Alien-A-Day # 17—The Potentate of Smoot. Once a gifted charlatan from another world, the Potentate came to the planet Smoot when his wayward spaceship made an emergency landing. Angry with their leadership and convinced the Potentate was their only hope, the Smoot made him supreme ruler of all the planet. It didn’t hurt that the Smoot is a mostly sightless race and never saw his unsettling face.