Kurach Maturity & Reproduction


Question
Are you against drinking and sex or something?

Shanku

Ah... Well, you gotta understand my history and species. Unlike most other mammals, a Kurach doesn't have her first heat when she's about half-grown and not really capable of bearing young. When she's fully grown and matured, then she has her first heat. There is a natural curiousity we're all born with, but it's not uncommon for us to be asexual or disgusted before then. Kind of a built-in preventative measure in our genetics. I guess you say we can understand kindergarters better for a longer period of time than other species.

When I was on the Meriweather, I often had to deal with grumpy hungover crewman and sometimes pick up their chores when we were in port. So, no, I'm not that fond of excessive drinking.

And then there was the Brelland Seacat! Once the new wore off of me those damned pirates couldn't keep their hands to themselves when we were away from port. I think I've bit more butts than any other Kurach. It's not my favorite topic after my time with those blasted lechers. Emotie: >:(


Question
Then why did you grow boobies at the normal rate of a human when it's a decade before you're able to have kids?

Shanku
Nosy little perv, ain'tche? Emotie: :|

Zihna
I'll handle these questions. Off you go, Shanku.

Shanku
Thank you! *flees*

Zihna
Humans have a few parts they grow years before they're fully functional. Your females are born with all the eggs they will ever have and your males have erections even minutes after birth. Breasts just happen to be one of our parts that arrive before capable of being used for their designated purpose.

Question
When do Kurach go in heat?

Zihna
Four times per year. Once each season during a full moon.

Question
Do you lay an egg every day like a chicken?

Zihna
...No. No, I do not. Thank you for asking. Emotie: :/

Question
When do you lay eggs? How many?

Zihna
A Kurach lays her leathery egg a month after the coupling when she was in heat. At the most, two, but that seems to happen only once every four generations and with only one female from the clan at a time. The vast majority of eggs will hatch if kept warm, but dead eggs can happen despite the care given to it. It's kind of like a miscarriage for us and just as disappointing. Should we take on another form during the coupling, we must follow the rules of that form. Which is why my son Hinto appears human and my daughter Bena appears Kurach.

Question
How long does it take to hatch?

Zihna
Each egg seems to have a mind of its own, but it takes about two months.

Question
How is it even possible for a mammal to lay an egg anyway?

Shanku
Ya got me! But the platypus and echidna do it too, and they don't even have feathers! Maybe they're my distant cousins?

Question
So if you're a monotreme, why does it take two months for the egg to hatch instead of ten days?

Zihna
The platypus may be a bit more like a conventional mammal, but the echidna has a bit of marsupial about her and carries her young in a pouch for 45-55 days until they're no longer "premature". So the same principle applies with our young. They stay in their safe place for two months until they're ready to be brought out into the world.

Ashe
Before the pouch question comes up, I had no intentions of turning them into kangaroos.

Question
Hey, so if you're like the echidna, does that mean the guys have a —

Zihna
NEXT QUESTION PLEASE. Emotie: :|

Question
Do you have a cloaca like other monotremes?

Zihna
NEXT SUBJECT PLEASE!! Emotie: >:(

Ashe
Damned furries... Emotie: -_-;

Question
Do Kurach babies have an eggtooth?

Zihna
Yes. It's a hard knot on their foreheads that falls off a few days after they hatch.

Question
Do Kurach ever break their eggs or kill their babies on purpose?

Shanku
...Who are you and why do you keep asking these questions?

Zihna
By logic of the natural world, I would say yes. Tasmanian devils eat those that don't make it to the pouch after birth, scorpions eat young that don't venture off on their own after the nurturing period, some bears kill their cubs to go into heat again, various marsupials will terminate a pregnancy when food is scarce, and for centuries humans have been known to leave their newborns outside to die before they figured out how to speed up the process "humanely". It is not an act encouraged or condoned in any Kurach society I've seen, and is viewed as murder in my clan. We lose enough of our people to you humans and other predators.

Question
If Kurach are so against killing children, why'd they exile Shanku knowing she'd get killed by a bear or something without their protection?

Shanku

The Ferals like to send their cubs out into the wild for a week or so to test what they've learned and what they can accomplish on their own as a coming of age ritual. Mine just happened to come early without the honor and with an extended vacation.

And there might have been some desire to get me killed since they did say I put the whole clan at risk of getting killed a few times. That would be the proper sentence under the Law of Club and Fang. We're not exactly using the "go sit in a quiet place and think of how to get away with it next time" system.

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