Alien Species


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General Information
Homeworld Masada, previously intergalactic
Habitat Nitrogen Swamp/Marsh
Height 4-5 meters
Length 3-4 meters
Weight 7 Metric Tonnes
Locomotion Bipedal
Diet Theoretically omnivorous, functionally carnivorous
Lifespan Unknown
Sapience Level Varies
Behavior If nonsapient, territorial and violent. If sapient, humanlike and reserved.
Language Gabbled Polity Standard (nonsapient) , Polity Standard (sapient)
Species Origin Atheter
Status Variantly sapient
Behind the Scenes
Universe Neal Asher's Polity
Created by Neal Asher

The Gabbleduck is a large, four-armed creature named for its duck-like beak containing "holly-leaf-shaped" teeth, while official illustration shows it to resemble a caiman. The Gabbleducks are derived from the Atheter, an ancient civilization that devolved voluntarily to escape the influence of mutadaptogenic Jain technology and left instructions to return them to limited sapience in the infostorage hotworld the Golem Mk. 35 "Cento" investigated in Brass Man. In The Line of Polity, Gabbleducks are a constant hazard for any on the former Theocracy farm-world Masada, due to their being not particularly resilient but capable of being deceptively stealthy for their 3-5 meter bulk and capable of achieving speeds rivaling that of a small bus.

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