I always check out links to other comics, though it’s not often I come across new ones anymore. I follow about 500, and I’ve got links to a few hundred more saved for later. Crazy, I know, yet somehow, I still have time for other things.
So wait, was the ship named after the parent, does the ship contain a ‘copy’ of the parent’s mind, or is the parent somehow fused with the ship becoming its primary control system (a la Brain Ships from Anne McCaffrey’s novel The Ship Who Sang and the others in its setting). Okay, things have just gotten a tad more confusing again, but it’s going to be interesting to see just where you are going with them.
Oops, I messed up my closing tag, only the title of the novel (The Ship Who Sang) was supposed to be in italics. Guess I’m still not totally with it yet this morning.
Ever play that strategy game “Homeworld”?
Sorta reminds me of that… I loved that game. Introduced me to the Agnus Dei version of Barber’s Adagio for Strings.
Waiiiiiiiiiiiiit a minute!
“My parent”, not “My mother”. Which means that the Fiah don’t have a perception of gender, per se. I wonder – we’ve all seen Endi as male and Ethma as female because of how they looked -as humans-. Also, because “Ethma” has an ‘a’ ending – which the English language picked up from Latin as an always-female ending. Yet it occurs to me, nwither of them have ever referred to -each other- that way. I wonder if the Fiah don’t have ‘gender’ as we might imagine it? Or if their ‘genders’ are more complicated than the Earth male/female split? The Aeyries from Laurie J. Marks’ “Children of the Triad” or the Mardukans from John Ringo and David Weber’s Prince Roger series spring to mind… the first being entirely hermaphroditic, where all members of the race are capable of bearing and fertilizing children, and the second having ‘reversed’ gender from humans, where the females deliver the eggs, and the males bear the children. Of course, it could be neither – the Fiah could be completely different, because they’re, well, aliens. Bizarre Alien Biologies and all that jazz. I’m incredibly interested.
I’m also interested in the ‘sound’ Cassi heard. If the Fiah communicate psychically, does she have a latent psychic ability? Is that how she could ‘hear’ it, a psychic signal the egg sends out? Or is it in the ‘mosquito ringtone’ range, where adults who have suffered hearing loss can’t hear it, but people under 20 or with exceptional hearing can?
-a is not always female in Latin; e.g., Emperor Caligula. Okay, that was a nickname, but same thing.
Also, -us isn’t always masculine (Venus).
You also skipped out on the possibility of a trinary gender structure. A simple example of that would be where the female deposits the egg in the third gender and the male fertilizes it there, with the third gender basically just being a walking womb to bear the child.
Obviously it could be far more complex than that. After all, who said their genetic structure had to be restricted to a double helix that operates in pairs? Maybe it’s a triple helix that operates in triads and it would thus have more than just eggs and sperm to ensure strong genetic variance to help enable the survival of the species.
I did mention something like that, but I couldn’t find any particular examples of it… THe trinary split makes sense in a way, and I wonder if a triple-helix split would make it even more likely? A third who bears the child, but also has some genetic factor in its creation due to a special chemical or, for lack of a better term, not-sperm that also imbues genetic material?
The only example I can think of right off hand is a race from Star Trek, and the only time I recall them being mentioned (or a character of that race occurring) was in an original series novel that I can’t even remember the title of. That race only had a double-helix genetic structure, which is where I got the ‘walking womb’ comment from, but their third gender didn’t contribute to the genetic material for the child, so probably some special chemicals were involved that prevent the formation of sperm/eggs. What a do remember of that novel is that Spock had a child and they had to go to the ‘Guardian of Time’ (I think that’s what that stupid stone arch was called) to visit him for some special reason, and they had a member of that tri-gender race along, who was hiding the fact that it was pregnant (and yes, the individual actually corrected people who wanted to call it a her as it didn’t contribute to the genetic material of the child, thus as far as the normal concept of male/female went it was a true natural neuter gender) because being pregnant enhanced her telepathic abilities.
There was an example in Schlock Mercenary*, as I recall…
That strange, tall race with spindly necks that Petey played political games with.
( * : Anyone who doesn’t read Schlock Mercenary needs to go do a google search now. )
C. J. Cherryh’s “Chanur” books also have a tri-gender race, the stsho. Although the precise roles of the three genders in reproduction are not explained, some other interesting social tidbits do come out. The stsho do require one member of each gender for a marriage contract; individual stsho can change gender (and/or personality) under conditions of extreme distress; and they are all very insistent that they are neither “he” nor “she”, and will berate anyone who doesn’t use the three correct pronouns from their native language.
a walking womb
So, how many US politicians view Women, then?
/not intending to start a political flame war
“It was an accident! I swear!”
He looks very upset by all this. I definitely look forward to some of the enlightenment you’re speaking of here!
Axca was Endi’s parent. Axca was also Ethma’s recently-dead partner. And someone named the ship after Axca. Then they made her ride in the ship named after her dead partner and supervise someone eerily reminiscent of her dead partner.
No wonder Ethma’s been one long, extended growl for the duration of the story.
Ooh, showcasing comics? That would be awesome!
@Hornet: In response to your comment responding to my comment yesterday, I have two things to say.
First, my comment was meant in jest.
Second, you’re trying to apply human logic and rules to non-humans. There’s no guarantee that Fiah gender and reproduction translates directly. In other words, there’s no guarantee that there are two genders, or that the female lays the eggs, or anything else. Nothing we know can actually be applied to the Fiah; all we can do is interpret what we see in ways that make sense to us. Even then, there’s no guarantee that things translate directly.
@Cory: are there plans to update the wiki entries on Ethma and Endi as information is released on them? Currently, their wiki entries are just their Axca profile pictures, which is solid starter information, but it would be really nice to have more in-depth stuff. I realize there are spoiler constraints, which is why I’m asking if there are future plans, so I’m not expecting life stories tomorrow; I’m just hoping that those sections will be expanded in the future.
I took a look at the comments you and Hornet left on the previous comic, and I do know of many species, even geni, of existing Terra creatures where even though the female lays the egg your comment could still be applicable. I can’t state for certainty, but most fish (I’m not sure if this applies to all, just a very large portion of them) have the females lay the eggs, and a male comes along and fertilizes the eggs after they are laid. If Fiah reproduction follows that pattern then your comment could actually be nearly 100% accurate (except that I don’t think Ethma is that easily stunned, or would faint from such a ‘mild’ stimulus).
Yes, we do intend to flesh out the profile pages quite a bit. A lot of the stuff that’s slated to go in there is related to the comic’s story, either as future developments or exposition of past events.
poor Ethma…too bad she wasn’t able to just blow a giant hole in the Ith ship lol.
Totally love when Ethma is in Guardian armor. It is super cool looking. Still wondering how the Ith deal with Guardian firepower…other than running away as they did…
I think we just saw… There Peaceful unless Provoked Honest and do not Lie.. That Gives the Ith have one H#LL of Advantage.. So they Threaten Harris then run away. If they were anywhere near as strong the Ith Would of Wiped them Out. As it Is the if Guardian firepower was not a factor I think they be Wiped out by the Ith .
Like the Wraith from SG Atlantis ships?
Granted, I’m speculating on something that may have already been answered already, but did you see the thruster performance on their CARGO ship? Now imagine what their fighters are packing. Their maneuverability in combat would be an easy match for stationary or slow moving heavy battery.
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