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Spoilers (I guess): Merlin and Nynian

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Re: Spoilers (I guess): Merlin and Nynian
Post by n7axw   » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:36 am

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Loren Pechtel wrote:
wkernochan wrote:I guess this is the appropriate point to note that, strictly speaking, this is same-sex incest. However, that's a minor point. The real question is:

(wait for it)

What's the baby going to be?!!!


And why do you think Merlin can impregnate anyone?


That is a wonderful question. It is said that PICAs can do everything normal people can do. Perhaps there is a way to supply the missing bio component. As weird as it sounds, who knows It is science fiction after all... :lol:

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Re: Spoilers (I guess): Merlin and Nynian
Post by DrakBibliophile   » Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:35 pm

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Well, the Terran Federation likely had artificial wombs and extremely good methods of artificial insemination.

So the TF had no reason to create PICAs that could actually impregnate a person.

Of course, it is extremely unlikely the Nimue's Cave contained any "DNA" samples of the original Nimue so the likelihood of creating "sperm" for for Merlin is low.

Of course, I suspect you know that but are just having fun. :lol:

n7axw wrote:
Loren Pechtel wrote:
And why do you think Merlin can impregnate anyone?


That is a wonderful question. It is said that PICAs can do everything normal people can do. Perhaps there is a way to supply the missing bio component. As weird as it sounds, who knows It is science fiction after all... :lol:

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Re: Spoilers (I guess): Merlin and Nynian
Post by Loren Pechtel   » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:35 pm

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n7axw wrote:
Loren Pechtel wrote:And why do you think Merlin can impregnate anyone?


That is a wonderful question. It is said that PICAs can do everything normal people can do. Perhaps there is a way to supply the missing bio component. As weird as it sounds, who knows It is science fiction after all... :lol:

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And remember that Nimue was female. Merlin has no Y chromosome DNA available, period.
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Re: Spoilers (I guess): Merlin and Nynian
Post by phillies   » Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:03 pm

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Loren Pechtel wrote:
wkernochan wrote:I guess this is the appropriate point to note that, strictly speaking, this is same-sex incest. However, that's a minor point. The real question is:

(wait for it)

What's the baby going to be?!!!


And why do you think Merlin can impregnate anyone?


There is specific textev on this, someplace. PICAs cannot engender children, but can carry on with each other.
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Re: Spoilers (I guess): Merlin and Nynian
Post by McGuiness   » Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:50 am

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I'm willing to bet that the TF kept digital copies of its personnel's DNA. So Nimue's DNA may exist in digital form somewhere in OWL's database. If it does, then surely the technology exists for nannites to splice and dice and replicate digital DNA. Add that to an unfertilized egg, and you get a baby girl! (Because Nimue is female and has no Y chromosome.)

So Nynian and Merlin can have a baby and name her Guenevere. I bet they'd outfit her with a NEAT too. No reason for Aunt Nimue to be smarter than their little girl! :lol:

Merlin would have to kiss his down time goodbye for a year or so... ;)
DrakBibliophile wrote:Well, the Terran Federation likely had artificial wombs and extremely good methods of artificial insemination.

So the TF had no reason to create PICAs that could actually impregnate a person.

Of course, it is extremely unlikely the Nimue's Cave contained any "DNA" samples of the original Nimue so the likelihood of creating "sperm" for for Merlin is low.

Of course, I suspect you know that but are just having fun. :lol:
n7axw wrote:That is a wonderful question. It is said that PICAs can do everything normal people can do. Perhaps there is a way to supply the missing bio component. As weird as it sounds, who knows It is science fiction after all... :lol:

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Re: Spoilers (I guess): Merlin and Nynian
Post by shalafi   » Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:46 am

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I think DW has something else in mind for Nynian see the the Glossary at the end of at the sign of triumph. She is supposed to marry the Emperor of Harchong, so I'm guessing this is just a fling.
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Re: Spoilers (I guess): Merlin and Nynian
Post by phillies   » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:00 am

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shalafi wrote:I think DW has something else in mind for Nynian see the the Glossary at the end of at the sign of triumph. She is supposed to marry the Emperor of Harchong, so I'm guessing this is just a fling.


Would that be the Emperor Merlin? After all, if you want a government people will trust, hiring a semidivine being as Emperor surely works in Harchong.
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Re: Spoilers (I guess): Merlin and Nynian
Post by DrakBibliophile   » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:12 am

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Different Nynian who lived long before Merlin woke up. ;)

shalafi wrote:I think DW has something else in mind for Nynian see the the Glossary at the end of at the sign of triumph. She is supposed to marry the Emperor of Harchong, so I'm guessing this is just a fling.
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Re: Spoilers (I guess): Merlin and Nynian
Post by Expert snuggler   » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:56 am

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One of Cayleb's first thoughts about Merlin was that he'd never seen a lonelier man.

It's a bit of a departure for Merlin to have a relationship. Good match, though!

There's a lot of underexplored character portrayal. Put this and the water polo scene together with Nimue Alban's intimacy-free organic life and you've got a transgender bisexual asexual person. That is as much part of the character as the guilty feelings over all the people he's killed. It probably affects how he sees the world and reacts to it.
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Re: Spoilers (I guess): Merlin and Nynian
Post by phillies   » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:38 am

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Y chromosomes are notable for carrying almost no active genes. One could always be procured from someplace, or pulled up from a file on human genetics. Caleb might be agreeable to parting with a copy of his. There is no real issue here.

McGuiness wrote:I'm willing to bet that the TF kept digital copies of its personnel's DNA. So Nimue's DNA may exist in digital form somewhere in OWL's database. If it does, then surely the technology exists for nannites to splice and dice and replicate digital DNA. Add that to an unfertilized egg, and you get a baby girl! (Because Nimue is female and has no Y chromosome.)

So Nynian and Merlin can have a baby and name her Guenevere. I bet they'd outfit her with a NEAT too. No reason for Aunt Nimue to be smarter than their little girl! :lol:
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