Sikozu Svala Shanti Sugaysi Shanu


Sikozu (full name: Sikozu Svala Shanti Sugaysi Shanu) is a genius and an expert on Leviathans. A native of a world located inside the Scarran Imperium, she now finds herself a fugitive in the Uncharted Territories, with John Crichton and his friends as her unlikely allies. She will learn to value their resourcefulness and their hard-won friendship.
Sikozu Svala Shanti Sugaysi Shanu is a member of the Kalish species. The Kalish live mostly in Scarran-controlled space, but they seem to have only as much loyalty to the Scarrans as Leviathans do to the Peacekeepers. In other words, the Kalish hate the Scarrans.

Sikozu has several fascinating physical characteristics. First, she can go for many solar days without food, a trait she credits to her efficient metabolism ("Lava's a Many Splendored Thing"). Second, if one of her appendages is severed, the tissue is capable of rebonding without complex surgery ("Crichton Kicks"). Third, her brain is unable to tolerate Translator Microbes, which means that, while the crew can understand her, she must learn their languages before she can understand them ("Crichton Kicks"). (Fortunately, she's a fast learner she already speaks Pilot's language, and she's learning to speak the rest of the crew's native tongues at a greatly accelerated rate.)

Perhaps most impressively, Sikozu is also capable of "shifting her gravity center," which allows her to walk on walls and ceilings. It's a remarkable feat and a valuable survival mechanism. ("Crichton Kicks")

In fulfillment of her childhood dream, Sikozu worked for a group called The Organization. It's unclear exactly what they do, only that they are demanding and prestigious employers. For her first assignment, they gave Sikozu half a cycle to learn as much as she could about Leviathans. Under contract to the Grudeks, she located the Leviathans' sacred burial space, then brought a team of Grudek toubray-harvesters there. Thanks to the efforts of Chiana and John Crichton, that mission ended in failure for the Grudeks rather than in a grisly death for any Leviathans. Sikozu now carries a devastatingly negative report on her Organization record, and she is determined to rectify that, as she feels she was unjustly penalized.

Sikozu is highly intelligent. She obviously has studied Leviathans a great deal and committed many facts to memory, but she remains young, inexperienced and presumptuous. Her lack of worldly wisdom contributed to her disastrous falling-out with the Grudeks. Worse, her arrogant presumption to know everything about the great living ships already is testing the limits of Pilot's vast patience.

Sikozu Svala Shanti Sugaysi Shanu
Worst of all, she doesn't seem to understand that killing Leviathans in their sacred space is anything other than good, lucrative business. If she's to live for any time aboard Moya, she'll need to learn better quickly.

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