Originally posted by green dog
I'd like to ask the same question as an earlier poster regarding the movement of their mouths; were they physically speaking?
Yes, they were speaking and moving their mouths, but it wasn't how one would expect. I wouldn't go so far as t say they looked like a badly dubbed
foreign movie - not really close, but the movement of their mouths did not exactly line up with their speech. It wasn't really a delay either, but it
looked like they just had to move their mouths differently than we do to make certain sounds. To explain it better, when we say a word beginning with
an "F" we put our teeth on our bottom lip and expel air. They might be able to make that sound with their mouth completely open, and perhaps not
even expel air (in the way we can make a popping sound or clicking sound without expelling air). I can't give you a chart that shows the differences,
because honestly, I don't remember!
It appears that you've drawn eyelids; did they blink? Were the eyes shiny or matte? Did they appear to be wet or glassy?
Yes, those are eyelids. They blinked, but not often. I wasn't even sure that they blinked after I saw it the first time, I tried to pay attention to
their eyes, and I came to the conclusion that they blink once every few minutes. Their eyes had a semi-shine to them and appeared slightly wet. On a
funny note, the little one did look at me and begin blinking faster than normal with an odd expression on its face - which wasn't really funny until
I thought about it later
Are they rounded ridges or flat? Those are very small nostrils; if they breathed, were they mouth breathers? Could you hear any whistling/hissing
noises or see any movements associated with respiration?
The were rounded a bit more than the picture shows, and the nostrils were on a slightly upturned portion of their nose, as the nostrils weren't
pointing down like humans, but they weren't straight out like a pigs, either
. I'm not sure if they breathed from their nose, mouth, or both. They
didn't speak for extended periods so it was hard to guage if they were actually taking breaths - I mean, the one that spoke the most wasn't getting
ahead of itself and having to stop and take a breath. Their bodies/chest did not appear to swell or fill with air as humans' do when we breath or
take a deep breath. I'd go as far as to say that they probably have an entirely different resperation system than us - but I suppose that would be
obvious either way.
how many fingers did they have? How many joints in the fingers? Did they have opposable thumbs? Were their arms clearly jointed or snakelike?
Finally, and most importantly, can you describe their feet?
[edit on 11-1-2008 by green dog]
I can't recall how many actual joints where on their fingers, they didn't really bend at angles like our fingers do. As for the hands, two of them
had 4 pretty long fingers and didn't appear to have a thumb, or fingers that looked like they bent inwards - at least, I never saw them do it. The
small one, it had 3 long fingers too, and what could be called a thumb - but it wasn't in the usual position. Imagine that your pinky finger is
slightly in front of your other three fingers and that it can bend inward into your hand. I just remember that the small one would kind of fidget his
hands sometimes, maybe he had alien arthritus!
The arms were jointed pretty much like ours were, but longer, and the feet were more claw-like than our feet are. I mean, the toes weren't rounded
like ours but came closer to a point, and were hardened by some type of nail like we have. I remember thinking that I wouldn't want to be kicked by
one of them when I first looked at the feet. There were 4 distinguishable toes.