At least by first impressions I believe I would not get along with the Kif, especially Mr. A the one that I think will end up being quite a bit of trouble.
To start off our discussion, though perhaps a bit belatedly, I'm just going to write some of my observations and some questions and see what the responses are. If you have other comments or questions please feel free to jump in and post them. I should also warn you that I am horrible with pronunciations (not too much of a problem here, thank goodness) but also with names and such in unfamiliar tongues (see above Mr. A as opposed to Akukkakk). This may be a bit random. It's going to be stream of thought.
*What do you think of Pyanfar?
I have to like any woman who takes as much pleasure in a shower as I, even if she happens to be a lion-like creature. Lions have never struck me as shower takers. She strikes me as experienced, brave, faulty, scared, strong, prideful, a leader, compassionate. She seems to want to do the best by those who mean the most to her (her crew, other hani) but also those who aren't so close to her (other innocent races (obviously not the kif), the outsider. It will be interesting to see how the relationship between her and her niece, Hilfi, plays out. Pyanfar reminds me of a quote (paraphrased) from U-571, "You are ready to be a captained when you can sacrifice the life of one of your men for the lives of the rest of your men." Essentially you have to make the very tough decisions for the greater good.
*How do you feel about the role of men in Hani society? They appear to be the weaker, more emotional sex according to Pyanfar.
I find it very entertaining that the men are the ones that must be coddled. It is the women who are the adventurers and such. Though it seems that on world men do have great power, they don't leave the world and it is best not to have too many men in one family. I also wonder where this thread will lead.
*How would you feel and react as the Outsider? (I'm making the assumption he's human. He certainly sounds like it.) Does he understand his situation? Why do you think he boarded the Pride.
Ok, your turn...