Originally posted by Coraxus:
Wouldn't be surprised if he was green just like the Azdgari vessels.
The "Why Azdgari Love Their Pornographic Azdaras So Much" Problem
What colour are the majority of our technological constructs? Grey. Any major colours are likely to be red, blue, green, sometimes yellow, etc. and not pink (or brown in case of coloured folk.) Why? Well, if you saw a spaceship that was pink coloured and had two pods on the bottom with a red dot in the middle of each pod, you'd say "breasts." If you saw a long, darker pink cannon...you get the picture. Generally, the colour of skin is not the colour of the ship.
Prove Myself Wrong: Azdgari may be entirely different in their mentality, and they may actually quite enjoy having pornographic Azdaras.
Unwanted Theorising on Voinian Anatomy
The Voinians are xenophobic, the game appears to show, and make slaves of other species. What does this suggest about their mentality? Does this mean they are arrogant, strong, greedy, "evil"? Greed may come into it, but the Voinians have settled planets that they had no reason to settle. Pride - pride was what took us to the Moon, pride is what makes us want to go into the stars, and pride is what fuels the Voinians. But what fuels pride? What makes a species decide that its proud of itself? Why, failure, of course. Wasn't much of the American populace incredibly proud of its government after lack of security at airports got thousands killed? It seems odd, but a certain pride did hypocritically rise from that.
The Voinians, I'm suggesting, are at the deepest level unimpressed by their own existance. They lack confidence, and surety, for them to believe that everyone is an enemy and must be conquered.
Now look at their vessels. What to note positively? They are large , they are well defended , and they are strong (think of how they'd view neutron weaponry - it's powerful per shot.) They aspire to be large, and they seem to aspire to be physically well protected (perhaps they were prey to a heavily armoured species in their pre-industrialisation times?), and finally, they aspire to be strong. So I would suggest, the Voinians are physically unimpressive.
Mankind has had a certain link with projectiles, starting thousands of years ago. Slingshots, bows, throwing spears, and the like. When we get angry, we don't decide to eat angrily, we don't decide to leap up and down, and we don't always decide to hit things. A lot of the time, we throw things. We have a certain link with projectiles, which is likely why we build aircraft and missiles. The Voinians have rockets, but they have no guided projectile - even though it would be relatively simple to make. And they certainly don't seem to have the same love for speed that we do. It might also be reasonable to assume their arms are built slightly more like an ape, curved inwards, and not at all suitable for throwing. They are likely higher with endurance than they are with speed, and can take quite a beating (but not as much as they wish they could take.)
In other words, a small grey gorilla. Yep, that's right, we're at war with a species of small grey gorillas...
Due to the ridiculous post count, new name (or revival of old) is being considered.
(This message has been edited by SilverDragon (edited 09-01-2002).)