Aliens of the Rim

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Aliens of the Rim
TNE Aliens of the Rim 1.jpg
Hivers and Ithklur. Because in space, no one can hear you scheme.
Author Dave NilsenLoren Wiseman
Publisher Game Designers Workshop
Version Traveller The New Era
Edition 1st
Format Book (Softback)
Language English
Pages 96
Year Published 1995
Canonical Yes
Available from DriveThru RPG
Also See Hivers (Alien Module)
GURPS Traveller: Alien Races 3
Stock #0318
ISBN 1-55878-182-X

Aliens of the Rim is a TNE era background book detailing the Hivers and Ithklur.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Why did the Hivers assassinate Emperor Strephon? Why did the Hivers allow the Third Imperium to fall? What are the Hivers' plans for the future of humanity?

There are those who say that nothing takes place in Charted Space without the Hivers having anticipated it, planned it, shaped it, brought it into being by patient, careful manipulation.

The Hivers are the manipulators - emotionless, perfectly rational beings possessed of infinite patient and subtlety. If interstellar history is a clock, the Hivers are the ones who wind it; the passage of time itself does their bidding. If a tree fell in a forest, and no one was there to hear it, would it make a sound? And how come if there are trees falling down, you never see any Hivers running around with axes?

What do you get when you cross a golden retriever with a box of razor blades? How is it that the most efficient, merciless killers in the universe don't have a mean bone in their bodies? If violence is natural, guileless, and innocent, does that mean one need not take it so personally?

The Ithklur are the most feared warriors known to man. To an Ithklur, Vargr plunder is like a walk in the park; Aslan warrior spirit is the babbling of a toothless child. Other races make such a fuss over violence - why not just do it and enjoy yourself?

To the Hivers, the Ithklur are their trained, elite shock troops, lovingly perfected by millennia of manipulation and social engineering. No finer tool has ever been fashioned.

But as far as the Ithklur are concerned, they have the Hivers just where they want them. Who wants to be a boring taxi driver anyway? If the Hivers want to pretend they're in charge, what does it really hurt, so long as they leave the Ithklur alone?

Who is manipulating whom? Is the Vargr wagging his tail, or is the tail wagging the Vargr? What is the sound made when an irresistible force collides with an immovable object?

Table of Contents[edit]

Aliens of the Rim
Section / Article Page/s
The Hivers 5
Open Source 6
Players' Section 27
Referees' Section 36
The Ithklur 46
Open Source 47
Players' Section 65
Referees' Section 79
Appendix 81
New Rules 81
Equipment 83
Weapons 85
Inter species Equipment use 86
Glossary 89
Character generation worksheet 93
Character Sheet 94

Library Data Entries (Public)[edit]

  1. TBD

Library Data Entries (Automated)[edit]

Library data entries

Meta-history & Background (Dossier)[edit]

No information yet available.

Credits (Primary Sources)[edit]

Credits (Primary Sources)
Design Dave Nilsen, Loren Wiseman
Art Direction Julie F. Callahan
Interior Art Bradley K. McDevitt
Cover Art Christina Wald
Cover Design Bradley K. McDevitt


  1. Freelance Traveller 046

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