Andromeda: Cultures: The Nightsiders

I’m afraid I don’t have much information on this culture yet – other than the fact that they are a bunch of bastards!

They are furry two-legged creatures usually under 6 feet tall with a phenomenal reproductive cycle. They basically produce seeds which are sewn in the oceans of the worlds they occupy. These seeds then hatch into tadpole like fish which swim around for a few years. When they are big enough, they ‘metamorphose’ into adults and leave the water, grow fur, and take up a position in adult Nightsider society. They are called Nightsiders because they are nocturnal.

By the time they had developed rudementary industrial technology their planet, Krrrendar IV was almost poluted to the point where it was almost uninhabitable. luckily for them, the Systems Commonwealth made contact.

from there they were able to colonise other worlds. unfortunately, they tend to have the same effect on other worlds as they did on their homeworld. The Nightsiders can therefore only be found on planets on the edge of the System and these are generally poor or impoverished. You can see them throughout the galaxy involved in shady deals. Nightsiders would make good second-hand car-salesmen.

You can’t really blame them for such a negative outlook on society, they have no identifiable father figures after all. The only way many of them survive childhood is literally to eat other Nightsider tadpoles! They have no permanent partners. What these geezers need is a good mothering!

Nightsiders have dispersed throughout most of the old Systems Commonwealth, but they are not generally highly placed in polite society.

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A Nightsider was first spotted in the pilot episode (Under the Fire) as a rather irritable character who commissioned Beka Valentine and her comrades to salvage the Andromeda Ascendant from the event horizon of the black hole.

The Nightsider was particularly slimey in this episode and I’m not sure yet if the other Nightsiders will be similar in Nature.

Race Rating – Nightsiders
Personality 1 (rancid butter) – 5 (cool dude) 1
Attractiveness 1 (requires paper bag) – 5 (Drop-dead-gorgeous) 1
Humor 1 (stomach-turning) – 5 (sidesplitting) 2
Dress Sense 1 (laughable) – 5 (hip) 3
Aggression 1 (big/little softy) – 5 (hard as nails) 3
Social Standing 1 (scumbag) – 5 (god) 2

Sad Geezer Race Rating   (out of 30)  12   

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