Ask the Signless

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MANY TIMES. OVER THE SWEEPS, WE’VE LEARNED TO BE PREPARED FOR SUNRUNNING.

ooc: BONUS PANEL

Artist: Luciddreamer (original by Sam Neiland)
Track: "Iron Infidel (cover)"
Plays: 5,314 plays

ooc: I feel like I should have done this for you guys a million years ago but here it is! Download here

IN THEORY MUTANTS ARE CULLED TOO, AND YET CAPTOR AND I BOTH MANAGED TO SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS. YOU ARE RIGHT—MOST DEAF PEOPLE ARE CULLED ON ALTERNIA. GIVEN HOWEVER, THAT THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEAFNESS HERE ARE INJURY AND ILLNESS, AND WE TROLLS HAVE A LAMENTABLY VIOLENT CULTURE, SUCH INSTANCES ARE COMMON ENOUGH THAT PEOPLE MANAGE TO GET AWAY.

MY DISCIPLE WAS AN ODD CASE, IN THAT WE DISCOVERED HER NOT LONG AFTER ILLNESS THAT ROBBED HER OF HER HEARING.

MORE TYPICALLY A DEAF TROLL WILL DO THEIR BEST TO CONTINUE ON WITH THEIR LIVES BEST THEY CAN AFTER FLEEING AUTHORITIES. THE LUCKIEST OF THESE FIND OTHER DEAF TROLLS WITH WHOM TO BAND TOGETHER, FORMING SMALL COMMUNITIES ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF SOME SETTLEMENTS.

IT’S AT SUCH A HIVE THAT MY FAMILY AND I FOUND OURSELVES, NOT LONG AFTER OUR NEAR FATAL ENCOUNTER WITH A THRESHCUTIONER WHEN WE WERE ABOUT SIX, THAT MEULIN AND I LEARNED HOW DEAF TROLLS COMMUNICATE TO ONE ANOTHER, IN THEIR OWN RICH LANGUAGE.

ALTERNIA IS ACTUALLY A MUCH MORE VARIABLE PLACE THAN PROPAGANDA AND HORROR STORIES MIGHT LEAD YOU TO BELIEVE. I GUESS FOR NOW THOUGH, THE FACT ITS NOT WELL KNOWN PROBABLY KEEPS US AND OUR FRIENDS SAFER—FOR NOW.

IT’S SOMETIMES GRATING AND SOMETIMES DRAINING BUT FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING THE SAME CAN BE SAID FOR JUST ABOUT ANY RELATIONSHIP. WITH CASES LIKE MITUNA—HE CAN’T EXACTLY HELP THE DRAMATIC MOOD SWINGS. THE BEST THING TO DO ABOUT IT IS TO PRACTICE PATIENCE, UNDERSTANDING, A WILLINGNESS TO LISTEN AND COMPASSION.

ITS NOT ALWAYS EASY, BUT WE’VE WORKED OUT METHODS OF COPING AND TECHNIQUES THAT HELP MITIGATE OUR STRESSES TOGETHER OVER TIME.

"The Sufferer preached that after he passed, another Signless would come, heralding the end times for their planet. The Second Signless would continue his work, and lead his people to glory beyond this realm."

((ooc: For my dearest Ari, with much love <3))

YOU SEEM TO KNOW A WHOLE LOT ABOUT DIFFERENT KINDS OF PREJUDICES BECAUSE OF WHERE YOU COME FROM, BUT IF I HAD TO TAKE YOUR WORDS FOR WHAT THEY ARE AT FACE VALUE, I WOULD SAY THAT YOU AND I SEEM TO COME FROM VERY SIMILAR PLANETS.

A WOMAN DOES RULE ALTERNIA IN ESSENCE, BUT CONSIDER THAT THE GENDER BALANCE ACROSS CASTES IS NOT EQUAL, AND MEN DOMINATE HIGHER CASTES. MANY CRITICAL DECISIONS THAT COME INTO PLAY WITH RULING GO THROUGH THEM, WITHOUT THE CONSIDERATION OF WOMEN. MY MOTHER COULD TELL YOU MORE ABOUT THIS IF YOU’D LIKE THE PERSPECTIVE OF A WOMAN WITH SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE IN THIS AREA.

 TROLL CULTURE IS ALSO BRUTAL, MANDATING THROUGH CASUAL BLOODSHED AND USE OF FORCE TO GET THINGS DONE THAT ONLY THE VERY FITTEST, SMARTEST, WELL-CONNECTED OR POWERFUL SURVIVE. YOU CAN PROBABLY TELL ME WHAT THAT DOES FOR THE CHANCES OF DIFFERENTLY ABLED PEOPLE, OR PEOPLE WHO DON’T SQUEEZE INTO THE IDEAL CULTURAL BUZZBEAST TRAP OF THE FIT, ATTRACTIVE, PHYSICALLY POWERFUL, QUADRANORMATIVE, ABLE-BODIED AND RUTHLESS PERSON.

(ooc: Happy Mother’s Day everyone!)

THERE IS NO MERE WORD YOU HAVE THAT CAN SILENCE ME.