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96269 No. 96269 ID: dd338c

The ITQ for Lago specific quests.

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No. 121738 ID: 23a0a3

Do neumono have anything like a unified religious belief? We've heard about their tribal legends, but do any more general ideas about e.g. death and afterlife endure today? We've also been told that tribals had particularly deleterious views on rogues; do those beliefs still endure even in modernized hives, and how has that affected social conditions?

Does an ultraqueen have to be a literal queen, or can anyone get the position?
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No. 121741 ID: 7fad5d

>>121738
From previous answers:
No.
No, there are ultrakings too. But if you meant do they have to be the leader of a hive, then yes.
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No. 121792 ID: 07bd22

How does Raox's hive handle its own rogues? I imagine there is some public scrutiny there.
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No. 121796 ID: d328bb

>>121741
To clarify: We've been told that some time after uplift there was, essentially, a World War Astreneus for which hives would be in charge. The monarchs of the winning hives became the ultraqueens and ultrakings. After the wars they controlled most of Astreneus, but some isolated hives, like a bunch of tribals, and island hives like Sealock, remained independent. Although that often changed as tribals were discovered. And in Sealock's hive, Rokoa's warhive happened, and forced them into joining an ultra after their old home got nuked.
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No. 121797 ID: 3abd97

>The monarchs of the winning hives became the ultraqueens and ultrakings
I think that's an oversimplification. The Tree and the Coalition are global superpowers, each encompassing many many hives. There's probably a whole lot of hives who joined up before the wars ended but lacked the size or political clout for their leaders to claim seats as ultrakings or ultraqueens.

Granted, whoever were big players in the military coalition probably had it work that way for them.
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No. 121798 ID: d328bb

>>121797
The hives that actually won, not all the ones on the winning side. The ones you're describing just tagged along instead of doing any actual winning.
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No. 121809 ID: d2e2ce

Hey, Pilon or Az or whoever. What do neumono men do to clean up when they're done jerking off? Still a tissue to wrap the ball up and wipe off fluids or something else?
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No. 121925 ID: a43366
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There’s been a lot of answers about rogues from people who don’t know a goddamn thing about rogues, and I’m including the rogues that answered in that shitpile. I’m going to clear up some of their worst answers.

>Az mentioned that trying to fit rogues under other hives has problems, why is that?
Combination of cultural revulsion and rogues being empathetic downers. To start with, rogues as a concept is one of the greatest fears neumono have. The best analogy I can think of is to imagine if all your family members were at risk of getting a disease and dying. You grow up knowing that this disease can strike anyone you love, and at some point, you realize you could get the disease too. In the back of your mind there’s always this fear that you’re going to be next. And you can’t ignore it because those dead family members are still around! They may look, act, and think the same but your empathy tells you in no uncertain terms that they’re a stranger to you, and most Hive neumono are completely incapable of keeping a meaningful relationship with a former Hive member under those circumstances. They completely cut off the rogue for their own mental health. I dumbed it down, but you can see how on a macro level this can lead to a culture that is completely incapable of meaningfully dealing with rogues as an idea, and on a micro level it leads to hives being unwilling to accept rogues into their bubbles of bullshit.

That’s not to say they’re wrong to be unwilling to let rogues live with them. Rogues are more prone to, well, every negative mental condition. Neumono are a lot more emotionally sensitive then we like to admit, and a rogue can massively affect how a Hive feels and operates. Much of that is a self-fulfilling prophecy of course. If a hive thinks a rogue living near them will mess up their communion it eventually will. There are cases of a rogue and a hive coexisting, but they are rare. I know personally only know of one case. She works as a janitor for a war buddies hive. She’s got a shitload of problems beyond being a rouge though, so I’m not sure how they manage to put up with her.

>On that subject, any rogue who wishes to answer, what's it like being rogue? A lot of the rogues we've seen seem normal, at least on the outside.
This is both really complicated and simple to answer. I’ll try to keep it simple for you.

This is an aside, but it’s important to know if you trying to understand rogues to any significant degree. Every rogue has their own story, and no one becomes a rogue in the exact same way. There are actually a few different sub-classifications of rogues depending on who you’re discussing the topic with dividing us into how we went rogue or how we dealt with the aftermath, but unless you’re being an intellectual douchebag, there is only one difference that matters. Rogues who used to have hives and those who never did.

Hive rogues are more likely to be the worst fucking people you will ever meet. The worst of them are whiny, short-sighted, self-sabotaging, completely incapable of any level of introspection and I hate them more than it’s possible to express. Rogues who had hives are terrible because they have a hole in them that their hives used to fill, and the vast majority of them never come to terms with it. They try to fill it with drugs, religion, work, other neumono, and anything else they can get their hands on, and they fail. In the process of failing they also like to fuck over everyone who tries to help them out, and then feel sorry for themselves because no one wants to deal with the sacks of shit they’ve become.

Pure rogues are best treated like aliens with empathy. Most of them are jammer kids, grew up on alien planets for whatever reason, or are 2nd generation rogues and because they don’t have that gnawing hole inside them they are much more pleasant to interact with on every level. For them, empathy is like an extra leg instead of being completely integral to their self-image, so they deal with empathetic matters with a level of detachment most neumono are incapable of. They are a minority among a minority though.

As far as most rogues seeming normal, they would. No one likes hanging around depressed assholes, so most rogues learn how to keep their worst impulses under check when they’re with company. The ones that don’t, well, they’re where the stereotypes come from. Plus, most of the shit that makes rogues ‘rogues’ shows up on an empathetic level. It’s hard to explain and I don’t really feel like trying right now.

As for being a rogue, well everyone’s going to give a different answer to that and I won’t put words in other’s mouths. Personally, before I went rogue it was like there was a voice in my head that I couldn’t hear but was always talking to me, like a second brain chiming in on everything I did. I never noticed it at the time and I could only articulate the difference years after I left. I wasn’t a singular person before, I was just a physical appendage on this larger being and having my own thoughts was wholly in service to its wellbeing, not my own. After I went rogue it felt like I was alone for the first time in my life, even if there were hundreds of neumono around me. Just me rattling around in my skull, which is how I like it. For the record, I’m a freak among rogues for thinking this way. Take my thoughts on the subject with a grain of salt.

>Do rogues ever try to channel their feelings through art? Like, among humans at least, there are whole genres of music given over to being sad and lonesome and miserable, and a large number of powerful and popular songs that express those kinds of feelings. Are there famous rogue blues singers, for example? Does rogue art play any part in the fight for rogue rights? I imagine hive neumono can be more sympathetic to rogue feelings if they're expressed beautifully, and if they don't actually have to be in the rogue's empathic presence.
Rogue artists exist but most are pretentious and melodramatic. That’s my opinion on most art though, and I acknowledge that upfront. The most successful one’s market themselves to aliens. A lot of humans and belanos’ find rogues to be ‘romantic’ and art that deals with rogues as its subject and is also made by rogues is viewed as authentic or some shit. The yuppies eat it up. Neumono hate the idea that rogues even exist so there is almost no market for that kind of art among them, even if it’s divorced from empathy. At least nothing that portrays rogues as something other than an easily digested comic sidekick or villainous lackey.

That’s not to say there are no rogues who are successful in the neumono market. There’s an author using the pseudonym Trenn rozu Oilsinger who is a rogue, and she writes a popular sci-fi series. There are a few books out and rumors about a movie, I think. A bunch of random, unconnected neumono and a few token aliens get sucked into a wormhole and end up in some strange universe and to survive they must band together. Her being a rogue isn’t a secret exactly, but I find only the most hardcore fans of her work know about her being a rogue. I suspect the author is sneaking in a lot of pro-rogue themes under the noses of her audience, but according to Marassa I read politics into everything so what the fuck do I know?

Kappi mentioned that rogue artists are popular among other rogues, and while he’s not wrong he ignores the context that rogues are an extreme minority even on Astreneus V and are generally poor as shit. So while there are popular rogue artists who cater to rogues they have very little impact on mainstream genres and are largely local acts.

Basically, successful rogue artists aren’t on Astreneus V. The ones who do make it are either starving, pricks, or don’t sell themselves as rogues.

>How do rogues and the military work?
Loathe as I am to admit it, rogues and the military work well together. At least while they are deployed. A lot of the interpersonal bullshit that crops up between rogues and hive neumono fades when you’re being shot at daily and you are in a squad with a bunch of other randos. Not only that but the structure of military life helps keep rogues focused and less prone to bouts of melancholy. Plus, the ‘brotherhood’ jarheads love to bang on about is a thing with neumono too, and the bonds are probably deeper than the same bonds among aliens. I recommend the military to just about every rogue that can hack it without getting themselves killed, which is fewer than you’d think.

The military still has institutional problems and shit, and I could bitch about the Trees’ military culture and how rogues fit into it all day, but I’ll spare you for today. I will say both of our resident warmonger Ultras care about all soldiers under their banners despite their many, many other faults, so we manage to dodge a lot of the worse aspects of the use em’ and lose em’ policies for soldiers that happened in other nations histories.

A lot of rogues wash out in basic training though. And those that do manage to hang on usually die because they stay grunts their whole careers and don’t learn proper self-preservation after becoming a ‘me’ and not an ‘us’. It’s still a raw deal in my view, but most rogue soldiers are a lot happier than civilian ones, so it’s a tradeoff.

>If some government people came to you and offered to de-rogue you using a certain predator, would you accept?
For future reference, every rogue that’s not mentally ill or under extenuating circumstances is going to say yes to this, unless they are deathly afraid of predators or the government. Even then most of them will get over it. You can get a rogue to do just about anything if you wave a ‘cure’ in front of their nose.

In my case, it’d be an emphatic ‘Fuck no’. Having my brain sculpted like clay to fit in some hives’ mold and getting slotted in like a puzzle piece sounds like an existential nightmare.

>Has there been any research into the physical science behind what makes a neumono queen? If there was some way to artificially induce it, I imagine that would be of interest to rogues…
There’s been loads of research since it’s one of the most important aspects of neumono empathetic development. It’s just been dead ends as far as I know.

It also depends on what you mean by artificially inducing it. In a hive, you can chart the birth of a queen empathetically most of the time. The only observable trigger among rogues is mental. If we are restricting the discussion to using artificial chemicals or therapy and Hives, there is still just a casual relationship with becoming a queen. I stress, empathy is the most important thing here. Making the subject more in line with the Hives idea of what a queen is will be helpful, but you can’t turn lead into gold. They need to have that royal quality in them, but every hives royal quality is different so it’s hard to come up with any solid methodology to make queens in otherwise functioning hives.

Now if we’re talking rogues, if you have a kid who isn’t a total failure you can theoretically raise them to be more likely to trigger as a queen, but desperately beaming empathy at them when they are growing hoping that they’ll trigger won’t do shit. More than enough rogue parents have tried that with their kids.

I’ve known a few rogues turned Queens and saw one go off personally. They all describe the experience as a sudden epiphany about themselves and the world. It fades pretty quick and they tend to be a little out of it when it’s happening but getting a straight answer out of them afterward is like pulling teeth. As an observer, the best way I can describe it is like flipping a switch. One second they’re normal and the next they’re a queen.

As near as I can guess they were all set off by different things too. Rogues becoming queens is really hard to predict, though there are a bunch of pieces of shit who like to pretend that they can and sell the ‘predictions’ to gullible fucks, who then stalk whatever unlucky bitch is named for months hoping she goes off and they can get the first crack at the new hive.

As you can imagine designing a controlled experiment around such a random occurrence is hard as balls, so reliable data is scarce.

>How does Raox's hive handle its own rogues? I imagine there is some public scrutiny there.
Raox rozu Scorch is a fucking bleeding heart, even if he’d never admit it. The main difference between Scorch rogues and the other Ultras’ rogues is that they tend to stay in Queenwood and get subcontracted by the government for a bunch of rogue outreach shit in Queenwood’s old roguetown.

Like most of the Ultra’s, he has a severance package for rogues of his own hive. His is the most comprehensive, though that’s barely a contest. Az’s rogues just get enough money to get them to whatever planet they want. Almost everyone in Zoya rozu Silverstream’s hive has their own nest egg so Zoya doesn’t pay a zeny unless they went rogue young. Silverstream rogues either go broke in a month or are the richest rogues in the Tree. Most of the others are some version of ‘Here’s enough cash to fuck off’. This sort of system is enough to keep the aliens happy about not having the Trees leaders abuse their rogues, while also letting those leaders deal with the rogues as little as possible. Neumono don’t really care as ignoring rogues is what we do best.

One Ultraqueen doesn’t follow this system. Her rogues leave her city as soon as physically possible with the clothes on their back or they’re never heard from again. She’s a fucking maniac, and while I can’t prove that she eats rogues who don’t get out of her city quick enough, I wouldn’t put it past her.

In general rogues from an Ultras’ hive tend to stay in Tree territory because they can’t afford to go off-planet and going to another Ultrahive would be a good way to get themselves embroiled in some political bullshit. Most still leave the city where their hive lives, even if there are no actual laws regarding that.

>Do neumono have anything like a unified religious belief? We've heard about their tribal legends, but do any more general ideas about e.g. death and afterlife endure today? We've also been told that tribals had particularly deleterious views on rogues; do those beliefs still endure even in modernized hives, and how has that affected social conditions?
Unified, no. A bunch of hives have their own ways to express spirituality, but if you boil them down they’re basically just ‘the hive is god’. I’m not a sociologist but neumono never really needed religion unlike a lot of other species since we had our hives and you can’t convert others into your hive. I’d probably say most neumono are agnostic and just don’t think too deeply about these concepts, but I’m not an expert and could be way off base.

However, while most neumono don’t give much thought to religion in any organized manner rogues flock to it, comparatively. We don’t have any popular original religions so most rogues who get suckered into that racket subscribe to alien beliefs. We tend to buy into anything that provides an external source of self-worth, so if you find a neumono cult or one of those dumb self-help seminars, it’s probably full or rogues. The Heef are the most aggressive in converting rogues in Queenwood, but you can find all kinds of small churches around the city.

Fundamentally, the tribal view of rogues is the modern view of rogues. The only difference is that now killing us is frowned on. But, to be fair, a lot of how rogues are treated varies by hive and age of the neumono. The younger they are the more likely they are to avoid us than have an impulse to harm us. Still, the basic thought process is the same as back then. Separate the rogue from the Hive and pretend they don’t exist. If you rub two brain cells together, you can see how that’s affected us socially.

>TITS OR ASS?
Ass, obviously.
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No. 121995 ID: 2c441e

>Having my brain sculpted like clay to fit in some hives’ mold and getting slotted in like a puzzle piece sounds like an existential nightmare.
This raises another interesting question. Rogue who got de-rogued by Three Stripes, what did that feel like from your perspective?
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No. 122488 ID: d2e2ce

Two questions for neumono in general, and one for Luvi. What do dichromatic snowhivers look like? Where do neumono have their sense of self, their imagination, or whatnot? Like, for other races with a single brain the self is described as a darkness behind the eyes or as a mind's eye in the head or whatever, but it's generally centralized inside the skull. Do neumono feel themselves thinking distributed across their whole bodies or does it depend on which parts of their brains are being used at the moment?

Also Luvi, what's your interpersonal life look like, friends, romance, anything? What do you look for in a partner?
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No. 122533 ID: 78a3e5
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>Also Luvi, what's your interpersonal life look like, friends, romance, anything? What do you look for in a partner?
My interpersonal life is busy! Barely a week goes by that someone doesn’t come by to ask me favor or needs me to lend them some money. Plus, in my free time, I’m usually volunteering someplace like the Rogue Nursing Home or visiting the friends I have that don’t mind having me around. I barely have time for my hobbies!

My closest friends are my old ship crew and I do my best to keep up with them, especially the ones who live in Queenwood now, but I’ve made a lot of new ones since I’ve moved to Queenwood too! There’s Kark, Ranford, Vinessca, Peace, Creed, Yliss, Polly, Zajj…

Sorry, I’m rambling. I just know so many great people and I still haven’t even mentioned even a quarter of them! But I still think I’m closest to my old crew, like Rocker. He’s my oldest friend. Not because I’ve known him the longest but because he’s turning ‘two hundred and something’ in a few months! I’m planning a surprise party for him, but it’s tough keeping myself from giving it away when I visit him because it’ll be so much fun! He’s a bit of a hermit so I try to go by his home every week or so.

I don’t want to brag, but I think I am one of the richest people in the in the Tree! After all, friends are the real treasures in life and I have a bunch. I was lucky enough to have learned that lesson early on. It did take a few decades for it to sink in though. I’m a bit hardheaded sometimes!

As for romance, well, this is a little embarrassing to talk about. Once, when I was still with my hive, a girl took me out to a field and serenaded me with a poem she wrote herself. She was even sweet enough to make me a flower necklace! It was the most romantic thing I’ve ever had happen to me!

All I would want out of a partner is for them to be someone who always needs me!
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No. 122562 ID: bfb318

Friendly reminder here to keep posts here to quest characters. Questions directly to me in relation to quests can go into the respective quest's questdis (I should make a clamp questdis soon, come to think of it.) For questions to me that have nothing to do with tgchan, I can be PMed on IRC (rizon server.)
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No. 122582 ID: caf1de

>>122562
that a no then
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No. 122692 ID: bd5422

Aira: What's your goal in staying in the army in such a dangerous post? Are you after social advancement, feel it's the best way to feed yourself, or something else?

Holly: Is there any extra severance pay from the army for heavy injuries like yours that don't kill the person?
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No. 122776 ID: 50d32d

I just had a brilliant idea for neumono who are sad because they have lost all of their hive. You could vivisect yourself precisely along the sagittal plane. Then once you regenerate, your hive is now doubled in size! Repeat as needed until you're not alone anymore!
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No. 122778 ID: 91ee5f

>>122776
It has already been explained that won’t work.
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No. 122877 ID: 6bcf97

Neumono, particularly neumono who have lived on earth: As (to humans) rabbit-like creatures who (sort of) lay eggs, is Easter weird to you?
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No. 122914 ID: caf1de

so bout them dicks ey
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No. 122915 ID: caf1de

and would any of you set yourselfs on fire to escape ninjas
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No. 122967 ID: 1e23d4

Pen: because of your limited social interactions due to study and your eyes I'm guessing you've never had sex, if this is true have you ever entertained the thought of Arza being your first?
Is the Silhouette empire only belenos or are there other species that work with/for them to bring back the lost empire?
If what ever the hell is going on with Penn is possible then is it possible that all Belenosians could have some kind of programed biological commands? And I don't mean like genetic modification, I mean like Bioshock kill/control commands.
To SCIENCE people: has there ever been an attempt at genetic modification for the purpose of inter-species breeding? How similar are the different species genetically?
Polo: can you turn off your ability to READ empathy?
Rokoa: thoughts on chainsaws or chain swords?
Polo/Rokoa/Ben/fuckitanyone: thoughts on bolters?
Giant would you prefer it if the other strange neumono called you Kago?
Giant what would be your thoughts of three stripes one day having kids?
What do Belenosians think of cyber-punk stuff like Blade Runner?
How much would Belenosians want portal guns, and what would you even do with them? Probably more then Aperture did.
Sealock hive: how many requests for inter-hive breeding, specifically for polo, have you gotten?
What would happen if you infected a neumono egg with a rokoa dart?
Do rouges that choose to be rouges like Kark have the same problems with forming emotional attachment?
Christmas remella: If there is a clone hybrid thing of your genetic material and Rokoa then is it possible that there's a clone of you and polo?
To anyone: what was the thing about aliens that you had the most trouble getting your head around?

Lago: You're running like five quests at once, run a Patreon, make comics, take the time to answer stupid questions that have lead to you creating a vast, deep and interesting fictional universe, AND your art and writing are consistently incredible.
Thank you.
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No. 123037 ID: 44720c

To anyone really qualified to answer this:
Do the humans really give a damn what's going on in neumono-owned parts of space? They don't seem to.
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No. 123207 ID: 7fad5d

Sisirri: What do you think of updog?
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No. 123255 ID: bfb318
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>Have any humans/how often have humans joined neumono cuddle piles?
I've heard some do. As long as it's appropriate, and not just walking in the middle of a sleeping hive uninvited, it isn't seen as some kind of faux pas.

>Did friendlier neumonos try to give humans coats or hug them to keep them warm due seeing humans had no fur and if they did do some still try to do that to humans?
I'm sure some have and do, if not because humans have no fur, but because humans have no fur and don't always dress accordingly in wintery conditions.

>More fluffiest questions, this time to every race that hasn't answered fluffy questions.
That's enough.

>Is there any history of empathy affecting the physical health of a neumono?
Yes. I haven't heard about any neumono getting hit with such a trainwreck of empathy that they die from it, but health can be affected by mentality.

It isn't a direct causation though, but rather how the neumono in question reacts to it.

>If there were a single neumono an entire hive had ill will against, but not enough to make the disliked neumono leave, would they eventually become more sickly than the rest of the hive?
For instance, this single neumono would be fine if they just didn't care about the ill will. If all that ill will caused stress and distress in single neumono, as it would most, then yes, that neumono would be more at risk to get sick.

The reverse is also true.

>Also, which part of a Neumono's ears is the hearing bit?
The hole in the head, as is typical. The inner part of the ear is made of tougher cartilage, while the outer side of the ear is where the fat collects. The whole ear collects sounds better than it may seem, although bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. Pilon doesn't have exceptional hearing.

>When neumono from the same hive commit crimes and are arrested, is it general practice to put them together in prison?
See
>>91729

With the addition that hives may have sanctions put on them if they repeatedly have offenders.

>How do you portray zombies in your media?
Neumono without empathy.

>What does your work and personal search history look like?
Academic materials related to warfare. My personal life and work life hasn't been separated yet.

>Omega Wave Force's Christmas special episode like?
Ridiculous and cheesy. There was a moral to the story about holiday spirit, and the writers cared about as much about it as I did.

>What does bioarmor feel like, when someone is wearing it?
It's like wearing a wetsuit that tries to clamp down in your skin. It's uncomfortable for awhile.

>It's been described as making people "smooth and shiny", so I assume it's very smooth, but like silky smooth or slippery smooth?
Silky, but that's how the outside feels. It does not feel like silk to the person wearing it.

>And what sort of give does it have, is it rubbery, leathery, squishy? Does it have a sort of muscular quality where it's soft when not doing anything but firms up when active?
Rubbery, but it does tighten like muscles at points.

>Do different parts of it feel different, like the places where it's not attached as firmly feel softer, or the spots where it digs into particular points of the nervous system feel more dense? Does it form more thickly/resiliently over vulnerable areas of the user's body?
Not particularly. Any difference is difficult to see by just feeling.

>Does it get noticeably goopier for a while when it's attaching, or in spots where it's stretching itself over tears?
It's noticeable, yes, but mostly by unworn bioarmor. The more it's worn, the more it will just feel the same as though it's actively being worn.

>If you poke someone using it with your finger, would any combination of poking it hard enough or for long enough or otherwise allow you to push your finger through? We've seen neumono tear it off with their claws, how hard is it to tear off with fingers?
It's only torn when it does so to spare the skin itself from ripping out with it. This is easier done with claws. Poking at it will do nothing short of putting on so much pressure that it won't be right to use the word 'poke'.

>Have any of you talked to your doctor and/or psychiatrist about Disassociative Mental Process Disorder? Symptoms include
>Increasingly paranoid behavior,
>Unusually violent, erotic, or otherwise primal thoughts,
>Increased emotional detachment,
>Fixation on a person or persons that the patient finds pleasing,
>Increased tendency towards impulsive or compulsive behavior.
This doesn't sound like me.

>What can you tell us about the dildo industry?
Nothing.

>Let's say we have three neumono A, B, and C, all sleeping together. A and B don't know each other at all, but both A and B know C well enough to share dreams with C. There's almost certaintly a variety of possibilities, but which are the most likely ones and what factors would it depend on?
The most likely combination is no dreamsharing at all.

For a combination that does happen, the most likely is tied between A and C, or B and C. The next most likely is all three of them together, and the least likely by far is A and B.

The two biggest factors are how familiar they are with their sleeping environment, what positions they happen to be in, and what they happen to be dreaming about on their own.

>Can you turn off your ability to READ empathy?
Not from a biological standpoint, no.

From a mental standpoint, however, I am fully capable of aggressively ignoring them.

>How many requests for inter-hive breeding, specifically for polo, have you gotten?
Not many specifically for me, because I am considered dead, so the ones that we did get are weird and creepy. That, or by people who know I am alive.

There have still be requests for the rest of the hive as well. We are still settling in before considering any such actions.

>What would happen if you infected a neumono egg with a rokoa dart?
I doubt much. The Rokoa is a fully formed brain and it would be unlikely to know how to integrate into an undeveloped neumono.
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>Yo pilon has anyone ever called you a gumball machine? How'd it go?
No one's ever called me that, before, but they have called me similar things. I think.

It's one of those awkward little sort-of-compliments. I don't mind so much, but I don't get elated over it, either.

Unless it's a nice girl calling me a nickname affectionately, but at that point? At that point, it really doesn't matter what the nickname is.

>What kinds of atmospheric/spacebound ship designs do different species have?
Since humans uplifted each of us, we're all intertwined enough so that standard ships are accomodating to all primary species.

Some luxury cruisers, though, do have special rooms with various humidity and oxygen levels.

>What classes of ships are there and how big are they/what role do they fill?
It's also the luxury cruisers that are the biggest, even bigger than most military ships. That's mostly because FTL doesn't get much more cost effective past a certain mass, at least not yet, so the military doesn't have use for moon sized bases. Luxury cruisers, though, like to travel in single ships, as a fleet of ships would spoil the view of space, I guess, if other luxury ships were in the view.

>How does a Warp Drive work and how big is it?
Bigger ones are the size of a room, but most of the room required is room required by a powerplant to hold and generate enough power for the warp drive to function.

I don't think I've heard an explanation of warp drive that ever made sense, to be honest. It involved bending space, and seeing two points at once.

>How often are ship-to-ship battles, are there any fighters or drones involved?
In the grand scheme of things, they're very rare, but amongst pirate factions and those who fight them, common enough. Drones are frequently used to clear a path to them, but boarding parties are common since most people don't want to blow up a ship when they can take it over instead.

>What kind of weapons do warships of certain species have?
Homing missiles, and lots of them.

>How much of the galaxy has been explored?
This one's been answered already, covered by:
>>121453

>And last question, have Warp Drives been weaponized yet since their invention, and how?
No. They're not at all accurate enough to aim with, which means the chances of warping in something at high speeds to collide with a planet or other target is very slim. It's possible that they could do it a far, far distance away and use thrusters to correct the course, but at that distance, planetary countermeasures could detect it and intercept.

>I might be wrong, but it's occurred to me that no-one's ever mentioned the neumono homeworld having any moons
There were two. Both of them are relatively small, but the weather can still get a little crazy.
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>Yo, Rokoa, with everyone judging your relationships, what's your opinion on other people's? Like, say, Pilon with Polo back when you two had just finished the assassination or other non-hypothetical couples?
Polo and Pilon can fuck all they want, I don't care about 'em. I just care about who my hive gets with and if they're getting with someone good.

And I judge my own self for going on like this with Kappi, but I'll still do it.

>What do dichromatic snowhivers look like?
Not much different. The difference in the fur tones are tiny. You'd have to look close.

>Where do neumono have their sense of self, their imagination, or whatnot?
Everywhere. The whole dang body, up to the nails.

>Thoughts on chainsaws or chain swords?
Just proof that stuff can be cool and stupid at the same time.

>Thoughts on bolters?
We have those, sometimes. They're nice, and fucking dangerous as hell. I've had close calls with anti-neumono overkill measures.

Rare on the asteroid, though.
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>What's your actual name?
Tracy.

>How do you rate Itcher's attractiveness?
He's alright. He'd be a 10 if I were into baby horns.

>Is [trouble with artistic pursuits] just in comparison to how good you are with science and other fact-learning and analytical work, or is there actually a lower incidence of what we'll call artistic talent or inclination, compared to other species, proportionally?
It's partially in comparison to our analytical minds, but it's also our infatuation with 'correct' answers. Trying to find the 'correct' answer in an artistic pursuit is the path of madness.

>If arty folks are rare, are they prized and encouraged when they do display themselves, or considered weird and discouraged?
They're encouraged in forms of interest level, in that the most well known belenosian artists have also been the most controversial, and frankly, abnormal.

>Is there an attitude of "other species do it better anyway so we should just do what we're good at"
As a society, there is an attitude of that. As individuals, plenty of us are interested in what art belenosians can and will make.

>Or is there an opinion that belenosian artists are needed to express the unique belenosian perspective/heritage/culture/et cetera? Perhaps both or more opinions exist and remain in conflict?
Our perspective is best addressed through scientific study. Our culture is derivative of technology, either by loving it too much or hating it too much. Our heritage is... a mess. I'm not proud of it, but not being proud of our heritage is what our heritage is all about.

I like some belenosian art and music, sure, but I sure as hell don't think they're needed.

>Was slavery one of the more common atrocities in tribal history? Or like, indentured servitute, serfdom, other things that are basically slavery?
Normally we'd be prone to coming up with things like indentured servitude, serfdom, and such so that we could have slavery without a guilty conscience.

But tribals did like to keep the feelings of guilt strong, so they often threw people in shackles and felt it was okay as long as they also felt guilty about it.

>How much do pre-contact cultures still have a legacy?
I'm sure they have a legacy that's important to them, but not to society as a whole. Many belenosians uprooted by uplift have sought refuge in tribes farther out there, so there's fewer pre-contact cultures, but the ones that remain have gotten bigger for the most part.

>Is ancestry with a particular region and its culture still something belenosians identify themselves and each by, even partially?
Some belenosians, sure, that grew up in their anti-tech wastelands. Preaching that technology is bad, while letting oneself get uplifted, makes sure there's a whole lot of rationalizing going on. The popular thought is that it's okay as long as they defer the decision making to those responsible, technology mindful aliens.

A lot of humans laugh when I put it like that. But it's not that bad of a thought, because as close as the humans have gotten to blowing their planet right up near to self extinction, they didn't. So they have that over us.

>Or how about the legacy of social class? I have to imagine a lot of the (relatively) wealthy folks from the tribal days found ways to remain wealthy, because they often do in such situations.
Yeah. Since humans were doing a good job making their first uplift a non-neumono catastrophe, they worked with the tribals with respect and care, so those in high standing with the tribal nations could easily maintain their position.

>Do belenosians still care at all that they or someone else would have been of a royal/noble or peasant class?
A little, but as little more than a novelty thing, and maybe some additional respect. So long as they don't act like they own wherever they walk.

>Did the old royal families become a source of gossip/scandal-ridden tabloid-haunted celebrities the way a lot of ancient human royal families did?
Eh, not so much. Guess there were enough 'royal families' that no royal family became household names.

>In terms of a lack of biological impulse to have kids, is it just physical comfort and lack of stress, which (with good technology) would be reasonably available even to settlers on a fresh world?
In short, yes. What kinds of stress matters, as well as if it's life threatening to them personally or just a bad environment. In detail... well, the details are argued about endlessly.

>I know colonizing fresh worlds is in its early stages (if I'm remembering right), but there should be some statistics by now.
There are, and the reproduction stats for belenosians on fresh worlds are higher.

Average stress levels are higher, too. There's currently no reason to move to fresh planets unless they're out of work, and their situation on a core world - that is, a world with an intelligent species already on it - is bad enough to make it worth uprooting themselves and travelling halfway across the galaxy. In short, that's the basis for there being a correlation between stress and reproduction.

>Has anyone tried artificially inducing non-cozy settings to promote the urge to have kids?
No, at least not in any galactically sanctioned experiment, since giving people shitty lives to figure something out is exactly what we're supposed to refrain from doing.

>Or attempted to isolate the biological factors, to counter whatever process quashes the urge using hormonal treatments or such?
This has been done, but only through studying existing statistics. There's no control groups or artificially controlled circumstances as a result, which is why the exact details about what causes a need for reproduction are endlessly argued about.

>It seems like the idea of something artificially spliced into their genes to make them stop wanting kids would be something a lot of belenosians would find disturbing.
Maybe. But if a belenos is disturbed at the idea about having splced genes that direct their decision making on a regular basis...

Well, they probably want kids.

Our 'natural' selection may lead to a future of easily stressed belenosians.

>How do you portray zombies in your media?
Less zombies, more mindless or insane robots.

>So, stripes are possible, but rare to happen naturally. How about unnaturally?
Tattoos, dyes, and so on as easily implemented within the belenosian body.

>Did tribal belenosians have access to dyes that they used on their fur, either for the "look less like a belenosian to robots" thing you mention, or just for some personal cosmetic reason?
They had access to dyes, I'm sure, but their take on it was exactly the opposite. The empire loved improving bodies, so the tribal nations embraced their fully natural forms, with the possible exception of horn alterations for some reason.

I believe aliens had it in their mind that tribal tattoos are a thing across cultures, and one movie depicting belenosian tribals had all of them with heavily modified bodies.

The tribal nations got mad and loud about it. It was frequently polled as the most racially insensitive movie ever made, up until neumono were discovered and accepted into the movie making industry. They were so loud about how bad it was, in fact, that they somehow convinced the galaxy that tattoos and fur dye on belenosians was disrespectful to everyone, not just to their own sensibilities.

>How about modern belenosians, are there people who take dye baths for a particular colour they like, or even to give themselves some kind of patterning? Or, given it's the future, are there more advanced cosmetic treatments, like something that changes the pigment your follicles produce?
As the borders of tribes recedes and the modern belenosian population grows, fur dyes and patterning are becoming more common among the younger generation.

Dye is the cheap option, of course, but as is typical for how receptive we are to artificial alteration, it is also relatively easy to have machines alter every follicle on our body to actively grow certain colors. It is then about the same cost and investment to revert those alterations.

>Is cosmetics generally advanced for belenosians?
They are, yes, though not as much as human cosmetics.

>Steroids to build muscle are available, and you were asked about male supplements before. Is cosmetic surgery still surgery, or are there more gentle methods, like using nanobots to alter bone structure instead of having to cut open and work at it that way, applying a local hormone treatment for increased bust size instead of implants, or triggering some growth effect to get taller instead of having to break your legs and stretch them the old-fashioned way?
Surgery has improved steadily ever since the humans first learned of germ theory. Now cosmetic surgery is still surgery, but much of it is quick and easy. Nanobots can be used in conjunction with this, though perhaps not entirely on their own, to alter bone structure. Hormone treatment is effective on belenosians as well, so where applicable, those can be used over surgery. Growing taller... most likely requires surgery, still, but while a human may need multiple sessions of surgery to get certain effects as the body adapts, belenosians may get away with one or two.

>Is it possible for unwise people to try self-administer such things and make mistakes, like with the male enhancement? I imagine ladies who end up with too much in the front could just get a reduction, but are there some people out there who've ended up too tall, with oversized hips or shoulders or extra horns or too-long tails, from trying to correct what they saw as deficient?
Self body modification can and does go wrong, but it isn't a widespread issue, at least not among belenosians. It is not difficult or honestly even prohibitively expensive even for the lower class belenosians to get cosmetic surgery. The primary barrier that licensed surgeons or doctors have is that they can't legally adjust a belenosian's body without a reliable way to change it back if desired. Which is fine, as most desired levels of changes can be done and undone - ones that can't are often ones that make a belenosian look comical or unrecognizable.

Which, of course, still occurs, and unlicensed practitioners do exist.

>Favourite pizza topping?
Sliced spinach.

>Does your "get satisfaction from learning facts" thing vary depending on your personal specializations?
There's a correlation, yes.

We do get better feedback learning certain things than others, but we don't feel better about learning things just because it's our specialty. It's that we learn what we favor learning, and choose our specialty off of that.

>Like, maybe most belenosians when they go out to a fancy restaurant and get a really nice meal then it'd just be good food for them, but if they were a professional culinary science person who had specialized in knowing all about cooking and nutrition and the history of various food traditions and so on, they would get more out of it by way of it being a learning experience for them as well?
In this sense, if they're learning and studying the food, then yes, they may be able to get more out of it, including the learning feedback.

>So like, for someone like Whiskers, there's obviously certain pleasures to be had in crime and in grandstanding and having power and escaping pursuit that most species can experience, but perhaps she also has a personal expertise in security and forensics and the history of crime and so on, that makes it doubly pleasurable for her?
If she learns something as she grandstands and all that, may become doubly pleasurable.

Learning mixed with practical application - such as learning about something you know you can use, or learning something directly because of doing something you enjoy - makes the learning have a... flavor, let's call it.

>Or like would Penn and Arza get more fun out of learning AI facts than the average belenosian, because they have the grounding and context awareness to draw extra inferences and implications from what they already know?
This, too, is much better than learning some random trivia fact.

To expand on the flavor analogy... I would say that studying a new topic is like having a new flavor. It can feel nice and exciting, and there are jack of all trade belenosians because of this. Having a specialized knowledge of a field, however, lends itself to having a deeper experience of that flavor.

>I feel like I don't remember any being mentioned for the belenosians, either. How about the rest of you? How many moons do you have? Any moon bases?
One moon, with a small handful of modern moon bases. And, of course, a variety of dead ancient moon bases. Hopefully dead, anyways.

>And how many of those moons are actually imperial death machines?
Not even the belenosian empire thought it was practical to turn a moon into a base.

>Has there ever been an attempt at genetic modification for the purpose of inter-species breeding? How similar are the different species genetically?
There absolutely have been, and there's been absolutely no success.

We're just too different genetically. Even splicing stuff on the same planet has proven elusive.
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>Hey, did you get a title with your qualification? You were acting like it was the end of your academic career. Should we be calling you by any honorifics? Got any letters after your name? Are you a doctor?

Yes. I don't think I like the ring of 'Doctor Penn', though. I'm not sure why, but I think I'm alone in that. All of my peers say they spent so many years for the degree that they won't even respond to people who don't refer to them as Doctor.

>How advanced is robotics? Like, the upper-ish limit. Assume a very wealthy person, eccentric enough to ignore organics being cheaper/smarter/et cetera. Could they have a robot servant to do all their housework and other menial chores for them? Could it be built to a humanoid frame? How agile could it be? Assuming you had an advanced enough AI to run it, how close could you get to a robot that could imitate a member of a sentient species?
Robotics are very good! For all of the hate and care that AI's get, the galaxy loves robots, even if they end up being, well, kind of stupid robots.

I guess the reason is that a single body can only do so much, but a loose AI can spread itself like a virus so efficiently across a network.

Plenty of shops use robots just because it's much easier to get them to act consistent for so many hours a day. It's common that they're clearly robots though, even though technology can make them look pretty convincingly organic. So, when a good AI is put into a convincing body, it can be a bit tough to tell the difference, at least at a glance. People with a good eye can still tell that the movement and looks are just slightly off.

Since battery technology has gotten so good, those robots can also output a lot of energy, so they're potentially strong and fast too.

>Because of your limited social interactions due to study and your eyes I'm guessing you've never had sex, if this is true have you ever entertained the thought of Arza being your first?
I - no... never.

I don't really need it, and there's just no way it'd be with Arza!

>Is the Silhouette empire only belenos or are there other species that work with/for them to bring back the lost empire?
I think there's... a few other species. The word is is that there's a whole lot of members of other species that have joined, but I think they overstate the numbers and just parade out those alien members.

>If what ever the hell is going on with Penn is possible then is it possible that all Belenosians could have some kind of programed biological commands? And I don't mean like genetic modification, I mean like Bioshock kill/control commands.
There's not really any evidence that that exists. That doesn't mean they don't, but there's no evidence for it, or that it would have worked after all these generations, and whatever those commands were, were probably lost a long time ago.

>What do Belenosians think of cyber-punk stuff like Blade Runner?
I think some belenosians think that part of the reason that humans were able to do so much better with technology than us was because of old cautionary tales like that. In fact, a lot of their tales about their future seemed to revolve around the future being scary.

I don't know if that's true, but I hear that idea a lot!

>How much would Belenosians want portal guns, and what would you even do with them?
I think anyone would want portal guns a lot...

We'd, uh... well if there's no limit on range, I guess just explore the galaxy and make trips to the store a whole lot faster.

>What was the thing about aliens that you had the most trouble getting your head around?
Hm... I don't think I had anything, but belenos on a whole, well, pre-uplift belenosians had legends and passed on stories about how if aliens ever did show up, they would technologically advanced and therefore definitely enslave and take advantage of the belenosian race.

Then that didn't happen. So that was a nice surprise for everyone and after the initial awkward scared meeting, it gave tribals a good excuse to rethink their outlook.
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>What does your work and personal search history look like?
I have assistants to search things for me.

>Is there a neumono equivalent to a scouts organization? Like, boy/girl scouts, teaching woodcraft, survival, etc
There are! They're called school electives. We focus on that kind of stuff more than alien schools that teach, I don't know, how to prove geometry exists or whatever the deal is.

Course it's all done within school districts and regions, so there's as many variations on that kind of stuff as there are school districts and regions. I'm told we should standardize that stuff, but it works well enough on its own and we have bigger fish to fry.

If individual hives want to pass on their own skills to the next generation, then they can do it on their own time.

>Also, neumono: considering your gender dynamics, I wonder, are there girl bands with flocks of male fans, the way things traditionally work with boy bands among humans?
Heck yeah there are.

Most bands are a mix of male and female anyway. Just seems right to us, but male only and female only exist and the popular ones have their flocks regardless.

>Favourite pizza topping?
At least 5 kinds of meat I can name, and 10 kinds I can't.

>Does an ultraqueen have to be a literal queen, or can anyone get the position?
Basically. Who the hell's going to vote a not-queen into being a queen? If she was the best fit for the job, why's she not the queen? Too many questions. Fat chance in hell.

>What do neumono men do to clean up when they're done jerking off?
How the hell would I know? I have women for that. Probably whatever aliens do.
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>This raises another interesting question. Rogue who got de-rogued by Three Stripes, what did that feel like from your perspective?
Like everything made sense. I didn't learn anything new, but what I did knew just sort of shifted right back into place like a big jigsaw puzzle, and I could see the picture again.
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>Would you say you occasionally run into hitchhiking neumono who are lone, homeless, tired, and so on?
I'd say so, yeah. They're depressing even for me, and I can't imagine having them broadcast their issues right into my head.

They are pretty safe though, they often look like they don't have the energy to steal a wallet I leave in the glove compartment right in front of them, let alone try to murder me and take my truck.

>I'd also wonder whether a lot of people like that show up on the news as victims of something or other.
Not really. Not like it doesn't happen, but it shows up about as much as traffic accidents. It's hardly news worthy.

>How do you portray zombies in your media?
Like, uh... what's the word. Thralls, I think they're called these days. They aren't people who look dead, but are soulless on the inside. Outwardly they act fine, so the spook factor's that they could be anyone you know.

>Favourite pizza topping?
Eh. Nothing wrong with extra cheese pizza.

>What qualities do Heef have as soldiers in contrast to Neumono or humans, aside from their strength?
We were better about keeping our heads under cover.

Course, since a Heef's stereotypical trait is strength, it was us carrying dumbass neumono back to medical tents because they, on the other hand, didn't give as much of a shit about getting shot in the face, or even getting hurt. Had to put ourselves in the line of fire for their bravado sometimes.

Us heef were also damn good at setting up a perimeter and holding down a stationary location for a bit.

Speaking of neumono getting shot in the head...

>What was the thing about aliens that you had the most trouble getting your head around?
Just because they can recover doesn't mean they've got to be so dang ready to get hurt.

>What made you take up a job as a truck driver? Lack of options? A desire to see the world? Pure circumstance?
Good pay.

>Is it even that common to have Heef truck drivers? I'm guessing part of the utility is in having someone who can help unload stuff faster. Or is it more because you're a big burly guy who can guard the goods on the way?
There's only so many solo neumono that like to leave their hive's range frequently. And most of those neumono are rogues, which... isn't as bad as putting down 'convicted criminal' on the resume, but it sure as fuck isn't a favored trait.

Point is, it's an non-neumono kind of job. Tough heef veteran who can protect and unload the goods is a plus, too.

>And has your truck's AI systems in any way seemed oddly helpful of late?
It's working, that's all the help I want out of it.
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>Could you guys please tell us about some of your favorite bloopers moments that have happened?
Lukratsa: This one's not really a real blooper but whatever. One time after a cut, Tammi walked off the camera to go handle some business, but she forgot to take off her Rokoa smile the whole. Damn. Time. Talks with the producer, trip to the grocery store, coordination with the stuntgirls, just wearing that smile and the poor girl could not figure out why she was weirding everyone out.

Tammi: Whenever Lukratsa forgets her line, she'll always just replace key phrases with huge innuendo, or with a straight face asking 'when do we fuck.' She knows Polo will probably see it and get embarrassed or miffed so Lukratsa does it all the time. And I just can't help laughing at it every time.
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>What did you do for fun before that jerk Likol roped you into accompanying him on his irresponsibly dangerous journey?
Heckled people who got too close to home, and shoot at things or people who got too close to home.

>What happened to you? Where are you in life now, and where are you aiming to go? How are the Alisons? Everything good?
I just left! I haven't even found a new place yet!

>And would any of you set yourselfs on fire to escape ninjas
And miss meeting real ninjas? No!
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>Giant would you prefer it if the other strange neumono called you Kago?
I would not. It is not how the word is said in one's language. It is the meaning. As long as the meaning is not muddied, they may pronounce the word how they will.

>Giant what would be your thoughts of three stripes one day having kids?
Impossible.

He is not tough enough to handle my children.
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>Have any of you talked to your doctor and/or psychiatrist about Disassociative Mental Process Disorder?
My whatnow?

>To Hok; how serious have you gotten at method acting as Pip?
Pretty great if I do say so myself!

>Do you initiate conversations with her?
Her?

I might need to change my first answer because I forgot it was 'her'.

>Do you initiate conversations with her?
Wait what is method acting exactly because I don't think that is talking to myself with different personas.

>If Hok is bored, do you think about what Pip could do for fun in that situation?
Nevermind, I don't think I can method act at all.

>For instance, how would your tastes in food differ?
Uh... maybe Pip would like fast food. And other things that are fancy and prepared.
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>Have any of you talked to your doctor and/or psychiatrist about Disassociative Mental Process Disorder? Symptoms include
>Increasingly paranoid behavior,
>Unusually violent, erotic, or otherwise primal thoughts,
>Increased emotional detachment,
>Fixation on a person or persons that the patient finds pleasing,
>Increased tendency towards impulsive or compulsive behavior.

Pretty sure if I've had any of those things, it's because they're perfectly balanced and natural responses to the shitty environments I keep living in. So not a thing wrong with it, and not a thing worth going to the doctor over.
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>How do you feel about cybernetics?
Good ones are fantastic. Bad ones are far too overrated.

In principle? I suppose would encourage them, but there are not many on the asteroid who can afford ideal cybernetics, so I am uncertain what issues arise when people take cybernetics to an extreme.
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>Pornoverse Christmas Korli: what was the original objective of lesbian gas? like what was it originally supposed to be?
A feel-good hallucinogen!

We wildly missed the marks, but like many great inventions, it was a total accident and we just looked at the good points of what we made, not how hard we missed the original objective.

>What was the purpose it was made for?
Uh.... a feel good hallucinogen.

>What are some of the missions the Saliki have deployed it for?
Pretty much anything that needs a distraction. It's surprisingly verstile for that!

>What ever happened to your Likol, if one existed?
Passed peacefully in his sleep.
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>If there is a clone hybrid thing of your genetic material and Rokoa then is it possible that there's a clone of you and polo?
At this point, I don't see why not!
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>Has anyone ever told you you have a charming smile? Because you do.
I have been told, and yet I enjoy being told that now as much as I did the first time. Thank you!
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>You seemed... less directly opposed to Story Seeker's flirtations than to Kexluk's interest. Is Story more to your taste, then, or was that just coincidence?
Story Seeker is like the pet that gets up to ridiculous antics, versus one's own son. In other words, it's a matter of having higher expectations of Kexluk.

>Have you ever considered dallying with a mortal, and if so what sort would you consider?
Not for anything long term, but for those who I would in the short term, those who can best inform me of mortal viewpoints of the world.

>Does anything of that sort happen between the gods themselves?
My relation with other gods is kept at a business level.

>Do a lot of gods have personal consorts like Tom does? ... Do you?
I do not.

But many do, all gods with tastes in as wide a spectrum as one can imagine.
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123273

>Hey Glitcher, did you ever catch back up with that version of Alison you talked to while you were beginning to get back into the system?
Yeah. Talking with her is a nice break from everything.

She doesn't have a whole lot to say since she doesn't have the amount of experiences as a lot of other Alisons, so, uh, when I just want to get away from stuff, that's perfect.
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No. 123274 ID: bfb318
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123274

>Shup, you have sketches of deadland species somewhere you could show us?
Certainly, but there's too many to cover. Kobolds are, as far as I'm aware, unique as the only species that has trouble being in kobold lands. There are humans and dozens of variants of humans, orcs, gnolls, and even more I'm sure I don't know about.

>Would you consider romancing such an exotic creature?
Never.

>What usually IS your type anyway, when looking for a woman?
Capable, strong of will, self sufficient, and free of any inherited disfigurement.

>Are you bisexual?
No.

>How is homosexuality treated in your lands, are there differences between the noble's treatment of homosexuality and how commoners treatment of it?
This has been answered.
>>100087

>How many kids you have Shup?
55, with an inconsequential number of children out of wedlock.

>With everyone expected to at least learn to fight, and the military basically the only half reliable route to social mobility as well as being idolized in general, but such a huge rate of lethality in said military... are you all expected to have tons of kids?
Yes. People have sex, most kobolds are easily impregnated, and kids are not a physically intensive ordeal for the mother. It helps that they aren't completely helpless as infants, either, and grow up quickly.

Therefore kobolds are expected to have tons of kids not because they must, but because they will. At least it is so in the northern empire. The shroomleaf barbarians expect their own tribes to care for their kids, so they must temper their own population boosts to be able to support their numbers, instead of simply being able to drop kids off at a local daycare or some such backup.

Of course, this is all just for the average garden tending kobold. Strong warriors and upper class kobolds are pressured more to have some amount of children.

>Are immortal kobolds obviously different from normal kobolds?
Yes. They have an intense enough mana aura about them that if they are around, even the most naive savages will know they are in the presence of a powerful individual.

>What stops there being some random immortal just hiding out among the general populace?
It is true that one can let one's own mana act as water in the river of the land, thus hiding their presence. An immortal, on the other hand, has so much excess mana that I can't see how any could do it convincingly. Yet I do have to admit - if one did master the technique, then I would never know.

>If you met Story Seeker, or a kobold as much like him as is possible to exist in your world, what would you think of him?
It would only take a glance to see that he's no known kobold. Not a northerner, southerner, or barbarian. A kobold from some far off land that's easy to live in.

>I'm also wondering if you actually have anything like bards.
We do. They are expected to be able to fight along with anyone, but upper class kobolds require upper class entertainment.

>Someone who kind of straddles social boundaries, too, who can charm and chat with a peasant or a noble with equal comfort.
This is more unusual, but I suppose one doesn't bar the other.

>What do the surviving Dragon Knights do with their time?
Put quite simply, I have no idea.

I would like to think they do something besides gather together in a dimly lit room and stand as still and silent as statues for days at a time, and yet...

I can so easily imagine them doing precisely that.

Supposedly they patrol the realm, handling noble disputes and lending their strength as required.

In practice, they are so rarely sighted outside of their high towers in dragonfall that I doubt they often leave. I have only seen a handful, myself, though I have seen those handful on multiple occasions. This is, assuming of course, that each mask is unique and never traded amongst dragon knights.

>It seems like they would have been mentioned specifically if they were involved with the teleportation system being set up, and that's supposedly the largest magical thing that's happened recently, so are they not involved in magical experimentation either?
No, we have archwizards. Dragon knights are magically adept, but don't often seem to use those powers in any external fashion.

>Do they have families they're involved with? I have to assume that they can have children, and that that's where the first mortal kobolds came from.
I suspect that they are their own family, as yes, they must have had children - with each other. Perhaps they have had children in recent years that don't advertise themselves as second generation. Perhaps after so many of their children aged and died, they stopped. For all I know, while they are seemingly immortal, they could have become outright infertile after a normal lifespan had passed.

It doesn't truly matter, and so I have not asked them.

>On the subject of the first mortal kobolds... kobold souls come from the land, right?
Correct.

>Apart from the immortals, whose souls presumably came from the magical beast that died to create them? So, could the first mortal kobolds only be born after some of the immortals had been killed? Or was there loose soul-stuff from the beasts' deaths that got loose without immediately going into immortal kobolds?
I can't know for sure.

Still - the greater beasts shaped the land with their magic and soul. In other words, the greater beast and the land itself - at least, what made the land unique and magical - was intertwined. The soul of the greater beast and the soul of the land us kobolds are born from are from one and the same, at least in theory. Therefore, there should not have been any reason why dragon knights would not have been able to reproduce before any of them died.

I stress, again, that information on this topic is limited to myths and the dragon knights themselves, the former of which has a strained idea of truth, and the latter a strained idea of conversation.

>I've been assuming that magic and kobold souls are essentially made of the same stuff, but is that true, or are they different?
It is safe to assume this is true.

At least, if it was not true, then there would be far more unanswered questions.

>Do kobolds believe that the intelligent races who live outside kobold lands have no souls?
Many don't. The more knowledgeable kobolds believe they only lack the kinds of souls we have.

That is to say, there is evidence that they have some kind of soul, just not the same kind of soul that we have. Those other races, though, know even less about their own souls than we do.

>Is it known whether the southern kobold empire has any immortals of its own left?
Supposedly they do, yet they never see their own immortals.

>Is it possible that they and the dragon knights are in some sort of incredibly long standoff over when an opportunity to conquer or assimilate the other will happen, and they're just very patient and cautious about it?
Immortality does afford patience much easier, it's true. If so, then both teams of immortals are admirably quiet about their little war.

>Is it known why exactly the dragon knights felt they had to carve out an empire in the first place, and why they felt they had to hunt down all the magical beasts they could find?
Not exactly, no.

They haven't claimed to have killed the other beasts, though, only the immortals that spawned from the beasts. That isn't to say they didn't, simply that something else may have killed them.

>Building an empire requires raising morale and fervor with speeches and declarations, and giving at least some idea to the people under you what you expect to achieve, so I'd assume they said something at some point?
It's as likely they built their empire with their kids, and had their kids do the speeches and declarations and so forth to properly build a society versus.... whatever it is the dragon knights were.
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123275

>Is it difficult to suck dick with such an outrageously small mouth?
I wouldn't know.
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No. 123276 ID: bfb318
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123276

>You're the only noble I've seen who goes by "Sir" instead of "Lord". Were you a knight before you got your title?
I was, absolutely.

'Sir' still brings images of knights over lords, which is why many nobles who were knights still prefer 'Lord' as their prefix. Others, like me, prefer 'Sir' to remind the populace that nobles do often fight in the rank and file.

>What's the army's attitude to "fraternization", and what measures, if any, are taken to put controls or restrictions on it and its consequences?
By default, the army itself simply doesn't care.

If the commander of the branch, or squad, or whoever does feel it is a danger to the mission, it's up to them to decide to disallow it, to what degree to disallow it, and what measures to put in place to make sure it won't happen.

>We do know there's some pressure to have lots of kids, though, and I can imagine the Empire wanting their soldiers (at least, the ones who have proved they're worth something) to have even more than usual, given their ideals. So, maybe the army actually provides support for soldiers having children, to improve how much of the population has soldier blood? Specific army-serving orphanages or care homes? That could... explain a lot. Is that accurate?
That is more or less accurate across all the northern armies that I'm familiar with. Some do more than others, but all do something to help raise offspring so that the fighters can continue fighting.

>Or, maybe it's different for the different armies? It'd be rather poetic if the assassin branch gets some funding for making lives as well as taking them.
Although, I don't believe any entire army gets funding for having children.

>Is it just "so long as you're doing your duties well enough I don't care"?
This is, above all else, the priority, so in short, yes.

>Is clandestine physical satisfaction allowed but open romantic relationships not? Is there competitiveness over who can attract/handle more partners, of that kind of "ha ha look at me I killed 20 guys then spent the night thoroughly satisfying 5 girls hrrr I've got so much stamina/virility/etc" way?
This can have more variance across armies, but I can say that the turtle army often revolves around boasting and telling one's own story.

>What's the differences between the lower ranks and upper ranks? Is mixing between ranks ignored, looked down upon, or is it expected that superiors enjoy privileges?
There is very little stigma against mixing ranks. The upper ranks may decide for themselves whether to pursue others in their own rank or below.

>Are professional comfort-providers allowed?
In bigger armies, absolutely. In smaller armies... well, that just depends on the commander, I suppose.

>Officially regulated?
Not once that I've ever seen.

>Expected to provide enough service to keep the soldiers from each other?
I don't believe anyone expects anything of whores other than some cost.

>Are soldiers allowed to take side-work of that kind, the same way there's probably always some smuggling of alcohol and so on?
Allowed, yes. Frowned upon? If there's work to be done, yes.

>What about people who don't take pay, but are just... friendly with a lot of people?
And this... is unusual, but not unheard of. Many, I think, charge not necessarily because they need the money, but because it would almost seem suspicious if they didn't want anything.
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123277

>What is your idea of a good first date?
Whatever makes for a good time, of course! It probably involves at least one fight and a lot of shouting.
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123278

>What, if anything, do you seek in a romantic and or sexual partner?
Cabbage: Not applicable.

>Do you know of another material you could acquire that would enable snuggling?
Tomato: <horrible mutant noises>

Cabbage: Tomato says that anything thick enough and resistant to stabbing works well enough.
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No. 123279 ID: bfb318
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123279

>Sir Orjin, I don't suppose you'd furnish us with some examples from your own experience [of fraternizing within the army]? You seem like a... passionate man, and we haven't seen any sign of you having a specific lady around.
I got too much shit to do to worry about getting all smoochy doochy with girls!

When I don't have too much shit to do, then I'll fuck!

>Do you have any kids?
As a matter of fact I do. Only with one woman who happens to be my damn wife!

>What, if anything, do you seek in a romantic and or sexual partner?
And she's my damn wife because she's the only woman I know who knows how to raise a kid to not be a sopping coward stain!

>TITS OR ASS?
Well obviously ASS because I'm not a some scrawny field 'bold!
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No. 123280 ID: bfb318
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123280

>Is there any extra severance pay from the army for heavy injuries like yours that don't kill the person?
Not a copper or a care.
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123281

>What's your goal in staying in the army in such a dangerous post? Are you after social advancement, feel it's the best way to feed yourself, or something else?
In peaceful posts or in peaceful towns, people expect me to be sociable and loud. If I'm not, I get disrespected and shunned.

This has been less true when we're in danger. I don't seek danger, but it's an easy price to pay to fit in.
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No. 123282 ID: bfb318
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123282

>Clamp, besides Matron who and what else have you boned?
Ain't anyone's business, that's who.
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No. 123283 ID: ba5478
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123283

>Do rouges that choose to be rouges like Kark have the same problems with forming emotional attachment?
I mean I didn’t choose to be a rogue, I just got unlucky and it turned out I preferred it that way. Of the very few rogues that consciously and purposefully defect from their hives they do tend to have more emotional stability than the other chucklefucks. I wouldn’t chalk that up to some kind of mystical power going rogue on purpose imparts. It just turns out that people who have the emotional maturity to make that big a decision by themselves are also emotionally mature enough to identify and work on smaller emotional issues, including their emotional connections with others. As opposed to most rogues who are, as I consistently stress, stone cold dumbasses.

>Neumono, particularly neumono who have lived on earth: As (to humans) rabbit-like creatures who (sort of) lay eggs, is Easter weird to you?
I haven’t heard of Easter before, but if it’s some kind of holiday where you find eggs, I don’t find it any weirder than other holidays. The Tree has a day of commemoration for its founding where you where you’re supposed to take a branch off a tree, give it to someone not in your Hive, and keep it until the next year where you bury it and get given another one. It’s baffling and I wonder everyday how the Ultras managed to be the winners of their wars.

>What was the thing about aliens that you had the most trouble getting your head around?
Lack of empathy, obviously. For something less obvious, scars. I’d never seen them before because if any animal we attacked survived it knew to stay the fuck away from us. The idea of an injury staying on your body forever freaked me out.

>Do the humans really give a damn what's going on in neumono-owned parts of space? They don't seem to.
They care too much. Not that they aren’t justified considering how many wars we neumono started in just 80 years. Any impressions to the contrary probably come from the contradictory goals of both giving us a right to self-determination and giving us boundaries so that we survive as a race until all of us who remember the tribal days are dead and can’t fuck it up for the next generation anymore. Plus, even if the human government is mostly ‘benevolent’ there are plenty of other alien superpowers at work that can interfere with their goals, including the bigger neumono governments. There is a lot of capital to be gained in resources from Astreneus V, both physical and scientific. It’s very rare that altruism and profit mix, as our uplifting showed about a million times over.
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No. 123286 ID: 7fad5d

Yoooo Korli, are scars a common fetish among xenophiliac neumono? How about external balls and other features neumono don't have? Do you like running your fat sausagey little fingers through long hair?
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No. 123292 ID: b1b4f3

>>123274
>I've not heard about a dragon knight dying
What about the rogue knight?
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No. 123296 ID: eeb7d9

>>123292
Yeah, that answer actually surprised me. Isn't that the whole reason why Zizi is so famous, and by extent, Fen?
He DID kill the rogue Dragon Knight, right, or am i mistaken?
Someone do correct my if a am wrong.
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No. 123297 ID: bfb318

I made a goof with Shup's answer, as he is aware that the rogue dragon knight died. His answer has been revised.
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No. 123301 ID: bb78f2

Giant, Az, if this question has been already answered, I am so sorry but...

What are your feelings in regard to Clifford the Big Red Dog?
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No. 123302 ID: bffeb2

>>123255
OK Polo from after its revealed that you were alive: How many breeding requests/odd fans/things in the mail that really shouldn't be in the mail have you gotten?

>>123257
>bolters exist
I'm guessing they're not the diamond tipped, filled with uranium kind and are just semi automatic mini rpgs.

>>123259
I don't know why Penn but you are adorable.
But now imagine if those biological commands were real and still worked and because of all the stuff with sapphire only you could access them. If you could look at another belenos straight in the eyes and give them a command, and they would follow it without question, how horrified by yourself would you be?

>Blade Runner
But what to Belenosians think of old future sci-fi where the machines are good? I'm guessing these kind of things are despised by the tribal holdouts.

>>123260
>What do neumono men do to clean up when they're done jerking off?
>How the hell would I know? I have women for that. Probably whatever aliens do.
Then why did you answer? Kappi you answer this question!

>>123263
Was there ever a time were Polo just got up and fucked right off without saying a thing.

>>123265
>my children
I meant him having offspring with a female predator. Do you mean that cause he can't even handle you nuemono kids that he'd be unable to handle predator pups? If so then give the guy more credit then that.

>>123270
So what you're saying is that there IS a possibility that you and Polo have some kind of weird clone child.

>>123274
>bisexual
>no
Well there goes the best ending.

>>123275
Now I'm not sure whether you're upset because the question implied you suck dick or that it implied you have a small mouth, or both.

>>123276
I kind of see you as the koboldverse version on Pilon sorry.
Maybe it's the eyes, or maybe its that you were a kind of enemy that became a kind of ally, or maybe its the fact that you also have funny size things going on with your body.
Oh right a question err... could higher up nobles demand sex from a lesser noble?
What are the stories like of nobles that have really abused there power?

>>123277
If you were to find out that someone you specifically spared when you were in the army or someone with a grudge against you hunted down and killed Fen just to spite you would you seek revenge?

>>123280
So it's like America


Does the empire have sports teams?
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No. 123303 ID: 3abd97

>>123302
>OK Polo from after its revealed that you were alive
That's not how it works. You're not getting any answers from future-Polo until present-Polo gets there.
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No. 123304 ID: bffeb2

Oh one final thing Shup did you expect this level of craziness to happen Lilly gave Fen, a barbarian whos stated goals was to one day go to the northern empire and become a noble, that dragoncloth?
Was the whole you ordering training for Fen and letting him get all hopeful part of some plan to one day get your own personal kingslayer?
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No. 123308 ID: b59fad

>>123275
>I wouldn't know.

Well gosh Lily aren't you marrying a noble for the sake of supporting your family? You want to make sure whoever you marry is extra doubly convinced to never think twice about the expense of doing that. You should try learning all the tricks that'll make having you around as pleasant as possible! So ok maybe you can't practice exactly but you should familiarize yourself with the theory. I'm sure there's some sort of kama sutra equivalent instructional manual for the marital arts kicking around somewhere with instructions and information and illustrative woodcut printed pictures. There are probably concubines and higher-class professionals you could ask for advice, too.

On that subject, what's the state of erotica in the empire? Are there bawdy songs, perfumed-garden-esque literature and poems, and/or artworks in circulation? Paintings? Crude printworks? Murals, friezes or statuary?... Graffiti? Dirty jokes?
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No. 123313 ID: ee2d6e

>>123302
>Well there goes the best ending.
He only said he wasn't bi. Could still be pan. Or something else entirely.
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No. 123355 ID: caf1de

>>123303
but we get answers from the asteroid and the actors and they're in the future-present
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No. 123356 ID: 3abd97

>>123355
Characters have consistently answered questions from their 'current' perspective on the timeline.

So Polo has always answered questions from 135 AW ("the intermission was recent for me"), Rokoa from 185 AW ("the intermission is something I did 50 years ago with Polo I'm looking back on now"). Pilon started out talking from 135 AW, then jumped to 185 AW after he appeared on the Asteroid for the first time, and then never went back.

We're never gotten access to a version of an Asteroid character who's more ahead in itq than we've encountered them in the story.
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No. 123357 ID: 7fad5d

tl;dr: No spoilers from BTE
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No. 123359 ID: ae1644

>>123303
>>123355
>>123356
>Past-Polo
>Future-Polo
>Future-Present
MY BRAIN HURTS!!
Problem is that by the time we get to ask post mission polo questions I and everyone else would have probably forgotten this completely pointless inquiry.

Lets try compromise a little. Lukratsa after the movie came out how much fan mail/requests to fuck did Polo and Rokoa(who everyone already knew was long gone) get that you are aware of? How much did you and Tammi get? How many of those requests were for you or her to be "in character"?
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No. 123382 ID: 91ee5f

This one is directed at anyone that would know what to do in this hypothetical situation and the answer can come from someone in the Ultra Hives or on the Asteroid or both locations:

A Salikai has made contact and wants to peacefully coexist with the Neumono. There are no tricks, traps, or strings attached, this Salikai is willing to do whatever the Neumono want. Also, this Salikai is all alone, no Arkots or allies of any kind.

Based on this, what would the Neumono do? Would they accept the the alliance with this one Salikai? If so, how long would it take for them to start trusting this Salikai?

To Rokoa and Kappi: If you continue this relationship with each other, what are the odds of Rokoa allowing Kappi to put some kids in her sometime in the future?

To Christmas/Valentines Polo, Katzati, and Ramella: When all of you got in bed together, describe as best you can, just how amazing your “group activity” was? And if you guys said anything to each other, how much of it was really you talking and how much of it was the effects of the love beam talking?
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No. 123647 ID: 8c0673

How well do neumono handle burns? Are incendiaries common anti-neumono weapons?
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No. 123662 ID: 186f53

Would Leaf be diagnosed with the gnoll equivalent of autism if the gnolls had an equivalent to a psychologist?
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No. 123771 ID: 85e349

>>89228
So, Ramella, I think it's fairly obvious at this point that people are implying the Salikai are going to use their experimental Rokoa-clone-darts on you.

Regardless of whether or not you actually believe this, if it were confirmed to your satisfaction, would you try to run away, do something to convince them you're too valuable to dart, or what? Obviously, giving up is pointless, since you want to COMPLETELY LIVE.
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No. 123966 ID: 1fbbcc

We know neumono hives usually use large communal showers, but does anyone use large communal baths? Is it considered a luxury thing that only rich hives would indulge in?

Speaking of rich hives... hive vs. rogue gets all the publicity, but are there any significant class tensions between wealthy hives and poor hives that causes problems?

With the topic of divisions between hives, I also want to ask if there are any observable general differences between old pre-uplift hives, split hives (descended from an old hive but considers themselves new) and totally fresh queen-rogue-formed modern hives? In terms of attitude to their place in the world, each other, et cetera.

And do hives with a king or queen consider themselves superior to ones that currently don't? Is a hive without one considered unfortunate or deficient? Without a single authority figure, do such hives face problems in directing themselves? Does the bureaucracy assume hives will have kings/queens and give a harder time to those that don't?
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No. 124061 ID: 39e3f1

Asteroid fuzzy folks: Your fur/feathers grow to a certain length and then stops, right? Like, if it sheds or gets cut it regrows to the same length, but past that it won't, right? I'm wondering, are there any products for tricking your hair into growing longer? Some sort of hormone treatment for the follicles? Like you could use it to get fluffier overall, if you like the look or you're going somewhere cold, or you could use it to grow certain patches artistically?
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No. 124065 ID: 91ee5f

>>124061
Considering what happened to this David guy: >>105857 , yes, there are products that increase feather/fur growth.
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No. 124555 ID: be3691

Likol, you had a “we ain’t rabbits mug” mug. Where do you even get something like that in an underweb-controlled life, and why? How offensive is being called a rabbit to you? Has that ever happened?
For that matter, you seemed to have a normal, well-adjusted grasp of life out in the normal world, but I don’t think it was ever established when you would have had a chance to experience life in in the non-underweb world prior to your run. What’s the story there?
Also, how is Neumono heaven treating you? We miss you.
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No. 124672 ID: 9125e0

Hey Kappi I dont remember if this was asked yet,But can we get a diagram of the housing.I would like to see what the room layouts for the cheep housing,To the more expensive?

I would expect that you would know this info as your the quartermaster.
or just what your house layout is?
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No. 124673 ID: 5f1126

Considering human cultural dominance, do most aliens grow up watching a ton of human shows/movies, playing human games, et cetera? And since there must be so much by now that, as aliens, you haven't seen, do you get a bunch of older "classic", "essential viewing" media thrown your way, or do they just try to push only newer, more profitable stuff on you?

tl;dr did you non-humans grow up watching old human cartoons
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No. 124897 ID: 7cf41b

So, it seems implied, and reasonable to assume, that the commonest form of religion among neumono (or the closest thing to religion) is a sort of self-hive-worship, where they revere the "spirit" of their own hive, with the king or queen as a sort of avatar or half-divine figure as a focus for that.

My question is, how close to the trappings of religion can that get? In very large hives, especially, where the queen can't get to know more than a fraction of her hivemates personally, does the reverence take on more abstract elements, maybe? Carrying around icons of the queen (like a step further than Likol carrying around that plush of his?), having little shrine-like things like a photo of them in some prominent place, or having regular "religious" functions, like maybe once a month everyone gathers to line up and have some sort of brief communion or personal moment with the queen, or hear her give a speech, or things like meeting up once a month with a bunch of other hivemates to formally focus on hive feelings and talk about events in the larger hive? I think we've heard suggestions of hives having their own little festivals, but how about other kinds of communal rituals? It seems like maybe some or all of these sorts of things could have a positive effect on hive cohesion.

Maybe any king or queen of a huge hive want to comment on this sort of thing? Trying to get as much meaningful time with as many members of your hive as possible seems like it could become a full-time job in itself, and it seems like most of you don't try to do that.

Are there like... sub-queens/kings? Hive members who aren't anything near king or queen themselves, but who are exemplary examples of the hive, and maybe end up being sort of like relays for your influence and help keep the hive together?
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No. 125338 ID: d2e2ce

Hey, Captain. How hard was it to set up a sex dungeon in Queenwood and rope a bunch of guys into doing kinky military RP with you?
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No. 125340 ID: d2e2ce

Actually wait, how the fuck does an art hive make a living anyway? Presumably the art scene isn't all just money laundering.

Speaking of which, oi, Silverstream, what's business like and how do you prevent yourselves getting used for money laundering and the like?
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No. 125341 ID: 5f3f48

>>125340
"Art Hive" just means that art is central to the hive's identity. That doesn't necessarily preclude them from other income streams, or mean that they're incapable of anything else. And even then, there's a lot of creative fields the hive could own a business in, or that individual members might have gotten jobs in if they were so inclined.
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No. 125345 ID: d2e2ce

>>125341
That's cool and all but to be honest I'm more interested in the in-universe answer
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No. 125460 ID: 32dc9c

To anyone who participated in the ultrahive wars (eg. Rokann, Marra, Rokoa...), How violent were the wars in general?

Were there any laws of war to be followed (for example about the treatment of POWs or civilians) or was it a total bloodshed for all the hives involved? Actually, how many lives were lost in these wars?

Was there any peacekeeping initiative organized by the aliens to keep the violence as minimal as possible?

Any interesting/notable stories or events that happened?
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No. 125461 ID: a1c591

Dr. Renson, or anyone who’d know: how common/rare is it for people to practice medicine on other species? In the event of someone having a medical emergency in an area that’s predominantly some other species, would there be any effort to try and find a doctor of that person’s species to treat them, or would that not be a factor? Do other, similar professions (therapists for example) ever cross species barriers?
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No. 125509 ID: 27bc37

To Story Seeker:

I have no idea what I'm doing, or if this is even the place to ask this. Here goes.

Has your adventure come to an end (at least as far as we are concerned) or are you just "doing laundry" so to speak.
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No. 125515 ID: e1d580

>>125509
I'm pretty sure SS could provide a funny in-universe update on his stuff in here, but if you want a more unambiguous OOC answer the Story Seeker disthread is probably a good place to try if you can hunt down which page it's fallen downwards to. For what it's worth I'm reasonably sure it's still on the list of quests to do, just lower-priority than the more recent/bigger projects.
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No. 125516 ID: afdebc

>>125515
>if you can hunt down which page it's fallen downwards to
Protip: you can look up quests on the wiki (which has an actual search function) and follow the link to the dis thread of your choice much faster than manually hunting through pages or the catalog.
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No. 125517 ID: bfb318

Normally what the couple of above posts say is true, and the wiki pages, in this case https://tgchan.org/wiki/Story_Seeker , are good for just keeping track of threads, but in this case there isn't actually a Story Seeker dis thread.

So for the meta answer, SS isn't over, it'll have more stuff at an undetermined date. Also I'll probably make a disthread around then just so it has one, no matter how belated.
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No. 125547 ID: 2f83e5

Now that we are on the topic I want to ask a question to SS.
SS you did a great job improving the conditions of the kobolds (and other races) in Spearstone. Do you think is possible for other races to stop seeing Kobols as just slaves or savages? Or do you agree with Reilqin statement and Kobolds do really shine in the servitude of other races?
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No. 125863 ID: a44332

To Shup: Have you ever met the Emperor face to face(plate)? Like, did he ceremonially hand you your mithril seal or something?
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No. 126499 ID: 7450a1

Panica from Luvi's story in The Rogue: There is no tactful way to ask this. Why is your pregnancy so weird. Why. Why so big. Why is your freakish alien pregnancy weird. Why. Why. Explain. Why.
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No. 126535 ID: 094652

Luvi: How many date / marriage requests do you get weekly? How do you deal with these requests given your... attitude against rejection and other negative actions?
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No. 126554 ID: 298905

Shup, or another person who would know: Non-kobold creatures can be enchanted, right? Like those dogs that react to the fields being trespassed on? I was wondering if there are any other animals that commonly get enchanted for things. And, the obvious next question: can you enchant non-kobold people, from outside? What if they were born and raised in the kobold lands, somehow? I can already imagine some border nobles hiring non-kobold mercenaries just to have a more special and intimidating entourage.

Neumono question: I can't remember if this was ever answered, but if you got a big enough bunch of neumono babies and raised them in constant contact with each other, isolated from other neumono, would they grow into a hive with each other?

General Asteroidverse technology question: Has anyone tried blend AI with cybernetics? Like, through some implant in their brain, using a partial AI to expand someone's knowledge or skills directly. Like, for the cyborg parts with complicated uses such as an arm that can flip out an array of complicated tools or something, instead of having to somehow learn to make a bunch of unnatural impulses using a nervous system not designed for more than fingers and a few joints, you'd basically jam in an extra chunk of artificial brain that already has all the "instincts" for how to use them and which can handle the weird alien feedback it gets. Maybe even up to more radical things like, to bypass the danger of sentient AI, you make a shell of an AI with everything but the sentient bit and a biological person's brain jacked into the saddle to take it's place with a set of neural implants, thereby giving them insane haxxor computer powers?

I mean most people besides neumono probably wouldn't want to risk that kind of brain surgery, but is it possible for the sufficiently unethical/illegal/wealthy person?
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No. 126567 ID: e1d580

Yo, to any Asteroidverse lads, how do you rate the different species' pussy? Tits too, if any species has them and they're different from the standard model. We got a rundown on cocks and cum so I figure the other side needs some love.

Korli, any chance you'd know? Ramella maybe?
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No. 126822 ID: 8950e3

Zirkala, did you ever punish your skeleton alchemist for chemically castrating Story Seeker? I haven’t followed his story in so long I’ve forgotten her name, and I remember him saying her potion wore off around the time he started learning actual magic, but that doesn’t make what she did any less monsterous. I remember the reaction when we realized what she’d done being unanimous horror and disgust.

I imagine it’s probably hard to reasonably punish an undead minion who you want to keep employing, but still. Have you thought of anything yet?
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No. 126873 ID: 465a14

Yo neumono your hives gotta get new blood sometimes right? If the individual hivemates don't meet enough new people by themselves do hives ever arrange meetups, like are there dating sites for whole hives at once? How often do hives arrange orgies for breeding?
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No. 126879 ID: a9af05

To Dame Frais from Fen Quest: What did you think of Fen when you first saw him? Did you ever think he would make it as far as he has so far? Did you ever expect to be good friends with him or did your friendship with him come unexpectedly?
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No. 126889 ID: 470289

How do Brothel Hives deal with rogues who want to get pregnant, and do they ever use customers sperm to get pregnant without informing the father?
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No. 127145 ID: 7582e1

(same poster as >>125863 here)

To Sir Zall: Do nobility or children thereof get any "skip the Pawn stage of the army" privileges? That would explain why do few of your knights are disciplined.

To Cheese: This Might Wizard, does he only upgrade soldiers? Because I thing there would be a good market for upgraded runners, capable of running long distances without stopping often and without dropping dead at the end.
Even with the teleportation network, if you need a fast reply a week can be too long.

To anyone knowledgeable: Are there any farm animals in the kobold lands?
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No. 127148 ID: bd22be

Do Kobolds like being pet?
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No. 127173 ID: daffb0

Ranger Pink, from the Omega Wave Force: if it's not rude to ask, how old are you? You come across as young at heart, but some things came up when Polo was looking for you that made it seem like you and the other rangers might all actually have been around for a while. How old is the Wave Force? Are you all the original founding members? The way the gun narrated your backstory to Polo made it seem like it was designed for passing it around sometimes. Have you had any extra or replacement members before Polo?
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No. 127205 ID: 58c855

Glitcher, would it be possible for other CAI members to reproduce, or is that only possible due to you and Rulekeep's unique natures? Also, what would an Alison/Sevener kid end up like?
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