganders are large creatures the size of a small spaceship who dwell in the open reaches of space. They were endangered,  partially because of hunting, but also because their need to seek out alpha particles, their main source of food, overrode all their other instincts, including reproduction. Encounters of these creatures were extremely rare and any discovery prompted recovery to a xenologic facility under the Endangered Species Act.

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I do love a good space whale, and I respect that Star Trek: Discovery were gutsy enough to just call it such in the episode. I think as long as they’re not overused within the fictional universe they belong to (something I think Star Wars is at risk of) then they are a fascinating idea to explore and I always like seeing new and original designs on the concept.

Species of the week: Eliksni

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Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Unknown

Notable members: Riksis, Skolas

Fandom: Destiny

Appearances: Destiny, Destiny 2

 

The Eliksni, more commonly known as Fallen, are an arachnid race with a humanoid frame. They have four arms, though lower classes have two arms docked as a sign of subservience. Once a proud and noble culture they were blessed by the Traveler until they were invaded and lost everything. Their houses of nobility are now roving pirate bands who have made their way to Earth and seek to reclaim the Traveler from humanity. They depend on a substance known as Ether to survive and rely on machine Servitors to harvest it for them. 

I made a video about Destiny (which you can watch HERE) which got me thinking about this species. I think all the races of Destiny are well designed. I’ve put a link to an excellent lore video by My Name if Byf which explains their lore far more thoroughly than I can.