12/29/21 – Rule of Equeelin Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, December 29, 2021. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2021/12/2021-12-29-audio-ST.m4a.mp3 Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent It’s always hard to discover a good friend is a murderer. I hate when that happens! First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 12/27/21 – Delicate Knowledge 12/31/21 – All Along 21 Comments rws December 29, 2021 at 1:30 am 5 months ago Not really any worse than killing another creature, cutting them up into pieces, cooking them, and eating them. Especially since we now suspect that nearly all Earth creatures are sentient, given a translator chip. Erhannis December 29, 2021 at 9:56 am 5 months ago Yeah, simply a somewhat more unpleasant form of murder than usual, and with weird connotations/circumstances. The translator chip sentience thing is, agreed, a whole weird thing that I’m not sure has yet gotten the limelight it should. There was that whole thing a few comics ago about how the furryites, a food source, turned out to be sentient, and it was sortof a scandal. …Did the translator chips not work on them, and that’s in part why they were thought non-sentient? I forget. …Anyway, yeah, way more sentient food wandering around than you’d think, unless the translator chip CONVEYS sentience, and that’d be a whole other kettle of (sentient) fish to be examined. rws December 29, 2021 at 10:19 am 5 months ago I’m guessing that the furryites were not allowed chips. I suspect that the chips do in fact convey sentience. Clearly, if something is food, you don’t give it a chip. Coyoty December 29, 2021 at 3:01 am 5 months ago When you’re really into a Darnitawl, you’re really into them. Coyoty December 29, 2021 at 3:13 am 5 months ago “I love you, Nivermeliver.” “I love you too, Quort!” “I relish you.” “And I… have relish on me now… um…” 0z79 December 29, 2021 at 4:35 am 5 months ago I see Chris has also had “interesting” friends. KQY61 December 29, 2021 at 6:48 am 5 months ago Here is one time Dimitri is out of luck! Tim McCormack December 29, 2021 at 8:52 am 5 months ago For those such as myself who wanted to re-read the Chiphu/Alkyine conversation: https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2021/03/09/030921-at-peace-with-it/ someone December 29, 2021 at 9:26 am 5 months ago “A stupid and antiquated rule” so Quort is not repentant about it. Anonymous December 29, 2021 at 9:43 am 5 months ago Wait wait wait. Is the rule about mating with offworlders, or talking about mating with offwolders? Because the same Quort that, so unrepetantly said its a dumb and antiquated rule, also was very upfront about how humans mating darnitawls would be lethal. Not really the atitude of someone unrepentant. Erhannis December 29, 2021 at 9:50 am 5 months ago Hmm. The way the conversation went, it sounds like Quort isn’t up for casual murder at the drop of a hat, so I sorta wonder if it was one of those “yes, I’d die to be with you forever” kind of things, and the law doesn’t care whether it’s consensual. (Nor does American law on killing somebody, really, mind you, but the detail would sorta explain some of the disconnect.) Or it might possibly have been a mistake in the heat of the moment kind of thing, though that wouldn’t explain the “stupid and antiquated rule” remark. Joshua Kronengold December 29, 2021 at 2:45 pm 5 months ago It might have been self defense. The rule seems to not be “you can’t take on outworld lovers and merge with them, murdering them.” It’s “you can’t dissolve other races, period.” This means that in a situation where a Darnitawl would have legitimate reason to kill another sentient and has no other weapons (for instance, self defense or warfare) , they are caught in a reverse catch22. Don’t break the rule and you don’t kill them (and, say, they kill you, or if it’s a more complicated war situation maybe they instead do something that results in killing a whole lot of other people). Or you do break the rule and kill them, and bang, exile, because this is Taboo. rws December 29, 2021 at 10:23 am 5 months ago To be honest, it’s really eating, not mating. Both for them I suppose. Puts a whole new shine on the statement that you love a particular food. Dr. Moosen McMoose December 29, 2021 at 10:06 am 5 months ago On planet Alkyine, Jello always have room for YOU! Font Lady December 29, 2021 at 3:41 pm 5 months ago Mouse count (since no one else mentioned it): 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2. Pete Rogan December 29, 2021 at 8:06 pm 5 months ago Human marriage is, perhaps surprising some of you, very equeelinlike. People say that marriage makes two people one, and this is true, but the one is typically the husband. Don’t throw Xanthippe or Mileva Mari?-Einstein at me; you know what I mean. Given that Darnitawls can bond with others of their own species, I have to wonder what parts of offworld ‘lovers’ remain after digestion. Some trace of memory, perhaps? Familiar scenes and dialog from less-corrosive times? Alkyine might still be hosting her former lover for all we know, and he/she/it/them might manifest in an inappropriate setting. We haven’t heard enough to judge. Now, though, I expect we will. By the way, the word ‘equeelin’ is a good deal easier to remember and to spell than misceabsorption, which is how humans might interpret this particular, uh, ‘act.’ Gene December 30, 2021 at 2:49 am 5 months ago Usually, mating results in *reproducing*, but with Darnitawls it *reduces* the Darnitawl count. I wonder how that works from a species-fitness prospective. I’m gonna guess that Darnitawls split into multiple clones to reproduce, and doing the mating thing first means that all of the clones are all stronger (due to the merger of strengths.) Coyoty December 30, 2021 at 3:05 am 5 months ago They look like yeasts, so they may reproduce by budding. rws December 30, 2021 at 11:25 pm 5 months ago Quort was fairly long, so probably budding. In the long run, asexual reproduction really needs a boost from sex once in a while. I suspect that there is some hanky Panky going on with the earth newts was it? Some sort of small amphibian. Demarquis December 30, 2021 at 6:55 pm 5 months ago Yeah, I was wondering about how a new Darnitawl comes into the picture. Perhaps it cannibalizes the mass of the “losing” partner. If you are what you eat, in the Darnitawl case it’s “they are who you excrete.” : ) Pete Rogan December 31, 2021 at 7:04 pm 5 months ago I can see the signs on the cube walls and the team announcement page: Instead of a marriage notice or a birth announcement, a Darnitawl about to reproduce puts up the notice: GONE FISSION. And before the crowd of Darnitawl blue jokes worthy of Rodney Danger or Bob Saget muscle their way to the keyboard, Happy New Year to all and drive safe. If you can’t drive safe, ask permission before you sleep in a total stranger’s bathtub. Leave a Reply to Joshua Kronengold Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.