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Hripirt was both the name of a planet and of the sentient beings who lived there. The Hripirt were an advanced spacefaring race, who made contact with other life forms. One such occasion had a tragic result: a sentient race who resembled peapods had made decomposition into a religious cult. The planet smelled terrible, and one of the natives killed a Hripirt solely to see her rot. The Hripirt left the peapod planet and never returned.

The Hripirt had a better reception on Earth, where they opened up diplomatic relations with several local governments. A large number of humans expressed a desire to visit the Hripirt homeworld, necessitating the founding of the Hripirt Selection Center, an immigration bureau to establish strict criteria for permission to visit. The general rule was that humans would be allowed to travel there if they had something to contribute to society.

Drones was a popular human slang for Hripirt. It could be derogatory or not, depending on the context.

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