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The Halaa - Picture Needed
« on: March 30, 2010, 04:10:59 pm »
I need help procuring a picture. (GroxGlitch, I received your PM, but can't figure out how to reply.)

In the meantime, enjoy the following information.

Name: Halaa
Title: Pursuers of the Golden Form

(Section 1 -- Biology)
Type                 : Amphibious
Appearance           : Aquatic, semi-Artificial
Gravity preferences  : High
Temperature pref.    : Hot
Atmosphere breathed  : Hydrogen-Neon
Body cover           : Rubbery skin, hard shell, metallic body
Body color           : Red skin, white shell, white and gold body
Hair                 : Small bony crest between lip of shell and eyes
Hair color           : Slightly lighter than skin color
Eyes                 : Six, sunken, luminous
Eyes color           : Black
Body characteristics : Tentacles, claws, fangs
Diet                 : Omnivore
Sexual reproduction  : One gender
Reproduction method  : Communal spawning
Limbs pair n 1 : Clawed tentacles extruding from chin
Limbs pair n 2 : Clawed tentacles extruding from chin
Limbs pair n 3 : Clawed tentacles extruding from chin
Limbs pair n 4 : Hulking arms extruding from shoulders
Limbs pair n 5 : Long, thin, digitigrade legs extruding from waist
Mass :  200 kg
Size :  2 m

(Section 2 -- Culture)
Attributes:
  Militancy       : 2
  Determination   : 4
  Racial tolerance: 7
  Progressivness  : 10
  Loyalty         : 7
  Social cohesion : 20
  Art             : 20
  Individualism   : 11
  Body            : 16
  Mind            : 15
  Speed           : 10
  Lifespan        : 30 years
  Tech level      : 8

(Section 3 -- Government and Religion)
Government type   : Community Theocracy
Religion          : Polytheism
Devotion          : High

(Section 4 -- Extra things you should know)
Special abilities:
 -Acute Hearing (Mechanical)
 -Acute Smelling (Mechanical)
 -Acute Vision (Mechanical)
 -Ambidextrous
 -Bonus: Engineer, Computer
 -Charisma
 -Cybernetics (Mechanical)
 -Dependacy: Water
 -Disease Tolerance (Mechanical)
 -EM Imaging (Mechanical)
 -Field Sense (Mechanical)
 -Heat Tolerance
 -Hive Mind
 -Independent Eyes
 -Infrared Vision (Mechanical)
 -Leap (Mechanical)
 -Light Sleeper
 -Lightning Calculator (Mechanical)
 -Manual Dexterity (Mechanical)
 -Microscopic Sense (Mechanical)
 -Nictating Membrane
 -Night Vision (Mechanical)
 -Perfect Balance (Mechanical)
 -Poison
 -Pressure Support (Mechanical)
 -Radioactive Sensing (Mechanical)
 -Regeneration (Only of tentacles)
 -Sealed System (Mechanical)
 -Skin Color Change
 -Sonar (Mechanical)
 -Spatial Orientation (Mechanical)
 -Spectrum Vision (Mechanical)
 -Stretching (Tentacles can retract into chin, then elongate)
 -Subsonic Hearing (Mechanical)
 -Swarm
 -Systemic Antidote (Mechanical)
 -Time Sense (Mechanical)
 -Toughness (Mechanical)
 -Ultrasonic Hearing (Mechanical)
 -Vibration Sense (Mechanical)
 -Vibrolocation (Mechanical)
 -Wall Climbing (Mechanical, through metal claws)
 -Warm-Blooded Biology
 -Water Dependency
 -Water Breathing

(Section 5 -- System)
Stars: Tel'haket and Ial'haket
Star Type: Blue dwarf and white dwarf binary system

Planet #1: Elar, now an alabaster orb covered in gold tattoos, it collects solar and kinetic energy. Houses underground colonies. Elar was formerly a Venus-like planet. Due to its rapid orbit and proximity to the sun, it is ideal for harvesting energy. Since it was not suitable for Halaa habitation (they rely on frequent bathing to stay moist). In times of great need, drastic action was taken: Elar as it is now is much larger than it was originally, as a planet-covering energy harvester was build over the planet. The mechanics charged with its upkeep lived underground, within the machine and on the planet's actual surface, where it is now cool and habitable. Rising crowding on the homeworld resulted in Elar's mechanic housing being expanded into full colonies; it is seen as the middle-class planet. Not as good as Al'kahet, but a huge step up from the slums of Skarar.

Planet #2: Skarar, a failed test of the system that terraformed Elar, split in two hemispheres and used for mining; home to many miner colonies. The colonies of Skarar are slums in that they are the least appealing place to live, and generally filled with the poor, the broken and the damned. The whole planet is basically a giant strip mine, and the Halaa frown upon manual labor, typically relegating it to the poor. However, they still have the characteristic alabaster hill architecture and the flowing spires, but it is not as good a life as can be had elsewhere. Skarar was originally going to be what was done to Elar, but they process malfunctioned, tearing the planet in two. This is why Elar was expanded to include colonies; Skarar had not relieved Al'haket's overpopulation. After the sundering, Skarar was a penal colony with brutal mining to keep the prisoners busy. Once it was realized there was demand, use and profit in the minerals harvested there, it became a full colony world. The poor flocked here, because the homes and jobs were much easier to come by than on the homeworld.

Planet #3: Al'haket, "Home, ours," an oceanic world covered in spindly tropical fingers of land. Home of the Halaa.

Planet #4: Sebar, a serene gas giant so cold that the upper atmosphere is almost entirely frozen. Very far out, houses scientific and communications stations.

(Section 6 -- Terrain and Atmosphere)
Size: Four earths; all planets in the system are rather large.
Gravity: 7g
Average Temperature: Very hot
Liquid: Water oceans
Land-Liquid Ratio: 80% water, 20% land
Average Terrain: Small slices of land, mostly sandy beaches, with some tropical jungle
Continents: None; just islands and tendrils of land
Density: Very dense, very humid
Composition: Hydrogen-Nitrogen
Length of Day: 50 hours
Length of Year: 7 earth years

(Section 7 -- Life)
Main Species: Halaa
Native Animals: Very diverse seas featuring all sorts of life; simple ecosystems on land, few fliers
Imported Animals: None
Native Plants: Seaweeds and oceanic grasses, tropical trees and shrubs
Imported Plants: None

(Section 8 -- Development)
Structures: Large cities, most underground mounds; a large alabaster plate floats in the ocean; several space elevators
% Urban: 90%
Spaceports: None on the surface; dock at the elevators, please
Imports: None
Exports: Art, machines, vehicles, prophets
Capital: Nel'haket

(Section 9 -- Description)
In their original, "Base" form, the Halaa looked much like a shellfish of earth, featuring a spiraling shell and tentacles. Imagine such a shell, its opening facing the ground. Now imagine six black, eye slit peering out from under it, attached to a small red blob of rubbery flesh. From here, attach several long, thin tentacles to the "chin", and from the bottom two ostrich-like legs. The front-most  six tentacles are each ended in a sort of barb, and reach down to the creature's knees. It walks with a hunched, stooping posture, lumbering about upon two circular feet lined with six spindly toes apiece.

You may have read that all Halaa partake in a sort of partial hivemind. Halaa are naturally linked telepathically; they can read each other's emotions and intent, as well as act in tandem more efficiently. They cannot, however, control one another or carry on telepathic conversation. Interestingly, non-Halaa can read their emotions too; Halaa skin changes color to reflect emotion. Modern Halaa are also linked across the galaxy by a sort of internet that provides information.

This form, however, was "discontinued" centuries ago. Modern Halaa undergo a religious ceremony shortly after birth. During this ceremony, the infant's body is mutilated and they are grafted into a mechanical body that will serve as their home so long as that model is in fashion.

You see, the Halaa follow a strict religion that is based around the pursuit of divine, universal beauty. However, they see beauty as a mathematically-definable perception (think Golden Ratio). The brightest theologians are also the greatest mathematicians, constantly searching for a method to derive an art infinitely beautiful. Their religion, The Church of the Golden Form, demands that all Halaa be as "beautiful" as possible, the final standards being determined by their leader, the current Sar'haket (who rules religiously as well as politically).

In order to bring themselves closer to the "Golden Form", the Halaa took to replacing their bodies with mechanical artworks, designed by the Sar'haket with input from leading religious scholars.
« Last Edit: April 02, 2010, 07:36:37 pm by art_is_a_mathform »


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Re: I have a creature, but not a name or picture.
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2010, 04:37:31 pm »
Don't worry, they'll always be willing to do the job. This seems unnaturally original for a newbie, and I can only find a single flaw in all of this creative splendor: Shouldn't they be confined to one system instead of the galaxy? I mean, if they were spread across the galaxy, shouldn't someone have noticed them by now?

By the way, what do you think the relations might be like with the Perrachi Socialist Republic? (Under topic name "The Perrachi [RG]" in the Creation Corner.)
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Re: I have a creature, but not a name or picture.
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2010, 04:47:23 pm »
Wow. Just wow. I don't know where to start. And for once, that's a positive comment.  :P. Great job, all around, for a newbie. P.S., I'm good at drawing mechanical creatures, So I'll do one for ya right now, though I don't know how much you'll like it.

EDIT: Scaning now, uploading soon. should have it up in a min.
EDIT2: Stupid-ass printer...press Scan, and all that happens is the power button and the warning light flash
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Re: I have a creature, but not a name or picture.
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2010, 04:49:26 pm »
If only my scanner wasn't screwed up...

But I still have a camera... Hmmm...

More thoughtful comments ending in ellipses...

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Re: I have a creature, but not a name or picture.
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2010, 05:03:25 pm »
These guys sound a bit like a shelled version of the Ni'Calls. The robotic bodies, and the beauty in mathematics and whatnot.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2010, 06:10:26 pm »
This seems unnaturally original for a newbie...

I am the very model of a xeno-speculationist,
I have information biological, governmental and religious,
I know galactic history and the races original,
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and I can only find a single flaw in all of this creative splendor: Shouldn't they be confined to one system instead of the galaxy? I mean, if they were spread across the galaxy, shouldn't someone have noticed them by now?

They are only know branching out to the rest of the galaxy. Their home system is a peculiarity, and is forcing them outward. I will explain more soon. If you find the species interesting, the planets should be a treat.

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By the way, what do you think the relations might be like with the Perrachi Socialist Republic? (Under topic name "The Perrachi [RG]" in the Creation Corner.)

As I would explain later, the Halaa have little military want or need. They are largely peaceful, though somewhat bigoted and arrogant. They have reached great technological feats, as will be explained when dealing with the planets, which has only fueled their hubris. If you can put up with snobs, though, you'll never run out of artists or scientists.
« Last Edit: March 30, 2010, 06:12:21 pm by art_is_a_mathform »
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Re: I have a creature, but not a name or picture.
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2010, 06:21:51 pm »
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Re: I have a creature, but not a name or picture.
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2010, 06:23:25 pm »
These guys sound a bit like a shelled version of the Ni'Calls. The robotic bodies, and the beauty in mathematics and whatnot.

"We have inspected these 'Nie-Kales' and deem them most atrocious. Probability of reaching the Golden Form: 0%. Enjoy your eternal hideousness, but rejoice in the hope that you may someday witness our great ascension!"

Yeah, they're new at this.

Their robotic forms are inspired by General Grievous of Star Wars, in that his body is a very artistic, traditional, elegant thing. Halaa bodies, however, have little in the way of combat utility and are much more like art. The only visible organic parts are the eyes, shell, and frontal tentacles. The legs are severed at birth, as is the torso. All major organs are replaced by a complex mechanical system.
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Re: I have a creature, but not a name or picture.
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2010, 10:58:54 pm »
I'm very well acquainted too with matters mathematical
I understand equations both the simple and quadratical
About binomal theorem I'm teeming with a lot of news

Hmm... Got it!

With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse!

With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse!
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse!
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypote-pote-nuse!


For my military knowledge, though I'm plucky and adventury
Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century
But still in matters vegetable, animal and mineral
I am the very model of a Modern Major-General!

But still in matters vegetable, animal and mineral
He is the very model of a Modern Major-General!


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Re: I have a creature, but not a name or picture.
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2010, 02:00:12 pm »
I wonder how well these guys would get along with the Photos.

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Re: I have a creature, but not a name or picture.
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2010, 03:29:04 pm »
I'm very well acquainted too with matters mathematical
I understand equations both the simple and quadratical
About binomal theorem I'm teeming with a lot of news

Hmm... Got it!

With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse!

With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse!
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse!
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypote-pote-nuse!


For my military knowledge, though I'm plucky and adventury
Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century
But still in matters vegetable, animal and mineral
I am the very model of a Modern Major-General!

But still in matters vegetable, animal and mineral
He is the very model of a Modern Major-General!


I love Gilbert and Sullivan. Don't get me started on the policemen and their Tarantara songs.

Can you do it one more time?
And can you do it really fast?
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2010, 03:37:44 pm »
Yes, but the problem with forums is that you can't hear people, only read their words. Yet I assure you I did actually perform in that play a few years ago and I can recite that song incredibly fast.
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2010, 06:56:24 pm »
(Section 1 -- System)
Stars: Tel'haket and Ial'haket
Star Type: Blue dwarf and white dwarf
Planet #1: Elar, now an alabaster orb covered in gold tattoos, it collects solar and kinetic energy. Houses underground colonies.
Planet #2: Skarar, a failed test of the system that terraformed Elar, split in two hemispheres and used for mining; home to many miner colonies.
Planet #3: Al'haket, "Home, ours," an oceanic world covered in spindly tropical fingers of land. Home of the Halaa.
Planet #4: Sebar, a serene gas giant so cold that the upper atmosphere is almost entirely frozen. Very far out, houses scientific and communications stations.

(Section 2 -- Terrain and Atmosphere)
Size: Four earths; all planets in the system are rather large.
Gravity: 7g
Average Temperature: Very hot
Liquid: Water oceans
Land-Liquid Ratio: 80% water, 20% land
Average Terrain: Small slices of land, mostly sandy beaches, with some tropical jungle
Continents: None; just islands and tendrils of land
Density: Very dense, very humid
Composition: Hydrogen-Nitrogen
Length of Day: 50 hours
Length of Year: 7 earth years

(Section 3 -- Life)
Main Species: Halaa
Native Animals: Very diverse seas featuring all sorts of life; simple ecosystems on land, few fliers
Imported Animals: None
Native Plants: Seaweeds and oceanic grasses, tropical trees and shrubs
Imported Plants: None

(Section 4 -- Development)
Structures: Large cities, most underground mounds; a large alabaster plate floats in the ocean; several space elevators
% Urban: 90%
Spaceports: None on the surface; dock at the elevators, please
Imports: None
Exports: Art, machines, vehicles, prophets
Capital: Nel'haket
« Last Edit: March 31, 2010, 08:28:06 pm by art_is_a_mathform »
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Re: I have a creature, but not a name or picture.
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2010, 07:06:12 pm »
Where in the galaxy would their home planet happen to be located?

Oh, and an exotic atmophere? Hmm...

Hydrogen-Neon? Just pick two gaseous elements that aren't corrosive and pick away!
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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2010, 08:03:56 pm »
Also, if you're going for molecular gases, avoid highly reactive elements.


Elar, now an alabaster orb covered in gold tattoos, it collects solar and kinetic energy. Houses underground colonies.

I like their style. 8)