History Literature / CourtshipRite

9th Nov '16 11:01:18 PM Xtifr
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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.

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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", God". No one had any idea it contained data, though, until 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.warfare from ancient Earth.
9th Nov '16 10:56:42 PM Xtifr
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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.

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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 Kaiel, for instance instance, produce designer babies in tanks en masse and cook cull the ones who appear weak, all weak. All three of the maran-Kaiel brothers were born that way and survived the creche.
9th Nov '16 10:54:13 PM Xtifr
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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.

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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 is. When read it turns out to be a history book on warfare.



* 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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* 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 rather, the best, just the best--the incumbent has been bribing the auditor.]]
9th Nov '16 10:49:54 PM Xtifr
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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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* HomosexualReproduction: The Primarily the Liethe clan, who 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 Other clans do some broader gene-pasting. 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.
9th Nov '16 10:40:51 PM Xtifr
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* SyntheticPlague: Of locusts. Oelita discovers a native species of insect which is eating wheat and ''not dying''. Normally, native life finds Terran life as poisonous as Terran life finds native life. When the Kaiel get a sample of the insect, they discover it has been deliberately genetically modified, and furthermore, the Mnankrei are standing by with ships of grain waiting for the famine these bugs will cause, so they can trade food for fealty.

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* SyntheticPlague: SyntheticPlague:
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Of locusts. Oelita discovers a native species of insect which is eating wheat and ''not dying''. Normally, native life finds Terran life as poisonous as Terran life finds native life. When the Kaiel get a sample of the insect, they discover it has been deliberately genetically modified, and furthermore, the Mnankrei are standing by with ships of grain waiting for the famine these bugs will cause, so they can trade food for fealty.
9th Nov '16 10:38:32 PM Xtifr
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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 a notable exception.

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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 notable exception.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.
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.
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