Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Crashlanders of Delta
Last year, I did a project set in a far-off human colony called "Delta". You can see all the illustrations HERE, but the basic premise is this:
Delta is a human research settlement on a low-gravity world, inhabited not only by human colonists, but two other non-human sentient species. The native species are the radially symmetrical giants - called the "Amphorans" or "squids" by the humans. A race of hunter-gatherers and foragers, the amphorans are largely indifferent to the new inhabitants of their world.
The last species living alongside the humans and the amphorans are the Crashlanders. Known among themselves as the "Kal-Tuhn", the crashlanders are refugees - survivors from the losing side of a massive civil war. Stranded in a sprawling settlement near Delta, the only way the crashlanders can survive is through the humans. Unlike the Amphorans, who can both metabolise the proteins of native wildlife and fully exploit them based on generations of knowledge, the crashlanders are tied to the simpler and more digestible foodstuffs of earth, giving them one option: to work for the humans for their 'bread and butter', so to speak. Acting as everything from pack animals to construction workers, the crashlanders find themselves subservient to representatives of this young, arrogant race. And it chafes them a bit.
The following are a set of characters - the proto-typical seeds of an all-ages sci-fi story set in this world.
The Crashlander Matriarch and the General Administrator The Pilot The Ancient Chief