WarpObscura wrote:Roughly how much more advanced were the golden age Morrigi? As far from the SOTS1 Morrigi as we currently are from our Stone Age ancestors? Far enough as to do things we would consider magical and impossible by our limited grasp of physics?
A better analogy might be...as far from the SotS Prime Morrigi as we are from the pre-Renaissance Middle Ages.
So... They don't make fleets specialised for just the purpose of finding caches?
I don't think you really understand. Modern-day Morrigi are still living with some of the ancient technology that their ancestors built--some of the old Sky Cities are still aloft, others have fallen and can be excavated on the ground. Their technology is not scattered throughout the universe beyond their reach, except to the degree that their ancestors passed out a few beads and baubles to the primitive natives while exploring.
Speaking of Ascension armour, how conventionally visible is it? I'm guessing "makes a F-22 look like a 747 on radar" visible?
Ascension armor is fast, fluid, and graceful to a degree that no human-built airfoil will ever be. If you saw it moving with your own eyes, you might dismiss it as a hallucination; on radar it is a small signature that looks like a very brief anomaly, and of course if you send a pilot to check it out...well, odds are that the Morrigi will be out of sight, or that he will make your pilots see whatever he wants them too. Including nothing.
So... They wouldn't like it if their women had to fight, but don't really care if Dustlings do and might find it interesting? Dang, looks like another idea of mine to discard. =X I guess they would despise ineffectual males?
They don't like it if their women have to fight, and they particularly don't like it when their women are harmed because they are not defended. They get extremely emotional about such things, and horrific wars can and will be fought over harm, dishonor or insult done to their women. In their version of the story, the "Helen of Troy" figure is a kidnap victim, not an unfaithful wife.
And yes. Males who won't defend their territory, their planets and their rights of Descent are despised as weak. Oddly enough, males do not insult other males by comparing them to women--they are more likely to use insults based on injury or birth defect. "Wingless worm", etc..
Why was the rise of Dust Empires unexpected? They didn't foresee such primitives making it to the stars?
What is the Morrigi view on sacrificing the self for others?
Don't forget, the Morrigi remember what the human race looked like 15,000 years ago. Prior to the SotS 1 era, they had not visited humankind with any regularity for at least 2400 years.
Also, do they have any canon encounters with Sparky? What about experience with other anti-world weapons, stuff that starts at wrecking continents?
They have seen the Star Breaker before, and recognize it as a thing much more ancient than themselves. In ancient times there was no drive to develop anti-world weapons of their own, and if you think about it for a moment, I'm sure you will see why. Would you ask a group of women to design and manufacture a weapon which could kill no one BUT other women and children?
Es tut mir leid. As an aspiring writer who only wishes I got mentioned in the same breath as such famous works, I have no grasp of the professional writer's pride in not being overshadowed by competitors and did not intend any offence. Gakl put my intent in analogy across so much more neatly than I could ever have.
And I'm sincerely grateful for the time you bother to put in to address our queries. There are far too many works where one has to fill in many gaps by himself, for better or worse, creating a fanon vastly... off the mark from what the author/scriptwriter intended.
You're very welcome. I do not mind taking the time to answer questions. And I do appreciate the apology. I will not deny that I take pride in my own work and would prefer not to have it confused with someone else's.
However, please be aware that my pride is NOT the only issue at stake. Whether my work is overshadowed by more popular fiction or not, keeping my writing separate and distinct from the intellectual property of other companies and authors is an absolute legal necessity.
Fan fiction writers have many liberties which working professionals do not.