O is for Owlbear.
The Secret Origin!
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20|∞ - Happiness Charge Precure.
I told Michael that I can’t imagine Alessia giving birth to a bunch of minotaur babies. He returned, a few minutes later, with this little baby Belharza.
Now I totally can.
The most dangerous phrase in the language is, “we’ve always done it this way.”
"Come on, let’s mix it up!" The heart surgeon says.
"B-but we’ve always done it this way!" The other replies, "this is how you replace a heart valve."
"That’s the most dangerous phrase in the human language!" The first surgeon replies haughtily as he inputs a fruit loop into the patient’s heart. "This will be his valve. He will be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios."
(taken from this post on the experiments of Harry Harlow)
This is serious business, because this is a large part of how sexism, racism, homophobia, rape culture, ethnocentrism, etc. continue to happen.
That bullshit heart surgery example doesn’t even make sense though, does that person think that we’re still doing heart surgery the exact same way we’ve always done heart surgery? As if medicine isn’t constantly changing and updating? Wow it’s almost like people are finding excuses to not have to think critically about the world!
You mean we don’t still take people’s brains out and rub them in salt to dispel the devil and cure headaches? I’m pretty sure that’s established medieval protocol, wouldn’t want to mix things up.
Generally speaking, reptiles keep their genitals tucked inside their body until it’s mating time, so most likely you wouldn’t be able to tell what sort of naughty bits of an Argonian you were looking at anyway.
Posting both of these together because I know next to nothing about non-mammalian biology and all of this is really, really interesting to me. Also, scary.
I really want to get a game set in Black Marsh (perhaps a spin-off Adventure title, so that we don’t have to spend as much time on the pesky letting everyone play anything thing) so that we can more fully explore all these things. Between having the different genders differentiated solely by coloration and having the type of birth determined by environment (both discussed during Morrowind’s development), and having a language that doesn’t have a concept of time (mentioned in the Infernal City), they’re one hell of a race.
I have to point out something, for validity’s sake: I am skeptical of what Lady Nerevar says about the Argonians in Morrowind. I have seen no proof of this, though it is plausible. The two references given are also not valid (one proves nothing, and the other is a reference to her own writing).
My argument against such an idea: there are many Argonians who have never been near Hist sap, however they are not sexless. Considering this, I would say that the idea is merely rumor.
I would like to hear more of this idea, though. Perhaps there is more evidence?
First of, that book I linked isn’t my own writing - it’s a book from ESO. It says “submitted by Lady N” because I’m the one that uploaded it to the Library. The Imperial Library does not include any fan writings outside of the Forum Scholar’s Guild.
Here are various sources for Hist determining Argonian bodies (starting with the two I linked earlier):
It is said that when a Saxhleel emerges from juvenescence, it finds a nearby Hist tree to lick sap from its bole. The elements in the sap quicken the hormonal glands, which sprout appropriate organs from which the Argonian’s gender can be determined. Immediately afterward, an appropriate mate is found and reproduction occurs.
Traveling-New-Woman (MW) again refers to a licking ceremony.
Post by Mark Nelson, of Bethesda, referencing the connection, as well as the Hist’s ability to alter the Argonian reproductive system in general:
There has been talk about how the Hist (and Hist sap) are related to Argonian sexuality. This hasn’t changed…it’s still related.
Never underestimate the adaptability of Argonians, or, more specifically, the power of the Hist to allow Argonians to adapt.
I wouldn’t expect to hear an Argonian born in Skyrim (or on Solstheim, for that matter) mention being hatched. Nor would I expect to hear more transient Argonians (say, members of a small, nomadic tribe) speak about laying eggs. However, in warmer climates, in places with established, stable, and permanent communities, you would likely see a great number of eggs.
GT Noonan, also of Bethesda, on the Hist’s ability to change Argonian bodies:
They may range from either a very humanlike appearance to a crocodile-like appearance. I guess it depends on how many times they decide to lick the tree (refer to the PGE).
Douglass Goodall, yet again of Bethesda, teasing the relationship:
No comment on the exact relationship between the Hist and the Argonian reproductive cycle, but it’s cool.
The in-game Morrowind description of the Argonian race:
At home in water and on land, the Argonians of Black Marsh are well-suited to the treacherous swamps of their homeland, with natural immunities protecting them from disease and poison. The female life-phase is highly intelligent, and gifted in the magical arts. The more aggressive male phase has the traits of the hunter: stealth, speed, and agility. Argonians are reserved with strangers, yet fiercely loyal to those they accept as friends.
Dominion Troops General Order 719a (ESO) includes another vague reference:
The tree has something to do with their mating rituals and life-cycle, so that is understandable.
As for why we don’t see any sexless Argonians: gameplay. Perhaps if we get a game set entirely in Black Marsh, Bethesda would be able to devote the resources necessary to depicting Argonian life phases and physiology in detail. But then again, maybe we’ve already seen Argonians without genitals, but didn’t know it?
I was talking about the way to handle a Superman vdieo game last night, and I had an epiphany. The right way to handle Superman isn’t with a sandbox game, or a beat ‘em up, or anything like that. It’s an adventure game, Telltale style.
"But I want to fly and shoot lasers and punch people and do whatever I want." Then you don’t want to play as Superman. Superman isn’t about his powers, his stories are about the choices he has to make. What are you going to do, and how are you going to do it?
Telltale is getting really good at adapting comic books, can we get them to do a Clark Kent game next?