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85202 No. 85202 ID: d470e9

The ITQ for all Lagotrope quests.

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>>80766

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No. 85203 ID: d470e9
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85203

>Lin, do you have Mountainous ancestors, or is there some other reason for the eyebrows?
Oh, no, mountain kobolds have a great deal of spikes, but I actually lived in a region nearby the dragon's fall, and the closer draconic kobolds live to that area, the more draconic features we get. Our shroomleaf forest home is very far away, so we often have soft features.

>Are the names a lineage thing, or did you just happen to randomly decide on those names?
Yes, we typically name our children on a variation of our own names, and in our case, it was a random choice between Vivi and myself.
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No. 85204 ID: d470e9
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85204

>How rare is it, exactly, that somebody actually riles some anger from you?
Ah, that hasn't happened in many years. Of course, I've enacted punishments and judgements that led some to believe it's a common occurrence.
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No. 85205 ID: d470e9
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85205

>There are actually entire tribes who have taken up technology.
And like I as an individual, they are lost. Voklit who take up technology so easily are not voklit.

>How did you end up a slave, if I may ask? How long ago was it?
I have owed debts. Some have saved my life, and others have given me the tools required to serve my own ends.
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No. 85206 ID: d470e9
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85206

>What was your mental image of [Polo] after having read the script and heard the stories. And how did it compare to meeting her in person.
She was confused and bewildered! Apparently she thought it was a joke when she heard there was going to be a show, and she wasn't sure if I was just that good an actor to be able to play a joke like that.

Didn't get a whole lot of alone time to meet her, though, I dealt with her hive more than her directly. So, kinda quick to pass judgement.

But geez. I heard she was tiny, but geez. She didn't come on the set much, but when she did, there'd be at least one poor schmuck that would confuse her for my kid. Kinda threw a wrench in the normal neumono scheme of bigger being better, so I knew some people that didn't like her just cause of that.
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No. 85207 ID: d470e9
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85207

>Tammi, what was your upbringing? City/hive type, any aliens nearby, etc?
Yes, I was born and raised in an early ultrahive capital. Things were a bit rough in my childhood, but I saw lots of aliens and other neumono, so I'm considered well modernized. I don't actually understand what that means, really, other than not hunting my own meat or whatever.
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No. 85210 ID: d90668

>>85207

I am guessing that well modernized means you grew up in a age where you did not have to worry about you or your family starving. Or having to kill the neighboring tribe and eating them.

Did you ever get to meet the Rokoa clone? Or did you just get a script and wing it? Also how did you get the part in the first place?
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No. 85213 ID: d90668

>>85204

So Shup if you were back at your palace what does the average daily life of a Mithral noble look like?
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No. 85215 ID: 0ee153

>>85207
East side or west side of the capital?
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No. 85218 ID: bb78f2

Shup, what were your teenage years like? Were you a heartthrob amongst nobles? A gangster? A nerd?
Lin, how did you meet Vivi, I mean, romantically, since I imagine you grew up together. Like, when did you decide "Yeah, okay, let's get romantic"?
CHOP, what do you think of DANCING? FRILLY THING for WEAKLINGS or STRONG ART of EXPRESSION?
Pilon, has any of your kids in your rogue hive have kids? Are you a grandpa, basically? How many generations do you got, including any kids that might be back still in the old hive? Did you ever try and play tea party with any of your growing girls?
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No. 85219 ID: d8a627

It's that time again... Toko's massive list of questions!

>[Ben:] Now we have access to those regenerating fuzzball neumono that were practically made for jetalium crafting, and we still won't research it.
...So, since you're on a lawless asteroid, it begs the question:
Why haven't you started the research?!

Father Zozu: How many Neumono came seeking your, uh. What do you even call it when somebody comes into the Zozu family? And how many Neumono did so because of the whole Jammer City thing you got going on? Apparently, for rogues, empathy is a bad thing, since it's almost impossible to find somebody who's got the same wavelength. (I know Korli answered this, but her answer is from Astreneus V, not the Asteroid)

>>84860
I notice you don't have Salikai on there... :(
"Other sap--" HOLY JEEBERS I know there's a lot of supposed-to-have-been-extinct sapients on Astreneus V, but that number is high! I suddenly wonder just how much of it is Voklit, and how much of it is species we aren't aware of yet, since the ones that the Salikai have are endangered and shouldn't be counted for much.
How much of that count is extra-terrestrial, anyways?

Tin: Didn't you rename the Trading Hub to "Emporium"? How come that's never come up, that we've noticed?

Say, Rokoa, it seems that you have an odd sort of empathy that attracts rogues. Think maybe the needle trick did something to your empathy that makes it so that it tries to fit itself to whatever empathy happens to be nearby? I say "Tries" because it obviously doesn't work when the other Neumono isn't wanting it. I suppose it should be more of an "Offer," actually. Like Kappi, he wanted to understand the greatest soldier to visit The Emporium (Tin's Trading Hub), so you and he formed a sort of bond. Probably something subtle, that anybody who knows your wavelength already doesn't notice, to explain why you would have not noticed it.
...How much of this sounds like badly written fantasy or science fiction to you? Kappi, what's your take on the theory?
>>Also, does Pilon's group count as a minihive?
>Yeah.
Wait, so your hive doesn't consider Pilon and his kids to be a bunch of rogues? There's actually another hive out there for rogues to be upset at not fitting into?

Speaking of Kappi: What's your opinion on Jammer Cities? DoDid you feel you would be resigning yourself to fate to run to one before meeting Rokoa, and if yes, did that change? Do you feel like encountering Rokoa inside a Jammer field would change things?

Serif (Story Seeker's Time Lord): I know better than to ask when, who, or what, but I will ask, do the people of the world ever invent things like telephones, television, and computers?

Durk Nuuk'erm: Say, the DragonButts McGee's skill page did not mention shapeshifting. Do you think her illusions so powerful that they actually decieve reality itself? Or was the GUI probably already broken at that point?

Tentagnoll (Tom's Gnoll follower): While he does things a bit silly, I don't see Tom as the sort of guy to let his followers down. I'm a bit curious, how did things work out after the Scroll of Teleport teleported away?
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No. 85220 ID: d8a627

>>85218
>CHOP
Oh yeah, that reminds me.

Carpenter Thilki: What three traits would you say are most important for a carpenter, and how would you rate your students on them?
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No. 85226 ID: 0d5e63

>>/questdis/85191

I'd like to remind you Lago that you can answer questions from the main ITQ thread.
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No. 85229 ID: 8b533b

>there'd be at least one poor schmuck that would confuse her for my kid
Please, please tell me she ran with that, at least once, and pranked someone terribly.

>>85219
>So, since you're on a lawless asteroid, it begs the question:
Why haven't you started the research?!
There's a surprising abundance of rules, regulations, and safety concerns, even on a 'lawless' asteroid. >>/questarch/384180 (And after Iron Cover, he was working for us!)

>I notice you don't have Salikai on there... :(
That's because that chart is supposed to represent publicly accessible numbers. The salikai population is kind of underground. Literally and figuratively.

>Other sap--" HOLY JEEBERS
If even vernauts can talk, who knows how many other monsters count as sapient. Also, that probably includes a hefty arkot population, considering they reproduce like rabbits and the salikai can't have been the only ones to exploit their usefulness as cheap labor.

Although I'm not really sure how appropriate it is to try and discuss that data here, since it said upfront it may be subject to revision and change, and the characters are kind of limited to an in-universe perspective. Questdis or irc might be better suited for the semi-theoretical number crunching.
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No. 85230 ID: cee89f

>>85202
... Rokoaaa...

Please tell me that's a microphone.
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No. 85231 ID: 436cdc

>>85230
Or at the very LEAST a flashlight.
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No. 85298 ID: 323980

Question for Shopkeeper:
When the jetals rescued from the Belenosian Simulation spend their CU to get their bodies back, where they still jetals i.e. made of jetalium in freeform simulation terms and behaviors and morphability?
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No. 85322 ID: bb78f2

CHOP
Have you ever brought CHILDREN into the world?
You can interpret that anyway you want, I suppose, but I guess I'm mainly asking if you were a Dad at one time. Or if you think you would be a good father in the future.
Students are one thing but your own child would feel completely different, or do you disagree?
I am curious about what SOFTNESS CHOP might still hold in his HEART, or if it's nothing but COLD IRON!
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No. 85323 ID: 196db9

>>85322

Personally, my first interpretation of the question was whether he had ever acted as a midwife.
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No. 85326 ID: bb78f2

Yes me too.
Basically I want CHOP to answer all the possible interpretations but I realized that might be a bit stressful for CHOP
I could see CHOP as a good midwife to be honest. At least for his pregnant students, otherwise the healers and doctors would obviously do it. I don't know if he's ever actually trained one or how would he go about training one.

CHOP, what is your training regimen for EXPECTING STUDENTS?
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No. 85327 ID: bb78f2

Minutes after this I realized it could also be PUNYLOCKS condition because I can't remember if she hit it off with someone else or not in one of the previous chapters (or in between chapters) and we might actually get to see how CHOP would handle it, but at first my mind just wandered to that possibility since we're now seeing how CHOP just handles supposedly sick students and I was curious how he treats pregnant students.

But if Punylocks is just regular sick, than the question STILL STANDS TALL.
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No. 85328 ID: d8a627

>>85327
Well, Punylocks and Stasrubis were sleeping together in the second thread (>>/questarch/487262). Not quite full blown sex sleeping together, more literally just sleeping together, but it may imply a relationship.
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No. 85329 ID: 323980

>>85328
it implies trust
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No. 85330 ID: 8b533b

Rikek, how was it that you went on your homeworld tourism trip, you ended up being sponsored by a defacto warhive out in the independent regions? I would have through the ultrahives had most of the control over interplanetary flights, and their own programs and stuff.

How popular is reverse diaspora tourism, anyways? Are you the odd one out, or are their lots of folks doing this kind of thing?
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No. 85332 ID: 196db9

I wonder - I know a lot of neumono hives are basically just a family or the equivalent to a tribe/clan, and so don't have a particular 'gimmick', but there seem to be a lot who do. War hives, hunter hives, survival hives, et cetera. But, while the types of hives like that that existed before alien contact were probably limited (since they all had to be essentially independent), it seems that hives now can have more peculiar, specialized purposes: we've been given an example of a brothel hive, there are probably more science hives now, a mining hive, and so on. This is possible because hives can now exchange their specialist services for food and security and don't need to worry about it themselves, and I imagine that, even if it's still very rare, the increase in communication and travel and densely populated urban centers means that neumono rogues and nascent queens can more easily find weirdos like themselves to form bonds with.

So, given that they are now actually possible, what is the most unique, strangest or silliest hive that exists? In the opinion of whatever character (or several) wishes to answer. Are there sports hives, dominating the fields? Artist hives, pouring out paintings and sculptures? Janitor hives, servicing broad stretches of cities? Business hives, controlling the markets? Space hives, living in stations and ships? Criminal organization hives, controlling illicit goods? Musician hives, that form big orchestras together and who spontaneously burst into musical numbers?
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No. 85378 ID: 602cd8
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85378

>I am guessing that well modernized means you grew up in a age where you did not have to worry about you or your family starving. Or having to kill the neighboring tribe and eating them.
... that's... that's a good way to put it, yeah.

>Did you ever get to meet the Rokoa clone? Or did you just get a script and wing it? Also how did you get the part in the first place?
Well, I did meet one, but that was... well, at least at the time, that was highly confidential, and so that's all I'm going to be saying on that! Even if it's kind of old, I'd rather not test things.

>East side or west side of the capital?
I uh... I kind of move around quite a bit? I'm not sure what the significance of this is!
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No. 85379 ID: 602cd8
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85379

>So Shup if you were back at your palace what does the average daily life of a Mithral noble look like?
If it is I you're speaking of specifically, then an average day involves no small amount of tasks and overseeing my portion of the empire. Things don't run themselves, and unlike some other nobles out there, I do not feel satisfaction at delegating such important tasks. I do have to run a tight ship, after all. Of course, no day is complete without at least a moment's relaxation, usually with the company of my wives.

>Shup, what were your teenage years like? Were you a heartthrob amongst nobles? A gangster? A nerd?
They were years I don't like to talk about.
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No. 85380 ID: 602cd8
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85380

>Lin, how did you meet Vivi, I mean, romantically, since I imagine you grew up together. Like, when did you decide "Yeah, okay, let's get romantic"?
Now, it wasn't just some single event, no heroic deed from him or me. We simply thought that we were becoming adults, and it would be a good time to have kids. We got along with each other best, and that's all we needed. It's not a very interesting tale from the outside, but it was satisfying for the both of us.
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No. 85382 ID: 602cd8
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85382

>Pilon, has any of your kids in your rogue hive have kids? Are you a grandpa, basically? How many generations do you got, including any kids that might be back still in the old hive? Did you ever try and play tea party with any of your growing girls?
Yes, but I hope you would understand that I'm not in touch with my old hive. I'm sure I'm a blotch on the family tree, now. We didn't stop having kids, though, and I did start early, so I expect that I'm at least 5 generations down the line by now. But it could be nearly 10 by now, if at there's a succession of kids that got started early too, which is likely enough.

>I suddenly wonder just how much of it is Voklit, and how much of it is species we aren't aware of yet, since the ones that the Salikai have are endangered and shouldn't be counted for much.
From the news I hear, arkots are coming back, and are expected to overtake voklit in the none-too-distant future by sheer breeding speed. Voklit, however, remain the most populous, at least as far as known population goes.

>How much of that count is extra-terrestrial, anyways?
Not many. Assuming we count a CAI as a single entity, there are only a handful of sapient robotics, and other than AI beings and Astreneus V, each planet only had 1 sapient creature at most. Some beings on the miklik and yich planet are intelligent, but do not seem to be quite over the tipping point of what modern day xenologists call sapient. Is xenologist a word? Well, it should convey what I mean.
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No. 85383 ID: 602cd8
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85383

>...So, since you're on a lawless asteroid, it begs the question:
>Why haven't you started the research [on neumono for jetalium creation]?!
Well apparently Tin doesn't just want to go capturing hapless neumono, as having legends of disappearing neumono for nefarious experiments is bad for business!

Besides, that is the holy grail of technologically minded belenos! To attempt to engage in such a lifelong task using a makeshift lab with hardly a scientist as an assistant is nothing but a pipe dream.
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No. 85384 ID: 602cd8
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85384

>Tin: Didn't you rename the Trading Hub to "Emporium"? How come that's never come up, that we've noticed?
It takes awhile to officiate the name with all other trade hubs. Otherwise, colloquially we are known as the Emporium for the time, but we are not going to put up banners and such until we can confirm no other trade hub goes by that name.
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No. 85385 ID: 602cd8
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85385

>Say, Rokoa, it seems that you have an odd sort of empathy that attracts rogues. Think maybe the needle trick did something to your empathy that makes it so that it tries to fit itself to whatever empathy happens to be nearby?
No, it messed with my empathy to bring out the best in me and lock it in place, so if I am physically capable of going forward, I go forward.

Attracting rogues? I have no idea what that shit is about, but it's not the needle trick. It's probably having been raised by my mother for some time before my father stole me back. That likely put some outside influence in me, so some rogues see that and think I'm far enough outside to reach out to rogues but still inside a hive that I belong to. But hell if I ever knew how a rogue thinks.

>Wait, so your hive doesn't consider Pilon and his kids to be a bunch of rogues? There's actually another hive out there for rogues to be upset at not fitting into?
Yeah okay, we don't consider them rogues by technicality, but Pilon is still considered a hive deserter and his kids are just outsiders born from that leaving. Technically not rogues, but the only esteem he gets from us is from the esteem he earned while he was in the hive.

>Please tell me that's a microphone.
No, it's a disembodied cock. From a robot.
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No. 85388 ID: 602cd8
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85388

>How many Neumono came seeking your, uh. What do you even call it when somebody comes into the Zozu family?
Adoption. They come. They are told that they are led by salikai.

>And how many Neumono did so because of the whole Jammer City thing you got going on? Apparently, for rogues, empathy is a bad thing, since it's almost impossible to find somebody who's got the same wavelength. (I know Korli answered this, but her answer is from Astreneus V, not the Asteroid)
Many neumono that were raised in jammer cities come to live in their familiar environment, and are encourged to do so at that. Some rogues do as well for it, however, many rogues dislike both empathy and not feeling empathy. They are simply unhappy.
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No. 85389 ID: 602cd8
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85389

>Serif (Story Seeker's Time Lord): I know better than to ask when, who, or what, but I will ask, do the people of the world ever invent things like telephones, television, and computers?
Time lords still have rules, and we don't travel that far outside of our own time period. In short... I don't know.
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No. 85391 ID: 602cd8
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85391

>Durk Nuuk'erm: Say, the DragonButts McGee's skill page did not mention shapeshifting. Do you think her illusions so powerful that they actually decieve reality itself? Or was the GUI probably already broken at that point?
Durk's gonna bet on the GUI.
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No. 85392 ID: 602cd8
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85392

>Carpenter Thilki: What three traits would you say are most important for a carpenter, and how would you rate your students on them?
Resolve, vigilance and creativity.

Most of my students are fine on creativity, and decent at the other two. They're not just something you can attach some number from one to five on, no matter what Chop thinks.
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No. 85393 ID: 602cd8
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85393

>Have you ever brought CHILDREN into the world?
No. CHOP has not had FEMALES of FORMIDABLE STRENGTH capable of BREAKING CHOP'S BARRIER OF ROMANCE.

>Personally, my first interpretation of the question was whether he had ever acted as a midwife.
No. CHOP'S PATIENCE is already EXTENDED TO IMMENSE LENGTHS by BABY WARRIORS UNDER CHOP'S WARRIOR GUIDANCE.

>CHOP, what is your training regimen for EXPECTING STUDENTS?
EXPECTED PERFORMANCE of EXPECTING STUDENTS remains at HUNDREDS OF PERCENTAGES OF EFFORT, knowing ACTUAL PERFORMANCE is IMPAIRED BY DOING WORK FOR TWO.
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No. 85394 ID: 602cd8
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85394

>Please, please tell me [Polo] ran with [people confusing her for a child or Lukratsa's daughter], at least once, and pranked someone terribly.
Wellll, yes. I don't want to spoil everything, but there was one time... see, when actors from different hives act, it's usually best to have a jammer, helps with keeping the act up when you can't sense all the cameramen and soundpeople and all that right behind you. So, jammers all over the place. There's also a daycare where some of the employee's kids are kept from running on set or whatever. Backstory over.

So, Polo, she comes up, and some new batch of security goes up to her and ask who's kid she was. Well, apparently Polo put on her grumpy face at that, and security rolled their eyes and escorted her to the daycare. Polo just stood there, didn't say a damn word! So security leaves. 10 minutes later, Polo's back. She was getting something from a vending machine when the security runs back up to her and escorts her back to the daycare, this time telling the manager there to keep an eye on her.

15 minutes later? Polo's right back at the vending machine to get what she was going for. She gets caught again, and escorted back to the daycare where the kids want to play hopscotch and tetherball and shit with her. Well, at least one staff is really watching Polo like a hawk. When Polo asks to use the bathroom, one of the staff stays outside. Three minutes of silence later, they knock on the door, realize the door is locked from the inside, call someone over to unlock it while they keep watch. The door opens, and Polo is just gone. No windows. All that's there is the ceiling fan, perfectly in place. To date, we either have no idea how she escaped, or we think Polo is part cockroach.

Now during this, I was just wondering if she was going to show up! She never even came to me, and I swear to god she just wanted security to keep finding her with no one around to spoil the whole joke. So escape from the daycare ends up happening like 5 times over, until finally security actually goes to the board labeled If found, alert security immediately! and puts up a photo of Polo. Two guards are put on Polo-watch in the daycare to keep an eye on her.

About 20 minutes later, like 2 hours after she actually came onto the filming grounds, she finally comes up to me to talk business.

As for that last escape with two guards on her? We neither have an idea as to how she brought an actual smoke bomb on her, or why she thought to bring a smoke bomb with her, leading us to think of what other real shit she had on her at the time.

We're pretty careful about messing with Polo after that.
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No. 85395 ID: 602cd8
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85395

>Rikek, how was it that you went on your homeworld tourism trip, you ended up being sponsored by a defacto warhive out in the independent regions? I would have through the ultrahives had most of the control over interplanetary flights, and their own programs and stuff.
Well I did land at an ultrahive nexus and spent a bit of time there, but... the thing is is that I did want to kind of experience the raw sort of homeworld experience. Obviously if I were dropped off at an actual tribal hive, I'd be killed by them or the wildlife. So, going to Polo's was the.... safe compromise, but... yeah.

>How popular is reverse diaspora tourism, anyways? Are you the odd one out, or are their lots of folks doing this kind of thing?
Well, 70 years afterward, it was common enough that there would probably be other neumono doing the same thing in an arriving space flight, but the amount of neumono raised on the homeworld was in such large numbers by comparison that a native neumono would rarely ever even meet a tourist neumono. But there's definitely a lot more of it now 120 years after contact. It's kind of a pilgrimmage, since it hasn't been that long, generation wise, since people's hives were uplifted.

>So, given that [specialist hives] are now actually possible, what is the most unique, strangest or silliest hive that exists?
Hm... well, there is a partying hive that apparently just roams space and planets and hosts public parties. I have no idea how they managed to start that kind of a business, but apparently they have such friendly vibes, both empathic and normal, that they're actually in pretty heavy demand. And a lot are pretty jealous, because even though they do do the business of hosting the party by reserving the location, supplying food and drink and all that, they also are part of the party themselves. So they just do nothing except plan a party and then party with whoever pays them.

There's also a hive or two that has made a living actually just donating body parts and being controlled scientifiy experiments. I mean, it seems like an easy living, so a lot of hives try to do it, but regrowing parts is pretty tiring, and then there's the braindamage and all that... but they're partnered with a medic hive to get the best treatment in recovery.

>In the opinion of whatever character (or several) wishes to answer. Are there sports hives, dominating the fields? Artist hives, pouring out paintings and sculptures? Janitor hives, servicing broad stretches of cities? Business hives, controlling the markets? Space hives, living in stations and ships? Criminal organization hives, controlling illicit goods? Musician hives, that form big orchestras together and who spontaneously burst into musical numbers?
Uh, I don't think there's much debate, here. All of those kinds of hives exist. I mean, no single hives controls an entire market, but there are specialist hives of those kinds that definitely do well in them.
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No. 85396 ID: 602cd8
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85396

>Kappi, what's your take on the theory [that maybe the needle trick did something to Rokoa's empathy that makes it so that it tries to fit itself to whatever empathy happens to be nearby?]?
Uh... oh... I... I don't know. I just feel thinks, I can't really explain how it was. What she said might be it? Maybe?

>What's your opinion on Jammer Cities? DoDid you feel you would be resigning yourself to fate to run to one before meeting Rokoa, and if yes, did that change? Do you feel like encountering Rokoa inside a Jammer field would change things?
I don't really know anything about jammer cities, only what I've heard. I've had short, awkward chats with other rogues about it, but... honestly, I think Zozu had the right idea. We're just unhappy either way, and the grass is always greener on the other side. So I don't feel like I'd resign much, since I could just... leave. But if I really did live there, well... I don't know.

Most do prefer to be outside of a jammer just in case they end up getting a connection with someone. It's like winning the lottery, and if I was in a jammer, I wouldn't have gotten the ticket with Rokoa's name on it. So, I'm glad I stayed out of it.
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No. 85399 ID: 8b533b

>Rokoa clones highly confidential
I guess that explains why none of them got to play themself!

>>85394
Oh my god. I can't stop laughing. This is what happens when you get a bored infiltrator. She spends a day engineering escape scenarios for herself fucking with the daycare police in between games of hopscotch to lull them into a false sense of security. (I'll bet the other kids were very impressed with some of the moves their new, temporary playmate pulled off).

Or maybe this is just a lesson in why they shouldn't stock the vending machine with coffee cake snacks.
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No. 85400 ID: d8a627

>But hell if I ever knew how a rogue thinks.
Well, considering you did lay with Kappi... Well, among humans, that suggests a close enough relationship that if we had empathy, we'd understand each other's. Things have been stated to be much more loose in Neumono romance...
At the very least, you connected with him enough to not be repulsed by the fact that he was a rogue, which, in and of itself, implies his empathy not feeling alien.
>Yeah okay, we don't consider them rogues by technicality, but Pilon is still considered a hive deserter and his kids are just outsiders born from that leaving.
Still, a rogue's gotta look at that and go, "Damn, that is one tight family. Wish I could be that tight with mine."
>No, it's a disembodied cock. From a robot.
...
Say, Korli, how common are sexdroids? How popular are they, for that matter (Common does not mean popular)? Do they cater to both genders? Perhaps at the same time (Hermaphroditic robots)? How realistic do they tend to be, and what would the scarcity on more realistic ones be, or if realistic is common, how much more common (or rare, since better models would render them obsolete) would the inferior models be?

>however, many rogues dislike both empathy and not feeling empathy. They are simply unhappy.
Lousy bastards need to make up their minds >:I
>we don't travel that far outside of our own time period. In short... I don't know.
Ach... Okay, since Story Seeker doesn't get much chance to explore... Deep history, only focusing as far as "Hot MILF of this hot babe," perhaps you're best to answer this question: How many societies came about that valued tradition over inventions, at least that you were witness to? And I'm not talking about "Oh, this style is so last year, let's change to this one." New fashions are a given, even in tradition loving societies.
Except the Amish. They're pretty damn stubborn about always wearing suits and dresses.
>They're not just something you can attach some number from one to five on
Okay, look at it this way... Giving a set number beforehand is a dumb idea, yeah, but throughout their "apprenticeship," they surely must have had major projects. You could say that they passed with flying colors, or didn't, and grade them based off that. However many they passed superbly, versus how many they participated in.
Or you could just look at the milestones they've surpassed, and grade them based off of that. A-B-C-D-F, y'know? Five grade markers to show where they stand... Kind of like Chop's Five Stars.
>No. CHOP has not had FEMALES of FORMIDABLE STRENGTH capable of BREAKING CHOP'S BARRIER OF ROMANCE.
A bunch of your fans are still going to ship you with Carpenter, Chop. I mean she did punch you in the nose. That's high grade Kobold flirtation, there. Doesn't mean she punched you in the nose strong enough to break the barrier, so it's more a one-sided thing, but that won't stop the fans.

...Thilki, did you intend that punch to land on his nose? Or was that just the spot your fist happened to hit when aiming for his face at large? (Sensible, given that the nose is the biggest part of a Kobold's face)
>knowing ACTUAL PERFORMANCE is IMPAIRED BY DOING WORK FOR TWO.
...Chop, have you actually had students who went and got pregnant?! I mean it makes sense, but it'd also make sense for them to, well, quit the class. Expecting kobolds tend to get very whiny and act like the babies they're growing.
>The door opens, and Polo is just gone. No windows. All that's there is the ceiling fan, perfectly in place. To date, we either have no idea how she escaped, or we think Polo is part cockroach.
Knowing Polo, she went through the fan and just reassembled it behind her.
Unless you mean one of those rotary fans that doesn't actually connect to a vent, in which case she probably just hid behind the door and snuck out when they came in.
>As for that last escape with two guards on her? We neither have an idea as to how she brought an actual smoke bomb on her, or why she thought to bring a smoke bomb with her, leading us to think of what other real shit she had on her at the time.
She saw some shit, man. She saw some shit. Probably has some sort of psychosis after it all, too, and simply knows well enough to hide it. When you get that crazy, you wind up doing crazy stuff, like carrying weapons to civilian workzones.
She probably actually would have just had Neumono-grade tranquilizer ammunition, of course. Highly doubt that the Salikai didn't finish it, and if it was finished, after all the things they did to control Neumono, I'm fairly certain the ultrahive would take it and study it to be able to knock controlled Neumono out.

...Actually, maybe they made something themselves! Hey, Ultraking Az, did your people manage to make tranquilizers that were actually effective against Neumono, as something to resort to when trying to rescue the infected? Or, hell, even just rescuing those controlled by a Predator like Four Stripes.
>We're pretty careful about messing with Polo after that.
All the training she went through, that's probably a good idea. She's a ninja with a bad case of crazy.
>There's also a hive or two that has made a living actually just donating body parts and being controlled scientifiy experiments. I mean, it seems like an easy living, so a lot of hives try to do it, but regrowing parts is pretty tiring, and then there's the braindamage and all that... but they're partnered with a medic hive to get the best treatment in recovery.
...First thing we do once we get a ride off the Asteroid, we find those hives and send Ben to them.
>What she said might be it? Maybe?
Yeah, probably. I have a knack for coming up with farfetched theories, which realistically are rarely likely to ever reach a point where they should even be considered plausible. Except for worlds that were created by people as a sort of game but then evolved to have souls. Kaktus is pretty good about making farfetched happenings real.
(Oh, and my post is long enough that the preview button doesn't work, YAY)
>It's like winning the lottery, and if I was in a jammer, I wouldn't have gotten the ticket with Rokoa's name on it. So, I'm glad I stayed out of it.
Hindsight is 20/20, but foresight is 5/5. Glad you made the choice now, but considered otherwise before. Whether because of indecision, or just ignoring your shortsighted foresightedness, things worked out great, and I'm guessing you wouldn't even give a second thought to what life would be like in the Jammer, now, right?
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No. 85402 ID: 0ee153

>>85400
I'm pretty sure Rokoa was joking, but like someone else almost said a while back, you can learn a lot about a society about its attitudes toward sex, so seconding those questions.

>>>/draw/18574
Also, Korli, does the lesbian gas you guys invented work on robots, other species, or anything else?

>>85378
Well, it's significant if you got in a lot of fights when you were younger. Did you?
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No. 85403 ID: 829dea

>>85393
>kobold
>FEMALES of FORMIDABLE STRENGTH
I'm now imagining Chop and Rynh
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No. 85418 ID: c00243

Hey Ben. If you did have a big lab and extra funding right now what would you work on given the choice?
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No. 85419 ID: 2fd516

Hey Ben, considering how advanced Fufas can get, do you think someone might be able to make some sort of jetalium-like substance by studying how Fufas shift shapes and store information?
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No. 85439 ID: cee89f

>>85385
I'll take that as a very snarky 'yes'.

>>85394
This is both hilarious and adorable.
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No. 85440 ID: 0eddd2

>>85419
Ooh, good thinking here.
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No. 85507 ID: b9c618

If a member of a hive gets isolated from said hive - say they get abducted out into space, get enslaved by a foreign hive that lives far away, or get trapped on a desert island - then is there a risk that they'll lose the hive connection just by being away too long? What sort of time frame are they looking at for that?
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No. 85544 ID: d90668

I have a question for the Neumono couple that went to Three Stripes for therapy.

So how did you meet and fall in love if your empathy clashed? Also how did you get on the list for seeing Three Stripes?

What was the process like on your end? And are you happy now?
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No. 85607 ID: c4fa14
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>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?

Alright, listen up. I have a huge load of doctorates and I don’t get enough opportunities to lecture people.

Insofar as anything about neumono chimeras can be said to be natural or normal, the recombination of two individuals into one is ‘normally’ a pretty unpredictable process! Even if you theoretically produced clones of the same two individuals and chimera’d them all the same way, each chimera could turn out different. Small butterfly effects like diet, mood, empathic environment, and whatever little loops and snarls their brain matter has grown or corrected over the space of the last day, can all nudge development in one way or the other. In other words, if you take two neumono and just jam them together, through injection or not, then you have little control over what the chimera will be like! You can end up with one dominating entirely and just having a clone, or you can get a random blend. They could have the body of one and the mind of the other, or vice versa, or any mixture in between. You can even trigger dormant hereditary genes, so they end up having qualities neither of their ‘parents’ had! That’s not common, but a couple of my Rokoa clones, for example, ended up with Rikora’s pure white fur.

To summarize, when you make a chimera, the result is pretty random! And that wasn’t good enough.

My Polo and Rokoa were in bad shape, see. Rokoa was being used to farm clone darts, and Polo was going crazy trying to cope with her hive being blown up and was involved in a drawn-out scheme of disabling the salikai as a threat to the rest of our species. She got them to employ her as a spy and steal technology from other salikai, long story. They both were feeling pretty sick of life, but they both had stuff they wanted to see done! So when the idea came up that they could effectively kill themselves, and in so doing create an ‘heir’ who would have both their best strengths and inherit their feelings and desires, they went for it. Conspiring with the science hive and the salikai’s CAI, Rokoa got processed into pure neural gel for delivery. Not really in a dart, but through precisely applied needles and drips and so on, it was complicated. At the same time she was pumped into Polo, the CAI used nanites to extract another, younger CAI from inside itself and stuck it into her as well, with a big heaping help of nanobots. The salikai’s CAI got its part of the deal that way - doing all that freed it from the salikai’s control.

The younger CAI - my CAI - would regulate the chimeraficiation process between Polo and Rokoa. They had an advantage already, that they had both already agreed to work together, and my CAI pushed it on up to perfection. It made sure all of Polo and Rokoa’s experience and training were preserved, and selected from all their combined qualities and genetic potentials to give the result every possible advantage and eliminate every disadvantage. It carefully calculated and guided the merging of the two neumono so that the resulting individual would be as healthy, strong, tough, agile, sharp-witted and keen-sensed as it was possible to make her. Not only that, but the CAI also took time to guide neural development, trimming loose splits and tightening distributions to increase reflex, thinking power and empathic ability to the maximum.

And that’s me.

Of course, I’m not as strong as Rokoa, but that’s just because I’m not as big. My size was calculated to give me as much strength and damage absorption as possible while preserving agility and the ability to use Polo’s stealth skills. Now, I know what you’re thinking! “Rokolo, I don’t care what kind of astounding bra you’re wearing, those tits can’t be part of a perfect warrior ninja neumono chimera”. And I have to admit they do still get in the way for a few things. Archery, for example. But you’re still wrong, stupid! Modern neumono use bioarmor! Big breasts and other curves give you more surface area for your mass, so biosuits - and neurosuits - are more effective! What’s more, having extra deposits of body fat let me stay active for longer and burn more energy without having to eat! That extra energy is part of why my suit is more fluid than my sister’s. I can even us my mammary glands to store extra protojetalium mass if I need to. I only have so much room around my organs. Don’t give me that face, biology is great.

The chest also serves the other half of the deal. The younger CAI, see, wanted to survive and to be able to experience life. Polo and Rokoa agreed that they would get to ride around with their recombined self and experience everything she, that is I, did. As part of that, they were allowed to make any changes to my body that maximized their pleasant experiences, so long as the traits Polo and Rokoa wanted preserved got first priority. That’s another reason for my generally amazing attractiveness, and why they were permitted to double up my appetites for the various pleasures of the flesh. It doesn’t get in the way as much as you think it would, they can manipulate my hormone levels to suppress or turn those desires off for a while if necessary.

So, I’m basically a sexy female neumono Captain America, and that’s before anything the neurosuit does for me! Or any of the other upgrades I’ve given myself.

I am literally the best neumono.
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No. 85612 ID: 0ee153

>>85607
>literally the best neumono
>not Jessica
Sorry, but you're obviously wrong. Also far too short to reach high shelves on your own. Speaking of which, how do you deal with that? Flail your arms ineffectually and complain until an adult comes along to help? Continual piggyback rides?
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No. 85613 ID: 8b533b

>built in protojetalium breast expansion / lactation fetishes
...sorry, but I think I'm going to be giving you that face for a while now. That's just creepy. And sounds hella uncomfortable. (...unless your CAI bio-hacked it to feel good. Which only makes it worse).

>Speaking of which, how do you deal with [being far too short to reach high shelves on your own]?
Protojetalium grapple hooks, I assume. Hopefully not of the breast-launched variety.
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No. 85624 ID: d8a627

>Big breasts and other curves give you more surface area for your mass, so biosuits - and neurosuits - are more effective!
I'll admit, when I first looked into Polokoa's quest thread, I hated the idea that a Polo-Rokoa chimera would "want" to be queen, since both of those characters would reject the idea in every situation, but Rokolo is... somewhat neat, I guess. Somebody I can stand talking to, at least.
I take it that by "more effective" you mean "More surface area to absorb the pain, meaning that it's spread out so as to be less painful overall, permitting the wearer to don higher percentages"? Because surface area in and of itself does not make you, nor the suit stronger, you need to actually have more muscles to be stronger.
Although, I guess if you had fat, the defensive qualities would be amplified instead of the offensive qualities of muscle, so perhaps there's some merit to it anyways?

How the hell does a CAI clone itself, anyways? From what we were told, CAI cloning results in a, well, dead shell. Sure, it's got the "Gray matter," so to speak, but the neural pathways, even if they form, are dead. They won't fire off. Did the Salikai simply discover the way around that, or did they kill off their "old self," like how Polo and Rokoa did?
>they can manipulate my hormone levels to suppress or turn those desires off for a while if necessary.
So, the question is, Can love bloom even on a battlefield?
>Or any of the other upgrades I’ve given myself.
..."Other upgrades"? Does this tie into that psionic aerobolt thing you got going? I haven't been watching over you too much, so I wouldn't exactly know.
>I am literally the best neumono.
凸(º‿º)凸 Fuck you lady you just earned yourself a ticket from "Barely sort of maybe respect" to "Not sure I wanna tolerate"
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No. 85625 ID: d8a627

>>85624
Freakout at end is "in character," I'm still going to take a look at her side of the quest... eventually.
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No. 85640 ID: cee89f

>>85612
Remember that long lecture we got on Jungle hive combat? I'd figure she just jumps.

>>85607
>sexy female neumono Captain America
...
>Captain America
Cap is a polio kid who got superhero steroids shoved into him and then got frozen after world war 2 to fight for truth, justice, the 'MURICAn way and generally to be the best human being ever. You are a psychotic neumono berserker fused with a psychotic neumono sniper/ninja supergenius who steals brainmatter from other universes and uses an insane artificial intelligence to manage nanobots in her bloodstream.

Someone explain to me how these two things are similar.

>Big breasts and other curves give you more surface area for your mass, so biosuits - and neurosuits - are more effective!
More effective how? Rokoa implied at one point that Bioarmor essentially boosted your strength at the cost of increased physical stress. Is there less stress, more strength, some other function we don't know about?
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No. 85642 ID: d90668

>>85607

You know Rokolo I just realized the big difference between you and Polokoa.

You are the proactive one and she is the reactive one.

When Polokoa was created it was a accident and from that day she spent all her energy to fix her problems and those of her people. She has noble goals but is always running around fixing problems instead of finding ways to avoid them.

On your end you had a bad situation and you got your shit together and figured out a way to fix it. Your methods are a bit extreme but if you are always walking on eggshells you can never get stuff done. But because you are always running around working on the grand plan you probably miss the little stuff.

Honestly you both need to take a month off and go vacationing together. Go watch movies and eat ice cream, fuck all the cute guys, get drunk and sing silly songs, and punch monsters together. Oh and go prank Polo prime once or twice.

Strong as you both are you two are the only ones who can really understand each other and it would be sad to see you both break down in 10 years because the loneliness and pressure got to you. You might not always agree but you are family.
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No. 85651 ID: 8b533b

>Oh and go prank Polo prime once or twice.
Pff. Like anyone pranks... hmm.

Polo, have you ever been on the receiving end of a prank?
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>Also far too short to reach high shelves on your own. Speaking of which, how do you deal with that?

Maybe if you weren’t such an ignorant piece of slime mold, you’d realize that being a head under Rokoa’s size still makes me bigger than most of my species. Good job making short jokes about basically all neumono, you fucking racist.

>Protojetalium grapple hooks, I assume. Hopefully not of the breast-launched variety.

Breasts make terrible launch platforms. They’re too soft for accuracy, absorb kinetic energy that should go into the shot, and are a lot harder to swing for momentum.

>...sorry, but I think I'm going to be giving you that face for a while now. That's just creepy. And sounds hella uncomfortable.

Hey, I was just talking about how great my rack is. I’ve got protojetalium jammed up inside all kinds of places when I’m not using it! Use your imagination, I’m sure you’ll figure it out. And then you can go off and enjoy those thoughts by yourself for a while, since you’re obviously the kind of person whose mind goes there. If you see eroticism everywhere or get squeamish so easily, there’s no room for you in the biological sciences.

>Someone explain to me how [Rokolo and Captain America] are similar.

Because science was done to me and it put me at the best that my species can be. Don’t overthink it. Unless your problem is me implying Captain America isn’t sexy? I can see how that could offend you.

>How the hell does a CAI clone itself, anyways?

CAI can’t copy themselves, no, but that’s not what happened. Think of it more like a parasitic wasp larva relationship.

>Strong as you [and Polokoa] are you two are the only ones who can really understand each other

Hey, don’t look at me. She’s the one with the problem.

>I hated the idea that a Polo-Rokoa chimera would "want" to be queen

You think you can hide from me!? Absorbing the equivalent of a few hundred academic qualifications has given me the ability to sense when someone is being wrong nearby. And the way you’re wrong is that what you want doesn’t have shit to do with being becoming a Queen! You can become a King or Queen even if it’s the last thing you want. Now I’m going to have an itch unless I tell you what’s what, so sit down.

The transition from normal neumono to ‘royalty’ has been studied a lot, not least by me and my associates. First thing I want you to understand, since you’re alien and have a case of not getting it, is that a neumono Queen or King isn’t like any kind of leader that other species have. It can seem like they are, if you’re ignorant. A conquering warrior, or a charismatic leader, or someone who defeated the previous Queen in a contest, or who gets heralded by some superstitious omen, they all can become a ruler-type, but those events aren’t what does it! They’re only consequences or manifestations of the underlying process, which happens on a much deeper level, down in the realm of visceral feeling and instinct and collective subconscious. Our ancestors probably had Queens well before we had any decent intelligence. So, before I go any further, be sure to take home that it’s an organic process. Evolution leaves a lot of mess behind. Tangled up as it is in an overlap between physiology and psychology, it’s pretty much impossible to say there are absolutely hard, objective rules. If you study it enough, you’ll know there are lots of weird things that go on.

Now, that said, there are three basic qualifications you generally seem to need to have to become Queen. Or King. The first two are about being the right kind of person, two qualities that tend to be evident in the majority of Queens, Kings, and in those pre-Queen/King individuals that were lucky enough to get adequately documented before ‘Coronation’: First, that you need to be a person who has strong emotional influence over others. You could be an amazing beautiful person who inspires everyone to fall in love with them, for example. Or, you could be a foaming hothead who whips everyone into a frenzy. You could be a cool reliable person who’s good at calming everyone down, or you could be a psychotic terror who makes everyone tremble in fear. It could be anything, really, so long as it comes down to you being able to move people somehow.

Second, you need to be a person who easily accepts responsibility for others. Maybe a better way of saying it would be that you ‘take ownership’ over other people. This one is a little harder to explain, the concept comes more easily to neumono than more individualistic species. Queen- or King-type people generally give little or no thought before interfering with other people’s lives, seldom hesitating before being pushy or manipulative. You could say they show a lot of compassion, if you want to be nice, or else you could say they have an instinctive predisposition for meddling. Instead of minding their own business or shrugging things away as not their problem, they’ll come swinging in and go ‘no, that’s wrong, you’re going to do things this way instead’; and, with pre-modern neumono especially, they’ll seldom question whether they have any right to do that. They might be nice and gentle about it, or more likely they might not, but either way they’re not the types to let things be. Anyway, this one is part of why I’m not a Queen. I’m concerned with my own goals! I have friends, and I’ll try help them if they have a problem, but ultimately if other people are screwing themselves up, that’s their right, I’d say. I have enough on my plate without taking ownership of their issues. Queens and Kings don’t think that way so much. That often makes aliens uncomfortable with them.

In some old neumono cultures, people who had these two qualities were often recognized even before becoming Queen or King. Translations are a bit tricky, but they’d be called things like Champion or Princess, or my favorite, which was saying they had the… the, hmm. That one’s really tricky, actually. Ralnama ho Nlu. Nloa? Lu-eh… fucking accents. It gets translated as ‘Sun’s Blood’ in historical and fantasy fiction, but ‘ralnama’ means empathic or spiritual descent, like you’ve inherited a piece of someone’s personality. Empathic relationships are more important than genetic ones, see? Aliens tend to have trouble getting that. I like it because it’s basically saying you’re huge and intense and you get in people’s eyes. Anyway, the ultimate point that I’m trying to educate you on is, neither of these qualities is about what you want or choose. You can try to train yourself to be like that, but it probably won’t work. It’s in your nature, or it isn’t. So it’s not in your control.

The final qualification is just that other neumono ‘adopt’ you as their ruler. Again, it doesn’t translate well, but it’s like neumono have a kind of a hole in their minds where a Queen or King fits. If you flip the little switch inside them that says ‘yes, you are the best, I’m yours’, and do that with enough people, then bam. Time to start buying bigger clothes. The interesting thing is, I don’t think you technically have to be in a hive for that to happen. That’s the way it’s always happened, but that’s because neumono instinctively reject anyone who’s not in a hive with them. If you can overpower that rejection, like what can very rarely happen with rogues, or if the rejection somehow wasn’t a problem, then theoretically any neumono, even a rogue, who was the right type and who had a bunch of other neumono start worshipping them, could get the internal triggers flipped that make the changes happen. I’ve gotten scorn for that theory (not to my face, obviously), but I think someone that we both know might just be an example of it.

Anyway. Short version: you happen to be the right type of person, which is not something you control because it’s a fundamental element of your personality, and then a bunch of other neumono get all submissive to you, which you also don’t control because it’s something they feel, not that they consciously choose. Then you become Queen. People who wanted to become Queen or King have done so, but there’ve been plenty of Queens and Kings who didn’t and just got it dropped on them. Hell, I’d say the latter is way more common, at least as an idea. There are lots of stories about hives on the verge of splitting in two, and the old Queen’s loyal champion discovers that, sorry, it’s time for a change and you’re the one who’s going to lead the betrayal of the old ways and start a big tragic fight that ends with you or your kin exiled or dead. Lots of angst.

Short short version: you’re wrong and stupid.

>I take it that by "more effective" you mean […]?
>More effective how? Rokoa implied at one point that Bioarmor essentially boosted your strength at the cost of increased physical stress. Is there less stress, more strength, some other function we don't know about?

Alright, I’m going to explain how bioarmor works, just keep in mind that you’re morons and I’m not going to bother talking about stuff you won’t understand. Go get degrees in biology and chemistry and a masters in nanotechnology and then maybe you can hear me talk about intracellular energy transfer and molecular electromagnetic effects and chemical recapture microcircuits without going glass-eyed. Sadly, that means that the first way that bioarmor makes you stronger has to get skipped. The line that gets repeated is that bioarmor ‘feeds energy’ to your muscles, which is technically sort of accurate but really doesn’t explain anything. Too bad.

Second, bioarmor can form itself into exomuscular systems. Once it’s mapped your body, it forms contractile fibers through its fourth layer, and with its connection to your nervous system at key points, it picks up the impulses you send to your muscles and reinforces them with its own, adding more raw power to your movements. It’s another layer of muscles on top of your own. And the bigger you are, the longer the muscle fibers can be, and that makes them stronger. Simple, right? A similar system in the third layer is also part of the suit’s protective capabilities, forming shock absorbers that reduce stress from impacts. The density of both these artificial muscle systems also protects against cutting, and though it isn’t part of what makes you stronger, there’s a mild electromagnetic charge over the surface of the suit which provides electrical shocks a path of lesser resistance than your own flesh, and that can slightly deflect plasma weapons. It won’t stop you being cut in half with a plasma sword, but it can maybe turn a less-than-direct hit into a glancing hit and a glancing hit into a barely-touching hit.

Finally, a biosuit can reduce or eliminate the body’s natural limitations on its own power. You know about hysterical strength, right? In most organisms, the body refuses to use its muscles to their maximum capacity, since doing so would cause intense, potentially crippling damage by tearing tendons, cracking bones, et cetera. Those limits can be temporarily lifted in an emergency, associated with intense fear, rage, or good old insanity. Biosuits can hack into your nervous system to do the same, to lesser or greater extent that’s generally linked with their rating, for safety. At the same time, they reinforce and support your body so that the damage you do to yourself gets cushioned. You’ll still be wrecking yourself, but not as fast or as hard as a person without the suit. Ironically, this makes the suits a little less effective for neumono, comparatively speaking, since we have less of those limits and they get switched off more easily by stress. Our bodies are more easy about letting themselves get hurt, since we regenerate, but it’s still a thing. And still better to have the suit on than not, especially considering we have an advantage that more than compensates for that.

So, how does being curvier make any of this work better? Simple! It’s all about how much power the suit has to work with. Where does a biosuit get its power? From you! The suit feeds off spare electrochemical energy, body heat and a couple of other things in ways that you’re too uneducated to understand. Neumono get that advantage I just mentioned here: since we naturally run hot, our suits receive more power than other species’ do. Regardless of species, though, the more of your body that the suit can be in contact with, the more of that energy it can take from you and the more it can put into making you stronger. Just being a fatass doesn’t work well (a sphere has the least surface for its mass, of course), but having lots of in-out curves and bumps and nooks all increases the exposure. You’d think it’d be a problem to have more areas of the suit that can’t directly access your muscles, like breasts, but the suit reconfigures those spots for superior energy management instead, so that issue is compensated for, and in terms of overall combat effectiveness rather than raw strength, it’s more of an advantage to have them than not. Of course, the suit overcharges your metabolism so that you produce more excess energy for it to collect, so you get hungry and tired faster, in addition to the slow buildup of self-damage from your muscles being overclocked. Hence, “boosted strength at the cost of increased physical stress”. The advantage of increased surface contact is more strength and more stress, but if you weren’t willing to make that trade you wouldn’t be wearing bioarmor to begin with.

Of course, I have a neurosuit, not a biosuit. Most people assume it’s basically a next-gen version of the biosuit, and I let them think that, but it would be more accurate to say that I’m just a nanotech cyborg, or that I have the technological equivalent to the venom symbiote from spiderman. Lot of old human comic references today, huh. My CAI can reshape my protojetalium to imitate a biosuit’s functions, and I do that whenever I fight anyone seriously, but it’s honestly the same as using it to imitate any other piece of technology. Works the same way when I do, though, just a lot better. The system is smarter, more efficient, has some extra features, and so on, mostly by virtue of actually having an AI. The downside of that is that it has power and processing centers which are a little vulnerable, but it’s a good trade.

So, did I alleviate any of your chronic misunderstanding?
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Oh man that was a lot of words up there but I'm gonna go up it, because while bioarmor was explained by that, uh, by that Rokolo, I think what we need is a bigger explanation of bio armor!

There's a lot of aspiring neumono who think nanomachines will make them into some kind of supersoldiers. And they're kinda right. But then they learn about it and think that it's just a really expensive suicide option. So if you want to learn more, sit tight, it's gonna be a long one. If you don't wanna learn more, well, now's a good time to backwalk right on out.

So! First thing is what the bio armor is. Nanomachines, sure, but they're very organically formed nanos, and could almost be thought of as cells. Which is what neumono are made out of. And humans. And every organism. In fact, if you think about it, we're all just organic nanomachines. In fact, newly made bioarmor doesn't actually look like a neumono form. Well, sometimes they shape it like one for good looks before a neumono ever puts it on, but really, fresh off the farm, bioarmor is actually just a pile of paste. And the nanomachines? Well, there are some different types of nanos, but that's more out of equipment that I'll get into later, but AI wise, every nanomachine is almost the same.

A single nano-machine is kinda dumb, but they're made to cooperate together to get a bigger picture. They just kind of hang out on standby until a neumono dips its finger into the paste or pre-molded bioarmor, and the nanos start crawling around onto the skin. When they clump together, they form what's called a plug, and the plug usually has a good idea of where it's at. The plugs then form together to make sections, and the sections make the whole bioarmor. Plugs and sections can also form a sort of exomusculature system. And the bioarmor keeps up that symbiotic society to cover up the neumono and begin bonding. More details on that later, too.

So the whole society of nanomachines is definitely way smarter than any single nanomachine, but like society, can be massively stupid at times too. Which can be real dangerous for the neumono.
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Now, the biggest, most popular turnoff to using bio armor is the bonding process. Kind of a big deal. Kind of illegal to put on bioarmor above 5% in some places without the right license and supervision. Course, neumono hives that actually want to put on bio armor probably don't care much about the laws like that, but this isn't a law or psychology class, soooo... yeah. It hurts. They don't writhe around on the ground just to make it look like bio armor is some big deal. It's not like they're 'oh no it's glueing to my skin it's so uncomfy' it's more 'it's in my muscles oh god it's embedding in my nervous system' kind of thing. Well, the upper parts of the nervous system, it doesn't like, map the whole thing out. Now, it is pretty good about leaving through the same way it came, so ripping it off usually doesn't take the skin off with it, but it sure hurts too. Pretty big nono.

So then the neumono gets it binded on, they aren't dead, and now they're super neumono!

Except that 85% of bio armor related deaths happen after the bonding sequence. That's basically the first thing they teach you in bio armor usage lessons, as well as the last thing.
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They do get the benefits, though, in that the bio armor, with its bonding procedures and all, it can give energy to the body. That, and reduces the body's natural limitations on its own power. It can seal wounds, as well as heal and revitalize muscles. When the neumono lifts way more weight then they normally could or would, they of course tear muscles, the bioarmor can then reach in and patch it up. And I do mean patch. It's not instant perfect healing, the constant patchwork does need time to actually fully heal. Oh, and that exomuscular system I mentioned with an array of plugs and sections actually does some lifting itself, as well as reinforcing and minimizing the damage the neumono takes. Plus, the whole system helps absorb shock and... it does a lot of stuff of stuff, really.

But still, the danger is there. Some neumono got a nice bio armor going, and the celebrate by lifting a truck. Repeatedly. Bioarmor can help prevent stuff like muscles and bones torn and broke in half, but the neumono can easily go well past that and do it anyway. Then there's the exertion, bioarmor can only do so much to regulate really deep stuff like hearts, so overexertion can kill. And it is really easy to run to death. The bioarmor does a good job at hiding just how wrecked a body actually is.

Taking it off is also pretty tricky, but it's all about relaxing. Bio armor comes off a lot easier when the user is relaxed. Most bioarmor won't bind to a user for at least 15 minutes after it's been peeled off, so that people who take it off won't just have it try to bind right away again. Unfortunately after those 15 minutes wear off, it'll be activated and bind to anything that comes in contact with it that it recognizes as organic material. Later bio armors are able to take precations against it, but the rule of thumb is to not touch any of it barehanded.
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A lot of bioarmors are regarded as big batteries, and that is true. They do store up an impressive bit of energy. But they can also get it back through absorbing energy from the body!

I mentioned there were different types of nanos, and most of the differences are just in how they get energy. They can't all have a wide variety of energy collection, so there's a few different types that collect and move to spots where it's best.

They can collect through simple body heat, through the thermoelectric effect - that's when energy is gotten by having a different temperature on opposing sides, which is pretty common for the outside to be cooler than the neumono, solar energy, external body waste like sweat and dead skin cells and fur, and lastely, actually intercepting the body's power internally.

That latter part is usually just when the neumono is thought to be in downtime, where bioarmor is more of a parasitic entity than symbiotic. And the metabolism is sped up by the bioarmor, too, but some bio armor's forego this at the cost of recharging quick. Sometimes they forego certain other types, too, like if a bunch of bioarmor is made for people in cave expeditions or indoors or something, solar-powered nanos won't be used so much.
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Okay, so it's also common knowledge that bio armor regenerates itself when wounded, and that's actually a big myth. It doesn't help that even trained users still call it regeneration! It's not regeneration. It's just that when there's a big hole in the bioarmor, the rest of the bioarmor will shed some nanomachine layers to go fill in the gaps. So it just thins out evenly over time. Eventually the bioarmor could become so thin that it won't really have enough to bind deep in, and won't do much good, so it either needs to be scrapped, recycled, or refilled by neutral nanopaste.
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Now this is where I'm going to get into the other talked about thing, surface area benefits. Which is true! More surface area means a wider net of energy collection between heat and solar or basically everything. Also, a bio armor can detect when the neumono is a big fatty, so it'll be quick to spark up the metabolism to gather more energy when needed. So I'm just going to say it and hope we can all be sorta mature about it - large breasts do yield heat, bio armor does recognize them as fat reserves, and so it... and I do hate saying this! But it does get boob-energy to move to places a - snrk - a soldier would probably find more useful. But I've got to stress that the benefits aren't that good, and flat chested girls and guys probably experience less inconvenience total for it. It's more just that bio armor gives ownership of huge tits a bright side instead of a career ender.
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Moving on, then!

It's basically only neumono that wear bio armor. The usual lack of lots of fat storage hinder neumono bio armors a bit, but between the body heat and the ability to take a shitton of overall surface damage and not enter trauma of some kind basically justifies it. They do need more layers though to seep into the fur and get around that, but it also means more hair for the bioarmor to feed off of.

There are some humans, but those humans are the healthiest and most valuable, and even moderate bio armors are risky for them because of a plethora of issues, and losing that kind of human is pretty bad news. Neumono on the other hand are pretty stable for putting it on, though we're not immune. There's quite a few recorded cases of some beefy neumono putting on a little bioarmor, just to have some unforeseen issue come up and they die of heart exertion. That sort of loss is pretty unacceptable for the earth dudes, but neumono are just a piece of the hive, and the hive is willing to lose some people to bioarmor to get a good edge.

Heef could have bioarmor, but while they have tough externals, they're real susceptible to complications below the skin, so bioarmor would be damn risky. Miklik's might, if not for their heavy mutations. A bioarmor might not recognize it as a miklik, and that is a problem I'll get to later. Miklik bio armor would be pretty weak anyway. Yich Eaters, well, maybe, but it might have to have different bio armors for different genders, and... they're not really considered suited for the front line type stuff anyway.

There are some pomi that use bio-armor, but they're way in the minority. Not much to say there, just that they exist somewhere!

The rate of unexpected death has been lowered a lot, though. First off, that thing I said that neumono in almost any respectable zone aren't allowed to put bio armor above 5% on without authorized medical supervision. Second, there are physical exams to tell a neumono how suitable they are at wearing bioarmor, and those tests have gotten real rigorous.
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The BAAT score, that's BioArmor Aptitude Test is a long winded physical exam that assigned a score between 1st and 99th percentile of neumono, higher being better. The test covers stuff like physical stamina, strength, pain tolerance, and really specific stuff like how 'normal' the fiber structure in one's muscles are. Each one gets a percentile score, and the total BAAT score is equal to the lowest grade.

Likewise, bioarmor as their own intensity score between 1 and 99 to match neumono scores. Humans and Pomi have their own bio armor sets and tests to match. So a person that scores 30% on the tests can theoretically safely wear a species-appropriate bioarmor of intensity 30% or lower. These are really specific numbers, though, and there's a lot of heated argument about how easily a single test error can screw up and kill someone! So, 30% bio armor in almost everywhere requires the neumono - we're speaking back in terms of neumono now since that is nearly what all the users are - score at least a 40% on the BAAT. Many places demand even more, like 50%. Which works out, because even 30% is expensive, and it's kind of a waste to give it to mediocre neumono.

How much a bioarmor improves a neumono physically is also a point of debate, and the numbers are nearly worthless. There's a lot of recorded data about how much better performance is for weight lifting, stamina and so forth have for neumono. But, mileage varies a lot, so the numbers are all over the place. Bio armor can specialize in certain things like stamina or pain resistance or whatever, too. The biggest underminer is that the numbers could be enormous if the neumono really wanted to make them that way, they might just kill their bodies with over-exertion doing so. So trying to get numbers by telling a neumono to stop when he or she is 'tired' or when their heart rate gets to a certain level is... well, it's rocky and most of the numbers just sit in the logs to mislead people who don't know better.

But in general, the higher percent of bioarmor, and the bigger the neumono is, the higher the numbers will be.

30% by the way is the neumono standard, as it's the happiest medium between maximizing physical benefits, costs, and safety. 50% is for pretty elite forces. 70% is for the baddest of the bad, and also the most reckless hives that are willing to have the occasional hivemate die just so that the survivors are tough as fuck.

I'd like to remind people that with the way the test score is set up, 70% doesn't mean that 30% of neumono can wear it! Not even close! To put on 70% bioarmor safely and legally means that you scored in the 70th percentile in every single BAAT category, since the BAAT score is equal to the lowest! And there's a lot of categories. So a neumono might be a big beefcake and have really good musculature and might be in the 95th percentile across the board, and yet have a really fucked up butt or something that the bio armor doesn't know how to deal with. And when the bio armor confuses your butt with the back of your head, well, complications happen. Actually, that last example isn't a good one since bio armor doesn't get any smarter at higher percentages, but it does bring up a point that there are some physiological issues that can immediately disqualify the user from any bio armor use! Unless the bio armor is to be custom-fit, but that is basically a fortune and doesn't happen.

90% and up bioarmor is basically a big science stunt. Trying to put it on is crazy dangerous if not suicidal. It's basically illegal to use, given that it automatically breaches the given 10% gap between the bioarmor grade and the top neumono test scores.

This is also where I'm going to bring up Polo and Rokoa. Both of them? Way too reckless, for different reasons! I'm hoping that people understand just how brain damaged Rokoa is when she just rolled into that 97% bioarmor like she was showing up for mild surgery. She just assumed that she scored 97% at least across the board! I mean the numbers are really dubious so it's actually entirely possible that she could have just scored like 85% in one not-so-important thing and made up for it in other ways, but still.

And Polo! I mean later on it was fine, but the first time she put on bio armor was completely reckless! I mean, she had no idea she had to restrain herself, and she is sooo lucky that she does so out of habit. She could have easily just sprinted as fast as she could everywhere and then suddenly everything goes black! But she was so used to being able to run at one particular speed, that unless it really was a life or death situation, she wouldn't really exceed. That, and assumed she was tough enough for every way the bio armor demands! I mean it was only a 30%, but it was probably more like a 50% because I doubt it was broken-in, and it was stuck on Rokoa's body for god knows how long.
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To elaborate, bio armor sort of learn a body on their own. Blank ones will be pretty wide open to various shapes and sizes of neumono, almost entirely as a one-size-fits-all type of deal. A blank one actually doesn't have any plugs or sections, it just has a shitton of nanomachines in a sort of nano-paste that have an idea of what body part is what. It figures it out as the neumono dips its hand in the paste and covers the neumono up to fit its form, and if it isn't malfunctional and fucks that up, it'll start binding and won't try to bind to the eyes or seep into the ears or anything awful. That's when the plugs and sections are formed, which again, are entirely constructs of the nanomachines communicating with each other. When the neumono takes it off, though, the plugs and sections don't really go away, and the bio armor more or less keeps its last form. So it remembers the neumono, and not just on the form level, it'll familiarize itself with the neumono's internal structure too, so basically, binding becomes a lot less of an ordeal for a neumono who puts the same suit on the second time, assuming no other neumono wore it since the first.

That's well and good, and it actually keeps going - if the neumono puts it on 20, 50, whatever number of times, the bio armor will be really locked into the memory of that neumono, and that's fine until another neumono puts it on. Then the bio armor does not know what's up. That's where the other heated discussions come in about bioarmor percentile scores. A 30% bioarmor that's been put on by neumono A 100 times might be so strung up on A's form that when neumono B comes in, with a different physique, that bioarmor has trouble, tries to force it, and effectively becomes a 50% score. That part can be mitigated though, as bioarmor will learn to not stick to one form if it has to keep rebuilding itself. So, bioarmor that is properly broken in will be worn once by 20+ different neumono with wildly different forms. Whole job markets are given to neumono who do nothing but suffer through wearing bioarmor. That's why broken-in 70% armors are so crazy expensive, too, since the danger pay is high and it needs some real tough and ideal neumono. But once it's broken in, you can move the bioarmor across multiple neumono rather than getting problems with one bioarmor being suited to just one single neumono.
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Okay, one last thing that probably would've fit better earlier but I didn't give all the information I wanted to, is that bioarmor can slowly expire, but it does take a few decades. To recharge the batteries just requires heating the air up, really, but they can also eat a bunch of bio material. That's really dangerous, actually, because I wanted to explain that time that Hok threw that 97% bio armor at that heef, Bloodsaw. So, a couple theories of why he basically exploded! It wasn't as simple as 'the bio armor tried to bond to him and he wasn't tuff enuff.' No, there's two main possibilities - first off, he was a heef, and that bioarmor was made for a neumono. So it's entirely possible that the bioarmor did try to bond to him, but it had no idea where it was, and was confused. It could have thought that, perhaps, that is the neumono's deltoid - when, in fact, it was a major neck artery. It ripped itself right into what was supposed to be muscle, and flailed around when things weren't really fiberous.

The other case, and probably more likely, is that, well, as I said, bioarmor can feed off biomaterial. When it touches biomaterial, it tried to surround it. If it's a neumono, then it starts bonding to begin the symbiotic relationship. If it's not a neumono? That bioarmor might have thought it was just a mass of energy for it to collect to charge up, and didn't recognize Bloodsaw as a living, breathing thing. In other words, it ate him. Which a lot of people would pay to see a 97% bioarmor eat something.
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No. 85679 ID: d8a627

>You think you can hide from me!?
I was hiding from Polokoa, actually.
>And the way you’re wrong is that what you want doesn’t have shit to do with being becoming a Queen! You can become a King or Queen even if it’s the last thing you want.
Don't be daft. The empathy given off by your disgruntlement at being forced into the title would tear the hive apart, or cause the Neumono in question to go rogue.
Yeah, alright, sure, Polokoa could easily just silence that disgruntlement... But if she silenced her empathy, then it wouldn't be strong enough to become Queen in the first place!
...Oh, I just realized how it happened. With the fusion being accidental and unwanted, both of them were in psychotic states and couldn't even think of that.
>This one is a little harder to explain, the concept comes more easily to neumono than more individualistic species.
Actually, I understand it just fine. Polo had a sense of leadership about her at all times, and Rokolo had a... contagious empathy. That's two for two.
>Empathic relationships are more important than genetic ones, see? Aliens tend to have trouble getting that.
Well, your species evolved to handle some pretty damn crazy things, meaning incest is all but meaningless. It makes sense that a person's ability to form mental connections--empthaty--is what's important.
>The interesting thing is, I don’t think you technically have to be in a hive for that to happen.
You're right. Pilon, in the "Real universe," flicked that switch for all his children, and a bunch of his, uh, "Consorts." They aren't considered a full fledged hive just yet, but they're a sort of minihive. I belive some of his minihive members are even not of his family, not even by consort status. They just look up to the guy like he's their King.
>Short short version: you’re wrong and stupid.
Oi! I prefer the term "Uneducated." Thank you for enlightening me.
>intracellular energy transfer
Oh, that? I already understand what that means.
>molecular electromagnetic effects
Uh... I understand the separate words of this, but together I can only guess.
>chemical recapture microcircuits
Okay, now you definitely lost me. I'll take your word that I wouldn't understand, when I don't understand the opening words!
>Go get degrees in [these fields] and then maybe you can hear me talk about [those subjects] without going glass-eyed.
Well, I could listen to you talk about it without going glass-eyed; being glass-eyed suggets the brains shutting down attempting to process the first portion, whereas I would let jargon go in one ear and out the other, while I process the pseudojargon and determine what it must mean based on the context.
>The line that gets repeated is that bioarmor ‘feeds energy’ to your muscles
Does this effect specific organelles, causing a cascade of reactions? Functions of the intracellular organelles is middle school education for us, y'know...
>Those limits can be temporarily lifted in an emergency, associated with intense fear, rage, or good old insanity.
That's called "Adrenaline Rush," man.
>The suit feeds off spare electrochemical energy, body heat and a couple of other things in ways that you’re too uneducated to understand.
Energy derived from the particles of atoms, energy being absorbed from external sources (this is most prominent in plants, but animals still have it too), non-electric forms of energy given off by chemical reactions, kinetic transferrance, etc... While I admit that there are likely a lot that I don't understand, that doesn't mean I don't understand any of them. We're not kids, lady.
>And the bigger you are, the longer the muscle fibers can be, and that makes them stronger. Simple, right?
What the hell would the muscles over a boob even--
>but the suit reconfigures those spots for superior energy management instead
Oh. That makes sense.
>[Nanites, son]
Ohhhh, well why didn't you just say nanites instead of nanosuit... Hell, you could say you got a protojetalium shelling or something if you wanted to, nobody's going to assume that's a biosuit. The nanites are inside you and just control your protojetalium, that does not make them a suit.
>So, did I alleviate any of your chronic misunderstanding?
Sort of. You both alleviated it and caused more at the same time.
Gonna respond to Lago's stuff separately, because this is already a long post
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No. 85680 ID: d8a627

>[Korli's explanation]
Uh huh. Yeah. Okay. Wow. You're explaining this so thoroughly that I'm not getting many questions...
>But I've got to stress that the benefits aren't that good, and flat chested girls and guys probably experience less inconvenience total for it.
I take it your Nanites are finetuned to actually be more efficient at it, Rokolo?
>So it remembers the neumono, and not just on the form level, it'll familiarize itself with the neumono's internal structure too, so basically, binding becomes a lot less of an ordeal for a neumono who puts the same suit on the second time, assuming no other neumono wore it since the first.
THIS HAS ANSWERED A LONG-STANDING QUESTION THAT I HAD BEEN WAITING TO SEE ANSWERED. Thank you!
>That part can be mitigated though, as bioarmor will learn to not stick to one form if it has to keep rebuilding itself. So, bioarmor that is properly broken in will be worn once by 20+ different neumono with wildly different forms.
This answers a new question I didn't even know I had yet.
>In other words, it ate him.
Holy shit that sounds awesome.
>Which a lot of people would pay to see a 97% bioarmor eat something.
I... As awesome as it sounds, I don't think I'd actually want to see it.
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No. 85681 ID: 0ee153

>>85668
>acting like calling basically all neumono short is wrong

This kind of shit is why no one takes you seriously.

>>85678
How much would you pay to see bioarmor eat someone? Live feed, part of a movie, a magician pretending to be eaten and then suddenly appearing from the floor?
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No. 85682 ID: d90668

Well thank you two for the excellent explanations on how bio armor works.

Now the original invention was a joint Belenosian and Human project right? After realizing it was not as useful on there species as they had hoped what direction did Humans go for there military enhancement?

Seeing as humans have always had military sciences at the forefront of everything else I am guessing that they have some pretty shiny alternatives to bio armor. I can't imagine they would hand out such a powerful weapon to anyone without having something way worse in reserve.

Speaking of the Human/Belenosian alliance what is that like? I remember someone saying that the two races really took to each other and are sort of joined at the hip these days. Anyone have any interesting stories?
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No. 85684 ID: 0460a2

>I’m basically a sexy female neumono Captain America
If anything you sound closer to Adeptus Astartes than Captain America.

>organic nanomachines
>It's not regeneration
So while its more organic than really tiny machines its still not on the level of cell division.

>>85675
What about Belenosian?

>>85674
>boob-energy
HA, I can just imagine the amount of jokes, puns and pickup lines this gets.
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No. 85686 ID: 8b533b

>5% armor
Uh, what benefits does something with that wussy a rating convey?

>[Polo] is sooo lucky that she [restrains herself] out of habit. She could have easily just sprinted as fast as she could everywhere and then suddenly everything goes black!
Well, that and the fact she ended up running around down a lung would have pretty drastically limited her ability to accidentally run herself to death.

Which brings up another reason bioarmor can be dangerous. Pain suppressant isn't always a good thing if it keeps you from noticing how bad your injuries are.

>certain conditions make bioarmor rating effectively higher
In terms of risk to the host, at least. I'm going to assume this doesn't magically make the armor better. (This lecture doesn't really seem to elaborate much on the increased performance in higher rated armors, just the risks and basic function).
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No. 85688 ID: bd8efd

>>85675

I notice belenosians aren't on that list. Do they maybe they have some sort of thing against bioarmor, due to their history?

Or maybe, belonosians prefer cybernetic augmentation to using bioarmor? Extensive cybernetics seem to replace sections on the surface of your body, so one would assume that they're incompatible.
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No. 85690 ID: d90668

Hey Rokolo. Out of all your dimension hopping brain raping escapades what is the oddest set of memories/abilities you have absorbed?

Like say one Rokoa grew up to be a ballerina or something.

Also how quick do your counterparts bounce back from having a chunk of there head ripped out?
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No. 85691 ID: cee89f

...

So if Rokolo is supposed to be a supergenius why does Korli seem smarter? ...And cuter... and less obnoxious.

>Because science was done to me and it put me at the best that my species can be. Don’t overthink it.
Too late.

Do you have a mighty shield? All those who chose to oppose your shield must yield?

>Unless your problem is me implying Captain America isn’t sexy? I can see how that could offend you.
Why, by all the stars of Hodra, would I care what a chimeric space rabbit thinks of the attractiveness of a near-hairless ape from a comic book? I sincerely doubt humans and Neumono have the same standards of attractiveness.

It's just... the two of you don't compare at all. It's like saying Mass Effect is just like Foundation because they're both scifi. It's too simplistic.

I mean off the top of my head, your power comes from nanobots and dimension hopping, Cap's comes from biochemistry and an ubershield, and Cap doesn't rule a global empire.

You seem less 'Captain America' and more 'Dr.Doom' (or possibly Darkseid). But with a libido. And tits.

... And Polokoa is definitely Shazam/Cpt.Marvel
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No. 85692 ID: 572246

>>85691
>So if Rokolo is supposed to be a supergenius why does Korli seem smarter? ...And cuter... and less obnoxious.

Because she is.
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No. 85693 ID: cee89f

>>85692
Well yes, she seems cuter (<3) smarter (<3) and less obnoxious (#Heart) because she IS, but i was looking for how or in what ways. "Rokolo assumes we're dumber than we actually are" or "Korli's more used to scientific explanations to people less informed" or something.
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No. 85694 ID: 572246

>>85693
I'm fairly sure Rokolo just isn't as smart as she likes to think, hence the endless deflections.
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No. 85695 ID: cee89f

>>85694
The problem is that she's brilliant in canon (as close to canon as she and Polokoa get anyway) since her entire backstory and power structure are based in tech, often of her own invention.

>>85668
>head shorter than Rokoa is still huge
Didn't you say once that the reason your tits looked so huge is because you got Rokoa's tits on Polo's body? (which you just contradicted there, so... yeah, add liar to the pile of reasons not to like you. Either now or then) Polo, as i recall, is so short that fellow neumono thought she was a small child in need of constant adult supervision. ( >>85394
)

And judging from that one image of you with the Rokoa clones (compared to the image of Polo and Rokoa at the top of the thread) you're not THAT much taller than Polo. >.>
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No. 85697 ID: 572246

>>85695
>Rokolo inventing tech
I'm convinced that this is because of Australium a la Team Fortress 2.
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No. 85769 ID: fe4bfc

Hey Kexluk are you really big for a lizardman or are kobolds just really tiny? I ask because Zirkala does not seem that huge and most of the other lizardmen we have seen have not been as massive as you.
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No. 86154 ID: c67077

>>85676

You mentioned that bioarmor can be custom made? In that case, is it like, that armor is effectively a lower rating than its capabilities imply for that one person, and a higher rating than it would otherwise be for everyone else?

How about twins, for those species that have them, or clones? Could you use someone to break in a suit, or even to build a custom one, and then have their clone wear the same suit with the same benefit? Or vice versa? It just occurs to me, for absolutely no reason just off the top of my head, that if you had a bunch of clones of the same person, it could be worthwhile making a suit for them that would be in the normally ridiculous nineties for most people, but down in the eighties for your pack of duplicates, maybe.
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No. 86231 ID: 0fb5be

Given that you have teleporters, do governments set up teleportation hubs on worlds, to send people from city to city or even continent to continent?
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No. 86251 ID: d90668

So here is a question for whoever or whatever might know.

What do Kobolds taste like?

I mean they are usually low on the food chain so am curious.
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No. 86253 ID: 602cd8
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86253

>Hey Ben. If you did have a big lab and extra funding right now what would you work on given the choice?
Well then Jetalium, of course!

>Hey Ben, considering how advanced Fufas can get, do you think someone might be able to make some sort of jetalium-like substance by studying how Fufas shift shapes and store information?
They're worth study of course, but examples are all around us! Korli just had her explanation on bio armor, and bio armor is often called the poor man's jetalium!

That said, I would set a civilization on fire to get a sample of advanced fufa. I know the government has some, but of course, everyone is in a hesitant standstill about finding the holy grail that is jetalium, just because belenos nearly went extinct because of the great power it held!
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No. 86254 ID: 602cd8
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86254

>Whether because of indecision, or just ignoring your shortsighted foresightedness, things worked out great, and I'm guessing you wouldn't even give a second thought to what life would be like in the Jammer, now, right?
Yeah... well, working out as in... as in I feel alive, which is better than living safely and feeling dead. So, yeah, no regrets, no interest in a jammer city.
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No. 86255 ID: 602cd8
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86255

>Thilki, did you intend that punch to land on his nose?
Well yeah. Basically the most hurt I could have inflicted on him, besides the nuts.
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No. 86256 ID: 602cd8
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86256

>Chop, have you actually had students who went and got pregnant?! I mean it makes sense, but it'd also make sense for them to, well, quit the class. Expecting kobolds tend to get very whiny and act like the babies they're growing.
CHOP'S STUDENTS REFRAIN FROM WHINING, they are not KIDS WHO RAISE KIDS. PLENTY of SOON-MOTHERS remain TRAINING IN THE DOJO, with EXPECTATIONS OF PERFORMANCE to remain as PREVIOUSLY STATED.
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No. 86257 ID: 602cd8
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86257

>So how did you meet and fall in love if your empathy clashed?
It... I really can't say for sure, but I guess it's like how normal aliens fall in love with each other even without empathy. It's just that our empathy didn't really fall in love with the other, but our thoughts did... it sounds really weird, and that's probably part of why they chose us for the experiment.

>Also how did you get on the list for seeing Three Stripes?
We signed up for what was called a mind changing experiment, as it said the benefits and the risks. There were quite a few takers, and so it was based, I heard, partly by lottery and partly by specific cases, and it did also cost a bit of money for each winner. We didn't actually know there was a predator involved until, well, late, but it worked out well.

>What was the process like on your end? And are you happy now?
It honestly didn't even feel like our heads were being controlled, honestly, but that's probably because we didn't fight it. It just felt like everything clicked. Well, that's how it was during the process. Afterwards, well, it was kind of scary just how easily we were controlled. Not just how easy we were controlled right then, but also just how Three Stripes managed to change us permanently! It was for the better, but that kind of power of neumono is just... wow.

And yes, we're very happy, now, but we are under close supervision to watch our behavior just to make sure there's no adverse effects or to see if it's that permanent or anything like that.
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No. 86258 ID: 602cd8
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86258

>Say, Korli, how common are sexdroids? How popular are they, for that matter (Common does not mean popular)?
Wait how come you came straight to me for this one?

Oh, fine, they're kinda popular, but the good ones are super expensive. I mean, sex for pleasure is a big thing for basically everyone except sort of not as big a deal to yich eaters. So there's a big market.

>Do they cater to both genders? Perhaps at the same time (Hermaphroditic robots)?
And a big market means there's going to be robots for basically every purpose! Of course, they're still subject to robot laws, so the AI is limited. Safe, of course, but a meaningful relationship just isn't going to happen. Unless that person is that desperate, but society usually calls them 'the crazies.'

>How realistic do they tend to be, and what would the scarcity on more realistic ones be, or if realistic is common, how much more common (or rare, since better models would render them obsolete) would the inferior models be?
And, how realism? Well, I dunno. Some people just want a normal looking thing, but there's going to be a lot that think, I mean, they're going to be getting a sex robot, why would they get something with normal, realistic proportions?

And I dunno there's probably more older models than replacement models since they are expensive, so people don't just get the big newest thing out.

I dunno I've seen a few but I'm more for real person interaction than beep boop fuck me.

>Also, Korli, does the lesbian gas you guys invented work on robots, other species, or anything else?
We... that's classified.

>Hey, Ultraking Az, did your people manage to make tranquilizers that were actually effective against Neumono, as something to resort to when trying to rescue the infected? Or, hell, even just rescuing those controlled by a Predator like Four Stripes.
Also classified!

>If a member of a hive gets isolated from said hive - say they get abducted out into space, get enslaved by a foreign hive that lives far away, or get trapped on a desert island - then is there a risk that they'll lose the hive connection just by being away too long? What sort of time frame are they looking at for that?
Yeah, it's pretty common for hives that split up a lot to have reunions pretty frequently. I don't want to give a time frame, though! It could be a couple weeks, or could be years. Heck, it could be never! But yeah people do sometimes go rogue because of it.

>How much would you pay to see bioarmor eat someone?
I don't really need... well, I mean, I've already seen some really weird stuff, so I dunno if I wanna see it.

I mean, I could also have said that there would be a lot of people willing to pay a lot of money to not see it.

>Now the original invention was a joint Belenosian and Human project right? After realizing it was not as useful on there species as they had hoped what direction did Humans go for there military enhancement?
Mostly the power armor route, but lightweight things that don't cost a fortune aren't as nifty. Humans do make the mose use of cybernetics, though. Belenos probably could catch up though if they keep on excavating lost tech.

>What about Belenosian using bio armor?
Oh, yeah! I forgot about them, somehow. They can use it about on par with Pomi, in that it can bind surprisingly safely - well, not that surprising, a lot of the bioarmor tech was actually excavated from ancient belenos and picked up by humans and a few belenosians - but there aren't that many benefits.

>Uh, what benefits does something with that wussy a rating convey?
Noticeable, but not much! 5% is used for training, actually, just to get people used to bioarmor before they strap on a 30% or whatever the first go.

>certain conditions make bioarmor rating effectively higher
In terms of risk to the host, at least. I'm going to assume this doesn't magically make the armor better.
Uh, right. The bioarmor rating is how difficult it is to put on, it's only correlated with how strong it is.

>How about twins, for those species that have them, or clones? Could you use someone to break in a suit, or even to build a custom one, and then have their clone wear the same suit with the same benefit? Or vice versa?
Uh... yeah, actually, that probably would! I mean, provided their bodies are still very similar. Which you would think so, but, well, recent experiments have shown that clones and even twins can vary quite a bit in body structure, so.. not as much as might be practical.
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No. 86259 ID: 602cd8
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86259

>Speaking of the Human/Belenosian alliance what is that like? I remember someone saying that the two races really took to each other and are sort of joined at the hip these days. Anyone have any interesting stories?
There's a lot of anecdotes from early belenos contact, but they're a lot of the same. A lot of convincing belenosian tribes the human's power armor weren't giant metal murder machines. A lot of convincing that human cell phones aren't communication to murderbots, only to have errant cell phone signals activate long lost belenosian murderbots, putting the re-uplifting process back a few years.

Unfortunately for humor and interesting stories, this was the human's first uplifting effort. Between finally finding life in the stars, and finding that it was once home to numerous apocalyptic weapons, efforts were extremely closely monitored, and most reports are simply factual and often classified even now. Once life was found there, though, lots of private organizations led expeditions rather than government powers, and obviously by the time the neumono were found... uplifting practices had gotten rather lax.

On the other hand, I have been amused by matter of factual informational logs such as "Log 66: Belenos 152 and 155 have taken to contests of gaining the fasted angular velocity via self-propelled somersaults in the anti-gravity chamber. Attempts to stop this behavior for their own safety have resulted in extreme irritability." They did all sorts of weird stuff like that. For science. When humans say 'for science!' it is often as a joke, but the belenos take it seriously.
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No. 86260 ID: 602cd8
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86260

>Hey Kexluk are you really big for a lizardman or are kobolds just really tiny? I ask because Zirkala does not seem that huge and most of the other lizardmen we have seen have not been as massive as you.
To put it bluntly, I am gigantic, yes! I have not yet met another lizardfolk who has come to eye level with myself - no living one, mind you.

>Given that you have teleporters, do governments set up teleportation hubs on worlds, to send people from city to city or even continent to continent?
Ah, while I have entered the realm of humans and elves and such allied beings, I am not always a welcome sight! And so not many entertain my questions for this, however, I do get the impression that many kingdoms do have intricate networks. Nonetheless, what I have recently seen was a mere teleporter to neighboring cities - hardly a breakthrough in magical power. While it can get complicated from active teleporting spells or active stationary portals, the general rule of thumb is that the farther the distance, the harder it is to cast. Hence, long distances require a network of many short hops.

However, in the world of feuding tribes of lizardmen and orcs and the like, we don't often place our hopes, dreams and ambitions to nebulous concepts like countries and kingdoms that commit resources to large scale infrastructure. Hence, teleporting in our lands is unreliable and costly at best.
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No. 86261 ID: 602cd8
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86261

>What do Kobolds taste like?
Poison. They are not poisonous, but their flesh, instead of developing strength, developed an absolutely awful aftertaste.
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No. 86262 ID: 602cd8
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86262

>How many societies came about that valued tradition over inventions, at least that you were witness to?
More traditional than not. Most people who want fantastical things seek out magic rather than trying to get mundane objects to do special actions.
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No. 86263 ID: 0fb5be

That same teleporter question to the Asteroid Quest folks.
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No. 86265 ID: d90668

So Wendal what is Belenosian society like these days? Did they rediscover there own history quickly or did they adopt a bunch of human culture? Also how long was it between the collapse and humans finding them?


Hey Zirkala do lizardfolk and kobolds lay eggs? Well at least the more draconic type kobolds anyways.
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No. 86267 ID: 4f004c

>>86255
So Tsundere.
> It's just that our empathy didn't really fall in love with the other, but our thoughts did... it sounds really weird
It may be weird for Neumono, but, considering we aren't Neumono, it makes sense for us.
>Not just how easy we were controlled right then, but also just how Three Stripes managed to change us permanently! It was for the better, but that kind of power of neumono is just... wow.
Well, like you said, it was because you weren't fighting it. When Polo went in to practice resisting Predator control, Three Stripes had a lot of trouble getting her to just commit to an action, it would have likely been impossible for him to have changed her permanently.
Then there's Giant, but she's a special case, with some sort of genetic immunity to predators or something. Her empathy basically jumped out of the way of the predator's.
>Wait how come you came straight to me for this one?
Despite your initial reluctance to answer this sort of question, you swiftly took a scientific approach and started answering them.
>Unless that person is that desperate, but society usually calls them 'the crazies.'
...Human homeworld had whole cities of crazies. Even a city that was dedicated to marriages, changed their philosophy to cater to "Artificial" lovers. The specifics of that have probably been lost (as in, erased), but it did happen.
>I dunno I've seen a few but I'm more for real person interaction than beep boop fuck me.
I guess for a species dedicated to Empathic connection, the lifelike artificial lovers never were a big hit among the Neumono. Going to have to find out how advanced they get for ourselves, here; you've mentioned that, ignoring the human advances, Neumono advances failed to create an efficient artificial empathy, and I highly doubt any Neumono would enjoy that fake empathy feeling.
> so I dunno if I wanna see it.
I caught that fluctuation! You really do want to see it, don't you?
Well, okay, let me word it this way: How much would you pay to learn the when and where of it, assuming that being there would be free, anyways, so that you could choose for yourself whether to actively go to it or avoid it?
>recent experiments have shown that clones and even twins can vary quite a bit in body structure, so.. not as much as might be practical.
I blame the regenerative properties of Neumono. The regeneration allows the body to adapt to what it's exposed to, and even in the womb, identical twins still get exposed a little differently; clones would definitely have different exposure, especially due to rapid aging.
>no living one, mind you.
Zirkala's undead form may be modified to be that tall, but she also gives herself a tauric form. Tauric organisms are known to be tall. As you surely remember, her "Skin and muscle" form is about between the size of you and Story Seeker.
>Hence, teleporting in our lands is unreliable and costly at best.
Except for Muo's chaos port--Oh. Right, that's unstable-ish, which is why you need to fetch a super rare artifact to stabilize it. Expensive, if it were up for sale, surely.
>They are not poisonous, but their flesh, instead of developing strength, developed an absolutely awful aftertaste.
Hmm. I wonder if they're an evolutionary offshoot of the lizardmen. Kobolds grew a nasty tasting flesh to prevent predators from eating them, while lizardmen grew large and muscular, allowing them to become the predators. This does, of course, assume the gods didn't simply go "Oh hey I want to have this puny little species that becomes enslaved by the others, but don't want them to be eaten off so I'll make them taste horrible," and magic them into existance. Which, given the Chaos God's powers, could totally be possible.
>Well at least the more draconic type kobolds anyways.
...They have boobs, so I'm fairly certain they give live birth. The canine type Kobolds, however, do not seem to have boobs, so they probably do lay eggs.
If (Draconic) Kobolds and/or lizardfolk do lay eggs, then what exactly ARE the lumps on the chest for?
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No. 86270 ID: 0ee153

>>86267
If they were created, aesthetics. If not, fat storage, similar to a camel's.
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No. 86271 ID: 0fb5be

>>86267
>>86270

Some god could have just gone rampant in a particular part of the world, shouting 'check under your seats! boobs for all the ladies!', and then the time lords just didn't care enough to undo it.
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No. 86272 ID: bb78f2

Zirkala, were you ever a Mom? If that's not too personal.

Ben, is there a zero percent chance that there's some remnant of the previous belosian empire with actual working jetalium somewhere out in the galaxy or universe? Or was deep space exploration taboo or completely useless in those days, according to the empire and not present day belonos. I'm honestly surprised not a single catch of jetalium exists somewhere. Even the belosian moon's a safe bet for some remnant.

It would be funny if Belosian's found humans once long ago, but I don't actually know if that's possible.
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No. 86273 ID: cee89f

>>86253
>Well then Jetalium, of course!
....
Uh... I was under the impression Jetalium's properties and exact make-up are unknown? How do you create something when you have no idea what it is?

>just because belenos nearly went extinct because of the great power it held!
This is starting to sound like finding a piece of the Thing from Another World and EATING IT.
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No. 86274 ID: 4d85c5

Jess: at what point did you realize Itcher's perennial 'wife and kids' excuse was bullshit?

>expecting biology to make consistent, rational evolutionary sense in a setting where gods and crazy mages literally do stuff for the lulz. All the time.
Pffff-hahaha.

>Three Stripes had a lot of trouble getting [Polo] to just commit to an action, it would have likely been impossible for him to have changed her permanently
I think you misunderstood. Three Stripes had some trouble taking control. That's what Polo was practicing resisting. Once he was in control he could have done whatever he wanted (though attempting to 'edit' her would certainly have been more time and effort intensive than say, making her perform acrobatics). He just chose not to.

I mean, if Polo were edit-proof, that would kind of defeat the purpose of her plan to go to Three Stripes after this mission to repair the dart-damage.

And resisting can't make edits impossible, either. Since we know for a fact the salikai have used Four Stripes to alter Rokoa-clones, and I very much doubt they all consented.
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No. 86283 ID: d90668

Dear lich king. What was it like hanging out in Zirkala's spare bedroom body while waiting for Kexluk and Story to show up?

And what would you have done if Story figured out who it was and tried to embarrass you into dropping your disguise.

I guess the question is who would have blinked first if Story had tried to seduce you?
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No. 86292 ID: 2fd516

>>86267
Lagoverse kobolds don't have tits. Only lizardmen do.
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No. 86294 ID: e6e219

Hey Zirkala a question about lizardfolk and kobolds for you.

So is your species like half um lizard and half human? Or is there some Draconic ancestry in there somewhere. Or did your kind just evolve "naturally".

Same question for Kobolds. Are they a crossbreed or there own species?

Also how well do different species crossbreed in your world? I mean if you were still living could you and Story have a child?

Also should we be advising Story to stock up on anti pregnancy charms so he does not end up with a kid in every town/cave/dimension?
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No. 86425 ID: d90668

Have another question about Kobold genetics.

In Fen quest if say a fuzzbold like Shup had a kid with one of the big armored kobolds like Tevliss what would it look like?
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No. 86438 ID: bb78f2

Sorry about the personal questions here, but I'm also sorta not because I'm really curious about the sexual habits of powerful beings that don't stereotypically have sex.

Lich King, do you have sex at all? Or have you abandoned such pleasentries since you've become a lich?

Basically, Zirkala's the only Lich I've heard of that has sex. Just wondering if that's because I'm not paying attention or Zirkala's unique in that regard (and potentially you too are unique in that regard, Lich King).

Zirkala, was Story the first person you've actually fornicated with in a long time since the first time you boned him or have you played with other mortals/immortals frequently/semi-frequently before Story Seeker showed up?

The smartest fufa... do you care about the birds and the bees at all, even though you're an intelligent, probably asexual fungus (if that's even an apt description at all)?

Time Lord, typically Time Lords I know of are also asexual, just wondering if I'm correct or not.

Korli, can AI's or CAI's enjoy a form of direct sex without taking over an android? I think we know the answer for the personality AI's in Unnatural Selection, but those are during the Selection games and the interface might change dramatically after a CAI is actually made. It would most probably, not definitely not be reproductive, right?
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No. 86447 ID: c7afcd

Hey Kappi since you're getting strong and all lifting all this stuff, how strong is gravity there?
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No. 86558 ID: d86c96
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86558

>>85669
>korli

Rrggnsfzn rrgrfrnr grghryeah whatever it’s all accurate enough.

>>85691
>So if Rokolo is supposed to be a supergenius why does Korli seem smarter? ...And cuter... and less obnoxious.

Ugh. It’s because I just don’t have the patience for you, thats why!

Look, people call me a mad scientist, and that’s not right. Not just because I’m obviously entirely sane, but because I’m an engineer, mechanical and biological and otherwise. A scientist is someone who wants to learn things! They want to push back the boundaries of knowledge, see that that knowledge is spread and preserved, and so on. I also search for knowledge, running experiments and going on expeditions and hacking into government agencies and so on, but that’s because I want to do things with that knowledge. Korli’s a scientist, so she likes experimenting and exploring and, in this case, teaching. For their own sakes.

>>85679
>Don't be daft. The empathy given off by your disgruntlement at being forced into the title would tear the hive apart, or cause the Neumono in question to go rogue.

Don’t be daft? After you deliver that pile of shit up to my door!? You can’t become a rogue by being disgruntled, you ignorant alien fuck! At least, not by any level of disgruntlement to which the word ‘disgruntlement’ remains at all adequate. Going rogue is caused by a profound psychological disconnect with your hive! If neumono went rogue just because their hives wanted them to do something they personally didn’t want to do, we wouldn’t have any hives at all! The only way to stop yourself becoming a Queen or King if you’re on the course to becoming one is to go rogue, and no neumono would ever choose to go rogue. I mean, it happens in stories sometimes, some defector from the villainous hive comes over and helps out the protagonists or something, but they always end up dead by the end. All rogues end up dead by the end in the old stories.

… Shit, alright, technically you can possibly stop yourself becoming a ‘royal’ if you’re being pushed to it, but not really. Idiots sometimes try to do it by ‘edging’ with their hive, by keeping away from them enough that there’s too much distance for the change to happen, but not enough that you go rogue. But then, while you’re doing that, you can only hope that at some point the hive’s mentality changes or that another candidate takes your place, and neither of those is likely, so you can end up waiting out there by your miserable self for years. The balance you have to maintain is so delicate that, in something like nine in ten cases, you’ll end up either becoming Queen or King anyway, or you’ll go rogue. And it’s not good for the hive, either. Hives don’t try to pull out a new King or Queen for no reason, it’s part of a solid natural process. You might as well try to stop your claws from growing by pushing them back into your fingers.

>>85680
>I take it your Nanites are finetuned to actually be more efficient at it, Rokolo?

Why wouldn’t they? They have an AI controlling them, so they can be more finetuned for everything.

>>85690
>Hey Rokolo. Out of all your dimension hopping brain raping escapades what is the oddest set of memories/abilities you have absorbed?

Probably that Rokoa who became a chef. I didn’t really mean to absorb that one. See, one of the science hive made this self-replicating alcohol that keeps making more of itself, so long as you have food in your stomach. I tried some, and then everything’s a blur until three weeks later when I finally threw up enough that there was nothing left for it to use. At which point, I was in another dimension, covered in blood and coffee and cake mix stains.

>how quick do your counterparts bounce back from having a chunk of there head ripped out?

I don’t rip a chunk out of their head, we’re neumono. I surgically extract smaller chunks from several points in their body. Recovery time varies.

>>85695
>And judging from that one image of you with the Rokoa clones (compared to the image of Polo and Rokoa at the top of the thread) you're not THAT much taller than Polo.

First, I’ll remind you that there’s a little principle called perspective. Second, that apparent neumono height can change considerably, depending on how straight we’re standing on our legs - Polo is often tense in proximity to Rokoa, and so subconsciously stands herself taller, while Rokoa remains in a relaxed heel-sitting posture. And third, since you’re looking back to that round of questions I answered with the clones beside me, I’ll remind you that at that moment I was standing next to Sevens, who is Queen of the clone hive, and as such is significantly larger than a ‘normal’ Rokoa. They were wearing armor, anyway. It comes with pretty thick boots.

>Didn't you say once that the reason your tits looked so huge is because you got Rokoa's tits on Polo's body?

Because I have her tits on a smaller body.

>>85681
>This kind of shit is why no one takes you seriously.

Because using speciocentric standards as if they’re universal is a recipe for the esteem of all, is that it? We’re not short, you’re all ridiculously tall. Or, if you asked the rokoas, you’re all short, too. Or if you asked Igor or Dastrica, you’re all tiny! So shut yourself up.
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No. 86568 ID: cee89f

>Ugh. It’s because I just don’t have the patience for you, thats why!
U madnjelly :P

>Look, people call me a mad scientist, and that’s not right. Not just because I’m obviously entirely sane, but because I’m an engineer, mechanical and biological and otherwise.
1) Mad scientists can be engineers too. 'Science' in any work where 'mad scientist' is an actual term is generally so broad as to be utterly meaningless.

2) Don't lie to us. You are way too interesting and your plans far too outside the mainstream to be 'entirely sane'.

>First, I’ll remind you that there’s a little principle called perspective.
That is not what a 'principle' is!!!

>We’re not short, you’re all ridiculously tall.
Keep tellin' yourself that, hun.

>HSOWA
.... wut?
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No. 86569 ID: 0ee153

>>86558
Given that all the people you named are two inches high on a comptuer screen at best, we're giants compared to them.

The Elder God managed to fit in a 800x800 image, too, so we're also way bigger than it.
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No. 86570 ID: 88960e

>HSOWA
Hot skitty on wailord action.

See, it's funny because she's insisting she's not tiny.
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No. 86574 ID: 602cd8
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86574

>Polo, have you ever been on the receiving end of a prank?
I have had a number of... practical jokes played on me as a kid while in extra-hive schools. They were all on the level of receiving wedgies. Or actual wedgies. I would not call them proper pranks. So, no.

Unless that time weed was planted in my notebook was supposed to be a prank. I believe that was no joke, however, and someone so hopped upwards on mind altering substances confused my notebook for theirs.
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No. 86575 ID: 602cd8
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86575

>Uh... I was under the impression Jetalium's properties and exact make-up are unknown? How do you create something when you have no idea what it is?
That's why it's the holy grail of belenosian science! We only have wild guesses to its structure, and so we must effectively create it using tiny scraps of evidence and guesses that archeologists find.

>Ben, is there a zero percent chance that there's some remnant of the previous belosian empire with actual working jetalium somewhere out in the galaxy or universe?
It is an absolutely astronomically low percentage, but it is non-zero!

>Or was deep space exploration taboo or completely useless in those days, according to the empire and not present day belonos. I'm honestly surprised not a single catch of jetalium exists somewhere. Even the belosian moon's a safe bet for some remnant.
Metal slag has been discovered on moons and colonized planets that was believed to once be jetalium, just as that metal slag has been discovered on Belenos IV itself - however, the trouble is not that it does not exist, the trouble is that it expires! Jetalium needs upkeep to maintain itself, and the infrastructure to create it was apparently lost, leaving the jetals' bodies to decay until all they had was their core. A few cores have been found, but I do not know what has been learned from them. Nonetheless, there has been no evidence that belenos had ever discovered warp drive.

>Given that you have teleporters, do governments set up teleportation hubs on worlds?
Of course! Teleporters can only teleport so much at once safely, however, there is virtually no cooldown time, so people can just enter in as a line. However! The teleporter needs relatively clear line of sight - people can teleport through dust, air and other particles, but certainly not through to the other side of a planet. Hence, teleporting requires walking through to a passing space station, waiting some time, then teleporting off to their final destination.

That is why many large planets have one or even two orbital rings around the planet, so that at nearly any given point, a major town's teleporter will have clear line of sight to at least one station.

As for poor planets, things become more limited, and airplanes are still the primary planetary form of transportation, although even busy planets will use airplanes sometimes to cross smaller distances to small towns.
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No. 86576 ID: 602cd8
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86576

>So Wendel what is Belenosian society like these days? Did they rediscover there own history quickly or did they adopt a bunch of human culture? Also how long was it between the collapse and humans finding them?
They're more comfortable with technology now. It has been 160 years or so since we made contact with them, and they're not so traditional minded to hold much sway to ideals five generations back. Most of the history was found soon enough, but humans were controlling enough in their uplifting that their upbringing resembled human culture more than belenos culture. Eventually their own culture came through, but humans and belenos were so conjoined that one culture affected the other.

As careful as they are, they can be competitive, and have already become the leading science planet in the galaxy again. Their lost tech under the ground gave them a good headstart. The more they find though, the more they realize just how much was destroyed, so it has not been difficult to create ground rules for gained technology, and have them followed. Modern day belenosian scientists are as ambitious as ever, but a lot of found tech has been kept under wraps. It's no secret that somewhere deep in secured government vaults, there is some nasty stuff. Nothing on par with ancient belenos, but still enough firepower to end planets, some superviruses that could wipe out populations, so on and so forth. Plus, confiscated science that was made by rogue scientists. Stuff the salikai make, basically.

So, the people who live on Belenos IV now do so either because it's where they grew up, because they're scientists, or they don't mind living on a giant powder keg that could have too big a spark to stomp out at any moment.

The rough estimate is 9,000 or 10,000 years - earth years - ago that the belenos blew themselves up.
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No. 86578 ID: 602cd8
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86578

>Jess: at what point did you realize Itcher's perennial 'wife and kids' excuse was bullshit?
As soon as he said it for the first time. That sheep is bachelor incarnate.
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No. 86579 ID: 602cd8
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86579

>Hey Kappi since you're getting strong and all lifting all this stuff, how strong is gravity there?
It's right between earth and belenos, but I heard it used to be lighter than earth when the first crashlanders made the permanent gravity field.
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No. 86580 ID: 602cd8
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86580

>I caught that fluctuation! You really do want to see it, don't you?
Okay I am a little bit curious, and it's the sort of thing that I know I'd probably regret and do it anyway!

>Korli, can AI's or CAI's enjoy a form of direct sex without taking over an android? I think we know the answer for the personality AI's in Unnatural Selection, but those are during the Selection games and the interface might change dramatically after a CAI is actually made. It would most probably, not definitely not be reproductive, right?
Well I mean, they can take over almost any interface that controls any sort of mechanisms, so if they have control of something that moves much, then you can probably just duct tape a dildo to it?

Some CAIs can create an interface internally that individual CAI characters can do stuff in, but that's considered dangerous and can lead to the CAI being terribly unfocused overall on the outside world, soooo most have it disabled, so it's external mechanisms or bust. Not a good word. Mechanisms or... thoughts.

And no. They can't actually pass on their genetic data. The closest thing would be programming an intelligent robot AI.
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No. 86581 ID: 602cd8
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86581

>The smartest fufa... do you care about the birds and the bees at all, even though you're an intelligent, probably asexual fungus (if that's even an apt description at all)?
GREAT THINKING EFFORTS HAVE YIELDED GREAT UNDERSTANDING OF LOVE AND SEX.

LOUD VOLUME FOR WORD OF EMPHASIS. FEELING OF LOVE AND SEX HAS STILL BEEN UNOBTAINABLE DESPITE ATTEMPTS AT EMULATION.
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No. 86582 ID: 602cd8
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86582

>If (Draconic) Kobolds and/or lizardfolk do lay eggs, then what exactly ARE the lumps on the chest for?
Hm? Us draconic kobolds don't have females that have breasts! It is only lizard girls that do.

>As for them, what are they for?
... feeding? I imagine the same as regular babies! Even if they lay eggs, this doesn't mean the babies are left to fend for themselves! Usually!

Or maybe a god/wizard did it! I do not know the creation of the world and species very well. The lady who taught me the common language though theorized there must have been artificial means, as otherwise, it would make no sense for any kobold, me or others, to be attracted to such! Unfortunately, she explained it far better, but my common was hardly acceptable back then.
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No. 86583 ID: 602cd8
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86583

>What was it like hanging out in Zirkala's spare bedroom body while waiting for Kexluk and Story to show up?
You'd think that would be special, wouldn't it? But you'd be wrong. I've done all kinds of wacky things long before Zirkala was ever conceived! I've been multiple bedroom bodies in the past, in fact. I've also been multiple bedroom bodies at the same time. I've also been the bedroom.

>And what would you have done if Story figured out who it was and tried to embarrass you into dropping your disguise.
I'd like to see him try! For a few minutes to an hour, anyway. I'd probably go string him along till one of us got bored of it.

>I guess the question is who would have blinked first if Story had tried to seduce you?
In this case, whichever one got bored first. I've done this sort of mundane thing lifetimes longer than he has. That should be a good hint.

>Lich King, do you have sex at all? Or have you abandoned such pleasentries since you've become a lich?
I have no sex drive, but now, with complete impartialness, I look at sex differently than most mortals. Many would agree that if one removes the prospect of it leading to reproduction of a mortal species, all it leaves is a strange, strange act. Some find it disgusting, some find it simply weird, and others like myself find it so temptingly humorous to engage in.

Zirkala, though? I suspect it lies with her lingering interest in mortal affairs, and such acts still hold mental appeal, even if the internal desires have faded, which perhaps they may not have. She is an unusual one.
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No. 86584 ID: 602cd8
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86584

>So is your species like half um lizard and half human? Or is there some Draconic ancestry in there somewhere. Or did your kind just evolve "naturally". Same question for Kobolds. Are they a crossbreed or there own species?
My original species of lizardman, I assume you mean. In which case, half human, half lizard is the common belief. Kobolds are more of a mystery. It is believed they are half lizard, half dragon, however, given they are weaker than either, both dragons and lizardmen aggressively deny any possibility of this, or if they do, they blame the other for the kobolds' diminutive stature.

>Also how well do different species crossbreed in your world? I mean if you were still living could you and Story have a child?
Not naturally well. Very few interspecies relationships will have offspring. The product of that offspring will usually be sterile as well.

>Also should we be advising Story to stock up on anti pregnancy charms so he does not end up with a kid in every town/cave/dimension?
That is among the next batch of things he will learn as bardic magic, even if he seldom lies with his own kind. There will be no need for contraceptives.
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No. 86585 ID: 602cd8
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86585

>Time Lord, typically Time Lords I know of are also asexual, just wondering if I'm correct or not.
Completely asexual. Like a lich, I was once mortal. Unlike a lich, I completely shed any physical and mental trace, memory and sentimentality to mortality in my ascension, keeping only an understanding and empathy for purposes of working with them as needed. Liches try to shed it completely. They get close. But I've never seen one completely succeed.
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No. 86586 ID: 602cd8
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86586

>In Fen quest if say a fuzzbold like Shup had a kid with one of the big armored kobolds like Tevliss what would it look like?
Anywhere between a field kobold and a mountain kobold, but it is more common to be one or the other as random as being male or female. However, sometimes one type will overtake the others seldomly, and rarely, they will seem perfectly half and half. These kobolds may have children and grow up as normal as can be, though perhaps being ostracised somewhat for their looks.

However, the partiality of their form is unstable. If a half field, half mountain kobold would be have a child with a wholebred kobold, it is nearly certain that the child will take entirely after the wholebred, even if the wholebred is something considerably different, such as aquatic. Nearly certain, I said. It is still possible that such an offspring could take after parts of aquatic, mountain and field, however unlikely, but those partials will be so weak that its breeding with a wholebred will be doubly certain to lead to a wholebred.

Half and half mixing with another half and half, however, will be more even. Half draconic half field mixing with a half oceanic half mountain, for instance, does yield a possible chance of a kobold that is an even quarter everything. It is still entirely possible and likely that the offspring will be a wholebred once again. It has been confirmed that a wholebred with partial ancestry is as wholebred as any other pure ancestry. But. There are legends of kobolds of mixed ancestry who appeared wholebred themselves, but upon breeding with their own kind, they found their child having mixed ancestry. There are multiple tales of this, the first I heard were tragedies as the parents accused each other of unfaithfulness, but later I would hear the same tales only with happier endings.

I have seen a few mixes in my life, but my most familiar one is Pomnivi here, a field kobold and mountain kobold mix. He is furry, but each strand reflects light as though it were a scale, leading to an enviable sheen.

Ah, and although very few have absolutely debilitating shortcomings, many have small little physical shortcomings. Pomnivi, for instance, has far too much fur growth in his ears, and without constant grooming, he becomes hard of hearing.
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No. 86587 ID: bb78f2

Shup, is it possible through proper husbandry, we can breed a super kobold?

>>86584
>Contraceptives
Zirkala, are there fertility spells that could actually make mixed breeding with previously incompatible species possible? Is magical genetic engineering theoretically possible in your world? If so, can gay couples have biologically related children that belong to both parents? Or even more than just two, supposedly?
I just want to know because science. Science magic.
Do you also know any surgery by chance? I'm curious how much mundane skills and knowledge you might actually possess that can somewhat replace the power of your magics. Think you could make a living, working Frankenstein monster without magic at all?

>>86575
>Nonetheless, there has been no evidence that belenos had ever discovered warp drive.
That can't be the only solution to FTL travel, can it?
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No. 86595 ID: d90668

>>86584

So Zirkala if you are half lizard and half human where are these lizards that either were boning or getting boned by humans?

I mean because it had to have been common enough at one point to start a whole new species.
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No. 86596 ID: 4f004c

>even if the internal desires have faded, which perhaps they may not have.
I would imagine that a lich who's memory of the urges and feelings would be able to replicate it all into the nervous system of any spare body, though that would require a bit more than just being able to raise bodies of flesh. Zirkala, it seems, was quite a powerful necromancer before becoming a lich, so it certainly would not surprise me if she were able to create a body of flesh with a working nervous system that can connect to the host.
...And as long as a lich can continue to experience a feeling, it won't fade away so easily.
>Liches try to shed it completely.
...Funny, the only two Liches I've seen in that world seem to enjoy retaining some level of understanding of emotion. I guess Zirkala and Lich King are just exceptions, then?
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No. 86597 ID: 2fd516

>>86596
Did you miss the >But I've never seen one completely succeed.
?
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No. 86600 ID: 0ee153

>>86585
So you've never seen another time lord form, then? Sounds like you were a lich who succeeded and forgot about it.
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No. 86818 ID: 4f004c

>>78973
>[Hok:] They're probably doing old people things right now.
...What exactly constitutes "Old people things" for Mikliks? Just sitting around fermenting? CAN Mikliks ferment? If so, is it more like smoking, or drinking?
>>86799
...Say, which species can naturally have large asses, and which ones are actually interested in synthetically raising the size?
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No. 86859 ID: b3dd38

Hey Miss, how many Miklik pornstars can you name
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No. 86866 ID: 4f004c

>>86859
Suddenly I wonder if the Vikliks have pornstars. And now I'm wondering how crazy Mikliks get with all their appendages.

Okay, what species have to worry about STDs, and which don't? Humans I know have a bunch to worry about, and Belenosians probably do too, but how about the rest?
For that matter, which species have similar enough cells that they can be effected by the same viruses?
What's the stance on death doctors for the various species?

And jumping back to the subject of sex stuff, Miss, do you ever find robots or animatronics attractive? If there were a whole species, yes, species that were robots, how would you react to that? (Obviously the androids made by organics don't count)
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No. 86965 ID: bb78f2

Story Seeker, I noticed that we had little reflection about how your first threeway with a dude went, at least from your perspective. Kexluk and Zirkala had a lot to talk about in the experience, but that was way more about them than how you were there.

Was it interesting seeing how another dude does his thing while you're also doing your thing?
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No. 87054 ID: 91cfcf

>>81250
>>/quest/604629

I really, really doubt Rokoa can crush rocks to powder like Chop apparently can. So either I underestimate Rokoa, Rokoa underestimated Chop, or the two universes have different laws of physics. For simplicity's sake, I'm assuming each character uses their own universe's laws of physics.

It seems like Chop could literally tear Rokoa to pieces and crush her bones to make flour. Chop, Rokoa, whoever else is qualified to judge, is this accurate?
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No. 87055 ID: eda819

>>86257
You left our something kind of big, to my mind. You signed up for voluntary brain surgery! You had your personality reprogrammed, to some extent.

How are you, well, with that? How different do you seem to yourself, how much do you notice it? How much do the people you knew before notice a change? (I'll assume you had friends and acquaintances of some kind before you fell in love. Even rogues don't live in a vacuum).

>>86258
>Wait how come you came straight to me for this one?
Look, we usually bother you or Pilon for the sex ed stuff, and we rightly figured you'd know more about robots than he would.
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No. 87059 ID: 602cd8
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87059

>Shup, is it possible through proper husbandry, we can breed a super kobold?
The luck that would be required is absurd, and the 'super kobold' that resulted would be terribly underwhelming given the effort needed. Any intentional husbandry that occurs is done out of a hobby and interest, not as a practical solution to anything. Even if it were done, the offspring that are remotely useful for the breeding program would be a small portion compared to the many, many children that are worthless. They would come, whether or not they are taken care of or abandoned to the streets.
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No. 87060 ID: 602cd8
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87060

>Story Seeker, I noticed that we had little reflection about how your first threeway with a dude went, at least from your perspective. Kexluk and Zirkala had a lot to talk about in the experience, but that was way more about them than how you were there.
Yes well, threesomes turned out to be a rather complicated affair! Which surprised me, but apparently Zirkala knew what she was doing, while Kexluk took awhile to make sure he was not committing some sort of faux pas, all while dealing with his recent defeat.

I would still call it pleasant, though! Almost surreal, how gentle a gigantic lizardman could be. Of course, perhaps the gigantic part is why he had to be well practiced in such behavior. So yes, without delving into too private of details, it was very interesting!
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No. 87061 ID: 602cd8
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87061

>Zirkala, are there fertility spells that could actually make mixed breeding with previously incompatible species possible? Is magical genetic engineering theoretically possible in your world? If so, can gay couples have biologically related children that belong to both parents? Or even more than just two, supposedly?
Yes.

Sometimes it's easy. Sometimes it requires constant attention for many years, as the child could not survive on its own without constant medical and magical intervention. Whether it's easy or hard depends on the skill of the magician combining two incompatible parents, and what species the parents are.

>Do you also know any surgery by chance? I'm curious how much mundane skills and knowledge you might actually possess that can somewhat replace the power of your magics.
Somewhat, although it is more a side effect of watching the magic take place, and seeing what could be done through physical means. If I were to suddenly lose magic, then I believe I would quickly realize how little of actual surgery I do know. I could not make a living frankenstein type of creature without magical means. It may be impossible. Or at least absurdly difficult. As far as I can tell physically, the body and brain are too interconnected to simply slap a brain inside of a new body and expect everything to sort itself out.

>So Zirkala if you are half lizard and half human where are these lizards that either were boning or getting boned by humans?
Presumed dead. I don't know. It is also possible they were just regular lizards who were magically breeded with humans, as I previously went over.
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No. 87062 ID: 602cd8
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87062

>So you've never seen another time lord form, then? Sounds like you were a lich who succeeded and forgot about it.
I have seen other time lords. We normally stay out of each other's way, so it is rare, but time lords do take a variety of forms, often as something recognizeable but exotic.

It is possible that I was a lich who succeeded in removing any trace of mortality, but if so, then I ascended beyond even that. That's simply unlikely, however.
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No. 87063 ID: 602cd8
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>Nonetheless, there has been no evidence that belenos had ever discovered warp drive.
>That can't be the only solution to FTL travel, can it?
What the humans found is the only known solution for large amounts of matter to reach FTL. There could be another! I do not know it, of course. But even if the belenos had discovered a different type of warp drive, there is no evidence of that either! I had meant that there is no evidence of FTL whatsoever, not that there was no evidence of just our FTL.
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No. 87064 ID: 602cd8
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87064

>Hey Miss, how many Miklik pornstars can you name
There really aren't thaaaat many. The ones I do know, in no particular order...

Leaf Hardstem!
Green Longvine!
Blo Powderpuff!
Rock Toughbark!
Jonathon Smith!
Rover Clasper!

They're all screen names, of course.

>I wonder if the Vikliks have pornstars. And now I'm wondering how crazy Mikliks get with all their appendages.
Okay the thing is is that mikliks aren't really a huuuge consumer of porn. So it's kinda niche. And so they try to cover both the small miklik market, and the deviants. So, miklik porn is, if nothing else, creative. Like, there's games made with images of mikliks and other things in the weirdest positions and the goal is to guess whether or not it's miklik porn.

>Okay, what species have to worry about STDs, and which don't? Humans I know have a bunch to worry about, and Belenosians probably do too, but how about the rest?
Humans actually found a cure for most of 'em, so it's actually not a widespread thing! There are still some, but it's not as widespread of an issue. Pomi have more, unfortunately, but fortunately, most of them are at least treatable to the point where it's just a little inconvenient.

Heef have a whoooole bunch. Mikliks, uh, not really. I mean some actually do, but their bodies can vary so much that when an STD transfers to another body, there's a good chance it'll just have no idea what to do and die off.

Yich eaters have a chunk yeah, not much to say there.

Oh, and neumono are basically free. Their hive mentality makes it so apparently unhealthy neumono will be okay with not passing on their genes, so a lot of diseases and stuff would naturally not pass on throughout the generations. Kinda especially sucks for the diseased ones, but it paid off.

And uh, Korli will deal with the belenos part.

>And jumping back to the subject of sex stuff, Miss, do you ever find robots or animatronics attractive? If there were a whole species, yes, species that were robots, how would you react to that? (Obviously the androids made by organics don't count)
Robots can look and act like all kinds of stuff! I could be attracted to it. Or just interested. I mean, it's kind of no secret here that I'm open to a lot of experimentation. So, sorry, but this question is way too vague to answer with anything other than a 'maybe probably.'
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No. 87065 ID: 602cd8
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87065

>Say, which species can naturally have large asses, and which ones are actually interested in synthetically raising the size?
Given that our sapient creatures have preeetty similar physique, childbirth is benefitted from hips, which of course increase butt size, so, most, really! Mikliks excluded, and belenos can have hips, although it's not as huge of a benefit. It's weird, but belenos are kinda... malleable down there. Probably all that genetic engineering, I dunno. Still, many of 'em like hips and stuff, so they're still applicable. Oh and yich eater's excluded but they don't really have that anyway. Heef have hips, but there's all that fluff that sorta evens it out, and it's not as huge of a mating deal to have a big butt.

Buuuut, humans, neumono, belenos and pomi all can have pretty wide butts and can be interested in increasing their size. Although tastes do vary, of course, and there's a lot of each that do like tight little behinds, so it's not like it's an exceptionless rule!

Speaking of all that genetic engineering for belenos!

>Belenos STDs and other things
Okay, so there are a couple sort of primitive diseases and issues, but the thing is is that belenos, prior to the get-blown-up, underwent a lot of eugenics. A lot of forced sterilization of people with known diseases for the few diseases that couldn't be cured, and a lot of pick-and-choose which sperm gets into what egg. With symbiotic parents and all. It was all dystopian futurish, but they did manage to pull it off! So the belenos were bred to be weak, easily told what to do even if they don't like it, and nearly free of complications like diseases, childbirth, mutations, etcetera. And still smart.

So, that kind of got mucked up in the post 9 or 10 thousand years or so of a mild genetic bottleneck and just general evolutionary stuff. So a couple diseases came back, stupid but stronger belenos were allowed to live, and generally a survivalist capability. 9,000 years might not generally be a lot of time to evolve, but their situations kinda forced some changes. So what I said was the extremely simplified version of it, and there's a lot of scholars who study it.
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87066

>You left out something kind of big, to my mind. You signed up for voluntary brain surgery! You had your personality reprogrammed, to some extent. How are you, well, with that? How different do you seem to yourself, how much do you notice it? How much do the people you knew before notice a change? (I'll assume you had friends and acquaintances of some kind before you fell in love. Even rogues don't live in a vacuum).
Well, other than loving him empathically now, people didn't really notice a fundamental difference. I think what Three Stripes did wasn't really what people would consider a 'personality reprogramming', so much as using what my personality already had to fill in what it suddenly needed to be. Well, maybe that sounds like the same thing. Uh... I guess what I'm trying to say is that it felt less like it was him changing me and more me changing me, even if it was him who had me change me. Which still could lead to side effects, but so far I haven't like, forgotten what thursday was.

So even if it was like brain surgery, it was like it was perfect brain surgery. I honestly think that using a predator for that stuff is kind of a flawless system, but I'm not the one studying it. I got lucky, but from what I've heard, the other test subjects have had similar experiences. I'll admit though, I was thinking it could go absolutely horribly, since for brain surgery of any type, Three Stripes isn't really... professional. He just wanted to nibble on my ears a lot.
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No. 87067 ID: 602cd8
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87067

>Chop crushed rocks to powder
>It seems like Chop could literally tear Rokoa to pieces and crush her bones to make flour. Chop, Rokoa, whoever else is qualified to judge, is this accurate?
>For simplicity's sake, I'm assuming each character uses their own universe's laws of physics.
Okay so that is the trouble with inter-universe interactions! Because you are right, it's a whole different set of laws. I mean, Rokoa is really strong, but her strength is kind of, well, realistic. I mean, as realistic as a psychic space rabbit can be. While Chop is in a universe of silly-strong things!

So yeah Rokoa couldn't crush a rock to powder by just squeezing on it, I mean, the numbers in the force needed to turn a rock to powder by just a hand squeezing on it are collosal, at least most rocks, like the one Chop used. But that's the trouble with who-would-win-in-a-fight from two different settings! But, if you moved one of them to the other universe and actually made him fit proportionally with the differences, then Rokoa might be some kind of actually invincible creature that can go blow a whole boulder three times her size apart in a single punch, I dunno. And Chop in Rokoa's might just be an abnormally powerful person for a weak species that otherwise isn't all that remarkable.

So in short, if the differences in universe physics are taken into account, then Rokoa was right, and could probably beat up Chop. If not, though, then Chop could probably just hug Rokoa in half or something. Maybe. I dunno. Sometimes I think Chop is just magic.
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No. 87068 ID: 0ee153

>>87063
Does that imply there's a way to get small amounts of matter to FTL, or was "large" just used because of the context of the question?

If yes, how long did it take for someone to try to weaponize it, and how impractical were the results?

>>87064
How do you manage to smile and otherwise have facial expressions with a beak? What is it made of, skin and muscle over bone/keratin/collagen/whatever?

Rokoa clone, how impressed would you be if Chop managed to beat you, and would he be date material?

Chop, is Rokoa a female of formidable enough strength to break Chop's barrier of romance?
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No. 87069 ID: 0ee153

>>87068
>a way
Should have been "a different way".
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No. 87072 ID: 4f004c

>Three Stripes isn't really... professional. He just wanted to nibble on my ears a lot.
Yeah. Three Stripes hates the idea of harm coming to Neumono, but he loves the taste, so his compromise was ears. He also knows he's not too professional, since he seems to be avoiding deep changes as much as he can. You've seen the brainwashed guy, right? Three Stripes is just trying to convince the guy to remember himself through his own memories, rather than force the memories out.
>Sometimes I think Chop is just magic.
...That may very well be the case. Anyways, if they each used their own laws of reality, then, while Chop could crush a boulder easily, Rokoa's own body would require greater pressure per index or whatever the hell PSI stands for. I think it totally would end in just a big ol' bear hug.
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No. 87074 ID: 0ee153

>>87072
Pound-force per Square Inch, commonly shortened to pounds per square inch.
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No. 87079 ID: 0d8ff4

>>87067
Ends in sex, i'm pretty sure.
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No. 87135 ID: a19cd5

So chop, what did you do before coming to the kobold colony place to teach people how to not be puny weaklings?
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No. 87137 ID: 0ee153

>>87135
I'm pretty sure he mentioned he was in a smaller tribe out in the wild until something bad happened to them. It happened once a fairly long time ago and he didn't go into much detail, though.
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No. 87532 ID: 83e817

Any neumono who has been decapitated: For the brief duration your head is still alive, can you still see and hear using your empathy to send the signals? Or if that's too complicated, can the remaining brain cells at least send a vague impression of what they're getting? Or a severed limb give a sense of what its touching?
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No. 87541 ID: 0ee153

What are the auditory ranges of each species and what do their voices tend to sound like to each other?
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No. 87580 ID: 3ed831

Polo what do you do on your days off if any?
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No. 87595 ID: 9e39f7

Is bioarmor mutually exclusive with cybernetics? At least, those cybernetics that take up large sections on the surface of the body?
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No. 87633 ID: 0ee153

>>87580
I think she mentioned before that she mostly just trains.
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No. 87678 ID: 20afaf

What exactly is "behind the ears"? Snacks? Is that how Rokoa keeps rations on long trips?
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No. 87728 ID: cee89f

>>87678
Depends on the ear. Moldy cheese, extra brain matter, dried blood, leftover soap...
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No. 87752 ID: c9f2af

>>87678
>>87728
plasma swords.
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No. 87761 ID: 01745f

>>87752
No, that's inside the ears.
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No. 87858 ID: e6e219

Dear Lagotrope. Where have you gone? I am finding it hard to get through the day without my daily dose of your quests.

If its the holidays I understand but will have to go on a quest to kill Santa to rectify the situation.
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No. 87864 ID: 0ee153

>>87858
You might want to try the IRC, but I think he once mentioned he had an engineering job. Presumably he's busy.
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No. 88261 ID: 40b907

Story Seeker, how do you feel about older women? Like, physical signs of age older women. If you run into an foxy grandmas are you going to be interested? Or for that matter any women who are just legit ugly.

See, I recall once reading about this sort of tantric erotic massage guy who was basically a male prostitute/masseuse but who was all like no it's a legitimate physical and mental health thing, anyway when he was asked how did he deal with ladies who weren't attractive he said something like every woman has something beautiful about her and you just have to learn to find it... and that reminded me of you I guess? That's why I asked.

Also is sexual healing a thing, and if it is, is it something you could plausibly learn to do? Or if you don't know maybe someone who would know better could say?
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No. 88322 ID: 602cd8
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88322

>Does that imply there's a way to get small amounts of matter to FTL, or was "large" just used because of the context of the question?
Yes, there is a way to get small amounts! And by small, I mean sub-atomic particles that can be intercepted as information. Smaller than the space between my pinched fingers!

>If yes, how long did it take for someone to try to weaponize it, and how impractical were the results?
False information is the only practical way this manner could be weaponized.
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No. 88323 ID: 602cd8
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88323

>How do you manage to smile and otherwise have facial expressions with a beak? What is it made of, skin and muscle over bone/keratin/collagen/whatever?
Yeah that's basically it. It gets harder as it approaches the tip, though, I basically can't contort the tip of my beak at all. It's pretty hard for us to make 'o' sounds.
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No. 88324 ID: 602cd8
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88324

>Rokoa clone, how impressed would you be if Chop managed to beat you, and would he be date material?
Which clone? Me? I mean that would be really impressive but I'm not gonna date someone just because they beat me up.

I think people beating me up means I shouldn't date them probably?
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No. 88325 ID: 602cd8
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88325

>For the brief duration your head is still alive, can you still see and hear using your empathy to send the signals? Or if that's too complicated, can the remaining brain cells at least send a vague impression of what they're getting? Or a severed limb give a sense of what its touching?
Okay, time for another episode of this, then!

So, like I've said, becoming separated at the neck is pretty disorienting. Like, many of them pass out at that. For the ones who don't, they're generally not used to thinking, as the brain parts in their head were kinda in use, and now they gotta get out of the stun of having to think with their body alone. So most of the ones who don't pass out immediately wouldn't even have the presence of mind to see, even if they physically could. Now, if they are used to it, and haven't passed out, then there's still other issues. Like, for instance, the sense of balance does rely on a partially filled sac of fluid that tells you how upsidedown you are based on where the fluid is resting. So we have a couple of those, one in the head, one in the body, but now your brain, what's left of it, is sending a lot of signals that involve 'where's my head at' and won't ever shut up no matter how much you know 'it fell off I think I kicked it on accident'. So most people who made it this far will hit the ground and not even notice. Also, we get phantom senses - the brain still sometimes tries to see and hear and smell, and when it can't find anything, it tries to fill in the blanks, as brains often do. So it smells what it thinks it's supposed to smell. Which considering the brain is kind of fucked up trying to get used to having a chunk of it missing, and all the other disorienting stuff, people have reported some really psychodelic sights, smells and sounds, and even tastes. Like some kind of fever dream on hard drugs.

Well, that's the theory - but a possibility isn't that it's just your brain filling in those blanks - it could be exactly that your head is still trying to send empathic signals to what it sees. Empathy runs deep with us, it's rare to have any sizeable limb that can't send out empathy on its own. But it's not enough of a brain to actually process all of that stuff. So the head can still receive its senses, and process just enough to get some kind of interpretation, and then sends that empathy out. To other people, it's just a dying head that's confused as shit. To the neumono body, though, it's its own head with its own senses also trying to make desperate sense out of the head's delirious thoughts.

First time I lost my head was real traumatic, and I ignored every bit of advice I talked about the last time I talked about losing a head. But last time I lost my head, I got the hang of it enough to stay away, stay standing, and be able to ignore the hallucinations and back away where I knew my backup was. Kinda got known as a bit of a badass after that.

And as for regular limbs below the thighs, well, they don't have near as much brain matter in them as the head or torso or upper legs. So losing them doesn't hurt your overall thought process as much. It still stuns, but not as debilitating. So an arm for instance will just sort of have a sense of 'something is wrong'. It'll send that out, but none of us get too broken up about it since it's kind of dumb and just a limb, and the neumono that lost it can recognize that.

>Can sounds or songs be transmitted and recieved properly with empathy?
Not properly, no! Only the feelings that the song elicits from the neumono will be broadcasted, and the fact that it's a song or sound causing it.
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No. 88326 ID: 602cd8
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88326

>What are the auditory ranges of each species?
Something like this. Generally there's a good overlap with the so called galactic species, probably because only creatures that have enough overlap of communication would be considered. A vernaut for instance is considered borderline sapient, but it just too out there to give citizenship. Although that's kinda different since they can hear just fine.

Oh and a black section means basically any functional member of that species can hear that range, and as it fades into white, it means less and less functional members can hear it. Most species have very specific ranges so it's a quick dropoff from black to white. The whole point of the greys are basically for mikliks.

>and what do their voices tend to sound like to each other>
That's wayyy too complicated a question! People could write a book on that, and that opens up philisophical discussions like 'do people see the color red in the same way another person sees the color red?'

>Is bioarmor mutually exclusive with cybernetics? At least, those cybernetics that take up large sections on the surface of the body?
Well, generally, yes. Sort of. If the cybernetics takes place over the skin, then it is. If it's under the skin, then the bioarmor can still be worn over the skin to at least clean up the loose hair and sweat and stuff and make use outta there. And the fat if the cybernetics are under that. And so on through the muscle. Basically, you can wear bioarmor over the cybernetics at any point, and it'll make use of as much of the body between it and the cybernetics.
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No. 88327 ID: 602cd8
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88327

>Polo what do you do on your days off if any?
Not much. I used to watch TV. Play games with my hivemates. We enjoyed board games, although recently we've taken to online gaming since we have acceptable internet.
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No. 88328 ID: 602cd8
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88328

>Chop, is Rokoa a female of formidable enough strength to break Chop's barrier of romance?
While CHOP may gain GREAT RESPECT for NON-KOBOLD ENTITIES, only a PURE KOBOLD of PURE STRENGTH may break the FORMIDABLE LOVE BARRIER.

>So chop, what did you do before coming to the kobold colony place to teach people how to not be puny weaklings?
CHOP'S BACKSTORY is TOP SECRET.
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No. 88329 ID: 602cd8
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88329

>Story Seeker, how do you feel about older women? Like, physical signs of age older women. If you run into an foxy grandmas are you going to be interested? Or for that matter any women who are just legit ugly.
Ah, although my personal preference of company may be of beauty and somewhat higher class, I do remind you that I was raised as a kobold! And despite my aversion to it, I have been subject to quite a few sights that would detest many. And eaten rather grotesque manners of nutrition, to boot!

While there is no sense in being proud of that, it does mean that I have learned to look past a physically ugly thing and see what good it is outside of my own eyes. So, in short, yes! Of course, I can't lie, I do prefer those who are pretty - but it is no absolute requisite. I could easily see myself pursuing older and unattractive women in appropriate circumstances. So long as they make for friendly company and are pleasant to be around, my only standards for beauty, in the end, are 'not a complete monstrosity.'

>Also is sexual healing a thing, and if it is, is it something you could plausibly learn to do?
Hm... I have never heard of such a thing! Which, to be honest, is a surprise. And now that I have... well, I may just look into this to see if it is a thing. Having not heard of it till now, though, I'm afraid I cannot redirect you to anyone that would know.
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No. 88331 ID: dd4ed3

>I think people beating me up means I shouldn't date them probably?
Congratulations. You're now officially saner than your progenitor in at least one respect.
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No. 88332 ID: bb78f2

Hey Karri, are you a Mom?
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No. 88333 ID: 1b20ab

>>88329
>sexual healing

Well, Story, I think the sexual healing being referred to is an obscure and much exaggerated idea based on manipulating the flow of body energy through chakras and so on. I don't know if those sorts of ideas are compatible with your world's western fantasy shenanigans.

On the other hand, you do have a succubus, and they traditionally generate and harvest energy from sexual activity somehow. Perhaps you can use similar methods to generate magical energy, and then apply that to healing arts? I imagine said energy is aligned well with physical, fleshy, positive-life-energy sorts of spells.
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No. 88337 ID: 687279

>>88328
What about dudes? Like Durk?
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No. 88341 ID: 81960a

>>88325
How do those weird shared dreams work then?

Is it that they don't *actually* work and each Neumono actually sees their own version, or is the empathic link somehow strengthened enough to transmit the dream's fake sensory input?
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No. 88342 ID: 74163b

>>88341

I imagine it's not that the precise sights and sounds are transmitted, but that the feeling or idea that results in them, and gets represented. Like if we go full Freud and one person is thinking 'dicks' and that makes swords and cigars and rockets appear in their dream, then the other person picks up on the 'dicks' thought and their dream ends up being the same with slight differences, like knives instead of swords and cigarettes instead of cigars, because their personal experienced with dicks has been more disappointing?

>>88324

Sniper clone, have you ever considered thinking of yourself as the daughter of your two recombinant contributors?
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No. 88687 ID: 8b531c

Sniper Clone how tall are you? Do you think it's possible that you're the biggest (and therefore cuddliest) Neumono alive?
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No. 88717 ID: 8f01e8

>>88324
While "don't date people who beat you up" is a pretty reasonable first approximation, the more nuanced approach would recognize major emotional and contextual differences between physical abuse, consensual BDSM, and an ethical philosophy which imagines the world as a never-ending martial arts tournament in which only those of equal or greater standing are worthy of your full attention.
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No. 88828 ID: 602cd8
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88828

>Hey Karri, are you a Mom?
No. None of my siblings have children either. Pilon would like us to wait, either to retire or to get off this rock, so that we can give our own children attention. Our lifestyle is both busy and dangerous, and we'd choose that over retiring and sitting at home as a large profile target. Pilon at least has consorts that could raise us in secret.
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No. 88829 ID: 602cd8
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88829

>On the other hand, you do have a succubus, and they traditionally generate and harvest energy from sexual activity somehow. Perhaps you can use similar methods to generate magical energy, and then apply that to healing arts?
This is true! However, in the case of a succubi, I believe that they transfer the sexual energy into mana, and then they use the mana into spells that may include healing, as a normal spell would work! In other words, it's not the sex itself that heals, at least, I don't think it is. Perhaps there is merit to the idea, but I am unsure who I would go to that would not scoff at the notion!
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No. 88831 ID: 602cd8
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88831

>What about dudes? Like Durk?
The one to match The PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED TRIALS to break the LOVE BARRIER must also be a FEMALE, as a MALE will offer NOTHING BUT IDLE COMPANIONSHIP.

Aside from SPARING ONESELF FROM FRUITLESS CONSORTING, CHOP is also NOT GAY.
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No. 88832 ID: 602cd8
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88832

>Is it that they don't *actually* work and each Neumono actually sees their own version, or is the empathic link somehow strengthened enough to transmit the dream's fake sensory input?
They work, actually. I mean, they can be shared, sometimes they really are just solo dreams that influence one another, and sometimes they sort of slip in and out of each other's dream. But if they're close enough in empathy, or the dream is engaging enough, and other factors, then it really is a shared dream.

The sensations of one another do get mixed up, though, and it's not even uncommon for the dreamers to actually share the same body. Either way, if two people think of two different things, either one wins out or they get mixed up somehow. If they keep mentally trying to pull the dream in opposing directions, though, then a split will probably happen. But I don't think that's happened too much. It's easy to dream lucidly with other people involved, so things usually go smoothly. Usually.

Even with all of that, though, dreams can be as illogical and weird as ever. Polo was kind of a special case, since her dream was more like an involuntary flashback while unconscious more than an imaginary dream.
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No. 88833 ID: 602cd8
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88833

>Sniper Clone how tall are you? Do you think it's possible that you're the biggest (and therefore cuddliest) Neumono alive?
I'm uh... I sort of keep fluctuating between above 7 feet and below 8 and a half. I might be the biggest one alive? I dunno if I'm the biggest though because when we get big we get big.

then again when we get big it's not usually because we're mostly drugs

also my body is all weird and awkward it can't cuddle much anymore

>While "don't date people who beat you up" is a pretty reasonable first approximation, the more nuanced approach would recognize major emotional and contextual differences between physical abuse, consensual BDSM, and an ethical philosophy which imagines the world as a never-ending martial arts tournament in which only those of equal or greater standing are worthy of your full attention.
I uh... I guess, yeah. But, uh, I'm not really sure I wanna date someone just because they can beat me up for that last case, and, uh, I don't really think I wanna have someone domineering me anyway. I don't think. I try not to think.

>Sniper clone, have you ever considered thinking of yourself as the daughter of your two recombinant contributors?
No that's... I mean that would mean and I'm a new per no I'm not a new person I'm Roamkeloaaaahhhh I don't know I'm just a weird hybrid of two people not their offspring!
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No. 88852 ID: a18f15

>I'm not a new person I'm Roamkeloaaaahhhh I don't know I'm just a weird hybrid of two people not their offspring!
Children of the Mind. Getting her to resolve some of her mental issues by changing the way she thinks about who or what she is isn't a bad idea, but I doubt we're going to be able to affect character change from outside continuity.
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No. 88853 ID: 2c323b

>>88829
>In other words, it's not the sex itself that heals, at least, I don't think it is.

Well, we do also have an example of a magical effect (the slime curse) that was spread by sexual activity. And theoretically, it could have been used for healing? I assume if someone was injured, transformed into a slime, and then changed back, they wouldn't be injured any more. Maybe you could create some sort of 'healing curse' that spreads the same way? That seems circuitous, but with some succubus magic, maybe the 'curse' would harvest mana from the act in order to power itself? Plus it might be a way to deliver effects that normal spells are less suited to.

>>88831
>CHOP is also NOT GAY.

Interesting! So, Chop, apart from the obvious requirement of SUPERLATIVE PHYSICAL CAPABILITY and FIGHTING SPIRIT, what attributes do you find attractive in a lady?

>>88833
>I don't know I'm just a weird hybrid of two people not their offspring!

But the offspring of a binary sex species IS just a weird hybrid of two people! The only difference is that you inherited memories in addition to all the normal things a child gets. So you're not anything less than their progeny would be. If anything, you're MORE their daughter than the normal process would create! Yeah I realize we can't really affect canon through ITQ. I do still want to learn more about her psychological makeup, though. On which note: Do you think maybe you don't want to think of yourself as a new person, because it would mean that your Rokoa and Ramella are actually dead, instead of continuing to half-survive as part of you?

I don't know about Ramella, but I think Rokoa would prefer it the other way. Hey, Rokoa! In an absolutely hypothetical situation of only two choices, would you prefer to half-survive with your body and mind mixed up randomly with someone else's, or to die and have a magical science daughter? Assume there is also a perfect copy of you running around somewhere independently of what choice you make.

Heck, this is ITQ, after all. Let me just breach the time-space continuum for a moment here... Ramella! Same question, but without the spare copy of yourself. In addition, what does your name mean?

Also, please tell us about your friends and family and your dreams for the future.
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No. 88864 ID: 1a4c53

>>88832
I thought Katzati had lipstick on at first.

On that note do neumono ever wear makeup? I always figured not since I don't think that would work well on a species with fur...

What about anything similar that is meant to enhance physical attractiveness?
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No. 88865 ID: bb78f2

>>88831
CHOP, let's talk aside from the LOVE BARRIER.
Do you want children Chop, one day?
What if they want to be weak and puny? Will you allow them to make their own life choices?
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No. 88876 ID: a18f15

>>88828
You look kind of frustrated about that. Do you resent that restriction?

>On that note do neumono ever wear makeup?
Yes! Mikali talked about it a little, halfway down this post. >>81158
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No. 88886 ID: fe4bfc

Hey Polo how hard is it to field strip your sniper rifle with your huge mitten hands?

I figure that guns have advanced somewhat but from the looks of it they are still basically the same as they always were. Which means regular maintenance in the field.

Also how much of a pain is it to get grease out of fur?
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No. 88955 ID: 0ee153

Hey, neumono give birth to egg-pod things. So does that mean you have to use a whisk instead of a coat hanger for an abortion?
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No. 88965 ID: a19cd5

>>88955
Neumono store those to be used at will, so those probably aren't even a thing dude
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No. 88970 ID: a58735

Police Rokoa: I noticed you told the business guy that he had 'real heavy fucking balls' for calling security on you. Now, for humans and I assume others, that phrase refers to a piece of anatomy neumono don't have. Does your version of the phrase refer to the genetic package male neumono produce? Or is it just something you picked up off other species' media?
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No. 88973 ID: 0ee153

>>88970
Neumono have testicles. They're just internal, as I recall.

>>88965
>he thinks changing your mind is a thing that doesn't happen
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No. 88975 ID: bb78f2

>>88955
>>88973
I imagine if you change your mind, you can just crack the pod-egg after it's laid.
Speaking of which, I wonder if you can make scrambled eggs from them. Hmm.
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No. 88979 ID: a58735

>>88975

That's probably quite emotionally difficult, considering that the kid starts producing some empathic signal even before the pod comes out. Also, since the original decision was made, there's an extra element of personal responsibility for the kid's life. The mother had a choice and already used it, so she's going to feel extra bad about it.

Neumono fob their kids off to their hives all the time anyway, so the only plausible scenario I can think of is if the mother's a rogue, decides to have a kid, then there's a change in circumstances like sudden poverty or danger or something that makes it no longer possible to feed/raise the kid. But a modern neumono could just drop them off at an orphanage and a pre-modern rogue would just throw the pod at a hive and run in the opposite direction.
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No. 89030 ID: 162d7c
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89030

So I was doing some re-reading and I noticed this young lady. Miss said pomi are all red to yellow colored unless they're genetically modified, but I assume genemods take money, and this girl was living in the slums. So I'd like to ask her, is there a little story here, or is it just that scale dye is a thing? If it is genetic modification, is there anything enhanced besides the pigmentation?
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No. 89032 ID: 0ee153

>>89030
Might be albino or an analogous genetic mutation.
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No. 89034 ID: 166b73

Well she could have not been born there. If her family was wealthy before they crashed on the asteroid a genetic modification might have just been something the family could easily have afforded. After crash landing and hitting hard times though it might just serve as a reminder of what they once had/make her a target because she looks wealthy? Or even had been born there wealthy but business went bad and now she lives in the bad sides of town.
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No. 89035 ID: 162d7c

Neumono: I know pre-contact ultrahives were super rare to a mythical level, but were there any lesser forms of cooperative, or at least put-up-with-ive? Like, maybe there are two hives in one big valley, but one lot live by the river and one lives up in the hills, so they hardly ever see each other and don't really compete for resources, and maybe have a sort of mutual understanding that if anyone else comes horning in they'll gang up on them and then go back to ignoring each other? Or like maybe some hive of big people lives around the edges of a forest that's too dense for them but fine for another hive of little folks, so it's a bother to try get rid of them and the little guys maybe leave out some tribute for the big ones sometimes so they don't bother and otherwise just leave each other alone?

I wonder partly because, any hives that had already gotten sort of maybe half used to the idea of not killing each other on sight, seem like they'd have gotten a leg-up on the post-contact ultrahive business? Actually, while I'm asking, who was the first ultrahive, post-contact? Are they snobs about it?

Also on the topic of ancient neumono relations: how big an influence could loneliness be? If you had two scouts each from different hives ranging out alone for a long time, maybe getting trapped by a storm or something, happening to meet, could they be sick enough for some company that they'd put up with each other for a while?

Final question for this round: I notice Giant was pretty quick to hop up on Three Stripes' back and try to ride him around. And seemed to have an idea of how she wanted to train him. Did many neumono ever make a habit of taming giant animals to ride on? And if so were any of those giant riding animals able to fly? Some moton relative species or something. That would be pretty awesome.
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No. 89128 ID: 8d99f5

What is the semen of the different species like.
this is your own fault Lago
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No. 89130 ID: a19cd5

IIRC neumono have nutrient-packed semen orbs that are stowed away inside the female in case she wants to get the babbies.
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No. 89131 ID: 5e00ee

Right we know about neumono, mikliks and humans but what about the semen or even perhaps the genitalia of the other species.
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No. 89135 ID: 0ee153

>>89131
We already know what belenosian dicks look like thanks to the 100% canon Jessica/Itcher pics in the drawthread, and iirc yich eaters use traumatic insemination, at least partially.
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No. 89136 ID: b3dd38

>>89135
Nah, it looks pretty well-hidden to me.
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No. 89138 ID: 0ee153

Do neumono constantly broadcast who they are or what sex they are? Specifically, if Az put on a blindfold, could he convincingly pretend two out of three orifices of Pilon were a girl for long enough?
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No. 89143 ID: e9a989

Let's try break up the horny questions a bit.

Any/everyone: what's your favorite smell?
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No. 89144 ID: b3dd38

>>89143
This, but also on a related note:
What do you smell like? Other characters can answer for you if needed.
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No. 89185 ID: d90668

Rokoa what would have happened if you had won that sniper duel back at the chasm? Like gotten a lucky shot off and knocked out or immobilize Polo for a bit?
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No. 89189 ID: 0ee153

Anyone interested in answering, what do you think of your normal/alternate versions?
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No. 89198 ID: cee89f

>>89143
I thought you wanted to BREAK UP the horny questions? :P

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment that you completed in 3 days or less?
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No. 89222 ID: 602cd8
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89222

>I figure that guns have advanced somewhat but from the looks of it they are still basically the same as they always were. Which means regular maintenance in the field.
Designs have held most of the fundamentals, if not the specifics. Materials have improved, however. Overall, they have been made to be easier to field strip and need less maintenance than their older counterparts.

>Hey Polo how hard is it to field strip your sniper rifle with your huge mitten hands?
I don't feel it is hard. Perhaps I might think it far easier if I didn't have huge mitten hands, but having the hands that I do is my only frame of reference.

>Also how much of a pain is it to get grease out of fur?
Enough that it's easier to grow accustomed to having greasy fur than it is to get the grease out.

>Any/everyone: what's your favorite smell?
Co... nevermind.
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No. 89223 ID: 602cd8
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89223

>Well, we do also have an example of a magical effect (the slime curse) that was spread by sexual activity. And theoretically, it could have been used for healing? I assume if someone was injured, transformed into a slime, and then changed back, they wouldn't be injured any more. Maybe you could create some sort of 'healing curse' that spreads the same way?
... a good point! I know far too little and far too different magic to create such a thing myself, but being a carrier of sexually transmitted healing sounds like something I may add to my life goals!
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No. 89224 ID: 602cd8
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89224

>Interesting! So, Chop, apart from the obvious requirement of SUPERLATIVE PHYSICAL CAPABILITY and FIGHTING SPIRIT, what attributes do you find attractive in a lady?
The OBVIOUS REQUIREMENTS are THE REQUIREMENTS.

>Do you want children Chop, one day?
YES.

>What if they want to be weak and puny? Will you allow them to make their own life choices?
Becoming WEAK and PUNY will require EXTREME WILLPOWER against CHOP'S EXCELLENCE OF PARENTING TECHNIQUE. To have SUCCESS in their QUESTIONABLE DESIRES TO BE WEAK AND PUNY would be A SUCCESS HARD EARNED, but CHOP WOULD ALLOW IT TO STAND.
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No. 89225 ID: 602cd8
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89225

>But the offspring of a binary sex species IS just a weird hybrid of two people! The only difference is that you inherited memories in addition to all the normal things a child gets. So you're not anything less than their progeny would be. If anything, you're MORE their daughter than the normal process would create!
That... that's so different though!

>Do you think maybe you don't want to think of yourself as a new person, because it would mean that your Rokoa and Ramella are actually dead, instead of continuing to half-survive as part of you?
Well it's not like I don't want to think their dead - well I mean I guess I don't want to think that actually but it's more like I just don't feel like they're dead!

>Any/everyone: what's your favorite smell?
Polo!

>What do you smell like?
Shampoo. Oh my god I really like feeling shampoo'd it's weird.
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No. 89226 ID: 602cd8
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89226

>You look kind of frustrated about that. Do you resent that restriction?
No. I would like children, but I can see his concerns. Perhaps I resent our situation.
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No. 89227 ID: 602cd8
File 142422903943.png - (12.83KB , 800x800 , RokoaITQ68.png )
89227

>Hey, Rokoa! In an absolutely hypothetical situation of only two choices, would you prefer to half-survive with your body and mind mixed up randomly with someone else's, or to die and have a magical science daughter?
Mixed up with someone else, for sure. I don't want a magical science daughter.

>Assume there is also a perfect copy of you running around somewhere independently of what choice you make.
Don't care if it's a perfect copy, it's not me. It doesn't affect the question.

>Hey, neumono give birth to egg-pod things. So does that mean you have to use a whisk instead of a coat hanger for an abortion?
Tribe life was rocky, and so we had good control not just over getting pregnant in the first place, but also reabsorbing the fetus. We can do it up to 2 or 3 weeks after being pregnant. We lay the pod 4 weeks after pregnancy, but they get their first empathic signals a week before we lay the pod.

In other words, there's no more than a week between when we can reabsorb on our own, and when we can sense our own kid in us. When we can sense the kid is when we consider them alive, even if it's a very rudimentary empathy. Needless to say, trying for an abortion while you can sense your kid - who's at least sentient enough to sense when there's a fucking whisk headed towards them - is about the most fucked up shit I can imagine.

So there is that awkward week where it's too late for the reabsorption but early enough for them to think their kid is just a deformed chunk of meat, but I don't know of many situations where the mother would go shove a whisk up in themselves sooner than try to power through their trials and have the kid anyway.

And I don't want to think of a situation, either.

>Rokoa what would have happened if you had won that sniper duel back at the chasm? Like gotten a lucky shot off and knocked out or immobilize Polo for a bit?
You know? I was thinking I'd kill her at the time, but I'm not sure. Back then, I was basically just starting to experiment with the whole 'let your enemy live maybe' idea. And I figured that she only wanted to kill me if she thought I'd be in her way, but if I went my way and she went hers, she wouldn't go and hunt after me or anything like that.

So maybe I'd just break a couple random limbs and send her back to R.. whatever her hivemate's name was.

>What do you think of your normal/alternate versions?
Like hell I'd ever be the servant of random citizens.
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No. 89228 ID: 602cd8
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89228

>Ramella! Same question, but without the spare copy of yourself.
Okay why not I'll go and answer this question. I would prefer to COMPLETELY LIVE. Your proposed answers are bad! I refuse your two choices!

>In addition, what does your name mean?
Okay this one is kind of tricky but I am 90% certain that in our old language, 'la' used to mean 'addition' and Ramel was the name of one of my grandmothers and I dunno what the meaning of that is. I just associate it with my grandma.

So to me, my name means...

Additional grandma.

Oh my gosh I wish I did not get asked that question.

>Also, please tell us about your friends and family and your dreams for the future.
Well I mean most of my friends and family are dead and my dreams of the future are basically not dying!

I mean I could go on about that sort of stuff but I think I'd just rather as well not cause you know.

>Any/everyone: what's your favorite smell?
Chemicals that are so strong they nearly make you pass out!

>What do you smell like? Other characters can answer for you if needed.
... the same chemicals.

>What do you think of your normal/alternate versions?
I uh... I don't think I'm that clumsy.

Oh and Korli almost looks like she'd be badass! If she wore more... clothes.
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No. 89232 ID: 602cd8
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89232

>Any/everyone: what's your favorite smell?
That smell you get when you're really tired!

I think everyone gets that? I dunno maybe I'm alone. But I really like it for some reason.

>What is the semen of the different species like.
Okay so warning, everything I am gonna say from here on out is gonna revolve around dicks! And their contents. So uh, you have been warned if you're not into that!

Pomi: The classic, from my perspective! Pomi dicks have a few ridges which is cool but mostly some evolutionary holdover from some species that had issues with slipping out. Well, that's one theory, the other is just that we have had a tendency to go after pomi with special bells and whistles, so that may've been another factor. Anyway, the contents? Kinda sour, not really anything special all things considered.
Humans: That mushroom head thing is cool. But, the taste ranges from kinda bad to really bad. I mean the diet's gonna affect the stuff out of any species, but humans I swear just collect all the bad shit they ate in their nuts in particular.
Neumono: They got breadstick dicks, and some guys can push out their solid gel balls, some can't. Sorta like humans and rolling their tongue. Kinda an acquired taste. I mean, for oral. For actually down their, uh, I probably don't recommend shoving one in unless you got the biology to deal with it. It lasts awhile and it gets sore!
Mikliks: I think the dick shape's been over - but, worth repeated. Has claspers, detachable. Kind of scary, really! Like a big pile of sugary sawdust. Usually. Otherwise It's like a surprise package of 'any flavor' particles.
Belenos: The blandest! The shape is just conic, and the semen is, uh, consistent and basically tasteless.
Yich Eater: I once saw them pull out some natural mandible claw and when I learned it was actually their dick I just sorta stayed away from that noise.
Voklit: So uh, they're actually not that big! They don't have any big bums or much that needs some long reach, so they're not really proportional to most other races. That said, they're still so much bigger that they're still preeeetty dang huge. Mushroom type of thing, too.
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No. 89233 ID: 602cd8
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89233

>What about anything similar that is meant to enhance physical attractiveness?
The big thing? It's shampoo and conditioner. We're really good at telling the health of someone based on how their fur is, so fluffing it up and making it look pristine is pretty huge for us.

As for makeup, Mikali already mentioned it, but it can be done, but it's tough to apply and most neumono can't pull it off anyway.

Any/everyone: what's your favorite smell?
Barbeques, easy.

>What do you smell like? Other characters can answer for you if needed.
Usually perfume. Not too much. Just enough to be noticeable to other neumono.
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No. 89234 ID: 602cd8
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89234

>Police Rokoa: I noticed you told the business guy that he had 'real heavy fucking balls' for calling security on you. Now, for humans and I assume others, that phrase refers to a piece of anatomy neumono don't have. Does your version of the phrase refer to the genetic package male neumono produce? Or is it just something you picked up off other species' media?
We could mean the internal parts or the actual goods, but seriously, it's just the language humans made up. It's not like human's actual balls are the source of one's courage, either, so it doesn't even make sense for them to say it any less figuratively than us.

.... unless their testicles do actually do that? I just assumed they didn't.

>What do you think of your normal/alternate versions?
Like hell I'd ever be some roaming mercenary.
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No. 89235 ID: 602cd8
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89235

>Blue Pomi
Oh, yeah, uh... we can actually do all sorts of colorations with our scales with expensive injections, but, my parents, well, I don't like to talk about it, because it's a different time and they've since said that they wouldn't ever do it and wished they didn't, but, they kind of did the cheap 'genetic modification' for me.

It's uh, an old - like, pre-uplift old - pomi drug that they inject kids under the age of 2 with, before the scale colors are really set in stone. It, well, we didn't know how it worked until scientists really studied it, but it's a drug that almost kills off the immune system. Turning blue like this is, well, a side effect, and a huge marker of survivability, strength, and, well, in many cultures, it was a sign that the child was 'pure' of, uh, disease, like the only reason people died from it was because it let pre-existing diseases... it's really dumb. A good immune system actually barely helps, there's a lot of factors that go into surviving it, and it's just luck at the end of it. My parents realize that now, so please don't think poorly of them presently.

I mean, not a lot of parents did that since parents who killed their kids were usually exiled or killed or something, so it was a huge risk for them, too. But we've always had it rough, and when they injected me, well, it was because our civilization really favored blue pomi even long after the uplift, and they wanted so badly for me to not have been treated by our surroundings so badly.

But... well, circumstances changed, and we weren't really part of that civilization anymore. So, blue pomi weren't really seen as anything special other than some poor kid that nearly died because of parent's ignorance. I just get more attention, now, and that's not really something I want around here.

.... I really do wish my parents let the aliens give me a 'normal' name, though. Or at least let me drop the t.
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No. 89236 ID: 602cd8
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89236

>Were there any lesser forms of cooperative, or at least put-up-with-hive?
It was not uncommon to keep slaves when food was available.

But on equal terms, it is far more rare. If different regional neumono collide, it is the best chance, under the scenarios you have explained. However, whether or not to cooperate runs deeper than what is logical and in one's best interest. One in another hive is automatically seen as incorrect thinking, offensive empathy and bad people. The road to cooperation starts with cooperating with someone that is disliked as soon as they are sensed.

And that sense of dislike, it does not go away easily.

>How big an influence could loneliness be? If you had two scouts each from different hives ranging out alone for a long time, maybe getting trapped by a storm or something, happening to meet, could they be sick enough for some company that they'd put up with each other for a while?
A neumono who has been away from home for too long is not at their healthiest. Nevertheless, if rogues of all people are incapable of bonding with other neumono, than one who has not forgotten their hive would not be much better. Hunger is a large influence on us, but that does not mean we will consume poison and dirt.

>I notice Giant was pretty quick to hop up on Three Stripes' back and try to ride him around. And seemed to have an idea of how she wanted to train him. Did many neumono ever make a habit of taming giant animals to ride on? And if so were any of those giant riding animals able to fly?
Yes. Neumono wildlife is especially hard to train, so for a hive to do so is done with extreme pride. Jungle neumono are small, and the wildlife they could train would not be worth their weight, and the birds in the jungle that could be trained by them could not lift them.

Snow animals are hungriest the most, and neumono flesh is amongst the best tasting. I have seen trained animals and mountable birds in the snow, and it is a high risk. The trained animal will turn on the neumono as soon as they miss a meal.

Redgrass neumono have had the most use of this. They have a wide variety of beasts, and many have been able to domesticate them, mountable birds included. Even if their birds are more loyal to their hive, the skies are not a place of invulnerability. There is always a bigger bird.
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No. 89237 ID: 602cd8
File 142422932987.png - (12.03KB , 800x800 , AzITQ14.png )
89237

>Actually, while I'm asking, who was the first ultrahive, post-contact? Are they snobs about it?
The coalition, and you're damn right they're snobs about it! Every damn negotiation with them basically starts with 'hey guys, we were the first you know?' when it's because the morons were basically the first ones to start a war for it.

Yeah, every ultrahive, the bastion of piece among multiple neumono hives, had to start with a bang.

>What do you smell like? Other characters can answer for you if needed.
Battle.

>Do neumono constantly broadcast who they are or what sex they are?
Nah, not really. Or at least, it's more ambiguous, but there are more masculine empathy signals than others. But hey, there's also girls and guys with respectively guy and girl faces too.

>Specifically, if Az put on a blindfold, could he convincingly pretend two out of three orifices of Pilon were a girl for long enough?
Probly not. I mean for one thing I don't do pretend, but even if I was blindfolded by some alien and told I'd have some girl go at me, then Pilon comes in, well, the gig wouldn't last for long. I mean even if I did avoid the crotch it wouldn't be too long before Pilon just goes comparing my cock size to his own or thinking about how his junk feels or some other stuff.

In short, we don't 'constantly' broadcast actual gender but it sure can give people an idea.
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No. 89238 ID: d90668

>>89236

Speaking of biggest birds what is the largest bird on your homeworld? And in case that is not also the largest flying creature do you have any other flying animals of note?
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No. 89242 ID: bb78f2

How psychologically tough are Neumono to trauma? Can they get PTSD?
I'm not talking things that Rokoa went through with her empathy organ or the horrfic trauma of becoming Sniper Clone, just stuff that would make human's traumatized. War, being a victim of a horrific crime, etc.

That question doesn't have to be restricted to neumono.

To be honest, I'm really curious about victim culture in other races. For human's, it can get REALLY ugly for how we treat victims sometimes, so it makes me wonder how alien's handle trauma and crime regarding the victim.
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No. 89245 ID: ea0ad9

>>89235
Tell people it's pronounced sheet... That ought to help. I, for one, refuse to say it otherwise.
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No. 89249 ID: cee89f

>Co... nevermind.
.....

You did that on purpose >.>

>unless their testicles actually do that?
Not exactly, but they do produce testosterone which is associated with increased muscle mass and aggressive behavior.
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No. 89250 ID: 0ee153

>>89234
>>89249
Androgens do cause increased muscle mass and greater rates of aggression/recklessness, but they're not exactly the same as courage. Although ballsy does get used as reckless a lot, too.
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No. 89252 ID: 2a83ff

>>89236

Are there places on the planet now where you can hire someone to take you riding on a giant bird? Since you can at least partially control the airspace now, that seems like something tourists would really like.
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No. 89263 ID: 82efdc

>favorite smell: Polo
Way to nurse that serial killer vibe.

...wait, how do you even have a good idea what she smell like. If the clones diverged from Rokoa when she was recovering from being blown up, you barely had any direct contact.
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No. 89267 ID: 2a83ff

>>89227
>I don't want a magical science daughter.

That's, uh, interesting. How would you react, then, hypothetically, if you found out you had one? Or a few. Ooorr lots.

I mean I don't know, I assume neumono guys sometimes have to deal with "hey buddy you know that time we had sex yeah well I decided to have a kid from it, yeah I know it was ten years ago I just forgot to say until now, aren't they cute though", and I suppose it would be interesting to get a perspective one how a lady would feel if it happened to her? Through magical science.
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No. 89378 ID: ea0ad9

I wonder, what do female Voklits look like? Don't really care who answers, just wanna know rather than have to wonder all the time.

Viln & Vern of the Christmas universe: How exactly do you feel about your lot in life, being staff members of a brothel? Voklit from non-casino reservations I know would rather die than fall to doing certain things, is it different among the casino reserves?

Realverse Viln: What's the general opinion on prostitution among the Voklit?
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No. 89379 ID: 0ee153

>>89378
I'm fairly sure it's been answered that they look more or less exactly like the men to anyone who's not also a voklit.
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No. 89380 ID: 88960e

>>89378
>>89379
Yup, answered here.

>>81166
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No. 89387 ID: ea0ad9

>>89380
Had a feeling it was already answered, but somehow I failed to find it.
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No. 89388 ID: c5ceee

So I was rereading Polokoa Quest the other day and

>>\quest\593209
>I know I tell you this a lot, but thoughts like this wouldn’t be such a distraction if you’d evened out Rokoa and Polo’s libidos for me rather than stacking them.

This is interesting, because it implies Polo has any significant libido to speak of, and it always seemed to me like she didn't. So, time for an awkward interview, for science! Polo, would you describe yourself as asexual and/or aromantic? Same question to Rokoloverse Polo, if the answer would be different.
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No. 89390 ID: 0ee153

>>89388
Given the nature of /tg/, I believe she was asked that a longish time ago, and she answered that she had no interest in sex or romance on the job and/or outside of her hive/species, and that she was always having to train with the current salikai emergency. Her hive was described as understanding the circumstances.
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No. 89393 ID: ea0ad9

>>89388
Stacking 0 onto 100 would still result in 100, but evening them out would result in 50.
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No. 89478 ID: 6b27b1

Ok, so, if I understand it correctly, neumono kids have a kind of undifferentiated empathy up until a certain age, so they can adapt to a new hive if they're adopted or kidnapped or something. My first question is, are kids therefore less "offensive" than other non-hivemembers, even if they are currently as much attuned to another hive as they can be? Or do kids in general just not set off that instant dislike impulse?

Second question, very hypothetical. If you took a bunch of kids from random sources, say some weird highly specific plague wiped out all the adults, and left the kids of several hives alone with each other in sufficient numbers, and they survived... I assume they would form a new hive with each other as they mature to adulthood. But what if, if you began with a relatively small group of kids, but kept on adding new younger kids as the original kids grew up, so that the majority of the group still had kid-empathy while some of them continue to mature... could you eventually end up with a hive whose empathy was immature kid empathy?

>>89236
>And that sense of dislike, it does not go away easily.

There do appear to be some neumono who naturally have very pleasant or appealing empathy, though. I understand that doesn't necessarily make them easy to really connect with, but wouldn't it make it easier to just be around them?

Or perhaps that kind of neumono was much rarer pre-contact?
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No. 89785 ID: 0ee153

Neumono memories are genetic, otherwise Rokoa clones wouldn't be possible the way they are in the setting. How do children not end up with their parents' memories/personalities? Is it just that only the brain matter holds memories and it's not involved in gamete production?
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No. 89820 ID: ff5522

>>89232
I wanted to know about stuff like consistency, texture, color, substance, maybe even quantity not the sodding flavors.
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No. 89830 ID: 4a18c0

>>89820
Too fucking bad, then.
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No. 89840 ID: fb65b0

>>89820
the fact that beak been near any dick is what scares me! OUCH.
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No. 89854 ID: 952d06

I felt like trying to disentangle neumono language a bit. The examples we have, though, are names. Let's see what we can get, though.

'Rokoa' we've been told means something like 'badly hurt but still fighting'. Empathy was said to be important, though, and it's a short set of sounds for such a complex concept, so what I assume is that the language uses syllables which have a broad range of meanings, which are specified using the empathy of the person speaking.

This is just me guessing, but I'd venture that 'ko' has something to do with fighting, since we also have Kork as a warhive name, and others which involve 'k' sounds, and they seem like they'd have fighty names. Perhaps adding 'a' is a grammatical thing, like, that makes it continuous? So 'koa' is a verb form meaning 'continuously fighting' or 'still fighting'. 'Ro', then, would be to do with being injured, or being in pain, or something. In which case Rokoa's name, broken down most bluntly by particle, would mean 'hurt/still fighting'.

'Polo' we've been informed is 'the feeling of stepping into water with dry feet', though of course Polo's hive was distant enough from Rokoa's that they probably have a mostly different language. I'm unsure; despite the trend towards xenophobia, neumono also seem to have a very easy time learning each other's languages, so perhaps their languages wouldn't drift too far from each other. Anyway, 'Polo' seems even shorter than 'Rokoa' while indicating an even more complex meaning, so the literal translation of the syllables is probably something that would sound quite crude. Maybe something like 'firstwet'?

Basically my question is whether any of this musing is at all accurate.
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No. 90265 ID: 602cd8
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90265

>How do you even have a good idea what she smells like?
Wellll, back when she was spending a couple weeks in the tropical zone, she did have access to a couple of hygenic supplies. Not much, but she did have a towel! She used it after bathing herself, and so it smelled like her.

I have it as a keepsake. It's so tiny.

>Way to nurse that serial killer vibe.
Oh... no, that's wrong! I'm gonna be serial killed!... killed.
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No. 90266 ID: 602cd8
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90266

>Are there places on the planet now where you can hire someone to take you riding on a giant bird? Since you can at least partially control the airspace now, that seems like something tourists would really like.
Yes. There are. It is almost safe.

>Speaking of biggest birds what is the largest bird on your homeworld?
A Tomoton. They are a somewhat larger, less mobile version of the moton. They still fly, yet it costs them a great deal of energy to do gain altitude.

They often reach a wingspan of 45 meters, and primarily eat in the red grass. There, the prey is large enough to sustain them, and unlike the dense forests, they have an easier time seeing prey.

I have only heard of hives that have tamed these birds, and I doubt they are true. I have no doubt, however, that many red hives tried to tame them.

This is a model. I have been told it is 1/200 the size of the actual bird.

>How psychologically tough are Neumono to trauma? Can they get PTSD?
I have seen neumono with this, but it is rare, and typically are archipelago neumono. Snow, jungle and redgrass hives have been raised from birth in environments that could wipe out everyone they knew in a single day. I doubt a neumono or entire hive with PTSD would last in such areas, and so only both the physically tough and the mentally tough would live on.

War is different, yet there are comforts. Not all hives deploy every neumono in a single area, and even those that do are aware that loss does not necessarily mean death. Prisoners are taken, and there are typically escape routes. Hardships by war are lessened knowing this.

What is most different is the era. While neumono have evolved to be mentally tough against hardships, much of it is by necessity to survive in our climates. Now, they live in secure homes and living quarters, doing safe work for money to go hunting bargains for meat instead of animals for meat. If neumono like this were to join the army, then they are likely too soft.

>To be honest, I'm really curious about victim culture in other races.
This is as much culture as it is species. For neumono, it is more about if they are in a hive. Victims will be supported by their hives. If they look for support outside of their hive, or they are a rogue, they will be better off supporting themselves instead.
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No. 90267 ID: 602cd8
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90267

>You did that on purpose.
No. It is coffee cake, but I do not want to keep giving off the impression that I live for nothing more than a treat.

>Polo, would you describe yourself as asexual and/or aromantic?
No. Sexuality is simply not relevant on my missions, but it does not mean that I don't enjoy physical pleasures with my hive.
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90269

>Tell people it's pronounced sheet... That ought to help. I, for one, refuse to say it otherwise.
It IS pronounced as sheet-suh-nil, so I mean, it's not that bad, but there are forms, and ID cards, and... it actually makes more of an impact when they realized how it's spelled, because friends or anyone will just think it's spelled as Sheet or something and then after all that time knowing me, they actually read my name, and... shit.
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No. 90270 ID: 602cd8
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90270

>I wanted to know about stuff like consistency, texture, color, substance, maybe even quantity not the sodding flavors.
Oh, damn, you should've specified! I just went with what I pay the most attention to.
That's a lot of information though! I mean, do you want like, a detailed report of my findings? I just get frisky a lot, but I don't, you know, have a PHD in dick.

>the fact that beak been near any dick is what scares me!
Yeah aliens get squeamish at the idea, but that's before I convince them with a display of beak flexibility.

.... not that it convinces everyone.

In fact, they often get even more squeamish.
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No. 90271 ID: 602cd8
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90271

>Androgens do cause increased muscle mass and greater rates of aggression/recklessness, but they're not exactly the same as courage.
Well now I know why kicking them in the crotch usually pacifies them.

>That's, uh, interesting. How would you react, then, hypothetically, if you found out you had one? Or a few. Ooorr lots.
I wouldn't react. I just don't care, and they can fuck off. I wouldn't hate them or their existenc, I just wouldn't even think of them as my daughter in the first place.

I only said 'magical science daughter' before to fit with the hypothetical question.

>I felt like trying to disentangle neumono language a bit.
Sorry to say it, but that's difficult. Alien linguists have to understand that our languages are hardly better than grunts and gestures. The words themselves, yeah, have meaning. You are right on some marks, stuff like 'ko' is used a lot for fighter, fighting, having fought. Problem is, is that it's all broad and extremely flexible. Neumono languages rarely stand up on their own, word wise, which is why neumono writing is rare, and often impenetrable. You need empathy to fill in the gaps. It's like languages where inflection completely changes the meaning. How we send empathy when we say the word is the inflection.
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No. 90273 ID: 0ee153

>>90265
Is that towel made from Rokoa's leg fur?

>>90269
Is it too late to just change the spelling of your name on anything official?

>>90270
Not the original requester, but sure, if Lagotrope feels like it.
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No. 90283 ID: c717e8

Rikora: you and others have really emphasized how much pre-contact neumono hives didn't get along with each other. The impression is that, if two hives met and stayed anywhere near each other, conflict was basically inevitable, and would end with one wiped out or enslaved, which seems like it was just a slower form of being wiped out.

Given that, though, how were children between hives possible at all? If, as recently asked, even two neumono who were starved for any company at all would refuse to hang out if they were different hives, how would they (or at least, the lady in the equation) ever decide to have a kid with a non-hivemate? You yourself had such a kid, of course, but it seems like a necessary thing in general, to prevent inbreeding. I know you neumono don't suffer from a shallow gene pool as quickly or as badly, and I suppose amazonian snu-snu raiding and kidnapping each others' kids fills some of the gap, but it still seems like kind of a contradictory thing. Logically what hive your mate belongs to doesn't have any direct bearing on how the kid will turn out, a parent with good genes is a parent with good genes whether they're a hivemate or not, but one would assume that pre-contact neumono would consider such a kid to be tainted or something, given how strong we've been told the revulsion was towards other hives. Is that not correct? Maybe mating attraction is entirely independent of empathic attraction? That would seem weird, but maybe that would be just to us aliens. Given that whats natural for you is being raised by a hive as a whole, maybe long-term emotional compatibility with your mate just isn't a factor the way it is for other species?

While I'm asking about breeding, since neumono ladies can choose whether to have a kid or not, do you feel an instinctual desire to have kids that's separate from just sexual desire? Humans sort of do but it's more tangled up, you guys seem like it might be more distinct.

And do you have any word on the kid-related questions here: >>89478

Polo: if you don't live for coffee cake, what do you live for? Aside from just your hive, which I assume would be the response from any hive neumono who had that question put to them. Maybe that's hard to answer. Say, for example, you were with a bunch of non-hive friends, or acquaintances at least, and they wanted to do something enjoyable but had no idea what. What would you suggest?

Also, what is your favourite kind of place to be? If some cliche hypnotherapist or something asked you to close your eyes and imagine yourself alone, but somewhere comfortable to you, what sort of environment would you visualize yourself in?

Now that I think about it, that last question to Rokoa as well, and anyone else who feels like answering.

Miss: Are your beaks soft when you're born? Or hatched, I guess? Because if not then ouch. Also, I heard Pomi eggs come out pretty small, if I'm remembering right. But that was Rokoa saying that, so how small is small, actually? And how small do the babies start off, once they're out? If they do start comparatively small, are they especially delicate or take longer to grow, compared to the other bipedal intelligent species?

Neumono and Belenosians: Are you born with full fur, or with fuzz, or naked?
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No. 90285 ID: 0ee153

>>89785
Also, I don't think this was answered. To be fair I forgot about it myself.
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No. 90299 ID: 5db52c

Agent Polo: who would you say has to put up with worse, you, or your canon-counterpart?
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No. 90301 ID: 0ee153

>>90299
Is this an actual question?
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No. 90343 ID: b1b296

>>90267
Aw, so Lagotrope only has three positively-portrayed asexual protagonists instead of four? Still better than basically all other media combined.
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No. 90359 ID: 0ee153

Hey, Az. Male kings are a relative rarity, right? With that and ultrahives being new, do you put on or exaggerate the macho act to overcompensate?
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No. 90362 ID: c717e8

>>90359

Given the differences in neumono gender dynamics, I think that they categorize stereotypically male behaviour differently from how humans do. Like, neumono females tend more to being larger and stronger than their equivalent guys, and I think we've also seen a higher proportion of them be more aggressive and, uh, what's a nicer way to say "domineering"?

Like, most of the neumono Polo had direct problems with during her adventures tended to be ladies. All the Queens, Rokoa, most of Rokoa's hivemates that actually fought Polo, Crown, et cetera. The guys she met, on the other hand, tended to be more passive and open to not fighting, at least in the form of temporary truces. Even on the asteroid, too, there are exceptions to be sure but if you compare all the neumono girls we know to neumono guys we know, there are trends.

So if anything, for neumono, Az is a really girly man.
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No. 90365 ID: 0ee153

>>90362
That's what I mean, yes. I'm asking if he puts up that act to try and stop people from undermining him.
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No. 90366 ID: bb78f2

>>90362
>>90365
Red, by far, is the most aggressive male we've met, even if he might be weaker than Az. We'll never know what'll happen if a Red vs. Az happens though, so that doesn't matter (there might actually be a relation there, Red might even be a descendant).

Korli or anyone else, statistically speaking, when it comes to the criminal element of neumono, will a person with a personality similar to Red be male or female? Is rape culture flipped around too, or much more similar to humans? It's an uncomfortable subject, but since I'm bring Red up, might as well talk about it.
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No. 90368 ID: 5db52c

While we're on the subject of inverted / alien gender roles, it's been proposed that Polo's whole sneaky-scout operating away from the larger group for extended periods of time thing would have been a traditionally male role.

If you consider pre-uplift tribal neumono, while the role of mainline warrior, defender, fighter etc would have mostly fallen to the usually larger and more aggressive females, a natural role for a usually smaller and less aggressive male would have been as a scout. (Smaller means better at sneaking around, costs less food resources to travel away from the group, and less aggressive means less likely to engage when they should back off). It serves a role the tribe would have needed, and gives those males a way to demonstrate fitness to potential mates. Plus, it doesn't hurt the group's ability to maintain the population as much if they lose a few males operating away from the group than if they'd lost females. (Especially since they could naturally bank sperm balls, anyways).

By that standard, Biles might actually be the most macho neumono guy we've met.

>Red, by far, is the most aggressive male we've met
Red was also, by best estimates, legitimately mentally unstable. He's really not the best example of wider trends. (Unless it turns out he's part of a trend of crazy aggressive would-be rapist loner rogues).
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No. 90410 ID: 602cd8

>It's an uncomfortable subject, but since I'm bring Red up, might as well talk about it.
It is, and while I'm not big on general censorship, I don't think addressing this is going to go anywhere but downhill fast. Hence, I won't answer this in detail, and while this thread can double as a discussion thread at times, it's not a place for discussing hard politics/topics in general. Even if this topic were discussed with asteroidverse/neumono specifics in mind, it would be exceedingly difficult to avoid talking about the raw topic, so I ask that posts simply avoid this here, please.
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No. 90413 ID: bb78f2

Okay I respect that.

So on a lighter note, does any character have a toya they own and want to share pictures of them? Or the belosian equivalent of a kitten? Or any alien equivalent of a cat.
An alien ferret, maybe?
Or an alien with a love of earth pets? Come on, show me how you show your love to your pets, astroid-verse.
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No. 90427 ID: c717e8

I just realized Muo's never appeared in ITQ or BTE, that I've noticed. So... Muo!

From what Story Seeker was informed, slimes can be more or less adept at... well, being slimes? Easier and better shifting of shape, and so forth. I assume you're pretty well up there, being maybe the most powerful slime in the world. Does that just happen as you get older, or from practice? Like, is it the equivalent of fleshy races training their bodies? Also, how long do slimes live? Do you age at all, or is it just that slimes being as they are will just one day inevitably blunder into something that they die of? Uh, no offense. Though I am interested in how you feel about people who express a low opinion of your mental abilities. How do you think you compare to slimes in general, in that regard?

On a more sensitive topic, you've demonstrated attraction to fleshy guys several times. Is that normal for your kind, or are you some kinda weirdo sex pervert by slime standards? Do slimes have standards?
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No. 90432 ID: 0ee153

Hey, Miss or Sheet or whoever else feels like answering, what was up with pomi religion at contact? I heard something about mass pomi sacrifice because the gods were angry or something.
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No. 90438 ID: 9bd6d9

>>90432
You're getting confused between Pomi and Heef.
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No. 90442 ID: 0ee153

>>90438
They both have beaks, it works.
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No. 90443 ID: 5db52c

>>90432
>>90438
Both species interpreted the arrival of aliens as "oh crap, the gods must be pissed." Only the heef responded with sacrifice, though. See: >>69195 >>81165
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No. 90461 ID: 421008

No sure if anyone asked but polo what is your longest recorded shot you have made.
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No. 90465 ID: 7aa8c3

>>90270
That's why I was hoping to have my question answered by someone who does.

You know what I mean.

Hey can you tell us a bit more about your bedtime activities? Weirdest and favorite fetish you've partaken in, highest number of people at once, favorite/most fun position. Hell fuck it anybody answer!
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No. 90492 ID: 0ee153

Hey, neumono shake oscillate. Do they also howl or something?

Has anyone ever asked about what different species' music is like?
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No. 90493 ID: 602cd8
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90493

>Is that towel made from Rokoa's leg fur?
M... maybe.

>Pets
Arkots are actually really good pets if you treat them right!
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No. 90494 ID: 602cd8
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90494

>Is it too late to just change the spelling of your name on anything official?
It would really hurt my parent's feelings.
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No. 90495 ID: 602cd8
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90495

>Given that, though, how were children between hives possible at all? If, as recently asked, even two neumono who were starved for any company at all would refuse to hang out if they were different hives, how would they (or at least, the lady in the equation) ever decide to have a kid with a non-hivemate?
Your term, 'amazonian snu-snu raiding', is a gentle way to answer this question.

>Logically what hive your mate belongs to doesn't have any direct bearing on how the kid will turn out, a parent with good genes is a parent with good genes whether they're a hivemate or not, but one would assume that pre-contact neumono would consider such a kid to be tainted or something, given how strong we've been told the revulsion was towards other hives. Is that not correct?
Not entirely. It is true that kids, if they are not outright babies, are offensive. However, they are malleable, and even one that is several years old can grow accustomed to a new hive. All hives know this, and so children from an enemy hive are seen as teachable, unlike adults from the same hive. Even aliens treat their misbehaved children differently than their misbehaved adults. It is the same.

Some would feel that an enemy hive cannot be bred with, as they would taint their child. This is folly, and hives such as this are subject to inbreeding. It is correct that good genes are good genes, and the only healthy children with tainted empathy are children in a tainted hive.

>Maybe long-term emotional compatibility with your mate just isn't a factor the way it is for other species?
Correct. Biological parentage is the sole bringer of the child's body, and the hive is the sole bringer of the child's spirit. That is to say, the spirit is molded by others for many years and refined for the rest of one's life. One's body is one's own after merely one mating session and one decision is made for them.

>Do you feel an instinctual desire to have kids that's separate from just sexual desire?
Yes, it is closely related to the instincts we have to perpetuate a healthy hive. I have been told that this becomes complicated amongst hives and individualism, however, so I can only say that I have had many times where I have felt a need to have children for the sake of my hive.
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No. 90496 ID: 602cd8
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90496

>No sure if anyone asked but polo what is your longest recorded shot you have made.
I assume this means a longest recorded shot that hit a reasonably small target. In which case, 3.3 miles.

This was using a specially made long range rifle that is typically not suitable for volatile or even normal combat situations, and was done against a stationary target with low wind. It also took three tries. So it is not as impressive of a feat as I could make it sound, given that it was more of a show than anything.

>Say, for example, you were with a bunch of non-hive friends, or acquaintances at least, and they wanted to do something enjoyable but had no idea what. What would you suggest?
... I do not know. I kept to myself and my hive in my extra-hive school. Although I was pushed to get along with others, and I succeeded at such, I only would suggest childlike games to do at that time. My casual adulthood has been spent almost exclusively around my own hive.

>What do you live for?
I enjoy seeing my hive live well. That is all, I don't have specific actions or objects that I live for.

>Also, what is your favourite kind of place to be? If some cliche hypnotherapist or something asked you to close your eyes and imagine yourself alone, but somewhere comfortable to you, what sort of environment would you visualize yourself in?
Home. A year ago, I may have said something else, but ever since it was destroyed, it was the location I wanted most.

For a less depressing answer, the beach.

>Neumono memories are genetic, otherwise Rokoa clones wouldn't be possible the way they are in the setting.
Brains have had slow progression towards understanding, even for humans and belenos. So even though it has been several decades since neumono have been found, having a body wide brain with a psychic element has been a scientific nightmare. Or a holy grail, depending on the attitude. What I'm saying is that we don't know a lot about it.

That being said, I don't believe memories are genetic. It's simply that Rokoa had her brain harvested in a way that left her memories intact, at least to some degree. The brain darts are not just genetic injections to become Rokoa, it is Rokoa's mind that attempts to integrate and take over the body, hijacking it and using its regeneration to "correct" the body to become Rokoa.

A more detailed answer that I believe is valid is
>>90290

>Earth pets
Briefly, at school, my class was shown a rabbit.
It was somewhat... surreal.

We also had a class Toya for one month.
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90497

>Agent Polo: who would you say has to put up with worse, you, or your canon-counterpart?
Me, because alternate universes don't exist and so my trials are the only real one. If she were real hypothetically, however, then hers has easily been worse.
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No. 90498 ID: 602cd8
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90498

>Also, what is your favourite kind of place to be?
Snow!

I love places with snow.

My hive has a little snowmaking machine, so we have a snow room. It's beautiful.

>Pets
My hive has a few Toya's hanging around. Nothing from earth or other planets, but mostly cause Toya's are easily the most marketed pets. Low maintenance, easy transfer to weird climates, surprisingly tough, and ultimately little loyal love machines.

Personally I preferred trying to tame snow burrowers, but that was a long time ago.

>Hey, neumono oscillate. Do they also howl or something?
We've got a bark, sorta. It's kind of like a territorial yelling and yapping, but we tense up our throat in a way that makes it different from our 'normal' voices.

So it's as much of a modern faux pas to do that.

I still do it out of habit now and then, 'cause fuck it.

>Has anyone ever asked about what different species' music is like?
Doubt it.

Belenos is formulaic as fuck. It's good, even catchy, but it gets old fast.

Humans and Pomi have the best. Humans have way more variety, but Pomi have a better sense of it as far as I'm concerned. Neumono music is pretty fine, but these days it just tries to emulate what humans and pomi do too much. And in the before days, it was all stuff by the hive, for the hive. Didn't matter if we were tone deaf or not, we'd have fun with it, and we never tried to be professional. 'Course, practice is practice, so most of my hive at least can carry a tune.

Mikliks and Yich Eaters? Not so much music. It's an acquired taste for them, and nearly as alien as you can get. For as alien as you can get, Salikai music. It's needlessly complex.

What else was there, again...

Ah yeah, Heef. They're okay.
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90499

>Are your beaks soft when you're born?
Yeah kinda! They're not like weird pillow beaks or anything, but compared to a full grown adult, they sure are.

>Small is small, actually?
Small like dang, how does something so small grow into something so huge?

>If [babies] do start comparatively small, are they especially delicate or take longer to grow?
They are so delicate it is ridiculous. Thankfully they're also surprisingly smart as babies. Smart, like, let me just not walk off this table.

>Neumono and Belenosians: Are you born with full fur, or with fuzz, or naked?
I'll just go ahead and answer this one too! Belenosians are bald and look like freaky alien babies when born, sorta like maybe they shoulda stayed in their mom for another week.

Neumono are usually bald too, but they grow fur ridiculously quickly so it's a pretty short lived sight.

>Both species interpreted the arrival of aliens as "oh crap, the gods must be pissed." Only the heef responded with sacrifice, though. See: >>69195 >>81165
Yes this.

Specifically, we thought the gods were mad, but we mostly thought the gods were empowered by Pomi, too, so sacrificing and killing other Pomi was preeeetty sacrilegious.

>Hey can you tell us a bit more about your bedtime activities? Weirdest and favorite fetish you've partaken in, highest number of people at once, favorite/most fun position. Hell fuck it anybody answer!
Um,

I know I've been pretty open about this sorta stuff, and I mean I'm not gonna lie I like to give long winded reports of kinky stuff that I've done and how many times I've done it, but there is a certain boundary that a girl shouldn't cross! I've lost a few friends being a little too open, after all.
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90500

>Male kings are a relative rarity, right? With that and ultrahives being new, do you put on or exaggerate the macho act to overcompensate?
What? This is how I am. I don't need any overcompensation, I'm a damn ultraking.

Also whoever said it's stereotypically the girls that get all domineering is right, so I'm the girliest damn man that's ever stomped around.
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No. 90501 ID: 602cd8
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90501

>Korli or anyone else, statistically speaking, when it comes to the criminal element of neumono, will a person with a personality similar to Red be male or female?
Uh I don't think it's fair to either gender to say that Red was more like one or the other! Red was basically nuts, you know.

>Earth pets
I've had some! Uh... they were kind of experimental things though and they're probably all dead now. Hopefully.
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No. 90502 ID: 602cd8
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90502

>So... Muo!
Yes?!

>From what Story Seeker was informed, slimes can be more or less adept at... well, being slimes?
Yes, some of us are really good at sitting around doing nothing! I'm not a good slime.

>I assume you're pretty well up there, being maybe the most powerful slime in the world.
Oh, uh, that kind of good at being a slime. Well, maybe one of the most! But it's more because of Tom kind of energizing me constantly, but there's some pretty big slimes out there.

Which is often the misunderstood part! Usually we're all about numbers, but there's actually not an easy to pin power cap on us like there is with your average gnoll or human or whatever.

>Does that just happen as you get older, or from practice?
Both! We're basically magical beings, and we have a kind of magic battery that runs. Living is kind of like constant practice to use our magic effectively.

Some can actually power themselves up and use their life force directly, and do some really awesome stuff at the cost of some lifespan.

How long we live is really dependant on how much uh

I don't actually know anything concrete but slime reproduction can actually be done with other species!

My dad for instance is a gelatinous cube, and reproducing with my slime mother made him sentient as a kind of surprise byproduct.

Oh and reproducing can take off the slime parent's lifespans too if they want. I mean, if they don't it'll be a pretty mundane offspring, but if they do then that'll really up the potential of their kid! Most slimes don't really care about that though so we just do the free option.

I don't think I'm explaining this well?

Oh also another thing is that the location of the slime's upbringing actually really influences the slime up to, well... not to adulthood, we don't really get fully grown.

>Do you age?
Oh right this question, uh, I think I said we basically did yeah, but it was basically magic so it's actually possible to recharge the battery a few ways that more or less make us immortal, but the longer we live the more we start using up. Or so I heard. So there's some ancient slimes out there that have become really powerful by just being slimes for so long but they need like constant slime sacrifices to keep them going.

Actually that's what Slime Queens and Kings do but I just call myself a Queen if I have any followers because I have Tom and as long as I do Tom things I basically don't age but someday I might take so much more energy that Tom will need me to do more and more chaos stuff, and he's said it's gonna be a huge cycle and when it starts taking way more energy to keep me running than I'm able to get, then it's probably time to die.

That's like... thousands of years or something though and maybe even more because we got strong just by existing for a long time, so if I'm so strong then I'll be even strong enough to get energy to...

uh...

I lost my thought and forgot what I was talking about.

Maybe uh maybe that's why I haven't been here before.
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No. 90506 ID: 0ee153

>>90498
That's adorable. Do the toyas get names or that education someone mentioned earlier?



Also, kid Polo is great. Did the toya get to be part of the class? They're about as smart as children when fully educated, iirc. Did anyone ever get embarrassed when a toya did better on tests and so on than they did?
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No. 90513 ID: bb78f2

>>90502
Muo, when Chee dies and takes over as Chaos god, will you then be her minion or will Tom always have you and he'll be like, I don't know, a tier below on the chaos god hierarchy? It sounds like you'll live until then.

Neumono
Typically, what are the character traits of the villains in your culture's fiction, whether it's through oral folklore, your cheesy films, or old ass legends or anything else?
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No. 90520 ID: 809713

>Also whoever said it's stereotypically the girls that get all domineering is right, so I'm the girliest damn man that's ever stomped around.
Any neumono guy who wants to answer: have you ever worn a pretty dress to make yourself feel tough.
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No. 90621 ID: 1dc5f9

Polo: How do Neuomo manage to use the triggers on their weapons? It seems like the trigger would have to be the biggest part of the gun in order for you to fit those big pillows you call fingers in there, especially for someone like Rokoa. If half the entire assembly's the trigger... I really can't imagine that being safe.
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No. 90697 ID: ea0ad9

>Yes, some of us are really good at sitting around doing nothing! I'm not a good slime.
I would have thought that line was more about being able to mold your shape however you want, rather than it kind of sticking as, well, you. Is that a common ability for Slimes, or is the ability to just ooze through cracks rare?
>My dad for instance is a gelatinous cube
How the hell does a gelatinous cube mate... Especially if it's the male partner. I mean, it can recieve protein, sure, but does it, like, merge and give up some of its own protein, sort of like the way you and storyseeker shared and split yours and you pretended it was the source of slime pregnancy? Be kind of funny if the joke had some basis in reality, only for Gelatinous Cubes, not Slimes.
>not to adulthood, we don't really get fully grown.
I think the word is "Maturity." Which is relevant to slimes, not other species. Slime Maturity is different than everybody else's... Do you even have to mature, or are you just born aware of your world?
>we got strong just by existing for a long time
Well, Tom being a chaos god can probably just go, "Exercise makes you weaker," so you can throw in a bit of exercise with your aging up to balance it out, and more exercise to lower the energy expenditure.
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No. 90724 ID: d90668

A question for anyone and everyone in asteroidverse.

Imagine a universe where the humans never found your planet until today. Space is huge its easy to miss things. So first contact was today instead of however many years ago.

Where and what are you up to in this reality?
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No. 90785 ID: 5f9fca

>>90724
I like this question, but I'm worried the answer might be a bit boring. Most races are described as being 'uplifted' by the human/belenosian welcome wagon, and were just bronze age (at best) tribes at the time. I'm not sure how long it's been since then, but technological progression for early civilizations like that is notably slow. The answer might be "not very different at all". Sadly.
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No. 90786 ID: 809713

>>90785
Or the even more boring and common answer: "I wasn't born because without the uplift there wasn't a sharp uptick in population growth."
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No. 90909 ID: 86b099
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>Where and what are you up to [if humans only made contact today]?
>"Burn the warlock!"

In a far worse place.
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No. 90910 ID: 86b099
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>Where and what are you up to [if humans only made contact today]?
We all know damn well that I'd be roughing up some weaklings and making snow angels.

>That's adorable. Do the toyas get names or that education someone mentioned earlier?
They get names, yeah. I guess we could educate them, really, but who gets a toya to teach it arithmetic? Just fetch some shoes and flush the toilet.
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No. 90912 ID: 86b099
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>Did the toya get to be part of the class? They're about as smart as children when fully educated, iirc. Did anyone ever get embarrassed when a toya did better on tests and so on than they did?
No, the toya was a roaming class pet, that is, we would only take care of it for a limited time and it would move on. There were jokes about the Toya being the teacher's pet, though, as they were trained to be well behaved when the lesson was going. It became less of a joke when it was realized that it was, actually, the teacher's pet.

>Where and what are you up to [if humans only made contact today]?
Living with my hive. I cannot imagine living without technology, but I'm relucant to think it would be worse. Without the uplift, we would not have lost our home. Though, my elders do say that we could have lost our home at any time due to warfare, so in ways it was nice to have a stable home even just for a few decades.

>How do Neuomo manage to use the triggers on their weapons? It seems like the trigger would have to be the biggest part of the gun in order for you to fit those big pillows you call fingers in there, especially for someone like Rokoa. If half the entire assembly's the trigger... I really can't imagine that being safe.
Our guns are disproportionately large compared to its firepower in order to have a large triggerguard.

Even so, many times on the field we have to use an alien's gun, and so we are taught and practiced in extending our claw into the trigger guard and pulling. It is a significant handicap, but it is still better than nothing. It does help though that while we don't have as fine of control over our fingers, our raw grip is particularly strong even with just two fingers and a thumb.

Because of the difficulty of our lack of control and abundance of size over our fingers, in the end, we do need to have an extra layer of gun discipline, training and effort over most other species.
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No. 90913 ID: 86b099
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>Typically, what are the character traits of the villains in your culture's fiction, whether it's through oral folklore, your cheesy films, or old ass legends or anything else?
Brutes! The sort of person that is huge and strong and will do anything to get what they want, which uh is kind of like our heroes, too, but the difference is that the things the villains want are bad things, and the things the hero wants are good things.

So if the things they want are kinda debatably good or bad, then who's the good and bad guy is too.

There's also manipulative types! Like the salikai I guess. That's more of a thing of the past, but old hives did consider their own thoughts sacred, so having people try to influence and sway that is pretty rude.

>Where and what are you up to [if humans only made contact today]?
Well... dead, because rogues don't really have a choice, so I would have been killed or run off into the wilderness and been killed anyway.

>Have you ever worn a pretty dress to make yourself feel tough.
Ah, um... no. I mean, a dress isn't really something girls wore to be tough, or even just something specifically girls wore, all that is completely alien. If anything we'd - girls - would wear dresses to be more alien or, to put it nicer, assimilated and modern. We did have dresses pre-uplift, but it wasn't a major thing. And there may have been some rituals and stuff where girls and guys wore different outfits, but for just daily wear, it was all practical stuff and the only difference is what junk has to be held up.
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No. 90914 ID: 86b099
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>Muo, when Chee dies and takes over as Chaos god, will you then be her minion or will Tom always have you and he'll be like, I don't know, a tier below on the chaos god hierarchy? It sounds like you'll live until then.
Or I guess just when Chee feels like it. I mean I think Tom is doing a preeeetty good job and Tom thinks that Chee was just supposed to be the Chaos God not because she was actually any good at it but because the powers that be had a bad run-in with the previous chaos god so they just wanted a passive little Chee to fill up the slot but not actually do much. So it might be more that Chee is just on standby so the archgods can say that Tom is replaceable!

>Is that a common ability for Slimes, or is the ability to just ooze through cracks rare?
Oh uh no, it's kind of... like that sort of thing needs practice and stuff so we don't just get it, but it is something any slime can learn how to do, and it's so basic that almost every slime learns it eventually! In fact it's sort of a milestone sort of like how some babies eventually have to learn how to walk.

>How the hell does a gelatinous cube mate
Only with a slime! And other gelatinous cubes! Maybe? I don't actually know how they're normally made.
... I might want to learn how to have kids someday. I think that's important.

>Where and what are you up to [if humans only made contact today]?
Y- wait.
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No. 90915 ID: bb78f2

Korli, do you think the cloning process that Sniper Clone and Polo fought through (with varying degrees of success) will have future health complications?
Say Polo wants to have kids, I don't know what could possibly make a neumono either infertile or sterile, but well, it might be that. Chromosomes just getting messed with like that.

Would this mean that the child would have THREE potential parents (four if the father also somehow recieved clone DNA from another donor, or three once more if the father received Rokoa DNA. I don't even KNOW what would happen to a male getting injected with Rokoa DNA)
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No. 90925 ID: c717e8

>>90915

If neumono use the placental mammal system used on earth, the female's haploid cells are prepared ahead of time and then activated and dealt out regularly during adult life. So then, since they're not really connected to the rest of the body, there's no reason they'd be affected.

But of course, neumono might not use that system. The baby pod system seems to be basically growing a whole womb, popping it out and then growing a new one, so why not grow a new egg too while you're at it? Neumono don't seem to be limited based on stem cell supply like humans are. My bet would be that, once the gal decides to take a gel ball in, its presence in the babymaking space triggers her body to make a new egg and send it down there. It might also explain why neumono guys produce gel packets instead of loose genetic material, it would keep his stuff alive longer while the egg gets made and dropped down. Can we get confirmation one way or the other?

I also wonder how the sperm ball production process works. If the female process involves basically regrowing most of their reproductive system, I wonder if the system for the guys would be more like a streamlined version of growing new testes and pushing them out whole. While I'm asking that, I wonder if the process is affected by environment. Like, if a guy spends weeks out in the wilds alone, does his production slow down? If he hangs out with a bunch of girls and their pheromones and junk, or if he's getting aroused often but doesn't get relief, does it increase? If not all neumono guys can push a ball out on their own, what sort of effects can it have physically or mentally if they get really backed up?

And to top off my indelicate questions, a query to all the non-neumono alien ladies: do you go through some kind of menopause eventually, or do you also have a leg up on humans in that regard? Do you have your own version of the menstrual cycle and its troubles? Do you or your species' males have any issues of similar nature that humans don't?

Finally, something more appropriate. I realize neumono hives found it hard to interact without killing each other, and voklit find it hard to do new things so if they didn't do it before they're not likely to start, but was there ever any large-scale trade or barter, pre-contact? Like, say, some salikai who was not quite as much of an asshole set up some trading postish place in between two hives with different resources, and took goods from one to trade across to the other?
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No. 90926 ID: 88960e

>>90915
Well, Mirim already confirmed the clone dart process almost certainly altered Polo's genetics, slightly. No one wins that battle 100%.

So if Polo has kids, they'd still only have two parents. Just one of them wouldn't be exactly the same patent she would have been earlier (at least on a genetic level).

But then neumono genetics is already a complicated mess where empathy and perception actually effect which genes are expressed in childhood. And Polo is not going to want to see Rokoa in her kids. So if her kids inherent anything overtly Rokoa-ish from Polo, it's gonna be repressed when it butts heads with glaring mama disapproval.

(Mirim basically covered this already, except in the context of the Rokoa clones, not Polo. >>82481 )

82481
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No. 90936 ID: bb78f2

>>90926
Well, if this sort have already has been answered, what happens when a male is injected with Rokoa?
How about the social ramifications of parenthood? Polo and Father I would imagine be the parents that ineract the most, but would Rokoa (and potentially the father's DNA clone donor if the clone donor for the father wouldn't be Rokoa). Like would there be a weird ass empathy thing with Rokoa or some shit if the Polo-Rokoa-Father Jr. met Rokoa? Like, WHAAT this person is my Mom, or my Dad.

I don't know man, would Rokoa be considered also a father of the child since she didn't bear the child and Polo did? Since she would be a technical genetic donor, I think that would make her a father in addition to the future Mr. Polo.
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No. 90937 ID: c717e8

>>90936

Judging from what Rikora says in >>90495 , what matters most in the "who's my parent/child" game is whose hive you're raised in. I assume mothers have some sort of instinctual affection for the thing that came out of them, and a child of two hives probably attracts both their attentions while their empathy is still malleable, but when the kid's grown up hive affiliation seems to be the main priority. Could clear it up, though.

Polo! If you were to discover that the salikai had harvested your cells and used science to create a child between your genes and Rokoa's, and had a Rokoa clone bring it to term, what would your feelings towards such a hypothetical baby be? Assuming it hadn't in any other way been tampered with, would you feel any obligations towards it? To bring it back to your hive with you to be raised, maybe?
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No. 90939 ID: 0ee153

So, based on the description of toyas as ultimately loyal little love machines, What would happen if a toya was hit with a Rokoa dart? If Rokoa was hit with a toya dart?

Just how strong is the regeneration... urge, anyway? I mean, if there's available biomass, could a Rokoa clone basically become a sapient cancer when implanted into a non-neumono?

And what's a snow burrower, and what's it look like?
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No. 90940 ID: 0ee153

>>90939
Actually, if you tried to take that too far, you could inject trees or slime molds or... a fufa...

Hey, smartest fufa/Rokoa/Mirim. In an assimilation contest, who would win, the smartest fufa or Rokoa?
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No. 90942 ID: 91ee5f

To Zirkala: You once said you added different bones to your skeletal body to change it so I would like to know some things:
1. When did you first figure out you had the ability to add bones to your skeletal body to change it?
2. Why didn't you just stay a skeletal version of your living self? Did you not like it?
3. What makes you decide what bones to use and what bones not to use? Is it species, bone strength, or both?
4. What made you decide on your current skeletal form instead of some other form? Did it feel comfortable? Any drawbacks like hitting your head on a low doorway?
5. What are you using for your tail? It looks like it's made of flesh instead of bones like the rest of you.
6. Would you let us see your skeletal form without your clothes on, please? It's not like you have anything to cover up and you can't be cold! Or is it some sort of lich fashion statement?
7. Why are you always smiling? Did you die happy or are you just happy to be a lich?
8. Do you get any annoying/funny dead jokes like instead of being bored to death someone asks, "Are you bored to life?"?
9. Can your eyes change to any color or is it only white and red?
10. Did you have kids and/or try to have kids when you were alive? If you did, are any of your descendants alive? If so, do you visit them or do they not want to acknowledge the fact that they are descendants of a lich?
And lastly 11. How do you make your skeletal mouth open and close like that? I thought you needed muscles to do that, which you obviously don't have!
Sorry if I'm annoying you with all of these questions. I can't help it, I'm curious! And I also think your the nicest being in the quest, because your a lich, and yet you tolerate mortals such as Story Seeker, when you could just as easily enslave/kill them because you wanted to!
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No. 90970 ID: c717e8

Zirkala: Adding onto the question of whether you had any kids, how would you feel about having kids now? I assume all manner of undead are incapable of having children, but say some fertility god who thinks he's funny 'blesses' Story Seeker and now every remotely female being he's slept with recently is pregnant, including yourself, with assurance of no dire complications. How would you feel about the prospect?

Also, are there limits to your magic, as a lich? One generally assumes that undeath doesn't go well with 'lifey' magic. If you want to cast healing magic, for example, are you restricted to using potions and scrolls?
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No. 90990 ID: c717e8

Neumono: Questions about appearance.

I know that snouts that come out sharply are considered more feminine and that those which are a more gradual slope from further up the face are more masculine, but are there any other associations that facial features hold? Does a shorter, rounded face seem more cute and non-threatening, and a longer jaw more intimidating or serious? Is there a different impression off a snout that narrows down more versus one that's more squared-off? Aside the race associations, does longer or shorter ears hold any connotations? How about length and fluffiness of tail?
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No. 91023 ID: 12cde9

I have a question for Lago. Is there any relation to Arkots and Prinnys, specifically the scarfed one in relation to the scarf of "Can I really be the Hero?" I was wondering if the similarities were on purpose or accidental.
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No. 91028 ID: 91cfcf

Were fufas known on other planets? Are fufas and jetalium related?
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No. 91043 ID: ea0ad9

>Y- wait.
Ahem, let me put it this way, since for you things are waaaaaay different: Where would you be and what would you do if the chaotic series events that led to Tom being, well, a (Temporary) Chaos God hadn't happened? I'm pretty sure the original Chaos God would never have bothered to answer you--or if he did, he would just make things worse for you (Or eat you, which might have actually been better), but let's just say he ignored you for the sake of the question.
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No. 91137 ID: 79940c

Hey, so we know it's possible to build a machine that generates empathy. (Uncanny valley creepy artificial empathy generators, and the long range empathic relays). Has anyone ever tested what happens if you try to run the output of bunch of electrodes monitoring brain activity inside a non-neumono skull as input to an artificial empathy generator? Does it translate to anything coherent or comprehensible?
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No. 91148 ID: 3b3ff9

Is it considered an unfair advantage for neumono Esports teams to play within empathy range of each other?
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No. 91168 ID: 86b099

>Is there any relation to Arkots and Prinnys, specifically the scarfed one in relation to the scarf of "Can I really be the Hero?" I was wondering if the similarities were on purpose or accidental.
Accidental, arkots were more meant to fulfill the 'incompetent guards' niche, and the NCO arkot's scard is coincidental to "Can I Really be the Hero?".
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No. 91169 ID: 86b099
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>Polo! If you were to discover that the salikai had harvested your cells and used science to create a child between your genes and Rokoa's, and had a Rokoa clone bring it to term, what would your feelings towards such a hypothetical baby be?
.... I would be lying if I said I would not feel some kind of connection on principle. If it were placed in my custody then I would bring it back to my hive and raise it, still. If the Rokoa clone were to raise it for a few years first, I would insist she keep the child. On one hand, a child raised by Rokoa, I think, would inherit her... values. And if I raised it, I would also be lying if I said I would completely stop thinking that this person was grown inside of Rokoa.

It's a highly uncomfortable idea, and the worst part of it is that considering that after all I've seen, it's knowing that it's possible.
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No. 91170 ID: 86b099
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>Do you go through some kind of menopause eventually
Pomi do, yeah, as well as heef! Belenosians too, but they take way longer, that is, way closer up to their deathbed date. I mean belenos don't really get the cycles but they do lose their ability to have kids.

>Do you have your own version of the menstrual cycle and its troubles?
Yyyyes. Yes.

Belenos got lucky, they just start running eggs through their plumbing in response to a dude trying to fertilize it. I guess still not as lucky as neumono who can just go 'nah'.

And yich eaters, well, I think that reproduction trainwreck has been covered.
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No. 91171 ID: 86b099
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>Was there ever any large-scale trade or barter, pre-contact?
There was, but it was terse and to the point. Snow neumono up in the mountaintops would have a high demand for wood, and neumono in the forest below would desperately want some of the wildlife goods that could only be found at high altitudes. It's cases like these where exchanges like these happened, and they'd be wary of each other. It's pretty common for negotiations to fall apart, too.

Voklit are basically the same, but trying to trade with them is a huge ordeal. It's amazingly ritualistic, and I swear they were trying to purify the stuff that they got from the outside. Hardly polite, like cleaning yourself off after someone shakes your hand.

Salikai, though? Made for that stuff. If there was any remotely sophisticated trade route, chances are, a salikai was behind it. Even the tribal ultrahive was considered the peak of neumono getting along by themselves, but I'd be really surprised if there wasn't a salikai that hid from the history books.

>And what's a snow burrower, and what's it look like?
These fuckers are basically snow piranhas. They wiggle and dig under soft snow, and a few will stick antenna out of the ground they can sense incoming prey by. When they sense something above them they can take, they'll all leap out at once and go at it. I've seen a couple small snow hives get wiped out in one go because they couldn't detect snow that's been dug through. They've got nasty teeth that are made for chomping down on a chunk of flesh and leaping back off with it, letting another burrower leap in and do the same. They have a good sense of where arteries are, too.

They also have a decent brain on them too that can sorta distinguish friend and foe, so it's possible to set them up as defenses. It's risky, so I just tried out out for a bit as a hobby, but it was never considered safe enough to go ahead and let them burrow in right under us while we slept.
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No. 91172 ID: 86b099
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>Hey, Mirim. In an assimilation contest, who would win, the smartest fufa or Rokoa?
The fufa. Easily. A neumono might inadvertently absorb Rokoa as Rokoa's brain takes over enough for the neumono subconsciously thinks that Rokoa was in fact the real brain to begin with.

The fufa, though, just... gets its cells to scoop up Rokoa into a little brain ball and spits her out after looking over her brain contents. That's it. The fufa doesn't need to get into any weird empathy fights.

If the fufa let an empathy fight happen, then Rokoa could win that - and still lose the biological fight. Like I said, winning the empathic fight is just paving the path to taking over the neumono body. A fufa body is on a whole other path; and isn't going to have that happen.

>Were fufas known on other planets? Are fufas and jetalium related?
No, fufas are entirely neumono homeworld beings. They are sought after since, currently, they are the most jetalium like substance we know about and studying that could give clues to how old jetalium worked.

>Has anyone ever tested what happens if you try to run the output of bunch of electrodes monitoring brain activity inside a non-neumono skull as input to an artificial empathy generator? Does it translate to anything coherent or comprehensible?
Not really. People are confident that they're able to output the brain activity in that regard accurately, but there has been a so far undetected psychic element that has, for the most part, been claimed as the closest thing this universe has had to magic. Without being able to detect, let alone output that component, the empathy that's artificially made will continue being in uncanny valley.
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No. 91174 ID: 86b099
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>Can we get confirmation one way or the other?
Confirmed! We don't generate the initial egg until our body is triggered to do so.

>Korli, do you think the cloning process that Sniper Clone and Polo fought through (with varying degrees of success) will have future health complications?
Wellllll, probably! But maybe not. That's what mad science is about, not finding out what to do to get such and such effect, but to do such and such and see what happens! Or maybe that's just seeing what sticks to the wall.

A neumono getting sterile like that is probably a worst case scenario, buuuut may be possible. Our regeneration isn't as fast as a voklit's, but it's amazing just how much it can stabilize.

>What happens when a male is injected with Rokoa?
If the outcome was sterilization, this would probably be the main factor! Otherwise, I have no idea. I mean, if it wasn't a clean victory from Rokoa, then it may result in some weird sexless or hermaphroditic possibilities? I dunno!

>Polo/Rokoa hypothetical child
Probably whichever hive the kid was raised in would be the important thing. If say it was raised in Polo's hive, then Rokoa would just sort of be seen as a biological tool used in their conception more than, you know, the social implications of what a parent should be like. I dunno, it's a really weird thought and so how people deal with it can be really unpredictable!

>Would this mean that the child would have THREE potential parents?
Noooot really but sort of? I mean, it would still be two parents, but one parent might have their genes affected by their clone dart counterpart.

>What would happen if a toya was hit with a Rokoa dart?
The whole reason it works sorta against a neumono is that Rokoa's brain thinks 'wow my body went way off course, I gotta deal with this!'. Against anything else, like a toya, Rokoa's brain would probably just think that it's foreign material and try to kick it out. Course, Rokoa doesn't have her body, so she can't! So it would probably just get dealt with in the Toya's circulatory system. I mean, the Toya might die too because it had all kinds of brainstuff injected into the bloodstream. I've said Toya since that was the question, but that basically goes for any non-neumono.

>If Rokoa was hit with a toya dart?
The neumono would probably just absorb and kick out the toya brain, nevermind that a toya brain can't be put in dart form.

>I wonder if the [gelball production] process is affected by environment. Like, if a guy spends weeks out in the wilds alone, does his production slow down? If he hangs out with a bunch of girls and their pheromones and junk, or if he's getting aroused often but doesn't get relief, does it increase?
Production does slow for fellows away from any girls, yeah, and some rogues even slow down regardless! But it never does stop entirely. And likewise, if they go hanging out with a lot of girls that show a lot of fur, they'll speed up.

>If not all neumono guys can push a ball out on their own, what sort of effects can it have physically or mentally if they get really backed up?
So, the organ that stores them does fill up, and that's when production does stop. It's not like it'll burst without any relief, but it is kinda uncomfortable and it's hard to avoid getting aroused at the slightest thing and all that, so usually they'll want to deal with it. If they have a hive, then good! There's not many hives that won't help with that. If they don't, or they're away from their hive, or whatever, then that's when it's kinda awkward.

It's also worth noting that girls, too, when they're completely out of gel, have their own organ let them know that they're empty, so it's kind of the same feeling.

Since they'll basically be broadcasting their horniness out, it's not gonna be a secret when they go out in public. Really, though, it's not that big of a deal to us. Since it's not something anyone can hide, we're reminded that stuff like this is just something that happens. People get mad in traffic, people are in a huge hurry, people are put under huge living stresses, people need to use the bathroom, and people are sometimes horny. And sometimes it solves itself, because since both genders sometimes gets horny, and the empathy basically shotguns those feelings to the general public, then there's a good chance they'll find each other and, hopefully for the rest of everyone, get to a private place before fucking.

But if a guy gets backed up, can't push it out on his own, can't have it sucked out by any tools or people, then, well, they're just going to get stuck with that full sensation and have to live with it. And it's tough to do for long periods of time, because those feelings do get in the way of sleep, work, thoughts, and so on. It's not insurmountable, but it is just something that keeps getting in the way and can wear someone down.

>Does a shorter, rounded face seem more cute and non-threatening, and a longer jaw more intimidating or serious? Is there a different impression off a snout that narrows down more versus one that's more squared-off? Aside the race associations, does longer or shorter ears hold any connotations? How about length and fluffiness of tail?
Well, a bigger jaw in general does come off as more aggressive. I don't think there's much difference in that between long and wide, although a proportionately longer one does make them look more intelligent.

Squared off snouts do look a bit more unapproachable, but I think that's minor!

Length, fluffiness and overall size of tails and ears implies different levels of health. Generally neumono fill those out last after getting their crucial stuff done, so large ears and tails do imply that they're really well off.

Rounder ears give off connotations of being more, uh... room-taking, I guess? Like bigger personal space bubbles and more willing to be in the way. That's really iffy though, there's probably a lot of people who don't feel that way.

Ah, and big hands are seen as strong or intimidating.

>Is it considered an unfair advantage for neumono Esports teams to play within empathy range of each other?
Depends on the sport! A lot of organizations allow it just because otherwise you're left with a slow reflexed, huge fingered species that probably couldn't compete decently on a lot of twitch based team games.

But then a sport where it's more of a calculated, collaborated effort that isn't huge on reaction times so much as just multitasking and stuff, they might ban it. So, it depends on the sport, and it really comes down to, if it gives them an unfair advantage without offsetting an unavoidable disadvantage, then ban it.

There's a little bit of bias though towards allowing it, because exceptional teamwork is really fun to see for spectators.
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No. 91175 ID: 86b099
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>When did you first figure out you had the ability to add bones to your skeletal body to change it?
I knew Lichs could do this while I was becoming a lich, so learning about the ability predated gaining the ability.

>Why didn't you just stay a skeletal version of your living self? Did you not like it?
There was no deep reason. I grew bored of it, that's all.

>What makes you decide what bones to use and what bones not to use? Is it species, bone strength, or both?
Both, with an emphasis on bone strength. Dragon bones are not just strong, but they are heavily magic affluent by nature, and so grant a boon to my magic as well.

>What made you decide on your current skeletal form instead of some other form? Did it feel comfortable? Any drawbacks like hitting your head on a low doorway?
Again, there was no deep reason. I change, morph and adapt over the course of time, this is simply my current look at the moment. I am now this way due to this form being one of the more, let's say, coherent designs while using my best quality bones.

There are drawbacks to not being able to access some of the smaller halls, although it is not much of a drawback since I can simply inhabit a smaller body. It is simply sometimes inconvenient.

I have also felt the desire to add proper arms to this form, as well.

>Would you let us see your skeletal form without your clothes on, please? It's not like you have anything to cover up and you can't be cold! Or is it some sort of lich fashion statement?
Lich fashion. Somehow, the sense of being naked continued on past my shedding mortal skin.

>What are you using for your tail? It looks like it's made of flesh instead of bones like the rest of you.
It is an odd, smooth plated bone that once belonged to a treasure serpent. This creature was made by a formidable wizard with a great treasure who wanted to guard it, and so created not just a guardian that had the power to protect it, but also to contain it within its own body to completely negate the threat of thieves bypassing the guardian.

It did once have flesh, but upon its slaying, many parts were divided as rewards and presents. I gained the bones.

>Why are you always smiling? Did you die happy or are you just happy to be a lich?
Happy to be a lich. I did die happy, but that is because I died to become a lich.

>Do you get any annoying/funny dead jokes like instead of being bored to death someone asks, "Are you bored to life?"?
Most of my company is too dead to think that that is funny. Story Seeker, perhaps for the best, also has a sense of humor far travelled from such jokes.

But... the Lich King has made puns like that in the past, yes. He does enjoy doing this more to new liches however, as he likes to see who will and who won't laugh at his awful jokes. I have seen him make many lichs sweat who think they'll be eradicated if they don't laugh heartily at anything involving the word 'humerous', only to have their king give them the most dire, piercing look and tell them that's not funny.

>Can your eyes change to any color or is it only white and red?
Any color. In fact, by default, there is no color to the eyes, however, it does add bodily communication amongst my company, as people do feel more comfortable knowing where my attention is pointed.

>Did you have kids and/or try to have kids when you were alive? If you did, are any of your descendants alive? If so, do you visit them or do they not want to acknowledge the fact that they are descendants of a lich?
I did have a few children, but this was a long time ago. While I still live nearby my old clan, I feel nearly completely detached as they have become unrecognisable to me as a society. Likewise, my descendants too have had my blood muddied and dispersed throughout the generations.

While they know of me as the local lich, they do not know of me as Zirkala. My foolish descendants would likely think their heritage is significant too, but it is not, as I had my children while I was alive, not while I was a lich. My being a lich did not affect my children in any way, other than them thinking I died - which is true, but they believed it permanent.

>How do you make your skeletal mouth open and close like that? I thought you needed muscles to do that, which you obviously don't have!
Magic, of course. My skull once belonged to a great shapeshifter dragon. Great in the sense of power, not great in the sense of personality. He was insufferable. Regardless, as I have mentioned, dragon bones are often magically innate, and a dragon's power often permeates their bone. While I do need to expend a trivial amount of magic energy to shift the bone, it does wonders for putting my company at ease.

>And I also think your the nicest being in the quest, because your a lich, and yet you tolerate mortals such as Story Seeker, when you could just as easily enslave/kill them because you wanted to!
While I do find this so flattering, I am inclined to point out that when I gain the power to mentally and physically break people, refraining from doing so does not become a nice act.

>Adding onto the question of whether you had any kids, how would you feel about having kids now? I assume all manner of undead are incapable of having children, but say some fertility god who thinks he's funny 'blesses' Story Seeker and now every remotely female being he's slept with recently is pregnant, including yourself, with assurance of no dire complications. How would you feel about the prospect?
I am indifferent to having kids. The idea is unimportant to me.

If Story Seeker had impregnated me by some divine intervention, however, then we will have a child. They will be their own person with a kobold father and lich mother. That is fine with me.
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>Ahem, let me put it this way, since for you things are waaaaaay different: Where would you be and what would you do if the chaotic series events that led to Tom being, well, a (Temporary) Chaos God hadn't happened?
Well, if Chee became actual chaos god.... I dunno, from what I hear about her, she probably would've just given me whatever I wanted to try to help! It doesn't sound very chaosy, but that's what I gues -

>I'm pretty sure the original Chaos God would never have bothered to answer you--or if he did, he would just make things worse for you (Or eat you, which might have actually been better)
Oh uh original chaos god. Ok, yeah Tom says he was a real jerk! So maybe all of the random stuff would've come out worse, and maybe he would've even let me be killed. Tom has saved me a buncha times saying that he'd just put me in chaos debt for each time, but the only one didn't do that! There was all that eating stuff though so maybe I would've just gone into the chaos realm, which Tom says is a dumb realm to have because the whole point of being the chaos god is to make the real world chaotic.

>but let's just say he ignored you for the sake of the question.
O-oh. Sorry.

Uh... so if I was never a chaos follower? Well I became one because I wanted to stop all the adventurers from raiding the caverns I live in, soooo that would probably still be happening if I didn't.

It actually still happens because I kind of accidentally made my cavern a little bit notorious for having a chaos follower in it. So it doesn't happen as much but when it does, the adventurers are stronger.

Buuuut I would just be lazing around and even though I thought it was okay, it seems kind of unsatisfying if I went back to it! But then again if I never left my old life, I would've kept thinking it was okay? So it's probably a good thing I came to Tom?

Well I guess the answer is that I'd just be a regular little slime!
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No. 91177 ID: 0ee153

>>91171
How many times have you ridden a snow burrower into a fight?
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No. 91182 ID: ea0ad9

>>91170
I can understand if it's too awkward to mention the Pomi's, but what about the Heef? We don't even know how their reproductive cycle works to start with.
Also, for whoever to answer: Are there any possible interspecies pairings that can actually result in offspring?
I think there was mention somewhere that cloning out of nowhere was illegal (Might have been a non-lago thing, though, I don'tknow), but has anybody ever run tests to figure out if it's possible to splice certain species safely?
>>91171
That "Fucker" is absolutely cute in a photograph, gotta say. Sounds a lot less so in life, of course.
>if they go hanging out with a lot of girls that show a lot of fur, they'll speed up.
What, is the "Pheramones" of a Neumono just their dandruff, or were you saying that as the general method of being attracted to somebody is less clothing?
>they're just going to get stuck with that full sensation and have to live with it. And it's tough to do for long periods of time, because those feelings do get in the way of sleep, work, thoughts, and so on.
...Biles! Did you ever have that problem, having trained in survivalism all that time, and if so, how long until you learned to just ignore it?
>so large ears and tails do imply that they're really well off.
Hahah, Pilon must have been treated like royalty in his hive, then.
>Rounder ears give off connotations of being more, uh... room-taking, I guess? Like bigger personal space bubbles and more willing to be in the way. That's really iffy though, there's probably a lot of people who don't feel that way.
Yeah, Pilon's kind of Room Filling, but also has the approachable appearance. Kind of feels (From looks, not actual touch) like he'd just squish gently in to fit you in, like a big, soft pillow.
I think it's his eyes? They're approachable eyes. Yeah.
>There's a little bit of bias though towards allowing it, because exceptional teamwork is really fun to see for spectators.
I bet they have little squads within the team, so that there's a jammer over the main team group, but not the active squad, for some sports. Give them a bit of teamwork without giving them it all.
>It is an odd, smooth plated bone that once belonged to a treasure serpent.
I was thinking it was some giant snake molting or something.
>This creature was made by a formidable wizard with a great treasure who wanted to guard it
Any sort of enchantments from the bones, or was the only enchantment on it to give it Spirit and Life?
>but that is because I died to become a lich.
(Forgive me if this has been answered) Did you kill yourself for the sake of lichdom, or did you have somebody else kill you? Or, though I think it unlikely, did you wait for a random jerk to run in to slay the "Evil Necromancer?"
>as he likes to see who and who won't laugh
You forgot the "Will" after that first who, Lago!
>only to have their king give them the most dire, piercing look and tell them that's not funny.
Oh god that made me laugh. I guess it'd be a right spook to have the lich king looking you dead in the eyes, though. (Cue varied response to pun here)
>My being a lich did not affect my children in any way, other than them thinking I died - which is true, but they believed it permanent.
Ah, never told them, then, I take it? Did you seek escape from that life?
>it does wonders for putting my company at ease.
Or makes them absolutely flip their lids at the fact that HOLY SHIT THE BONES ARE CHANGING SHAPE.
>when I gain the power to mentally and physically break people, refraining from doing so does not become a nice act.
I kind of agree with that. You may not abuse your power, but you do abuse your reputation, spooking and coercing people into doing things, like Story Seeker into the prank war.
>They will be their own person with a kobold father and lich mother. That is fine with me.
That sounds like the strangest upbringing a person could have, in the history of, ever.
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No. 91194 ID: bb78f2

>>91174
Is neumono virgin particularly rare? I mean, what are your sex ed classes even like? Do you even teach it or is "the talk" actually having sex so it becomes "the sex"? Like, right out of a human doujinshi?
So, if I got your explanation straight, a lot of neumono men actually just enjoy sex instead of masturbating, because they're usually surrounded by a hive that will happily relieve that stress?

Man, I wonder what American Pie would even BE like if it actually reflected neumono sex culture instead of humans.
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No. 91195 ID: 88960e

>I am inclined to point out that when I gain the power to mentally and physically break people, refraining from doing so does not become a nice act.
Judicious, responsible, restrained and/or considerate applications of power do reflect well on an individual, though. We don't have axioms about power corrupting for nothing.

Your treatment of Story would qualify as kindness, though. You've gone rather further than just refraining from harming him.

>Without being able to detect, let alone output that component, the empathy that's artificially made will continue being in uncanny valley.
Aren't the empathic relays capable of detecting / broadcasting the full spectrum of empathy? I don't see how Four Stripes could use them for remote control if it left something crucial out going either way (needs an open two-way line, predator to neumono, and neumono to predator). And Polo didn't seem to notice his empathy feeling wrong or artificial through the relay. (In fact, before she came across the first relay, she thought it was him).
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No. 91199 ID: 91ee5f

To Kexluk from Story Seeker: So, you're really tall, have bigger than average muscles, and have a giant magic holy sword strapped to your back. If I didn't know any better, I'd say you were trying to compensate for something, like having a hilariously tiny penis. Is this true or not? Either way, please provide proof by dropping your pants.

To Clunker from Story Seeker: I just heard some asshole running around and telling everyone that you've gotten so fat that you can't beat up anyone anymore and even if you tried you wouldn't be able to catch them because you're so fat! Are you going to let him get away with saying stuff like that or are you going to prove him wrong and kick his ass?

To Story Seeker: I think you should change your name again. Because you're not much of a Story Seeker and after everything I've seen you do, you actually make stories instead of seek them. So, I say you change your name to Story Maker! What do you think?

To Zirkala: What do you mean by "add proper arms"? Your arms look fine to me. Or is there something wrong with them and I'm not seeing it? Please explain.
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No. 91205 ID: 0ee153

>>91199
>arms
Those are legs.
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No. 91220 ID: 91ee5f

>>91205
I know, I think the artist forgot to draw her arms in that picture because we've seen her with arms before. For example, in chapter 1 when Story Seeker and Morgana (the Drake) were trying to prank Zirkala and she got her foot stuck, we can clearly see that she has arms. So I'm just wondering what she means by "proper arms".
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No. 91221 ID: 0ee153

>>91220
I assume with the bone-shifting thing she sort of converts her legs into arms or something.
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No. 91223 ID: 1d157d

>>91174
Hm. Do some neumono opt for surgical sterilization to get around the discomfort? I imagine not everyone wants kids in the first place, and for soldiers like Biles it'd also be a matter of practicality.
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No. 91227 ID: 0ee153

>>91223
>surgical sterilization
>neumono
>laughingregeneration.exe
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No. 91233 ID: d90668

>>91223

Am pretty sure if you are a elite soldier you just go practice the muscle control necessary so you can get them out yourself when jacking it in the field.

Although might explain his lusting after the girl in the invisibility suit who's name I cant recall right now.
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No. 91235 ID: 78a595

Technically Biles isn't a soldier anyways. He's a professional survivalist.

His whole thing is literally surviving ridiculous inhospitable wilds on his own, without any assistance. I'm pretty sure that includes managing his own basic biological requirements. A man who's figured out how to will his hearts to stop beating when it's convenient will find a way to cope with blueballs.
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No. 91238 ID: 59ae7f

It strikes me that salikai really suffer from not having a standard education system. Obviously they're smart and they learn a lot and become very educated, but since they're so isolationist I suspect that any individual salikai only ever learns the things they (and to a lesser extent their parents, when they're very young) think are useful to know.

That's how you end up with Mr. Anti-christmas Vanski failing evolutionary psychology by thinking that the retreat-and-think-about-what-you-did-wrong response to injury that we call sadness, which is something that trends in more herbivorous species, would be the default response frpm a more carnivorous species, who would respond in the fashion of predators, i.e. flipping out all over the place. Besides, since neumono are on a constant ticking clock with their metabolism, I doubt they're prone to that sort of depression anyway, and would express being disturbed in other ways. Even neumono rogues, the saddest of the sads, seem prone more to going out and trying to do something with themselves, rather than curling up in a corner all day. If salikai had a more rounded education and were forced to learn some things that they weren't interested in or thought were useful by their own standard, maybe Vanski would have known this stuff.

Any salikai want to comment on their upbringing?
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No. 91244 ID: 1d157d

>>91227
??? I must have been absent for that biology lesson. Do neumono not have a localized and thus removable organ for generating sperm?
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No. 91245 ID: bd8b82

>>91244
they do have one, it just grows back.
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No. 91246 ID: ea0ad9

>>91244
As long as their body is still alive, anything, ANYTHING in it, will regenerate. Even a lost head can regenerate in full, eyes included, which would be an entire lost organ there.
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No. 91247 ID: 88960e

>>91244
>>91245
Yeah, lasting surgical alterations don't hold up with regeration. It would either require upkeep, an injury regeneration couldn't repair (trick the body into healing wrong?), some kind of implant installed in the way, or just do it chemically with drugs.

It occurs to me this would also rule out a surgical option for anyone who might be born transgender. (Although I imagine the rate of occurrence is considerably less if your hive's empathy and perception of you helps to shape your self image). Although maybe if you doused someone with enough hormones, regeneration could work with a transition, not against. How's that work, science types?

>Christmas finally over
Christmas Ramella! How would you rate your prospects with a certain dashing not so secret agent? You got a shot? How long are you in for? (Will you be out for next Christmas)? How much of a hard time are you getting from your perhaps more criminally minded hivemates over crushing on a cop?

What does lesbian gas have to do with rocketry, anyways. Would have thought the tree at the end was more in your wheelhouse.
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No. 91250 ID: bb78f2

>>91247
You know, I am quite curious about Transgender stuff that spans the species of Asteroidverse.
Any species particularly different from humans when it comes to that topic? Belosians be all like "Yeah who cares. AND we can make you fertile as the other gender too! Or we used to."

Oh, man, how about Transgender Yich Eaters, who have THREE genders. Is there even a separate gender culture between the two female types? Would a yich eater transwoman identify particularly with one or the other?
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No. 91251 ID: bf7588

>>91250

Talking about gender dynamics with aliens seems a subject that can be littered with misapprehensions, to me.

Like, neumono for a start, they have gender things obviously but they seem less pronounced than in humans. Like, Az acting 'girly' and Polo acting 'manly' by their standards is a thing they notice, but they don't really seem to care that much beyond that, despite being only like one or two generations away from having been a bunch of mostly bronze or iron age tribes. And neumono are much more literally shaped by their upbringing than humans: the outcome of their growth is physically changed by what their hive expects of them, so trans neumonos are that much more unlikely. Being a hive species I'd also expect them to care much less about their individual traits, too, a neumono's answer to the 'who am I really' question is 'what my hive wants me to be', and that's still not perfect but it works for them much moreso than the human equivalent does for us.

For other examples we have voklit, who seem to not make any distinction between their males and females besides reproduction (Viln says he literally can't tell the difference himself if he can't smell them), and salikai who can be visually distinguished but give the impression they don't care beyond their businesslike reproductive transactions either.

So it all seems like it'd be very difficult to talk about to humans.
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No. 91255 ID: ea0ad9

>>91251
I wonder if that Brothel Hive has hermaphrodites, then? They're all about being sex-capable, so "Who you are" is "Somebody who can have sex with anybody," which should make it very easy for the genetics to accept it.
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No. 91258 ID: 0ee153

>>91255
Fairly sure that's not biologically possible. There's only so much empathy can do. Rokoa is still brain-damaged, for example.
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No. 91263 ID: 88960e

>>91255
>>91258
Yeah, empathy can influence gene activation. It doesn't trigger spontaneous mutation.
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No. 91271 ID: 1d157d

>>91247
...Haha, I'm dumb, sorry. Still, I imagine there must be ways. They do have those cap things to stop regeneration, but that's probably difficult to do internally. Chemical sterilization should still work, though.

Actually, I think a while back one neumono said that asexual hives were a thing -- how does that interact with this? I imagine if anyone's found a workable sterilization method, it'd be them.
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No. 91274 ID: d4a543

>>91263
But you've already got the genes that code for the other parts! For earth mammals, take a standard-issue clit, pump it full of androgenic hormones, it starts to grow, and soon it's a close-enough-for-funtimes penis. Similar deal for breasts. Neumono psychology won't overwrite the gametes, sure, but I seen no reason why it would be impossible to shift around the visible-scale crotch plumbing with sufficient consensus and time.
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No. 91276 ID: 0ee153

>>91274
Neumono do not have clitorises, for one. And any changes from hormones wouldn't last.
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No. 91283 ID: 78a595

>>91174
>uncomfortable backup while away from hive
>broadcasting horniness
Rikek! So how awkward did things get being away from your hive for months, living with strangers, on your extended space tourism trip?
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No. 91303 ID: ea0ad9

>>91263
Intersex is a thing that happens to offspring. It can be turned off in the womb by empathy, since the genes are still vulnerable to change at that time, but if so, it could also be turned on.
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No. 91315 ID: 0ee153

>>91303
I assume the only variant of intersex people would want to cause in a child is one with two fully-functional sets of genitals, since it seems like fairly terrible parenting to want your child to have to deal with nonfunctional organs and messed-up organs.

The problem with that is it's never happened naturally, to my knowledge. Reverting an intersex egg would involve much fewer changes, since naturally-occurring intersex consists of a relatively small number of damaged genes, compared to all the careful hormone balancing and organ reshuffling you would have to do for a child with both fully-functional sets of genitalia. It's probably beyond what empathy can do, although I'm hypothesizing here.

tl;dr: Fixing the partially-complete intersex mutation that pops up, relatively easy. Causing two fully-functional sets of genitlaia, not so much.
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No. 91316 ID: e71e4e

Hey Kori have you guys ever done studies on Tardigrades?

>>90912
Are there special attachments to make using small finicky non_numono guns easier to use?

>>90913
So do you get Atni-heros?

Miss if you were capable of having a hybrid child with another species which would you choose and why? And what was the species of the best lover you've had so far?

>>91174
>So, the organ that stores them does fill up, and that's when production does stop.
So what you're saying is that guys cant get "blue balls" from producing to many blue balls.
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No. 91362 ID: 1d157d

I have a question for Kolliri, or the farm neumono in general. You seem to engage in human gender roles -- we've only seen males working on the farm, while the only female we've seen is taking care of the children and doing indoor chores. However, what we've learned about neumono implies that these roles should be different if not necessarily reversed. Is there something to this, or have we just been seeing a biased sample?
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No. 91394 ID: c717e8

All this criminality makes me wonder about the legal system among neumono.

Any neumono lawyer: I assume each ultrahive has its own laws, but what's common between them? Do they have their own founding legal documents? Are they just copied from alien legal systems, or made for themselves? What are the biggest differences between neumono laws and aliens? Are there separate laws for different species, like how neumono can commit 'thought crimes' by, for example, harassing someone with their empathy? Is a hive a distinct legal entity with distinct rights and responsibilities? If members of a hive commit a crime, does the responsibility carry over to the rest of the hive in a way it wouldn't in another type of group?

What kind of impact does empathy have on criminal trials? Is empathic evidence, that the defendant 'feels guilty' for example, admissible? Are lawyers forbidden to be defended by a member of their own hive, or is it considered favourable if possible? How does trial by one's peers work if any neumono of your hive will be biased to help you, and any neumono not of your hive biased against you? Jammers? Do you use trial by jury at all? Do aliens get put on trial differently?
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No. 91407 ID: bb78f2

Neumono Lawyers that answer the question above
How do you like the Phoenix Wright Series?
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No. 91487 ID: 60700b

>>91484
...Now I wanna see a pic of neumono doing Nascar or something.
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No. 91488 ID: dd338c

Just so there's no confusion: The nascar eyes image was moved to the asteroid dis thread; but neumono nascar will now be addressed in the next round of BTE.
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No. 91597 ID: 406ce7

Penn, or another Belenosian: Tell us about your feet. You don't need to show them off, I'm not into that, maybe someone around here is, I don't know, but I just want to know about your foot biology. What's up with your toes, and your... dewclaw? Is that what it is? Are they any particular use for climbing, or fighting, anything?
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No. 91671 ID: 91cfcf

Neumono women stop being horny when their gel whatevers are full. What happens when lesbians get horny? Do they just learn to deal w/it or w/e?
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No. 91707 ID: 4d8aa1

>To everyone: if you met someone who was basically you but the opposite sex, in terms of looks, skill and personality, would you do them?

This same question to everyone here.

Also an extra to the legal question a few posts up: is there less criminal penalty for violence or injury to a neumono, considering their regenerative abilities?
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>Are there special attachments to make using small finicky non_numono guns easier to use?
Not much for attachments, however, some models of guns do have swappable trigger guards. It's not ideal since there's more to a neumono grip than the trigger guard alone, so they don't see much use. Most guns aren't made with the idea they're going to be dropped and used by someone else.
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>How many times have you ridden a snow burrower into a fight?
None. It was tough enough to get them to think of me as not food. They don't like things on their back at all.
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>Heef, on menopause/cycle
Yeah they sorta had mating seasons back on their home planet, which worked well and good up until they left the home planet and it went way out of whack. I mean they can reproduce any time, but mating season just sorta is a time to encourage it.

Otherwise Heef reproduction is just kinda... plain. Boy meets girl, girl has baby some months later.

>To everyone: if you met someone who was basically you but the opposite sex, in terms of looks, skill and personality, would you do them?
Mayyybe, but maybe I couldn't stand myself! I'd probably do him.
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>Hey Korli have you guys ever done studies on Tardigrades?
Heck yeah! When I first saw them I thought they were a thing here on Astreneus, but it turns out it's an earth stuff. Micro organisms are some crazy stuff.

We have things like that too, of course, but tardigrades were pretty special for being on another planet.

>What, is the "Pheramones" of a Neumono just their dandruff, or were you saying that as the general method of being attracted to somebody is less clothing?
No I said 'fur' as in 'less clothing'. Should I have said skin? Then people might have thought we preferred shaved neumono.

>What happens when lesbians get horny? Do they just learn to deal w/it or w/e?
There are artificial subsitutes for the chemistry, though, so you don't have to have a guy involved. But without that, then lesbianism mayyy leave something to be desired.

>Pilon must have been treated like royalty in his hive, then.
There's a reason he was a QI! .... well, maybe that reason was more because he could also fight well, but you get the idea.

>Is neumono virgin particularly rare? I mean, what are your sex ed classes even like? Do you even teach it or is "the talk" actually having sex so it becomes "the sex"? Like, right out of a human doujinshi?
It's pretty rare, but not like some amazingly abnormal thing. Especially if they went rogue early.

Sex ed classes aren't like some formal thing taught in school for neumono, because the hive teaches it pretty quick. I mean a jammer town can be different, but most hives just aren't going to care enough to get out of empathy range of their kids, when that means having to ride out of their hive's territory and rent a hotel or drive to a secluded place or something like that. So of course the kid gets curious what's going on with that empathy, so... it kinda squicks most aliens that neumono kids learn it so early, but really, it's not something we can avoid!

Again except in jammer towns. That's when formal classes come up. It still comes up pretty early though, so, sex ed class does not become actual sex!

>So, if I got your explanation straight, a lot of neumono men actually just enjoy sex instead of masturbating, because they're usually surrounded by a hive that will happily relieve that stress?
Well, yeah, I mean don't most men and women enjoy just sex over masturbation, at least most of the time?

>So, the organ that stores them does fill up, and that's when production does stop.
>So what you're saying is that guys cant get "blue balls" from producing to many blue balls.
Well... no, they still get what I think would be blue balls! They just wouldn't have their organ, you know rupture.

>Although maybe if you doused someone with enough hormones, regeneration could work with a transition, not against. How's that work, science types?
Wildly! The mind is really integrated with the body for us, even more than most species, so just mentally accepting oneself can actually do wonders. Nonetheless, there is still a lot of the mind that exists out of the mental consciousness that just does whatever it wants.

But that just means there's exceptions, but it is possible to change our body by just plain hormone injection, but the regeneration will always try to stabilize it to a baseline. What that means is that while there's hormones pumped in the body may just go along with the ride, but the deeper blueprints of the regeneration will just keep on trying to hold hormones to a base level. So to keep that image up, you'd have to have heavy hormone maintenance.

Not minding that how regeneration views the body doesn't actually get set in stone until adulthood.

>To everyone: if you met someone who was basically you but the opposite sex, in terms of looks, skill and personality, would you do them?
It's probably a little predictable by now, but yeah, yeah I would.
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>Biles! Did you ever have that problem [of gel stockpiling], having trained in survivalism all that time, and if so, how long until you learned to just ignore it?
No, I'm able to push what I've got to get out, out. And even if I couldn't, I've had to deal with far worse persistent issues than feeling a bit randy.

>Although might explain his lusting after the girl in the invisibility suit who's name I cant recall right now.
It was Moi. I'd like to use the explanation that I hadn't gotten any chance to cool myself off before seeing her, but that'd be a lie. I was just straight out attracted to her, nothing else to it.

>Surgical option for sterilization
There is actually a cybernetic addon that can be placed in our organ that makes our gel sterile. It lasts a long time internally, although has to be maintained once every couple of years.

Stopping the production entirely is a trickier affair, though, and that is generally what a neumono would prefer.

>To everyone: if you met someone who was basically you but the opposite sex, in terms of looks, skill and personality, would you do them?
Actually nah. I don't look for a mirror version of me. Opposites attract and all that.
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No. 91720 ID: dd338c
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>Any sort of enchantments from the bones [of the treasure serpent], or was the only enchantment on it to give it Spirit and Life
It had all sorta of enchantments, but very little of it perpetuated beyond its destruction, so I use it more for its raw strength.

>Did you kill yourself for the sake of lichdom, or did you have somebody else kill you? Or, though I think it unlikely, did you wait for a random jerk to run in to slay the "Evil Necromancer?"
I killed myself to finish the ritual.

If I were to do it all over again, though, I would have waited for some random schmuck to slay the evil necromancer just to see his face when he realized he turned me into a lich.

>Ah, never told them, then, I take it? Did you seek escape from that life?
I wouldn't say I wished to flee my life as though it were particularly awful, but by the time I became a lich, my old home seemed like an anthill. I just had no interest in connecting with it like I had as a mortal.

>Your treatment of Story would qualify as kindness, though. You've gone rather further than just refraining from harming him.
Yes, that is reasonable to say. I have spoiled him.

>What do you mean by "add proper arms"?
I have toyed with various arms, but none that match the quality of the rest of my body. By 'proper' arms I mean arms that will not be the equivalent of a broken rat tooth shoved inside of a king's jewelled crown.

It could be possible to shift bones into arms, but magical properties of bones tend to become weaker and more unstable the farther from their form they become.
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No. 91721 ID: dd338c
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>So, you're really tall, have bigger than average muscles, and have a giant magic holy sword strapped to your back. If I didn't know any better, I'd say you were trying to compensate for something, like having a hilariously tiny penis. Is this true or not?
The only compensation here is to compensate for the great evil in this world!

My dick is of adequate size. If I were so concerned about the size of my groin, I would prefer my body to be smaller so as to make my groin larger by comparison.

>Either way, please provide proof by dropping your pants.
Nope.
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No. 91722 ID: dd338c
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>I just heard some asshole running around and telling everyone that you've gotten so fat that you can't beat up anyone anymore and even if you tried you wouldn't be able to catch them because you're so fat! Are you going to let him get away with saying stuff like that or are you going to prove him wrong and kick his ass?
Nah. I don't give a shit. I got food.

>If you met someone who was basically you but the opposite sex, in terms of looks, skill and personality, would you do them?
Only if I thinned back down first!
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No. 91723 ID: dd338c
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>I think you should change your name again. Because you're not much of a Story Seeker and after everything I've seen you do, you actually make stories instead of seek them. So, I say you change your name to Story Maker! What do you think?
I believe my name to be more reflective of my aspirations! I do seek stories, after all, but after being unable to find many who would tell me interesting tales, I simply set out to find my own. Which ended up making them.

Alas, ultimately regardless of what name fits best, I have grown accustomed to Story Seeker, unlike 'yapper'!
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>It strikes me that salikai really suffer from not having a standard education system.


A standard education for salikai would be wonderful, if it were a standard education made for salikai. We would not do well if we were put into most alien schools. Salikai do have a desire to be in control - this is often considered a bad thing. It can be, yes, but it can be good as well, all depending on how the salikai uses it.

A school, however, demands servitude from the children. That the adults know better, there are rules and regulations to follow throughout the school, and they must do homework as the teacher sees fit. An educational system for Salikai would require to treat them as adults. They would require exceptional teachers, as Salikai would immediately lose respect for any one that answers the question "why does that math formula work?" with "it just does." The teacher could not simply tell the salikai their answer or deduction is wrong; they would have to demonstrate why it is wrong. Of course, these problems can turn up even with alien children regardless, but it would be significantly worse with salikai.

In any case, salikai tend to learn by themselves. Even though they can be taught, we have a sense that information must be justified before we can learn it without being discomforted by possible misinformation. I could not imagine a classroom of 20+ salikai children quietly sitting in a lecture room just taking the lecturer's word on how things are for an hour straight.

>Any salikai want to comment on their upbringing?
Without speaking of my own upbringing, I will say that in general it is true for salikai to only learn what a handful of people teach them, and then what they themselves learn. We tend to look at this in a highly logical fashion, then, and inevitably treat our form of logic as that of all reasonable creatures. Most salikai eventually realize that others can take wildly different paths of logic - but instead of the salikai attempting to run down that same path to understand it, they use their own logic and thought patterns to analyze it from afar.

Perhaps that is too abstract an example to be useful, but I am saying us Salikai tend to be engrossed in our own way of thinking. We seldom have any competent sense of how unknown aliens can and will act, and often come to baffling conclusions about why those aliens did what they did. It can also be terribly difficult for a salikai to understand that sometimes an alien does not use logic at all, and just as a "sense" of what works and what doesn't.
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>I wonder if that Brothel Hive has hermaphrodites, then? They're all about being sex-capable, so "Who you are" is "Somebody who can have sex with anybody," which should make it very easy for the genetics to accept it.
We have a couple, actually.

That doesn't mean they were born and we thought 'hey buddy we could use a few transgenders or hermaphrodites in a couple decades, wanna be a part?' and so it was. It's not even like they were born intersex - it's possible, but rare, even though we're not that small of a hive. Some of our kids though were pretty mentally between girl and boy, and physically they didn't strike people as a particular gender outside of what was in the pants, and it just seemed natural that they could be transgender. That thought alone wouldn't have been enough, of course, to do much when puberty hit, but we did mix in hormones. If we just did that alone, then regeneration would have changed their hormone levels to 'normal' as Korli said beforehand. But when we hit a right mix factors, such as the mentality thinking they shouldn't be locked in one gender, the individual subject still in their childhood that can still have their regeneration baseline setup changed, and some artificial intervention, and then other random happenstance, then we can get adults that are by all rights stable transgender.

And the childhood part is important. Most of the shaping-by-empathy is only during childhood. That's when they're most malleable, mentally and physically. If Rokoa were born brain damaged as she was, it's possible that it would have been fixed. But it was too complex to fix after growing up solidified everything, so to speak. Simpler, more built-in stuff though can still be impacted, like if a neumono turns into a king or queen, they're likely to get a growth spurt of a few inches.

Sorry to repeat what Korli had said up ahead. She is essentially correct, but she has studied it from books while I have seen it to some degree.

>Intersex is a thing that happens to offspring. It can be turned off in the womb by empathy, since the genes are still vulnerable to change at that time, but if so, it could also be turned on.
An aspect to keep in mind is that the genes are more receptive to an idea of how things are supposed to be, not how things are wanted to be. Also, the way that empathy effects regeneration and growing up tends to be all about fixing abnormalities than creating new ones. It does so by rolling back to previous genes from one's grandparents, fading back across generations. It's not entirely this way, but it is a big one, so having empathy shape new mutations is an uphill battle. That makes the transgenders we do have more of a wonder.

Placebos do wonders for us.

Also, with a bit of hormones and surgery, faux-hermaphrodites can be made as well as swapping genders. It's a lot of upkeep and expense, though, so it's not something we typically do.

>Actually, I think a while back one neumono said that asexual hives were a thing -- how does that interact with this?
That honestly sounds like they think something is wrong with sexual attraction. If the whole hives think that way, then it is likely that the kids will grow up without the attraction, since their bond with their hive is stronger than puberty giving them the urges. How a hive like that would have started, though, I have no idea.

>Neumono do not have clitorises, for one.
Well, okay, we don't have the external bit of the clitoris that people think of, but the whole chain of nerves on the internal side of things is there wrapped up along the rest of the reproductive tract. So, growing a dick just doesn't have quite the head start that a human has.

>If you met someone who was basically you but the opposite sex, in terms of looks, skill and personality, would you do them?
I would say so, since that describes nearly a quarter of my hive.
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>So do you get Anti-heros?
Yep. It's easy enough since it's not like our stories are actually that different, just the distribution on where our stories go and what they contain is different. So those villainous brutes I mentioned could easily sometimes have a similar goal to actual heroes, just, say, they're a lot less noble in why they want it.

>Neumono nascar
Oh! This one is pretty fun. Crash technology has gotten really nice, and since neumono can and are willing to survive a lot of crashes, neumono car racing can be pretty harsh. For one thing, the courses are made to be challenging, so we don't just have plain conctrete oval loops that the racers just turn left 4 times per lap for 300 laps. We do have more distance races and, more commonly, 3 lap races over a larger course.

Since it's so costly to set up large courses and to replace all the damaged and wrecked cars, major races are usually hyped up pretty hard across the galaxy to offset that.

Oh, there are multiple leagues, though. The Ruby league is still the most violent one with the harshest courses, and they actually let cars carry select kinds of missiles and other weaponry. It's weaponry that has to be made to just disable the car rather than, you know, kill, so deaths even in that league are really rare. Injuries, though, are more likely than not.

I don't have any pictures though.

>If you met someone who was basically you but the opposite sex, in terms of looks, skill and personality, would you do them?
If by 'basically me' that meant rogue, probably not. I'd sure like to talk with them and play some games and stuff, though! But trying to get too personal with other hives kinda.... leaves a feeling of regret, emptiness and general sorrow.
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>Rikek! So how awkward did things get being away from your hive for months, living with strangers, on your extended space tourism trip?
Not much. Well, okay, it was a little awkward since I kinda had a... rough time on our home planet. But it didn't cause me problems re-integrating into my hive, in fact, if anything it really showed me that I did belong where I did, and not in the company of crazy super soldiers.
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>However, what we've learned about neumono implies that these roles should be different if not necessarily reversed. Is there something to this, or have we just been seeing a biased sample?
In between, I'd say! I think Penn saw a biased sample, but it is true that we do have a slight bias of gender from each aspect of the farm. There are a bit more women than men taking care of the house, tenu snakes and guard towers. However, there's a bit more women than men taking care of the crops and flathoppers. Even these biases aren't much, though! 60-40 at the most extreme, I want to think.

I don't think there's much to it, it's just how things turned out is all.
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I'm Daslac. Martial Lawyer. I've managed to keep Az behind a desk and not bars, and earned the nickname Court Wizard because of that miracle.

The two ultrahives are more similar than people think. Both of them were formed in similar ways, after all. There used to be lots of ultrahives, after all, but they eventually collided, and the founding hives in each wanted to still be at the top. And that's how ultrahive wars founded. Now there's only two. They're too big to start a war right under alien noses.

So, founding documents. Lots of ultrahives had these, but they'd get swallowed up into each other and have to rewrite the whole thing. They wanted their own pieces in place, and as one can guess, that turned into a huge mess. A lot of hives walked away when they felt like between the ultrahive and alien pressure, they were getting forced to join an ultrahive they shouldn't be in.

>What are the biggest differences between neumono laws and aliens
Now, we have our own cultural laws, but it's all superceded by galactic laws. Like, don't murder. So even if an ultrahive wanted to allow murder, they couldn't change galaxy laws without good reason why murder on astreneus should be allowed. Being the new species on the block, the 'alien' laws tend to be the galactic ones, while the neumono laws are more ultrahive specific things. So you could say neumono laws are the nitpicky stuff like how far away from wildlife you should be. Alien laws are the more encompassing things like don't burn down a populated building.

>Are there separate laws for different species, like how neumono can commit 'thought crimes' by, for example, harassing someone with their empathy?
On the record, laws that specifically target species tend to be frowned upon. However, when it comes time to enforcement, that's when we can justify mixed scrutiny. We'll follow around a neumono that feels like he's thinking of getting up to no good, and we'll put more belenos under the scope when we see some illicit science studying going around.

>Is a hive a distinct legal entity with distinct rights and responsibilities?
That's right. It's treated like a household in ways.

>If members of a hive commit a crime, does the responsibility carry over to the rest of the hive in a way it wouldn't in another type of group?
Yeah, this is the sort where ultrahives can vary. The neumono tree, mine, tend to put more responsibility on the hive. It works out since if the whole hive is willing to shoulder it, then it lends itself well to the individual's rehabilitation without ruining someone's life.

The coalition, though, tends to be more traditional to alien law, though. Hives can shoulder some of the responsibility, but the criminal records go on individual files with a mere mention of the hive's name.

>What kind of impact does empathy have on criminal trials? Is empathic evidence, that the defendant 'feels guilty' for example, admissible?
If the defendant clearly feels guilty, then a few things can happen. For one thing, investigations can go on for longer than they normally might. Interrogating the individual can also be done more. Basically it just justifies trying stronger efforts to get the suspect to cave.

That said, it's tough to lay down a guilty verdict when the only evidence is a guilty conscious. Empathy can be misread, of course, and the neumono could be telling the honest truth while being overwhelmingly paranoid that they won't believe them. Exterior hivemates may just see that paranoia and interpret that lack of belief as lying. And of course, it's a mess to get the suspect's hive involved to try to vouch for him. Usually lawyers and witnesses within the same hive are frowned upon.

There's a lot of judgement calls that go into it.

>How do you like the Phoenix Wright Series?
You know, for awhile, I thought human courts were actually like this.

Ours aren't, but we do have heated arguments that aren't kept under control in an awful lot of cases.

>Is there less criminal penalty for violence or injury to a neumono, considering their regenerative abilities?
To some level, yes. Assault is still assault, and the laws and degrees of assault still carry to neumono the same, so the charges are identical. The penalties and enforcement may be different. For instead, an injury that would cause lifelong harm to most aliens would land them in a harsh penalty, but with the neumono, a lot of judges rule that the penalty may match the harm done, and so that penalty will be lessened if the victim is a neumono that will just be bedridden for a week or two.

Sometimes that isn't the case. The legislation is still be worked, you see, on account of people fighting to make the penalties as harsh. When the same injury on a neumono is inflicted and the criminal gets a slap on the wrist compared to the injury on a pomi, for instance, there's an argument out there that it tells the galaxy that hurting neumono is more acceptable.
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91730

>Penn, or another Belenosian: Tell us about your feet. You don't need to show them off, I'm not into that, maybe someone around here is, I don't know, but I just want to know about your foot biology. What's up with your toes, and your... dewclaw? Is that what it is? Are they any particular use for climbing, or fighting, anything?
We don't know! A long long long time ago, we think we had a species that had similar feet, possibly with two backclaws, that were similar to the earth's mountain goat.

Our claws and hooves are actually made out of a tough kind of surface made for hanging on to things as well.

Since these were so long dead though, and belenosians have had so much genetic engineering over time, it's really hard to say. At this point, the backclaw may just have turned into an ornamental thing that lasted through the ages. We certainly didn't need to balance on much. Fighting with it, well, it is sharp so it could actually hurt, but it's just gotta be way too awkward to try to kick with it. I mean, we'd be better off just kicking with the hooves, those are hard.
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No. 91732 ID: bb78f2

>>91729
Daslac, who is your favorite Phoenix Wright character.

Actually, I don't care, anyone ever, out of anything that you would likely read/watch/play from human culture in the 20th and 21st century, who is your favorite character from that thing.
I suppose you could also choose an actor, if you particularly like somebody like Clint Eastwood or Bruce Willis.
Any alien like Berserk? Harry Potter? The Witcher series? Bill Nye the Science Guy? Flight Club? Guardians of the Galaxy? Teh Secret of Nymh? The Great Train Robbery? Gunnerkrigg Court? A Song of Ice and Fire? Adventure Time? Or even Barney the Dinosaur.
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No. 91733 ID: ab7529

>>91727
Rikek, you completely dodged the question. You know darn well I was asking about the awkwardness of blueball backup while far away from home, not if the crazy not being home stuff made it hard when you got back.
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No. 91746 ID: ddcbe2

>>91724
>I am saying us Salikai tend to be engrossed in our own way of thinking. We seldom have any competent sense of how unknown aliens can and will act, and often come to baffling conclusions about why those aliens did what they did. It can also be terribly difficult for a salikai to understand that sometimes an alien does not use logic at all, and just as a "sense" of what works and what doesn't.

That sounds to me like salikai would have a tendency towards conspiracy theories. That they would look at all these disparate data points and instinctively try to find connections that make sense to them, leading to them constructing this elaborate idea of something happening that really doesn't match with reality at all. Is that something you see among your own kids, Zozu?

It'd be a little ironic, since salikai seem to tend towards causing conspiracy theories to be made, as well. Though I suppose if your species tends towards complicated and outlandish scheming, then it would be natural that you're constantly on guard against complicated and outlandish scheming.
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No. 91755 ID: 0ee153

>>91729
What kind of laws apply to Az? Does he have executive privilege or an equivalent?
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No. 91763 ID: ab7529

Three Stripes: can predators do dream sharing like neumono can?
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No. 91784 ID: e85628

Arza: what do your horn markings mean?
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No. 91793 ID: 88960e

>>91247
Re-asking the second half of this. We must have missed visiting hours.
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No. 91813 ID: 2f4b71

>>91726
>The Ruby league
>they actually let cars carry select kinds of missiles and other weaponry.
Aw yes, Neomono Redline!
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No. 91814 ID: ea0ad9

Arza: What stereotypes apply to the positions different species fill up, and about what ratios would you say apply to them?
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No. 91817 ID: 0ee153

>>91726
How big of a deal is the Ruby League? What exactly is it? Just an organization that's into extreme sports? Because I remember it hosts that wrestling tournament Az habitually cheats his way into to avoid getting tired in the earlier fights.
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No. 91819 ID: ac3a29

Arza, tell us about yourself. A man can't science all the time. What do you do for recreation? Any non-criminal friends or other contacts besides until-recently-Penn? You had a public persona, so one assumes you got to visit with normal people relatively regularly. Any love life? Kids?
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No. 91928 ID: ab7529

Penn, is there any social significance that you don't have any horn markings? Was it just to make identity swapping easier- less identifying marks? Is it that you're just too young- when do Belenos usually get them?

Rikora, can I ask about the significance of your red markings? And if they're dye or paint or what? We haven't seen much of that kind of decorative marking, pre or post contact. And you dress notably better- many neumono wore little more than furs and rags pre-contact, while you had died fabric with patterning! Even your own hive didn't seem to match up.
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No. 91957 ID: 2ef8d6

To that one neumono showgirl from way back when, working at Tin's outpost: We got it on testimony that your empathy feels really nice. Do you think you get away with things neumono rogues normally wouldn't, like if you accidentally wandered into a rough hive's territory they would just frown at you instead of actively trying to kick you out? Things like that? Contrariwise, do you get unwelcome attention because of it, the same way people do for physical attractiveness?

Also, tell us a little about yourself.
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No. 91964 ID: 0ee153

>>91957
Was that the one with lots of ear piercings?
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No. 92076 ID: 96e8f4

Various aliens: what are your children's stories like? Movies, books, cartoons, et cetera?

To everyone: Who was your first crush? What was it that you liked about them? Would you still be attracted to them now?
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No. 92084 ID: d90668

So a question going out to all the people who made first contact. Not the team in orbit that first found the planet or the pr person who later wrote the story for the news. But the person who was the first one out the airlock and shaking hands with a new alien race.

Am curious what your first impressions were and how that first meeting ended up.

Then on the other side I ask the same question to the first member of the races that got found. Neumono,Belenosian, etc... what was it like when that ship landed and you got to meet some strangers from space?
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No. 92101 ID: 901807

Kappi, you looked like you've bulked up a bit. Aside from Rokoa's estimation of you, do you think you're being treated any differently for it?

Az: Aside from biosuits, what's your favourite non-weapon piece of military equipment? What's your favorite piece of non-military technology? Also what's your answer to that "me but opposite sex" question.

Same questions to Rokoa.
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No. 92110 ID: 91ee5f

>>91722
>Only if I thinned back down first!

To Clunker: But what if the woman doesn't want you to thin down and likes you the way you are? How would you feel about that?
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No. 92116 ID: d4a543

>>91724
>A standard education for salikai would be wonderful, if it were a standard education made for salikai.

What about a more Socratic style? Rather than lecturing, the teacher asks the class some deceptively simple questions which require deep understanding of the subject at hand, then gives them lab equipment and textbooks and so on sufficient to figure out the answers and lets them do mostly self-directed research. Would something like that work, without requiring extraordinary social and technical skill on the teacher's part?
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No. 92120 ID: 1ca692

To a member of each intelligent species: What do you think is the weirdest thing about other species... but which is not a bad thing? Like, do they do anything that you don't do, but which is amusing or cute or just very strange to you, rather than being disturbing/horrific/depressing?
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No. 92176 ID: e108d8

Az: I've got some Father's Day questions. First, have neumono taken to celebrating Father's (or Mother's) Days? If so, do you go with the alien standard and pay respects to your biological parents, or have you refocused it into a day for whatever member of your hive did the most to raise you?

Second: given that, with neumono, kids are raised more by the hive than by the actual parents, and kids from parents who aren't in the same hive tend to just get raised by one, it occurs to me that neumono aren't necessarily expected or obligated by nature to be part of their kids' lives the same way that other species are. It's probably less a thing for women, because they have to go through at least the basic effort and sense of attachment that comes with carrying the child for a while, but I wonder if famous guys (like yourself) find yourselves occasionally contacted out of the blue by admiring ladies going "hey, I want to have a kid, and you're really great, could you help me out with that?" So I thought I'd ask, among your kids, do you have a lot that are in other hives? If you do, did you ask for anything in return for your obviously valuable genes, or does that depend on who's asking?

Also, I understand that traditionally a neumono who has a non-hive parent is supposed to not care much about them and vice versa, at least once they're grown up and there's no chance of them changing hives, but does being in an ultrahive change that? If you have kids who aren't members of your hive but their hive is in your ultrahive, and you're a big public figure, do you think they still get pride and/or schoolyard bragging rights out of their relation to you? How happy are you if they do something impressive? Would you still do things with/for them sometimes? I find myself imagining you have like, one day a year where you call them all in and bring them out to an amusement park or monster truck rally or give them all tickets to see you wrestling or something like that.

Contrariwise, I wonder if you encounter aliens being surprised at the lack of connection between blood relatives. Like, if you had a non-hive daughter who just happened to end up reaching some office that put her working with you, and aliens go "hey you look really alike" and they find out you're related and then they wonder if its nepotism or something, whereas any neumono who found out would instantly suss that you're not the same hive and then just disregard the blood connection as a thing entirely. Anything like that ever happen?

While I'm asking, non-parental question: aside from just making different hives get along, what's the biggest persistent problem you and your colleagues face in running an ultrahive?
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No. 92229 ID: cee89f

>>92101
My guess is "kill her and take her (metaphorical) crown"
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No. 92300 ID: bfbff9

To whichever neumono would know best: How close a connection is it possible for two neumono to have? Like, let's imagine an extreme scenario. Say a dude has kids with a pair of sisters who are very similar, so the kids are born at around the same time and are very genetically close. All these within one hive. Their mothers stay close to each other while carrying them and then keep the pods near each other. The kids pop out, let's say they're the same sex, and then they stay close to each other for almost their whole childhood. They take up the same profession and stick together as a team to do that, so they still basically spend all their time with each other.

Would their ability to sense/read each other's empathy go noticeably further than it would if they were just hivemates? Would it be remarkable to other neumono? Would there be any negative consequences to this kind of interdependence, like some kind of extreme discomfort or emotional pain when they do get separated?
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No. 92547 ID: ec4f0c

Anyone: How do bio-scanners work? What do they look for to tell if someone is alive/healthy/of a particular species?

Also, Penn: We know Roxy was your main bud, but is there anyone else you got to know well during your studies? Maybe particular lecturers or tutors, or someone you worked on a collab project with? Did you join any clubs or societies? And related, how much have you interacted with aliens besides neumono?

Az: Do you prefer smaller partners, or is it just that those are all you can get?
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No. 92653 ID: 02c7a6

Rokoa: I know your attitude to having kids these days is that you'll only do it if you find some super amazing guy, but I wonder, how would feel about adopting one?

Like, let's say one day you just found a neumono baby abandoned somewhere, family and hive dead, and no-one anywhere with any preexisting interest in taking care of it. I assume under normal circumstances you'd hand it off to a compassionate friend or an orphanage, or if it looked like it could grow up strong you'd take it and pass it back on to your hive to raise. Would that be right?

But then let's say that wasn't an option, for whatever reason. I assume, since you're such a wonderful generous lady, that if it was a choice of raising a kid yourself or leaving it to die, you would take it in. What kind of relationship do you think you'd develop with them? Mother, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, drill instructor? Or would you just keep your distance from them until they could survive on their own and then boot them out?
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No. 92667 ID: 60700b

>Neumono Nascar
Thanks for answering that lago, even though it wasn't phrased as a question.
Is there any other (relatively) non-violent sports that neumono have known to get into, for example, skydiving or BASE jumping?
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No. 92781 ID: dd338c
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>But what if the woman doesn't want you to thin down and likes you the way you are? How would you feel about that?
A little suspicious, actually, if I am to be one hundred percent honest with ya, cause sometimes there's stuff too good to be true. But if it was real true, then nice. Damn nice.
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No. 92782 ID: dd338c
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>Daslac, who is your favorite Phoenix Wright character
Miles for sure, at least when he's more of an antagonist.

>What kind of laws apply to Az? Does he have executive privilege or an equivalent?
You can damn well bet he can read, do, and hide all sorts of stuff he probably shouldn't be able to. As long as he gives me some kind of redeeming qualities or justifications to work with, it usually ends up pretty well. Course, we inherited alien laws like this, but we do like to fiddle with them, so they can get pretty fuzzy and left a the judge's judgement.

Course, Az does like to push the envelope, and one of these days he's gonna jump in a fire I can't pull him out of. Worst case, though, he just has to resign and never get back into a place of power. I exaggerated when I said I kept him behind a desk and not bars; he'd have to really fuck something up hard to go that far.
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No. 92783 ID: dd338c
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>Rikek, you completely dodged the question. You know darn well I was asking about the awkwardness of blueball backup while far away from home, not if the crazy not being home stuff made it hard when you got back.
Okay, okay, it was pretty bad! I was attracted to Polo, but she didn't really have interest in me. I just tried to ignore it, because it would have been way too awkward to try to get someone to deal with it. It was awkward anyway! I think Rakae might have been willing to help but that was just too awkward and bad and I shouldn't talk about it.

>So a question going out to all the people who made first contact. Not the team in orbit that first found the planet or the pr person who later wrote the story for the news. But the person who was the first one out the airlock and shaking hands with a new alien race.
>Then on the other side I ask the same question to the first member of the races that got found. Neumono,Belenosian, etc... what was it like when that ship landed and you got to meet some strangers from space?
Er, since that needs a lot of people who are probably dead, now, I'll answer this one.

The human to belenos meeting was probably the biggest deal, I mean, it was the first alien contact either species had made, so the humans did make an understandably huge deal out of it. It was also taken the most seriously, with only the highest trained astronauts, diplomats and other crew to make contact. That's probably why it went so well! But the experience was recorded as being amazing, but they went more into how it was just amazing because they were aliens, not specifically because the people meeting became best buddies. Belenos were scared, of course, but they also didn't know what to think when it was clearly non-belenos coming out of the spaceships, and the spaceships weren't blowing them to smithereens like they thought they would.

The human to heef and pomi were similar. It was done very carefully, especially to the heef, and both records show the diplomat dropping anything that could be seen as a weapon. Both species, apparently, also didn't realize just how bad it would have been if they attacked the humans, and it was a very realistic chance of doing so. So, it was very tense for the humans, and it was very retroactively tense for the aliens.

Mikliks were the calmest. Human diplomats almost didn't even think they were aware they were talking to aliens, and theres records saying how hard it was to read any emotions from the mikliks correctly. But of course, the first contacts are always so thrilled to be the first contacts, the records are always talking about how amazing everything was. The mikliks, when they recollected their thoughts in our language, thought the whole experience was incredibly awkward and they felt like they were always being told to do something and never understood what that something was.

Yich eater, it's hard to say. There wasn't really a first contact individual group that shook hands, so to speak, with the first yich eaters. Yich eaters weren't seen as sapient at first, so a lot of humans started simply wandering around doing studies of the life on that planet, when a few biologist groups specialized in the yichs and eventually discovered that they could, in fact, possess language. So things weren't that clumsy at all, because both species had some familiarity with each other before an attempt to communicate was even made/

Neumono were kind of the clumsiest, in ways. By this point, space exploration was a very public sector, and although it was still a governmential exploration crew that found the neumono, lots of private ships were entering neumono airspace as well. There were lots of first contacts rather than making a single contact and spreading from there. A lot of hives were introduced to technology and uplifted, while others were simply taken advantage of right off the bat. So, I can't really point to how a single experience would have gone, here!
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No. 92784 ID: dd338c
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>That sounds to me like salikai would have a tendency towards conspiracy theories.
Correct, but as you have indicated, we are so rooted in conspiracies that it is no surprise that coming up with such theories is common for us. It is as much of our culture and customs as much as it is our brains leaning towards that.

>What about a more Socratic style? Rather than lecturing, the teacher asks the class some deceptively simple questions which require deep understanding of the subject at hand, then gives them lab equipment and textbooks and so on sufficient to figure out the answers and lets them do mostly self-directed research. Would something like that work, without requiring extraordinary social and technical skill on the teacher's part?
This would work, although this method seems as though it would hardly require a teacher. Perhaps instead, simply a director to assist with more menial tasks such as keeping track of time, making sure all of the textbooks are in order, showing how equipment works, and so forth. It would still be better if the teacher had such skills in order to help direct the salikai's self research, prevent them from overstudying the smaller details, as well as fill in the details that their sources of research may skim over.

Such are the smaller details I mentioned, however. In short, this general idea can function at its basic level, under the right circumstances.
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No. 92785 ID: dd338c
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92785

>I've got some Father's Day questions. First, have neumono taken to celebrating Father's (or Mother's) Days? If so, do you go with the alien standard and pay respects to your biological parents, or have you refocused it into a day for whatever member of your hive did the most to raise you?
Yeah we've taken up those alien holidays, usually not as big of a deal though. We do have hive day though, one to just stay at home and chill with the hive. That's more popular all around than mom and dad day, on account of a lot of hives not really caring too much who their exact parents and kids are over who their hive is.

>So I thought I'd ask, among your kids, do you have a lot that are in other hives? If you do, did you ask for anything in return for your obviously valuable genes, or does that depend on who's asking?
Heck yeah, it's smiled on to go to extra-hive mates as a sort of union between hives cordially, usually with the idea that two girls from each hive would go with two guys from the other's hive. Since it's easier for guys to spread around, if you catch my drift, a lot of guys in high spots are sought after by girls. Like me. So I get a lot, and I give a lot. I don't ask for anything, but I also make sure that they know that I don't owe anything, either, that the kid is their responsibility.

Course, I still look out for 'em. I don't have the time to personally father them, but I have people keeping an eye out and making sure their hives are treating them well, and that they're not being too shitty themselves. You can bet their hives flinging the fact their kid was fathered by Ultraking Az, and the kids are flinging my name over the schoolyard, so if they're being bad, it reflects bad on me. So the ones doing well get special Az time. All the non-shitty kids and their mothers just get invites for a big gathering to do somethin' on, you know, fathers' day, which is kinda weird since they're the ones who should be doing shit for me, but there isn't a 'kid's day' so that'll have to do.

So hey, in short, it's no secret that I don't have some special attachment to all these lil' guys, but I still look out for 'em more than any other random brat.

>I wonder if you encounter aliens being surprised at the lack of connection between blood relatives.
Yeah, least for ones new to the planet. Best to think of a neumono's family as their hive, not who they fucked around with.

>Aside from biosuits, what's your favourite non-weapon piece of military equipment?
A backpack. Holy shit, a backpack is the simplest fucking miracle I've ever seen. Okay, so that counts for both military and non military equipment, but I counted it. If you want exclusively military, a bayonet definitely. And okay, I know a bayonet is supposedly a weapon, but after we got guns and bombs and all that good stuff, I've used a bayonet for just about everything except stabbing people.

>What's your favorite piece of non-military technology?
The internet. That's non-military, right?

>Also what's your answer to that "me but opposite sex" question.
Yeah I'd probably do them.

>aside from just making different hives get along, what's the biggest persistent problem you and your colleagues face in running an ultrahive?
Trying to keep aliens from taking over the whole damn thing from the bottom up and the top down. A lot of corporations trying to wedge themselves up as high as they can go and keeping some hives down. Likewise, a damn lot of aliens trying to claim we can't take care of ourselves, and that they'd just so happen to be so much better being at the top. Course, we got the main government still wanting us to be autonomous eventually, but that doesn't stop naysayers from sayin'.

>Do you prefer smaller partners, or is it just that those are all you can get?
Little of both. I can get it on with someone at eye level if I like 'em, but normally I like them a bit smaller. Not too much.
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No. 92786 ID: dd338c
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>To whichever neumono would know best: How close a connection is it possible for two neumono to have? Like, let's imagine an extreme scenario. Say a dude has kids with a pair of sisters who are very similar, so the kids are born at around the same time and are very genetically close. All these within one hive. Their mothers stay close to each other while carrying them and then keep the pods near each other. The kids pop out, let's say they're the same sex, and then they stay close to each other for almost their whole childhood. They take up the same profession and stick together as a team to do that, so they still basically spend all their time with each other. Would their ability to sense/read each other's empathy go noticeably further than it would if they were just hivemates? Would it be remarkable to other neumono? Would there be any negative consequences to this kind of interdependence, like some kind of extreme discomfort or emotional pain when they do get separated?
Nah, this sort of thing seems pretty random. Real hard to test. Sometimes you get inseparable neumono, and it probably helps if they grew up together, but then sometimes that just happens with two regular hivemates that just got close anyway.

But point is is that inseparable neumono do happen. I never had any of that in my own hive, but I have seen a neumono starve to death because their counterpart died. Damn rare, but not too uncommon to see a couple neumono who spend their time away from someone missing that someone.

>Aside from biosuits, what's your favourite non-weapon piece of military equipment?
The vehicles.
>What's your favorite piece of non-military technology?
A phone.
>Also what's your answer to that "me but opposite sex" question.
If he's a hivemate, I'd hang around him a lot. If he wasn't, the nicest terms we'd be on would be as sparring partners and nothing more.

>Rokoa: I know your attitude to having kids these days is that you'll only do it if you find some super amazing guy, but I wonder, how would feel about adopting one? Like, let's say one day you just found a neumono baby abandoned somewhere, family and hive dead, and no-one anywhere with any preexisting interest in taking care of it. I assume under normal circumstances you'd hand it off to a compassionate friend or an orphanage, or if it looked like it could grow up strong you'd take it and pass it back on to your hive to raise. Would that be right?
Yeah, that's the gist of it. They'd be the hive's kid, though. I wouldn't consider me the mother just cause I found 'em laying around any more than the doc' would think himself the father for pulling the kid out of the mother.

Being called, aunt, though? Not too uncommon for me to be called that. We do keep track of our moms and dads, so the other older ones in the hives are loosely called aunts and uncles a lot of the time, regardless of any blood relation. That's usually how I'm looked at, since my hive doesn't like how I teach kids about fighting anymore.

>Or would you just keep your distance from them until they could survive on their own and then boot them out?
If I bring 'em back to my hive, they're there to stay. If I was gonna boot 'em out, I'd just skip that and bring them to an orphanage right off the bat.
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No. 92787 ID: dd338c
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>Three Stripes: can predators do dream sharing like neumono can?
Three Stripes just thinks dreams are funny thoughts that neumono do when they sleep and Three Stripes can see all of that whether they're awake or asleep. It is strange and neumono don't think right but it can be fun usually and Three Stripes can do it in his sleep too so he does it all the time.

Three Stripes' favorite is when Giant is small and is being protected by others instead of what she usually does and oh Three Stripes isn't supposed to talk about that one.
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No. 92788 ID: dd338c
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>Christmas Ramella! How would you rate your prospects with a certain dashing not so secret agent? You got a shot? How long are you in for? (Will you be out for next Christmas)? How much of a hard time are you getting from your perhaps more criminally minded hivemates over crushing on a cop?
Ohhh I don't know, I like her a lot and she's super friendly but sometimes I think she is just being nice and polite and doesn't really share my feelings! Maybe that's what I like about her, but maybe I'd have a better shot after I serve my time and I prove that I'm gonna be an upstanding citizen from now on because I don't really like having secret agents hunting me down.

>How long are you in for? (Will you be out for next Christmas)?
A couple of years if I have good behavior, so not next christmas but I won't spend my life here!

>How much of a hard time are you getting from your perhaps more criminally minded hivemates over crushing on a cop?
Um kind of but I was put in kind of a nicer prison that is based more on rehabilitation than punishment so we don't have like, hardcore cannibal murderers here. So it could be worse!

>What does lesbian gas have to do with rocketry, anyways. Would have thought the tree at the end was more in your wheelhouse.
I did most of the work on that tree! But that doesn't mean that I don't have hobbies on the side, too.
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No. 92789 ID: dd338c
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>How big of a deal is the Ruby League? What exactly is it? Just an organization that's into extreme sports?
Basically, yeah! I mean, there are a few sports that are ruby specific, but for the most part, it's just more dangerous versions of already existing sports.

Each league does have its overarching council, but each sport has its own organizational structure that just uses the league's name. They almost act like a seal of approval, to show that such and such sports organization is following certain rules and criteria. So, for instance, a wrestling circuit named "RWC" may be independent for awhile, but they'll want more exposure and people taking them serious, so they'll apply to the Emerald League to be part of that. If they're approved, then they'll be absorbed as part of the wrestling emerald league.

>Because I remember it hosts that wrestling tournament Az habitually cheats his way into to avoid getting tired in the earlier fights.
Yeahhhh, but that's only when he's already the champ! The champ basically gets a free ride to join in at the end of certain matches, but sometimes he would have to defend his belt in a solitary match against a well rested individual. The emerald league is actually the most seriously taken, because it's sort of the 'normal' rules for each sport, but the Ruby league, well, it's made to be pretty crazy. There's still hard rules and stuff, but the rule of cool is number 1.

>Is there any other (relatively) non-violent sports that neumono have known to get into, for example, skydiving or BASE jumping?
Oh, absolutely, that's just a ruby league thing. Well I mean, I guess emerald rugby is still considered violent to a degree. Then again, it's not that violent if you keep it relative and all.

But yeah neumono have been shown to be mentally healthier getting some thrills now and then, so sports are pretty big for us. A lot of us don't want to actually be at the rough end of a fist to get that, so there's plenty of industry for sky diving, rock climbing, e-sports, motorbiking, so on and on.


>what are your children's stories like? Movies, books, cartoons, et cetera?
Definitely stuff to both inspire the kids to be strong and well fitting in a hive, as well as to behave! I mean, it's not as big of a deal once before, but tribal hives always did... not really need to exaggerate stories about how everything will eat them if they wander too far.

>Actually, I don't care, anyone ever, out of anything that you would likely read/watch/play from human culture in the 20th and 21st century, who is your favorite character from that thing.
I actually kiiiinda liked conan the barbarian. The books. I haven't seen the movie. I mean it's kinda... not difficult to find 20th and 21st AD stuff, but I mean, only a tiny handful of it is really seen by the masses now. It would be like people from that time period reading stuff from, I dunno, 13th centure literature. I'm sure there's plenty of it that was accessable, but only a little bit that was, you know, well known and actually read by a lot of people. I only found the conan books because I kinda wanted to know the history of that genre.

>Kappi, you looked like you've bulked up a bit. Aside from Rokoa's estimation of you, do you think you're being treated any differently for it?
Ah, I wasn't imagining it?! I mean. Thanks for noticing. Oh, right, uh, noooot really. I'm still just kinda that geek in the logistics chamber. I mean, I don't get many girls interested in me in the first place since most aren't interested in rogues, and the same goes from me to them whether they're also a rogue or a hive member. I think people just think I got fluffier, actually.

So, uh, the ones that are more personal friends would know that I've bulked up a bit because I'm with Rokoa sort of, and, uh, I think being with Rokoa has been the more significant change than putting on a few pounds.

>Who was your first crush?
It was... actuallly... someone I... read ab nevermind I don't wanna answer this one.
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No. 92791 ID: dd338c
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>We got it on testimony that your empathy feels really nice. Do you think you get away with things neumono rogues normally wouldn't, like if you accidentally wandered into a rough hive's territory they would just frown at you instead of actively trying to kick you out? Things like that?
Yes, this is true, to an extent. It only means that the xenophobia that hives exhibit are diminished, but other factors would still be in play. I would certainly avoid the warhive no matter what, for instance, and if I were to walk through a rough hive's territory, well, if they were looking for trouble or they just didn't like anyone walking through without permission, I would still be in danger.

But, if I were simply introducing myself to a hive that was relaxing at a pool or bar or wherever, then my natural empathy would then give me a much better chance at being welcome. And if I were serving drinks, and I clumsily dropped one on the ground while carrying it to a customer, I would receive much less annoyance for my mistake.

>Contrariwise, do you get unwelcome attention because of it, the same way people do for physical attractiveness?
I believe that most of the people who are attracted to my empathy, well, would respect my own wishes enough to respect they might be unwelcome. But, uh, not always, there are plenty of neumono who do want to get to know me on a personal basis, and plenty of neumono who are also bad at not getting what they want. So, yes, but it doesn't outweigh the benefits.
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No. 92800 ID: dd338c
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>Rikora, can I ask about the significance of your red markings? And if they're dye or paint or what? We haven't seen much of that kind of decorative marking, pre or post contact. And you dress notably better- many neumono wore little more than furs and rags pre-contact, while you had died fabric with patterning! Even your own hive didn't seem to match up.
The red markings are to show that I have slain a predator. They are from dye.

And thank you. My clothes are to mark me as my hive's queen, which is why the rest of my hive does not wear such clothes. The threads and fabric that are used must change, of course, as it is important to me and my ancestors that the clothes reflect a healthy state, but the teachings of how these clothes are made and what they are made out of has not changed in more generations than I could know - and I intend for this to be the same in the future tense, as well.
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No. 92801 ID: dd338c
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>Penn, is there any social significance that you don't have any horn markings?
Not... any consistent one. But a lot of belenos take it to mean that you deny any of your own heritage, both tribal and imperial. That's kind of what happened, although it was my parents decision to avoid any marks for me.

It's inconsistent because some belenos take it to mean that the person themselves denied they had heritage, but others take it to mean that they don't think themselves of belenosian at all, and others still think it means they think of themselves as nothing.

It didn't really help with identity changes though, because not having anything on the horns is as much of a marker as any of the other common markings.


>We know Roxy was your main bud, but is there anyone else you got to know well during your studies? Maybe particular lecturers or tutors, or someone you worked on a collab project with? Did you join any clubs or societies? And related, how much have you interacted with aliens besides neumono?
Er... not really. Not on a personal level, anyway. I mean I did have pretty close talks with my professors and lab partners and stuff like that, but it was always really professional. I wasn't really in any clubs or societies. Sometimes I would visit one for a gathering if they were doing a special event, but it was always as a special guest or something. Most of the people I talked with were non-neumono anyway, I didn't speak to many neumono students there at all.

So, uh... for someone who I could actually confide in if I wanted to, or just be friends with, Roxie was basically it.
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No. 92802 ID: d90668

>>92789

I bet you were reading about Polo weren't you Kappi? You should ask Rokoa about her.
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No. 92813 ID: bb78f2

Any Asteroid-verse character's have a pregnancy fetish? Just curious how that might be spread through out the cast.

Az looks like a guy who would be into pregnant ladies, particularly. I don't know why, but he does. Do neumono look pregnant for a time before they lay the womb egg? Or if Az (or a another neumono) is into pregnant ladies, he'd have to look for pregnant Aliens?
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No. 92814 ID: ed29df

>>92813

Really, man, just ask everyone to tell us all their fetishes while you're at it.
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No. 92815 ID: ea0ad9

>>92781
"Rotund body means successful person," after all. Worst case scenario is probably they love the idea of success (And maybe leech off of you). That, or they're a fat fetishist, if that's the kind of thing to freak you out.
>Miles for sure, at least when he's more of an antagonist.
Does that exclude the Ace Attorney Investigations series, then, since he's a protagonist in that? If you simply haven't seen that spin-off series, I'll let you in that he uses the same personality and attitude as he does as the antagonist in the normal series, just since he's working before the case starts, he helps the innocent out by locating the true culprit to prosecute when the time comes.
>Yeah, least for ones new to the planet. Best to think of a neumono's family as their hive, not who they fucked around with.
Makes sense to me. While I've never been to one, I'd assume that orphanages don't make a big deal out of parents' days, and simply use it as an excuse to gather all of the adoptive "Siblings" together with their guardians.
>I've used a bayonet for just about everything except stabbing people.
Considering they were invented for guns that failed to kill or seriously wound their enemies, yeah... Would have only seen use among Neumonos if those techy war hives invented them before contact. I mean, maybe some of them did, but after suddenly having efficient guns dropped in your lap you suddenly forget about those days.
>normally I like them a bit smaller. Not too much.
So nobody Polo's size. Would that even work, or would that be like, a friggin' hug-job? ...Given the requirements and anatomy, a hug-job wouldn't even work anyways.
>The vehicles.
Not the plasma sword? WHere does that fall on the list?
>If he wasn't, the nicest terms we'd be on would be as sparring partners and nothing more.
I guess Kappi was lucky he was such a scrawny little thing, huh?
> my hive doesn't like how I teach kids about fighting anymore.
So you're like that one Aunt they don't like their kids spending time around but they bring them anyways to be courteous?
>I did most of the work on that tree! But that doesn't mean that I don't have hobbies on the side, too.
So was the lesbian gas started as a hobby or did you accidentally create an early version of it when trying to make something for the rockets?
>It was... actuallly... someone I... read ab--
Too late you started it now you gotta finish it. At least tell us, was it fictional or non, modern (news?) or historical?
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No. 92816 ID: ea0ad9

>>92814
Hmm hmm, I wonder...

What are the common/stereotypical fetishes for all of the species (Or was this already asked)? Like, Humans it's often seen as being big boob ladies and muscular men.
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No. 92819 ID: 91cfcf

>>92816
That's region-specific more than anything, and generally heavily influenced by culture, access to resources, and what sort of body is difficult to maintain. Like how being mildly overweight shows prosperity and therefore desirability in a good few cultures.
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No. 92828 ID: bb78f2

>>92814
>>92814
Hey, yo, when I read Az's answer, I was basically like...
this guy HAS to have a pregnancy fetish and I have to reach out to the truth, Seeking to seize on the whole moment to now break away but in all seriousness, probably not good idea to post when drunk on 4th of July atmosphere.
At least it asks about more neumono biology, particularly the reproductive part, which is culturally important.
How is neumono pregnancy dealt with in neumono romcoms?

So, not too a terrible a question to ask, really.
>>92816
I also like this question too. So if the other one's too annoying to answer, well, fuck go with this one because alien fucking culture is the bee's knees.
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No. 92856 ID: 0eb158

What are the rankings for sense of smell among the intelligent races?

>>92816
>Humans it's often seen as being big boob ladies and muscular men.

To paraphrase from another quest, those aren't fetishes, they're proclivities.

Aliens, when you think of a member of your own race who's "into kinky stuff", what would you think of first?
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No. 92870 ID: ea0ad9

>>92856
Okay, yeah, "Natural Inclination" inspired fetishes. Still the common/stereotypical fetishes, though. Natural Inclination in and of itself does not mean it effects your sexual desires, after all, so you want Fetish in there somewhere.
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No. 92877 ID: 0eb158

Well, a look at the most-searched-for-porn lists later, the most common search terms across several countries appear to be milf (and variations), teen and lesbian.

Now, that's humans, and an assumption can be made that men were the majority of searchers. Still, there's analysis to be made. The milf and teen fetishes are about sexual health - being more attracted to women who are more likely to successfully produce a child, either because they've proven they can already or because being young makes them generally healthier. I'd imagine that those attractions would hold over to belenosians, and maybe to heef, voklit, and most others who have to carry something inside them and squeeze it out safely. Pomi allegedly have an easy time of it anyway, so maybe it wouldn't be as much a thing there, and neumono remain in healthy condition their whole life, so I imagine that they would have less of the teen fetish, while the milf might stay as a proven indicator of being able to raise a kid as well as just deliver it.

Sooo... Itcher, buddy, if you weren't after Whiskers, would you be interested in some hot moms, or would you prefer young ladies? Or... Grudge Bearer, how about you, would a voklit female who's had kids before tickle your fancy?

As for the female equivalents, I think the trend is for women to like younger men for their passion and older men for their power. I think also in a lot of cultures there's more sense of shame attached to sex for women due to the need for them to take more care of the consequences, so fetishes like bondage and fantasies of being overpowered or coerced become popular because taking it out of their control means taking away any guilt. And in general those fantasies can apply to everyone as a way to indulge desires that are otherwise suppressed. Most of all y'all seem pretty liberated, though, so maybe that's not such a thing any more? Any alien ladies want to comment on that?

For lesbians, then, and for the liking of gay guys that seems popular in those human women who admit to watching porn, the basic appeal I think is "oh, it's two of those things I'm attracted to, doing sexy things, it's vaguely taboo but ultimately harmless". So I imagine it's relatively common across most species. So, let's randomly aaaaaask... Scratch! We haven't seen you in here before. How would you feel about watching a pair of fine dudes getting frisky with each other? While you're here, since you're good at disguise, tell me, do belenosians use horn mods for that? Like, could you get caps to fit over your horns to make them look longer? Would a really desperate person cut off or shave down their horns?

Going on with the porn inquiry: searches for a specific race also seem relatively popular, most often for one's own race, but specific others seem to be up there as well. That probably equates more to searching for one's own/specific other intelligent species. Can anyone make an estimate as to the rough proportion of the population that has an interest in xenophilia, versus those who only stick with their own species, for each species?

Yich Eaters, how about your reproductive mess? I assume the second females aren't interested in porn at all, but what about the rest of you?

Finally, for everyone already answering a question! Show us your last week's personal internet search history.
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No. 92879 ID: 6e30ac

>>92877
If Scratch is gonna answer questions I have one to add, how's Itcher look? We joked with him once about becoming an ladies' entertainer and I want to know if he could do it.
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No. 92880 ID: bb78f2

>>92879
Well, I don't know about you but I wasn't joking at all.
We need NAMES in our entertainment business, with stories behind them. Half a part of what makes a man in his history.

Scratch, how sexy is his histor...
Scratch... Itcher...
are you two related?
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No. 92885 ID: ab7529

>>92801
I suppose in retrospect this raises the obvious question as to what the horn markings signify in the fist place.

From context: the horn patterns come in imperial and tribal varieties, and show an allegiance or acknowledgement to that heritage? Is there an easy way to tell which are which?

How old are people when they get them usually? (If they get marked as kids, it's more going to show what kind of family they're from than personal belief).

>The red markings are to show that I have slain a predator.
Hey, Polo, you showed us your medals, can we see you in your predator-paint? C'mon, you earned your stripes!
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No. 92892 ID: d90668

>>92885

Yes we need to see Polo in traditional predator killing makeup.

Also if you can wear red stripes for killing a predator does she get something special for befriending one?
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No. 92898 ID: 6e30ac

Scratch or Itcher, or any belenosian, speaking of fetishes, would robophilia and similar be considered particularly taboo in traditional belenosian society? Or attractions involving other superscience-related creatures and objects? Like, if we afford you the temporary omniscience of the ITQ thread, would it be considered wrong to be attracted to Penn, knowing what she is? Would you expect there be some who would be more attracted to her if they knew it? It's still terrible but, considering all the dangers she's under for being what she is, the threat of creepers trying to snap pictures of her to post on their fetish blog would be relatively minor. If it is a thing, how extensive is it, are there like conventions and such? Are there conservatives who think it's super terrible, and stand on street corners holding signs and write into the media and who make complaints against children's shows that have a friendly robot or scientist character in them because it's corrupting the youth? Like... I dunno, have you ever seen the Back to the Future movies, for example? Would there be objections to Doc Brown being presented as such a good guy, or would the more general message of the time travel being a bad idea make it acceptable? Also what did you think of those movies in general, if you did see them. Same question to anyone else who'd like to answer.

I'm also wondering how egalitarian traditional belenosian society was. In the ancient imperial days, from what we know, it seemed about on par with modernity. But after the fall and before meeting aliens again, I wonder if things would have changed, given the need to go back to physical labour roles and more primitive childrearing methods. Maybe remembering that the sexes had been pretty equal would have helped preserve that, but on the other hand maybe it would have come to be seen as part of the degeneracy?

>>92801
>I wasn't really in any clubs or societies

Hm. In that case, were there any basic educational programs you were required to sign up to? Like how you had to live with Roxie and her with you. Given that the planet you're on is still so wild, I assume alien visitors at least get a "here are what crazy animals you run away from the fastest" pamphlet, but was there anything beyond that, like a little survival or disaster emergencies course? Basic training for using guns against wildlife? Or what about some kind of self-defense course? Neumono seem like they'd have a tendency towards getting rowdy and physical, as you would when you can regenerate, so I wonder if it'd be considered smart for non-neumono to learn how to deal with that. Actually, considering you were under abduction threats during your life, I'd hope you'd have learned some basics anyway? At least the mall-dojo anti-mugger stuff like how to break someone's hold and run. Do you know anything about how to use a tazer or anything?

Speaking of wildlife, I recall that Three Stripes said a belenosian tasted bad to him. Is wildlife on alien worlds less likely to try eat you, because you smell/taste wrong to them?

Also while you're answering questions, Penn, how about you tell us how attractive you think Itcher is or not, too. Get some sample size in here.
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No. 92912 ID: 1d157d

>Stopping the production entirely is a trickier affair, though, and that is generally what a neumono would prefer.

So what, it's flat-out impossible with current technology? I'm surprised that scientists haven't figured something out by now if there's such demand for it. Biles is from Polo Quest, so maybe something's changed by the time of Asteroid Quest. Sharpa, any comments?
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No. 92973 ID: ed7f9b

>>92784
>we are so rooted in conspiracies that it is no surprise that coming up with such theories is common for us.

Hm! I wonder then, Father Zozu: when salikai indulge in narrative media - films, tv shows, books, anything with an overarching plot - do you prefer the kinds of stories that have big mysteries and foreshadowings and lots of clues for the viewer/reader to try and figure out upcoming revelations or plot twists?

To any neumono who would know: so far, it's been heavily implied that rogues finding another hive to bond with is almost unheard of, but still possible. I wonder, would it help to have some sort of matchmaking service? Like, if you have someone who's gone around and examined and memorized what a lot of hives' empathy is like, and then they went to a rogue and felt their empathy and said "hey, you know, [Hive X]'s empathy seems very close to yours, why don't you go visit them?", would that improve chances? And if a rogue finds a hive that's very close to them but still not quite right, would it be an improvement or terrible to hang out with them, compared to just standard neumono?

Related question: is a hive's empathy recognizable? Like, Rokoa met two members of Polo's hive once, and presumably would have been able to sense the similarity/connection between them. If another member of Polo's hive who Rokoa had never met dropped out of the sky in front of her, would she recognize the similarity?

Finally, since pervert questions seem to be in vogue, who of you neumono guys we've met has the biggest dick, proportional to the rest of your body? Put your hand up, whoever you are, accept your prize. How's that working out for you? Pants fitting ok? Do you have more trouble getting your gel balls out? Do you ever get in trouble with other neumono guys getting up in your face and you thinking to yourself "yeah well I've got a huge dick" and them hearing you think that? I don't know, maybe that's too specific a thought to be picked up easily. If a well-endowed guy was walking down the street and his pants got a bit twisted, would him thinking "oh man, this disproportionately massive trouser cannon of mine, so inconvenient", would other neumono nearby only pick up on him being uncomfortable about something, or would they know what he was dissatisfied with and why?

Vivili, who's the all-neumono record holder for biggest crotch monster? Heck, who's the record holder for biggest chest cushioning, while I'm asking? And what sort of terrible lives have those two unfortunate souls been dealt by their fate? I mean, man. Whatever dreams or aspirations those two had, now they walk into a room and have to feel everyone think "hey it's the dick guy/boobs lady". That's gotta suck, even after the basic physical logistics issues, and it's not like they can get reduction surgery like everyone else can. How does empathy play into the sexual traits, anyway? They only develop in, like, the last stretch of growing up, so are they less prone to being affected, since they don't show up soon enough for abnormalities to be noticed?
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No. 93055 ID: 5d0869

Rokoa: Apart from those directly descended from fighting skills, are there any sports you like?
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No. 93071 ID: 04c316
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>Igor: What's your favorite kind of meat?

“Neumono! But, specific meat from neumono. All neumono flesh very tasty, but brain meats best. For reasons. Also can enjoy any meats neumono do.”

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>Igor you are a big fluffy nerd with giant cute eyes. I hope you never change.

“Not nerd. Too dumb.”

“Igor, I told you, don’t be down on yourself. You’re a walking encyclopedia and you’re about as good at basic logic tasks as a neumono is. You have trouble being creative, but it doesn’t mean you’re totally stupid. And you are a big cute fluff, as well.”

>So besides reading entertaining comic porn what do you do with your free time?
>Also do you have any ladies you are interested in?

“Normally would not often read porn. Rokoas gave, said “hey look, wendigos”. Not against porn, but with CAI of Rokolo around, often porn is real life! Rokoas, too. Population skewed. So… often busy. Then not in mood.”

“Yeah, we have… whatever the opposite of a sausage fest is, down here.”

“Taco party.”

“Yeah, ok. Point is, there’s well more than a thousand of us, so it’s something like 40 girls to a guy in around our main HQ, and a lot of those are tiny nerds. We have needs. Sometimes my girls bring someone home from somewhere, but most of them don’t stick around long. If we want to tumble with anyone who’s a good size, and don’t want to cuddle up with a predator or vernaut or something, Igor here’s one of the better options. He takes a little getting used to, but he’s durable and attentive and he’s always willing to help out.”

“He is! And not just that sort of help. He’s big and strong and a good enough fighter to take part in the clones’ training. He’s good at focusing and working patiently, so he helps out a lot with the brute tedium parts of things like research and data entry and coding. And he speaks a lot of languages very well, even if he pretends not to. You like to be useful, don’t you, Igor?”

“Yes! Always. So, often when free, I go help.”

>Did Rokolo make you for a specific reason or just to see what wendigos were like?

“At first, yes, it was just to see what wendigos were like. But then we discovered why wendigos specifically eat neumono, and now that’s Igor’s main job. How about we give you a demonstration? Let’s see… yes, a few months ago one of the clones’ raids had a surprise run-in with the Tree. By chance, and by chance explosions, they captured a few of their higher-ups, including one of the big Ultrakings, Az rozu Gunblocker himself! He was pretty torn up, and long story short, Igor here had an arm and a leg of his for a meal. Didn’t you, Igor?”

“Yes, Rokolo.”

“And that’s where the wendigo advantage begins. Igor, let me talk to Az, please.”
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“Yeah?”

“How does it feel being part of Igor, Az?”

“It’s alright. I kinda wish we’d gotten a bit more to eat, so I wouldn’t be missing some memories, but that’s fine, I wouldn’t want the rest of me done in just for that. It also feels… I dunno, kinda more peaceful, being part of a wendigo. I don’t keep getting ideas so often as I used to. It’s fine.”

“Good. And you still like all your friends, don’t you? After you got eaten, you went and made sure your original self and all your allies were comfortable and looked after. Though they didn’t really appreciate you doing your little favors for them, did they?”

“Nah. That’s okay, though, I understand why.”

“Yes. You even helped one escape early, didn’t you? Some poor secretary who was scared out of her wits. But she was no threat, and you didn’t help the others do the same, because they could have been dangerous to us, couldn’t they? And you told me all of your secrets that you could remember, even though you still had your feelings for your ultrahive. Because Igor’s feelings are in charge, and Igor loves me, doesn’t he?”

“Yep. He feels like you’re kinda his mom.”

“You’re very sweet, Igor.”
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No. 93074 ID: ab7529

Someone put me up to this, I swear.

Biles: are gel balls are nutritious enough for people to suck dick to survive? Sometimes there aren't enough ears to eat.

Stepping back slightly from the perviness: it's been theorized you might be the most macho neumono in the cast. Care to comment on the veracity of this theory?
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No. 93075 ID: e114bc

>>93072
Oh dear god that's frightening.

With such an advantage like that how did Wendigos even die out?
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No. 93076 ID: 0ee153

>>93075
I doubt Rokolo's version is entirely legitimate, given her opinions on bioengineering, and it seems a fair bit like a fufa so far.
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No. 93103 ID: 04c316

Ok, this'll be another long one. So, in a discussion, there was some wondering about what Polo and Rakae would have done if they really had been the last survivors of their hive. It's been suggested that, normally, a hive so tiny wouldn't be able to hold itself together. Rikora's hive apparently survived with just three for a while, but they had their Queen to help hold them together. And maybe an inseparable pair, like Rokoa mentioned, could last forever on their own. But, Polo and Rakae didn't seem quite that close.

The question is, how long would it take for a remnant minihive to fall apart? Could you make the connection last longer by the two deliberately spending as much time with each other as possible? And what about the strategy of having kids - if Polo and Rakae had both used whatever genetic material they had stored to each have a kid as soon as possible, would the kids have arrived and developed their own empathy quick enough to make the hive last? How long does the stored stuff last, can a girl keep having kids one right after another so long as she has some more left? And if it did work, how similar would this new hive be to the old one? Presumably it would mean a big shift, since it would all be based on just the survivors, without the nuances all their dead hivemates had added, but the two would still be part of the new hive, and that would be better than losing each other and just going rogue. Right?

Part the second: We know Pilon is having a go at making a hive by having lots of kids and gathering them together. Do a lot of rogues try that, in ultrahives? Particularly rogue women, as it was indicated that they could accomplish the same thing more easily? If so, is that a social problem among the lower economic classes? Since rogues are mostly poor, a rogue who tries hard to get together a hive by having a kids might push their own resources, and end up not being able to adequately provide for said kids financially and emotionally. It could result in a lot of child gangs and drains on social services and such. And, if they did manage it, the new hives would start small and poor and probably with some mental/attitude problems. And ultrahive leaders want to comment on this issue, if it does exist? Probably Az, though I wonder how the other Ultras in the Tree feel about him getting center stage all the time.

Speaking of kids being abandoned, what are neumono orphanages like? I actually wonder if there are ever enough neumono kids to have proper orphanages, since kids young enough to adapt to a new hive seem like they'd be snapped up pretty quickly - especially by hives that want to expand their population fast. Would adopting a bunch of kids help in the case of the almost-wiped-out hive scenario? In which case, could there actually be a black market for neumono babies? There was among humans, we know, so with neumono hives, for example in the case of some warhive that gets themselves decimated and wanted to bounce back as quick as possible, it seems like there'd be even more reason for trafficking in young children. At least said kids would be treated well by their new hive, but it's still a terrible prospect. Do you see busts of those kinds of operations in the news?

Perhaps orphanages are mostly for kids too young to take care of themselves, but too old for hives to feel like they'd adapt properly. In which case, what happens to such kids? Just grow up into rogues? If there are enough kids in one place, can they bond to each other and form a new hive on their own?
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No. 93105 ID: d98bac

Hey, aliens! We know neumono have races, though they've blurred together more, but what about the rest of you? Any racial divisions that still exist? Any racism? Tell us some terrible stereotypes you have about each other.

Also! To everyone. When members of your species appear in a show made by another species, especially animated or CG stuff where they don't actually need an actor from that race, what sort of things do they get wrong the worst?
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No. 93110 ID: 449801

>>91726
Neumono carmageddon

>If by 'basically me' that meant rogue
what if not rogue? What if someone you can connect with?

>>92785
>I've used a bayonet for just about everything except stabbing people.
what about a neumono sized Swiss army knife
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No. 93192 ID: 91ee5f

To Morgana from Story Seeker: Clunker's only eating some of the extra food you get from offerings and not all of it, right? He's not starving you, is he?

To Clunker: You're only eating some of Morgana's extra food she gets from offerings and not all of it, right? You're not starving her, are you?
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No. 93193 ID: 91cfcf

>>93192
You do realize they're both packing on the pounds?
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No. 93195 ID: d4e5cb

>>92801
>I wasn't really in any clubs or societies. Sometimes I would visit one for a gathering if they were doing a special event

So, you must have had some little amount of free time in your schedule. It would have been good sense to have some built in, anyway, just to have catch-up space if something unexpected threw off your normal timetable. So, when that wasn't the case, what else did you do? What other interests or hobbies do you have, Penn? Is there any type of show you like? Movies, tv series, games? You come off like someone who'd like RPGs, if you don't mind me saying.

Also, if it's not a question that'd be too uncomfortable to answer, how did you deal with your college's medical personnel/facilities? Did you just hope to not ever get sick or to eat anything that didn't agree with you?
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No. 93200 ID: 91ee5f

>>93193
Well, I hope you realize that Morgana's going to be pissed at you for saying something like that about her! She's a lady after all and ladies are sensitive to comments like that!

Clunker, on the other hand, probably doesn't care about what you say about him.
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No. 93201 ID: 91cfcf

>>93200
Dear Morgana: How do you deal with being a fatty fatty two-by-four? Illusions and a phobia of mirrors?

Clunker: What do your eyes look like?
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No. 93222 ID: 91ee5f

>>93201
..........Wow. Ok, I've got 2 things to say to you.

1: Unless a woman is very laid-back and doesn't care (and I'm pretty sure Morgana isn't the "chill, laid-back" type of lady), that's a very good way to piss her off and get yourself killed. But, because she can't break the 4th wall to kill you, I guess we'll just have to see her hilarious burst of anger as a response to what you said. But! That still doesn't change the fact that you need to learn some manners when it comes to speaking to a lady! D-:<

And 2: That's a good question. What do Clunker's eyes look like? What color are they?
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No. 93226 ID: 468303

>>92783
>I was attracted to Polo, but she didn't really have interest in me.
>I think Rakae might have been willing to help but that was just too awkward

... Were you more attracted to Polo than to Rakae? I mean, nothing wrong if you were, and not saying anything about Polo, I just figured that the theoretical average neumono guy would measure it the other way around.

Speaking of blue balls, what happens if you're going at it, you've got the gel delivery about half way, and then you have to stop for some reason? It seems like it takes a while, and emergencies can happen, so I assume it's something that occasionally occurs.
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No. 93232 ID: ab7529

>>93226
Well he spent more time alone with Polo than Rakae. And she did save his life a few times. And they're both tiny-monos.

It might just be a case where he sees badass as hotter than boobs.

Or maybe that chest to face mash when he was high on predators left a stronger impression than we thought.

...wait. Rikek, please tell me you didn't volunteer for the dangerous mountain mission just because you thought Polo was hot.
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>I bet you were reading about Polo weren't you Kappi? You should ask Rokoa about her.
N-nooo, it... was a fictional character. I was young. Er. Younger. Young.

>How is neumono pregnancy dealt with in neumono romcoms?
Uh, geez, this one really kind of varies. But I think the cliche is that the girl meant to have a kid from some other guy, but a long lost guy she slept with ended up winning the lotto on accident, and so hijinks ensue as either the girl tries to hide her and her empathy from both guys that she wants to keep the truth from, or both guys try to get the kid for themselves as the unwanted guy tries to re-seduce the girl, and the other guy tries to do the same out of fear she might go for the other guy... it gets complicated and convoluted.

It's also that kind of humor where it's funnily presented and made to be lighthearted, but if it were in real life it would actually be really fucked up or would rarely even really happen in the first place because it's too absurd and handwaves an awful lot.

>Show us your last week's personal internet search history.
It... look, people get curious about things! I'm not gonna show it, but every day I'm afraid that Tin is going to get curious and look up what I search for. I mean, we mostly only have bits and pieces of the internet anyway, as sometimes, since storage space has gotten so physically tiny and download speeds so huge, it's actually plausible to, well, download whole parts of the internet. Like entire encyclopedic websites, and then social websites with only text, and that sort of thing.

It's not really common but sometimes we do have spaceships actually do that. Since, well, across the galaxy it would take an enormous amount of time for the data to transmit normally, so sometimes there's weekly 'deliveries' of the internet from one section of the galaxy to the other, and they get combined.

>What if not rogue? What if someone you can connect with?
Someone I could connect with? It barely matters who they are, I honestly think I'd chase them to the end of the earth - galaxy? - to be with them.

I'm glad that I kind of think highly of Rokoa instead of just connecting with her. I mean, she does an awful lot of brutish things, and a lot of people have really good reason to hate her, but... still.
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>Az looks like a guy who would be into pregnant ladies, particularly.
What? Did I put on a shirt that says 'show me the oven' or something?

>Do neumono look pregnant for a time before they lay the womb egg?
Sure, a little for the last week or something. Could easily just be some tummy fat. Who knows. Neumono these days care enough that apparently it's a rude question.

I dunno what gave the impression I was into that, but it's no fetish. Oh, sure, it's no turnoff, either, not by a longshot, but I don't go actively looking for that.

>So nobody Polo's size [re: preferring small, but not too small].
Yeah she's cute and worth running in through a house fire to save, but I'm not attracted to her like that.

>What are the common/stereotypical fetishes for all of the species
Yeah I'll go answer this one why not? Neumono have been covered before, so just, obviously healthy bodies, then confidence, signs they got some food in them and aren't gonna die tomorrow, real basic evolution stuff with an emphasis on being well fed and beating able to beat the shit out of other people.

Heef get a little weird with pheromones and mating seasons - which get fucked up in space - and duking it out in the ring. I don't even know if they have attraction to a specific body. I mean, shit, they all look the s.... yeah I'll say it, they all look the same and everyone knows it.

Miklik, who the fuck knows, I think all those mutations made it so that it's all personal preference of what looks cool or what doesn't look like they hit every step on their fall off the mutation ladder.

Yich Eater, pretty sure they barely have any sense of ideal body structure in the first place. Maybe that's why they look like they do.

Belenos, pretty weird too, go figure. I mean, on the surface, it looks normal, but pretty sure that their whole genetic engineering had their impulse. So you got weird stereotypes caused by nature that says they should be strong, fit, muscular, capable of taking laser blasts to the face, so on, but then you got the old stuff coming in, saying that belenos are supposed to be trim, clean looking, and like they're a thing of art with good body composition more than how much they can bench press. Probably more of the latter, these days. So tall and trim for both genders, I'd say, is the most common thing.

And Pomi, damn well near the exact same as humans.

>Aliens, when you think of a member of your own race who's "into kinky stuff", what would you think of first?
Bondage, easy.

>Can anyone make an estimate as to the rough proportion of the population that has an interest in xenophilia, versus those who only stick with their own species, for each species?
Pretty sure the answer was 15% totally into xenophilia with at least 1 other alien species, 30% say they're interested but haven't pursued it, another 30% say they probably wouldn't do it but aren't totally against it if they saw an unusually attractive alien or some other circumstance, and 25% say no way, no how.

Now, that study is the most commonly touted one, it's debatable and therefore debated. There was a decent sample size but concerns over what the bias was in choosing the sample size across a variety of cultures and evenly throughout the galaxy. And various interpolated projections about the gaps they missed, all that abstract nonsense that basically means the error of margin, on top of being a whole subjective thing in the first place goes, is pretty goddamn comical.

>Show us your last week's personal internet search history.
Nope.

>So far, it's been heavily implied that rogues finding another hive to bond with is almost unheard of, but still possible. I wonder, would it help to have some sort of matchmaking service? Like, if you have someone who's gone around and examined and memorized what a lot of hives' empathy is like, and then they went to a rogue and felt their empathy and said "hey, you know, [Hive X]'s empathy seems very close to yours, why don't you go visit them?", would that improve chances?
There's a lotta services like that, and they help. A little. Still like winning the lotto, and all the matchmaking services do is to give you a decent range on what the first number might be. That sorta casual matchmaking business, though, has all kinds of implied voodoo or magic bullshit, since rogues'll eat all that up with their cutlery made out of desperation and loneliness.

>And if a rogue finds a hive that's very close to them but still not quite right, would it be an improvement or terrible to hang out with them, compared to just standard neumono?
First the former, then the latter. Trouble is, rogues hardly settle with a perfect match. At first they might feel cool that they made a real step forward, but that's basically the only step they could take. So when that feeling ends, they get the feeling that they got so close and yet aren't there, and it'll eat at 'em, and in a hive of rectangles, for instance, that one rogue will be the one rectangle with rounded corners.

>Related question: is a hive's empathy recognizable? Like, Rokoa met two members of Polo's hive once, and presumably would have been able to sense the similarity/connection between them. If another member of Polo's hive who Rokoa had never met dropped out of the sky in front of her, would she recognize the similarity?
Yeah. Some hives more than others have that similarity, and there's always room for error, but any external hive could pick up on that similarity enough to actively wonder if those two people are hivemates.

>The question is, how long would it take for a remnant minihive to fall apart?
Man, that's a tough one. Depressing too, for sure. I mean, could happen near instantly, could happen over many years, thing is is that it's hard to tell, because it's also possible that they lose the connection, but they've got hugeass denials over it. Denials so hugeass, that it fools them and everyone around them. Which it sounds like you could tell that they don't quite get along, and normally I'd think so, but that's before I saw those hugeass denials I heard of. So usually it happens within a year or so, but it could be as short as a month on average for all anyone knows.

>Could you make the connection last longer by the two deliberately spending as much time with each other as possible?
Doesn't seem like it. Some say it helps, some say it has no effect, some say that the more they spend together the more they realize they're falling apart, as opposed to thinking it'll be fine if they're split for a bit but can go visit one another again.

>And what about the strategy of having kids - if Polo and Rakae had both used whatever genetic material they had stored to each have a kid as soon as possible, would the kids have arrived and developed their own empathy quick enough to make the hive last?
Probly, yeah. No guarantee of it, but that definitely improves the chances. Course, rough on everyone if it fails, and they got a buncha kids.

>How long does the stored stuff last, can a girl keep having kids one right after another so long as she has some more left?
Years, so yeah, some doses can last a long time.

>And if it did work, how similar would this new hive be to the old one?
Pretty similar. Kinda. Sort of like if you met someone when they were 30 years old, then again at 60. They'll be different, but usually, you can tell they're the same person, so as far as other people would be concerned, they'd still be that same hive just after some awful calamity.

>We know Pilon is having a go at making a hive by having lots of kids and gathering them together. Do a lot of r [....] Any ultrahive leaders want to comment on this issue, if it does exist? Probably Az, though I wonder how the other Ultras in the Tree feel about him getting center stage all the time.
Yeah, you know what? This is getting right into shit I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. Ultraking Raox can deal with that one when he comes around.
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>Does that exclude the Ace Attorney Investigations series, then, since he's a protagonist in that?
Yeah, it does exclude it. Somethin' was lost in that spinoff. Sure, he acted similar, maybe it was just the surrounding game. Dunno, I didn't play it hard, it was just an ancient emulation of one of the earlier, goofier lawyer sims.
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>Not the plasma sword? Where does that fall on the list?
Pretty damn high up. Yeah, that brings up getting messy with what scenario my 'favorite' would be. Obviously I'd prefer the plasma sword if I were gonna be fucking around in some kind of indoors location.

>I guess Kappi was lucky he was such a scrawny little thing, huh?
Maybe. My messing around with him is surprising to me as his attraction to me. But that's just the sort of thing that I don't think on too hard.

>So you're like that one Aunt they don't like their kids spending time around but they bring them anyways to be courteous?
They still bring me around the kids because I'm their hivemate. Even if the kids aren't expected to follow in my footsteps, if they had such a huge problem with what I do, they wouldn't let me go do it.

>What are the rankings for sense of smell among the intelligent races?
Top to bottom, voklit, neumono, pomi, yich eater, miklik, heef, belenos, arkot, human.

>Apart from those directly descended from fighting skills, are there any sports you like?
Yeah. I do like to watch sports on occasion, stuff like rugby and racing. For playing, though, just simple stuff. Arm wrestling, pushup contests, foot races, so on.
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>So was the lesbian gas started as a hobby or did you accidentally create an early version of it when trying to make something for the rockets?
The.... it's complicated. I mean other people were involved in funny little projects, and I did know a lot about gasses and liquids for fuelds, and we just sort of started theorycrafting one night, one thing led to another.... yeah, not really a clean cut explanation for it.
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>Itcher, buddy, if you weren't after Whiskers, would you be interested in some hot moms, or would you prefer young ladies?
Young. Sort of. Mid 20s at the earliest. It's that balance between physically young and past the stage that they go talkin' about sweeping generalizations like the whole world works off a couple simple rules.

Then again, old people do it too.

Let's just about 1/3 the way in the trip from sexual maturity and the lower end of middle aged.

>Scratch or Itcher, or any belenosian, speaking of fetishes, would robophilia and similar be considered particularly taboo in traditional belenosian society?
Yeah, yeah it would be. It would be in any society, considering robots are supposed to be non-sentient, and a lotta people get iffy when it comes to fucking non sentient things that look like sentient things.

>Like, if we afford you the temporary omniscience of the ITQ thread, would it be considered wrong to be attracted to Penn, knowing what she is?
Dunno about 'wrong', but it'd be like being attracted to some kind of super villain in history. The sort of thing you'd post anonymously to get a rise out of people.

>Would you expect there be some who would be more attracted to her if they knew it?
Gonna go with 'yes' with that one.

>Are there conservatives who think it's super terrible, and stand on street corners holding signs and write into the media and who make complaints against children's shows that have a friendly robot or scientist character in them because it's corrupting the youth?
Pretty sure the bulk of those people are too old to be alive now. But, well, fuck, there's still some people on backass planets who still think their world is flat.

The stigma from belenos to technology ain't what it used to be. Sure, it's still there, there's still protests now and then and legal fights to try to trim technology back to some base level.

>Have you seen Back to the Future?
Nah, I'm not that into old media.

>I'm also wondering how egalitarian traditional belenosian society was.
Kinda was, kinda wasn't. For genders and internal tribes and stuff, it was all about as equal as it could get. But people born under some imperialists or looking like they were a textbook example of a bio engineered belenos got them some pretty dirty treatment.
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>Or... Grudge Bearer, how about you, would a voklit female who's had kids before tickle your fancy?
A mother who has had children is no deal breaker. However. I would wish to know where the father is. The answer may reflect upon the female, perhaps fairly, perhaps not. There is simply not enough context given to answer this informatively.
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>Scratch! We haven't seen you in here before. How would you feel about watching a pair of fine dudes getting frisky with each other?
I uh.... I can't take porn seriously! Or even if it wasn't porn and was just two dudes, that's silly too. I don't think it's bad or good, but like, I dunno, it's the sort of thing that might make me giggle. I'd try not to because then they might think I'm being condescending, even though I'm not. I dunno, even just sex in general seems like a really silly thing, so when it becomes two dudes, or ladies for that matter, it's like a punchline to a joke no one made.

>While you're here, since you're good at disguise, tell me, do belenosians use horn mods for that? Like, could you get caps to fit over your horns to make them look longer?
Oh, easy. The horns we have are almost always smooth and pretty easy to replicate and throw on caps to be seamless. The difficult part is just finding a model that's the same width and general shape, but that's for the bargain bin disguise shop stuff, it's not prohibitively expensive to get them custom made.

>Would a really desperate person cut off or shave down their horns?
Yep. Near the base there starts to be some nerve endings, but that would be really short, so they can file them down without problems.

>How's Itcher look?
Not bad, not bad. I prefer the lean look, though, but if I were into the tribal belenos look, I'd be all over him in a heartbeat.

>We joked with him once about becoming an ladies' entertainer and I want to know if he could do it.
Yeah. Like Az said, there's kinda a good split between the ideal imperial look of lean and nerdy, and the tribal stereotype of some kind of musclehead supersoldier. Itcher's got the look of the latter, even if, well, he can hardly shoot straight.

>Scratch... Itcher... are you two related?
Nnnnope.
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>Yich Eaters, how about your reproductive mess? I assume the second females aren't interested in porn at all, but what about the rest of you?
Our porn is like.... a soap opera mixed with politics. It is an acquired taste for everyone, although Yich Eaters have an easier time acquiring it.

I am only interested in them for the plot.
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>The horn patterns come in imperial and tribal varieties, and show an allegiance or acknowledgement to that heritage? Is there an easy way to tell which are which?
This is true when everything is boiled down to its most simple form. Unfortunately there's no easy way to tell, the fact that the horizontal stripes can mean both pro-science and anti-science is the best example of just how inconsistent they are, especially on a place like the asteroid where people from all over the galaxy land.

>How old are people when they get them usually? (If they get marked as kids, it's more going to show what kind of family they're from than personal belief).
Nearly all kids have a marking of some sort by the time they enter school.

It's common for kids to have them in temporary ink, to which they can make a decision for themselves later. But, only common, and that is no rule. There are plenty of kids who have them put in as permanently as possible by their parents, some parents even going so far as to carve out a horn nearly the whole way through and filling the hole in with a red material so that they cannot simple shave off the top few nanometers if they want to change their mind. There are still ways around it, still.
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>Hey, Polo, you showed us your medals, can we see you in your predator-paint? C'mon, you earned your stripes!
It doesn't suit me. This has far too many ties to tribal times.

>Also if you can wear red stripes for killing a predator does she get something special for befriending one?
In tribal times, the special reward for befriending one would most likely be death.
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>In that case, were there any basic educational programs you were required to sign up to? Like how you had to live with Roxie and her with you. Given that the planet you're on is still so wild, I assume alien visitors at least get a "here are what crazy animals you run away from the fastest" pamphlet, but was there anything beyond that, like a little survival or disaster emergencies course?
Um, yeah, often. They were really easy, and you basically were guaranteed to pass. I barely had the time to do anything more than that, so I didn't get much out of those few classes, which mostly covered the wildlife, how to deal with various neumono antics, and other stuff.

>Basic training for using guns against wildlife? Or what about some kind of self-defense course?
No, no. I mean, there were classes on these every semester, but they weren't mandatory.