Miscellaneous centaur alien worldbuilding for Runaway to the Stars: tactile writing and their “feathers.”
Centaurs have great long range vision, but compared to the other aliens they have much blurrier short range vision. (The glasses Talita wears are for reading computer screens). Dense information storage can be a challenge-- in addition to rich oral history traditions, tactile languages of various kinds are found all over the centaur homeplanet. Settled centaurs tend to prefer slab books, which are heavy but store well; and nomadic centaurs tend to prefer reel books, which are less durable but lighter. Reel books can additionally be worn as jewelry.
Centaur integument is comparable to feathers, but they are not that similar on a structural or developmental level. The surface feeling of their velvet would be similar to horse fur, and their long coverts more like big cat fur-- but if you dug your fingers in you would feel the densely packed, thin quill bases and bird-like down. They shed continuously and have oil glands at the bases of their quills sort of like Earth mammals do.
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