The Tenctonese Language

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Tenctonese Anatomy and Idiosyncrasies


The Tenctonese are a race of slaves, bred for adaptability. All of the Tenctonese were taken from their parents, as children at the age of ten and their tasks allotted to them. Some of these children were chosen to be Overseers and specially conditioned.

The Tenctonese look generally similar to Humans, but have no hair. Instead they have large spot like markings on their heads and down their spines. These Potniki spots are an erogenous zone.

The Newcomers are 30% stronger and 20% smarter than the average Human, as well as having a life expectancy of about 140 years and keener senses. This is partially due to the way they have been bred for adaptability but also due to their anatomical differences, which include having two hearts and pink blood. However, the Tenctonese do have some disadvantages to face, here on Earth. Salt water acts like acid on the Tenctonese body, so surfing is not encouraged! Also the high level of pollution in the Earth's atmosphere can affect the Newcomers.

Additional differences include there being three sexes: male GANNAUM, female LINNAUM and a second, rarer, male called a BINNAUM. Recreational sex is possible between males and females, but it requires a Binnaum, the second male, to create a child. The female carries the baby for eight weeks and the Male for the remaining eight weeks of pregnancy. Rather than blush, the eyes of the Tenctonese change colour with embarrassment.

The dietary differences between Humans and Tenctonese cause Matt Sikes more than one queasy moment. They cannot eat cooked food, preferring dishes such as raw beaver and sloth. Rather than getting drunk on alcohol the Tenctonese become intoxicated on sour milk. It is with some relief that Matt finds out that Cathy is a vegetarian.

The Newcomers have a tradition of a strong family life. They express love by touching the knuckles to the temple. Temple to temple contact is their equivalent of a more passionate kiss. The Tenctonese get sore feet as a sign of tension. Matt and his family give George sore feet on more than one occasion.


Also see : /EVETS DRAINAL flow, ATROPHICATION, AXILLA, BAH/NA fluid, BIN YIN oil, CARPUZAL glands, CHEERBUSHA, CYTERIAN glands, DROONAL flanges, Drugs, FLUPTEL, GAHSAC, GLEENY glands, HAFFACOTA/, HOVED RAKSTAFS, HUMMER, KAIF balls, KLOKHLA/TULYA, LING POD flap, MATA glands, NEESTAS, PREDEAL, RAZVITI hormone, Religions, SERDSO, SONAH, SPARTIARY glands, TAJELLO glands, THACTAZOID spotting, YESPIAN, ZABEET



The Tenctonese Alphabet and Numbers


Below are details of the Tenctonese alphabet and numbers. These are available as a Windows True Type Font, which usually comes with the TencTran program. 

Tenctonese alphabet