How will House Phoenix arise from the ashes?

Davdi Silverrock davdisil at gmail.com
Fri Dec 16 15:14:28 PST 2005

On 12/16/05, Michele Riccio <mr1 at rcosta.com> wrote:
> On 15 Dec 2005 at 16:21, Davdi Silverrock wrote
> >
> > He was a Jhereg.  A *courteous* (as in "courtier") Jhereg, but
> > nevertheless a Jhereg.
> > But all Jhereg are hybrids, as I keep having to emphasize.
> My brain is not fully engaged (office holiday party...) however, I
> seem to remember Alieria (?) telling Vald that the Jhereg began as
> castoffs from other tribes, a mishmash of genetics, but over time
> "even a mishmash becomes recognizable".  This, to me, seems to
> indicate that while the Jhereg once consisted solely of crossbreeds,
> this is no longer true.

Um.  I am not a geneticist, but it seems to me that "mish-mash" is
simply the end state of unrestricted crossbreeding.

Think of it this way:  Say you have 31 colors of beads (corresponding
to traits unique to each original tribe).  16 sets of colors only mix
with each other; however, the 17th set can be any combination of the
original 31 colors.

Now, a mix of two out of the original 16 colors would be obviously a
mix, consisting of two distinct colors - but so too is a mix of a
combination of the 31.  The mixture of 31 is "recognizable" exactly
because it has so *many* of the varied colors of the 31, but it is
thus still a mixture.

Or at least, I think that's how it works, and until a geneticist
informs me otherwise, that's what I will hold to.