The Lurg. The Lurg are intelligent parasites that burrow in and grow inside its host. The size of the Lurg is determined by the size of its host. They travel in genetically engineered organic ships bred, grown and harvested for interstellar travel. The Lurg uses 2 electrodes to stimulate the muscles to control the Prawn. While looking quite vicious, the Lurg are actually quite intelligent and master manipulators.
Based upon the box art monster of Star Control 2 as seen here: [link]
I believe I'm the only person on the planet who has created fan art from the box.
The alien was supposed to be another artist's interpretation of the Ur-Quan. Typical of box art of the day, it looks nothing like the game art.
The Lurg was created for project 6014, a fan created sequel for Star Control 2 - The Urquan Masters (which you can download here: [link]
) I tried about 30 different aliens, when at 2am, I thought, 'Why not use that weird alien on the box?' And the next day the Lurg was born. Of course, we couldn't come up with a name until many weeks later. His codename was 'Arg'. My feeling when everything I was doing was getting rejected by the team.
The name 'Lurg' was one of the names on Star Control 1's copy protection wheel. Professor Zorg's Guide to Alien Etiquette which also provided the basis for many Star Control 2 aliens such at Zot-Fot-Pik, Slylandro, Orz, etc.