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Started by Chocobo_Fan, February 21, 2012, 02:55:26 PM
Quote from: Chocobo_Fan on February 21, 2012, 02:55:26 PMThe descriptions of Fury and Stimulate say that they work by increasing the amount of certain neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain (this technically makes them very similar to a number of narcotic drugs, but that's neither here nor there). And what about Malis, a shadowling? Surely her brain chemistry -- if shadowlings even have brains -- is wildly different than those of fleshy creatures.
Quote from: Chocobo_Fan on February 22, 2012, 06:35:46 AMYour comparison is not accurate. Shadowlings don't have a central nervous cord, which means they're a different phylum of animal at the very least -- and it seems quite likely wouldn't even be classed as animals.
Quote from: Chocobo_Fan on February 22, 2012, 06:35:46 AMHow in the world would you classify something like that? "Multicellular sympatroph"? And I mean, do they even have brains as we know them? They seem to be made up largely of that intangible smoke stuff (psy energy, perhaps?), and their "head" may just be a solidified form of that for all we know.
QuoteAren't shadowlng just giant brains held in a round black bodies? The shadowlings don't need a spine because their arms are practically attached to their bodies. It is like not using a spine to use your eyes.
QuoteYou are putting way too much focus on the smoke part of their bodies. The smoke on a shadowling is like hair on your head. Saying a shadowling is "made up largely of that intangible smoke stuff" is like saying a bear is made up largely of fur.
Quote from: fourinone on February 23, 2012, 06:32:35 PMI think you're looking at this the wrong way. The argument shouldn't be "why does stimulate work on shadowlings if their brains are potentially different?", but "stimulate does work on shadowlings; therefore, shadowlings likely have brains similar to human brains". This is backed up by the fact that Duvalier was able to easily communicate mentally with Malis despite never having met a shadowling before, whereas a scorpion's mind was "a tangled knot of impulses that are utterly alien" to him.
Quote from: Chocobo_Fan on February 23, 2012, 05:46:51 PM(In fact, this raises an interesting question: do shadowlings produce adrenaline at all? Since they are so psy-affine, it would make more sense if their bodies released some kind of psy-boosting chemical instead.)
Quote from: Chocobo_Fan on February 23, 2012, 05:46:51 PMHm, I suppose that is true. However, how can you be certain their heads are the same as human flesh? The fact that they refer to mammals as "fleshlings" implies that they do not possess it. In fact, judging from how they call themselves "shadowlings" and are naturally affine to the shadow element, it is not completely unprecedented to assume that they are, in fact, made up wholly of some kind of shadow matter.
Quote from: Chocobo_Fan on February 21, 2012, 02:55:26 PMThe descriptions of Fury and Stimulate say that they work by increasing the amount of certain neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain (this technically makes them very similar to a number of narcotic drugs, but that's neither here nor there). While this makes sense in most cases, how in the world do they work on Luca and Rajav, who don't have physical brains?