The Ormidians are a humanoid species, they’ve got the whole two-legs-two-arms-one-head thing going on. They are about the same height as humans, and their society is structured somewhat similar to humanity’s as well, with cities and nations and governments and all of that stuff. Their planet is called Ormidia and, though they have not yet left the world or discovered life on other planets, they have been visited in secret by the Space Gods of this universe.
Melo is a city guard, essentially the police force of the city. Unfortunately, Melo is something of a corrupt cop. Melo routinely takes bribes from the criminal element, and also picks on innocent people if Melo has a reason to do so.
Whooldoon is a demi-god. Ormidians do not reproduce in the same way that humans do, with two partners coming together to form a new human, but instead they expel little globules we can call eggs and they are put into a big pile with eggs from all the others who are reproducing at that time. Mostly, the resulting offspring are clones of the egg donor, but they take genetic elements from the others in the pile, so some variations do occur. When Whooldoon’s parent was trapped in a burnt-out wasteland after a war, they laid an egg alone that would have died, but the Space God Valia took pity on them and kept the egg alive. The resultant child, Whooldoon, took elements of the god’s power and is now a tall, somewhat glowing, demi-god who is trying to find a place in the world. (Whooldoon’s “half-sister” of sorts would be Nicole Archibald.) With superhuman (or “superormidian” rather) strength and stature, Whooldoon is capable of doing much good and opposing all sorts of evil, but does that make Whooldoon brave? As a child of the God of Courage, even if they don’t know it, Whooldoon feels that strength is an important virtue, but can’t be sure if it is one they possess.
Scarrow is a priest for one of the most common religions on Ormidia, one based around the prophecies of a doom-speaker thousands of years ago. The prophecies insist that the end of time is upon us and we will all be dead within a generation. It has said that for thousands of generations now, and it isn’t any truer now than it was then. The adherents of the religion surely must have some doubts by now, but they plug along with their traditions as if the end was right around the corner.
A Fact About Ormidians: Rail vehicles, somewhat like trains, are the most popular form of transport on Ormidia. Between cities and even over oceans, the railways are built, and almost any one city in the world can now be reached by rail from anywhere else.
This species doesn’t speak any kind of sound-based language, but in their travels through space, they have met the Strondovarians and their word describing them would translate as “root-folk” so we’re going to use that. This species evolved in the soil of their world as a clumpy, slow-moving thing whose main advantage was their ability to grow plantlike appendages. The “flower heads” seen as a standard part of modern Rootfolk are just limbs they can grow to contain eyes. If you destroy that flower, they’ll be blind until they grow a new flower head, but the important parts of the Rootfolk are under the soil. And today’s Rootfolk keep their soil in robotic bodies that allow them much more mobility. They’re a very old species and have been travelling over the galaxy spreading to other worlds, coming into conflict with other species, and fighting space wars.
Stardrinker is the captain of a Rootfolk spaceship, exploring the galaxy to find new inhabitable worlds. The Rootfolk are conquerors, so if those worlds are already inhabited, that doesn’t bother Stardrinker. Only recently have the Rootfolk discovered species that are actually able to rival them in technology. It has not gone well.
Longpuddle is a soldier who serves in the Rootfolk space army, conquering alien worlds. Longpuddle is a veteran of a war that involved the Strondovarians and the Omnivoroids, but also another mysterious species that made no attempt to communicate and which was much more advanced than any of the others. After intense warfare, the mystery race retreated for some reason and the other sides ceased hostilities. To this day, Longpuddle is confused and terrified about that mysterious alien race.
Wetsoil is a scientist who is studying the remains of a species that was wiped out by the Rootfolk several generations ago. Seeing how fascinating the species had been makes Wetsoil realize that driving them to extinction, causing the loss of a unique culture and preventing them from adding anything more to the universe, might be… kind of a shame.
A Fact About Rootfolk: The Rootfolk have a religion that puts a strong emphasis water and soil, and considers freezing to be the ultimate symbol of evil. It has been quite unnerving for them how many planets they’ve reached that are nowhere near so warm as their homeworld.