. Biology & Behavior
. Delphoids represent the most mysterious
toy space entity on record and brilliantly illustrate the old
Drop Corps motto, "No matter what you know, you
don't know nuthin'!" Each Delphoid encounter
is markedly different from the others, and each is linked to
the rest by miraculous appearances and unusually mundane coincidences.
. If Delphoids have a native form
it is unknown to modern science. Descriptions of Delphoid
visitors vary wildly and some experts have theorized that it
is the nature of the viewer that determines the from in which
the Delphoid manifests.
. Nothing much at all is known about
their possible biology beyond the common description of roughly
blue in color. They seem able to manifest a material being
at will, but do not require one to maintain cohesion.
. Delphoid encounters are often
described as an internal cranial orator, or a disembodied
presence which is capable of stopping time, teleporting anywhere
in time or space, and controlling all matter, energy and dimension
. Those few who have directly encounter
a Delphoid describe the event as being plucked without
warning from their own time and place. To the one having
the encounter it begins instantaneously and can appear to evolve
over extended periods of time, in some cases well past the remainder
of the subject's normal life span.
. Those outside of the encounter report
the event as lasting only seconds. Witnesses report that
one moment the subject is completely normal in every respect
, and the next he is forever changed.
. Profound lingering discombobulation
is the most common post-encounter condition. If not for the appearance
of the Delphoid Marker, most of those who directly encountered
the Delphoid would have been killed or permanently
. Society and History
. It is possible that there is only one
Delphoid being, however, as with almost every other facet
of their existence, the truth remains a mystery.
. There are two distinctive elements that
link every Delphoid encounter and they represent the only
hard information available on the Delphoids and their
Delphoid Markers Shortly after the subject of a Delphoid
encounter is returned to its original moment in time, a miraculous
event occurs. From out of what appear to be nowhere and nothing,
a substantial object materializes in the precise location
of the encounter, or just to the side if the subject still occupies
. The composition of these Markers
and their means of operation remain as mysterious as the Delphoid
experience itself. Each Delphoid Marker is unique in character
but their common function is revealed upon physical contact.
. Markers appear to be a storage
device for the subject's encounter with the Delphoid,
replaying mental projections of the experience for those who
willingly contact it. Projections are typically out of context
and incomplete snippets of the experience they document, but
those viewing the projections are usually convinced of the sincerity
of the subject and the profound implications of the experience
The unusual redundancy of the number 318 has also marked
each Delphoid encounter (see below) but the meaning or
significance of the number is unknown.
. Extended Study
EG data-recap provided
by OmniGlance Systems
7 Delphoid Encounters:
1 The Vexian Visitation
The earliest recorded Delphoid visitation occurred trillions
of years ago on the once idyllic planet of Vexia, now known as
Class 11 Space Quarry #H78-2. The subject of the visitation was
an anointed prince of the kingdom named Tal, who was hosting
an important political summit on the night of his 318 birthday.
In the middle of a toast to himself, the young and popular prince
was taken by a "blue man of the shadows" to "a
place where my thoughts were his to control." For what were
to him 11 Vexian days (time standard unknown), Kal was the subject
of exhaustive interviews and testing of every nature, including
a vision of the end of his civilization, before being returned
to the moment of his departure. An astonished crowd saw Prince
Tal fall to the floor in mid-boast, never to regain his sanity.
A dense black cube, the Delphoid Marker left in the wake of the
visitation, is the only surviving record of the Vexian people,
whose planet and culture were destroyed in an unrelated catastrophe
(see Don't Press
That Button and Other Tales of Regret).
The Vexian Marker was recently donated by Dirtco, INC. to the
Ng Institute where it remains the subject of intense scrutiny.
2 Pre-History Grog Visitation
The Grog Home Planet (GHP) has been visited by Delphoids
twice, making Grog unique
in the study of this phenomenon. The first encounter happened
millions of years ago during an early and violent prehistory
Grog epoch called the Age of Sorrows. Grog of this period were
brutal and primitive, existing in loose clans locked in constant
battle with each other. One of these clans was about to make
a daring attack on an enemy enclave when their tribal figurehead
was visited by "a blue eel," who, "held me in
a tank of his mind, and wrested my soul through my gills."
The Delphoid keep this Grog for 18 years, critically testing
his will and strength with never-ending physical and emotional
trials. When Grog was returned to the moment of his departure
he was, "unable to feed or swim," and his incredible
story was met with disbelief followed immediately by execution.
The Delphoid Marker recording this event remained hidden in the
deep murk beds of GHP for centuries and was located at a depth
of 318 Standard Grog Fathoms (SGF) shortly after the second Grog
visitation. It is a roughly hewn slab of black glassy matter
with 318 identical oblong depressions in its surface.
3 Second Grog Visitation
The second Delphoid encounter with a Grog occurred centuries
latter to a pre-adolecent female Grog who was gathering moss
some distance from her Pod's village. When she failed to return
by nightfall her clan began searching, finding her weak and babbling
about a "blue crustacean with 100 eyes." Next to her
was found the Delphoid Marker, a black cone of dense matter that
confirmed the frightened child's story of a five day encounter
that included a visit through time to her great grand sisters
and precise instructions on how to find the Delphoid Marker from
the previous Grog encounter. It is notable that the Delphoid's
behavior was decidedly kind and even paternal toward the young
subject throughout this encounter. It is in this record that
the entity directly refers to itself as a Delphoid, and explains
to that it, "must find out if you can believe." This
revealing information is the only known direct explanation of
itself ever offered by a Delphoid.
4 Early Insectian Visitation,
origins of The Obelisk of Kli.
An early Insectian
warlord became the subject of a Delphoid encounter that shaped
the course of their history. Grand Agent Kli-Nezk, a decorated
arch-general of the Black Hive, was performing the requisite
ritual of Muld-Ahknu (the "Ballad of the Conqueror")
after a particularly long siege of an enemy Hive when the Delphoid
made contact. Muld-Ahknu is an ancient and complex verse with
572 lines, but when Kli reached line 318 1, he was seen to, "fall as if his exoskeleton
were suddenly hollow." For 81 years, Kli-Nezk was the captive
apprentice of a mysterious "Blue Master" who never
revealed a material form while schooling Kli as the first Insectian
Sand Shaper. Trapped in a "deep cave" Kli was taught
how to harness his mind and turn common sand into glass as strong
as steel. The Delphoid Marker that recorded this encounter became
the textbook by which generations of Insectian Sand Shapers refined
their skills, and heralded the First Glass Age. Kli-Nezk was
anointed as a Black Hive Elder but his encounter with the Delphoid
prevented him from assuming the responsibilities of that position.
The Obelisk of Kli continues to instruct new generations of Sand
Shapers and is one of the most sacred artifact of the Great Black
1. Muld-Ahknu, line 318: "...so that even the Worm will
see thee as low,
and dust refuseth to be a friend."
5 Gloy Visitation, the "Horrid
Blue Death" song cycle.
It is likely that at some point in their history the Gloy
of Gecko made contact with a Delphoid entity. The event
is chronicled in one of the Gloy's rarest traditional song cycles,
called "Horrid Blue Death Fear Takes a Proud Tall Brother"
This ritual relates the story of Ffthssvfthffshsstff,
a mature Gloy of rigid stature, who was lecturing his familial
group on the benefits of good posture when he was plucked from
his time and place and held for an undetermined length of time
by a figure only refereed to as "Horrid Blue Death."
Ffthssvfthffshsstff was critically depleted by the encounter
and died shortly after being return to his lecture, instantaneously
reduced to a thin, dying organ sack in the middle of dispensing
sound advice. His family and the rest of the Gloy of Gecko assumed
that evil had befallen them, and when "a vial rock of evil
reflections" appeared near the newly dead, a wave of panic
gripped them all. The song cycle indicates that the Gloy destroyed
the "vile rock" and the evil was vanquished, but based
on durability studies of other Delphoid Markers it is much more
likely that the device was secretly hidden by an anonymous Gloy
of exceptional bravery, where it remains undiscovered. The "Horrid
Blue Death" song cycle concludes with a somber reenactment
of the Burial of Ffthssvfthffshsstff, involving exactly
318 pointed stones.
6 Muk Empire Criminal Decree #318
A curious repeated transmission from the Cyan
Moon Cluster has lead to the hypothesis that The Muk
Empire may have been the scene of a recent Delphoid encounter.
Every week, the Emperor of the Muk Empire delivers an address
to his subjects that is beamed to the universe at large for the
benefit of the many Mukoids and other Cyan Moonlings scattered
throughout space. After each address an updated list of Criminals
of the Muk Empire is attached to the broadcast, and for the last
decade they have included Criminal Decree #318. CD#318 offers
an unusually high bounty and names a "Blue Deceiver"
as a dangerous wanted alien being, charging that it, "captured,
detained and committed unauthorized torture of" a Muk chieftain
named Houl. The Decree suggests that the, "monster and his
Evil Block be obliterated," and that, "the Slayer shall
be rewarded with endless slave wenches and feasting for many
generations." The tone of CD#318 has almost completely dispelled
the theory that the Delphoid is a rare breed of Cyan Moonling.
7 Skekt-auk Visitation
A Skekt-auk Overlord
known as Gulmex became the subject of a Delphoid encounter during
the first Overlord space mission. Shortly after claiming the
lifeless moon of Blung in the name of He Who Eats All, Capt.
Gulmex was taken by a Delphoid and held for 43 days, during which
time he was disassembled and reassembled repeatedly. Appearing
in the form of a pair of giant blue hands with 8 fingers each,
the Delphoid spoke only once, saying, "Your kind is full
of noise." The Marker that followed this encounter, and
Capt. Gulmex himself, were quickly launched into a nearby sun
on the order of the Chambermen of He Who Eats All. The Marker
was recently recovered by the crew of the ASA Walkure and donated
to the Ng Institute's Astro-Artifacts Collection, where it is