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The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release => General UQM Discussion => Topic started by: Niblick on June 26, 2008, 02:49:26 am



Title: Ur-Quan
Post by: Niblick on June 26, 2008, 02:49:26 am
Hi,

I have often wondered how the Ur-Quan move, those tentacles look like they would be good for hanging from trees but how would they move on say open grassland, or do they have legs like cattapillars? Obviously it's not needed to be explained in the game as they hang around in ships all day but nevertheless it would be interesting to know what their natural means of locomotion is.


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Shiver on June 26, 2008, 03:37:07 am
I have often wondered how the Ur-Quan move, those tentacles look like they would be good for hanging from trees but how would they move on say open grassland, or do they have legs like cattapillars?

Centipedes. Caterpillars aren't carnivorous.


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: meep-eep on June 26, 2008, 04:44:06 am
He (she?) said "legs like caterpillars" (well, "cattapillars"), not "eating habits like caterpillars".

This is what the SC1 manual has to say about the subject:
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The Ur-Quans' appearance is interesting, given the race's essentially predatory disposition. Resembling a giant caterpillar, a fully-grown Ur-Quan is formed of a segmented body-tube ten meters long and two meters in diameter. The Ur-Quan equivalent of a face is rich in sensory organs. The tubed creatures are clawed, which allows them to cling tenaciously to the roped ceilings of their dreaded Dreadnought craft.



Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Shiver on June 26, 2008, 06:37:14 am
He (she?) said "legs like caterpillars" (well, "cattapillars"), not "eating habits like caterpillars".

This is what the SC1 manual has to say about the subject:
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The Ur-Quans' appearance is interesting, given the race's essentially predatory disposition. Resembling a giant caterpillar, a fully-grown Ur-Quan is formed of a segmented body-tube ten meters long and two meters in diameter. The Ur-Quan equivalent of a face is rich in sensory organs. The tubed creatures are clawed, which allows them to cling tenaciously to the roped ceilings of their dreaded Dreadnought craft.

I remember the SC2 manual giving a different story, but I checked it and it says they "resemble the predatory caterpillar native to Earth's Hawaiian Islands". So it seems there's a meat eater in that family after all.


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Lukipela on June 26, 2008, 08:57:19 pm
I always envisioned the Ur-Quan home world as being a really dense tropical forest, where a caterpillars agility might be of use. If they look like caterpillars, only quicker and bigger) they could probably make good speed through dense vegetation, outpacing any prey.


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Niblick on June 26, 2008, 11:39:22 pm
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The tubed creatures are clawed, which allows them to cling tenaciously to the roped ceilings of their dreaded Dreadnought craft.

So that is what those spikes are for. I guess this is the Ur-quan represented on the cover

http://www.myhabibi.net/joker/wp-content/uploads/2006/04/starcont2.jpg

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I always envisioned the Ur-Quan home world as being a really dense tropical forest, where a caterpillars agility might be of use. If they look like caterpillars, only quicker and bigger) they could probably make good speed through dense vegetation, outpacing any prey.

Yeah, that makes sense. It seems hard to imagine them moving very fast on open plains with those clawed tentacles or whatever appendage it is they have.


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Lukipela on June 27, 2008, 07:27:38 am
Yeah, that makes sense. It seems hard to imagine them moving very fast on open plains with those clawed tentacles or whatever appendage it is they have.

Now that I think about it, don't caterpillars travel underground as well? I might be wrong ,because I really don't know much about insects, but it's a farily frightening idea that an Ur-Quan might either sneak up on you from the treetops OR burst out of the ground underneath you.


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Alvarin on June 27, 2008, 10:52:04 am
Now that I think about it, don't caterpillars travel underground as well?

Typically catterpillars don't inhabit underground, their sensory vibrissae would get damaged, and they don't have the digging capacity. Those would typically be worms. But an Ur-Quan seems to have no vibrissae, only scales, therefore it actually might get pretty fast down there.


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Zeep-Eeep on June 30, 2008, 07:40:23 pm
Actually, i think they could move quickly over the ground if they wanted to. I mean, have you ever seen a large millipede run? It might not run for long, but I wouldn't pick a fight with a giant
millipede.


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Alvarin on June 30, 2008, 08:43:09 pm
Actually, i think they could move quickly over the ground if they wanted to. I mean, have you ever seen a large millipede run? It might not run for long, but I wouldn't pick a fight with a giant
millipede.


Yeah, but Ur-Quans 6 (8?) tentacles would be pretty inefficient in carying the 10-meters body, especially when compared to mellipedes.


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Shiver on June 30, 2008, 09:55:24 pm
Yeah, but Ur-Quans 6 (8?) tentacles would be pretty inefficient in carying the 10-meters body, especially when compared to mellipedes.

What makes you think they've only got 6?


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Elvish Pillager on June 30, 2008, 10:37:00 pm
I thought they only had four tentacles - the ones you can see. They also have legs. ::)


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: waywardoctagon on June 30, 2008, 10:47:52 pm
Maybe they're from a planet with lower gravity.


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Niblick on July 01, 2008, 10:40:18 am
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They also have legs.

Where does it say they have legs? I have not seen any indication of this.


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Elvish Pillager on July 01, 2008, 12:37:43 pm
I guess I just assumed that from the SC1 manual description. At any rate, the tentacles are separate from the claws they use to "cling tenaciously to the roped ceilings of their Dreadnought craft," and unless an Ur-Quan has claws randomly sticking out of its rear end, I'd imagine they appear on the ends of legs.


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Niblick on July 01, 2008, 02:49:53 pm
oh I thought those things attatched to its tentacles in the picture were the claws

http://www.myhabibi.net/joker/wp-content/uploads/2006/04/starcont2.jpg


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Niblick on July 01, 2008, 03:16:20 pm
actually looking at some pictures of catterpillars your probably right


Title: Re: Ur-Quan
Post by: Alvarin on September 24, 2008, 10:25:13 pm
I've tried to figure out , how anything tubular with dimentions 10m long to 2m in diameter (put a cylinder around very obese person) can hang from the ceiling with "face" turned forward , and that's the only thing i could come with , still , dimentions are bit off to the long side -

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v472/Alvarin/urquan.jpg)