soupengine replied to your post: “meloromantics replied to your post: “im gonna go take a shower and…”:what if you got pregnant while a cat or some shit and made a litter and then turned back into a human would you have like 8 human babies wtf vermouth this is fucking with me
seriously what the fuck, why was this never addressed during the series
i know you can sire children when in morph, but what about poppin babies out? and what if your acquisition didnt have baby-poppin style genitals? like what happens to the fetus if you grow a dick for 2 hours
If you morphed while you were pregnant it would reset the pregnancy to being voided, if you were carrying it. If you planned to carry a pregnancy to term it’d have to be as a nothlit, unless there exists an animal with a gestation period of less than 2 hours. And any children sired as a nothlit wouldn’t have the morphing power, nor would they demorph if the parent demorphed. The DNA wouldn’t be linked. If a child is sired while the parent is morphed, there’s also no definite proof that unless they went nothlit that they could even sire children in the first place. The cocktail of DNA that might be swimming around in the bloodstream prior to becoming a nothlit could interfere with pregnancies or insemination. Although it could vary based on animal in question.
Sorry for jacking this post, I just figured you might like some answers.
This strikes me as very similar to the ‘where does the food that you eat go?’ question, which Applegate brushed off. We’re looking at four possibilities, and the frustrating thing is that there’s canon examples of all three happening in similar circumstances.
Possibility 1: the embryo morphs with you or remains attached in some way
Morph-capable Controllers whose Yeerks cannot morph in the series show no problem with morphing. Moreover, the yeerk stays in control even when morphed, even if the morph shouldn’t be able to contain a physical Yeerk. This is also true of Ax’s translator chip (although not, curiously, Elfangor’s, possibly due to tech upgrades in the intervening time). Whether the yeerks and translation chips are somehow still physically present in our dimension is ambiguous (Ax can morph a flea so I’m going with no), but they seem to function perfectly well. The yamphut also seems to function this way, although everything about that was… kind of weird.
Possibility 2: the embryo morphs away, but returns when you morph back
All animals have a vast community of microbial symbiotes that help them with digestion, immunity, and in some cases cool peripheral abilities like bioluminescence. This community is absolutely vital — if it fails to develop, the individual will die the moment it comes into contact with something non-sterile and gets infected. This community is also very specific and highly structured — it differs from person to person, but in, for example, humans, there are three broad types of microbial communities that can inhabit the intestine, known as the three enterotypes. Your enterotype affects things from your personality to your weight to your disease resistance, and if you didn’t have it, you’d be dead. The Animorphs frequently morph morphs that are incompatible with human microbial flora, do their mission, and morph back, but they never have any resulting health or digestive complications. Therefore, these organisms must be being treated as their own tissue by the morph, extruded and then returned when they demorph.
Possibility 3: the embryo is removed by morphing but not returned
This is implied to happen to the rabies virus at one point, in stark contradiction to how the Animorphs’ normal microbial flora are treated. It’s worth noting for completeness that rabies, as a virus, might be treated differently than cellular matter, but I don’t think this is relevant — viral populations are important to the gut microbial communities too.
Possibility 4: the embryo is not morphed at all, and is eliminated by the immune system
There are several instances in the series of foreign tissue not being morphed, from artificial matter (like the yeerk brain chips) to dead matter (like stray bits of enemy flesh) to living matter (like the Animorphs themselves when trapped inside another Animorph). It is entirely possible that the enbryp woould be treated in a similar manner, and the immune system would clean it up.
So which is it? Does an embryo behave like a yeerk, or a symbiotic microbe, or a blood infection, or an irrelevant piece of tissue? For this we need to know more about how morphing works. I’m going to delve into my own headcanon about the mechanics of morphing — these opinions are by no means universal in the fandom, but it’s how I think things would work. To make sense of the mechanics of morphing, we need to make three inferences.
Inference 1: acquiring an animal is more than just ‘absorbing DNA’
There are all sorts of information in a morph that isn’t encoded in DNA alone. Reptiles, for example, have a sex determined not by genetics but by incubation temperature. Muscle and fat distribution, while somewhat determined by genetics, are very heavily influenced by environment. The Animorphs morph humans on occasion, and always have the same haircut as the person they acquired. Birds to NOT ‘instinctively’ know how to fly — it is a learned skill, but one that the Animorphs get along with the morph, encoded in their borrowed muscle memory. Eye nerves have similar memories, developed not by strict genetics but by exposure to light patterns over time. All of these things are included in the morph.
Inference 2: morphing an animal is more than just a matter of becoming that animal
Let’s talk about enterotypes again. Microbial gut flora is not just of primary importance to humans — every animal on Earth utilises bacteria. Now, most of the Animorphs are only in morph for a couple of hours at a time, so they could in theory morph sterile animals and they’d probably be fine. But Tobias? If Tobias had morphed a sterile red-tailed hawk, he’d be dead. Very long dead. There’s a critical period for forming microbial flora, and adulthood isn’t it. So clearly their morphs include not just the physical tissue of the animal, but associated dead tissue (like our protective layer of skin, hair, and a rhino’s horn), as well as peripheral organisms necessary for survival. Not to mention skintight clothing. So how do the Animorphs ‘know’ what to morph? How does a morph ‘know’ to exclude the hair Rachel had cut off, but include the flesh scooped away earlier by a Dracon beam? From these two inferences, and with a little more information from canon, we can draw a third inference.
Inference 3: a morph is built from the template of the animal acquired using the morpher’s subconscious as a guide
Cassie has scars from before getting the power to morph. Rachel has pierced ears — an injury that, for some reason, morphing doesn’t heal. But cuts, burns and severed limbs are all repaired by morphing, because they’re not considered part of the morph. The immune system frequently fights our gut microflora and considers it an infection, but morphing keeps it. Morphing does, however, remove the rabies virus. Why?
I think the most obvious answer is that the Animorphs have some idea of what is and isn’t a ‘part of the morph’, and the template takes guidance from this. To Rachel, her pierced ears are a part of her, as are Cassie’s scars. Missing a limb? Not so much. The Animorphs take deliberate advantage of this at times, managing to ‘fool’ morphs into accepting skintight clothing with some self-delusion, and Ax even chooses a sex for his human morph despite having no reason to know how mammalian sex determination works on a chromosomal level. The auxilliary Animorphs have mixed results in using morphing to healing, and this is very clearly not a ‘congenital vs. acquired disability’ thing because they seem surprised and uncertain about some of the results and the kids would presumably know about what kind of disability they each have. It’s also worth noting that when the Animorphs first acquire injured animals, first use morphing to heal, and later when Tobias gets his morphing back and prepares to morph back to hawk after being injured as a hawk, they all explicitly realise that morphing should erase the injuries — that is, they expect the injuries not to be part of the morph. I’ve often wondered whether the injuries would morph if they didn’t realise that first.
There are another couple of interesting consequences of this that I want to mention. The first is the Andalite tail thing. From memory, Andalites losing their tails comes up three times in the series. One of those is an Andalite who is incapable of morphing, so irrelevant to this particular point. Another is when (presumably morph-capable) Tactical Officer Harelin loses his tail on the bridge of the Ascalin above the Leeran homeworld. At this point, Ax mentions off-hand in narration that Harelin ‘probably wouldn’t want to live without a tail’. This confused the hell out of me, because Ax has no reason to think that Harelin can’t morph. The third is even stranger — when Ax issues a challenge to his superior, he tells the Animorphs that if his challenge fails, <my tail will be cut off>. Well, okay, but… so what? He can morph. He’s morphed worse before. Why not grow it back?
I think this tendency to not healing tails speaks of the cultural significance of tails to Andalites, the conception that they’re vitally important and irreplaceable; that a tailless Andalite can’t regrow their tail because they can’t think of themselves as anything but a tailless Andalite. That losing a tail changes, fundamentally, who they are. It also goes somewhat toward explaining the Andalites’ rather shocking level of ablism; if most Andalites can morph and can thus heal, then an Andalite with an acquired physical disability must, according to conventional wisdom, have something fundamentally ‘wrong’ with who they are. (Ugh, I felt sick just typing that. Fuck Andalites.) I can also imagine that if Ax’s tailblade was cut off and it grew back after morphing, that would be even more shameful than living without it — a sign that the discipline didn’t ‘take’, so to speak, and a great dishonor.
The other thing I wanted to mention was Tobias’ wing in In the Time of Dinosaurs. For those who haven’t read it, Tobias, who is pretty new to morphing once again, breaks his wing shortly before morphing a dinosaur, but when he demorphs, it is still broken. This mystifies him and Rachel, and they splint it and continue on, but it’s never explained. He mentions briefly that maybe the Ellimist gave him wonky morphing powers, but he has no trouble healing at any other time, nor do things like time travel usually have an effect. Of course, breaking a wing is an extremely serious concern for a bird of prey, and for most of them it’s a death sentence. I can see how Tobias, protective of his wings and still quite inexperienced with morphing, might have subconsciously included the broken wing in his morph. (This is a much flimsier connection than the Andalite tail thing, but it’s all I’ve got to explain that stupid, stupid detail.)
Of course, there has to be more to a morph than merely the raw physical template and the subconscious guidance of the morpher. These kids aren’t professional biologists. Cassie is the only one of them likely to know what gut microflora even is, and they morph aliens who they know nothing about on multiple occasions. I think there might also be some kind of stability factor in there that assesses whether factors are part of a stable pattern (like scars and symbiotes) or an unstable one (like open wounds and virulent infections). So now, the question: what happens to an embryo when morphed?
Well, I’m inclined to think that two hours after sex, nobody expects to be pregnant. Hell, two hours after sex, they probably aren’t technically pregnant. Sperm can take an hour just to reach the egg in humans, but this may differ for some morphs, and then implantation still has to happen. So the fertilised egg is probably still free after a couple of hours, and since the morpher is likely to expect to not be pregnant, I think it’d either be morphed away or ignored and killed by the immune system after demorphing.
Would other factors in the ‘template’ save it, though? Would it be preserved, like the microflora of a morpher who knew very little biology? Well… probably not. I can’t speak for anybody else, but in placental mammals, pregnancy is an antagonistic process. Mother and embryo fight for nutrients, and while the worst parts of the immune system are diverted away, most of the body still treats the embryo as an infection. So it might be possible for an embryo to be treated like microflora, morphed away and back again, but… I really doubt it. Especially since the chances of it even implanting before demorphing are pretty damn low.
Basically, we know a nothlit can bear children, but a non-nothlit doing it in morph or while an active morpher? That’d be a damn miracle.
Easy Vegetarian Gumbo
I was pretty hungry and was tired of eating pasta so I decided to go through my cabinets and throw something together, and let me tell you, I am so glad I did!! This is an easy, no chop, vegetarian dish that’s super filling and definitely delicious.
- A packet of Knorr Cajun Sides Red Beans & Rice
- 2 1/4 cups of water
- tbsp of butter
- a can of okra
- a can of diced tomatoes (I used a can of Italian diced, but it doesn’t matter)
- granulated garlic or garlic powder
- onion powder
- chili powder
- gumbo file powder (optional, I just had some on hand so I decided to use it)
- tabasco or any other hot sauce you like
- salt &pepper
Combine the water, butter, and packet of the red beans and rice in a saucepan over high heat. While waiting for it to boil, drain your okra and open your can of diced tomatoes. Once the contents are boiling, dump in your okra and diced tomatoes. I used the entire can of okra and most of the tomatoes but not all. Then just eyeball the seasonings and tabasco, stir, cover, reduce heat, and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. And that’s it!
capricorns generally loathe the invasion of their privacy and like their alone time to be respected. they usually tire themselves out so much in the day that socialising is the last thing on their mind by night
opinions on abortions are kinda like nipples
everyone has them but women’s are a little bit more relevant
But all you ever see are men’s
awsxodrfv said: can you tell us how the signs are in school ?
aries - destructive influence
taurus - quiet achiever
gemini - distracted but absorb everything … star student
cancer - scared of being in trouble
leo - arts student
virgo - studious - star student
libra - socialite
scorpio - avoids group activities
sagittarius - “he could achieve great things if he could remain focused and put in some initiative”
capricorn - 100% attendance - star student
aquarius - at odds with what is being taught as final
pisces - maths book becomes art sketch book
Writing Tip: Characters
Ok, character building is really fun but it is also exhausting. I have seen a lot of ‘character sheets’ that are supposed to help you build your character based on standard stuff like “favorite foods” and “favorite band” and I’m going to be really honest with you – that’s bullshit. Most people can’t fucking decide that for themselves, so there is no reason why those traits would define a character.
But fear not. I have a few guidelines I’ll provide you in hopes it will help you build your characters and have fun with it below the Read More thingy down here: