The technologically advanced Sluissi of the planet Sluis Van appear as humanoids from the waist up, though their lower bodies end in a snakelike tail. They are renowned for their expertise in starships, and the Sluis Van shipyards are considered one of the best places to go for repairs or maintenance. These beings are methodical and are somewhat plodding; they take their time in everything they do. Jobs may take longer, but they turn out to be very well done. Nothing ever seems to excite or disturb a Sluissi, for they are very even- tempered and calm. They consider themselves to be mechanical artists, and all artists know that great art cannot be rushed.