Question about Shirren


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Do Shirren have thoraxes? All official art shows them with a wide gate that makes it hard to tell, but for some reason imagining them without one seems really wierd to me. I'm drawing my Shirren for Starfinder Society and I wasn't sure if they had Thoraxes, and I wanted to know.


So I've been told the thorax is actually the equivalent of the chest, which means I named the wrong bossy part. I meant to ask if they have an abdomen, speaking in terms of insect physiology rather than sapient physiology. The far back part of the insect.


A quick glance at some swarm creatures in the alien archive suggests that they do not.

But, if it's weird without one, why not add it in?


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I confess that sometimes, in the wee hours, I wonder about shirren physiology. Particularly hosts.


John Mangrum wrote:
I confess that sometimes, in the wee hours, I wonder about shirren physiology. Particularly hosts.

I imagine a brood pouch, a bit like a fusion of marsupials and the surinam toads. Better not to google that, as it's on the unsettling side.


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Don't forget male seahorses.

I still have my amusing/disconcerting theory that the host-sex for shirren is actually *not* a naturally occurring sex, but one created by the shirren via some very critical genetic engineering shortly after the shirren freed themselves from the Swarm. See, the shirren originally only had two sexes. . . and the female reproduced parasitically on prey of opportunity. ;)

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