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Humanity’s allies are bloodied but unbroken in the Galactic Civilizations III timeframe. The former leader of the Republic, Eleys Mue, died at the hands of the Drengin paving the way for the Resistance to take more direct measures that ultimately pushed the Drengin off her world. Succeeding her is Akari Malara of the Iru-Wraith'ir. She is a smart and capable woman willing to deal with the Drengin-dominated galaxy as it is, not the galaxy some of her peace-loving people wish it was. The Altarian Republic is in good -- or at least effective -- hands.
Lead designer Paul Boyer explains Akari Malara thusly:
Like the Terrans, the Altarian Republic has suffered greatly after the wars surrounding the return of the Dread Lords. They may have been wiped out entirely if not for the leader of the Altarian Resistance, Akari Malara. She kept the Altarian people united, giving them the strength to hold firm in the face of the Drengin domination of the galaxy.
While the Altarian Republic now claims to have never truly fallen, their government has been entirely taken over by the key members of the Altarian Resistance. This change can be seen in the way the Altarians now interact with the rest of the galaxy; though still looked upon as the high water mark of benevolence, they are now even less likely to trust outsiders and will often choose to stay aloof from galactic conflict rather than risking further cultural contamination.
Akari Malara herself has become an almost religious figure. The Altarian Resistance sees her as the savior of the Altarian people, and her control over her people is unprecedented in Altarian history. Even her worst critics admire her leadership, though they whisper that she is perhaps a bit too pragmatic.
There’s a lot more Galactic Civilizations III content out there already. Learn more about the Altarian Resistance and its prominent place in the Galactic Civilizations universe in the Databanks, check out PC Gamer’s in-depth preview, or listen to Paul talk everything from tutorial modes to ship design on the SpaceGameJunkies podcast.
Founders can access even more content in the Founders’ Vault by pre-ordering the game for $10 off the regular $49.99 price, or by picking up the $99 version that comes with a lifetime subscription to all Galactic Civilizations III DLC and expansions.
Fixed the confusion between Elsys Mue, the leader of the Altarian Republic and Akari Malari, the resistance leader who restored Altaria's independence.
Altarian Republic = Galactic Alliance
Altarian Resistance = Lost Tribe of the Sith
Akari Malara = Rokari Kem / Abeloth
Wait what did you just change the name to make this make sense. Does that mean that there are two races of Altarians. One wuth white skin that bleads blue blood, and one with blue skin.
Not admiral Thrawn, but grand admiral Thrawn. Is he related to colonel Thrawn who served under Iceheart.
They all bleed red blood.
First off Frogboy, I'd like to thank you for adding new things to the vault.
Now with that being said Early Altarian Concept, and Early Altarian Concept Copy are the same as far as I can tell that were added today, which was already added back on November 22 as Altarian Clay Model.
But again thanks for the new info
I would suspect somewhere in the middle. Self-appointed but benevolent(-ish) absolute leader in a time of crisis.
Is this any different from our many skin colors (none blue) coming from a blue planet?
i kind of like the rejected altarian pic kind of like the they look like humans but they arent. then again seeing the different factions is good too
The adaptation of blue skin would be advantagious as certain animals tend to be color blind, or blind to certain colors, so for example some animals can not differentiate from blue/green wavelengths, thus blue is just as effective as green when it comes to blending in.
A real world example of this is octopi, if you place an octopus on a checkered blue/yellow background, the animal will simply adopt a uniform color, why? Because octopi are colorblind and blue/and yellow look the same.
At first I was like, huh I could've sworn the leader had different skin color then I read the posts and found out that it's a different person after all and I was like oh okay I see now a error.
Our earth might be blue, but that's just the oceans and indeed there are blue skinned animals (and grey) living in there. Whales and dolphins are some. It's advantageous for them to be that colour because the light reflected off them disperses much more quickly in the water and thus fade more quickly, disappearing from view.
Now, humans don't lube in the sea. They live on the land and light doesn't disperse as fast as in the water, so air is mostly transparent at close distances. Therefore for camouflage other cues are used. Animals use the foliage around them and the colour of the earth and rocks. Thinking about it, humans also sort of have all the colours of the earth (sort of), but we also use clothes and skins from animals to hide instead of evolving for camouflage. The sun exposure /intensity is more important for human skin colour.
Brad, I was thinking about factions and how to,represent them. Other games have done this successfully by using different colour schemes. Warhammer Dawn of War has done this very well. In GalCiv we already have the ability to change colours, but perhaps slighlty expand this and choose specific colours for different in game factions.
About the pic, the entire look is really well made, but she looks a bit too much fantasy over scifi to me (esp. the crown-like thingy on her head). Just my 2 cents of course...
I think your science is a little off. The oceans are only blue because they reflect the atmosphere.
MaybeI put it in a wrong way. Both the atmosphere and the seas are actually clear. They only have colour as we see light being dispersed in different ways due to several factors. En masse, and from a distance, they look blue.
This form of the plural for "octopus" is so common that the professors at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (part of Oregon State University) have given up trying to correct us less knowledgeable people. If you check Wikipedia you will find that the "correct" plural form is "octopuses".
This was debated on the forum for "World of Warcraft" when it was noticed that some of the characters your hero could talk to used the "i" plural form and some used the "es" plural form. It was decided that it was more like real life to have some characters make the mistake and others to use the correct form.
I would agree blue is probably the most rare of human skin colors, but this not impossible. This is caused from imbreeding. I think it is a blood absortion problem I don't really know about what causes this except it is caused from inbreeding.This happened amongst hillbillies once. Who's to say that if to blue people got together they couldn't breed other blue people. Maybe they formed their own communities, or maybe these communities got together. Who's to say that these communities got together, and wiped out the other.. Now assuming that the blue people came from different families not the same family in the beginning of this problem this might not as big of a genetic problem as before.
.We know that our scientist say that it is not a good idea to marry someone closer than your third cousin. The bible says don't marry someone closer than your first cousin in the book of leviticus. Considering that everyone were really slow in science. At least in propulsion unless you are areans. Which is a good solution to space folding. Maybe the A;tarians were slow in other areas of science to like genetics involving messed up genes. Meaning that there is no prohibition for this making this disorder more common amongst Altarians more than humans.
I have noticed that when I shave my beard or hair and haven't shaved in awhile there are blue spots where my hair was cut hinting that the natural color of peole under the hair is blue. If you believe in evolution then you would believe that we've might of been bald for 3.8 million years. Who's to say that they might not have lived on a cold planet that only recently warmed up, causing their Heldebierg to have evolved hair until recently. Meaning that they have recently lost their fur.
Maybe if they stayed in the caves a lot longer than we invented the house instead, or we became farmers. Maybe they didn't invent farming until later, or recently.
Still waiting for the backstory on how the dread lords transported the Neanderthal or the Heldabierg from Europe to Altaria leading to the Eventiul excile of the Drath from Altaria.
Now considering that we are kind of Yellowish hue kind of like our sun, how can we say that a different kind of star wouldn't cause a different color of people. I've seen this scenario for black plants instead of green plant for a different kind of star. I don't remember what kind of star this scenario was for.The Altarians could be from a different kind of star than our own, or even a different star than a red star. Even though this is the most like star in the universe.
A friend of mine have pointed out that the Hindus have pictures of blue people. After the above thing that I originally learned in science about genetics. I would say that there was probably some incest going on that produced blue people somewhere in India somewhere that gave them this idea.
Lets not forget about the Blue Persian cat. That is a land animal not a sea animal. Meaning that the blue color is possible on land. I think it is caused from an off gray coat, but that is really just my opinion.
After all this you have to say that a blue Altarian is possible.
You probably just saw some veins under your skin if it's quite thin.
There's a condition called argyria http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argyria, mentioned also I think in this thread that turns skin bluish-grey. This is when you eat too much silver and it gets deposited in your skin. It then reacts with the sunlight (like a camera film containing silver ions) and turns blue/grey. I think in India eating silver is considered therapeutic/bactericidal so that's why they might have a higher proportion of people with argyria. This might be reflected in religious pictures.
(I'll be sacrilegious again and say, don't confuse real life with a game, aliens can be any colour we want them to be. If you make up a nice story, people will suspend disbelief. And that's the beauty of it all )
Oh I don't believe in evolution or Aliens. I thought people were saying that that couldn't happen, so I thought I would explain why if evolution was possible on another planet. I just think it is a nice game. I don't have a problem with aliens and evolution its just not real.
(I meant sacrilegious as a joke about how, because we love this game so much, we don't say "this is just a game"!)
I don't know why anyone is arguing about whether evolving blue skin makes sense when we're talking about a species that was created by an evil cosmic being crashing into their homeworld, then experimented upon by Sufficiently Advanced Aliens (TM).
Or, to go even further, that the whole game is a product of Brad Wardel's fertile imagination.
Blue skin is fine with me. In fact, any color skin, scale, exoskeleton, or any other integument is fine with me.
Drengin have two eyes, two arms and two legs. Torians have two eyes, two arms and two legs. Thalans have two eyes, two arms and two legs. And more and more...
Blue skin on a human-spin off? Meh.
I don't want to infest these forums with this , but... Really? Seriously?
Seems Brad has been testing a little too much on these Altarians.
I didn't realize that she had blue skin, I just thought it was a whiter skin reflecting the blue from all the panels and the blue hue of the background.
I like the detail in the picture including the background stuff. Good job on the artwork.
Funny troll is funny.
I like the new look of the Altarians.
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