Hey, it’s no problem. YOu’ve got the little guy (or girl) to worry about!
As for the antibiotics… if it’s really a flu, that’s actually a bad idea; flus are viral so antibiotics just build up your resistance. Waiting it out is better. I hope you do get over it soon, though!
About the comic – whoah! This is cool. I guess I called it on the parent thing, and with Fiah reproduction being weird. I wonder how it works?
Welp. Good luck, see you next Tuesday!
I’m not 100% sure it’s the flu–Cory was miserable for a whole week, but the one thing he was lacking was a fever, which is the main part of the flu. Normally I would wait it out, but since I’ve got three weeks left, the doctor might make a different call. I can’t imagine going into labour with how I feel right now, so I’d hate to learn how going into labour feels days from now when this is ten times worse. :/ My doctor might make a different call, though, so we’ll see how that goes.
Yeah. Doctors kinda trump random comment people. Good luck, seriously, it sounds terrible. And there should at least be some way to ease your passage through this.
With everything happening one after another lately, it’s probably best to have a once-a-week update.
How do Fiah get genetic diversity if there’s only one parent?
I feel like that is a question that Cory could answer better than I could, but probably won’t because it is a major plot point later on. >_<
Guess we’re stuck waiting to find out just how the Fiah have managed to create some genetic diversity then.
I was going to just leave this for eventual in-comic exposition, since some of the related physiology is involved in a pretty significant plot point, but I hate leaving curiosity unsatisfied and I’m pretty sure I can give you the Coles Notes version without spoiling anything.
While Fiah technically only have one parent each, they do, in fact, maintain genetic diversity through contributions from Fiah other than their respective parents. However, their reproduction is nonsexual – where human genetic diversity comes from dividing the contribution relatively evenly between two highly diverse parents, Fiah genealogy comes from “the parent” and “the flock.”
There is no intercourse involved; rather, the skin of an adult Fiah naturally sheds unique clusters of short-lived, genetically rich cells into the air, at a slow but continuous rate, as part of the same process as skin shedding and plumage moulting. Under normal circumstances, these particles are essentially just glorified dander (not much different from the skin flakes that we humans contribute to the dust of the world), but when inhaled by another Fiah whose body is preparing to procreate, this gene-dust becomes involved in an extremely complicated and still only broadly-understood process of genetic shuffling within the egg-to-be. When the egg is “fertilized,” its genes are essentially spliced – it possesses its parent’s genes as the base, with countless tiny tweaks and substitutions derived from whatever gene-dust its parent inhaled during the formative period of conception.
This means that the fledgling’s “other parent” is, collectively, the Fiah community that his parent resided within at the time of his conception. Researchers believe this to be related to the species’ instinctive tendency to favour parenting dynamics in which the young are, to some extent, taught and raised by their community as a whole, with their parents simply providing the dominant influence among many different influences. This unique approach to genetic diversity, and its associated social and familial instincts, is often studied as a motivating factor in ancient Fiah tribal dynamics; it is also believed by some to be the reason that the old tribes integrated peacefully, as opposed to warring for resources and dominance like the early ancestors of many other sentient species.
Whew. So much for Coles Notes.
How long is the egg formative period?
Because there are only 2 fiah on this particular vessel so this particular egg should have only 2 parents.
Bear in mind that Axca is only a subship, intended to act as support to the Exodus mothership. Many thousands of Fiah were on the Exodus, including the subship crew members during their preparation and downtime.
Hence my question on formative time.
AFAIK earth’s egg laying species lay an egg the same day as conception
The Fiah aren’t of the same genetic base stock as creatures of Earth, though (of course), so ‘eggs’ might be held onto for some considerable time before being laid. Even amongst Mammals the time range between conception and delivery is very broad.
… Like special plasmid-dandruff?
…… Waaaaait… can they get the same result from dandruff from OTHER species?
Once a week is all I can manage on my two…so I completely understand the need to pull it back. Babies are quite demanding, for quite a while, and you may need to hold onto that buffer so you can cover at least part of the first couple months of your new addition’s life.
Sorry to hear you got sick, just being in the same house with someone who is ill will be enough to do it (after all that stuff is airborne too). Take care, get some rest, plenty of fluids…antibiotics are for any bacterial infections that crop up and are ineffective against viruses…(I know this from the number of ear infections my daughter went through when she was young.) Unfortunately, there is no cure for the things that cause the flu – only medicines to minimize the suffering. 🙁
Hope you get better soon.
Baby’s gonna be a little Leeroy Jenkins in training with all the Chicken soup you’ll have to consume to stave this off.
First, I’m sorry to hear that you’re sick, but you’re health comes first so you better take care of yourself.
Second, ah, so the ship was named after Endi’s parent. Well, that makes more sense at least.
Don’t worry, we can wait! That sounds like a good idea, we definitely don’t want you pushing yourself. I hope both of you get over your sicknesses without too much trouble, and that the delivery (it sounds like I’m talking about a pizza but I’m talking about the baby…) goes super well. Congratulations!
Also heck yes, more information on Endi’s background, more or less.
Waaaiiit… Having read Cory’s notes on their reproduction, I am left to wonder how long of a period a Fiah aquires new genetic ‘dust’ through? Because there is the possibility that, what with Ethma and Endi the only Fiah in that ship… >>
And that is something I cannot currently talk about! All will eventually be revealed.
Did you guys make all this stuff up??? because this is very intricate.
also, sorry to hear that you are sick, hope you feel better, and take care of yourself and your wee-one first! we can all wait a while for you to recover and stuff.
Love this comic!
Yep! I do the general outlines–events and vague ideas. Cory fleshes them out and makes them actually work on paper. The amount of detail he’s got written down for everything is enough to make a table-top game setting.
I highly commend you two! The amount of detail is amazing, and the different cultures are incredible, I read all the stuff on the Makkuroa, Fiah, and the Ith that you had. They were by far the best cultures I’ve seen not made up in a TV show.
Also, when are you making that table-top game? I wantssssssssssssss…. 🙂
I wanted to say something about something, but I forgot… on account of the mental image of Fiah snorting lines of dandruff from a glass table. Now I can’t stop laughing.
So, Ethma is, assumedly, quite older than Endi.
This is the second page I’ve favorited because of the alt text. You guys are killing me.
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