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3rd Dec '14 7:04:25 PM zarpaulus
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* GuileHero: Hoemei. In a clan where status derives from making accurate predictions, and clan members are encouraged to manipulate events to make their predictions come true, Hoemei is the second-best predictor/manipulator.

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* GuileHero: Hoemei. In a clan where status derives from making accurate predictions, and clan members are encouraged to manipulate events to make their predictions come true, Hoemei is the second-best predictor/manipulator. [[spoiler: Or rather the best, just the incumbent has been bribing the auditor.]]


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* HomosexualReproduction: The Liethe commonly create new clone-lines by fusing ova from two existing but not quite perfect lines, though they do also breed with the priests they seduce. While the maran-Kaiel brothers were produced from a complicated process combining Prime Predictor Taien's genes with genes from a past male Prime Predictor who died long ago.


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** And later [[spoiler: The Mnankai attempt to use a pathogen against Joesai and his force that would destroy their mental faculties. But the Liethe they tried to use to transmit it infected them with the significantly less lethal vaccine instead.]]
2nd Dec '14 8:33:29 PM zarpaulus
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* FreeLoveFuture: At least a mild version, possibly justified in part by the need to keep birth rates high to match the high death rates, as well as the need to avoid excessive inbreeding. Most Getan tribes may be trying to breed themselves for specific traits, but they're very aware of the dangers of inbreeding. In any case, casual sex seems common, even for married people, although jealousy is far from unknown.

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* FreeLoveFuture: At least a mild version, possibly justified in part by the need to keep birth rates high to match the high death rates, as well as the need to avoid excessive inbreeding. And many Getan women have a mutation that allows them to induce miscarriages at will. Most Getan tribes may be trying to breed themselves for specific traits, but they're very aware of the dangers of inbreeding. In any case, casual sex seems common, even for married people, although jealousy is far from unknown.
2nd Dec '14 8:28:50 PM zarpaulus
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* DataCrystal: One of the Kaiel's most sacred relics is a large crystal disc they call "the Frozen Voice of God", Kathein recently developed a machine to read it, showing that it mostly contained gene sequences. Oelita turns out to have another one that she has no idea of what it is, when read it turns out to be a history book on warfare.



* DesignerBabies: Some clans do perform genetic manipulation to try to improve themselves, but since the results can be unpredictable, and the techniques are expensive and difficult, it's not all that common. Genetic screening for undesirable traits is common, but even there, the Getans are aware that diversity is a boon in the long run.

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* DesignerBabies: Some clans do perform genetic manipulation to try to improve themselves, but since the results can be unpredictable, and the techniques are expensive and difficult, it's not all that common. Genetic screening for undesirable traits is common, but even there, the Getans are aware that diversity is a boon in the long run. The Kaiel for instance produce designer babies in tanks en masse and cook the ones who appear weak, all three of the maran-Kaiel brothers were born that way and survived the creche.
1st Dec '14 5:06:24 PM zarpaulus
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* SocialDarwinist: The entire population of the world of Geta are Type 2 fictional Social Darwinists; the native life of the planet is mostly not edible, and famines are historically common. Cannibalism is part of their way of life, in which people with less ''kalothi'' (worthiness to survive) go to feed those of higher ''kalothi'' in times of need. The end of the book reveals that in the far future they have become a different species.

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* SocialDarwinist: The entire population of the world of Geta are Type 2 fictional Social Darwinists; the native life of the planet is mostly not edible, and famines are historically common. Cannibalism is part of their way of life, in which people with less ''kalothi'' (worthiness to survive) go to feed those of higher ''kalothi'' in times of need. Even Oelita believes in eugenics (minus the cannibalism). The end of the book reveals that in the far future they have become a different species.
22nd Aug '14 6:11:08 PM BillWoods
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* ClonesArePeopleToo: Most clans are busy with their {{super breeding program}}s, and don't bother with cloning, since identical genes are, by definition, not improved genes. The Liethe are the exception. Every Liethe secretly has a number of clone-sisters of varying ages, and no outsider ever learns the true identity of a Liethe. The outside world only meets fake personas which can be played by different clone-sisters in turn. The clones are very much different individuals with different skills. Some members of a clone group like the se-Tufi are always trained as assassins; the se-Tufi Who Walks In Humility is one such.

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* ClonesArePeopleToo: Most clans are busy with their {{super breeding program}}s, and don't bother with cloning, since identical genes are, by definition, not improved genes. The Liethe are the exception. Every Liethe secretly has a number of clone-sisters of varying ages, and no outsider ever learns the true identity of a Liethe. The outside world only meets fake personas which can be played by different clone-sisters in turn. The clones are very much different individuals with different skills. Some members of a clone group like the se-Tufi are always trained as assassins; the se-Tufi Who Walks In Humility is one such.notable exception.



* OurNudityIsDifferent: Getans gradually decorate their skin with scars and tattoos. Scarred skin can be freely displayed in public, but showing unmodified skin is considered titillating and/or scandalous. The Liethe clan leave their skin unmodified, both for sex appeal, and to disguise the fact that they make heavy use of cloning.

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* OurNudityIsDifferent: Getans gradually decorate their skin with scars and tattoos. Scarred skin can be freely displayed in public, but showing unmodified skin is considered titillating and/or scandalous. The Liethe clan leave their skin unmodified, both for sex appeal, and to disguise the fact that they make heavy use of cloning.several different Liethe are [[TwinSwitch playing the same role by turns]].


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* TwinSwitch: Most Liethe have a number of clone-sisters of varying ages, and no outsider ever learns the true identity of a Liethe. The outside world only meets fake personas which can be played by different clone-sisters in turn. The clones are very much different individuals with different skills.
18th Mar '13 5:46:53 PM Xtifr
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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Kathein, the woman the maran-Kaiel were originally ''planning'' to marry. She's a brilliant scientist, whose research becomes important to the plot more than once, but since being ordered to marry someone else, the maran-Kaiel have been forbidden to see her, so she gets only a minimal amount of screen time and character development.
15th Mar '13 11:53:06 PM Xtifr
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* GambitPileup: The Kaiel clan have basically been breeding for a better chessmaster. When Aesoe, the clan's Prime Predictor, orders the maran-Kaiel brothers to marry Oelita the Gentle Heretic, he knows they'll try to outgambit him, and he's betting he's still better than they are. What none of them know is that the Mnankrei clan have their ''own'' plans for Oelita and her followers. The Mnankrei may not be quite the chessmasters that the Kaiel are, but they have surprise on their side. Unfortunately, it seems that the innocent courtesans of the Leithe clan may not be so innocent after all, and for once, they may feel the need to interfere with the plans of the great clans. Who would expect that a tiny, beautiful dancer would also be a trained assassin? But--that assassin may have plans of her own...
5th Jan '13 1:34:47 PM Xtifr
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* CannibalTribe: The rare non-villainous version; the entire population of Geta has been forced into cannibalism, and, over the centuries, has made it a proud part of their culture.


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* HappilyMarried: The maran-Kaiel are a happily married fivesome, looking to add a sixth to make their marriage perfect. They admit that the odds were against them--Noe was a spoiled brat when she married the brothers, and Teenae was simply too immature and got married for all the wrong reasons, but once they figured out their best roles in the marriage, the whole thing ended up working out beautifully.
3rd Jan '13 4:34:56 PM Xtifr
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* SiblingTeam: The maran-Kaiel brothers, Hoemei, Gaet, and Joesai, discovered in childhood that their strengths complemented each other, and have been a team ever since.
14th Nov '12 6:32:06 PM Xtifr
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* ExoticExtendedMarriage: The harsh life on the LostColony of Geta has led to extended marriages being quite common. Marriages of up to six people are allowed, and a six-marriage is considered the most perfect, balanced ideal.
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