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Starfall Dungeon – Nasonovian Notes P.1
It’s been a while since I’ve drawn Bass Hornet and others of her species. She’s part of my old trio with Stark Bar and Morritriole.
As a unit in Starfall Dungeon, Bass provides a passive buff to the rest of the party. This buff is improved when effecting other bee-based units. She doesn’t appear in the Honey Yard of the Forest region, however; she’ll only appear in a later region following plot developments alongside Stark and Morritriole.
Bass’s name was originally conceived when I’d been kicking around a music-based game concept but then more and more aliens kept getting added and then I shifted over to another game idea starring them and now they’re in this game because I have difficulties with committing and focusing. The name stuck throughout and I’ve decided that the “Hornet” part is an honorific denoting the queen. All others of her species follow this naming structure: a personal name followed by an honorific denoting their role.
I’m thinking that the general species name would be “Nasonovian”, after the Nasonov gland and pheromone that determines swarming behavior.
Bass sits at the head of a parliament that is evenly divided among castes, ages, and societal standing. She makes the final and impartial decision on all matters brought before the parliament. She also serves as the military commander; her tactics are brutal and efficient, designed to minimize any suffering that might befall her people.
Cool and impartial, but deeply caring for her subjects: this is the nature of a Hornet.
Physical appearance is controlled by diet, though it takes a few years for changes in diet to reflect in their bodies.
Opus is an Evert, a male of the species. I don’t remember where I got “Evert” from; I think that it involves the sex organs of bees? Regardless, Everts are small and tend towards intellectual pursuits, like bookkeeping or cartography.
As a unit in Starfall Dungeon, Opus primarily dabbles in healing and debuffs as his stats aren’t particularly great.
While Opus does fulfill his work as an Evert, he has big dreams of becoming strong and serving in a combat capacity like a Lang.
Langs are the general combat caste of the species. Almost twice as tall as Everts, they’re fast and strong with keen senses and reflexes. They are not restricted to combat only, however, finding roles throughout their society.
In Starfall Dungeon, the Honey Yard is primarily populated by a generic Lang but there would be a superior, named version also available. However, I’m not sure about Coda’s design. She’s a bit basic and would probably need more of an overhaul to separate her from the generic version beyond a missing arm and an eyepatch (Honestly? I was just tired of drawing arms).
I do have another Lang that I quite like the look of, which I will put up next.