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Jul 06, 2020 12:43 PM
carillons refugees land on an orc planet in Edda
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"I left out a lot of detail on interspecies hybridity and species magic since it didn't seem like those would be the primary draws on Amenta."

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"I'm sure some people will absolutely leap at the chance for alien hybrids, though it might take a bit since without it obviously on the horizon people are tending not to marry aliens yet. Species magic?"

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"In my world, every species has its own unique magic. Manipulating what magic a hybrid inherits is--related but distinct from manipulating the DNA itself."

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"Ah. But since we don't have any it won't come up till more people are marrying aliens."

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"Exactly. Or until we can get alien tissue donors; I can work from more than two genetic sources."

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"Ooh, that'll get the plural marriage rates up like anything. Not that that's a key metric these days."

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"Which it was previously because when you have population controls more adults in a marriage increases the number of children available to a given parent without increasing births per capita."

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"Yes, that's right."

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"I'm very glad you didn't have to wait longer for access to more planets. I'm used to a very different set of population pressures--most species in my world have a much lower baby-drive than Amentans do, but we also don't die of old age--but my world also has natural portals between habitable planets; not having them was...never an issue for us."

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"...there would be so many Amentans if we'd started out that way," he says. "Goodness."

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"My species is on the higher end of the range of child-obsession of species I know, and I've been satisfied with just the two for decades. We didn't evolve; our species start during magical events called 'Geneses.' We try to limit them, mostly, but they ever happen."

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"Oh, Arda species are like that, too, their gods place a bunch of starter adults and they go on from there."

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"We start as babies. Which is most of why we try to limit Geneses, people prefer to have children on their own terms rather than because babies are randomly appearing and need parents."

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"There's a world where everybody's like that!"

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"I think these days they have it under control. Still. Here people want their own babies."

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