Half-breed citizenship

Sun Jun 29 21:00:37 PDT 2003

On Sun, 29 Jun 2003, David Silberstein wrote:

> On Sun, 29 Jun 2003, Philip Hart wrote:

> >It's interesting how unfecund the Dragaerans are

I should note that I don't have as much solid evidence for this assertion
as I'd like - e.g., some.

> Some very rough calculations:
[wild guesses snipped]

> that means that they ovulate about once every 5 years.

> 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?

I would suspect that, given the danger of ectopic pregnancy, Dragaerans
are fertile for more or less the same amount of time as humans are per
cycle.  If as you conjecture the cycle is five years, I would suspect
there is greater variability - it's easier to count to thirty than 1500 -
so without the aid of sorcery to know the days in question, begetting
children would require months of dedicated work...  Another interesting
question is how long pregnancies are.  The only bit of evidence I can cite
is that Vernoi says his wife may be giving birth any day now, which seems
more consistent than not with a (relatively) short and predictable length
of time.

Some wild speculation - Dragaerans heal at a rate similar to humans (or
Vlad would have bitched or bragged), and other cellular processes (cell
division in particular, relevant above) occur at similar rates as well.

We haven't heard  any reference to Dragaeran twins, have we?  Maybe
Verra's a triplet, of course...