Affront

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    Allegra

    Allegra New Member

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    Affront, the fascinating species in Excession have such strange physiques - best described on wiki:

    I found very difficult to picture it in my mind. Can anyone draw a picture of it?
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    gully_foyle

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    I just imagined a leathery medusa jellyfish with attitude and an annoyingly raucous laugh.

    Something like this pic (add your own eye stalks).

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    Propelled by ones own farts, now there's an unpleasant thought. Even if their atmosphere was breathable, I'd still be wearing my gelsuit.
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    Rodders

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    Pyan's going to love those Tentacles. :)
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    Allegra

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    LOL!:D That's quite close. The beaks and eye stalks are the tricky part.

    Oh yes the gelsuit is definitely a MUST! (I still can't believe Byr really wanted to become one of those!)
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    Rodders

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    I think that he enjoyed their attitudes though rather than their looks. (Understandable.)
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    Allegra

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    True but it puzzles me even more because a major part of their attitudes is treating other lesser species with playful brutality and sadism. Byr must be really bored of Culture! In fact I wouldn't mind the war-against-Affront conspirator Minds got their way but then it won't be a good book. :)
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    Rodders

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    Wasn't part of the story involve the Affont being a little embarressed about the power (military might) that the Culture was actually capable of? I seem to remember them coming off as a bit arrogant and that the Affront actually thought that they could take on the Culture. Maybe i'm just miss-remembering it.
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    Ursa major

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    And they were not much friendleir to their own young, if my memory serves me correctly. (They are not the only one of Banks's aliens to do this; I seem to recall the Dwellers having this tendency in The Algebraist.)
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    Allegra

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    Well, The Affront knew they had no match against the Culture but - (spoiler) - they were tricked into starting the war and thought they could win if they got the super power from Excession.


    Yes I think Banks enjoys to create blood thirsty aliens such as Ibirans, Azads, The Eaters... Otherwise, what's the reason for Special Circumstances to meddle with alien affairs? Civilising uncivilised species is the Culture's hobby (and who can blame them)! :)
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    J-WO

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    Its interesting to compare Excession with Consider Phlebas. Both books with a warlike enemy, but the Culture's response is different. Apart from a reactionary minority of plotters, the Culture seems to have matured by Excession, having learned by its mistakes.
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    gully_foyle

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    While we're on it, can someone sketch a Dweller? I kind of envisioned two jellyfish globes (as above) stuck together ala a yo-yo, and then dressed up in a garish military costume.
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    Andrew Short

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    Yeah I found the affront particularly tricky to picture in my mind aswell.

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