11th Jun 2015, 5:15 AM in The Rite of Serfdom

Nitpicks: What about other hybrids? And what about the Douards? IV

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Nitpicks: What about other hybrids? And what about the Douards? IV
[[Professor Rásdondr speaks off-panel. A faerie prods another faerie, who has fallen asleep, with his elbow.]] / Rásdondr: The species must have diverged fairly recently. One of them may even have been artificially created! / 1. Faerie: Hey! / 2. Faerie: Zzzz-grrmm?
[[Professor Rásdondr speaks off-panel. An official has entered the lecture room, holding a bell.]] / Rásdondr: Lutins differ from faeries in a number of ways. First, they have sexual display frills instead of wings...
[[Professor Rásdondr speaks off-panel. The redheaded faerie eyes Bleiz the lutin, smiling.]] / Rásdondr: They turn orange when a lutin is even mildly sexually aroused. The problems this presents in interbreeding with a faerie are significant but can be overcome.
Rásdondr: Display frills are not preserved in the fossil record, but bones are. They- / <<Doing! Doing!>>
[[Professor Rásdondr speaks off-panel. Students get up out of their benches.]] / Rásdondr: Break time! We'll continue in half an hour.
Redhead: Sexual arousal, huh? You could have said something, Bleiz! / Bleiz: It's - it's the hair! Your orange hair!
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Reinder Dijkhuis 11th Jun 2015, 5:15 AM edit delete
Reinder Dijkhuis
In Lutin reproductive biology, the display frill response has to be mutually completed before further outward signs of arousal can appear. It's actually very handy at keeping things consensual at all times.

Originally published on March 10, 2005.