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Just a few minutes ago I was thinking about old-time armies and how food used to be a problem for them. Why, I don't know. I also don't know why that thought led to this one: that a tactical advantage in that kind of situation to having an army of cannibals would be that food becomes less of an issue - your soldiers can just eat the corpses of their slain enemies. Again, no idea where the hell this all came from. My brain is weird.

Hell, they could eat the corpses of their fallen comrades, too.

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my_real_head
Jan. 20th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Apparently not. Most sentient life were oxygen-breathing bipeds or quadrupeds with similar biochemistry.

That did irk me a bit too... the authors (David Weber and Steve White, books were _In Death Ground_ and _The Shiva Option_) operated within practical limits regarding the speed of light (aside from the stable wormholes), recognized that interspecies language barriers extended to the problem of reproducing the other species' sounds, controls and ergonomics are wildly different to the point where visual spectrums need to be accounted for, and that different species may have difficulty in different gravities and air pressures, but somehow they could pretty much all eat the same food. Alcohol had a similar effect on non-Terrans as well.

Oh, and one of the species couldn't see two-dimensional displays, requiring the use of "holotanks". I suppose they never had written language until the advent of the computer, too.
fayanora
Jan. 20th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
In my Traipah storyverse, there are some Traipahni foods humans can eat and others that most people are deathly allergic to. It's a wonder there's anything there humans can eat, Traipahni biochemistry being so vastly different from Earth's. The Ah'Koi Bahnis are the only other humanoid species in that storyverse - they look almost exactly like us, and no one can quite figure out why, when other alien species are either "starfish aliens" or completely radical things; one planet yielded giant sentient molecules that resemble large puddles of mercury.

Also, Ah'Koi Bahnis (and I assume other Traipahni species) can drink alcohol without it affecting them at all. It's caffeine that makes them drunk.

Vaguely related is a factoid from Babylon 5, that alcohol had a very bad effect on Mimbari, making them behave like rampaging monsters. Oh wait, that's different from how it affects humans how? ;-)

Oh, and one of the species couldn't see two-dimensional displays, requiring the use of "holotanks". I suppose they never had written language until the advent of the computer, too.

How completely absurd. Although... they could have had something similar to braille. Yeah, that could work.

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