Hello! My name is Korora, which is Maori for “fairy penguin” because that's what I am.
I like bobbing in the waves. What's down there?
In Babylon 6
I am a blue Hroseri from Nalichenua. My planet is a low-gravity world with lovely red dirt, purple grass, and light blue lakes. My husband is Heketoro, and we are going to Babylon 6 to help them with their hydroponics. We Hroseri know much about hydroponics because of our ailing world. I also have friends among the yellow-eyed and white-capped Hroseri.
In the Golden Age thread, Korora is a Talking Penguin from the island of Omaru (Oamaru) just south of the Lone Islands. Omaru is by a cold currant, and it has sheep, grass, and remarkable mountain ranges. In the winter, it tends to be overcast in the morning and night but burns off during the day. Omaru is like Felimath, one of the Lone Islands, with its larks, sheep and grass. The Lone Islands were part of Narnia in the days of the White Witch.
In the Early Telmar thread, she is from the coasts of South Telmar.
In Star Wars
I am a Kaiteri from Araparoha/Waipuna, which is a water planet in a double planetary system. I was born on a little island, in the town of Patapata, but I moved to the capital island, which has the spaceport of Tiramaroa. I own a fish shop here, but now I am looking to expand my operations to Coruscant.
Hungry for seafood? Visit: Korora's Fishery
Visit my planet: Araparoha/Waipuna
Friends and Family in Panhistoria
Through her restaurant, she helps sponsors events her children are interested in: Waitaha Days for Tahupaia, and Ponaturi's synchronized swimming group (they call it "synchro" for short). She'll sponsor something for Nohinohi once he gets beyond seawater-drinking dares.
Korora likes to learn new things and watch plays but most of all, she likes to bob in the water and stay at home. However, she also likes to take week-long water voyages with her family where they swim and sleep in the ocean all week.
They are of the Kahurangi ("blue") iwi ("tribe").
They like mohi, kokowhawha, fish, and ngu. They decorate their house with vegetation and like houses that feel burrow-like. Kahurangi are stay-at-homes who do not tend to mix with other colonies. Korora and her family are exceptions. Korora was born in Patapata.
Husband: Heketoro ("fairy") - He likes to try new food. He is from the capital island, grew up with one of the Areha iwi, and works for him. When the Areha goes to Coruscant, Korora's family will have to as well. Her parents are already sad she married a Kahurangi from the capital island...
- "Tahupaia" Tahupaiarehe - She is interested in other races, likes plays, and wants to study amphibious races. She is also interested in the old crafts that are on display during the Waitaha Days: poha (kelp) containers, writing on pukapuka leaves instead of datapads, and pingao weaving (pingao is a seaside planet). She plays the flute. Like Ponaturi, she is not a morning person and loves staying up late at night. She is a fledgling.
- Ponaturi ("sea fairy") - She watches synchronized swimming (synchro) on her datapad and also participates in the local team, which is made up of creche-mates. Korora's restaurant helps sponsor the team. Like Tahupaia, she is not a morning person and loves staying up late at night. She is a crecheling and will fledge the next time Kahurangi molt.
- Nohinohi ("little") - a nestling - He is a champion saltwater drinker who gets nightmares about Sand People. Korora has given him a native matarau spear, but ever since Kirimatao gave him a toy shoto (short lightsaber), he plays with it. (When he gets to Coruscant, he will play with the matarau). Korora likes seeing him dive because when he was born, he didn't have enough myoglobin to make any extended dives. He underwent myoglobin therapy.
Tureha - "fairy" Korora’s father - He taught school in a university an island over. He was a hydrography professor.
Kikorana - "blue" Korora’s mother - She loves to study genealogy.
I have a new sister - Ngakirikiri!
Her husband is Nunu'nekai. Ngakirikiri and Nunu'nekai have two daughters, Nahinemoa and Tahuriri. Nahinemoa takes after her father while Tahuriri takes after her mother.
Tahurani - "fairy" Korora’s sister
Pinepine - "little" Tahurangi’s husband
Pakupaku - "small" Tahurangi’s child
She is of the Rahi ("loud") iwi. Born at Otepoti (Dunedin). Hoiho and her people build their houses far apart from other Kaiteri (so that they don’t see each other, although they don’t mind hearing each other) and do not join crčches. She likes seashell painting and water drop art.
Husband: Pungapunga ("yellow," also "anchor") - a calm fellow. He likes seascapes.
- Kowhai ("yellow," also a flowering tree) - She likes water painting, which is dyeing water so that it creates pretty patterns. She also likes the Tangata art of tukutuku paneling, but she doesn't do it.
- Turituri ("noisy, noise, be quiet!") - A recent fledgling.
- Tawetawe ("noisy") - A crecheling that doesn’t join the crčche but stays at home.
Sister - Tauora.
She loves plays, glaciers, listening to storytellers, is interested in other races, and is a long-distance swimmer. With her children, she plays the children's game of swimming as fast as she can and then letting her them "catch" her.
They are of the Potetea ("white cap") iwi. Heni’s people join loose crčches. They like uruaura, koura, kourarangi, potipoti, etc. They don't like enourmous crowds (like in the thousands). They love travel and change houses often. Their children stay at home the longest of all the Kaiteri. She likes ice marquetry.
She was born in the south.
Husband: "Papou" Papua - He is a glaciologist and loves ice sculptures.
- Hone (John) - crecheling
- Hoani (John) - crecheling
Pokotiwha - husband Tawaki- lives to the southwest
Hoiho and Heni are the tallest, Korora and her family are the shortest.
In Tardis Tales
I am a Whifferdill from the planet Xenon, a shapeshifter from the 82nd century. My base appearance is a 3-4 foot tall humanoid with a round, featureless head. Famous Whifferdills include Frobisher and Francine; Frobisher knew the Doctor in his 6th and 7th incarnations. I like to change into a penguin when I feel happy or curious.
Xenon is an artificial planet that appears to wander around as Whifferdills move it around the galaxy. We currently have it well outside the Mutter’s Spiral (Milky Way) so that we have a splendid view of the whole galaxy in our night sky, which we look at through domes because we carry our own heat and atmosphere. (The development of Xenon is by Ngakirikiri and I).
We come from a solar system where the innermost planet, a gas planet, now orbits our sun in three days. It is so close to our sun that it is losing atmosphere and has developed a comet-like tail.
Note: Mercury orbits in 88 days.
Humans call us little penguins because my species is the smallest of the penguin species. Humans haven't decided how many species to divide us in. Some say 17, some say 18, etc. Humans say penguins are from the order of Sphenisciformes and the family of Spheniscidae. They call my specific family "Eudyptula minor." We're in a class all by ourselves.
Our size can range from 35 - 41 cm (14-16 inches) or even 42 cm, and we can range from .8 to 1.3 kg (1 ľ to 3 pounds). Some just say we can weigh 1 kg (2.2 pounds),
We have slate blue feathers and silver-grey eyes. Southern fairy penguins are darker and more steely blue than northern blue penguins. Northern fairy penguins also have extra white leading and trailing on the edges of our flippers. Some humans even say the northerners are a different subspecies, Eudyptula albosignata. I’m a southern fairy penguin.
We live along the coasts of New Zealand, other islands, Tasmania, and the southern coastline of Australia as far north as Southern Queensland on the east coast, but we breed only as far north as Port Stephens in Australia. We are the only penguin to breed in Australia.
We feed at sea, and we usually come ashore to sleep, but we can sleep at sea and spend weeks away from land. We can hold our breath for a minute and go down to 60 meters. We can swim 100 kilometers a day for food, and we need to eat 240 grams of fish a day to keep our weight. We like 28 types of fish, one kind of squid and one crustacean. We can swim at one mile per hour (1.5 km an hour) but can speed up to 5 ˝ miles an hour if we have to.
We take 3 weeks to molt, and during that time, we can lose twice as much weight as we do during mating season because we fast while we molt. I hate that! (We can’t go in the cold waters when I don’t have any feathers with oil to waterproof them).We forage close to our breeding areas all the time and rarely mix with other colonies. We begin courting anywhere between June to October, and we usually breed with the same mate between August and November. We burrow into the ground and line our nests with vegetation, but if there isn’t any soil, we nest under rocks and bushes or in caves and crevices. We like our nests to be about 6 ˝ or 2 meters apart.
We tend to lay two equal eggs and incubate them for 33-39 days: the shortest amount of time of any penguin. Both parents brood the chicks for 7-10 days and guard them for another 13-20 days. Our chicks fledge when 50-65 days old.
Flightless Birds of the Southern Hemisphere. (2001). San Diego, CA: Sea World Inc.
Lynch, Wayne. (2007). Penguins of the Word. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books.
Norman, Mark, Dr. (2006). The Penguin Book: Birds in Suits. Fitzroy, Vic., Australia: Black Dog Books.
Penguins 4-8 Teacher’s Guide. (2001). San Diego, CA: Sea World Inc.
Other fairy penguins
Here are some of my friends:
In the Zone : History Novel:
I'd like to join because I'm posting as a spectator in the Olympics.
In the Narnia: Beyond the Wardrobe Novel:
In the Zone : Science Fiction Novel:
I would like to join the Tardis Tales, a thread on your novel board. I have talked with the people in Tardis Tales right now. I would like to be a Whifferdill from the planet Xenon, a shapeshifter from the 82nd century. My base appearance is a 3-4 foot tall humanoid with a round, featureless head. Famous Whifferdills include Frobisher and Francine. I like to change into a penguin when I feel happy or curious.
Xenon is an artificial planet that appears to wander around as Whifferdills move it around the galaxy. We currently have it well outside the Mutter's Spiral (Milky Way) so that we have a splendid view of the whole galaxy in our night sky, which we look at through domes because we carry our own heat and atmosphere.
In the Star Wars: The Saga Novel:
In the Babylon 6: A New Era Novel: