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Re: Peeru Fanfic discussion
« Reply #30 on: June 21, 2011, 09:38:17 pm »

In case you are not aware, Peeru had been continued on the SCDB for some time, reaching chapter 36 just today. It fell into inactivity as my 'real life' took its toll, but I expect a resumption of semimonthly updates.
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Re: Peeru Fanfic discussion
« Reply #31 on: June 26, 2011, 07:00:05 am »

This is a very good read! I just have one question, though. What does a female Druuge look and sound like?
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Re: Peeru Fanfic discussion
« Reply #32 on: June 26, 2011, 09:54:16 pm »

To untrained eyes and ears, within individual variation of a male one. A careful reading would reveal that no non-Druuge even attempts to guess the gender of an unfamiliar Druuge, and Zelnick at first mistakes Peeru for the (male) Faazur.

Druuge can tell the difference at a glance.
Females tend to have weaker legs than males, and stronger arms. In particular, their toes and knee-flaps are longer and better at manipulating small things, but not as strong at sheer grasping. Females were not frequent long distance travelers over the time-frame of the species' evolution, and did their work in comparatively friendly environments, so they do not have as many adaptations as males for dealing with awkward climbing situations.
Females' horns are more narrowly set but slightly longer (horns only begin to be prominent at maturity, when gender has been fixed)
Females not carrying young will have a smaller belly. Of course, with young, it will be substantially larger.
Females will have smaller cheeks.

The two less visible but more important differences are the simple sperm/egg dichotomy and that males' pouches are heavily optimized for safely transferring and rapidly feeding a growing egg, while the females' are more broadly optimized for keeping it safe from bumps and collisions, falling out, infection, temperature variations, etc.
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Re: Peeru Fanfic discussion
« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2011, 03:50:31 am »

That makes sense, but you still haven't answered the second part of my question. What does a female Druuge voice sound like?
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Re: Peeru Fanfic discussion
« Reply #34 on: June 27, 2011, 05:20:37 pm »

Let me think it through. I don't know of any evolutionary force that would encourage a differentiation in voice - high-low, for instance, doesn't seem needed - though I can't do the same for humans either, so that's a wash. There could be consequences of their differing psychologies, to the extent that that's reliable. Certainly I've written the non-Peeru females with relatively simple speech. Direct, to the point. A point was made that she was made to study language and is good at it, so she's exempt from that. But that's not the same thing as sound and tone.

Then there's the question of whether I take the druuge voice-acting to be canonical. I'm not familiar with it, really.

Simply to make them more alien, I'd go with the females sounding much like the males, differing only in style or manner - tentatively speaking.
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Re: Peeru Fanfic discussion
« Reply #35 on: February 05, 2012, 02:38:46 pm »

I finally got to reading this story, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. I do not have very high expectations of fan fiction in general (though I have not read much), but this was well written and original.

I particularly liked the description of the Druuge culture. I considered them as inherently ruthless, opportunistic and selfish, but you have shown that does not so much have to be in their genetics, but that it could be a consequence of their culture.
I can see how their behaviour could be a result of having strict procedures (so individuals will blindly follow them without regard for the bigger picture) and a system which rewards profitable behaviour no matter what.
And I can imagine how such a system could have come into being, with new rules and procedures added for every gap discovered in the old set as people start abusing those rules.
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Re: Peeru Fanfic discussion
« Reply #36 on: February 05, 2012, 04:10:50 pm »

I also read through this a week or so ago... it's very good, though I think I recall some little annoying things such as sometimes not being able to figure out who's saying something.
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Re: Peeru Fanfic discussion
« Reply #37 on: February 06, 2012, 12:14:11 am »

First, note that there is a lot more of this at the SCDB (I guess my note at the end of what's here made that obvious).

Second, CelticMinstrel, can you point out where that occurs? I guess any long alternating passages would be candidates for this to set in, but it'd help if you'd point me in the right direction.

Third, Meep-eep, it's not entirely cultural, but yes, that's one thing I was aiming for. I mean, consider the Stanford Prison Experiment. Those are humans.
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Re: Peeru Fanfic discussion
« Reply #38 on: February 06, 2012, 09:24:11 pm »

Second, CelticMinstrel, can you point out where that occurs? I guess any long alternating passages would be candidates for this to set in, but it'd help if you'd point me in the right direction.
I'd have to read through it again, I think, or at least scan all the chapters. Perhaps I'll find some time to do that in a week or so.

Note that in general, simple alternating passages (with two speakers), while part of the problem, aren't the main issue; it's when you introduce a third person that it becomes confusing. I forget whether this applies to your fanfic in particular.
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Re: Peeru Fanfic discussion
« Reply #39 on: February 07, 2012, 03:50:08 pm »

It could. I'll do the looking, then. Don't worry.
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Re: Peeru Fanfic discussion
« Reply #40 on: February 07, 2012, 08:35:27 pm »

Eh, I'll still re-read it sometime and let you know if I find anything else. Smiley
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