06/29/22 – Alkartika Ways

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, June 29, 2022.




Sometimes awful things are awful due to unintended consequences. Sometimes they’re just awful.


  1. Jude

    Alkartikas aren’t completely altruistic. Since they’re the only lifeform that isn’t a plant, they have to eat plants. So they take care of plants by providing them with sufficient to grow properly and then chow down on the plants. Are you sure that alkartika isn’t spraying them so it can later eat them?

    1. Thorfinn

      I’ll reserve judgement till we’ve seen its legs. Also, if it’s a fast mover and/or high jumper the other things may be less of a handicap to it, if not downright advantageous.

  2. The alkartika can’t have an unlimited reservoir, so that should eventually take care of itself.

    I don’t know what to do about the graughas, unless it’s only ill-tempered because it’s thirsty.

  3. Muzhik

    Maybe the Graughas are allergic to water.

    No visible nose, so nothing to use to filter out dust or other aerosol’d “things”. Has to be breathing through it’s mouth, so point the alkartika at it. It might flail its pointy bits around, but eventually it will have to open its mouth to breath and then you can soak its lungs. Who knows? Maybe it will go through what in humans is called “dry drowning”.

  4. someone

    The graughas vaguely reminds me of the pinky demon from good old Doom. Except he’s got hairy legs. And horns on his limbs. And a big bushy monobrow. But still, kinda familiar-looking.

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