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Unveiling a New Starfinder Race: The Vesk!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

For months now, we've been teasing the fact that Starfinder has seven core races, of which only five have been announced—humans, androids, lashunta, kasatha, and ysoki. What's more, we've hinted that the remaining two would be brand new races you've never seen before. So now, for the first time ever, we present... the vesk!

Resembling 7-foot-tall humanoid lizards with beards of spiky bone, vesk come from the nearest inhabited solar system to the Golarion system. Fiercely militant and highly organized, vesk have strict honor codes and social mores based on conquest and prowess in battle—a cultural focus that quickly led them to conquer all the other races in their solar system, establishing a massive empire called the Veskarium. For generations, their conquest ended there, stifled by the vast distances between stars. With the introduction of Drift travel, however, they quickly turned first contact with the races of the Golarion system into an all-out war of invasion (and inadvertently created the Pact Worlds as the governments of that system banded together in mutual defense). The brutal conflict lasted for centuries, until the sudden arrival of the Swarm threatened to annihilate all life in both systems. Forced to put aside their differences, the Veskarium and the Pact Worlds were able to join forces and drive off the Swarm, and the tenuous truce forged in that fight continues to this day—if only barely.

Illustrations by Remko Troost

While merchants and others with peaceful professions can advance economically in vesk society, political power is the exclusive domain of those who've proven themselves in armed conflict. Surprisingly, this proof doesn't need to come through military service, or even benefit the Veskarium. Many vesk attain similar elevation in social status through performing mercenary work, engaging in dueling, or providing security on exploration missions. Though obsessed with conquest, dominance, and social rank, vesk find an equally strong sense of honor and pride in fulfilling their agreements and treating subordinates of all races fairly. They are stoic and taciturn with strangers but capable of great bursts of emotion in private or in the heat of battle. Vesk society tends to be efficient, respectful, and law-abiding—especially since nearly any insult or violation of custom could trigger a brutally violent blood debt.

Vesk adventuring with races from other systems fall into two categories. The first are mercenaries or glory-seekers looking for a chance to engage in honorable combat and build up their prestige. The second are nonwarrior vesk who have rejected their home society for its obsession with combat and have chosen instead to seek opportunities among more open-minded races. Warrior vesk most often fit the soldier class, though a growing number have become intrigued by the path of the solarian. Noncombatant vesk often lean toward becoming mystics, though some overcome the traditional vesk culture's dismissal of education to become mechanics or even technomancers.

Stay tuned for more Starfinder blog posts in the coming weeks as we ramp up to the game's release at Gen Con 50!

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I know they are reptilians, but a "mating call" is going to far... XD

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James Sutter wrote:
we all swore a blood oath at the beginning of this game that there would be no lizard-breasts in Starfinder

It's true. I can show you my scar from this oath.

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Lemartes wrote:
This brings up a question. I'm going to guess there is no difference in the sound of each genders voice? Both gruff and intimidating or?

Well, its difficult to tell from alien reptiles, but if we go by earth reptile noises its either one of following:

1) they don't really make sounds 2) that noise when you empty your lungs 3) that high pitched sound geckos make 4) that thing alligators do

And yes, I just wanted an excuse to post cute reptiles


LOL...the turtle one was was disturbing!

The alligator one sounded a bit scary.

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was disappointed gecko one was just audio so here is video too

I think I have a problem. Its like watching too many cat videos. Need to sleep

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Only speak of sucess when when you carry your foes still breathing heart in your hand


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Lemartes wrote:

LOL...the turtle one was was disturbing!

The alligator one sounded a bit scary.

Having been to an alligator exhibit (here in SW Florida) as a elementary school kid, it is scary. If you're close enough to the bellowing gator, you can also feel the infrasound through your feet. If vesk can do it or something similar, I imagine it'd definitely feel intimidating to many humanoids.


Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Lemartes wrote:

LOL...the turtle one was was disturbing!

The alligator one sounded a bit scary.

Having been to an alligator exhibit (here in SW Florida) as a elementary school kid, it is scary. If you're close enough to the bellowing gator, you can also feel the infrasound through your feet. If vesk can do it or something similar, I imagine it'd definitely feel intimidating to many humanoids.

I bet. I think it's hardwired into our nervous systems to get ready to run when you hear a big animal make noise. A lion's roar is scary I can only imagine how much more scary it would be from 20 ft away. :)

Cool vid.


Luthorne wrote:

I think they're pretty fun. Not the most out-there races but I have enough fond memories of the AAnn and similar races that this seems pretty fun.

I was wondering at first if they were actually the real name of the reptoids but it seems like they would scorn the sneaky subversion that reptoids seem to adopt, which makes me suspect they would both hate each other...though I suppose they could still be related. Presuming reptoids are even canonically a part of the Starfinder universe, anyways...

Vulcans vs. Romulans?


Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


Not mentioned that I've seen so far, but perhaps they can have something like 'At Character Creation' character Feats? (in general, not just the Vesk)

Heavy-Worlder: +2 STR/-2 DEX, living in a higher gravity environment has made one stronger, but not as agile?

Light-Worlder/Orbital: +2 DEX/-2 STR, living in a less than standard gravity has made one more agile, but at the cost of muscle strength?

Heavy Radiation Environment: +2 CON/-2 INT, living in a place with hard radiation and surviving has done wonders for one's durability, but at a cost of mental bandwidth?

Highly Technical Environment: +2 INT/-2 CON, living in a world with computational devices and not needing to do much in the way of physical labor has dramatically impaired one's health with the benefit of an increase to one's mental capabilities?

I like these.

Authoritarian Society: +2 WIS/-2 CHA, living under an oppressive government has helped you develop your inner intuition and streetwise, but also encouraged you to avoid opening up socially so that interacting freely with others is foreign to you.

Permissive Society: -2 WIS/+2 CHA, living in a society where emotional and artistic expression is highly encouraged leads to you being exceptionally comfortable wearing your heart on your sleeve, but this also leaves you somewhat naive and trusting to a fault.


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Rei wrote:

I... am just going to go giggle in the corner about the name.

(Vesk doesn't mean anything in Finnish, but conjugation is a thing in Finnish, "veski" is a colloquialism for bathroom, and "veska" is another for handbag. Puns will abound.)

Get this walking 'luggage' out of my way, ratboy...


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The Gold Sovereign wrote:
I myself am pleased with this new reptilian race. Vesk aren't mere lizardfolks and I'm sure rules will prove it.

I agree totally.

Humans, halflings, and elves are fairly similar to each other in general appearance, but no one has ever seriously called halflings 'mini-humans' or compared humans and elves as ripoffs/variants of each other--and these latter two races can even interbreed. So why should anyone be too quick to fault similar races for being too similar when that kind of thing has already happened without objection? How far does it need to go? Do all future PC races need to abandon the head/torso/two arms/two legs body plan?

It's silly to think of Vesk as lizardfolk variants, or re-skinned reptoids, or kobolds with overactive growth glands. 'Scaly' is just a descriptor that no one race has a monopoly on, any more than 'facial hair' or 'pointy ears' or 'can mate with anything'.


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Have to say when I saw the new race name my mind immediately went to Vrusk. Ah the old frontiers...

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Re posting a funny comment which seems aproppo here:

"If I hear PROUD WARRIOR RACE one more time!"

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Because I couldn't help myself, I just spent a number of hours over the last couple of days looking for a compatible figure, as a Vesk WILL be my first character for Starfinder. Every repilian race I have found a mini for has a pronounced muzzle....anyone else had any luck ?? If there is nothing out there, I hope Paizo get a license with Reaper ASAP ;)

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Well, we're getting official Starfinder miniatures. I'm sure the Core races will be represented. ^_^

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Waves hand, then looks over at Painting desk....unpainted please !! For me, painted is fine for some uses (I like having them for when I GM), but I like to paint my own character figures.


Kalindlara wrote:
Well, we're getting official Starfinder miniatures. I'm sure the Core races will be represented. ^_^

We also getting official SF pawns; a great relief for many gaming budgets I am sure. :)


sanwah68 wrote:
Because I couldn't help myself, I just spent a number of hours over the last couple of days looking for a compatible figure, as a Vesk WILL be my first character for Starfinder. Every repilian race I have found a mini for has a pronounced muzzle....anyone else had any luck ?? If there is nothing out there, I hope Paizo get a license with Reaper ASAP ;)

I'm sure you looked into them but the Lizardmen from Warhammer Fantasy, now Seraphon, might have something for you. The armor would be fairly primitive for Starfinder though. If you don't want to wait for official figures that is.


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jedi8187 wrote:
sanwah68 wrote:
Because I couldn't help myself, I just spent a number of hours over the last couple of days looking for a compatible figure, as a Vesk WILL be my first character for Starfinder. Every repilian race I have found a mini for has a pronounced muzzle....anyone else had any luck ?? If there is nothing out there, I hope Paizo get a license with Reaper ASAP ;)

I'm sure you looked into them but the Lizardmen from Warhammer Fantasy, now Seraphon, might have something for you. The armor would be fairly primitive for Starfinder though. If you don't want to wait for official figures that is.

Get some green stuff and other sci fi models and kit bash them together, and you've got yourself a lizard man alien.


The Professor wrote:
Behold, the Bug People.

The other Core race?


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Eviljames wrote:
Lemartes wrote:

Lukewarm on this race. Seems too much like the Jem'Hadar.

The art is good, especially the skirt. Not too crazy about the mid-riff armour as that makes little sense to me. Otherwise well done.

Is there much difference between males and females? I'm going to assume we are looking at two males?

TerminalArtiste mentioned variants...I think that might make me more interested.

Awaiting the final race. :)

Midriff armor is how you know that it's female.

I like them. I see that a number here do not, but I like them. One reason being, that I already have minis for them. They are even already painted.

My wife was disappointed that they're tall though, she has a short lizard alien mini with a big gun that want's to play at some point.

Who says that the one with the Midriff Armor is female? Who says they have the same cultural gender denominations for apparel? For all we know the midriff baring armor is used as a taunt to weaker opponents "We are so confident, we'll even expose our vitals while fighting weaklings like you." Maybe the Mechanic is female, maybe the obvious warrior-type is male, maybe they're both male.

Point is we won't know until all the fluff hits the shelf and not just a couple of pictures.

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Leo_Negri wrote:
Eviljames wrote:
Lemartes wrote:

Lukewarm on this race. Seems too much like the Jem'Hadar.

The art is good, especially the skirt. Not too crazy about the mid-riff armour as that makes little sense to me. Otherwise well done.

Is there much difference between males and females? I'm going to assume we are looking at two males?

TerminalArtiste mentioned variants...I think that might make me more interested.

Awaiting the final race. :)

Midriff armor is how you know that it's female.

I like them. I see that a number here do not, but I like them. One reason being, that I already have minis for them. They are even already painted.

My wife was disappointed that they're tall though, she has a short lizard alien mini with a big gun that want's to play at some point.

Who says that the one with the Midriff Armor is female? Who says they have the same cultural gender denominations for apparel? For all we know the midriff baring armor is used as a taunt to weaker opponents "We are so confident, we'll even expose our vitals while fighting weaklings like you." Maybe the Mechanic is female, maybe the obvious warrior-type is male, maybe they're both male.

Point is we won't know until all the fluff hits the shelf and not just a couple of pictures.

Mechanic was confirmed to be female one few posts ago, apparently female vesk have brighter colors


Edit: Agh, you beat me to it.

Pretty sure one of the devs confirmed the one with the midriff is a male, and the more brightly colored one is a female.


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CorvusMask wrote:
Leo_Negri wrote:
Eviljames wrote:
Lemartes wrote:

Lukewarm on this race. Seems too much like the Jem'Hadar.

The art is good, especially the skirt. Not too crazy about the mid-riff armour as that makes little sense to me. Otherwise well done.

Is there much difference between males and females? I'm going to assume we are looking at two males?

TerminalArtiste mentioned variants...I think that might make me more interested.

Awaiting the final race. :)

Midriff armor is how you know that it's female.

I like them. I see that a number here do not, but I like them. One reason being, that I already have minis for them. They are even already painted.

My wife was disappointed that they're tall though, she has a short lizard alien mini with a big gun that want's to play at some point.

Who says that the one with the Midriff Armor is female? Who says they have the same cultural gender denominations for apparel? For all we know the midriff baring armor is used as a taunt to weaker opponents "We are so confident, we'll even expose our vitals while fighting weaklings like you." Maybe the Mechanic is female, maybe the obvious warrior-type is male, maybe they're both male.

Point is we won't know until all the fluff hits the shelf and not just a couple of pictures.

Mechanic was confirmed to be female one few posts ago, apparently female vesk have brighter colors

Found James's post after I replied.


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Also Eviljames was joking.


I really need to stop trying to make jokes late a night, just before bed. They are never as clear as I think.


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David knott 242 wrote:


I can already see many amusing situations arising when a Vesk guesses the gender of a non-Vesk incorrectly (and possibly vice versa).

"Males... am I right, sister?"

"I'm a guy."
"Wait, seriously? But you're so colorful and have a deep voice!"
"I'm wearing a salmon colored button down, it cost three hundred credits, and I'm a guy."
"But what about your voice?"
"I'm human, human males have deep voices."
"...well that's just disgusting."
"Didn't I see you eat a mouse earlier?"
"Don't mock my table manners."


If they're anything like Klingons, they'll definitely be all about practicing their Vesk t'ai-chi ch'üan.


thecursor wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:


I can already see many amusing situations arising when a Vesk guesses the gender of a non-Vesk incorrectly (and possibly vice versa).

"Males... am I right, sister?"

"I'm a guy."
"Wait, seriously? But you're so colorful and have a deep voice!"
"I'm wearing a salmon colored button down, it cost three hundred credits, and I'm a guy."
"But what about your voice?"
"I'm human, human males have deep voices."
"...well that's just disgusting."
"Didn't I see you eat a mouse earlier?"
"Don't mock my table manners."

Why would a Vesk imagine that aliens would be just like them in terms of biology and in this case fashion? And for that matter, why is fashion in Starfinder-verse assumed to be like modern western fashion?


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Bluenose wrote:
thecursor wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:


I can already see many amusing situations arising when a Vesk guesses the gender of a non-Vesk incorrectly (and possibly vice versa).

"Males... am I right, sister?"

"I'm a guy."
"Wait, seriously? But you're so colorful and have a deep voice!"
"I'm wearing a salmon colored button down, it cost three hundred credits, and I'm a guy."
"But what about your voice?"
"I'm human, human males have deep voices."
"...well that's just disgusting."
"Didn't I see you eat a mouse earlier?"
"Don't mock my table manners."
Why would a Vesk imagine that aliens would be just like them in terms of biology and in this case fashion? And for that matter, why is fashion in Starfinder-verse assumed to be like modern western fashion?

I don't know about Vesk, but humans do it all the time. You take a step into the sci fi genre without seeing an attractive blue skinned alien woman.


Archmage Variel wrote:
Bluenose wrote:
thecursor wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:


I can already see many amusing situations arising when a Vesk guesses the gender of a non-Vesk incorrectly (and possibly vice versa).

"Males... am I right, sister?"

"I'm a guy."
"Wait, seriously? But you're so colorful and have a deep voice!"
"I'm wearing a salmon colored button down, it cost three hundred credits, and I'm a guy."
"But what about your voice?"
"I'm human, human males have deep voices."
"...well that's just disgusting."
"Didn't I see you eat a mouse earlier?"
"Don't mock my table manners."
Why would a Vesk imagine that aliens would be just like them in terms of biology and in this case fashion? And for that matter, why is fashion in Starfinder-verse assumed to be like modern western fashion?
I don't know about Vesk, but humans do it all the time. You take a step into the sci fi genre without seeing an attractive blue skinned alien woman.

Edgar Rice Burroughs ur-example are the red martians, but from what I remember all the different martian races are very different to humans in how they dress and act.


The red ones act somewhat differently that European standards yes, but still pretty close to something we can identify. Sci-fi is written that way because we as the reader still needs to identify and relate in some fashion to the main characters. At any rate, your question kinda answers itself,

Bluenose wrote:


Why would a Vesk imagine that aliens would be just like them in terms of biology and in this case fashion? And for that matter, why is fashion in Starfinder-verse assumed to be like modern western fashion?

Their is no reason to assume that they would other than as has already been said, because we do. (Also the fashion assumptions in this particular joke were likely to avoid making up words and to have it be understood by a modern audience) Also, it was a joke.

sanwah68 wrote:
Because I couldn't help myself, I just spent a number of hours over the last couple of days looking for a compatible figure, as a Vesk WILL be my first character for Starfinder. Every repilian race I have found a mini for has a pronounced muzzle....anyone else had any luck ?? If there is nothing out there, I hope Paizo get a license with Reaper ASAP ;)

I have a couple minis that work well enough that came from a paint n take a few years ago, but they are from Badger games, which seems to be a hobby operation that goes to a few conventions a year and whose website has been under construction for about a decade :(. So that's not really gonna help.


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Bluenose wrote:


Why would a Vesk imagine that aliens would be just like them in terms of biology and in this case fashion? And for that matter, why is fashion in Starfinder-verse assumed to be like modern western fashion?

I bet you are an absolute DE-LIGHT at parties.


thecursor wrote:
Bluenose wrote:


Why would a Vesk imagine that aliens would be just like them in terms of biology and in this case fashion? And for that matter, why is fashion in Starfinder-verse assumed to be like modern western fashion?

I bet you are an absolute DE-LIGHT at parties.

Dying is easy. Comedy is hard. :)


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The beautiful alien woman doesn't have to be blue, they can be green, red, violet, yellow, or orange;)

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"Wrex."

"Shepherd."


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I am pleased by these reptilian space-warriors.

Cliches are cliches for a reason, and I can't wait to see what these guys make of kobolds (snacks, most likely).


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Cole Deschain wrote:

I am pleased by these reptilian space-warriors.

Cliches are cliches for a reason, and I can't wait to see what these guys make of kobolds (snacks, most likely).

At this point, I see the mere existence of humans and near humans in a fantasy story despite how unlikely that is, to be a cliché in itself. So I'd say you've got a point there.

Granted, I think the reason clichés are clichés like this, is mostly because it serves as a starting point. A point, usually intended to be quickly diverged from.

From a pen and paper game design standpoint, its practical to write cliché races, because players already have a habit of taking "normal" races, and then creating characters from them that go against type. (At least when they're not intentionally building from a stats perspective.)

As for Kobolds... There's a distinct lack of mention of "operatives" in the Vesk's description; while literally every other Class was mentioned. In light of that, they may see Kobolds as good hands to leave that job in... Assuming they're not the kind to dismiss it altogether. Which I'm fairly sure they wouldn't: combat infiltration is just as valuable a part in a military society as a warrior is, and just as likely to be involved in fights as a soldier is.

I can't say the Vesk won't see Soldiers as more honourable, or superior to operatives; since their society may favour honourable combat over pragmatic combat. But we already have historical examples of "honourable warrior cultures" employing the use of spies liberally, even while looking down on them. Most notably, japan. Heck, ninjas became the royal guard at some point.

---

As for my opinion on the Vesk themselves... I have no strong feelings. Kobolds were a unique take on a "reptilian race", and judging the Vesk by that standard is unfair. I also can't hold them to my own creative standards, since that would likely be unpractical (in the case of any "quadruped" races I could come up with, regardless of if its centaur like or not.)

Really, they're basically "Orcs on a Plane". Which honestly is probably a good baseline flavour for a race when your game is "Fantasy IN SPACE".


The way I see it, judging but what we see here and elsewhere
The iconics will be:
Human envoy
Vesk soldier
Ysoki mechanic
Android operative
Kasatha technomancer
Lashunta mystic
And the yet known race as a solarion


Life is awesome wrote:

The way I see it, judging but what we see here and elsewhere

The iconics will be:
Human envoy
Vesk soldier
Ysoki mechanic
Android operative
Kasatha technomancer
Lashunta mystic
And the yet known race as a solarion

You should probably take a look at this post here and you should find out that the "yet known" race is called Shirren and that the mystic iconic is probably going to be one of this insect like creatures.


Vesk. I like it but... Needs more Krogan.


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rungok wrote:
Vesk. I like it but... Needs more Krogan.

Why not fluff them to have fat deposits on their shoulders? That basically leaves them off just like Krogan in appearance and they already seem close enough in attitude. Maybe the only ones we've seen so far are the svelte Vesk who run at very low body fat percentages.


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CorvusMask wrote:
Lemartes wrote:
This brings up a question. I'm going to guess there is no difference in the sound of each genders voice? Both gruff and intimidating or?

Well, its difficult to tell from alien reptiles, but if we go by earth reptile noises its either one of following:

1) they don't really make sounds 2) that noise when you empty your lungs 3) that high pitched sound geckos make 4) that thing alligators do

And yes, I just wanted an excuse to post cute reptiles

Weird anecdote we have a pet turtle who is allowed to wander about the house. Normally the only noise you hear from her is a hiss if she thinks you are blundering to close to her suddenly but once in a while she hums. It is by strange and really cute to see a little turtle wandering about the living room making a very distinctive humming sound. She only does it when its really sunny and she is in an active cycle.


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kaid wrote:
Weird anecdote we have a pet turtle who is allowed to wander about the house. Normally the only noise you hear from her is a hiss if she thinks you are blundering to close to her suddenly but once in a while she hums. It is by strange and really cute to see a little turtle wandering about the living room making a very distinctive humming sound. She only does it when its really sunny and she is in an active cycle.

Funny, I also hum when it's really sunny and I'm feeling active...


"Resembling 7-foot-tall humanoid lizards with beards of spiky bone" Say no more, fam. I'm in.


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I wonder why aren't the male Vesk the gender that has the natural colorings, similar to how the males of some species like peafowl, mallards, guppies, and mandrills are more brightly colored to stand out and 'impress' the females. So that a male Vesk may 'strut his stuff' or even exaggerate his colorings as a show of intimidation against other male Vesk or to show off in front of the ladies, even if these behaviors don't impress non-Vesk or even make sense.

Having this flipped around makes the race feel more anthropocentric, and less alien.

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Matthew Shelton wrote:

I wonder why aren't the male Vesk the gender that has the natural colorings, similar to how the males of some species like peafowl, mallards, guppies, and mandrills are more brightly colored to stand out and 'impress' the females. So that a male Vesk may 'strut his stuff' or even exaggerate his colorings as a show of intimidation against other male Vesk or to show off in front of the ladies, even if these behaviors don't impress non-Vesk or even make sense.

Having this flipped around makes the race feel more anthropocentric, and less alien.

I would argue the contrary; having them be more like animals on earth makes them seem less alien to me. Being alien means that they do not have to conform to what you might expect.


Ashanderai wrote:
Matthew Shelton wrote:

I wonder why aren't the male Vesk the gender that has the natural colorings, similar to how the males of some species like peafowl, mallards, guppies, and mandrills are more brightly colored to stand out and 'impress' the females. So that a male Vesk may 'strut his stuff' or even exaggerate his colorings as a show of intimidation against other male Vesk or to show off in front of the ladies, even if these behaviors don't impress non-Vesk or even make sense.

Having this flipped around makes the race feel more anthropocentric, and less alien.

I would argue the contrary; having them be more like animals on earth makes them seem less alien to me. Being alien means that they do not have to conform to what you might expect.

Okay, so let's tell a biological story:

Once upon a time, on the Vesk homeworld, there were these terribly clever lizards, the species that becomes the Vesk. They're fast and smart and strong but their eyes are terrible, they see movement and color and that's about it. Now normally this isn't much of a problem but the lizards live separately with males in one social group and females in another social group with their kids. The males are really territorial and they protect what's theirs from rival troops of males. But wait, how do you determine who is the mother of your child/potential mate and who is an interloper drinking from the streams around your land. All of those bright stripes instantly told these rival lizards that the person currently foraging for food was a female who might help you pass on some genes if you're nice to them. Bright colors got a fast pass to come and go as they pleased. Now millions of years later, the eyes have improved and the social structure has changed but lady reptiles with bright, sexy skin is still very much something that Vesk males really, really like. Some "less bright" females now use skin creams to shine up their scales.

This is an example but just one of many possible ways evolution could work this out.

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