On the perfectly flat surfaces of the vast, white crystal lakes that cover much of planet Zonn, a peculiar race of creatures perform their dance. We called them Veix. Their slender, tubular, inky black bodies swirl, elevate and descend, raising ethereal clouds of white dust from the surface, adding an eerie feeling to the spectacle.
They are intelligent, and they are alive, yet so alien that only now we begin to comprehend elements of their biology and their behaviour. Their non-carbon organisms seem to absorb the energy of the planet to sustain their life. They don’t have observable sensory organs; they’re diametrically different from life on Earth.
Veix never tire, never sleep; they dance. When planet Zonn reaches certain stages in its procession around its nearest star, Aria VII, Veix tend to stop and look into the sky. When the moment passes, they get together and engage in a kind of trophallaxis, purpose of which is as of yet unknown. And then they dance again.