Alien_Life/ Gloy:
Size .Sm .Med .Lg .XL
Life Span .
Short .Med .Long ?
Tech Level .
Prim .Low .Med .High .Ultra
Range .
local .space .warp/other
Category .
usually non-hostile herd culture

. Habitat . Various Home Worlds: Gecko, Tango 7, et. al.
(pictured: Gecko, third moon of the gas giant Vegas-19)

. Gloy colonies are scattered throughout the universe but their preferred environment seems to be a rocky terrain with abundant sources of exotic light and blue, purple and green radiations. They usually avoid other species when possible, which isn't difficult considering the barren wastelands they choose to call home.

. The largest Gloy populations can be found on the distant moons of Gecko and Tango 7 but smaller Gloy settlements have been recorded on a handful of other planets, moons and cometoids that feature similar environments.
rare picture of Gloy native to the Mosh Asteroid Belt

. The Gloy of Gecko build colonies around Luminous Pools that dot the surface of that moon. These Luminous Pools are the result of a vast web of unusual ionized mineral veins threaded throughout the core of the moon which have broken through the chalky lunar crust. The Pools are noted for their eerie illumination, which can throw off sensor equipment, and for the thick, smelly funk that they exude. Gloy colonies in other parts of the universe similarly center their settlements around these kinds of natural light and radiation springs.


. Biology & Behavior

. Gloy are rubbery iridescent squid-oids with two large optic organs on opposite sides of their squishy conical heads. Their lower bodies feature a skirt of thin grasping tendrils. Their physical strength is negligible and their boneless bodies are easily injured.

. Gloy travel by means of levitation which is controlled by gentle pushing with their many tendrils. They are slow, delicate movers who sacrifice speed for good posture, which is the greatest commodity in their culture.

. Their spoken language is based on a series of sharp tweets and gurgled whistles produced from tiny beaked mouths which are well hidden under their tendril skirts.

. In groups, Gloy can surround an enemy and collectively create a defensive sonic field that can shatter almost any solid matter within their circle of focus.

. Gloy feed on various exotic beams of light and radiation, and seem to require nothing more in the way of nourishment.

. Gloy reproduce by laying fragile egg sacks under carefully selected boulders. They live short and often uneventful lives, and rarely travel outside their colonial territory. Their primary activities include light absorption for sustenance, practicing good posture, choral singing and ritual movements.


. Society and History

. Gloy culture has a rich tradition of song and dance which serve to illustrate their complex mythos, some of these rituals taking as long as a month to complete. Other species typically describe Gloy choral singing and movement tradition as some combination of painful and tedious.

. Their true origins remain a mystery, but Gloy myths suggest that their species came from a distant dimension of pure light that was extinguished millions of years ago by unknown means, forcing the Gloy to assume material forms and to scatter themselves amongst the stars. Whether or not there is any truth in this myth is unknown, but if the Gloy of long ago were capable of space travel their modern progeny have long since lost that ability. In fact, a great many of their myths and traditions involve strength and heroics well beyond the capacity of the average modern Gloy. When confronted with these apparent incongruities Gloy simply chirp intermittently and slowly back away.

. Gloy sometimes construct hive-like globe shelters over their nourishing light and radiation sources, and have been known to hibernate inside these globes for months at a time.


. Extended Study

. The moon of Gecko is home to two other species who occasionally interact with the Gloy.

. Green Walkers are luminous herd insects who also feed on the same light and radiation enjoyed by the Gloy, and for the most part the two species live in disinterested harmony with each other. Green Walkers have nine rigid appendages sprouting from a central organ sack. They build mounds with far reaching tunnels and are the favored food of the Rock Worms.

. Rock Worms are thick-skinned invertebrates who make their lairs under rocks and boulders. They attack unsuspecting prey from below, grabbing and constricting almost anything moving within their range with the singular goal of pulling the prey below the surface where they are consumed at leisure. Since Rock Worms have no natural enemies their population can grow unchecked, resulting in infestations that can be very difficult to eradicate.


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