Sean here. To get you ready for what I want to talk about this week, I’m going to have to take a page from biologist PZ Myers and show you a little porn. I’ve hidden it below the page break, so click through when you’re ready to get a little sexy.
(Don’t forget to tune in to the latest episode of the Radio Free Covenant podcast!) Acoes are one of two artificial species in the Orion Arm. However, unlike SADEs, they are organic, not electronic. “Aco” is an acronym of Artificially Created Organism. They were originally designed to be toys and tutors for the children of […]
(Don’t forget to tune in to the latest episode of the Radio Free Covenant podcast!) The calerre are the founders of both the Covenant and the Old Empire which, after the valka Matriarchy, are the two most ancient civilizations in the Orion Arm. They are vaguely reptilian-looking humanoids with functional wings on their backs and […]
Sean and Sazzy’s schedules kept falling out of sync this week. The planets finally lined up tonight, though, and we finally wrapped up recording today. Expect Episode 2 – and our discussion of how to depict fascism and autocracy in an RPG like Covenant – to drop on Tuesday.
The chiroptim are some of the latest arrivals in the Orion Arm. They came here through a portal between our timeline and another where bats and humans evolved side-by-side on Earth. “The Crossing”, as they call it, occurred approximately 200 years ago. At that time, the Earth of their timeline was still deep in the […]
Sean and Sazzy just finished recording the first half of Episode 2 tonight. We talked about how to portray the Covenant’s rivals in the game. These rivals are all either autocratic or fascistic, but there are reasons why they’re autocratic and fascistic, and we want to portray them in as empathetic a light as possible. […]
The thk’kok are, after the valka, the most numerous sapient species in the Orion Arm. They are also unique in the sense that they did not evolve any kind of vocal cords. Instead, they communicate via clicks and glottal stops. As a result, they have a hard time communicating with other species. Some thk’kok receive […]
Trade was originally developed over 120,000 years ago during the founding of the Covenant on the calerre homeworld of Cadelle. The Covenant at that time was comprised of refugees, adventurers, mercenaries, and other ne’er-do-wells, many of who didn’t speak each other’s language. Trade was originally a stripped-down, easily taught and learned mercantile language. It was […]
Try to think of the Covenant’s Trade language as an alien version of English. It Hoovers up words and phrases from everything that it encounters, no matter how much that contradicts what it already has. Like English, it can be frustrating to learn, but worth it.
The lingua franca of the Orion Arm is Trade. The Covenant originally developed it as a stripped-down trading language. However, over tens of millennia, Trade has accreted words and slang from the many sapient species and cultures both within and without the Covenant. Trade is a living, growing language. It is spoken on a thousand […]