A dral budling as a stowaway

jedion357's picture
February 17, 2021 - 4:46pm
Setting up a scenario where a dral budling which hasn't been sepparated from its parent for very long. 
As per some fan cannon it has not "gained its voice" yet.

Parent was killed by pirates and but the kept the budling which both escaped them then stowed away on the PCs ship. 

How is the budling going to act and react to the PCs? 

It has been traumatized for sure how will this work out in its behavior? 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Shadow Shack
February 18, 2021 - 10:50am
Official ship's mascot. That's how I would pursue it. Cool
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iggy's picture
March 14, 2021 - 12:27pm
The bud sneaks around all the time.  Even though it knows that the crew has promised it safe quarters and care.  Even though the crew demonstrates this with food and warmth.  The bud is tramitized enough that it needs to be warry so it sneaks around a lot.  Yet it's youthful curiosity drives it to learn and observe everything.

Without other drals to help with the transistion from being attached to its parent and the residual shared memories that it has from its parent and possibly ancestors (if the parent shared any) then the dral may be a little confused about itself and who it is.  I see dral buds as sharing thoughts with their parent at first consciouness and then weaning off of that as they mature and bud away.  This is how drals cover the infant and toddler parallels to human development where the baby needs so much protection and guidence.  So a new bud free of its parent is much like a ten year old human.  Able to survive on its own and educated enough by its parent but also now aware enough and capable enough to seek more advanced education and self sustainability.  Think of how human societies once trusted to put ten year old or eight year old children on their own into apprentaceships or even further back in time they would be trusted as sheepards or to hunt.  This is the biological aspect.  Later in Dral society the stoa came into existance to deal with technological advances in society and the need to guide and educate larger numbers of free roaming buds.  Yet their society still expects buds to wander for a biref time on their own discovering the world.  During this time the parent and other friends and relatives keep track of the bud encouraging it to try different stoas hoping it will find its career path.  There is more detail on these ideas in other threads here on SF.US.

Back to our bud.  It will accept the good attention of the crew and will take to being mascot if the attention is good.  If the crew is abusive then it will seek escape but will also be very confused about its place in the world and who it is.

Other drals will see the bud and expect proper treatment of the bud to provide it with a life path.  A career and purpose.  I would expect that dral governments would want to have the bud registered as a citizen of the government that its parent came from.  There is probably legal ramafications of being an unknown bud.

Young undocumented buds are a target for crime orginizations.  Any crime connected NPCs the players run into will see the bud as a target for recruitment or abduction.

Final thought.  I am liking the term "Life Path".  This feels very dral to me.  Like Yazirians have a life enemy, drals seek a life path to define themselves.  Drals say they seek and find this in their stoa but the philosophical truth is that drals are constantly seeking their life path all their lives.

jedion357's picture
March 15, 2021 - 5:23am
@ Eric Winsor: I like where you are going with the separated dral being the equiv of a 10 year old human. 

trying to relate that to the "gaining of voice" ceremony we've previously mused on. Is the gaining of voice not so much that the dral budling has learned to speak but rather gained a voice in the community? Perhaps something akin to a bar mitzvah?

I like shared memories of parent and child.

Can just see dralasite mystics trying to divine the memories of the first ancestor via meditation and introspection. 

Views on death? a dralasite dies but their memories live on in a very real and litteral sense completely different that how a human views the memories of the dead living on.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!