How dragon people are born.

It just happens that today I wanted to think about this again. Previously I had some vague ideas. Mostly speculations and ideas that crept in my mind. Today everything came together. Sure, why not. A perfect day to write about fetuses and placentas.

Just a reminder. Dragon People are not humans. They are humanoids. Bipedal, yes. Different, double yes. Think of superman. He looks human but his internal structure is way different then ours. Dragon people will not look like humans at all after I’m finished brewing their design in my head. At least I hope so.

A little peeky peek of what I have already. Four fingers and toes. Thought about it long and hard. Dragons will have four too. Females will have no breasts. I was totally torn about this. I wanted to keep them but since they don’t breast feed there is no need for them. “But boobies”, brain screamed. “Yes, but no breast feeding, no use for them,” logic said. At least I’m not creating breasted cat people. What’s interesting, that my “research” put things in a different perspective. I observed females with small breasts. Even found pictures of females with no breasts. Lack of breasts doesn’t take femininity away. We have sexualized breasts beyond comprehension. I better stop before this ends in a rant about them.

First idea fresh out of the mind

Since they are a warrior race gestation period is short 3 months long. It’s a mix between placental mammals and egg laying animals. Inside baby feeds from mother through umbilical cord. After three months mother gives birth to a transparent placenta egg with fully formed baby inside. (Hmm. Maybe I can reduce gestation period even more). After placenta egg is out multiple things can happen.

  • – If umbilical cord is not cut, placenta egg after one minute (not a precise time) will start feeding (it’s also like rooting inside the mother) from mother. Killing her. (I could create a separated faction that actually practices this. *evil laugh*)
  • – If umbilical cord is cut but left on the ground, placenta egg will root itself in that place. If that soil is bad, baby will not grow and will die. As in outer shell possibly won’t be able to form fully. Plus predators must be taken in account too. Random rooting place can attract predators that will open the shell and eat the baby.
  • – If umbilical cord is cut and lifted from the ground within first minute, it is possible to carry the placenta egg to a different place. It’s a short window to act because if placenta egg isn’t rooted, it will collapse (break down) in itself. And baby will die. Maybe baby will start feeding on it’s own from the placenta, like absorbing it. There is one option to keep baby alive. Carrier can offer himself as a “food”. For example he can wrap umbilical cord around his arm and it will start rooting process on the arm. Of course it will be necessary to cut the arm off because if you cut umbilical cord again it will not function properly. Plus I think there won’t be much of it left anyway.
  • – When placenta egg has rooted itself it will start to grow outer shell. Organic and much thicker (think egg from aliens). Baby in there will keep growing until is ready to be born (not sure yet for how long). Then the egg will open and baby will be taken out.

Now I’m thinking about a baby garden. Where eggs stand in rows. How can parents recognize their child? They just know. It’s a special connection. A special resonance between the baby and the parents. Garden requires gardener. Baby garden gardener.

In the future baby garden could evolve as a special place with capsules. With technology available eggs are planted in a capsule where they go through their cycle. Capsules are like a high tech placenta egg. Eggs open. Baby is taken out. Breathing apparatus is put on a baby. Capsule is filled with a special liquid that dissolves the egg. Liquid changes color. Baby can grow in this capsule for extended period of time. At this time connection with parents is the strongest and the most fragile.

Second iteration after some reading about processes of birth

Since they are a warrior race gestation period is short, three months long. I might keep it since it takes three months for embryo to develop in fetus. Birthing process is a mix between placental mammals and monotreme mammals. Within, baby feeds from mother through umbilical cord and placenta. After three months mother gives birth to a transparent placenta egg [proper name would be an amniotic sac] with a fetus inside. It’s a thin but tough transparent pair of membranes that holds a developing embryo and fetus. When seen in the light, the amniotic sac is shiny and very smooth, but tough. Outer membrane is called chorion. This membrane could be the one that is becoming thicker and thicker after amniotic sac is rooted in soil. Inside this amniotic sac is amniotic fluid. At first, amniotic fluid is mainly water with electrolytes, but later the liquid also contains proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and phospholipids, and urea, all of which aid in the growth of the fetus. Rooted egg will contain this same fluid. The fluid is absorbed through the fetal tissue and skin. After amniotic sac (Dragon people probably will have their own name for it) is out, three things can happen.

  • – If umbilical cord is not cut, amniotic sac (amniotic egg?) after one minute (not a precise time) will start feeding (it’s also like rooting inside the mother) from mother. Killing her. (I could create a separated faction that actually practices this. *evil laugh*). It takes approximately thirty minutes for placenta to come out on it’s own. It’s called third labor by the way. If it doesn’t happen then manual extraction must happen. So I suppose baby and mother are still connected at this point. I can keep this idea. I’m still playing around with the idea to push this time to five minutes. But cutting is obligatory if mother wants to stay alive.
  • – If umbilical cord is cut but left on the ground, placenta egg will root itself in that place. If that soil is bad, baby will not grow and will die. As in outer shell possibly won’t be able to form fully. Plus predators must be taken in account too. Random rooting place can attract predators that will open the shell and eat the baby.
  • – If umbilical cord is cut and lifted from the ground with amniotic egg within first minute [maybe five], it is possible to carry the amniotic egg to a different place. It’s a short window to act because if amniotic egg isn’t rooted, it will collapse [break down] in itself. And fetus will die. Maybe fetus will start feeding on it’s own from the fluid, absorbing it rapidly as an emergency. Doing that will dry amniotic egg. It will collapse and fetus will die. There is one option to keep baby alive. Carrier can offer himself as a “food”. For example he can wrap umbilical cord around his arm and it will start rooting process on the arm. Of course it will be necessary to cut the arm off because if you cut umbilical cord again it will not function properly. Plus I think there won’t be much of it left anyway. And arm can serve as a fertilizer.

When amniotic egg has rooted itself it will start to grow thicker outer shell. Much, much thicker (think egg from aliens). Fetus inside will keep growing until is ready to be born (not sure yet for how long). Then the egg will open and baby will be taken out.

Now I’m thinking about a baby garden. Where eggs stand in rows. How can parents recognize their child? They just know. It’s a special connection. A special resonance between the baby and the parents. Garden requires gardener. Baby garden gardener.

In the future baby garden could evolve as a special place with capsules. With technology available, eggs are planted in a capsule where they go through their cycle. Capsules are like a high tech amniotic egg. Eggs open. Baby is taken out. Breathing apparatus is put on a baby. Capsule is filled with a special liquid that dissolves the egg. Liquid changes color. Baby can continue to grow in this capsule for extended period of time.

At this time connection with parents is the strongest and the most fragile.

This leaves placenta now. Which is a separate thing. Some cultures bury it. Some incinerate it. Some even eat it or use it as a medicine. Lots of fun options what to do with it.

Three connections

Something that came in my mind was about connection and maybe a cycle.

  • – First, baby creates connection with mother. Through placenta and umbilical cord. It’s the first one and will always be present.
  • – Second, when fetus is born and rooted (becomes alien egg) it creates connection with the planet and nature.
  • – Third, when baby is born it creates a connection with a tribe it is born in. Not sure yet if instantly or some trial/ritual must happen.

If I add death to it then it creates a cycle (kindish).

These three connections could open interesting possibilities. Add this process to different cultures. Let them interpret it in their own way and you have multiple POV of the same thing.

Is this final? Most likely not. But that’s how dragon people babies are born. And it’s a good start. I don’t know about intricacies of sex. Yet. That should be fun.

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