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The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release => General UQM Discussion => Topic started by: Bluhman on June 22, 2007, 06:35:26 am

Title: A strange question...
Post by: Bluhman on June 22, 2007, 06:35:26 am
How many legs do VUX have?

What are their legs? Are they legs or tentacles?

Yeah, that's it. Jus' wanna know what VUX might look out from behind that... Table they're at.  :P

Title: Re: A strange question...
Post by: waywardoctagon on June 22, 2007, 07:39:03 am
Two legs, I think.  From the manual:

The VUX are bipedal, and would be considered humanoid were it not for their heads...

(I can upload it somewhere and toss up a link, if that's allowed.)

But they don't seem to have hands... or bones in their arms (unless, possibly, like snake's vertebrae/whatever they have that let them coil?) so I think we're dealing with a fairly loose definition of "humanoid".

I picture them with tails, personally.

Title: Re: A strange question...
Post by: Uejji on June 22, 2007, 07:41:06 am
The Ultronomicon ( states

To an Earthling, a VUX resembles a bipedal, one-eyed cross between a hideous green octopus and a banana slug, with a snout like an anteater.

So we know they have two legs or at least leg-like appendages.  Whether they are rigid or not I suppose is anyone's guess.

Title: Re: A strange question...
Post by: Valaggar on June 22, 2007, 11:00:05 am
Their head is rigid, anyway:
Now if you don't mind, stop nodding your head like that.
We VUX do not share this range of motion
and it appears as though your neck is broken
and you are a jabbering corpse. Ugh.

Their legs... err, they would be comical with rigid legs and normal with normal legs. The legs are almost certainly snake-like, with only a spinal cord-like structure to sustain the legs, so that they are very flexible.
At this point, you can start naming them "tentacles", as legs generally do not have this range of motion.

Title: Re: A strange question...
Post by: Uejji on June 22, 2007, 06:57:12 pm
Ridiculous conjecture aside, tentacles are different from arms and legs in that they are only used for eating, feeling or grasping.  For example, an octopus has 8 arms, but a squid has 8 arms and 2 tentacles.

That said, I can't think of a single animal with arms like that of an octopus that has internal skeletal support for those arms.  The arms of an octopus (and related animals) is completely muscular, with no endoskeletal or cartilaginous support.  Looking at the arms of the VUX I cannot see any reason to think they would be different.

Anyway I highly doubt they would be called "bipedal" if they did not have two legs of a more familiar type.  They certainly would not be called humanoid anyway.