Arts and Literature

Here Kitty, Kitty!

Over the last 50 years (giver or take) one of the most commonly used alien archetypes are Cat-people, call them Alslan  (Traveller), Kilrathi  (Wing Commander) or Kzinti from both novels and (Star Trek) and a host of others. They all have several traits in common with Earth  felines besidestheir obvious resemblance. The Pride/Clan social structure seems to be themost common form of government with a monarch of some type at the topbut he/she is still very much subject to how the clan leaders feel . They are usually quite xenophobic and territorial. Their technology is usually on par with humanity with some unique culturally old tech weapons held on to, justbecause.  This of course makes them interesting and fun to run. They alsoin many cases, (perhaps due to their clan structure) quite often go rouge either as an individual or up to an entire clan. Often this can be as a means of credible deniability for their central government or they just got pissed off

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Golden Company GOT

The Golden Company was a sellsword company active in Essos. They were one of the largest and most skilled sellsword companies in the Free Cities, consisting of 20,000 men, horses, and war elephants. They had the reputation of never breaking a contract, which is quite uncommon among mercenary organizations. Their most recent captain was Harry Strickland. Their banner displays a cluster of gold skulls hanging from a red spear on a burgundy field. The Golden Company's forces were all but completely destroyed during the Battle of King's Landing, leaving their status as an organization uncertain. If there was ever a military unit in literature with more of a build up and less of a showing, I can't think of one!  They did worse than the Iraqi Republican Guard!Golden Company

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BBC TV Empire

It freaked out an entire generation of radio listeners in 1938. It invaded the stage in Jeff Wayne’s 1978 musical. It rose up again in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 version. And now, War Of The Worlds is getting a fresh adaptation on the BBC, bringing a new take on the classic H.G. Wells sci-fi story. This time the period setting remains (though we’re talking the Edwardian era, rather than Victorian Britain), with a leading heroine inspired by the suffragettes in Eleanor Tomlinson's Amy. Empire has an exclusive new image, as seen in the Review of the Year issue – on sale now.EMPIRE

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