Peter F Hamilton
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The Hancher are an intelligent alien species discovered by the Commonwealth in the year 2958. Prior to this, a single representative of the species, "Tochee", was encountered by Ozzie Fernandez Isaacs.

Appearance[]

The body of a Hancher is a squashed-egg shape about three and a half yards long, coming up to a human's chest. The hide is covered in a dark caramel bristly fur, and looks like it is two sizes too big – the whole body looks like it is covered in wrinkles and creases. Feathery fronds grow out of the crevasses in the skin, which are very fine and rainbow-colored when healthy but droopy and black when the creature is unhealthy. Its mouth is a small lip-sphincter that forms a snout on the conical end of the body with extremely sharp teeth arranged in a circular array. The organs it uses to both see and communicate with are located a yard or so back from the mouth. It is a curved pyramid made up from three oval sections of translucent black flesh, with the one in front twice as long as the other two so it could follow the body profile. It communicates by creating images in the ultra-violet spectrum on the forward eye. Two fat ridges of rubbery flesh ran along its underbelly and rippled like snakes to push the body along. A second pair of more bulbous ridges extended from its back, shorter than those on the underbelly and extending only a little further than the eye. These can change into various shapes and can help to lift objects too heavy for human arms.

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