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The Krill are an aggressive, reptilian species from an unidentified world located in the same quadrant of the galaxy as the Planetary Union. They are known for their total disregard of all life which is not Krill. Because their territory abuts Union space, they are their primary antagonists in the early 25th century.

Krill society is dominated by the worship of an omnipotent creator god named Avis who commands the destruction of all non-Krill. Krill view other species as soulless, and unworthy of life. Thus, the Krill are in a persistent state of conflict with other species.

Biology Edit

Krill (Dyring)

A Krill dying from exposure to ultraviolet rays.

Krill are a bipedal reptilian humanoid species. They have tough, scaly skin, with three bony ridges running along their skulls. Their height and strength is roughly the same as Humans. Males have two bone protrusions from the base of their chins, called "chin horns."

There are at least two Krill phenotypes. The first, seen only in the episode Old Wounds, has pale white skin with entirely black eyes. The second has blue-grey skin with black irises and white scleras. The Krill home world is covered in a shroud of darkness, and the Krill are vulnerable to even mild exposure to the ultraviolet radiation in lights and sunlight.

ReligionEdit

Religion revolves around the worship of a supreme deity named Avis, whose stories and philosophy are recorded in the Anhkana, the Krill sacred text. Through the Ankhana, Avis instructs that all other life is soulless, and thus unworthy of existence. Even complex species are regarded as non-sentient, their actions compared by the Krill to the generated responses of an advanced computer. For reasons unknown, Avis commands the destruction of all other life.

Krill gather for services, religious ritual, inside rooms or buildings known as chapels. Chapels may be found throughout the Krill home world and in their destroyers. Services are led by a High Priest flanked by two Priests.

A basic chapel consists of a single room with an altar at its center-front; a copy of the Anhkana rests on the top of the altar. Two rows of pews flank the sides of the room, separated by a single center aisle. On the altar sits a copy of the Anhkana and a bell, which begins services. The walls of the chapel are adorned with Krill writing.[1]

Services Edit

At the start of services, the Priest opens services by twice ringing the ceremonial bell and greeting the congregation: "A blessed evening. Temeen Everdeen."[2] The congregants replying, "Temeen Everdeen."

After the salutation, a blood sacrifice is presented for the glory of Avis. The Priest utters, "Let us now cleanse," and the sacrifice is presented. For example, in the episode Krill, the severed head of a Human from the Union colony planet Chara 3 is placed upon the altar. The Priest produces a ritual dagger and explains the reason for the sacrifice's death.

Finally, the Priest destroys the sacrifice. The Priest says, "Hail, Avis! Hail, victory! Temeen everdeen!," and plunges the dagger into the sacrifice. The Priest proceeds to mash the sacrifice with the dagger while the congregation chants 'temeen everdeen.'

Military Edit

Krill soldier

A concept sketch of a basic Krill soldier by the show's wardrobe designer, Joseph Porro.

The Krill operate battle cruisers called destroyers for military operations. Destroyers are led by a Captain, in charge of all operations aboard the ship. A captain is assisted by the High Priest who oversees religious affairs. Some destroyers may self-cloak.

There are at least two tiers of Krill military rank: the Captain in command of a destroyer and the soldiers who comprise the bulk of the Krill force. Soldiers are highly-trained people trained for hand-to-hand and weapon-based combat. Soldiers are in charge of minor operations, enforcing the commands of leaders aboard destroyers, or leading ground teams on military strikes.

Armor and weaponry Edit

Krill armor is durable yet flexible, described as having the same toughness as their rifles.[3] Armor covers nearly all of the body of a Krill soldier, although it is not entirely for protection in combat. Because Krill are extremely sensitive to light, their armor blocks out deadly UV radiation. When on the surface of well-lit worlds like Epsilon 2, Krill soldiers wear helmets that guard the face at all times possible. The helmets open and retract automatically.

Soldiers carry several types of weapons, a Plasma Rifle, which is described as a Krill assault weapon, a single-handed plasma gun, and a sword for close-quarters combat. The sword is not seen an any episode but depicted and described in the book The World of the Orville as a double-bladed sword for close combat.

Conflict with the Planetary Union Edit

The Krill are adversaries of the Planetary Union, though the Union has been careful to avoid an official declaration of war. As Admiral Ozawa elaborates, the Krill see a declared war with the Union as "a holy crusade," which means it would last decades.[4] In the absence of an official war, the Krill are responsible for a number of military strikes and raids on Union territory, and take a keen interest in Union technologies.

Some time in 2418, the Krill seeded a spy in the Epsilon Science Station of Epsilon 2 in the person of a lab technician, Doctor Derek Ashton. Station physicists led by Doctor Janice Lee working on quantum field technologies developed a quantum accelerator, a device capable of rapidly aging anything within a "quantum bubble." In September, 2419, after a year of quiet observation, Ashton calls for the Krill, who bring a Krill destroyer to the planet and raid the Station. Though the destroyer does capture the device, the Union vessel USS Orville manages to destroy the ship.[5]

The Krill pepper Union colonies with military raids throughout 2419. Some time in autumn, the destroyer Yakar conquers the Union colony of Chara 3 and kills its settlers.[4] Later, a different, unnamed destroyer attacks the USS Druyan, but is defeated by the intervening Orville.[6] Around December, the Kakov attempts to raid the colony planet Kastra 4 but is destroyed by the Orville. Dozens of Union settlers are confirmed killed.[4]

Loss of the Yakar Edit

While the Krill had suffered several military defeats, their military was yet to lose a destroyer. That changed in late December when a shuttle recovered from the Kakov is used by Union agents Captain Ed Mercer and Helmsman Gordon Malloy to infiltrate the Yakar. The Yakar's current mission is to test a new prototype bomb on the colony planet of Rana 3. Gordon manages to hack the computers of the ship to emit extremely powerful blasts of light, fatally burning all inhabitants on board save Mercer, Malloy, a handful of schoolchildren, and the school teacher Teleya.

The Yakar is captured and is currently under Union possession, though the Union return the children to their home world. Teleya is assumed to be in Union custody. The capture of the Yakar stands as the most significant loss of a Krill ship yet.

Education Edit

Krill children are educated in space vessels such as destroyers, exposing the children to warfare on the ship and indoctrinating them into the Krill's military society. A classroom consists of roughly a dozen pupils led by a single teacher.

Language Edit

Writings Edit

Anhkana Chris Devon

A passage of the Anhkana. The first 37 symbols are the letters and signs of the language. The rest has not yet been translated.

Krill texts and inscriptions are ubiquitous in Krill society, appearing in writings as well as on their architecture. However, only several examples have been translated thus far.

  • The walls of the Kakov's chapel are inscribed with "GOD" and "PROTECTOR OF KRILL GUARDIAN OF OUR SOULS."[7]
  • The digital display in the classroom of Teleya shows a great deal of text, but only one paragraph is translated: "HELLO TODAY IS THE DAY YOU WILL MADELEINE DOTTO MADELEINE DOTTO IS THE COOLEST PERSON ON THIS LOT JUST REMEMBER THAT AND YOU WILL BE FINE JUST FINE."[7]

A clue of the Krill language can be found on the monitor inside "Chris" and "Devon's" quarters when they survey a passage of the Anhkana. The 37 letters and signs of the Krill alphabet are the language's entire inventory.[7]

Translation Edit

Krill language is far more developed than in other species encountered by the Planetary Union. A description of the writing system and its phonology are revealed in the book The World of the Orville, as well as a working name of the language "Krillain."[8]

The language has a simple consonantal series with several surprising features: no nasals such as [m] and [n] (which is extremely rare), no indication of aspiration, and no [ʒ] on its own but it does appear in the larger co-articulated stop [d͡ʒ].

Consonants
Bilabial Labio-dental Dental Alveolar Post-alveolar Velar
Stops voiceless [p] [t] [k]
voiced [b] [d] [g]
Fricatives voiceless [f] [θ] [s]
voiced [v] [ð] [z]
Affricates [d͡ʒ]

Krillain sports a much more varied and larger vocalic series than the one found in the consonants. Note that some phonemes occur only as long vowels, and others as short, but not both; further, that [ʊ] and [a] occur only in diphthongs and not independently.

Vowels
Front Near-front Central Back
Close [i:]
Near-close [ɪ]
Mid [ə]
Open-mid [ɛ] [ɜ:] [ɔ:] , [ʌ]
Near-open [æ]
Open [ɑ:] , [ɒ]

There is a small number of diphthongs: [ɪə], [eɪ], [ɑɪ], [ɛa], and [ɑʊ].

While the phonology makes sense of many Krill names and terms (e.g., Coja [ko.d͡ʒa]); confusingly, the published Krill sound system does not align with several established Krill words. According to the phonology published above, there are no sounds for [j], [ɻ], [l], [h], and the nasal [n] (which is very rare across languages).

  • The name Yakar [ja.kaɻ] contains two phonemes considered non-existant by Krill phonology.
  • Anhkana [an.ka.na] has two instances of [n].
  • The name Teleya [tə.leɪ.ja] contains [l] and [j].
  • Captain Haros [he.ɻos] contains the aspirant [h], which is also implied in the spelling of Anhkana, and [ɻ].

Therefore, it may be that the sound system revealed by the official book is incomplete, and does not list all the phonemes in Krillain.

Production Edit

Krill soldier older

An older concept sketch of a Krill soldier. Note the significant differences in appearance.

The Krill are the primary, recurring antagonists of the Planetary Union, and one of the first alien species designed. From the beginning of the show, the Krill were designed to be a highly religious species and a metaphor of fundamentalist religions on 21st century Earth. Together with the people of the Dorahl bioship and the multiphasic planet, the Krill are part of three species of Season 1 that tell the dangers of dogmatic religious belief. As cinematographer Marvin Rush explained, "The Krill are very religious in a way for instance that ISIS or ISIL is. . . . We're not saying this is the story of ISIS, we're not telling that story, but there's a corrupting effect that religion can have."[9]

Design of the Krill was heavily influenced by the classic film Nosferatu. More specifically: their sensitivity to light and their vampiric appearance. Visual Effects Artist Howard Berger recalls that "we did a series of design work on them--Seth [MacFarlane] said they're vampiric, they should be pale, black eyes and scary."[10]

Krill costumes have three generic types: adult male, adult female, and child. Berger notes: "We came up with a male and female version and a child version because there's an episode [Krill] with children, and on that episode we ended up doing 111 Krill in eight days."[8] Only particularly important Krill characters received unique prosthetic masks, such as Chris, Haros, and Teleya.

Artists designing the Krill chose to contrast the Krill people against Krill architecture by aiming for "polar opposites." The grey and blue-grey skin of the Krill moved the production team to design Krill architecture that is very dark; the gentle ridges on Krill bodies meant sharp angles on the walls; the soft skin of the Krill led to hard, metallic surfaces and harsh lighting.[8]

Trivia Edit

  • In February, 2420, the Horbalak smuggler Blavaroch steals 20 crates of Blaster Rifles from the Krill. When Blavaroch is killed and his ship rendered inoperable by passing through a two-dimensional spatial anomaly, the Orville destroys the Krill's lost weapons.[11]

Appearances Edit

References Edit

  1. The writing of which has not yet been deciphered. See Language.
  2. The meaning of this phrase is unknown.
  3. Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 94.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Episode 6: Krill
  5. Episode 1: Old Wounds
  6. Episode 4: If the Stars Should Appear
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Translation by /u/JohnSmallBerries. "The Krill Alphabet". Reddit. March 14, 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 110.
  9. Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 109.
  10. Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 105.
  11. Episode 11: New Dimensions