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49496 No. 49496 ID: d470e9

Due to some recurring complaints/demands, neumono and all other assorted Lagotrope quests will now have their own ITQ.

To keep things clean, I'll be moving all isolated neumono posts/questions from ITQ 10 into this thread (although posts that involve both lago and non-lago questions will remain in ITQ, so there will still be some juxtaposition on this front.

This is largely an experiment, and depending how it goes, either this will have sequels, or everything will merge back to normal in ITQ 11.

Current main ITQ:
>>80766

Previous ITQs:
>>76582
>>68983
>>50332
>>343117
>>338649
>>327658
>>319591
>>313335
>>1754
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No. 83840 ID: f3f39e

@anyone: What's something you find comforting? Something you find disconcerting?
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No. 83841 ID: 3dd384

>>83829
>Yes. This means they still consider me superior.
What portion of the contestants in the old Salikai fights were you able to get to knuckle under on this issue?

>>83830
>Those are... passed around the internet as big jokes to show just how absolutely disgusting some meals are.
What about all that brouhaha of people collectively shutting down the internet because AI hackers got too good? Is that not a thing anymore?
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No. 83845 ID: cee89f

>>83830
>What a terribly broad question to ask a whole species.
I'm asking for individual opinions from the whole species, not for a general ruling >.>
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No. 83848 ID: d470e9
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83848

>What about all that brouhaha of people collectively shutting down the internet because AI hackers got too good? Is that not a thing anymore?
What? The internet is partitioned and highly monitored in the case of a rogue CAI infiltration, and could largely be shut down, but there's no way civilization would just say no internet ever!

>I'm asking for individual opinions from the whole species, not for a general ruling >.>
I know! I said that at the end. I'm sorry.
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No. 83849 ID: dc4b80

So who designed the first Cai system anyway? And how many did they make before they got regulated?

Am guessing that they are not easy to make because you would need a serious quantum computer for them to live on.

Also what sort of legal rights if any do Ai have these days?
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No. 83851 ID: 3dd384

>>83830
>Dunno what a fabricator is. If it's something that makes something out of nothing, of course not.
Nah, obviously you still have to have the input mass-energy. More like... hmm. If we were to postulate a machine that, given some homogenous materials used as input, could be programmed to turn that goop into arbitrary chemical compounds, where would it fall on the scale of "currently available consumer technology" to "mythical Belenosian bullshit"?
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No. 83853 ID: 2fc3e9

How often do neumono have giant fur eyebrows, anyway? Who has the largest eyebrows in the galaxy, neumono and non-neumono? Locally?
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No. 83865 ID: c20db9

So do Ultrahives try to convey an image that you're all a bunch of soft huggable cuddle bunnies to the Aliens?
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No. 83893 ID: 22d852

Polo-mom! We know what you do, but what about Polo-dad? He was wearing what looked like bioarmor before. Does that mean he's a soldier?

Asking you, since he ain't much of a talker. ...how'd you end up falling for mister strong and silent type, anyways?

>>83848
So, Mirim, are you and Korli close at all? You're the clone specialist, and her specialty leans towards biology. Overlapping fields of interests, and all that. (And in snazzy eyewear, too).

>>83831
>bunch of neumono kids mob-wresting Rokoa
Now that's an adorable mental image.

>>83849
>So who designed the first Cai system anyway?
Belenosians / humans. (Kind of makes sense, since they were at the front of the uplift train).

>Also what sort of legal rights if any do Ai have these days?
None. The only legal AIs are pretty simple, and the AI-constraining movements have more clout than the AI rights movements. ( >>66436 )
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No. 83900 ID: fc67cf

>>83775
But I thought you were a 'natural' chimera as a result of a clone-darting suicide gambit. You weren't a horrible Frankenstein stitch together job like Polokoa. Why would your CAI have needed to intervene or mediate at all, much less have had an influence on your form?
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No. 83919 ID: d8a627

To any Miklik: Apparently, Mikliks are very featureless until they decide to sprout gender parts. How does the process of sprouting parts work? Can you only sprout once, and then you're stuck with the gender you chose? Can you sprout whatever shape you choose? And is being hermaphroditic only until you choose a gender, or can you actually grow both?

Defects, mutations, and/or abnormalities are "common" according to Starsteroid's scanner, but how common is it for Miklik to grow with a standardized body? I'd like to know what the ratio of abnormal to normal is.
For that matter, how common is it for a Miklik to be born with sexual organs?

How does consumption work for Miklik? Hok said that there is waste expelling, so I assume it's not purely photosynthesis, but is photosynthesis a thing for Miklik? How about water, do they just soak it up, or do they have to drink through their consumption orifice? ...Where is that orifice, anyways? Do you have mouths like other species, or does it vary from Miklik to Miklik?

What forms of sight are common? Color, Infrared, or what? Can Miklik see better in low or high light levels compared to other species? What levels of vision are common (going by the Human's 20/20), and is near/farsightedness rare? How about Cyclopia or having more than two eyes? Do Miklik eyes ever end up compound?
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No. 83960 ID: 9ddf68

hey sevener, what is the goal of the administration? I ask earlier but you thought someone would just ask later so you just said pass but now I rally don't see it coming up in quest.

So what did someone working in the administration have to do to advance, what counted as failures, how was it decided who did what, what was the ultimate goal, and how did you win?
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No. 83963 ID: a8aa2a

Aliens: What is your favorite childhood story?
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No. 84019 ID: 9d942d

In regards bioarmor: The suits themselves are described as percentages, based on what fraction of the a species' population can't survive wearing them, right? 30% bioarmor only kills the 30% weakest of the species, 90% can only be worn by the top 10 percent.

But bioarmor also gets described as having its strength based on that as well. However, we've been told that bioarmor is more effective the larger surface area its given, so larger people get more out of the same suit than smaller people. And what about versions? Surely the first bioarmor created generated less power than the ones you have now. And what if someone tunes it up further, so that the new 40% gives the same power as the old 50%?

Are the percentages just given as a percentage term for casual reference, and there are more detailed statistics and other details that producers and aficionados would use?
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No. 84067 ID: 6cf573

Right, back to the hypothetical nozzel questions. When I first thought of this hybrid I was thinking more about how fucking imposable it would be to take down, not how cute it would be.
I mean think about it: near unbreakable bones, immunity to poison, distributed yet hyper fast neural and cerebral network, battle speech with empathy, the ability to rapidly (compared to most species) regeneration of any limb or organ, immune to psionics, and possibly more.
I think the only thing more dangerous would be a super space doobie!
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No. 84088 ID: ccd544

>>84067
nozzel = Tozol+Neumono?
assuming that then:
>near unbreakable bones
Tozzle only
>immunity to poison
Tozzle already has that (Suppress™ is space magic)
>distributed yet hyper fast neural and cerebral network
Tozzle already has that
>battle speech with empathy
Ok, acceptable boon, but may conflict with anti-psionic trait
>the ability to rapidly (compared to most species) regeneration of any limb or organ,
Tozols already have that (tozol quest was a tozol without anything to eat)
>immune to psionics
Tozzle only

>super space doobie!
Those are the aliens from Alien­­­™ franchise, in a different body, with regeneration and all.
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No. 84090 ID: c32879

>>84067

Like

>>84088

said, Tozols already have every superpower and no weaknesses.
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No. 84097 ID: 6d3b18

>Tozols already have every superpower and no weaknesses.
May 26 16:20:33 <TestPattern>OTOH some weapons will go straight through a tozol, in one side and out the other.
May 26 16:20:36 <TestPattern>Like the beam that hit Penji.
May 26 16:21:01 <TestPattern>A neumono would have taken a lot less than 40 years to recover from that.
May 26 16:21:19 <TestPattern>Even if it made their head explode. (Which it probably would have, honestly)
May 26 16:28:28 <TestPattern>But under normal circumstances if you put a big hole through a tozol's brain, it'll die.

Nobody's got everything going for them.
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No. 84098 ID: 2fd516

If Tozols had redundant organs and a decentralized nervous system they'd be ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS.
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No. 84099 ID: ba8629

>>84098
Redundancy is inefficient and distributed processing is slow.

The traits that let neumonos regenerate from anything are the same traits that give them slow reflexes and huge caloric needs.
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No. 84113 ID: 9ccb59

Signals in the nervous systems travel at around 200 mph. Empathy presumably travels at the speed of light. So if Neumono could find a way to get their systems to run on empathy they'd have the fastest reaction times of any species even with their redundancies. Of course they'd need to make sure their systems could fall back on wires when there's jammers around but I figure a lot more research would go into anti-jammer tech.
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No. 84116 ID: ba8629

>Signals in the nervous systems travel at around 200 mph. Empathy presumably travels at the speed of light. So if Neumono could find a way to get their systems to run on empathy they'd have the fastest reaction times of any species
Sound travels 3+ times faster than nerve impulses. Humans just need to replace all their nerves with yelling to react much faster.

How hard could it be???
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No. 84119 ID: 9ccb59

>>84116
Use nanomachines inside CNTs to synthesize quantum vibrations in the spacetime strings.
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No. 84120 ID: 45b88d

>>84119
So, essentially, playing the universe like a violin?
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No. 84125 ID: 2fd516

>>84099
>>84116
They can already regenerate from almost anything, can't they? They just can't (usually) survive a hole in the head, and I presume they can't handle organ damage but it's not a big deal because they have a shitload of armor protecting their organs. However, anything powerful enough to destroy a Tozol's head would be strong enough to pierce that armor, and as we've seen, a Tozol neck is not as well armored.

Couldn't Tozols have fiberoptic nerves or something like that to compensate for having a distributed nervous system?
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No. 84126 ID: cee89f

>>84120
More like drums.

>>84113
Yyyyeah, they kinda already DO that when fighting other Neumono, since their empathy knows what the opponent is doing long before they move.

>>84116
i think you mean 3x

...

*sigh* okay okay *puts on the 'smartass' hat and goes to sit in the corner*
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No. 84127 ID: bb78f2

Hey Ears,
considering you're technically a representative of Lagotrope but also a separate character too I must ask. What do you think of Lagotrope's work in the Chest Day thread? Do you think he's overdoing it? Underdoing it? Or has he made just the right amount of chests?
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No. 84132 ID: 53548a

>>84116
What is a man? A miserable pile of whispers.
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No. 84133 ID: 53548a

>>84126
Also, if this were true, wouldn't it mean that two Neumono fighting would result in them standing stock still, intercepting and reacting to each others' moves and counter-moves before they could actually be executed?
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No. 84138 ID: 0ee153

>>84133
No. Look at Itcher's thread for an example. Rokoa vs. Red.
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No. 84148 ID: cee89f

>>84133
No. By that logic sight should prevent any fight from breaking out, since light moves just as fast as empathy. Just because you can see/sense that someone's going to punch you doesn't mean you're fast enough, trained well enough or strong enough to stop them.

And empathy strikes me as something very abstract. Like you can tell 'Rokoa wants to hurt me', but it'd be a lot harder to discern 'Rokoa wants to rip out my skull and beat me to death with it'.

...That reminds me.

@Neumono: How precisely can you sense things with empathy? Like, could you tell the difference between 'punch with left fist' and 'punch with right', or is it more abstract? ('this guy's hostile' kinda thing)
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No. 84150 ID: 5c3a18

>>84148

If I recall correctly, it depends a lot on how well you know the person whose empathy you're reading. With your best friend from your hive who you've known and fought beside since childhood, you're practically telepathic, but with some shlub from the other side of the planet you just met you'd be like 'I think he's unhappy'?
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No. 84168 ID: 53548a

>>84138
That's not what I asked.

>>84148
You have a delay between external stimuli like light and sound and an organism's response, and sight only lets you know what people are going to do as they're doing it. The argument it seems like you're making is that their empathy lets them know what they're going to do "long before they move." Your own words. That makes it sound like they'd have plenty of time to react to their opponent's planned move, and as soon as they did, their opponent would already know how they were going to react and would be reacting accordingly. In which case they would have empathically detected that reaction and would already be responding to it... etc.

But if they can't tell what their opponent is doing, just that they want to hurt them, then you've backpedaled enough that there is no problem. Huzzah!
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No. 84176 ID: cee89f

>>84168
Ah. I misspoke, I mean that you can tell what someone is planning to do, but it's abstract enough that you can't tell specifics. It improves the neumono's reflexes to a degree, but not to superhuman levels. And as I said:

>Just because you can see/sense that someone's going to punch you doesn't mean you're fast enough, trained well enough or strong enough to stop them.
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No. 84178 ID: 53548a

It's just one more reason why psychic powers are firmly in the realm of fiction.
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No. 84179 ID: f3f39e

@Giant or Az: You're some of the only neumono we've seen with like, distinct pupils. What's up with that?
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No. 84182 ID: cee89f

>>84179
(we've seen others, too - see Rikora) I thought that was the art style =/ We've seen humans without pupils too
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No. 84201 ID: f05b47

Did hive kings exist pre-contact, or was it only ever queens? If not, what prompted the egalitarian shift and how has it affected things? How matriarchal were/are neumono in general, at that? I suppose it'd depend on the hive...
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No. 84213 ID: d470e9
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84213

>Giant, do you have any kids? Or have there been no respectable males in your hive to justify having kids with?
All male hivemates are respectable. My hive is currently fine as is. We have numbered 8 for many years.

>What's something you find comforting? Something you find disconcerting?
A high wind is comforting, as many predators cannot sense us as well. Likewise, no wind is alarming.

>What portion of the contestants in the old Salikai fights were you able to get to knuckle under on this issue?
Strength of a queen rises and falls under the salikai. There are few queens that have not beaten me, and no queens I have not beaten at least once.
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No. 84214 ID: d470e9
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84214

>So who designed the first Cai system anyway? And how many did they make before they got regulated?
>Am guessing that they are not easy to make because you would need a serious quantum computer for them to live on.
The absolute first one was made using some ancient blueprints that are sort of not really understood. They were regulated right away, because, well, quick backstory. When humans got their first visual on the belenos planet, it was from a whole lot of light years away, and a green lush paradise and all that. It looked like it might even have had sentient life forms, so humans sent their warp drive drones over to take pictures up close. When they came back, they got pictures of what was basically a blackened, lopsided husk, and a mission to paradise turned into a foray into a hostile environment. It was a shock to many that it was still remotely inhabitable. So, with that kind of surprise, humans were pretty quick to say that while they're going to do some archeology, they're going to do so knowing that some of this tech made mincemeat out of their planet in ways more complex than just nuking away at the surface.

So, back to the CAI, there's a certain collection of code blocks that still have to be decrypted to be understood. All anyone knows is that those blocks have to be put in place at certain places and times in the CAI's creation, or it won't work. Ancient belenos were also pretty protective of their stuff, and made the process difficult to be understood even if it was all stolen. So, it isn't too hard to regulate, since those blocks just have to be kept under tight lock and key.

That said, those black boxes of blocks are in limited supply and have to be heavily guarded, so I have no idea how Vanski got his claspers on a complete set. He could not have had the resources to just reinvent something like that out of the blue, although he did have enough to make the bigass supercomputer to house it.

>Also what sort of legal rights if any do Ai have these days?
Pretty decent ones, sort of. I mean, making a sapient or worse, sentient AI is a super big no-no without a license. The trouble though is that people started lobbying against punishing robots when their crime was basically being made. So, there are some protection laws, but the default is still to put them down if they don't have a sufficient level of self-preservation. The ones that do are usually pretty cool with being put in a quarantine that they can be monitored with in return for things they want. Usually they have wants, and aren't just a bolt bucket that doesn't want to die.

That sounds vague, but that's because it is. A robot in a place with a lot of belenos influence is gonna have a lot of excuses searched for to kill it, while the law has some trouble getting some backwater human colony to rat out their robot buddies.

>If we were to postulate a machine that, given some homogenous materials used as input, could be programmed to turn that goop into arbitrary chemical compounds, where would it fall on the scale of "currently available consumer technology" to "mythical Belenosian bullshit"?
It's no jetalium, but breaking down and rearranging molecules and stuff into other arbitrary things is probably something that hasn't been seen since the belenos empire. If it's been made, it sure hadn't been done in a practical fashion.

>Mirim, are you and Korli close at all?
Yeah I've tutored her a bit. I mean, we're hivemates, and we're not locked against other department doors, like I've never seen our rocket scientest before, just caught a bit of his empathy a couple times. Korli and I aren't super special buddies, but we get along.

>The suits themselves are described as percentages, based on what fraction of the a species' population can't survive wearing them, right?
Yes.

>And what about versions? Surely the first bioarmor created generated less power than the ones you have now. And what if someone tunes it up further, so that the new 40% gives the same power as the old 50%?
Then it's better. It happens, there are older models out there.

>Are the percentages just given as a percentage term for casual reference, and there are more detailed statistics and other details that producers and aficionados would use?
Goddamn yes, bioarmor isn't just a flat "and now you can hold 50 pounds more", it depends on the person, the person's size, the person's muscle structure, it's a ridiculous collection of factors that are often unpredictable. I mean, there's data and distribution for averages, but Everything is a best guess scenario. The basic percentage is just the surface level used to tell potential users how tough they've got to be on their toughness scores, which is a long winded series of physical tests and exams for a dubious, single-number stat.
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No. 84215 ID: d470e9
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84215

>Polo-mom! We know what you do, but what about Polo-dad? He was wearing what looked like bioarmor before. Does that mean he's a soldier?
He did serve in the military for awhile, but that wasn't bioarmor. We didn't want to mess with the stuff, honestly!

>How'd you end up falling for mister strong and silent type, anyways?
I liked how if he got it in his head to do something, he'd stop at nothing for it. At first we thought that poor little Polo inherited my attention capabilities, but then she got into her teens, and, well, she'd get so focused on what she was doing, that she'd end up running home crying because she forgot to eat to the point of starvation.
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No. 84216 ID: d470e9
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84216

>Apparently, Mikliks are very featureless until they decide to sprout gender parts. How does the process of sprouting parts work? Can you only sprout once, and then you're stuck with the gender you chose? And is being hermaphroditic only until you choose a gender, or can you actually grow both?
Not at all, we can mix and match. Also, I'm pretty sure hermaphroditic is having both? I dunno. We can be hermaphrodites too, if they're into that. Anyway we don't have to do anything special, we just sort of... you know, grow the parts. Then ungrow them if we want.

>Can you sprout whatever shape you choose?
Not really the shape too much, we can sprout the size of our junk though. So yeah I think I mentioned how all those aliens going on about how big their dicks are seems a little asinine and weird. I mean if it gets too big you just can't really use it.

>Defects, mutations, and/or abnormalities are "common" according to Starsteroid's scanner, but how common is it for Miklik to grow with a standardized body? I'd like to know what the ratio of abnormal to normal is.
Well normal looking mikliks are probably at like 60-70% or something but, only like 10% for an actual 'normal' miklik. I mean like, I have the standard base look, but I've got two skins and a few mysterious organs. Tin looks normal too, but, well, I dunno what mutations she's got, but she might be sporting a retractable set of frills down her back I dunno.

>For that matter, how common is it for a Miklik to be born with sexual organs?
That's basically never except those rare times when it does happen. Puberty is pretty uneventful, just a realization of hey look what I can grow.

>How does consumption work for Miklik? Hok said that there is waste expelling, so I assume it's not purely photosynthesis, but is photosynthesis a thing for Miklik? How about water, do they just soak it up, or do they have to drink through their consumption orifice? ...Where is that orifice, anyways? Do you have mouths like other species, or does it vary from Miklik to Miklik?
Photosynthesis is a healthy thing that isn't completely necessary like actual food is, but isn't too healthy to go without it. I guess. Doc's say that we on the asteroid don't get as much as we should and that we're working at 80%. I wouldn't know, I feel 100% but maybe that's just 100% of a lifelong 80%.

And uh yeah we have mouths they're just all small compared to the head full of teeth everyone else.

>What forms of sight are common? Color, Infrared, or what?
Usually color, sometimes weird variations therein, UV is the next most common outside of the normal range, then some infrared. There's been some that have been able to see, like, radio waves, but those generally go too fast to just, like, 'read' music or speech.

>Do Miklik eyes ever end up compound?
I'm... I don't think that's ever happened actually.

>How about Cyclopia or having more than two eyes?
This, however, definitely has. Usually the having more than two eyes though isn't really a good thing, I mean a lot of our mutations just sort of work as though intended, but with additional eyes, well sometimes they get lucky and it's just on the back of their head or something, but then sometimes it's on their hip and then it gets laggy compared to the rest of the eyes and they just close it. Then open it to become the life of the party.

>Aliens: What is your favorite childhood story?
I dunno they were all pretty dumb. Like the rabbit and the tortoise. The tortoise didn't win because he went slow and steady, he won because his opponent fell asleep in the middle of the race! It's not like the rabbit collapsed from exhaustion, no in every version he just decides yeah I'm pretty far ahead so I'll just go ahead and take a nap.
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No. 84217 ID: d470e9
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84217

>hey sevener, what is the goal of the administration?
It's just a sham of a survival, like the contest except for a different group of people. Far as I'm concerned, the contest would be just as shitty even if we didn't touch anything. The real administration is somewhere up there that is probably just an actual system without a big set of personas and people surviving. If that's the car, then it drives itself, while we're the kid in the passenger seat fooling around with the toy-wheel on the dashboard.

>So what did someone working in the administration have to do to advance, what counted as failures, how was it decided who did what, what was the ultimate goal, and how did you win?
Whatever real system ruling the system up there decides who does the 'best' job. The people who did the best would move on, the people who sucked wouldn't. That's where it's not like the contest, our survival was judged on purely subjective means rather than a set of flat rules with clear win and loss criteria.
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No. 84218 ID: d470e9
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84218

>When I first thought of this hybrid I was thinking more about how fucking imposable it would be to take down, not how cute it would be.
Noooo, well, okay, so tozols aren't actually possible to make a hybrid for, but they were, uh, invented, so a nozzle would have to be sort of invented too, right? I think a tozol could kick any neumono's butt normally, so really if a nozzle was supposed to be superior, it would just be like a normal tozol except with our empathy. Then maybe the empathy is integrated into the brain so that the brain could be distributed and the neural network would be made using empathy signals rather than, uh, whatever flesh materials are normally used, so they could still have the reaction speeds of regular tozols. Like fufa. Except as an organized structure rather than a.... fufa.

I mean that sounds like it make them really susceptible to psionics, so maybe... well I dunno what gives tozol their immunity either, so maybe the brain can still be protected.

I mean I'm just thinking about how a nozzle could be a super tough best thing ever, but really I just think that Lilian is going to be a complex factor of some of the advantages of neumono and tozol and also some of the disadvantages. She has to deal with people thinking she's the most dangerous thing in the galaxy, but really she's pretty weak by tozol standards!

>Aliens: What is your favorite childhood story?
Oh, the one about the two snakes that looped around the moon! It was one of Rokoa's hives stories about why the moons would wax and wane.

It wasn't that special of a story, but the image of two snakes rolling around the moon is pretty great.
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No. 84219 ID: d470e9
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84219

>How precisely can you sense things with empathy? Like, could you tell the difference between 'punch with left fist' and 'punch with right', or is it more abstract? ('this guy's hostile' kinda thing)
It largely depends on both how clear a neumono broadcasts their intents, and how well a receiving neumono can interpret them. Hivemates can, by default, read each other very well. It is never like telepathy, not even to the clarity that a predator can form, but it can be things like 'please check if the oven is off, and if the timer is less than a minute, please turn it off and then check the food' at absolute best.

For non hivemates, the understanding can be as bad as 'he's going to attack' but could be 'he's going to punch with his right fist.' If non hivemates work together frequently, then it can go up to 'please attack to distract I have a reason'.

I know that Rokoa, in her childhood, trained in impulsive fighting. That is to minimize the amount of manual thinking done during a fight, and to throw out punches without being particularly aware of throwing the punch, that is, to work entirely on instinct rather than reasoning.

>Did hive kings exist pre-contact, or was it only ever queens?
Kings existed, they were just always unusual. They still are, I don't believe there is a higher rate of kings now.

>How matriarchal were/are neumono in general, at that? I suppose it'd depend on the hive...
As usual, yes, it would depend, but in general to make a blanket statement, they are somewhat. However, while the females overall are seen in a slightly more dominant position overall, it is just a slight one. Near negligible in most cases, and we have not responded well to alien ideas of segregating sports and other events to just men or women.
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No. 84220 ID: d470e9
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84220

>Hey Ears,
>meta stuff
No this is too much of an existential crisis for me. I'm not answering this.
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No. 84223 ID: 445ff6

I was going to ask a question about sports but it looks like that actually got addressed in a previous thread, if somewhat broadly. Though I guess I can still ask—neumono basketball? Is that a thing?

Also, are there actually pygmy neumono? The answer could be important.
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No. 84224 ID: 0ee153

I think my earlier questions re: eyebrows may have been lost amidst the nozzle debate.
>>83853
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No. 84231 ID: 6d3b18

>We have numbered 8 for many years.
10 now, if you count Three Stripes, and Jral.

>>84215
The perils of raising a teenage determinator.
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No. 84240 ID: f05b47

>Kings existed, they were just always unusual. They still are, I don't believe there is a higher rate of kings now.

Huh, really? I don't think we've seen any pre-contact kings, but we haven't seen many pre-contact hives either. Have any scientists investigated why queens are more common and why it's a trend rather than a hard split?
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No. 84460 ID: d8a627

Northerners (Fen Quest)(Maybe Southerners too): How often are Kobolds from the central area, between the two kingdoms, conscripted?
(So many more things that I wanna ask besides just this but I'll wait on more in-quest updates to see)
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No. 84515 ID: dc4b80

Dear any Neumono. How does it feel to be compared to naked mole rats when you are all snuggling in a pile?
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No. 84544 ID: a0d097

Can Neumono cry? Do you have the physical capacity to have tears and stuff?

On the subject of being sad: Hey Mirim you seem nice, how come you science guys won't be friends with Sniper Clone?
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No. 84546 ID: a19cbe

>Can Neumono cry? Do you have the physical capacity to have tears and stuff?
>>/questarch/403265
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No. 84608 ID: 991b56

>>83506
>So us being around high power lines or whatever isn't too bad, but it does have an effect.

Now I'm actually wondering if that could be an advantage. Like, if you work at a power station, or with computers, or a physics lab. Like... when people learn to drive a stick shift, they often begin by watching the revs and changing gears with a lot of thought in it, but eventually most people end up just shifting gears when it 'feels right' to do so. They learn to subconsciously pick up on the vibration and noise of the car to judge when it needs to change gear. So, I wonder if neumono can do that with things that have electromagnetic fields.

Like, say a neumono is sitting in their room with the window open, it's bright and sunny and they have nothing on in their room. But then they get a feeling and go 'huh' and they reach to flick the lightswitch and it doesn't work, because the power's gone out, and they noticed on a visceral level because the faint signature of the electricity running through the building has stopped. Similarly, if an experienced neumono operator was working in a power station, or running the reactor on a spaceship or something, maybe they could learn to 'instinctively' feel when something is going wrong?

I also wonder, now: are there any documentations of neumono ever being able to sense magnetic north or south on your planet? Though, I think I recall something about your planet being larger but a little less dense than earth. Maybe you have less metals or different composition in your core, so your planet's magnetic field might be weaker, or different somehow. Although you kind of need a magnetic field to not be scoured by solar wind, so you probably do have one. Maybe dedicating your senses to empathy overrode any sort of magnetic sense, like eyes evolving for better near sight than long sight?

I have a question for salikai as well: what do you feel like? That is, are your bodies leathery, or scaley, or do you have a carapace or something? Maybe one of the former on top of the latter? Apart from your legs, you don't look segmented.
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No. 84616 ID: 9ddf68

to any character

how would you think you would fair playing boat-o-cross, specifically level 7-1?
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No. 84718 ID: d0341e

Can you tell if someone's a King or Queen? Like, if they're with their hive, I assume you can tell, but if one happens to walk down the street of an ultrahive's city and doesn't have any of their hivemates with them, and some neumono stranger from off-world was visiting and happened to bump into them, would they still be able to tell?
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No. 84725 ID: d470e9
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84725

>Though I guess I can still ask—neumono basketball? Is that a thing?
Heck yeah. Even pre-contact, we had all sorts of sports that involved getting a ball into a net, so basketball worked well for us. We have some modified rules, but the idea's the same. Just a bigger basketball, less foul detection and so forth.

>How often do neumono have giant fur eyebrows, anyway? Who has the largest eyebrows in the galaxy, neumono and non-neumono? Locally?
It's not uncommon at all for jungle neumono, pretty rare for others. Even with empathy, eyebrows do help seeing anothers' expression, and jungle neumono have so many hivemates that being able to see big eyebrows furrowing or whatever helps single 'em out.

As for records? Can't say. For neumono, once our eyebrows get to be a certain size, it's just a fluffy forehead. And there's been enough bio-experimental accidents to grow hair on ones face, so... not a good thing to keep track of without getting into big convoluted criteria of what 'counts'.

>How does it feel to be compared to naked mole rats when you are all snuggling in a pile?
Hey, I think they're kinda cute, so pretty good.

>Can Neumono cry? Do you have the physical capacity to have tears and stuff?
Yep.

>I also wonder, now: are there any documentations of neumono ever being able to sense magnetic north or south on your planet? Though, I think I recall something about your planet being larger but a little less dense than earth. Maybe you have less metals or different composition in your core, so your planet's magnetic field might be weaker, or different somehow. Although you kind of need a magnetic field to not be scoured by solar wind, so you probably do have one. Maybe dedicating your senses to empathy overrode any sort of magnetic sense, like eyes evolving for better near sight than long sight?
Yeah, I'm facing south right now. I'm the exception, though, being able to sense electromagnetic things to any useful degree is on par with me being able to stop my hearts at will, or Polo going silent. Well, probably the former. Polo's thing has got to be on another level, since I've tried to do that and can't.


>Can you tell if someone's a King or Queen? Like, if they're with their hive, I assume you can tell, but if one happens to walk down the street of an ultrahive's city and doesn't have any of their hivemates with them, and some neumono stranger from off-world was visiting and happened to bump into them, would they still be able to tell?
You could probably have a hunch. There's nothing that'll just outright give it away, but they usually do have a certain presence about them that'll at least give the idea that they could be a queen instead of some random schmuck. Especially in larger hives.
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No. 84726 ID: d470e9
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84726

>Have any scientists investigated why queens are more common and why it's a trend rather than a hard split?
There's a few hypotheses, one of the more solid ones is that females do get bonded faster with their kids, what with getting empathy while they're still inside. Even that seems pretty small, though, so there's a lot of work to be done.

>Hey Mirim you seem nice, how come you science guys won't be friends with Sniper Clone?
It's difficult to be friends with someone you're forced experiment on with duress and a laundry list of chemicals.

>How would you think you would fair playing boat-o-cross, specifically level 7-1?
I would not do well, but I'm sure I could whip up a quick robot to do it for me effectively.
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No. 84727 ID: d470e9
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84727

>What do you feel like? That is, are your bodies leathery, or scaley, or do you have a carapace or something? Maybe one of the former on top of the latter? Apart from your legs, you don't look segmented.
Reports from other creatures in symbiosis with us claim that we are as smooth as anything. Our skin is tough, but is made for crawling through tiny crevices.

>How would you think you would fair playing boat-o-cross, specifically level 7-1?
I highly doubt that this cheap children's game would be much challenge.
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No. 84728 ID: d470e9
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84728

>Northerners (Fen Quest)(Maybe Southerners too): How often are Kobolds from the central area, between the two kingdoms, conscripted?
I'll just take this question, having been in the north. As much as they can get away with! I barely understand it myself, but aside from just serving in the wars, it's also a culture thing. You know, take me. I get familiar with the northern empire, so that when they come on our doorstep, I can say oh hey I know these guys they're not all a bunch of ass wipes. Kind of a nice thing to say for people who take us at will, but they feed us, they teach us a lot of skills, so on and so forth. Sure, we might wake up with an arrow in our eye, but we won't starve. The mortality rate isn't too bad, actually, my siblings just got the short end of the stick.

So, the more people they take, the more people they'll have who can say that their conscriptors aren't too bad and share the empire culture with the tribe. That'll give them an edge for when the empires inevitably come to take our lands over again. Conscript too many, though, and the remaining tribe will be made way too weak and will probably die, and the conscripts will have no home to return to.

I dunno. It's really complicated. I think an officer once tried to show us the actual theory behind it. I didn't pay attention.
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No. 84730 ID: 36f29f

>>84728
Having a self-sufficient neighbor that can occasionally be counted on for troops is likely more appealing to them. Keeping the tribes capable of competing with one another also keeps your attention on them, so your people rarely have an opportunity to 'bother' the city slickers. Before the conscription/training thing some tribes likely tried raiding or thieving from the cities in hard times.
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No. 84743 ID: dc4b80

Dear Zizi. I notice you have different head frills/horns than your brother. Why is that and what variations are there?
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No. 84747 ID: 445ff6

More random questions I just thought of!

I suspect something along these lines might have been asked before, but what are the approximate relative populations of the different species on the neumono homeworld and civilized space in general? Obviously absolute numbers on either of those are probably impossible to figure out, but surely someone has some idea of, like, approximate percentages or whatever.

Also—pygmy neumono! Do they actually exist?
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No. 84764 ID: 0ee153

So, Tevliss, what's life like as a conscript and as a mountain kobold?
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No. 84766 ID: d8a627

>>84764
And to Shemi as an Aquatic Kobold conscript.
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No. 84838 ID: d8a627

I've been diving deep and reading old answers, maybe these have been asked before but I haven't reached the answers yet.

To the humans, or any of the other species contacted by humans before Neumonos (Which I believe is every single species that isn't Neumono, according to >>/questdis/65397): According to Father Zozu, during the early years of contact, before a full blown hunt was put out on Salikai, a lot of them were abducted for anal probing for research purposes, and quite likely placed into zoos. When their sapience was discovered, how were they then treated? Were there any that were given citizenship, at all?
With all the laws on AIs, I find myself wondering. Have any sentient AIs popped up seemingly out of nowhere? And about the containment on them, are they ever granted the freedoms of a standard citizen?

To any Neumono: There haven't been records of a Neumono being born without an empathic link, but what about unstable empathy? Not incredibly so, just the way their emotions work changes from time to time so that their emotional responses are unpredictable. What you sense from them would still be honest and what they feel at the time, but you would not know what to expect in advance. If there are such Neumono, are there any that have learned to control the switches to fit in with any other Neumono they happen to encounter? Would be a good friend among rogues.

To Father Zozu: If Neumono who lived in a Jammer City are more personable for the non-empathetic, then what about hives that, while raised with empathy, were also raised around the belief that they shouldn't rely entirely on it? I can't claim to know about the other species, but humans definitely had organizations that trained to ignore certain senses, such as sound, feel, or sight, so that they did not have to rely on them even if they still had use of it.
If one of your children (Either a biological one, or a non-Neumono employee) had a rare genetic condition that resulted in regeneration of some form, would you expect them to sacrifice themselves if it involved the area that could regenerate, or does that only extend to Neumono?
I know you don't play favorites, but do you have one of your children named heir to the Zozu family? Which children still in positions of authority have wronged you the most? The least? How many, including disowned children, have actually made you consider not giving them as many chances at rehabilitation as they "need"? Have any been expelled by your decision, and how many were disowned by their own decision, such as Itcher and Jessica? Which Biological family members do you believe have matured to the point that they stop actively seeking competition?

To Viln: A lot of your answers relating to relationships with specific Neumono were answered as such, so I'll ask this in a vague sense. Do you feel any attraction to Neumono? Is such a thing common, rare, or what among Voklit?

To Polo: >>65725
>I have been told that some sports, as a result, often end up looking absolutely hilarious to aliens, because they'll do the most ridiculous things for no apparent reason.
...I'm imagining those Japanese comedy Gauntlet shows, such as Takeshi's Castle now. Have you ever seen those shows, Polo?

To Lukratsa rozu Steelnaut: Kinda curious. What romances or "Almost romances" were included in the show? Did Polo's character have any love interests?

To Neumono Royalty (Historical figures count!): Any monarchs ever manage to hold up a philosophy that drew in Rogues?

To somebody who's got surveyed data on Neumono Rogues: How frequently do rogues manage to "link up" with other rogues? And, historically speaking, how many hives were started by rogues?
I know some rogues wish they could connect with others, while others just want to be left alone. What's the ratio on that? How many seek out Jammer cities?

To Tin (Hok's answered more than enough): Is inbreeding a problem among Mikliks?
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No. 84841 ID: 487455

>according to >>/questdis/65397
Oh hey, timeline ref actually being useful to people, neat. There's actually a more up to date version available in the wiki, although it's mostly characters that have been added, not new historical discoveries.

>what about unstable empathy? Not incredibly so, just the way their emotions work changes from time to time so that their emotional responses are unpredictable.
Isn't that basically equivalent to asking if there are ever mentally or emotionally unstable individuals? (Or if flaky or flighty people exist, I guess). It's a pretty safe assumption that examples of mental illness exist in a large population.

Although, historically, neumono have been kind of bad at mental illness. Either the hive is enough to keep you smoothed over and stable, or it isn't, in which case you go rogue and probably die.
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No. 84853 ID: d8a627

>>84841
>Although, historically, neumono have been kind of bad at mental illness.
Yeah, that's right, that was pointed out in one of the answers I already read. Such a Neumono would probably either go rogue, or be living in a Jammer City anyways, but still, has it happened?

I also want to know if Jammer City Neumono who do grow accustomed to Empathy are open and accepting of the xenoempathic waves of hive or rogue Neumono. It sounds like they would be, but are they actually?
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No. 84856 ID: d470e9
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84856

>So, Tevliss, what's life like as a conscript and as a mountain kobold?
Conscript? I'm not some hillbilly plucked out of the middle of nowhere to play soldier for awhile, I'm a soldier proper. Joined cause working in my hometown just doesn't pay the bills.

The army didn't pay much better, and I had to risk my life every couple weeks on some rebellion here or barbarian tribe there. Kept at it, though, and here I am, making a livable wage.

Course, Shup keeps us busy. Has us stand around to guard some spot a lot of the day. Training schedule to keep our skills sharp, and occasional brief campaigns to keep our experience sharp.
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No. 84857 ID: d470e9
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84857

>And to Shemi as an Aquatic Kobold conscript
Again, I'm not a conscript either. I am a distant relative of a wood noble, and was trained formally in martial arts to be able to have the position that I do.

My relation to the wood noble is both a gift and a detriment, as while it did grant me a boost to earn this position, I am put in safe positions. Standard guard duty, virtually no campaigning for anything but the safest, most pathetic of uprisings, and generally my skills are put to waste.
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No. 84858 ID: d470e9
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>I notice you have different head frills/horns than your brother. Why is that and what variations are there?
Yeah I got my grandma's frills. Variations, hm... well, there's a lot of kobolds that are just a whole lot spikier. Plus, we're the exception of the forest tribes, which have yellow eyes, while we and non-forest dwellers have white.

There's usually some trait that gives away where someone came from since a lot of variations are based on location. Yellow eyes in our forest, blue eyes in fisher's run, shinier scales in the goldyard, spikes everywhere in Erja Nokol, that sorta stuff. Course, not always, case in point our white eyes.

>Before the conscription/training thing some tribes likely tried raiding or thieving from the cities in hard times.
Hell a lot of tribes still do that! Most conscription work for me was just quelling a buncha jokers trying to take over a town.
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No. 84859 ID: d470e9
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84859

>Also—pygmy neumono! Do they actually exist?
If they do, they're definitely well hidden jungle neumono. It's actually possible. While there's no confirmation of it, there are jungle areas that are so thick that if neumono were to make it their home, they'd have to be pretty tiny.
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No. 84860 ID: d470e9
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84860

>>84747
Population statistics!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tg1NxFrlSKpbXGGtbxXpHhHCVciVvarBUnHYwCCFLYA/edit#gid=0
These numbers are in early phases - this doc will be show various public information, and information will be added when I get to it and existing information may be changed if necessarily/favorable.


>Have any sentient AIs popped up seemingly out of nowhere? And about the containment on them, are they ever granted the freedoms of a standard citizen?
Yyyyes, there are a number of underground organizations that have some pretty nice brain power behind them, so this sort of thing happens. In fact, underground organizations have been able to toy with some pretty nasty tech, so there's a lot of overground organizations that try to hunt down threats like that.

>To any Neumono: There haven't been records of a Neumono being born without an empathic link, but what about unstable empathy? Not incredibly so, just the way their emotions work changes from time to time so that their emotional responses are unpredictable. What you sense from them would still be honest and what they feel at the time, but you would not know what to expect in advance. If there are such Neumono, are there any that have learned to control the switches to fit in with any other Neumono they happen to encounter? Would be a good friend among rogues.
There are neumono that have pretty crazy empathy and are harder to read!

But those people are just called weird, and it's not really something that anyone's been able to control to fit in with anyone.

>How frequently do rogues manage to "link up" with other rogues? And, historically speaking, how many hives were started by rogues?
Like... a low fraction percent of a percent for a random rogue to honestly bond - not just get along, but actually bond - with another random rogue.

Not including schisms, though! Sometimes a hive will bleed rogues, but that could just be a type of schism where they'll then get along and bond with each other, so it's going rogue for like... not long.

Either way though, if rogues actually bond, then they will almost definitely start making a family, and if that is successful, usually a hive follows!

>I know some rogues wish they could connect with others, while others just want to be left alone. What's the ratio on that?
Real fuzzy, because rogues do get conflicting impulses and wants. They want to bond with others, but are frustrated when they can't, so they don't want to keep trying, but they do want it, so... it's lose-lose, really.

>How many seek out Jammer cities?
A few try it out, but to do so is sort of consigning oneself to that fate. If they can live with that, then jammer cities are perfect. If not, then, well, they still may have that hopeless desire to bond, and living in a jammer city basically removes that abysmal chance.
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No. 84861 ID: d470e9
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84861

>When Salikai sapience was discovered, how were they then treated? Were there any that were given citizenship, at all?
Somewhat. If a salikai was lucky, they would be found by a proper human or belenos faction and brought in. To date, they are kept in discrete locations and have watchful eyes on them. In return, they will be given peace.
It is hardly what I could call citizenship. It is more like a nice prison. A zoo, perhaps, but at least a privately accessed zoo.

>If Neumono who lived in a Jammer City are more personable for the non-empathetic, then what about hives that, while raised with empathy, were also raised around the belief that they shouldn't rely entirely on it?
Perhaps a step up from the normal system. But it does require constant attention and training to not rely on, say, eyesight. I do not know any hives that have not embraced their empathy that was not raised in a jammer city.

>I know you don't play favorites, but do you have one of your children named heir to the Zozu family?
No. To do so would be to invite assassination. The heir, one of my biological children, must put themselves in a position that when I die, they will be able to take over effectively.

>Which children still in positions of authority have wronged you the most?
In terms of number of offenses, a human managed to become one of my lead managers, and proceeded to skim off the top of many deals, hinder many operations for his own gain, and was generally a constant detriment that I did not discover for an impressive length of time. But I did discover it, and he was not prepared to have himself outted.

>The least?
There are many that, I am confident, have never wronged me.

>How many, including disowned children, have actually made you consider not giving them as many chances at rehabilitation as they "need"?
If I find rehabilitation to have a good chance of success, then they will have as many chances as they need. This number is generally 0 or 1.

>Have any been expelled by your decision, and how many were disowned by their own decision, such as Itcher and Jessica?
Not many. For an offense to be worthy of exile, it is also likely deserving of death. As for their own decision, only a few have had the chance to walk away like Itcher and Jessica have. A member of Zozu is there for life, but in the case of those two, they were wronged like few were.

>Which Biological family members do you believe have matured to the point that they stop actively seeking competition?
Matured? To stop seeking competition? There will always be competition, but, Zozu is all Zozu. To deal with competition solely by taking away power from opponents is to weak Zozu as a whole, which is unacceptable. My biological children are told of this, they understand this, but none have matured, I believe, to the point that they have a good gauge of how many broken eggs are acceptable to make an omelet, as the metaphor would say.
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No. 84862 ID: d470e9
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>Do you feel any attraction to Neumono? Is such a thing common, rare, or what among Voklit?
No. Neumono can be good friend, but attraction for such little things is odd for me.

No voklit Viln knows actively seek neumono for physical interaction. However. Voklit are social, and neumono create better company than nothing. It is certain some Voklit can feel affection towards such beings.
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No. 84863 ID: d470e9
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>I'm imagining those Japanese comedy Gauntlet shows, such as Takeshi's Castle now. Have you ever seen those shows, Polo?
I have not, but we do have shows that attempt to outdo each other in ridiculous stunts.
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No. 84864 ID: d470e9
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84864

>What romances or "Almost romances" were included in the show? Did Polo's character have any love interests?
Lessee... well, Pilon was always an active subject for Polo, and even Rokoa and Polo would share a moment. Course, we always had to compromise to muffle that pairing since, you know, Polo got her say in the show, and Rokoa's actor and I almost looking like we were gonna make out would always put her in a huff. Course, Tammi here was usuall in character during that so she looked more like Rokoa. Seriously, she walks in to audition for Rokoa and I think she's just plain lost, but then she goes and puts on a dance with her pupils. Hey, Tammi! Say hello.
>"Hello."

So there was some continuity and all that, but for the most part we stuck to the status quo, so most of that stuff was just teasing the fans. Or teasing the haters.

Sometimes a side character would get involved with a side character maybe I guess, but it was a show about Polo, didn't have time for all that stuff!
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No. 84865 ID: d470e9
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>Any monarchs ever manage to hold up a philosophy that drew in Rogues?
Sometimes as slaves. Nothing more. They cannot be trusted, they must be fed, they are bad company, and the only thing to ever keep them from running away is an even more threatening wilderness.
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No. 84866 ID: d470e9
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>Is inbreeding a problem among Mikliks?
Yes. A couple generations of inbreeding will cause problems. We have many mutations normally, but generally most mutations aren't harmful, at least not directly. Inbreeding will start increasing the rate of harmful mutations, and multiple mutations that get in each others' way. They end up looking like mikliks that were mutated by popular culture radioactive exposure. Instead of just dying like actual high levels of radioactive exposure would do.
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No. 84868 ID: bb78f2

Viln
Do you have any children? Any girlfriends, or at least ex-girlfriends?

Sniper Clone
Since you like drawing and I suppose writing or other creative pursuits, have you ever made or thought up some raunchy fanfiction or drawings.

Zizi
What were your mother and father's names? What were they like?

Shup
Do you have any passions? Anything that's particularly ridiculous, such as a guilty pleasure in childish comics, figurines, etc.

Any Neumono
Are there any famous tragedies like Oedipus Rex that have lived through a lot of destruction, or is anything particular form of art that's actually might stand the test of time created recently? Could the Oedipus Rex trilogy even be adapted to be understood by Neumono audiences, or would so many events and relationships have to be changed to have the tragedy realized by a neumono audience that it couldn't even be considered an adaption of Oedipus Rex? Do any neumono we know by name even like any well-known human classics?
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No. 84872 ID: d8a627

> so... it's lose-lose, really.
Except for Kappi. That lucky bastard connected with Rokoa. Helps that she's nuts and wants to redeem rogues, and he found a connection to her, even if it was only in her body. ...Pun was not intended but now it is.
>I do not know any hives that have not embraced their empathy that was not raised in a jammer city.
Now I'm wondering if any aliens took the young student Neumono from a Jammer City and brought them out to where their empathy would work to help them understand it without relying on it so much. I mean, sure, if a human discovered telepathy, they'd want to use it as much as they could, but if they only had so much time a week that they had access to it, it would eventually become ingrained to only use it a limited amount. Except in this case it's passive, so, I dunno. Worth testing.
I wanna test that now. I wish I lived near a Jammer City and had the funds to sponsor such a project.
>This number is generally 0 or 1.
Well... It's definitely 1 now. You can never again claim it to be zero after gunning your former-son down like that.
>My biological children are told of this, they understand this, but none have matured, I believe, to the point that they have a good gauge of how many broken eggs are acceptable to make the omelet, as the metaphor would say.
Such a shame. If I may ask, how old is the eldest? And how does Salikai age compare to that of a Human's (who live to about 150, I believe it was)?
>However. Voklit are social, and neumono create better company than nothing.
Hmm. So, is attraction less of a shape thing, and more of a personality thing, or will a Voklit normally still only be attracted to fellow Voklit?

To Grudge Bearer: As the only off-planet Voklit we know of, I suppose this question falls to you. You've seen Pomi, right? While the similarities are very limited, how do you, as a Voklit, feel about the similarities to a Pomi?
To Miss: "I'm basically the biggest xenophile." What's your opinion on the Voklit, then?
>>84864
...Wow! Different Classifications of "Cool" but I'd say you're both on the same tiers of your respective classes. I did not expect that. Congratulations, Tammi, for what one fan's word is.
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No. 84873 ID: 487455

>Could the Oedipus Rex trilogy even be adapted to be understood by Neumono audiences
Well, they don't have an incest taboo. And permanent self-inflicted injuries don't translate well (unless he drove something through his eyes and left them there, I suppose). And empathy would make some of the conceits- not recognizing family, exile of a child, taking in an outsider as king, kind of weirder. That's a lot of alien stuff they either just have to accept, or that would have to be adapted or replaced.

Antigone would be a much easier transition, I think. A schism, division in the hive, the distinction between traitor and family, what respect is owed the dead, those concepts carry right over.

And... I don't think I know anything about the other play in the trilogy. No comment. Whups.

>>84864
>Tammi
Man, she's a lot smaller and less scary looking out of makeup.
>>/questarch/463754
I'm just gonna assume there was cheating movie magic at work, there.
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No. 84891 ID: d470e9
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84891

>Do you have any children? Any girlfriends, or at least ex-girlfriends?
No. Viln has waited for gaining impressive hunt or other grand trophy. Chances for such are dire, now.

>Hmm. So, is attraction less of a shape thing, and more of a personality thing, or will a Voklit normally still only be attracted to fellow Voklit?
A shape is important. However. One can be accommodated to any physical form, but one cannot get used to a bad personality so easily for the rest of one's life.
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No. 84892 ID: d470e9
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84892

>Since you like drawing and I suppose writing or other creative pursuits, have you ever made or thought up some raunchy fanfiction or drawings.
Welllllll noooo. I mean I haven't had the time ever since becoming what I am, and my science hive part could have done it when things were more lax, but she was always too embarrased to do things like that!

I kinda wish she had, now, though.
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No. 84893 ID: d470e9
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84893

>What were your mother and father's names? What were they like?
Lin and Vivi.

Wait, what were they like? They're not dead! Lin's a quiet woman, but she's still around our home base, she sleeps by herself these days. She's the one right behind me. Mostly keeps to herself, but real willing to help if asked. Well, with dad when he's around, but he's off doing work down south. He's got a more can-do attitude about things than most kobolds, and stubborn to match.
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No. 84894 ID: d470e9
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84894

>Do you have any passions? Anything that's particularly ridiculous, such as a guilty pleasure in childish comics, figurines, etc.
My well known passion is to create a solid foundation for my lands, as the strength of a noble is reflected by the strength of what he owns.

I have many more passions, of course, but they are passions kept to myself. I prefer people not know how to pander to me.
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No. 84895 ID: d470e9
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84895

>Are there any famous tragedies like Oedipus Rex that have lived through a lot of destruction, or is anything particular form of art that's actually might stand the test of time created recently?
There's been a lot of found stories, usually etched in stone, or perhaps in trees that can't heal over marks. The problem is is that most of the stories are from small hives, which had their own languages and ideas, and didn't last long enough to make a huge amount of material for cross reference and the like. So, museums often just have a string of foreign words and then some pictures on top, and it's... well, you see two guys standing, then a guy is standing over the fallen other guy, then a bunch of people are following the victor... you can kinda guess what's going on most of the time, but a lot of stories you know you're missing a lot of the material from.

>Could the Oedipus Rex trilogy even be adapted to be understood by Neumono audiences, or would so many events and relationships have to be changed to have the tragedy realized by a neumono audience that it couldn't even be considered an adaption of Oedipus Rex?
I think so, but it either would be a loose adaptation, or would come across pretty differently to us.

>Do any neumono we know by name even like any well-known human classics?
Well, uh, I'm a fan of Hamlet.
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No. 84896 ID: d470e9
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84896

>Well... It's definitely 1 now. You can never again claim it to be zero after gunning your former-son down like that.
Allow me to clarify. The number of redemptions people may get is generally 0 or 1. In the case of 1, I make it clear that another transgression will not be taken so lightly, and so it is rare that a second form ever takes place.

In the case of my lost child, his transgression was so obscene that he did not get any second chance.

>If I may ask, how old is the eldest? And how does Salikai age compare to that of a Human's (who live to about 150, I believe it was)?
My eldest is merely 43. We may live up to 200 years.
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No. 84897 ID: d470e9
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84897

>What's your opinion on the Voklit, then?
They're so serious all the time it's adorable! I always wanted to ride one. And I mean right like up top, not like down below, if you get me. I dunno what they're like down below. Okay that's a lie, but that might still kill me! I'm gonna stop now.
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No. 84898 ID: d470e9
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84898

>As the only off-planet Voklit we know of, I suppose this question falls to you. You've seen Pomi, right? While the similarities are very limited, how do you, as a Voklit, feel about the similarities to a Pomi?
When I first saw Pomi, I thought they were tiny, starving voklit children with bad posture. Then I thought the galaxy was a horrid unjust place, as these small Pomi became a respected species, while Voklit were left displaced on our homeworld. I now realize that is because we would not adapt to the galaxy. The Pomi did. The Pomi had many rituals of the spirit on their homeworld that they quickly abandoned for sake of technology.

I do not see any mental similarities with them, and physical similarities are sparse.
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No. 84899 ID: d470e9
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84899

>Man, she's a lot smaller and less scary looking out of makeup.
Nah she was just hanging back. Tammi get up here!

>I'm just gonna assume there was cheating movie magic at work, there.
Tammi do the Rokoa pupil thing!
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No. 84900 ID: d470e9
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84900

And the Rokoa smile!
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No. 84901 ID: d470e9
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84901

Tammi's gotten pretty good at the smile.
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No. 84902 ID: dc4b80

Hey Lukratsa you got to meet Polo during the filming of the movies right?

What was your mental image of her after having read the script and heard the stories. And how did it compare to meeting her in person.

I mean we know what she is like but whats it like meeting this tiny little lady with such a huge rep for the first time.

Also if you got to meet Rokoa or one of the clones what was that like.
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No. 84903 ID: 2fd516

>>84901
Daaang, that's not bad.
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No. 84906 ID: d8a627

>>84893
Whoa, I've only seen those ridged eyebrows on Mountain Kobolds. Lin, do you have Mountainous ancestors, or is there some other reason for the eyebrows? Not just your brows, I notice you've even got the snap maw?!
Zizi and Kiki seem to have the two-repeating syllables of their father, Vivi, but what about Fen? Are the names a lineage thing, or did you just happen to randomly decide on those names?
>I prefer people not know how to pander to me.
Ah, so you enjoy seeing the fumbling of others attempting to keep you happy. You seem to be a rather relaxed guy, actually, it must be hard to bust your groove. How rare is it, exactly, that somebody actually riles some anger from you?
>The Pomi had many rituals of the spirit on their homeworld that they quickly abandoned for sake of technology.
There are actually entire tribes who have taken up technology. Pilon brought up Viln, who did not simply take up technology, but rather, he took it up as a soldier, so that Traditions could be kept with the exception of one job. We haven't seen how it ends up, but I'm sure there will be full tribes like that by your point in time.
How did you end up a slave, if I may ask? How long ago was it?
>>84899
>>84900
>>84901
That is damned awesome.
Tammi, what was your upbringing? City/hive type, any aliens nearby, etc?
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No. 84912 ID: d470e9

This thread is full, so a new thread is going to happen soon, either through BTE2 or ITQ11. Questions asked since the last batch will be answered in the next thread as usual. While this isn't a democracy, I'm going to be easy to sway if there's a stronger opinion in favor of one over the other.

http://strawpoll.me/2417790

Note that this is only to signal boost a relevant choice; discussion should happen on the tgchan IRC.
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No. 84921 ID: 921be1

>>84912
Just got to say, I think this is best. The amount of question on your world and characters really flooded ITQ. The whole BTE really deserves its own thread. And it keeps Tory and such from drowning in Fluffy
Wolverine TM space bunnies.
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No. 84932 ID: d470e9

Although I doubt it will change the flow of things, here's a poll with more options. y/n was rather lacking.

http://strawpoll.me/2419718
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