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When the reptilian species known as the Race invaded Tosev 3 aka Earth, they came with the purpose of colonizing it. To this end, they bought to Earth many species from Home and other planets of the Empire of the Race. These creatures often found themselves at home, though most perfectly in hot, desert-like conditions like the Sahara or Arabia. These creatures looked a lot like the Race itself, with reptilian scale-like skin and eye-turrets. To humans, though, they could be described as prehistoric animals.

What follows below is an effort to record all species, plant or animal, mentioned in the series. Some creatures are only mentioned rather than fully explained. Such are still given a mention in this article.

AkissEdit

An akiss is a very large and dangerous reptilian animal in the mythology of the Race. It is comparable to Earth's dragons. When the Admiral Peary arrived in the Tau Ceti system in 2031, one of several military spacecraft deployed to guard against it was named the Horned Akiss.

AzwacaEdit

The azwaca is a large stock animal native to Home and used by the Race as a foodstuff. Azwaca are also edible to humans. The Colonization Fleet brought azwaca and several other species of livestock to Tosev 3. As Earth plants were not equipped to deal with the extremely economic grazing patterns of these animals, some ecological damage resulted. This in turn led to diplomatic tensions between the Race and the various human powers that shared borders with Lizard-territory.

Literary CommentEdit

A common complaint Tosevites reported was that azwaca and related species often ate up all the pasture they came across thoroughly, leaving no more for Tosevite animals. This can be explained as a evolutionary problem- Home was very infertile and therefore animals like azwacas ate anything they came across in Home without being picky. Apparently, the animals brought the same process to Tosev 3.

BeffelEdit

The beffel (plural: befflem) was a domestic animal native to Home, kept as pets by the Race. Befflem had armored hides and stumpy legs. Despite those traits, there were quite agile. They were generally playful and agreeable, noted for their endearing squeaking noise. However, when cornered by another animal, they were quite able to defend themselves. Befflem were carnivores. When the species arrived on Tosev 3 with the Colonization Fleet in 1962, Befflem adapted well to the new planet, making many native animals their prey. Their native predator was the tsiongi, which was also trasplanted to Tosev 3. On Home, there were regulations against letting unleashed befflem run free. On Tosev 3, such regulations were uncommon, and so befflem proved invasive, even in territories the Race's did not control.

Befflem did not make a distinction between members of the Race and Tosevites. Thus, Tosevites also began keeping befflem as pets. One particular beffle even saved a Jewish family's life on two separate occasions.

BaganaEdit

The bagana was a fearsome beast of prey.[1]

EpporiEdit

The eppori was an animal native to Home. By appearances it resembles to "a cross between a zebra and a duckbilled dinosaur" striped in a pattern of gold and dark brown. It was domesticated by the Race early in its history and was used as a riding animal and beast of burden. With the advent of mechanized vehicles, the eppori generally lost its utility in these roles. However, the eppori continued to be used by zisuili farmers and others for attraction.

FibyenEdit

The fibyen was a softshell-turtle-like creature of the Sirron Sea. It had an assortment of tendrils above its mouth to help identify prey, which gave the creature the appearance of having a Stalin mustache.[2]

FfissachEdit

Ffifssachi were eight-legged flying creatures which made a buzzing sound. They ate plants and each other. Although an essential part of Home's ecosystem, members of the Race regarded them as pests.[3]

KrellepemEdit

The krellepem was an aquatic animal native to Home's Ssyurpyk Sea. Their uncanny physiology resembled Earth's extinct trilobites and they were implied to be less evolved. Krellepem were treated as a delicacy by the Race and eaten with special tools required to break their shells, especially since the Race could not even suck the meat as humans could do. According to Jonathan Yeager, krellepem tasted "something like oysters, something like scallops."[4]

PlerkappiEdit

Plerkappi was an aquatic animal native to Home and another delicacy of the Race. Sam Yeager considered its flavor to be too strong, which reminded him of clams that had started to go bad.[5]

SdanliEdit

Sdanli are large, fierce reptilian predators native to Home. In the very ancient history of the Race, petitioners who appeared before emperors (Ssumaz or otherwise, as this was long before the planet's political unification even by the standards of the Race's history) and did not show the proper respect were thrown to sdanli as punishment. The punishment was later changed to a nonlethal, symbolic one: courtiers in sdanli-skin masks surround the disgraced individuals and mock them.

SevodEdit

The sevod was a robin-sized pterodactyl-like species which flew in the sky of Home. Sevod were renowned for making musical sounds in the evening and was related to squazeffi.[6]

SquazeffEdit

Squazeffi were pterodactyl-like creatures of Home. Their eggs typically hatched in the spring, when the chance for the hatchlings' survival was greatest.[7]

SsvapiEdit

Ssvapi are a burrowing animal native to Rabotev 2. Throughout the Race's empire, they are notorious for showing extreme aggression and stubbornness in fighting to defend their burrow networks against predators and other intruders. The American defense of Chicago was compared to the territorial defensiveness of such animals by the Conquest Fleet that flew against Tosev 3.[8]

TsiongiEdit

Tsiongi is a domestic animal native to Home and kept as pets by the Race. The plural of tsiongi is 'tsiongyu'. Tsiongyu got along well with both Lizards and Tosevites but were not as friendly or playful as the beffel, an animal with which the tsiongi tended to fight. Domestic tsiongi is used to help herding zisuili unlike its feral cousins who preyed on the meat animals. It is also known for having a reputation in perversity and pride.

Unnamed PlantsEdit

Plants that's roots reached deep into the ground was found in desert-like conditions all over Tosev. Like many of other species the Race brought with them, these soon invaded Tosevite deserts.

ZisuiliEdit

Zisuili is a large stock animal native to Home and used by the Race as a foodstuff. Zisuili are also edible to humans. The Colonization Fleet brought zisuili and several other species of livestock to Tosev 3. As Earth plants were not equipped to deal with the extremely economic grazing patterns of these animals, some ecological damage resulted. This in turn led to diplomatic tensions between the Race the various human powers.

Literary CommentEdit

As said above, the habits of creatures like zisuili and azwaca was very devastating to pastures. The only way to fight off this ecological threat was to kill them and/or eat them, since they were edible to humans. Sam Yeager even pondered an armed border stretching along the American-Race-Mexican border designed for keeping out and/or killing zisuili.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Second Contact, p. 97, PB.
  2. Homeward Bound, pgs. 147-148.
  3. Homeward Bound, pgs. 49-50, HC.
  4. Ibid., p. 207, HC.
  5. Ibid., p. 490, HC.
  6. Homeward Bound, pgs. 204-205, HC.
  7. Homeward Bound, p. 177, HC.
  8. In the Balance p 476
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