Half-breed citizenship

David Silberstein davids at kithrup.com
Sun Jun 29 20:29:27 PDT 2003

On Sun, 29 Jun 2003, Philip Hart wrote:

>It's interesting how unfecund the Dragaerans are (on the one hand a
>good thing, given their lifespan, on the other it's unfortunate given
>their bloodthirstiness).  Note how energetically Khaavren
>congratulates Vernoi on his wife's pregnancy - I suspect there are
>other examples.  Being a bastard means one's parents likely carried
>on for a long time. 

Some very rough calculations:

Humans (Easterner) menarche is at approx. 12 yrs, menopause at approx.
52 years, giving a span of fertility of about 40 years (hey, I like
round numbers).  Assuming 1 ovulation per month, that gives 480

We don't know when Dragaerans menarche is, but lets assume its around
50 (close enough, I think).  We don't know when menopause is either,
but as a wild guess, let's say it's around 2450.  Assuming that the
number of ovulations is the same as it is for humans (again, a wild
assumption), that means that they ovulate about once every 5 years.

That sounds about right, for such a long-lived species.

Now, for how long does each part of the menstrual cycle last?  How
long do they remain fertile within that 5-year period?  A year?  Half
a year?

   (What's with Aliera?  She's been in a very bad mood for a while.
        Oh, you know, it's that time of the decade for her.)