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Distant Fringe sophont
Base Information
Classification Producer
Status Minor Race
Locomotion Floater
Terrain Atmosphere
Body Form
Confluence Non-humanoid
Bio-Identenoid Phytoid
Size 8.0 meters
Languages Native Language
Social Structure Anarchy
Technological Epoch TL:0-3
Psionic potential Standard
Origin World
Homeworld location Paradise (Halcyon 3026)
StarportC Routine: No Construction, Major Repair, Unrefined fuel
Size7 Medium (11,200 km, 0.70g - 0.94g)
AtmosphereC Exotic (insidious)
Hydrographics3 Wet World 30%
Population7 Moderate (20 million)
Government7 Balkanization
Law4 Moderate Law (no light assault weapons)
Tech Level9 Early Stellar (fusion)
Primary Star A7 III
Atmosphere Insidious
Off-world presence No
Zoetic individuals Yes
Reference Ade Stewart - Distant Fringe
Canon No
Also see

The Loons of Paradise (Halcyon 3026) are a Minor Non-Human Race with a Non-humanoid appearance and technologically primitive sophonts. Their world has an exotic nitrogen-chlorine atmosphere and trichloramine seas.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Loons are flying chlorine-breathers, estimated to number around 5 million in total and content to exist at a tech level of 0: the 3 million humans living on the world are entirely contained within an island “enclave” surrounded by the fluid seas. This island is the site of the starport and gives the world its tech level.

Loons are named for Terran hot air balloons, which they resemble. The major part of the Loon body is a huge buoyant sac with a volume of hundreds of cubic meters. It is studded with clusters of secondary sensory organs – their main sensory and manipulatory organs are located on a thick hanging torso at the base of the sac. They secure themselves in place with long organic “tethers” while feeding. They are geovores, consuming the minerals, chlorides and salts that crust the surface of their world. They excrete exotic compounds that fetch excellent prices if they can be gathered before they degrade.

All Loons are psionic and communicate with one another through telepathy. They appear to partially maintain their bodies through the use of awareness.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. Loon.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

All Loons crave solitude and are intensely xenophobic, disliking the presence of other individuals of any kind, including other Loons. The natural functions of the human brain appear to disrupt Loon psionic activity, though the use of psi shields alleviates this. Loons are patient and pacifistic, and unless something presents an immediate danger they will either ignore an irritation until it goes away or release their tethers and float away.


This race is primarily located in the following areas:
Uncharted Space:


The homeworld of this race is:

World Listing[edit]

Significant communities of this race are known to exist within the following systems and worlds:

No world articles for Loon

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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