What is Gaia's Gift?

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What is Gaia's Gift?

Post by Majestic_12 on Sun May 25, 2008 11:47 am

Gaia's Gift is a certain type of exo-symbiosis, as humans call it: where the host is taken inside the symbiont. Endo-symbiosis, which most people think of, is where the symbiont lives inside the body of host; and ecto-symbiosis is where the symbiont lives on the body of the host. Gaia's Gift is also classified as Siluvaran unbirth-exosymbiosis, where the 'host' is taken into the womb of the symbiont.

Here's how Gaia's Gift works.

A Siluvaran woman is the only being that may make use of Gaia's Gift as the exo-symbiont in the equation. Her body always carries a reserve of magic that is just enough to carry out the task - although it has been shown that inflicting an anti-magic spell on her can prevent its use, and psionic telepaths can cause her to forget her magic and thus also be unable to use it.

If she is able to use her magic, she takes the host inside her one of two ways:
1) She shrinks the person. That same spell then alerts her body that the process has started. She feeds the person into her vagina and her muscles move them into her womb. It has not been known that anyone has ever been able to fight their way back out once those muscles have grabbed them and are pulling them in. Once they're inside the womb, something called absorption begins. This way is often used by Siluvaran women on those they love, or as a method of punishment (since most victims in this situation can be led to think they're being swallowed).

2) She teleports the person right into her womb. Most effective in dire emergencies in which the person she's absorbing, has been mortally wounded, or she has been mortally wounded, or she needs more magic energy, very fast.

Once they're inside her womb, absorption begins. What is absorption in this situation? Well, what it is, is a process that happens in stages.


Stage 1: The mind and soul of the person inside her womb is drawn away from their physical body.

Note: Psychics have managed to "ride with" persons undergoing absorption, as in maintaining an unaltered, unbroken connection with the mind of this person during the entire process. Furthermore, messages have been put in the minds of people before this process begins, and those messages have been found there, unaltered, afterwards. Psychic-Mages (those individuals with both psychic and arcane powers) can see souls, and have watched souls enter symbionts and return unaltered. In short, this process doesn't result in death and the mind and soul are unaltered, though they are moved to a fresh new body and returned to material existence in the end.

Stage 2: The
physical body of the person taken into the womb is instantly converted into
pure energy. By nature this process makes any waste impossible. If
she's horribly wounded, this stage of the process heals her; if she's hungry, this stage of the process
fully nourishes her cells.

Notes on Stage 2: If the exo-symbiont wishes to make changes to the person inside her, this is where the exo-symbiont's womb will swell physically. A lot of muscular rippling in the lower abdomen occurs now. Energy sensors tend to see a rise in psychic energy levels in the womb at this point, which normally subside instantly as half of it is distributed throughout her body. Apparently, this is where her body studies the DNA of the body that just dissipated; many strange body cells appear at this point.

Stage 3: The person within her womb is drained completely of their life energy, which seems to be separate from the energy that can be made out of a physical body. Psychics riding with said individuals report the subject sometimes sees a sea of white energy - the Siluvaran woman's magic reserves - into which the subject is slowly or rapidly immersed. During this process, the Siluvaran symbiont may bathe this person's soul in intense pleasure, no doubt to make them content to be absorbed into her. Worth noting is that if the symbiont takes no further action at all in Stage 3, her body will, by default, subject the soul within her to this all-encompassing ecstasy. As the person's life force dwindles, her magic reserves swell, until almost nothing remains of the person's life energy. Psychics have noted that they never lose the mental connection even as the process concludes. Stronger telepaths can monitor those who lose consciousness and have ridden through situations where the absorbed human surrenders their consciousness to the fairy's womb.

Why her body brings pleasure to the soul of the person she is absorbing, even as they are at this point totally unable to escape or prevent becoming a part of her magic reserves, is a mystery. The current theory is that since this person is returned to physical form quite alive, well, and quite a bit better off for the experience, the memories of this pleasure may make them inclined to being fed to her womb again. Since there is no physical body at this stage for physical addiction to occur, the memories are all they have - while this is literally infinitely less dangerous than forming a physical habit, the memory serves as a means to bring this person back. There is a more crass way of putting it among Earth troops who have discussed this: they become "willing prey".

Notes on Stage 3: If the Siluvaran exo-symbiont has decided to make changes to the person inside her, this is where the womb heats up briefly, and then shrinks down. From this, we can guess that in general, this is where the new body is created for the exo-symbiont's host, with or without any changes.


Stage 4: The host is returned to a spot of the exo-symbiont's choosing, alive, well, and in a new physical body of the same, or about the same age.

Invariably, what has happened is all of the bodily toxins, waste and wear and tear (wounds, etc.) are all gone at this point. A person missing a limb will, at this stage, have all missing limbs restored to them. Even severe brain injuries are cured - lending credence to the theory that the soul is the ultimate wellspring of the mind, and when the two do not agree, Siluvaran unbirth-exosymbiosis brings the mind into sync with the soul.
Also, once returned, the person, having been restored to their full life force by means of being put in a new body, is also given half of what was taken from the old body: that energy from the conversion in Stage 2, and the life force gained from Stage 3. Stage two appears to give this person a permanent lifetime boost of strength, although the real world benefit appears to be small; to become twice as strong as one is now, they would have to be absorbed perhaps a thousand times. This is different, of course, from person to person. Stage 3 energy comes to the person as a temporary, massive burst of strength, which may last seconds, or minutes; but if this person is psi-active or is a magic user, it will go into their reserves for later use.


Gaia's Double Edge
The one, deadly side effect of Gaia's Gift, is that no Siluvaran can eat meat. Animal protein, consumed in sufficient amounts (say, swallowing something as big as a shrunken human), will cause an explosive acid reflux. The Siluvaran digestive system is as efficient as a Grue's - indeed, it is nearly identical. They can digest anything up to any known metal found in nature, and the process is complete and total. Siluvarans do not generate waste. This is partly due to their unearthly strong stomach juices - which, in Siluvarans, react explosively to animal proteins. The acid, upon attempting to dissolve animal proteins, will instead undergo a chemical reaction, causing it to race rapidly into the esophagus and into the blood stream, like a well shaken soda bottle. A geyser of stomach juices will burn instantly through the throat, and the floor of the skull, flooding into the cranium, instantly liquefying the brain. What happens to the rest of the Siluvaran's body, at that point, is irrelevant; but for the purpose of record keeping, they melt into a puddle of gorey remains.
The smell of animal protein is enough to scare a Siluvaran out of a room. They will not typically eat anything in that room until the smell has gone away. They can smell a nickel-sized helping of frozen egg product in a sealed refrigerator from twenty feet away, and will not typically eat anything within that range. Animal protein particulates in the air - say, a barbecue event - can make a Siluvaran violently ill, and may even cause a slight but highly dangerous acid reflux.
This is quite odd, considering a pregnant Siluvaran may vomit after eating vegetables (usually, they dry heave), and their tongues will burn with an acrid taste, but outright fatal acid reflux only ever seems to happen as a result of ingesting animal proteins.

Needless to say, Siluvarans are extremely strict vegetarians.


As said before, Siluvarans can make changes to the body of the person inside them - or, more accurately, to the fresh body that they are infusing with the soul of the person they absorbed. For one, they cannot create a new body not based on that person's original DNA; nor can they change the person's gender. They can enhance things, or lessen others. For instance, they cannot alter a person's mind, but they can reduce body fat or increase one's shoe size, to a degree. For mind altering tactics, there is ...

mental suggestion. A Siluvaran fairy can implant her memories into the person's mind only as an addition to their knowledge base. She can also copy all knowledge and memories of the person she's absorbing. The more often she absorbs the person, the deeper she can go, and the clearer the information is.

Repeatedly absorbing someone may cause them to have an affinity: meaning, they may find themselves unable to resist coming back to that particular Siluvaran woman to be absorbed again. The more pleasant the experience, the more dramatic this is. Do note that if the woman is no longer available, the person may be sad but not go insane, at least not like an addict.

An interesting thing about this process is that a human that is absorbed into a Siluvaran woman roughly once a night, tends to live over eight hundred years as a result: this has been reportedly seen in other humanoid species across the galaxy and thus may also apply to humans. It is as if this "Gaia" has gone out of her way to make a point that feeding someone to a Siluvaran woman's womb is clearly beneficial and not at all harmful.

Siluvaran exo-symbiosis also does not work with someone who isn't a few years past puberty. The teleportation spell fizzles against such a person, and so does the shrinking spell. Siluvaran fairies, like Grues, can grow to giant size, and simply avoid them - there's no use in bothering with trying. Strangely enough, pre-pubescent flesh is deadly to a Grue's stomach: it will turn their body to ash as soon as the dead cells (i.e., hair) are digested.

That having been said, there are a string of guaranteed certainties to this process. One, once a person is absorbed, they will return alive and well. This has been tested endlessly, and this rule has not been broken. Case files have shown exo-symbionts have been killed while absorbing someone, and that person would always return alive and well; although rogue mages and crime lords would then kill the person and bury them to make the world think they found a way to make absorption deadly. Likewise, exo-symbionts have been drugged during the process and their hosts grabbed upon return, killed, and buried, making it seem as if they went into her womb and never, ever came back. For centuries, Siluvarans believed these ruses, until Siluvaran advanced forensic teams began to discover these bodies and trace back where they came from.

Also, the Bollar Freemen were infamously responsible for what was called the Gaia's Zombies incident, in which a certain Mel-Gaia Karellen Melajer, and her team of archaeologists, uncovered a plague of mindless, rampaging, flesh-rending monsters at an off-world dig site, all apparently set loose by an exo-symbiont whose absorption process drove people mad, like zombies. Again, this is impossible. What happened was the Bollar Freemen had the symbiont drugged up and unable to move, but still acting out her need to absorb people; and those who came to her, were injected with another, rabies-inducing virus that turned them into monsters. Once they came back to her, though, the effects were removed, but the virus was automatically re-administered.

Note: Siluvaran unbirth exo-symbiosis also removes any known disease from the human body. Cancer, homo-rabies (Zombie Rage), and even nano-infection (though the nanites may turn and kill her, and her host once he returns).


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Re: What is Gaia's Gift?

Post by 4ofSwords on Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:09 am

For a process that is engrained in the physiology of the Siluvarans, it seems to be remarkably altruistic. Whatever energy the Siluvaran women gain from the process they seem to have to more than pay back out again in the conversion of mass to energy and back again, the neutralization of toxins, the rebuilding of flawed parts and minds, etc. It seems like there should be -some- cost to the host to offset the benefits - loss of memory, a return to infant-like mentality and physical ability, something like that. Otherwise, one would expect a society to develop around exploiting the Siluvaran females, finding a way to force them to regularly accept hosts against their will.

Or did I miss something the Siluvarans get out of it that pays them back?

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Re: What is Gaia's Gift?

Post by Majestic_12 on Mon May 11, 2009 10:01 am

4ofSwords wrote:For a process that is engrained in the physiology of the Siluvarans, it seems to be remarkably altruistic. Whatever energy the Siluvaran women gain from the process they seem to have to more than pay back out again in the conversion of mass to energy and back again, the neutralization of toxins, the rebuilding of flawed parts and minds, etc. It seems like there should be -some- cost to the host to offset the benefits - loss of memory, a return to infant-like mentality and physical ability, something like that. Otherwise, one would expect a society to develop around exploiting the Siluvaran females, finding a way to force them to regularly accept hosts against their will.

Or did I miss something the Siluvarans get out of it that pays them back?
Well I'll be danged. I have been totally absent that I missed this.

First, it's not so much a neutralization of toxins as it is moving the soul from one body (to turn it into magic energy) to a newly made body (same as the old one). The new body is essentially virgin, it doesn't come pre-loaded with wear and tear. It is for this reason that age regression doesn't happen.

There's no cost; the extra energy comes from a sort of crack in the spirit realm that happens during Gaia's Blessing. Energy from the limitless spirit realm flows when the soul is separated from the body during absorption; the energy from the spirit (chi) realm fuels the minute increase in life force that is bestowed upon the prey, plus it is used to create the new body. Humans discover and study this "crack" in hopes of exploiting the full use of the power of chi (spirit energy).

However, the cultural cost is not along the lines of exploiting women. Because there's the other factor: Siluvaran women absorb the memories and knowledge of those that they unbirth.


So then, here is the payback that one is tempted to wonder about:
a) the Siluvaran woman gets a huge load of magic energy from absorbing another elf, fairy or human;
b) the sexual pleasure gained during Gaia's Blessing;
c) the intimacy of having someone else within her - the voice from within that's speaking more strongly than the one next to her in bed;
d) the sense of control that she has over her absorbed prey;
e) and the huge chunks of their prey's memories and knowledge that they receive.

It's the latter that is most important. Females have the unique ability to absorb thoughts and memories - males have no means to do this. This gives females both incredible power AND the lust for acquiring more.

This memory absorption also creates a huge gynocentric state in which women control access to knowledge and power. They have the power to know everything about everyone, like a collective, in which males are 'blind' and females are all-seeing.

But also, as few as 6 and as many as 11 females are born per male child, depending on which colony you're talking about.

Males are severely sexually repressed due to internal issues - namely, their constant overwhelming sense of helplessness. Their sex drive rarely surfaces, about once or twice a month, and that is with serious coaxing. A male can potentially come to resent his partner for her routine absorption of his body and his thoughts; a Siluvaran male has no expectations of privacy. Boys dread coming of age because of the contributions that will be taken of them, and the fear that they're going to be living fodder. Competition among women contributes heavily to the aggressiveness that you may have seen - and it often makes Siluvaran women into predators (psychologically speaking) as well as exo-symbiotes.

But this works against Siluvaran women, too. The low virility rate and low male birth rate create a staggeringly high amount of competition among fairy women. They vie for power and respect among the men, and women hoping to gain a male's favor will absorb his memories and give him all the knowledge that she has, too - in fact, she will make it a completely two-way street. Her husband will typically have a sex drive rivaling human males. Plus, he will also show a side of himself that the females fear - his magic is far stronger (males can cast also pure anti-magic, an early holy grail for human mages and psi-mages) and they're very quick-minded. Some males can deduce information from observation that would take memory absorption to achieve! In battle, if you see a Siluvaran male, you are seeing two things - one, a prodigy well trained by his female superiors, and also you know that for that mission, failure is not an option.

Hope this answers a few questions. Smile

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Re: What is Gaia's Gift?

Post by 4ofSwords on Mon May 18, 2009 3:26 am

Majestic_12 wrote:Hope this answers a few questions. Smile

It answers some, and raises others. Most significantly, though, when the female absorbs the male's thoughts, memories, personality (was that in there?), etc., is that a duplication process, or do they get to choose how much to give back to the reformed prey?

Oh, and I flagged the post to email me when it's updated, so I didn't miss a reply! (I was just on vacation.)

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Re: What is Gaia's Gift?

Post by Majestic_12 on Mon May 18, 2009 9:56 am

4ofSwords wrote:
Majestic_12 wrote:Hope this answers a few questions. Smile

It answers some, and raises others. Most significantly, though, when the female absorbs the male's thoughts, memories, personality (was that in there?), etc., is that a duplication process, or do they get to choose how much to give back to the reformed prey?

Oh, and I flagged the post to email me when it's updated, so I didn't miss a reply! (I was just on vacation.)
She can absorb men or women's thoughts, but she can't absorb her prey's personality unless she's an epic mage, and epic mages know better than to risk the dangers of that.

Gaia's Blessing allows a fairy to view her prey's memories like you would view a movie, except for language, which she can imprint in one or two tries; so yes, it is a duplication process.

It takes an incredible amount of epic magic to do a moderate level "imprint" of anything but language, and imprints are dangerous, as they can erase some of her original thoughts or personality. An epic skilled fairy mage is the only one who can try it, and she wouldn't try it, for concern of her mental safety.

A Siluvaran woman can certainly choose the knowledge she gives her prey. She can give none at all, but that's a huge no-no. Really huge.

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