[LMB] Penric reread

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Fri Jun 21 01:42:00 BST 2019

On Fri, 21 Jun 2019 00:04:25 +0000 (UTC), "M. Haller Yamada"
<thefabmadamem at yahoo.com> wrote:

>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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