usually taller and always bulkier than humans. They appear to be a human-cactus
hibrid. No two Cactacae look alike - often covered in vegetable scars of healed
wounds and random spines. Many pluck their spines in order to work with other
races - especially on their hands.
Cactacae are a warrior race. Many act as bodyguards for
other races. They are difficult to kill with normal weapons - giving rise to
"Reaverbows" which shoot large spinning metal disks. The ghetto for Cactacae in
New Crobuzon is known as The Glasshouse. And is a large hemispherical
construction of metal and glass covering several city blocks. Cactacae prefer
the higher temperatures maintained inside.
Cactacae are proud of their
Cactacae appear in all three books.
Garuda are larger
than humans and bear a strong resemblance to humanoid vultures (but with an
extra pair of limbs - giving them four humanoid limbs, and wings. That is 2
legs, 2 arms and 2 wings).
Garuda are omnivores
Garuda are pure anarchists. Their highest crime is to deny
another sentient being the ability to make choices. This includes things such
as rape (choice of sex) and murder (which denies all future choices).
The segue passages in each chapter of Perdido Street
Station are written by one of the main characters - a criminal Garuda name
Yagharek who had his wings removed.
a parasitic race. They appear similar to human hands, but with a tail. The tail
digs into the host's flesh. There are two castes of Handlinger - Dextrier
(right hand) warrior caste, that is able to fly and breathe fire, and the
Sinistrier (left hand) ruler caste, that has psionic powers. Host bodies are
effictively dead the moment a Handlinger possesses them.
host body. However, Handlingers have been known to maltreat their host bodies.
The Sinistrier caste rules them in a psychic council.
In New Crobuzon they are another secret society who has come to an arrangement
with the Mayor. The mayor's ex-rival/now second in command - is a
MonttJohn Rescue - The Mayor's aid in
Perdido Street Station.
Khepri (named after the Egyptian god) -
"Refflick, Lin," he said. "Bath time." Lin stamped in irritation.
Crobuzon was a huge plague pit, a morbific city. Parasites, infection and
rumour were uncontainable. A monthly chymical dip was a necessary prophylactic
for the khepri, if they wanted to avoid itches and sores.
Females are tall, skinny, red-skinned humanoids
that are sexually compatible (but not fertile) with humans, their heads are
Scarab beatles - fully functional beatles about two feet long. Khepri do not
have vocal cords. They're speach consists of sign-language with their headlegs,
and various chemicals puffed out by their heads. They are able to exude chitin
and build objects with it (usually statues or houses). Khepri statues are an
artform. All Khepri have enhanced senses.
Males are giant Scarab beatles
about two feet in length, and non-sentient. Usually kept secluded in large
Khepri are vegetarian, and prefer fruit.
Khepri live in matriarchies (of course). There is a large
empire near Bas-Lag. Inside New Crobuzon there is a small community of Khepri
living in their own area (ghettoisation happens often in New Crobuzon) in
Kinken. Khepri tend towards academic occupations.
One of the two largest
(and only) organised crime syndicates is run by a Khepri - Francine 2 (also
known as Ma Francine).
The main protaganist of
Perdido Street Station has a Khepri lover, named Lin - a reknowned artist.
I see clearly as you, clearer. For you it is undifferentiated. In
one corner a slum collapsing, in another a new train with pistons shining, in
another a gaudy painted lady below a drab and ancient airship... You must
process as one picture. What chaos! Tells you nothing, contradicts itself,
changes its story. For me each tiny part has integrity, each fractionally
different from the next, until all variation is accounted for,
Khepri communicate with a mixture of chymical sprays and headleg sign
language. Some Khepri who wish to communicate with non-Khepri also use a form
of sign language that can translate into Ragamoll, and carry around a board on
which to write messages for those that don't know sign language but can
warrior race that lives near the oceans of Bas-Lag. Known for their magics of
the blood, which is under a great deal of pressure in their bodies and congeals
at an incredibly fast rate into an iron hardness. Scabmettlers are covered in
ritual scarring in various patterns. Their name derives from their ability to
shape their blood as it leaves their body, forming a kind of armour.
Scabmettlers that are hit with edged weapons, which penetrate their body, bleed
explosively - the wound spraying the weapon with blood which congeals almost
instantly, often trapping it.
As warriors they move to where they can
fight, often becoming mercenaries or pirates. During their relaxtion time they
often drink a special tea that has an anticoagulate effect, as Scabmettlers
have been known to suffer from a whole body clotting, turning them into an
Some of the pirates on Armada in
The Scar are Scabmettlers.
human-sized frogs and are almost humanoid. As an amphibian, they require
regular immersion in ,preferrably clean, water. Witout regular supplies of
water they will dehydrate and scar.
Most work on the docks of New Crobuzon. Many
use a form of "Water Magic" and are able to shape water, and have it sustain
its shape for a period of time - manipulating it as you would clay. Great
shamans are able to summon Undine - water elementals.
The main protaganist of Perdido Street Station often drinks
at the Dying Child whose bartender is the Vodyanoi known as Silchristchek.
The Caucus members are attacked by tribal Vodyanoi in Iron Council.
Wyrman are small
semi-intelligent gargoyle-like humanoids. They infest New Crobuzon much like
rats. They are, however, able to carry messages and talk.
Wyrman are omnivores.
Wyrman appear in Perdido Street Station.
Humans are omnivores.
created/modified from the other races the majority of them are human however -
xenian remade are rare. The most common Remade seen is a criminal that has been
through the Punishment Factories. Although some Remade are job specialists that
have voluntarily been remade. Occasionally animals will be Remade to be more
task specific (steam powered legs for horses, or enhanced nasal brain tissue
for dogs). Nothing is created for a Remade's parts - they are taken from
elsewhere, if a Remade has an extra pair of arms, the arms have come from
someone else - usually a corpse.
As original race. And
possibly coal if they have steam-powered parts.
are shunned and opressed. The most famous Remade is Jack Half-a-prayer, leader
of the fReemade - Remade who have become rebels and bandits. Most people do not
realise that Mr Motley, the leader of the other major organised crime syndicate
is a Remade. He is, possibly, the quintessential Remade.
Jack is in Perdido Street Station. Remade and fReemade appear
in all three books.
As per other
As per other genres
secret sub-culture. It is unknown if they have a special arrangement with the
A vampire was also susceptible to Slake
Moths in Perdido Street Station
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