Name a Prime Chronicles Creature

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I am working on the third book in the Prime Chronicles trilogy.  And I need help naming an alien creature who plays a small role in the book — one of those small moments of humor and oddity in a tense scene.

And since I would rather spend my time writing and not playing with name generators, I am asking my readers for help.

So — I will take suggestions for the creature’s species name.  You can give me a full species name, you may shorten it also, if you wish. You can  even tell me what solar system or planet the creatures come from. Be creative.

I will accept suggestions from April 7th.  Please post them in the comments to this Blog Post.

I will choose the one I like best, and that person will be acknowledged in this blog, in the front of Prime Imperative, and will receive an advance final copy of the book in PDF before the actual publication date.

What is the creature like?

Here are some unedited, and not final by any means, excerpts from Prime Imperative.  The scene is in Chapter 6. Dr. Brianna Martin aka Bria is on the run and has come to her adoptive brother’s (Damon) jump station on the rim of the galaxy. It is a rough place and danger lurks everywhere.  She has just come off her transport to the jump station:

As she and the captain waited for Damon to appear, her gaze was caught by a large pile of rags near the Mason freighter’s dock. She could’ve sworn they hadn’t been there when she’d first debarked. When the rags moved and moaned, she realized the pile was alive. Was someone buried under all the ragged clothing? Were they hurt? She moved away from the captain and started to bend over, her hand extended toward the outer layer of cloth.

“Don’t touch.” The Mason freighter captain turned, grabbed her arm, and pulled her out of the way of the shifting mound of fabric. His move nearly had them colliding with another robotic unloader. He dragged her to a rusted steel pillar, far away from the shuffling pile, pushed her against it, and growled, “Stay away. Has teeth and is poisonous.”

****

Her knees went limp as wilted lettuce. She moved to lean against a pillar and barely missed tripping over the pile of living rags.

She looked down at the quivering pile and muttered, “You were no help. You could’ve bit him.”

The pile uttered some high-pitched gibberish, then swirled away in a cloud of dust and moved toward the Erian.

****

Her brother snorted and muttered, “damn right I will.” Then he steered her around the bundle-of-clothing creature which had slid to where the Erian’s blood pooled on the deck. A slurping sound had her stomach clenching.

“Um, Damon, is that creature licking—”

“Yes. It’s a [need creature name and origins]. It’s a scavenger and keeps the docks clean.” He aimed a stern look her way. “Don’t ever come between one and its meal. Don’t ever touch one. They bite.”

“So the captain informed me.” She looked around as they walked into the central core of the station. “Are they all over the place?”

“No. If they come above dock levels, the security guards shoot them.” He touched the weapon at her back. “Your laser pistol will kill them. Full stream into the center of mass. Don’t hesitate and get all girly. Just shoot to kill.”

****

Okay, there it is.  Get me a great name and if you wish, some origins.  I can’t wait to see what y’all come up with! And thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.

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~ by Monette Michaels on April 3, 2014.

4 Responses to “Name a Prime Chronicles Creature”

  1. Latin Name: vestis dentium (meaning: cloth with teeth)

    Common Name: fiberby (pronounced: fiber-bee; etymology: thought to have been derived from “fiber beast,” “fiber baby,” or “furby” — the first being more likely), plural: fiberbies

    Nicknames: fiberbeasts, fiberbeasties, ragamunchies, saber-toothed towels, etc.

  2. World – Jangalweorold – Jungle(Hindi) World (Anglo Saxon)
    Name – Wefiantoth – Weaver Tooth (Anglo SAxon)
    Discription – Plant/spider hybrid
    Nick name – Wipers – Ragbags – Binbags – Binners – Lickers

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