|Languages||Native Language, Gurvin (language)|
|Homeworld location||Tryylin (Extolian 2514)|
|Primary Star||F2 V|
|Reference||Aliens of the Rim 47-80.|
Physiology & Environment (Ecology)
The Ithklur are big, carnivorous beings. They are superficially lizard-like, warm-blooded, and mass about 200 kilograms. They reproduce sexually and come in two genders, but apart from their primary sexual characteristics, there is no significant difference between males and females.
The Ithklur have two hearts (one arterial, one pulmonary), a short digestive tract, and a highly efficient urinary system.
They have a good sense of smell with a useful directional component, and an infrared sense organ. Centered in the face beneath the eyes (where the nose is in Humans), it relays its information to the visual cortex where it is integrated with the visual spectrum data. Otherwise, Ithklur senses are comparable to a Human's.
Their skeletons, joint articulation, and limb proportions are very different from a Human's. Ithklur cross sloping or rough terrain in a semi-crouch, using their arms as much as their legs. They have sharp, needle-like teeth and functional claws on both hands and feet.
Their skin is lightly scaled, blue, green, or an intermediate blend/combination pattern. Skin color holds no social significance for them, although they do appreciate its lovely aesthetics. Of course, the Hivers keep trying to encourage the eradication of one hue or the other, but without success.
A female Ithklur gives birth after a 17 month gestation to a well-developed infant able to walk and eat solid food. The child does not exit through the pelvic girdle, but through an anterior opening in the abdomen.
Psychology & Philosophy (Mindset)
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 the leave the Ithklur alone?
Who is manipulating whom?
Games: All lthklur have a favorite "game" (distinct from sport), which is essentially an amusing activity designed to irritate Hivers. Unlike sports, lthklur games are almost always the subject of betting, usually in the form of a pool to predict whose game will anger the Hivers first, or how long it will take a particular Hiver to respond to the needling. There are two games that are engaged in to some extent by almost all Ithklur.
The first is to insist on assigning a gender to all Hivers they work with, and to refer to them in a consistent fashion as either male or female. This will usually get a response from any Hiver sooner or later. The nature of the response is immaterial-its fact is sufficient.
The second is to deliberately speak Gurvin as poorly as possible. When required to deliver reports in Gurvin (usually to Hiver officials who cannot understand Ithklur), they commit as many breaches of grammar, double entendres and malapropisms as possible, explaining that they find the language too difficult. This will either make the Hiver's jobs more difficult or force them to allow the lthklur to speak their own language.
This race is primarily located in the following areas:
- Extolian Sector
- Phlask Sector
- Leonidae Sector
The homeworld of this race is:
World Listing: 1105