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Aliens of Charted Space Volume 3 explores five races – the pacifist Darrians, the enigmatic Geonee, the playful Dolphins, the aloof Orca, and the bureaucratic Bwaps. Within these covers you will discover the culture and society of these races, as well as their physiology and their psychology.



The Darrians are known to be a pacifistic race who value excellence in scientific and artistic endeavours. Many believe the Darrians an easy target, or that their outlook makes them inconsequential on the galactic stage. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Darrians are heirs to some of the most advanced technology available in Charted Space, and their advancement continues. For those who believe they can conquer this race of pacifistic scientists and artists, the Darrians have a feared weapon capable of causing a star to go supernova –the Star Trigger.



The Geonee claim to be the decedents of the Ancients, and have the ruins and remnant technology to support this. When first contacted by the Vilani, they were thought to be a Major Race until it was discovered they had reverse engineered their jump drive, causing the retraction of their position and relegating them to become a Minor Race. The Geonee have struggled to have their achievements recognised by the greater interstellar community ever since.



Dolphins where gifted sophoncy by GenAssist, a genetic engineering corporation founded on Solomani principles. The project was a success, and Dolphins have become recognised as a Minor Race in their own right. Their communities are based on principles of total freedom and equality, but they owe a debt of honour to the humans who gave them reasoned thought.



The Orca are another race granted sophoncy by GenAssist, but this time grudgingly. The project to raise them suffered a serious setback which nearly ended the programme if not for the generosity of the people of Sufren. Matriarchal and aloof, the Orca are far less friendly than their Dolphin cousins, and do not share their outlook,  instead holding principles of matriarchal veneration and mindfulness.



Evolved amid the swamps of an alien world, Bwap civilisation grew slowly though cooperation and the universal belief that they all have an individual and unique place in the universe to fulfil. Their obsession with minutia and fine detail placed them in the perfect position to make themselves indispensable to the bureaucracy of the Ziru Sirka, granting them access to technology denied to others.   


This book contains rules for creating Travellers from each of these alien races, High Guard additions and new ships, and Central Supply Catalogue entries for their new equipment.

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Roger M October 06, 2022 8:07 am UTC
Could you could at least spellcheck the the summary you've put up here to persuade us to part with our $35.99:

sophoncy (which I am pretty sure is not an actual word even with the t)
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Rory H October 07, 2022 8:21 pm UTC
A ‘Sophont’ is a science fiction word, meaning 'intelligent species’ (usually with regards to aliens). It does have some etymology with ‘sophist’ which is basically ‘wisdom’ in Ancient Greek, from which we also derive ‘philosophy’ or ’sophisticated’ from. ‘Sophoncy’ is difficult to give it any spelling check in the same way ‘Humaniti’ is spelt in Traveller. It’s a made up word.

A “Decedent” is actually a word in US Law, I think, distinct from “descendent”. It means a deceased person as opposed to having some ancestral link. I think the writer may need to re-check the meaning!
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Roger M October 07, 2022 9:09 pm UTC
It is not sophont that I have an issue with as it has been around for long enough even if it is yet to make the big dictionaries - but sophoncy. Sapience would be better.

And clearly they mean descendant.
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Rory H October 04, 2022 4:07 am UTC
Bought this on the Mongoose site. It is a very large, packed book with a lot of material for each respective species - Darrians (not at all like space-elves), Geonee (not at all like space dwarves, although no beards...), uplifted Dolphins and Orca which I suspect will be pretty popular and Bwaps, which will probably not be looking at their diminutive stats.

These Species are actually more playable than a number of the Major Alien species detailed in other books, and the material is pretty comprehensive regarding history, career generation and equipment (including starships). Most of them, apart from Orca and Geonee have been started up in other books, but nothing like the type of detail found here.

If you want a feel for the wider Charted Space setting, these Alien books do at a lot of colour and fun to it. Apparently, there are more Alien book coming.
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Christopher J October 03, 2022 4:21 pm UTC
Can we take it as read that the usual suspects will shows up to complain vociferously about the PDF price and skip all that boring nonsense? We get it, you don't like the price point. Your complaints have not moved the needle one iota in how many years on this site. So let's give it a rest, for everyone's sake, please?
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Roger M October 06, 2022 7:59 am UTC
Not a usual suspect and have in fact bought most Mongoose Traveller products in pdf but at $35.99 and with the pound at parity this is simply unaffordable to me.

But lucky you to be able to regard $35.99 as a mere bagatelle!
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