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Yardh Biology: Carnal de-evolution and reincarnative types

Posted Over 14 Years ago by Riven

[unparsed]Note: This post will be quite long.. feel free to comment at any point along the way.

[color=indigo:291709f771][b:291709f771]I. Domains of life[/b:291709f771][/color:291709f771]

There are eight domains of life, divided further into two rough categories.

[b:291709f771]Corporal life[/b:291709f771]

Corporal life is life characterized by a measurable physical presence, even if that is not the only presence that it has.

[i:291709f771]Gatas[/i:291709f771] -- The lowest level of corporal life are the gatas, equivalent to cells and protists on earth. They are microscopic and have virtually no self-awareness. They were originally by-products of floral/faunal processes (such as the Zhanmir's immune system), that evolved to exist independently. However, their independence is fairly recent, so they are not powerful as their earth counterparts and lack the wide diversity of species.

[i:291709f771]Flora[/i:291709f771] -- The flora are corporal life that are immobile, do not age, and rarely have a cap on their growth. As the name suggests, this domain refers to plants, but also to fungi and crystals (no, not earth-like crystals). Although flora may be specialized, because they continually grow and bud off, it is difficult to find a clear line between individuals. It is because of this that very very few flora are sentient, and those that are resemble fauna.

[i:291709f771]Fauna[/i:291709f771] -- Fauna are corporal life that are mobile and rarely grow infinitely. Animals are included under this domain, but so are natural processes such as fire and suns (although technically, those are planetmakers...) The domain of fauna has the largest amount of sentient life.

[i:291709f771]Devas[/i:291709f771] -- Devas are fauna that are either ascended or inherently powerful (such as dragons). To fauna, they can appear as gods, and tend to be much larger than most fauna (dragons are at least a hundred feet long). Unlike other corporal life that reproduces by budding, spores, or sexually, devas reproduce in mysterious ways

[b:291709f771]Incorporal Life[/b:291709f771]

Incorporal life are characterised by a vague, uncertain physical presence, if there is one at all.

[i:291709f771]Thoughtforms[/i:291709f771] -- a Domain of life characterised by their sole existance as mental constructions. Despite being composed of the same material as thoughts, very few organisms in the thoughtform domain are sentient. Thoughtforms are believed to be the mental counterpart of physical viruses.

[i:291709f771]Holy Templates[/i:291709f771] -- A domain of life that is not life per se, but as all divinely-guided life emerges from a holy template, it is given its own domain of life. Holy templates are templates of life which are stored in the Fabric of Reality, retrievable only by Devas which are proficient enough in the art of creation. It is unknown how these templates came to be, but the Cimdi suspect the Planetmakers had something to do with them, as their larvae produce them subconsciously (see section II, when it comes).

[i:291709f771]Inuat[/i:291709f771] -- an incorporal Domain of life, responsible for maintaining natural processes. In that respect, they are similar to spirits in other mythologies, although Inuats are not bound to the process they take and are free to choose another at any given time. It is because of this that Inuats are difficult to classify, and are instead sorted based on the various "jobs" they take in natural events. Inuats are also very entwined with the Yardh process of evolution. It is worth noting that despite their look and feel as "spirits", there are no sentient Inuats, and their sentience rarely reaches levels above that of the gatas.

[i:291709f771]Planetmakers[/i:291709f771] -- The planetmakers are the literal gods of the universe -- here's their article.

Feel free to comment, more to come.

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[unparsed][color=indigo:0dd84a16f0][b:0dd84a16f0]II. Classes of Life[/b:0dd84a16f0][/color:0dd84a16f0]

In addition to a species' domain and other related taxonomy, life is also classified according to one of four types:

[i:0dd84a16f0]Animons[/i:0dd84a16f0] -- Animons are non-sentient non-magical forms of life. They are very universal, stored as Holy Templates when not in use (ie, extinct). When planetmaker larvae descend on a world of the right type, animons are created subconsciously, "from the larvae's footsteps". They then evolve or become sentient, establishing a kind of indpendence from their maker. Dragons have been known to create Animons subconsciously on occasion as well, and it is believed that their process of Mindchildren follows a similar process.

[i:0dd84a16f0]Sentient[/i:0dd84a16f0] -- Sentient species are those with consciousness, increased intelligence, and magical capability, as well as some semblance of free will. They can evolve normally on their own, but usually require input from a deva or an Inuat Convergence (more about that later).

[i:0dd84a16f0]Michars[/i:0dd84a16f0] -- Michars are sentient species that are created consciously by planetmakers. They take on the humanoid form of the planetmakers' originally un-ascended body, with various additions or tweakings. The six of Yardh are the Zhanmir, Ganas, Stso, Amet, Chorna, and the Hanja., three chosen by Ashtar, and three chosen by Kavar.

[i:0dd84a16f0]Carnal[/i:0dd84a16f0] -- Carnal species are species that have evolved away from their sentient ancestors. Although they may still possess some of their magic, they are lacking in free will or conscious thought, and the original technology of the sentient ancestor becomes a mindless ritual for the carnal species. Carnal species are universally looked down on by Sentient ones, and Carnal species that have de-evolved from Michars are looked down upon even worse, as they lose their humanoid form as well. The Bunej is believed to be in the process of slowly becoming carnal, as is evidenced by the occasional ruin of cities made from zinc found in various swamps around the world.

Over 14 Years ago
Riven
 

[unparsed]I like the thoughtforms. Are their actions completely reliant on or reflective of their physical counterpart, or are they independant of that? And if holograms were invented on Yardh, would they be considered thoughtforms or Inuat?

Over 14 Years ago
Cerne
 

[unparsed]"Inuat" sounds a lot like "Inuit". Intended or accidental?

Over 14 Years ago
chiarizio
 

[unparsed][color=indigo:bb59977990][b:bb59977990]QI. Question/Answer session 1[/b:bb59977990][/color:bb59977990]
[quote:bb59977990]"Inuat" sounds a lot like "Inuit". Intended or accidental?[/quote:bb59977990]

Intended: "In Inuit mythology, Inua or Inuat refers to a sort of soul that exists in all people, animals, lakes, mountains, and plants. They were sometimes personified in mythology. The concept is similar to mana."

The Inuat in Yardh follow a similar function, being non-corporal and with no clear line between individuals, but unlike Inuit belief, they don't exist in nature so much as manipulate it. Although their manipulations ARE very slight, as they must follow a set of intuitive rules known as the Inao. (yes, originated from "tao").

A specific task of Inuat, known as Mngwu, are responsible for creating evolutionary changes and inducting sentience into a family line.

[quote:bb59977990]I like the thoughtforms.[/quote:bb59977990]

Thanks!

[quote:bb59977990] Are their actions completely reliant on or reflective of their physical counterpart, or are they independant of that? [/quote:bb59977990]

Sorry, I meant that the thoughtforms were analogious mentally to viruses physically, at least in the way they move, reproduce, and can stay still for long periods of time. I do like your train of thought, though, and may incorporate it somehow.

The Memons, the largest family of thoughtforms, traverse thoughts and communication lines like we travel through cities and highways.

[quote:bb59977990]And if holograms were invented on Yardh, would they be considered thoughtforms or Inuat?[/quote:bb59977990]

I'm not sure what you mean by "hologram", unless you were referring to its non-physicality. The thing that seperates the Incorporal domains from the Corporal ones is that the incorporal ones' presence cannot be sensed, at least not by the traditional five senses. Thoughtforms can be seen internally, Inuats can be inferred, and Planetmakers at least brighten or darken their surrounding area, but Holy Templates are truly Incorporal. If they weren't used so often by Devas, one would begin to wonder if they existed at all!

Over 14 Years ago
Riven
 

[unparsed][quote:e10488a223="Xhin"][quote:e10488a223="Cerne"]Are their actions completely reliant on or reflective of their physical counterpart, or are they independant of that?[/quote:e10488a223]

Sorry, I meant that the thoughtforms were analogious mentally to viruses physically, at least in the way they move, reproduce, and can stay still for long periods of time.[/quote:e10488a223]

OIC.

Then, if they can exist as mental manifestations ([size=9:e10488a223]a.k.a. thoughts?[/size:e10488a223]), how can you distinguish between these and ordinary thoughts? Or is there any difference at all?

[quote:e10488a223="Xhin"]The Memons, the largest family of thoughtforms, traverse thoughts and communication lines like we travel through cities and highways.[/quote:e10488a223]

Whoa, that is a lot like how the Yitnei concept of spirits and spirit possession works in my conworld :D 8)

[quote:e10488a223="Xhin"][quote:e10488a223="Cerne"]And if holograms were invented on Yardh, would they be considered thoughtforms or Inuat?[/quote:e10488a223]

I'm not sure what you mean by "hologram", unless you were referring to its non-physicality.[/quote:e10488a223]

What I meant was a non-physical projection of a computer program that is made to look like a physical being but that is made up of photons and/or electrons/light. Holograms can be seen, and in some cases heard, but can not be sensed by the other three "traditional" senses. They are also manifestations of something else that is hidden or evades the forememtioned two senses so, when I read that part saying "the mental counterpart of physical viruses," I thought holograms might apply as well. Then again, if those thoughtforms are purely mental manifestations and can not otherwise be 'seen', I guess they ([size=9:e10488a223]holograms[/size:e10488a223]) don't apply after all.

BTW I really like your concept of [i:e10488a223]incorporeal[/i:e10488a223]. The possibility that a sentient being can not be 'sensed' at all, and yet still exist, is really an interesting and enlightening concept to think about.

Over 14 Years ago
Cerne
 

[unparsed][color=indigo:ad0896291b][b:ad0896291b]QII. Question/Answer session 2[/b:ad0896291b][/color:ad0896291b]

[quote:ad0896291b]Then, if they can exist as mental manifestations (a.k.a. thoughts?), how can you distinguish between these and ordinary thoughts? Or is there any difference at all?[/quote:ad0896291b]

It would depend on how well you knew yourself, frankly. If you find yourself thinking thoughts which are not what you'd usually think, you can probably bet there's a Memon involved. If you feel certain emotions at the wrong time, and you haven't ingested any drugs or gone through puberty, a Pathon is probably involved. And if you have some idea that just grips you with the absolute need to implement it, there's an Ideolon involved.

Still, some religions would argue that your true self is pure and unfaltering in its faith, and any slight discrepancy in personality or merest hint of ego or self-preservation has a Memecatcher involved. In that respect, they're very easy to use as excuses for bad actions, or at least they were until a thoughtform-detecting device was made during the Magic Age.

There's no really clear line between "good" thoughtforms and "evil" thoughtforms. However, they have evolved(or in the case of sentient ones, come to the conclusion) to only use malevolent thoughts if their presence is undetectable; ie by making themselves as close to the other person as possible. Even then, though, a playful suggestion to hit a wurm's nose isn't as self-serving as giving the person pointers as to where it likes to keep its jewels.

[quote:ad0896291b]What I meant was a non-physical projection of a computer program that is made to look like a physical being but that is made up of photons and/or electrons/light. Holograms can be seen, and in some cases heard, but can not be sensed by the other three "traditional" senses. [/quote:ad0896291b]

That's more like a description of planetmaker larvae. For example, on Ashtaron (a sub-realm of Yardh), Ashtar is omnipresent, yet isn't tactile or smell-able, taste-able, etc. Ashtar does, however, give off a tremendous amount of light (not heat so much, though), lighting up the entire realm and even parts of Yardh.

Inuats, however, are simply [i:ad0896291b]not physical at all[/i:ad0896291b], although they do affect physical objects beyond their natural ranges (water, mountains, forest growth, etc). Also, there is far too much overlap between them to classify them as "individuals", although rather than having some collective mind, they're simply a chaotic array of overlapping entities. And while they do have personalities, those personalities aren't humanlike by any stretch of the imagination; personality is more a measure of which natural jobs they prefer to take, the amount they like to bend the Inao, and their degree of overlap with other Inuat, among other factors.

Of course, these traits could be looked at as achievement potentials, creativity, and sociability, but applying those terms to the Inuat is a very large stretch. But thanks to the infallibility of human mythology, it is done, repeatedly.

Thoughtforms are at least MORE physical, at least as physical as thoughts are. They can be detected electrically, although if they are simply electric discharges, how they can turn into soundwaves so easily and yet completely avoid being conducted by metal makes you wonder. Like the Inuat, they are inferred by those electrical discharges, but are not in themselves electric.

[quote:ad0896291b]They are also manifestations of something else that is hidden or evades the forememtioned two senses so[/quote:ad0896291b]

Well, that's a good description of them! I look at the entire meta-domain of Incorporeal as existing on the same level as natural laws. For example, [i:ad0896291b]where[/i:ad0896291b] is the melting point of water? [i:ad0896291b]what[/i:ad0896291b] is the law of gravity made from? If these questions seem absurd, then asking them about an Incorporeal is equally as absurd!

[quote:ad0896291b]BTW I really like your concept of incorporeal.[/quote:ad0896291b]

Thanks!

Over 14 Years ago
Riven
 

[unparsed][quote:bcccf8b17e="Xhin"]Sorry, I meant that the thoughtforms were analogious mentally to viruses physically, at least in the way they move, reproduce, and can stay still for long periods of time. I do like your train of thought, though, and may incorporate it somehow.

The Memons, the largest family of thoughtforms, traverse thoughts and communication lines like we travel through cities and highways.[/quote:bcccf8b17e]
So, they are like memes, but they actually act like independent things rather than just being an abstract way of looking at thoughts.

[quote:bcccf8b17e="Xhin"][quote:bcccf8b17e]Then, if they can exist as mental manifestations (a.k.a. thoughts?), how can you distinguish between these and ordinary thoughts? Or is there any difference at all?[/quote:bcccf8b17e][...]
Still, some religions would argue that your true self is pure and unfaltering in its faith, and any slight discrepancy in personality or merest hint of ego or self-preservation has a Memecatcher involved. In that respect, they're very easy to use as excuses for bad actions, or at least they were until a thoughtform-detecting device was made during the Magic Age.[/quote:bcccf8b17e]
Does this mean that your conworld could have Scientology? 8) (If so, put it in the thread for such co-incidences.)

Over 14 Years ago
simon.clarkstone
 

[unparsed]Are there tulpas?

Over 14 Years ago
chiarizio
 

@Riven:
Is there more?

2 Months ago
chiarizio
 

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