Species of the week: Mythrol

Mythrol

Designation: Sentient

Notable members: Junn Gobint

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: The Mandalorian, The Rise of Skywalker

 

Mythrol are a blue-skinned humanoid species with amphibian and insectoid traits. They go through developmenatal stages with fledgling Mythrol sporting facial fins, which thye would later molt and form barbs on their faces. Indecent beings from other races would sometimes prey on Mythrol and harvest their musk.

I’m really enjoying getting into The Mandalorian so you’re pretty much just gonna get species from that for the nest few weeks! I liked the nice bit of connectivity with this race between the series and The Rise of Skywalker

Species of the week: Gree

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Gree

Notable members: Lalat’k, Beltek’k

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: The Old Republic,

The Gree are a species who rose to power long before the Republic was founded. They were cephalopods with six tentacles, two of which they used for movement and the rest for manipulation of objects. They established a vast civilization with advanced technology around 100,000 years BBY. After coming into conflict with other races such as the Rakata they retreated into seclusion. While they no longer held dominance their technology still made them beings of interest and during the Sith-Republic Cold War both sides competed to gain access to Gree technology. By the time of the Empire they were notable for historic interest only

The Gree are now Canon thanks to the visual dictionary for The Rise of Skywalker which states that their neural activity works in a similar way to Sith wayfinders

Sluggish Reaction: Picard episodes 5 and 6

After a rocky start and some slow-moving (but beautifully performed) emotional drama we get into some full on action as the crew chase down down Soji via the elusive Richard Maddox

Seven!!!

It was awesome seeing Seven of Nine return in her new role as one of the Fenris Rangers who provide justice where there is none after the collapse of the Romulan Neutral Zone. It doesn’t take much to persuade her to join Picard’s mission but it turns out she has her own motives for journeying to Freecloud.

A bitter history

Am I the only one who thought this was Deanna Troy at first?!!

The crew head to Freecloud where Maddox is being offered up for trade by Bjayzl. Seven offers herself up as bait. It’s been good to see the galaxy react to the Borg but of course there are those who would seek to exploit them. Seven’s backstory set up her journey of revenge on Bjayzl for kidnapping her friend so she could dismantle him for parts.

Stardust City Heist

So, aside from Rafi’s heartbreaking reason for visiting Freecloud, the rest of the episode plays out as a classic heist, which I loved!! Seeing the plan unfold and then go sideways was really satisfying and Picard’s French villain act was a delight!!

The Artefact

After parting ways with Seven and getting information out of Maddox just in time the crew wangle an invite for Picard onto the captured Borg cube. Again the emotion was high as we saw Picard deal with the trauma of returning to a Cube after his time as Locutus of Borg. After initially recoiling from the ‘xBs’ (ex-Borg) he adapts to his surroundings after meeting a familiar face in Hugh. I liked his line about the Borg being victims and I hope there’s some payoff to Hugh’s request that Picard advocate for the xBs to be free.

Unraveling

As Picard gets his bearings Soji is completely losing hers. Nareks probing gradually undermines her belief then pushes her to explore her dream and unlock the information the Zhat Vas seek: her home planet. He tries to kill her but Picard arrives just in time and whisks her away with the help of Hugh.

This continues to be one of the most exciting series going and I can’t wait to get more caught up – more reaction posts soon!!

Species of the week: Awoken

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Distributary

Notable members: Zavala, Rahool, Mara Sov

Fandom: Destiny

Appearances: Destiny, Destiny 2

Strictly speaking the Awoken are human, but after the Collapse of civilization they were greatly changed in the blackness of space. Outwardly they are distinct from baseline humans with skin tones ranging from purple to blue to grey and are physiologically and psychologically distinct also. While many reside on Earth in the last city their race dwell in the Reef, a part of the asteroid belt and their true home is hidden in multi-dimebsional space.

I’ve been dipping into Destiny again recently and my Guardian is an Awoken. I know there’s a lot more to their history but I’m still playing through D1 so I may revisit when I’m more up to date

Species of the Week: Beta Annari

Beta Annari

Designation: Sentient

Notable members: Mr Vup

Fandom: Star Trek

Appearances: Picard

 

Beta Annari are a reptiloid species with a fearsome reputation. Not only are they imposing in stature they have 1,253 olfactory glands, making them adept at detecting signs of deception or fear in other species. These attributes made them desirable as enforcers and the mention of a Beta Annari as a security operative was enough to discourage any attempts at infiltration, unless the infiltrator used means to countermeasure their natural abilities. 

Stardust City Rag was a really fun episode with a classic heist plot line. The Beta Annari was a nice touch and it’s been nice to see some new aliens in the series. Interestingly there’s a species called the Annari, that appeared in Voyager, but I doubt there’s a connection as that race is based in the Delta Quadrant.

My Two Credits: Is Revan fully Sith now?

revan-game-3

Chances are you already know that Revan, the protagonist of the fan-favourite game Knights of the Old Republic is Canon again thanks to a reference in the Visual Dictionary for The Rise of Skywalker. And we know for sure that in the new Canon he was Darth Revan, Lord of the Sith.

Revan Legion

So the Sith Troopers are divided into legions named after ancient Sith. Some of the names are new, but others like Andeddu and Tenebrous are returning from Legends and a few other references to ancient Sith and Jedi alike are made throughout the book. But Revan is a standout fan-favourite and it is exciting to hear the name in Canon again.

Now before I jump in with my speculation I’ll be clear that I believe this is just a chance to give a cool nod to fans and it is likely that we won’t hear anything more or Revan, at least for some time especially with the shift in focus to The High Republic (a good move in my opinion).

Revanlight

But with Revan being the name of a Legion of Sith loyalists comes a potential change to his story. The main revelation in the game is that your character was Darth Revan, leader of the Sith whose memory was erased by the Jedi. He embraced the light once more and vanquished his former ally Darth Malak, bringing an end to the Sith Wars…then fending off the True Sith Emperor for 300 years…then returning and going a bit weird (I haven’t played TOR much!)

The point is that the return to the light is the pivotal moment in Revan’s storyline but for him to be the name of an entire Legion of Sith soldiers, does that mean his story has changed? What is now Revan is truly a Sith who, at one time, conquered the galaxy with the aid of Rakatan technology (the Rakata, we know, are also Canon). This is very interesting to me and a story featuring Revan the conqueror would be exciting to watch or read!!

Revan Sith

Of course another possibility is that the Sith never knew about his return to the light. He might have always been masked and therefore when an unmasked Revan turned on the Sith no one knew who he was and assumed he was just a powerful Jedi and therefore Revan’s legacy, to the Sith eyes, remained untarnished.

Perhaps that’s more likely but I’ve said before that if they do reintroduce the character I don’t want it to be in a KoTOR adaptation (see my opinion on that in the video linked below) but in something new. Perhaps in the way they brought Thrawn back, but in the Imperial era instead of harassing the New Republic, they could find a creative way to introduce the character into a new story.

What do you think? Will we see Revan anytime soon? Will he stay a Sith Lord or still return to the light?

Species of the week: Bith

Bith Jedi

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Bith

Notable members: Fig’rin Dan

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: A New Hope, The High Republic

 

The Bith are  humanoid species hailing from a planet of the same name, also known as Clak’dor, in the Outer Rim. They are hairless and lack eyelids and noses, using sensory glands under their skin folds to smell. Due to their sensitive and acute hearing many Bith are known as talented musicians, scientists and engineers. 

I was encouraged to see a Bith Jedi in the concept art for The High Republic along with a few other classic and new species taking up the blade – seeing this reminds me of when Legends was at it’s best and I’m really hopeful for this project.