Most of my imaginary Noantri people lived around the Mediterranean Sea in their alternative Earth. This square, with its cobblestones and cafe's and central fountain, could be found anywhere in our world, too. Why didn't I create a world radically different from ours? With their psi-powers, you'd think they could create all kinds of special effects as well as practical devices running on psi force. But it has its limitations: psi can only be produced and managed by gifted humanoid beings, and it wears out rather quickly and has to be renewed. Nevertheless, a Noantri village will have things we don't, such as a licensed fortune-teller, a finder's service, or a psionic therapist. Since Noantri are humanoid, with limbs, hands, feet, and senses like ours, their accommodations will probably look like ours. And since Earth's life forms fit their own nutritional needs as colonists, they would eat the same food as ours, minus the spaghetti (no pasta borrowed from China! no tomatoes from the Americas).
Black tech pen ink on sketchbook page, 9 1/2" x 8", mid to late 1990s. Click for larger view.