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Poem: "The Sky-Eyes and the Earth-Hearts" GRAND FINALE!
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tuftears From: tuftears Date: September 3rd, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
An interesting work, and I'm honored to have been named as a sponsor.

It must have been very difficult for the human ambassador. <_< With all this talk of eating one another, he or she might have wondered if they saw him or her as an ambassador... Or an appetizer.
From: christinaathena Date: September 3rd, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I imagine the first humans to arrive would've wanted to intervene in what seemed to them to be a bitter inter-species war, as well. Maybe they even did intervene in places, leading to disaster.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 4th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

At first, the humans did not understand what was going on. Then when they started seeing parts of the symbiosis, they did not grasp how the Twin Peoples really felt about each other. They kept trying to interpret everything through a human perspective, and well, these aliens don't think like humans think. When the humans finally got to see the big picture, they wanted to mess with things, and the aliens didn't want them to do that. So it was quite awkward all through that. And then the aliens' own culture and biology kicked in, which made them want to help the humans no matter how difficult or dangerous that turned out to be. The humans were all "Buh ... whah ... HUH?!"
From: christinaathena Date: September 4th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Cool. :D

My pteranthropans made the mistake of helping out the early human colonists to their world after the colonists' technology failed them. Their good deed did not go unpunished, alas, and today they find themselves an oppressed minority on their own native world.

Like your aliens, they, too, do not have the same attachment to their young. They are amphibious and lay their eggs in protected bays and natural harbors. They ensure that there are no large predators, but don't take direct care of individual larvae until they emerge onto land.

Alas, many of their breeding-grounds have been seized for human use as ports and the like, and even some that haven't been used have become polluted, so that their effective birth rate has fallen dramatically. In more recent years, they've begun to use artificial bodies of water to raise their young, allowing their population to once again grow, but it's expensive. And probably not as healthy or stimulating to the larval brain as the challenges of a natural habitat.

Human-imposed natural borders certainly don't help, either, as it can sometimes become difficult to travel to a breeding ground if there are multiple national borders in the way.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 4th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>An interesting work, and I'm honored to have been named as a sponsor.<<

I'm glad you like it.

>>It must have been very difficult for the human ambassador. <<

Yes, very. The humans felt more and more awkward as the contact went along. For the Twin Peoples, I think they felt better about it over time because they could relate it to their own experiences.

>> With all this talk of eating one another, he or she might have wondered if they saw him or her as an ambassador... Or an appetizer.<<

That would've come up towards the end, yes. But the aliens were very astute in realizing that humans were likely to harm them (intentionally or not) and unique in accepting that as a natural part of the process.
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