Talk:Minor Non-Human Race

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BtC aliens (2018)[edit]

I think the "new" aliens from Behind the Claw are attempted imports from the author's own universe... and are not canon. Rje (talk) 21:21, 16 October 2018 (EDT)

Thanks for the note. Can ask Marc.

- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 07:43, 18 October 2018 (EDT)

Deneb Sector aliens (2018)[edit]

They're all intended to be canon. Is there a reason some are marked "non"? Rje (talk) 21:21, 16 October 2018 (EDT)

Nooone has updated it yet. Thanks for the catch.

- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 07:43, 18 October 2018 (EDT)

Notes (2018)[edit]

  1. External Link: How to Create a Scientifically Plausible Alien Life Form
  2. External Link: Humans are space orks.
  3. External Link: Human isn't a language.
  4. External Link: Flowers Communicate with Electricity
- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 07:31, 23 January 2018 (EST)

Notes (2017)[edit]

  1. External Link: How to stat an alien species
  2. External Link: ...the aliens felt a bit dated so, anyone know of any alternate races for the game?
  3. External Link: Alien In Innovation: Creating Original Non-human Species
  4. External Link: strange/less-humanlike aliens
- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 21:45, 27 January 2017 (EST)

Ulane Notes (2016)[edit]

Why are the Ulane listed here? Aren't they supposed to be fake?

I do not know. I took them from the existing material. I know of the story, but I haven't checked Don's list to see their canonicity yet.
- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 17:22, 9 February 2016 (EST)

I just looked at the Traveller 5 Second Survey data, and that makes things even more ambiguous. It does include worlds with Ulane sophont codes, but places them in the Union of Harmony instead of the Ulane Hierate. It seems like the T5SS somehow combined those two polities.
- 77topaz (talk) 20:04, 9 February 2016 (EST)

Topaz, I've been trying to make sense of it for awhile. I read the old TD journals and it's still confusing. It's practical joke with a multi-decade life... LOL Either way, a little alien creation won't hurt and we can always correct it later. Right now, I've been wanting to expand Don's sophont list and that Non-Human Minor Race page is my creative process. One of us should probably bring this to T5SS.
- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 08:38, 10 February 2016 (EST)

Whulorigan Research (2016)[edit]

  1. External Link: Are there details of things from the book....

Threep is an alternate term for the Tripods according to AotI; they are located on the T5.00 CD-ROM: a picture is found in a separate file on the CD called "T5 Sophont Tripod Basic". Note that the concept appearance is somewhat different than in the AotI diagram.

  • To my knowledge, this is the first mention of them in any published source.

The following are all first-mention (to my knowledge) somewhere on the T5 CDROM:

  1. Plexxan –See T5.00, p.114, 276, 638; (also in AotI)
  2. Qliq (Separate File - "T5 Sophont Qliq Basic")
  3. Schilrathen of Poros 3 –See T5.00, p.368
  4. Tinroa (Native to Shvireeyiyi/Foreven) -See T5.00, p.513, 558
  5. Tripod (Separate File - "T5 Sophont Tripod Basic") = Threep

Smelchak Notes (2016)[edit]

Key (Parameters)[edit]

  • Demonym / Socionym (Name of species AKA "other names")
    • Nickname / popular nomenclature
  • Physiology / Morphology
    • (Identification) (1 of 5 choices)
      • (Phylum) + (-oid)
      • (Class) + (-oid)
      • (Other) + (-oid)
      • Undesignated
      • Unknown
    • Confluence (human likeness: i.e. semi-humanoid)
      • Human
      • Humanoid
      • Semi-humanoid
      • Non-humanoid
    • Locomotion (movement type/s)
      • Amphibious
      • Ambulatory walker (?-ped)
      • Exotic locomotion
      • Flyer
      • Flyphibious
      • Swimmer
    • Other remarks
      • Exotic biochemistry + (molecule + -oid) [e.g. silicon AKA silicoids, etc.]
      • Exotic biology (unconventional AKA "not life as we know it": machine-life, plasma-life, "dry life", etc. ...conventional biology are carbon-water bio-chemical/bio-organic species "wet life"...)
      • Terragens (Yes, the Vargr are Terragens... So are dolphins, Orca, Ursa, Uplifted Apes, etc.)
      • Variant race AKA chimerae
      • etc.
  • Trophics (Animal classification "creature classification")
    • Autotroph
    • Carnivore
    • Ergivore
    • Herbivore
    • Omnivore
    • Scavenger
  • World type (by state of matter except for exotics)
    • Jovian (mostly gaseous)
    • Liquidian (mostly liquid)
      • Different from Ocean worlds, which tend to have large solid cores.
      • A true fluid world would be mostly liquidinous
    • Terrestrial (mostly solid)
      • Ocean worlds (mostly liquid) are generally still terrestrial
      • Fluid worlds tend also to have large sold cores
      • Some consider ice balls terrestrial while others do not.
    • Exotic
      • Hyperspace
      • Other (not accounted for by any other category)
      • Dark matter
      • Stellar (Stellar worlds consist mostly of plasma and are commonly called stars)
        • (star type)
        • BH series
        • Neutron
      • Vacuum (no atmosphere, open to space)
  • Homeworld
    • Home system if not world-bound
  • G (Gravity: based upon size and density of world)
    • Micro (near-weightless)
    • Low (light gravity = willowy, thin, wirey, elongated, fast)
    • Standard (normative)
    • High (heavy gravity = stocky, strong, slow)
    • Macro (crushing)
  • A (Atmosphere) / Pressure
    • Vacuum (no atmosphere)
    • Very thin (near vacuum)
    • Thin (low)
    • Standard (Normative)
    • Dense (high)
    • Very dense (extremely high)
    • Exotic
      • (taint)
  • H (Hydrosphere)
    • Arid (anhydrous)
    • Standard (wet)
    • Marine (superhydrous)
  • Origin (NIL source)
    • Evolution
    • Geneering (genetic engineering)
    • Uplift: (Who?)
  • Jump Drive (See Jump Drive/meta)
    • (FTL Achievement Level)
      • Pre-FTL: Non-spacefaring
        • Pre-flight
        • Flight
      • Pre-FTL: NAFAL spaceflight (mono-systemic) STL
      • Pre-FTL: NAFAL starflight (poly-systemic, multi-) STL
      • FTL
        • J-series (jump) 0.
        • H-series (hop) 1.
        • S-series (skip) 2.
        • L-series (leap) 3.
        • B-series (bound) 4.
        • V-series (vault) 5.
        • 6-series
        • 7-series
        • 8-series
        • 9-series
      • Post-FTL
        • Trans-Dim. (trans-dimensional) 25-27
        • Ascendant race (precursor, forerunner, ancients, etc.) 28-30
        • Chronotaxis (time travel) 28-30
        • Transcendent race 31-33+
    • (Who gave it?)
      • Ancients
      • Major race
      • Minor race
      • Mystery
  • Polity (state)
    • (name of polity)
    • anarchy (chaos)
    • (balkanized)
    • band society (tribe)
    • Unknown
    • Unnamed
    • Unorganized
    • Apolitical
  • Canon (canonicity)
    • Canon
    • Non
  • Note/s (remarks)
    • Supra-polity relationship
      • Independent polity
      • Ally
      • Member state
      • Protectorate
      • Reservation
      • Subjugate (Subject state)
    • (Proto-sophont?)
      • Yes
      • No (no entry - default)
    • Other bio- or socio-notes
      • Aptitudes (talents)
      • Disciplines (See T5)
      • Proclivities (behavioral preferences)

Limbs (2016)[edit]

What is and isn't a limb? (4-ped)?

  • Appendage
  • Limb
  • Locomotor
  • Manipulator


  • Arm
  • Flipper
  • Leg
  • Most limbs with bones
  • Some gastropodic locomotor surfaces
  • Some reproductive appendages
  • Some tentacles
  • Wing
  • Almost any specialized limb intended for locomotion
  • Almost any specialized limb intended for manipulation


  • Most gastropodic locomotor surfaces
  • Insect wing (comes from exoskeleton)
  • Mandible
  • Micromanipulators
  • Most boneless limbs
  • Most reproductive appendages (genital, ovipositor, etc.)
  • Pseudopod
  • Some tentacles
  • Tail
  • Trunk


Blank Template (2016)[edit]

Minor Race Claimant Descriptions
Demonym /


Physiology /














Sophonce /




Polity Canon Remarks
ZOWIE Unknown
  • Non-humanoid
  • Ambulatory walker (?-ped)
Unknown Terrestrial Unknown Standard Standard Standard






Canon Unknown
  • Exotic psychology