I love the second panel; it belongs on a recruitment poster.
I second that kind sir , its like ” join the fiah for a better future” xD, kinda brainwashing.
Man, tempted to make some weird Fiah military propaganda posters for fun, now!
I don’t think they were ready for the real alien appearance at all. I am really tickled by this page!
“Dude, Endi! You been gettin big! Whachu been eatin, boy?”
But that’s not Endi, that’s Ethma. You can tell by the plumage – it’s been Ethma since the last two panels of the previous page.
Ack! You’re right!
Okay, there are TOO MANY naked aliens sittin’ around on this ship!
Ah, yes. Important to note the mention of Prime Monitor. It’s like we can’t tell these Fiah apart. I had to look back a bit, myself, after seeing these comments. I should have realized it wasn’t Endi, since Cassi isn’t there, at the very least.
Hate to seem like a showoff, but I realized it was Ethma because of the feathers. Hairstyles! They’re effective!
Yeah, I’m so glad I made that change earlier. The nice thing is that it’s easy to pin it on their feathers growing out over the time they’ve been out here. I still wish I’d done that with their original designs, but since they were like nothing I’d ever drawn, just making then look like bird people was difficult enough and I didn’t even think of it.
Last Panel: “Oh god! Why isn’t he wearing pants!?”
she, they are all female
Technically, I think they’re genderless. Like the Asari. The Asari just have traditionally feminine characteristics, so tend to be referred to as female… but since they’re all ‘female’, technically there are no genders in said race.
Yep, genderless. That’s not to say that the crew hasn’t mentally assigned them genders based on their human disguises.
so, speaking of which, why exactly was it that the ship generated two different human genders for the initial disguises?
Most likely because it recognized that the average balance between genders is usually around 50/50, and possibly also that generally when two humans do things together for a long period of time (i.e. romantic couples) they tend to be one male and one female.
As Ran said, the Fiah are indeed genderless (in that they have no sexual dimorphism, no gender identity or roles, et cetera). It is reasonable to refer to them all using masculine pronouns simply because those tend to be the default non-gender-specific pronouns in the mess that is the English language, but it is equally reasonable to refer to them all using feminine pronouns because they are all capable of bearing and laying eggs, and thus could technically be construed as a species of mothers and daughters.
The Fiah themselves are, in large part, totally oblivious to any silliness arising from the Human fixation on gender, and resultant inability to parse situations in which it completely and utterly fails to apply.
In Earth biology terms they’re female, since they give birth. But that’s their sex, not gender. Our genders – masculine, feminine, neither and in between – are social constructs mostly based on sex, but obviously that’d be an alien concept to the fiah.
I believe they’re more like Tumblr users : You use whichever pronouns they want you to use, or they get really antsy.
I became severely confused when the next button on this page didn’t work. Alas, I have finally caught up.
New page tomorrow, though! Thanks for slogging through our archives (though to be fair, they aren’t that long yet. 🙂
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