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14th Feb '18 9:23:38 AM mikke
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** Ruminating on his people's origins, Daetrin surmises that ''all'' vampires are meant to be this; that they evolved as a slower, longer-lived, long-memoried counterpart to humans to serve as archives of humanity's cultural and genetic legacy. Both his mother and his father had symbiotic relations with humanity, though not all of his siblings did.
14th Feb '18 9:20:33 AM mikke
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* DivineConflict: Deliberately invoked towards the end of the book. Kost believes that the Marra are gods compared to the embodied, and intends to set himself up as a tyrant over the newly freed humans. To head him off without having to babysit him for the next few centuries, Kiri arranges for one of the other Marra to set himself up in opposition to Kost. He's enthusiastic about the idea, since he hasn't gotten to play God Against God in ''ages.''
14th Feb '18 9:16:37 AM mikke
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** In a way, ''anything'' counts as a FakeWeakness to a Marra, since they literally cannot be killed; destroying their physical form just means they now have a dead physical form. At the very worst they'd become dissociated from normal matterspace and drift around until they can reform a connection. Or at least, that's the case until [[spoiler: one of the Marra forgets his true nature and comes to ''believe'' that killing his body will also kill him, [[YourMindMakesItReal at which point it becomes true.]] ]]
14th Feb '18 9:13:06 AM mikke
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** When Daetrin asks if she's reading his mind, she replies "That would be impossible -- and rude."

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** When Daetrin asks if she's literally reading his mind, thoughts, she replies "That would be impossible -- and rude."impolite." Politeness is very important to the Marra.
14th Feb '18 9:09:23 AM mikke
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** When Daetrin asks if she's reading his mind, she replies "That would be impossible -- and rude."
14th Feb '18 9:08:34 AM mikke
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* TouchTelepathy/Psychometry: Marra, or at least the smarter and more experienced ones, can do a form of this. The protagonist Marra has taken on so many alien forms over her lifetime that she can very quickly get a very close approximation of how a new life-form moves, speaks, behaves, and mates just by copying and analyzing their brain structure. She's thrown for quite a loop when a new species, the Tyr, doesn't match any of her previous experiences (they're a hive-mind, which she's never encountered before.)

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* TouchTelepathy/Psychometry: TouchTelepathy / {{Psychometry}}: Marra, or at least the smarter and more experienced ones, can do a form of this. The protagonist Marra has taken on so many alien forms over her lifetime that she can very quickly get a very close approximation of how a new life-form moves, speaks, behaves, and mates just by copying and analyzing their brain structure. She's thrown for quite a loop when a new species, the Tyr, doesn't match any of her previous experiences (they're a hive-mind, which she's never encountered before.)
14th Feb '18 9:07:33 AM mikke
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* TouchTelepathy/Psychometry: Marra, or at least the smarter and more experienced ones, can do a form of this. The protagonist Marra has taken on so many alien forms over her lifetime that she can very quickly get a very close approximation of how a new life-form moves, speaks, behaves, and mates just by copying and analyzing their brain structure. She's thrown for quite a loop when a new species, the Tyr, doesn't match any of her previous experiences (they're a hive-mind, which she's never encountered before.)
14th Feb '18 8:51:30 AM mikke
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** Daetrin is effectively a blood-sucking vampire (though he doesn't care to admit it). Through the use of modern chemistry, he lived for centuries without requiring human blood, however this dulled his senses, and greatly weakened his shapeshifting abilities. Some fresh blood cured him of these handicaps very quickly.
** The Marra are energy vampires and do not even have to inhabit the same body at all times. They are also not native to this universe. The only character specifically called a vampire is a Marra.

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** Daetrin is effectively a classic blood-sucking vampire (though he doesn't care to admit it). Through the use of modern chemistry, he lived for centuries without requiring human blood, however this dulled his senses, and greatly weakened his shapeshifting abilities. Some fresh blood cured him of these handicaps very quickly.
** The Marra are energy vampires and do not even have to inhabit the same body at all times. They are also not native to this universe. The
*** However, the word ''vampire'' is never used in either case; the Marra, struggling with a new language, refers to their type as "a consumer of life." ''Vampire'' is
only character specifically called actually used once in the book, to refer to a vampire Marra who is a Marra.actively draining and exploiting his partner with no commensal return.
14th Feb '18 8:49:34 AM mikke
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* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Averted. Daetrin, having evolved on Earth, is not able to transform on his own into a life form that is not native to his home planet.

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* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Averted. Daetrin, having evolved on Earth, is not able to transform on his own into a any life form that is not native to his home planet.
14th Feb '18 8:49:09 AM mikke
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** At least, not until [[spoiler:a Marra is around to molecularly manipulate a part of his flesh to contain the foreign DNA code. Then he's able to shapeshift into aliens, a key point to the story's resolution.]]
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