The Alkians are a multi-armed humanoids from the cold ocean world of Alkia. Alkians evolved from large, flightless avians, though were often mistaken for a reptilian species. Male Alkians have prominent crests and four arms. Females of the species have as many as eight arms. The addition of these appendages require a hearty metabolism, and these bulky beings are able to store food and water for many days, and if the need arose, they could survive for long periods without either. Scruffy sensory whiskers line the area below their noses, just above the robust wattle most adult Alkians possess. Quick-witted and sociable, Alkians easily integrated into any civilized society, though few Alkian colonies existed outside of sparsely-populated Alkia. They narrowly escaped enslavement from the Fen Domar by calling in favors with various influential underworld connections.