The klicks are an alien species that present an actual threat to humanity. Their unbridled aggression and ferocity represent a new experience for the humans and their allied species. Thankfully, the stellar nations have only encountered the klicks in the distant Hammer’s Star system, where the determined actions of the Galactic Concord hold them back-at least for now.
Description: Klicks resemble arachnids; six multi-jointed legs propel their wedge-shaped bodies. Each of these legs ends in wickedly pointed pincers. A klick’s wedge-shaped body measures about 2 meters long and about 1 meter thick at its widest point. It’s covered with smooth, chitinous armor across its top, and plates of the same material protect its belly. Only the creature’s bulbous sensory organs lie exposed. These organs cover a large globular mass that descends beneath the thinner, forward portion of its body. Two forelimbs reach out from beside these sensory organs. The pincers at the end of these limbs are more dexterous than those attached to the legs and can manipulate weapons or technology.
The Concord Marines dubbed these aliens “klicks” based on the disturbing sounds they make. The creatures produce a number of eerie and irritating clicking sounds that assault human ears. When they scuttle along a hard surface, the klicks’ pointed pincers rap against the floor. When agitated or excited, they tap the smaller branch of their pincers against the longer portion, creating an ominous melody. It’s these clicking sounds that the Concord Marines have come to dread.
Encounter: Klicks possess a high degree of intelligence, demonstrated primarily by their cooperation and teamwork. The use of technology—both starships and their “blacklaser” energy weapons-confirms an applied intelligence of some kind. Concord scientists have been unable to
decipher their language-if indeed the series of clicks and sounds really is a language. In addition, scientists know nothing about klick social structure or origin. Researchers have classified klicks as extenal-that is, they are not native to the Hammer’s Star system or any other charted system.
Klick teams make excellent use of ambushes. They often attack in greater numbers, swarming quickly over small groups, and they fight savagely, without taking prisoners. Klicks are extremely resistant to glancing blows and stun damage. In addition, captured klicks quickly die.
Humans have Encountered klicks throughout the Hammer’s Star system-including the Vicek Belt, on many of the outer moons, and, according to rumor, once on Spes itself. These aliens travel in fast spacefaring vessels made up of a black, unidentified material. As a whole, these vessels are of unknown design-though some claim that they can enter drivespace and carry particle beams and other weapons of mass destruction. However, most encounters with klick ships end quickly; klick vessels favor hit-and-run tactics that don’t leave the Concord Star Force time to respond.
One aspect of klick encounters that scientists have yet to document fully is the weakness that washes over humans and other aliens when in close proximity to these aliens. All major species-with the exception of the telepathic fraal-grow weaker the longer they remain in close contact with a group of klicks. For this reason, marines prefer to battle klicks from a distance whenever possible.
Habitat/Society: Little is known about klick society; despite the many stories sweeping the Verge, only a few humans have actually encountered them. Humanity does know that these aliens are fearless, well-organized aggressors. When encountered on a planetary surface, a klick war party consists of no fewer than six individuals. The largest klick war party thus far recorded consisted of 120 creatures that ambushed Concord Marines. After this battle, the klicks destroyed their own dead, making it hard for Concord scientists to study this unknown species.
Though many people speculate that the insect-like klicks must have some sort of hive mind or group mentality, scientists argue that such an observation is probably mistaken. Insect are a human analogue, they say, and their characteristics do not necessarily translate to alien species.