A quick count of the toes will reveal that these are not Earth creatures. The scene is in fact Almea, and these are an iliu and a ktuvok. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then go to The Descent of Lesüasi for a full explanation. Alternatively, keep reading. Almea and its inhabitants are the creations of Mark Rosenfelder. Ilii are ocean-dwellers, peaceful unless attacked, and generally wise, tolerant beings. Ktuvoki are aggressive swamp trolls with tentacles growing out of their heads, whose most sinister power is a form of mind control over other species — but not, it appears, over the ilii. I have used Mark Rosenfelder’s descriptions in drawing the two species, but my real guide was his own illustrations: in giving the ktuvok only four fingers on each hand, for instance, or in drawing the iliu with eyebrows, contrary to the written description that “they have no body or facial hair”. I must find a faster way to draw in perspective, and I don’t think I’ve conveyed the shininess of iliu skin the way I wanted to. Plus, I really should have given this a background. Pencil drawing, enhanced in PhotoStudio 2000. Since ilii and ktuvoki are creations of Mark Rosenfelder, permission is hereby granted to Mr Rosenfelder (and only to Mr Rosenfelder) to use this image in any way he sees fit. I’m sure I can trust you to keep my name on it, Mark. Assuming you want to use it anyway.