Post by murquhart72 on Jan 5, 2019 10:50:30 GMT -6
As much as I love Star Frontiers, the one biggest thing that bothered me was the yazirian's patagia and the clothing they were always seen wearing. In most pictures, their flaps are attached at the wrist, armpit, waist and ankle. Clothes, spacesuits, etc. I've seen often have holes to allow for these connections, but no clue on how such garments are donned! I know it's foolish, but I just can't get out of my head what it must be like for a yazirian in a pressurized spacesuit or how they get clothes on around all that flesh and still have a human-like fit. Similar questions about vrusk, given all their legs, digits, etc.. Anyone have any answers that don't involved hand-waving or artistic interpretation?
For me, I always had Yazirians inclined towards casual nudity, with an aversion to anything that is too tight due to their fur. Clothing, even uniforms, is something that is placed loosely across the body. Capes, ponchos, Usekh-styled collars, draping breechcloths and the like are preferred forms of dress. Just like the Vrusk, they also love wearing jewellery and other flashy adornments. I have it so that any kind of form-fitting suit is uncomfortable and becomes unbearable after a while. They find humans uncomfortable to look at due to their preference towards tight clothing, but understand that they need it due to lack fur. Modesty in my sci-fi and fantasy games are seldom an issue.
With any type of environmental suit or powered suit, the suits would be form to accommodate the membrane.
For "soft" Yazirian suits like hazmat and skeinsuits, a Yazirian wraps itself in a baggy suit, putting its hands and feet into built-in gloves and boots, and parts of the suit's inside will adhere to each other, forming a fairly secure bond around the gaps in the membrane. The opening is at the neck, with the extra material hanging off the helm/mask adhering (and forming an airtight bond) to the suit at the chest and shoulders. Actually, you can see something like this with the Yazirian game counters found in the box sets. The ones in suits look like they are dressed in garbage bags.
For "hard" Yazirian suits like exoskeletons, spacesuits and combat armored exoskeletons, they have slits on the sides that effectively divides the armored-plated limbs and torso pieces into front and rear plates. At the slits, there are flexible, articulated armored "lamellar" slats where the membranes are housed. Donning such suits would require the Yazirian to crawl inside from the open shoulder assembly. At this point everything inside the suit is loose so the Yazirian must form a T-pose with legs apart so, with help, the suit's front and rear sections can align to avoid loose fur and membrane, and then internal plates close the gaps between the plates to lock it all into place. Then the helmet and shoulder assembly is locked into place and there your go! Glijets with specialized body-controls are almost always apart of these suits as they are so accustomed to gliding around.
Naturally, Yazirians hate fighting in armor, as they like to fight naked as they love bravado and to them, "scars build character." Given the option, they would rather fight with screens. It would seem at first like a human could thrown on a Yazirian suit or exoskeleton, but there are enough differences in Human and Yazirian anatomy to not make this a case.