Dralasite Reproduction and the AD map

jedion357's picture
March 8, 2011 - 9:58pm
Ok, call me crazy but I look at things like the map of the Frontier, the table on worlds of the Frontier and the Planetary footnotes (both in AD and in Zebs) and I ask my self Why?

Certainly the answer could be what momma jedion use to say to a 3 year old Jedion357, "Because."
"Because why?"
"Because I said," which translates to Because the game designers just freaking wrote it that way!

I suspect that the answer to a lot of the canon material is simply, "Because." and I realize that.

However, I really like this game and setting and I like to approach it from an angle of that there really really is a reason and if I can understand the reason then I'll understand something new about the setting.

So of all the planets in the Ad table 8 were colonized by humans (2 high population, 2 moderate, 2 Light, 2 Outpost) 5 by yazirians (2 High, 1 moderater, 1 Light, 1 Outpost) 4 by Vrusk -note the details for one vrusk planet is left out of the AD table and 1 planet is listed as a joint colony with dralasites (1 high, 2 moderate, 1 Light) and the Dralasites have 3 planets (1 High, 1 Moderate, 1 Light)
There are also 4 planets that are a mixture of all 4

It would seem that the dralasites actually reporduce more slowly than the other 3 races.
or... they tolerate a significantly higher population density then the other races would.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

Deryn_Rys's picture
March 8, 2011 - 10:53pm
I think it might not have anything to do with reproduction. It might just be the Dralasites are not as expansionist as the other races, so they did not go out and fill the stars with Dralasites. But if you want to look at it as a reproductive thing than maybe the whole budding thing might make most Dralasites want to be closer to the Dralasite homeworld than to have a kid in some strange colony, and so many dralasites off world do not reproduce as much, thus the smaller number of Dralasites living abroad.
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w00t (not verified)
March 9, 2011 - 8:03am
Of all the races the drals feel most at home surrounded by the familiar. They tend not to branch out. This is totally opposite of humans, who can't wait to reach for the stars!

A notable dral was the best pog-jumper in the frontier - but unfortunately he broke a leg and couldn't attend. That's the story anyway. Humans are sooooo gullible.

iggy's picture
March 9, 2011 - 9:40am
I see Dralasites as being group oriented in terms of expansion and colonization.  They feel the need of their own kind to talk and debate with.  They are almost closed societies with their forming of skoa and circles.  This causes them to always come back to the group in their travels.

One thing the AD map does not show is that Dralasites will have populations on most if not all worlds that are living together in one area.  Vrusk worlds have the largest groups of these Dralasites, Human worlds next on the list, and Yazirain worlds have the smallest groups.  There would even be these outreach groups of Dralasites in the Rim worlds with Osakar worlds attracting the largest populations, and Ifshinit worlds just slightly above Humma worlds, but these two likely less than Yazirian worlds.

What I am imagining is like China towns but in the Dralasite way.

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Imperial Lord
March 10, 2011 - 10:50am
Yes, I have noticed this from the very beginning of the game.  There are very few Dralasite systems of planets.  It's too bad, since they are my favorite...

However, we can compensate for this by increasing their numbers in the mixed race worlds.

I like Iggy's "Chinatown" idea, but I also think that the Dralasites would be far more open and less exclusionary than the Chinatowns.  My friend lives in Chinatown in NYC, and it can be a difficult society to penetrate.  I think "closed society" is the opposite of how Dralasites roll.

They probably welcome non-Dralasite visitors with open arms, but one has to have a long fuse to deal with all of the clowning around.

jedion357's picture
March 10, 2011 - 8:12pm
ok good ideas

so far:

1. non expansionist

2. less reproducing off-world ie outside of their societies- makes sense

3. despite what the book says may if not most worlds have a "Dral-Town" or a tight knit community of drals that are probably too small to even register as even 1% of the over all population.

I prefer these ideas over slow reproduction.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

iggy's picture
March 11, 2011 - 7:46pm
I have never had to make friends in chinatown so I have no experience about closed or open.  I have always been a visitor and was thinking of the more flashy chinatowns of SF or NYC.  I do see dralerhoods as very open places that are inviting to visitors.  You just have to be prepared to be engaged.  The Dralasites will be encouraging you to join in to debates, games, events, you name it.  Dralasites are the most outgoing social species of the core four.  The flip side is that the Vrusk are extremely social like the Dralasites but they are much more closed with complex and strict social requirements for being involved.