★ NOVAKID ★ (pl. Novakid) The Novakid are a race of interstellar gas-bag people who are constantly on the move, mining asteroids and harvesting nebulae in order to distill and imbibe it ("moonshine" if mixed with regolith; "sunshine" if without). They are a scattered and uncoordinated people, having developed the technology for moving through space before developing the technology for long distance communication. Physiology The most important part of a Novakid is the brand - the dense metal symbol situated in the middle of their face. The brand is responsible for metabolizing fuels and producing a magnetic field/membrane that defines the shape of the body, keeping the precious plasmas from dispersing. Breaking the "skin" results in plasma venting / bleed-out, which if left untended leads to fuel depletion and inevitably death. The least important part of a Novakid is the corona - the hair-like emissions that emanate from the head. This serves no function other than to be pretty and impress other Novakid. It can be styled by running a low electric current through the Novakid’s brand. Life Stages A new Novakid is born when its parents mix their plasma together in a high temperature, high pressure condition and enough elements fuse into denser materials that form a new brand. The new brand then claims the plasma mixture as its own and a protokid (which hardly resembles a mature Novakid) is born. Towards the end of its life, the Novakid’s brand loses potency and the magnetic membrane grows weaker. The plasma is more loosely contained, and the elderly Novakid takes on a larger, duller appearance and a reddish hue (derogatory term: "red giants"). Novakid tend to explode violently when they die, so deathbeds are typically outdoors and at high elevations (with friends and family below). All that remains after a Novakid explosion is an inert chunk of smoldering metal that was once its brand. History The Novakid have no known history, since none of them were interested in keeping any sort of record. In addition, their being so spread out makes it difficult to even guess what system they may have come from, making independent investigation impossible even for the curious. Thanks for nothing. Speculation is that they came from either a gas giant or an exploding star.  Technology Though they have a high intuition and aptitude for learning, they are extremely lacking in patience and attention span to the point of making them terrible students and teachers. As a result, only a small fraction of each generation’s knowledge is passed on to the next - the rest of it constantly being re-discovered or re-invented. The Novakid as a race have reached a technological equilibrium centered around steel and combustion. Any "space-age" technology introduced to them would be forgotten within 3-4 generations, and a "stone-age" community of Novakid can be expected to catch up to the rest of the population within 10 generations. Interspecies Relations They are not very good at this. For the most part, they don't know where anybody lives and nobody knows where they live either, so a given Novakid community is not likely to ever meet another space-traveler. But when they DO meet, they are very excited and personable and ask a lot of questions. However, Novakid will become familiar very fast, and typically end up becoming too familiar, often making inappropriate jokes or observations. They can be easily corrected, but because Novakid communities don't talk with each other, a traveler who has multiple encounters with these people is likely to hear the same stupid jokes again and again. Any diplomacy taught to a Novakid dies with that Novakid. Sprites More corona and brand variations, as well as colorful brands: Novakid as Starkid (© Fetalstar): Q&A What kind of armor abilities would they have? What could that smouldering chunk of metal be used for? Is there *any* historical account? Does the color of skin determine the age? How does the color change with age? Would they design something like a space shuttle to look like a train? And how about that face metal? Why the name "Novakid"? I don't think it's a good name. Do you pick the symbols on their face at random or only specific things? Can Anodyne more? Can Anodyne more in sprite? Can you color invisible brands? What are those two Novakid in the picture called? Can you kill a Novakid? Black hole people? What's the point to Novakid genders? How do Novakid communicate? How do Novakid eat? But how do they ACTUALLY eat food? What would happen if a Novakid drank liquid nitrogen? Will a Novakid regenerate lost limbs? Novakid brain stupid. Credits: Firstly, much credit goes to Suika. The base template for the Novakid came from this sketch (which later was formalized as the totally cool Anodynes), which got me hooked on the idea of a "faceless" race. Credit also goes to Fetalstar for her Starkid, whose design also served as inspiration and whose name led me to the Old West theme. To be honest, I wanted to call these guys "Starkid" too, but I have already stolen enough as it is. My only "unique" contribution to the idea was to put a cowboy hat on one and to make up a lot of bad science. Oh, and slapping a branding iron on their face. Novakid Meet the Anodynes: A comic showdown between myself and Suika UPDATE: Stretch Goal achieved! They're a goin' in game at launch! UPDATE2: I made them into a mod race here, incorporating more of the Anodyne design. EDIT: Dropping "Novakids" as a plural form, because it sounds so commercial. Would people be willing to call them "Novakid"? I hope so.