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World Kitsen homeworld
Universe Cytoverse
Featured In Skyward (series)
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The kitsen are a race of aliens that have secondary citizenship within the Superiority empire. Until recently they had a hereditary monarchy, and were ruled by Captain Hesho.[1]


The kitsen are about one handspan tall. They have bushy white tails and long, pointed ears. Although they appear as a cross between gerbils and foxes, they walk upright on two legs.[2]


by Jill Andersen
Spensa talking with kitsen

The kitsen made first contact with humans in East Asia thousands of years before the Human Wars, before either species had gone through the industrial revolution. Kitsen cytonics teleported to earth. There were interactions and trade between the two cultures. The kitsen people did not trust the cytonics, and an intense disagreement ensued. The details of the disagreement are not clear, since records from that time are potentially untrustworthy and scarce. It is known, however, that humans were somehow involved and there may have been a war. The kitsen cytonics left, and the main population was stranded on their homeworld.[3]

They remained isolated until the Superiority made contact.[3] They received secondary citizenship in the Superiority. Decades prior to the abolition of the absolute monarchy, Hesho's grandmother, then the queen, coordinated the theft of three hyperdrive-equipped Superiority starships. The hyperdrives were found to be missing, and after they were caught, the Superiority temporarily revoked their citizenship.[4] They followed the Superiority's orders to try and reach primary citizenship. They abolished their hereditary monarchy to follow the superiority's equality laws. A crew led by Captain Hesho, the former monarch, joined the Superiority's delver fighting program in the hopes it would give them citizenship.[2]


  • Hesho, former absolute monarch
  • Kauri, Hesho's shield bearer
  • Aria, Senator
  • Aya, gunner


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