Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Soft Conquest


The traffic in Minga slaves is illegal in many jurisdictions in the Strange Stars, but the owning a being of such a famous genotype--fragile, delicate and ephemeral as biosophonts generally are--is too much a status symbol for the wealthy in the Vokun Empire and other polities to ignore. What the Slavers who trade in them and the collectors who acquire them don't realize is that their slow dissemination across the galaxy and their meek servitude in places of wealth and power is all part of their plan. 

Appearance and Biology: Minga resemble the baseline human type, and are considered physically attractive by most of that clade. They are gracile of build and have pale skins, ranging from a pink-tinged porcelain to chalk white. Their hair and eyes are in a wide variety of pastel shades. They tend to have large, expressive eyes.

Psychology: For autonomous sophonts, Minga are very submissive and complaint beings. They do disagree from time to time, but always do so in an indirect way best calculated not to give offense. They are nonviolent, even against personal attack, but will defend themselves if absolutely necessary. They are incredibly intuitive beings who seem to anticipate (and then serve) the desires of those they spend any significant amount of time with. Most who try to read a Minga's expression will find exactly what they wish for; only the particularly empathetically adept will note that the Minga are in fact exceedingly hard to read and generally just reflect the wants and desires of others.

The Minga are exceptionally skilled at reading the microexpressions and kinesics of other humanoids. It may be this ability is enhanced by some level of psi empathy. In contrast, they have a fine degree of control of their own nonverbals. They are skilled at manipulation, both through voice, body language, and physical intimacy. This ability is likely pheromonally and psychically enhanced. 



Slavery & A Secret: Minga emerged from a world in the Coreward Reach. It's exact location is known only to the Slavers and their thralls. The Minga were immune to Slaver psionic control, but their allure to other humanoids was apparent, and so they were spared from destruction. Slaver's take away shipments of Minga youth (never too many, so as not to saturate the market). Though the Minga are relatively long-lived, the Slavers have certainly not bothered to introduce any of the anagathic therapies common to civilized worlds. The Minga elders seem to rule their society but meekly acquiesce to demands of the Slavers for more of their people.

The Minga don't enjoy subjugation or their world's occupation by the Slavers, but their ruling cultural belief is in nonviolence and the spiritual exploration of sensuality. The Slavers and their thralls opened the Minga's eyes to the deplorable and iniquitous state of the wider galaxy. It was decided they would use the Slavers as a conduit in their mission to convert all sophonts to their way. The Minga are patient; slowly each slave is bending their supposed master to their view of enlightenment.

Stats: Minga require a Charisma of at least 14. They natively have an ability that works like the psionic ability Empathy (though there's is not purely psionic). This only works on humanoids. Minga also have the ability exert effect similar to Charm Person on a humanoid who fails a Mental Effect save with whom they have had intimate or extended (over 48 hour) close contact.

17 comments:

Joshua Dyal said...

I can't take that second picture seriously anymore since the old superhero fashion article on something awful.

http://www.somethingawful.com/fashion-swat/comic-swat/1/

Trey said...

A lot of people find Eluzabethan dress pretty funny too. Future people will laugh at us. Doesn't prove very much, really.

Joshua Dyal said...

My kids already laugh at what I wore at their age. Sure, it happens.

Francis Lee said...

I want a Minga!

Leo Knight said...

Do I recall Minga girls in the Northwest Smith stories of C.L. Moore? Their masters bred them for beauty as most men breed horses. Of course, they had a dark secret.

Trey said...

They do indeed. :) "Black Thirst" was the inspiration.

Chris C. said...

Beautiful and dangerous.

Joshua Dyal said...

They remind me of Piers Anthony's Marionnettes too.

Joshua Dyal said...

Sorry; Minionettes, not marionettes.

Trey said...

@Joshua - I'm not familiar with the Marionettes, but their name would suggest they're only female? These guys are a species with both sexes. The inspirations here were the template provided by the Moore's Minga maids and Star Trek's Green Orion women, combined with the Friends of Man in Paul Zindell's ?Requiem for Homo Sapiens series and a bit of the Dunyain from R. Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series.

Aos said...

I thought I noticed the Baker influence. Excellent, write up.

Malcadon said...

I totally recognize the first picture form a comic that was featured in Heavy Metal Magazine called Sky Dolls. It is about a robot girl with a human presonalty, with lots of religious symbolism.

The second pic is Oracle from the X-Men. The costume was one of a number of costumes drafted to make the the Phoenix in the Dark Phoenix Saga.

Nice concept. I use a somewhat similar race in my Mutant Future games called the Eloi, who are often captured by slavers, but are too meek to do anything about it.

Trey said...

@Malcadon - You are correct.

@Aos - Thanks.

Jack Headland said...

Wait if you really planted the seed for this post a year ago in the slaver post, you're a hero to us all.

Trey said...

@Jack - Was that a year ago? Huh. Well, I did, I guess. I don't tend to write about ideas as soon as I get them, unless I feel like it's fully formed at the time I get it.

School Master said...

Why does that girl in the first picture have two ostrich eggs duct taped to her chest?

Trey said...

Fashion. And it's a space ostrich.