The Hosts

Imagined AI depiction of The Hosts from "Embassytown" by China Miéville, encapsulating the essence of this iconic archetype of Collective Alien Entity in the narrative.
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The Hosts is a collective entity of the Ariekei, the native species on the planet Arieka in ‘Embassytown’ by China Miéville. They embody the unique and surreal nature of the Ariekei’s communication, as their language necessitates simultaneous speaking by two voices. The Hosts play a crucial role in the narrative as the disruption caused by the arrival of a new type of ‘Ambassador’ has significant repercussions on their ability to communicate and maintain their culture.


[“We were first not-name, but difficulty, as men said: ‘This is heavy.'”,”They could not hear us else.”,”What was said must be, and being must be said. It was not just sentences that were,” they insisted, emphasis they didn’t need. “To exist was to be named. And naming was speaking.”]


The Hosts appear as a multitude of entwined and synchronized bodies, creating a mesmerizing yet alien presence.




Communicates in the unique and complex language of the Ariekei


Collective Alien Entity





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