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26th Feb '17 12:43:11 PM Merlyn_LeRoy
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* WeirdBeard: The asymmetrical beards of upper-class Wunderlanders.
11th Dec '16 8:09:53 PM Theriocephalus
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* CatFolk: The Kzinti are aggressive, warlike humanoid felines with rat-tails.



* IntelligentGerbil CatFolk: The Kzinti are aggressive, warlike humanoid felines with rat-tails.
5th Dec '16 12:10:37 AM Kalaong
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* AbusivePrecursors: The Thrint from ''World of Ptavvs''. When their empire was threatened by a successful slave revolt, they went out in a blaze of spite, sending a telepathic blast that killed almost every intelligent being in the entire galaxy -- including themselves, but excepting the telepathically blind bandersnatchii. It took a billion years for sentient life to evolve again (while the bandersnatchii, engineered with mutation-proof genetics, stayed exactly the same).

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* AbusivePrecursors: The Thrint from ''World of Ptavvs''. When their empire was threatened by fell to a successful slave revolt, they went out in a blaze of spite, sending spite; using a telepathic blast that killed almost psionic amplifier to send one last command to every intelligent being chordate in the entire galaxy -- including themselves, but excepting galaxy; '''DIE.''' Given that the telepathically blind bandersnatchii. average IQ of a Thrint is roughly ''80'', they committed suicide at the same time as their slaves without realizing they'd ordered it. It took a billion years for sentient life to evolve again (while from their food yeast -- the source of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panspermia panspermia]] in Known Space -- with the only survivors being the telepathically blind bandersnatchii, which were engineered with mutation-proof genetics, stayed exactly genetics and thus remained the same).same for all that time.



** Thrint slavers apparently had several religions, all agreeing that their psychic dominance ability meant they were the chosen of the gods/god. Of course, Thrint are also supposed to be rather dim by human standards.

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** Thrint slavers apparently had several religions, all agreeing that their psychic dominance ability meant they were the chosen of the gods/god. Of course, Thrint are also supposed to be rather dim by human standards.standards - an average IQ of ''80.''



** Literally so with the Thrint. Once they developed their psychic mind-control powers and could get their slaves to think for them they no longer needed to evolve intelligence any further, something they never got very far with to begin with.

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** Literally so with the Thrint. Once they developed their psychic mind-control powers and could get their slaves to think for them they no longer needed lost most of the selection pressure to evolve intelligence any further, something further. Once other intelligent life discovered their world they never got very far with lost the rest of that pressure, as they could get smarter slaves to begin with.think ''for'' them.
5th Nov '16 9:17:22 AM dlchen145
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* PlanetOfHats: The Kzinti are [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy space samurai]]. The Outsiders are [[KnowledgeBroker merchants]]. The Puppeteers are all [[LovableCoward cowards]] (and secondarily merchants of a more mundane kind; Human Space is highly dependent on Puppeteer-made General Products spacecraft hulls). The Kdatlyno are all {{badass}} [[WarriorPoet artists]].

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* PlanetOfHats: The Kzinti are [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy space samurai]]. The Outsiders are [[KnowledgeBroker merchants]]. The Puppeteers are all [[LovableCoward cowards]] (and secondarily merchants of a more mundane kind; Human Space is highly dependent on Puppeteer-made General Products spacecraft hulls). The Kdatlyno are all {{badass}} badass [[WarriorPoet artists]].
28th Aug '16 5:53:44 AM Morgenthaler
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** In ''Fate of Worlds'', the puppeteer Achilles realizes his super-powerful AI Proteus is rebelling against him when Proteus says [[TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey "I'm afraid I can't do that."]]

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** In ''Fate of Worlds'', the puppeteer Achilles realizes his super-powerful AI Proteus is rebelling against him when Proteus says [[TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey "I'm afraid I can't do that."]]
23rd Aug '16 6:23:27 PM zarpaulus
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* HumanityCameFromSpace: Or at least, ''Homo habilis'' did, in the form of Pak breeders.
20th Aug '16 9:04:55 AM ZarbiNerada
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** The Pak colonist protectors have a MassOhCrap when tree-of-life doesn't grow right in the oolony.

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** The Pak colonist protectors have a MassOhCrap when tree-of-life doesn't grow right in the oolony.colony.
20th Aug '16 8:57:07 AM ZarbiNerada
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** Phssthpok has another one when he catches engine problems with just enough time to stop the ship exploding.

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** Phssthpok has another one when he catches engine problems with problems--and just barely has enough time to stop the ship exploding.



** Jack Brennan and Einar Nillson have OhCrap moments when they realize they have this overwhelming urge to eat this alien root.

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** Jack Brennan and Einar Nillson have OhCrap moments when they realize they have this overwhelming urge to eat this unknown alien root.
20th Aug '16 8:56:04 AM ZarbiNerada
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* OhCrap: The plot of ''Protector'' runs on these.
** The Pak colonist protectors have a MassOhCrap when tree-of-life doesn't grow right in the oolony.
** Phssthpok has an OhCrap when his native Valley of Pitchok is nuked and his life expectancy is now tied to that of his youngest granddaughter.
** The Pak protectors have a MassOhCrap when they realize [[spoiler:local space is becoming inhospitable]].
** Phssthpok has another one when he catches engine problems with just enough time to stop the ship exploding.
** Nick Sohl and Einar Nillson have one when they realize a local smuggler has taken it into his head to contact the Outsider himself.
** Jack Brennan and Einar Nillson have OhCrap moments when they realize they have this overwhelming urge to eat this alien root.
** Alice Jordan and Nate La Pan have OhCrap moments with [[spoiler:Nillson's ever-worsening condition and ultimate death]].
** Brennan has one when he realizes what Phssthpok will do if he realizes humanity lacks the Pak's ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
** Brennan has one years later when he realizes [[spoiler:the Pak have evacuated their homeworld and are coming here]].
** Truesdale has one when he realizes just what [[AntiHero Brennan's]] [[NecessarilyEvil plan]] for [[spoiler:the people of Home]] is.
** [[spoiler:The people of Home]] have a MassOhCrap when they realize that [[spoiler:whatever this new virus is, it's spreading itself intelligently]].
12th Aug '16 1:07:14 AM SuddenFrost
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* CursedWithAwesome: Becoming a protector gives one [[SuperStrength superhuman strength]] and [[LightningBruiser reflexes]], [[SuperToughness skin like leather armor]] and an [[MyBrainIsBig enlarged brain]] providing {{super intelligence}}, which means protectors have nearly perfect abilities to [[InstantExpert master any skill]], [[TheStrategist outwit any opponent]] and [[GadgeteerGenius reverse-engineer any technology]]. The downside is looking like a freak, [[CantHaveSexEver having no reproductive organs or ability to have sex]], and no free will: protectors are totally ruthless and xenophobic, and will cheerfully commit genocide against any species they consider to be a threat to their bloodline.

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* CursedWithAwesome: Becoming a protector gives one [[SuperStrength superhuman strength]] and [[LightningBruiser reflexes]], [[SuperToughness skin like leather armor]] and an [[MyBrainIsBig enlarged brain]] providing {{super intelligence}}, which means protectors have nearly perfect abilities to [[InstantExpert master any skill]], [[TheStrategist outwit any opponent]] and [[GadgeteerGenius reverse-engineer any technology]]. The downside is [[PowerUpgradingDeformation looking like a freak, freak]], [[CantHaveSexEver having no reproductive organs or ability to have sex]], and no free will: protectors are totally ruthless and xenophobic, and will cheerfully commit genocide against any species they consider to be a threat to their bloodline.
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