That poor bee. Looks to be quite fun.
Now on to the games. Been quite eager for it.
Yes, just as soon as we resolve the issue with Theta, ramble on endlessly about the hive, plod through yet another of Theta's sticky adventures.......And then.....Straight to a commercial......(just kidding....about the commercial.) Sorry, please, I know you've been so patient, But this stuff has to happen in a certain order. I promise, The Arena begins right after Theta's adventure.
Of course! No problem at all. Eager to see the future stories as well. They have all been quite fun to read. Also if I get more ideas I'll send them your way.
To which we say bravo and play on.
typhon36- Thanks Bob, very much appreciated. Next, we resolve the situation with a certain robber fly................
Thanks for letting me know to post messages here instead. (I am posting this here just in case you didn't see my response on the previous page. If you've already seen it, then ignore this message.)
My big question is:
Could you go in-depth a little bit more about how "sex is used as the means of predation", and the role sex plays in Cyeatean society overall?
I may be able to help a little.
(1)In this fantasy world Cyeatea which Ed and Kishma came up with predation is non lethal and sex based with the Predator causing orgasms in the captured Prey to extract stored food. The Prey is released several days later much lighter and slimmer but quite healthy and hearty having lost only food reserves and having suffered only extreme pleasure.
(2)The denizens featured in Lorddarke's amazing web comics of this world are mobile food factories, storing large reserves of food in their bodies which are available to predators for extraction by sexual stimulation.
(3)If caught sex and sexual ecstasy is a big part of the process rather than being killed and eaten (eg:-nature red in tooth and claw).
(4)Stings and bites paralyse but with intense pleasure rather than pain. They cause little physical damage which heals quickly due to the local's very fast, very robust, very quickly recovering metabolisms.
(5)The ecology must be rich with so much ready food available that apparently released prey can replenish their reserves quickly. Their biology borders on the miraculous.
(6)So instead of being enemies from birth with every step and every turn being kill or be killed right back through their ancestors' evolutionary history predators and their potential prey are opponents in a game with food reserves the prize and prolonged orgasms the price of extraction.
typhon36- Well said Bob. Thanks for fielding Adenak's question.
Needless to say this is a unique idea. This is the incredible innovation behind this wonderfully benign world where sex and inflicting orgasms are the methods of predation. It's outrageous but non lethal.
For instance in the last series of pages Mara the instructor Bee and her volunteer spider friend Hyacynth are both having a great old time. Hyacynth is using intense paralysing but pleasure causing stings and her long tubular dee-dee tongue to introduce more paralysing juices into Mara's honey storing bladder. This will thin and prepare Mara's honey for extraction. This is an intensely orgasmic process it seems. The stirring and preparation of Mara's honey to be dined on by Hyacynth's dee-dee tongue causes strong deep incredibly intense orgasms and lots of them as we are told in previous strips. Incidentally predators are supposed to feel almost as much pleasure as their captured prey from using their sensitive lips and tongues. Mara will lose a day's worth of honey, be released quite healthy but a lot lighter and suffer only lots and lots of incredible orgasms.
Incidentally actually being dined on is supposed to be even more incredible in this world.
Hope some of this helps. It's a bit of a culture shock for new readers. Most of it is available by looking back through the comics.
I'd agree with everything Bob's said. Let's not also forget the role that sex plays in wasp surrogacy. When a wasp implants her egg into a surrogate host it's an intense experience, very much like being deedeed, and the host will continue to experience intense orgasms while the wasp larva grows inside her. This may be some compensation for the intense cramps that also result, and at the end of it the host gets to raise the adorable little waspling that crawls out of her butt!
Of course, there's plenty of room in this world for voluntary sex as well. Cyeateans don't have the same rigidly-defined gender roles that we do, and there are no taboos against same-sex relationships. There doesn't seem to be marriage as we define it. Some couples, like Theta and Damiana, are devoted to each other, but that doesn't prevent them taking other partners by mututal consent. Basically anything goes between consenting adults as long as it doesn't cause physical or emotional harm. When it comes to reproduction it still takes a male and a female, of course. I don't believe it's stated anywhere, but I suspect Cyeateans may be able to control their own fertility. And it really ought to go without saying that on Cyeatea there's no such thing as an unwanted child!
Lee M- Thank you for bringing up the wasp's involvement.
And children are very well taken care of, By everyone, including predators! There are even a few accounts of predators raising prey species.
And a few prey species raising predators successfully! As you said, there's no such thing as an unwanted child. And every Hive has an orphanage. And they have very few occupants, and they're stay is only a few days, if that long.
Thank you everyone for answering my questions! All of your input was very helpful and informative, even answering other questions I hadn't mention! However, even with all this new information, I now have some more questions. (Most of them might just be clarifications of topics you guys might have answered.)
1. Do the male and female reproductive organs serve the same purpose as ours, or are they vestigial structures?
2. So is the food substance stored in some sort of bladder-like organ that is connected to the genitals?
That's all I have for now, but I will probably have more later on. Thanks again for answering my questions!
Thank you for your interest, and some refreshing questions! Ed.
We will be answering your new ones in the next chapter of "Nightshade the merry widow!"
At the risk of going beyond anything ever said or hinted at in the comics by Ed, our creative genius artist who does the strips and from a strict biological point of view, perhaps:-
(1)Yes, of necessity, but in this sort of world both males and females would have to produce large quantities of healthy delicious nutritious secretions from their reproductive organs on demand when stimulated by a predator if caught as well as fulfilling their normal reproductive functions so yes, but dual purpose.
(2)If we were following normal biological principles as we know from studying the living things in the world we know yes, all the denizens of the kind of magical world we see in Ed's marvelous comics would have large internal food bladders accessible from outside by short passages and be evolved to give up that stored reserve when stimulated (even predators like spiders, wasps etc).
In other words the evolutionary effect of this sort of scheme would be that the citizens of this strange world of Cyeatea would be made for fun and a lot of it. When not actually having been caught and preyed upon you would expect them to enjoy themselves. Extra well.
But let's apply caution as always as this is Ed and Kishma's magical world and we shall just have to wait and see what he comes up with.
OK everybody, we start the next story on next Tuesday. "Theta and the robberfly" Then a short travelogue with Danny and Fleur, and then the start of "The Games We Play". So that's the lineup, Any changes will be posted here and on the other sites as well. Ed&Co.
Tiny delay while Ed and I work on a few dialogue tweaks. Hang in there, folks.