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What do the Ijad look like?

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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby Zero Revenge » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:26 am

Just thought of it now. If a Human/Ijad symbiotic pair were in combat... couldn't the Ijad flood the Human's body with endorphins & adrenaline for him/her to be super reactive?

I mean, I guess doing that too much would be medically bad for the Human host... but imagine the reaction time increase, and how invaluable that would be in the heat of battle.
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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby Ced23Ric » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:29 am

Image - An Ijad-controlled system, where SU and FC are still fighting.
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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby gusindor » Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:56 pm

Always bring a speech to a gunfight.
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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby Ced23Ric » Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:04 pm

Well, the Ijad uses the human's senses, so that'd be ... hard. :D
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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby Joshua A.C. Newman » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:55 am

Yeah, they can alter your neurochemistry, but more adrenaline is rarely what's needed in a fight. One of the things adrenaline does is shut down everything that you don't need to prevent you from getting eaten by a lion. For instance, rational thinking. Also, hair and nail growth, digestion, ovulation, and empathy. So, yeah, your senses get sharper, your ability to feel pain (that is, recognize when you're wounded) is diminished, and your reactions are quickened, but what you're going to do under those circumstances won't make much sense.

Acute adrenaline flushes are great. Long-term adrenaline soaking is very, very bad. It causes male baldness, sterility, heart disease and failure, reduction in body mass, and, well, you know: stress-related illnesses.

For interesting stuff about symbiosis/sex/parasitism/predation, check out . Tl;dr: the differences between those categories is pretty vague, and furthermore, much weirder than our language accounts for, like species that only have sex with other species.

For interesting stuff about stress among primates, check out . Tl;dr: In social primates with no major predators (baboons and, implicitly, us), the primary threat to health is social structure and the stress-related disorders it causes.
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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby Ced23Ric » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:51 pm

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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby Joshua A.C. Newman » Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:55 pm

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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby Joshua A.C. Newman » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:55 am

If you download those files and that's the wrong thing to do, you're literally adding one download to 11,000.

In any event, the door is open. The only important thing to me is that the project backers get the first opportunity to get the files. I fully expect that, every time I post an update, a hundred backers show up before Tycho posts about it and then the horde arrives on his heels.
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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby Joshua A.C. Newman » Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:52 pm

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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby XGundam05 » Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:15 am

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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby gusindor » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:37 pm

Do the Ijad have any religious symbols or iconography? What about commandments and myths? I mean aside from the "can't touch it, can't rule it" thing. Also what about Ijad who don't follow that faith, or are there any? Can a human convert to Ijad-ism without hosting an Ijad?

P.S: Are the Ijad names meant to seem Arabic-ish or is that just me?
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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby Soren » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:12 am

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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby Zero Revenge » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:17 am

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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

Postby Soren » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:48 am

The idea of civilians as distinct from fighting forces is a pretty recent one in human cultures, let alone in an alien one that doesn't have a concept of the nation-state. Ijad loyalties are personal and tribal - that has good and bad points. Feudal societies are run on personal and tribal loyalties. So are drug gangs. Reputation is everything, and laws, contracts, and customs are enforced by direct personal violence and the threat of violence.

Ijad have the host-symbiote separation, which means they can practice the same kind of violence on each other without killing each other permanently. Until recently, that was pretty easy to keep under control - pre-gunpowder societies have a hard time killing enough of each other off, and when you can slip into a new body, it's not really murder, is it? More like stealing a horse. Then humans showed up - hosts who are also people. That was just a giant monkey wrench in the gears in so many ways.

In the long run, Ijad culture and religion are going to change, whether they win the Protracted Struggle or not. Their social structure is too deeply out of sync with their technology - specifically, their ability to kill.
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Re: What do the Ijad look like?

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