The Azure Wheel Galaxy is divided 50/50 between the scientific side and the spiritual side. The two sides coexist peacefully, and neither could survive without the other.
In my Intrepid story, Liah represents the spiritual side of the galaxy while Shae represents the scientific. The two share an unbreakable bond of friendship, symbolizing the unity of the two sides of the universe.
Their relationship is “complicated” to say the least. Shae has deep romantic feelings for her, but Liah sees them as being kindred spirits rather then potential lovers. Both Liah and Shae are in relationships with other people.
The critter that Liah is holding is a glider sersol, a subspecies of small lizards with skin flap “wings” native to the rainforest planet, Kalea. Gliders do make good pets, but the one Liah is holding is a wild one. She’s allowed to have such interactions with wild beasts due to her Dr. Dolittle type powers.