Meet the Calerre – Part 2

(Having trouble with the pronouns? Check out this post, and be sure to tune in to the latest episode of the podcast while you’re reading it!) Sean again. Yesterday, I told you a little bit about the calerre. Now let’s see how they look in the Covenant game system. Keep in mind, by way, that […]

Meet the Calerre – Part 1

(Having trouble with the pronouns? Check out this post, and be sure to tune in to the latest episode of the podcast while you’re reading it!) Sean again. Now that we’ve shown you how Covenant’s playable species will get their “racial bonuses”, let’s introduce you to them! The first up are the calerre. Appearance: The […]

Character Creation Traits: Build a Better Alien

(Having trouble with the pronouns? Check out this post, and be sure to tune in to the latest episode of the podcast while you’re reading it!) Sean again. Yesterday, I told you that the playable species in Covenant to have more depth than the “all X are Y” trope prevalent in science fiction and fantasy. […]

Alien Culture: You All Look Alike to Me

(Be sure to tune in to the latest episode of the podcast!) Sean again. Let me ask the trekkies out there something – well, two somethings. What’s the first word that you think of when I say “vulcan”? What’s the first word that you think of when I say “klingon”? I’m going to guess that […]

Pronouns in Covenant

(Be sure to tune in to the latest episode of the podcast!) Sean here again. So, we’ve learned that alien sexual cues may be incomprehensible and downright repulsive to other species. This has some surprising consequences, and it forces us to take a side on a contentious, real-life subject. Dealing with aliens on a regular […]

Alien Romance: Close Encounters of the Naughty Kind

(Be sure to tune in to the latest episode of the podcast!) Sean here again. Instead of writing a post on Covenant’s Trade language, like I normally do on Fridays, I want instead to continue talking about alien biology and communication. Remember that photo of the female chimp that I posted back on Friday? It’s […]

Alien Communication: Darmok at Tanagra

(Be sure to tune in to the latest episode of the podcast!) Sean here again. Yesterday, I was talking about how aliens would have incompatible biochemistries with humans. That’s not the only way that they’d be incompatible, though. Aliens with different anatomies and biochemistries will, by extension have different neuro-anatomies and neurochemistries. They’ll have evolved […]

Alien Biology: What Are Little Aliens Made Of?

Sean here again. Before we talk about the biology of life from other planets, it’s helpful to know a little about the biology of life from Earth: It’s comprised of hydrocarbons, the most important of which are proteins. It stores genetic information in long, replicable hydrocarbon chains consisting of diribonucleic acid or DNA. Much of […]