Kaail, a Hish-qu-Ten.

The Hish-qu-Ten ("The People Who Take Territory"),[1] commonly referred to as simply the Hish, are the ancient ancestors of the Yautja species.[2]


The Hish were a technologically primitive civilization and ancient ancestors to the Yautja. At some point, they were completely subjugated by the advanced alien race known as the Amengi and enslaved for several centuries, living in miserable conditions under their rulers. However, due to the efforts of a Hish known as Kaail, the Hish-qu-Ten managed to overthrow their captors in a brutal, bloody and large-scale revolution led by the latter.[3]

With the Hish victorious, they enslaved the remaining Amengi and assimilated their technology, developing it further over the years.[4] Kaail since became a figure of legend within Yautja culture, referred to as the "First Hunter".

DH Press (Non-canon)[]

The Hish are the DH Press representation of the Yautja society. They were first introduced in the novel Predator: Forever Midnight. The Hish are a race of aliens who hunt down other alien species, such as humans and the Karna, for the Joy of the Hunt. They were also interested in slave-making members of certain species, particularly ones already tempered for slavery, such as the Amengi.


The Hish are a cold blooded reptilian race that evolved on a hot swamp world. Humanoid in appearance, the Hish are 8 feet tall, towering above most humans. A physically agile and strong race, the Hish surpass even the most athletic humans. Hish individuals are impulsive, often controlled by their own biological urges, the most dangerous of which is brought on by the stimulation of the kill gland.

The kill gland is an evolutionary throw back to the many centuries before the Hish had stolen faster-than-light travel. When stimulated, this gland would produce a secretion that increased strength in a Hish and caused them to kill anything within arms reach. It was one of the only ways to survive in the ancient swamps of the Hish home world. A Hish known as Mas-T'Eall taught the Hish how to suppress the urges from this gland.

The Hish are an phasal hermaphroditic race. They phase between sexes - Generative Breeder/Male and Female - involuntarily. Hish are known to always have 6 offspring--spawnlings--at a time. The two are almost unidentifiable but females can be told apart from their brighter colored dreadlocks and purple mottling around the jaw.


Hish society is a hierarchy, a single Exquisitely-Blooded Great Hierach ruling over the Hish race which is separated into clans, each of which is controlled by a Clan Leader. Whilst the Great Hierach has indefinite say over matters, they are advised by a Conclave of Clans. The Conclave is a council of members from the most important clans. This all said, the Hish are generally an independent race. Shesh-Kuk, for instance, cared little for the Conclave's desires and even took actions without their advice, his submission was more protocol than actual respect. This differs from mainstream hunters, who very rarely rail against the established hierarchy.

The Hish society revolves around clan and family. Most clans consist of a small fleet of ships with at least one mother ship. While most Hish are down on the planet hunting, spawnlings will usually stay on board the mother ship. Each Hish clan has its own codes, rites and rituals and tend to be very strict with the following of them. There is one recorded case in which two clans attempted to merge together and ended in disaster. Due to the strong willed nature of the members of each clan, the merge was anything but smooth, showing how stubborn minded the Hish are in their ways. The merge was only attempted in order to save both clans from destruction but their inability to reconcile each other's ways led to the destruction of a hunting party comprised of members from each clan.

Known Individuals[]


The Hish language is very complex and based on guttural sounds created using the unique mouths of the Hish.

  • Hish-qu-Ten - The People Who Take Territory
  • Kuk - Grip
  • Shesh - Strong
  • Huk - Kill




  1. John Shirley. Predator: Forever Midnight, p. 62 (2006), DH Press.
  2. Alpha Predator NECA bio
  3. Alpha Predator NECA bio
  4. Alpha Predator NECA bio