The Khurtanans are a humanoid/Sebaceanoid species, and inhabit the planet Khurtanan in Tormented Space. The species is afraid of space madness and requires all visitors to undergo medical examination. Gender relations are tense on the planet; women are oppressed, but a resistance movement is planning a violent coup. The movement is already using non-native qatal mollusks for political assassinations. Some women disguise themselves as males to perform male-designated tasks.