|From:||Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, August 8, 2004, 21:22|
I'm beginnig to translate stories from Peter Stark's "Last Breath,"
which deals very much with human physiology. I would like to
conculturally translate these stories, thus replacing the human
characters with Cresaean ones.
Thus, I've hit upon a rather sticky problem: as a conlanger with
nothing more than basic training in biology, how should I design
Cresaean's bodies? I've known what their outer forms look like for a
while (cross jaguar, lion, wolf, and greyhound for a rough idea), but
I've never thought about the details of their internal organs, their
nervous system, their sight or hearing, or anything like that.
On the one hand, it's improbable that a species on another planet
would have similar physiology to us. On the other hand, it just may
not be worth it for me to try to devise something non-Earth-like. Does
anyone else feel guilty for their non-humanoid species to have brains,
nerves, blood vessels, eyes, ears, and the like?