3/16/2005

Stickles and Their Seven Planets

Stickles, a highly mechanized race of lion-esque humanoids, have a love for things mechanical. They have a natural talent of fixing almost any type of technology in the universe. This has been the reason that many Stickles become engineers or mechanics. But the one thing Stickles have always had a problem with is their insatiable thirst to invent.

While Stickles can fix almost anything and even, on occasion, improve it, their own inventions tend to fail spectacularly. A fully functional Stickle invention can be one of the most rare objects in the universe. One of the reasons for this is that at most times, when a Stickle invention is successful, it is placed in the Hall of Inventions on their home planet. While this would normally be a safe place to keep them, the Stickle inventions that have not been so functional have been the reason for the destruction of 6 of their worlds. With each world's destruction, the Stickles that survived have migrated to another world similar to the previous one.

It hasn't been proven which inventions destroyed which worlds, but it IS known that the Stickle race, even though they are on their seventh planet, remain constantly upbeat about their situation. They still continue to invent regardless of the consequences. Considering their record with worlds, the Stickles are one of the few races that the GEF has no interest in conquering. They feel that the addition of Stickles to the Federation would inevitably do more harm than good.

The 6 destroyed worlds pose a potential problem for the race. Their numbers dwindle due to the mating habits of the species. The male and female of the species are not very fond of each other. In fact, the female of the species prefers robots and other androids to the male Stickle. However, once in a Stickle's lifetime, they are instinctively drawn to their current home planet for mating. A male and female Stickle will mate and then, more than likely, never see each other again. Male Stickles prefer this method as well, as they think female Stickles are annoying and get in their way. They tend to live their lives in a constant pilgrimage to learn and to invent.

Finally, the Stickle race has vowed a secret pledge to the Galactic Resistance to help overthrow the GEF. Many Stickles become mechanics on Resistance ships and others, like Kasey, become informational contacts due to their ties with many technology dealers and smugglers. So far, they have yet to contribute in any combat, but the Stickles may be forced to fight one day.

5 Comments:

Blogger lightsabermario said...

This is great! I'm totally geeking out about this. I love the whole inventor-complex you've given them, kinda like Goon from Titan A.E, or the Vratix in Star Wars. And you've even given them a little of a Vulcan side to them, with that whole once-in-a-lifetime mating ritual thing. However, I am most intrigued by this "secret pledge" you speak of. This is a side we rarely see of Kasey. In fact, the only time we see her being serious was in issue #218, where she has an inner monologue, which really fits well with this secret pledge stuff. I would very much like to see more instances where her seriousness and pledge motives come through again.

12:03 PM  
Blogger lightsabermario said...

Oh yeah, forgot to say, you should definitely do Krivak's race next.

12:07 PM  
Blogger XR-7439-Q ("Robot") said...

Alright, I'll do one on Grivak, but instead of his race, I'll do some info on his bounty hunter group.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Pope Richard Corey said...

... Is it really bad that i find Kasey vaguely sexy? *wishes to be a robot with a vaguely phallic head*

10:17 PM  
Blogger Zorrito said...

You and me both. But I'm not sure the phallic head is doing much for me. I always kind of wondered If stickle females would like males better with cybernetic implants or if their tastes were limited to AI. Maybe the whole breathing thing is a turn off.

9:46 PM  

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