[LMB] Penric reread

M. Haller Yamada thefabmadamem at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 21 01:04:25 BST 2019

On Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:23:38 +0000 (UTC), "M. Haller Yamada"

>The octopus might have a brain that's large enough. The demon, 
>in that "quiet" stage just after a transfer, will pick up everything the 
>octopus already knows about manipulating its own limbs, etc. 
>(Maybe that's why the demon has a "down-time" when moving 
>from one rider to another?)
>The main problem I see is the octopus can only live outside of the 
>ocean for a limited time. I'm assuming a Kraken would have the same 
>limitations. I don't know how much the Five Gods involve themselves 
>in underwater (or even animal-in-general) politics. They seem very 
>human-centric, but maybe that's because we're human readers, and 
>are only paying attention to those bits. 

Marc: The other problem with octopodes is that they are short-lived.  If they
could live longer, they could well develop a significant culture
(they're already smart, tool-users, and have potential for
high-bandwidth communication).

Micki: I didn't know that about octopodes. They are basically one-batch 
species. They mate, and die shortly after mating/producing eggs. So, 
short lives, and also no passing information from generation to generation --
it'd be a "senpai" culture if anything was passed along. Yeah, so a demon
could probably do a lot as an octopus, but would have to jump fairly quickly.
I wonder if celibacy extends their lives? It'd take a perverse Octopus 
genius or a demon to come up with that twist to Octopus Society. 

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