New Developments Loki: Chapter 20
Cities have had a revolutionary effect on Creature life -- first of all, young adults now have a much better opportunity to meet potential spouses than they did before the idea came along. It is now typical for a rural young adult, after leaving hir parents' nest, to stay single and live in a city for a number of years before settling down into a nest and having children. Also, to the great consternation of religious leaders, the nest concept is becoming blurred within some of the larger cities -- there are some Creatures who reject the idea of the nest and instead form ``super-nests'' of hundreds or even thousands of Creatures. These ``super-nests'' provide little more than economic support -- sort of a co-operative for single mothers. The city laws are very simple, however. Much like the Old West towns of the United States, most cities have outlawed theft, assault, murder, fraud, and disturbing the peace, and other activities non-conducive to commerce -- at least within their borders. Most cities are willing to look the other way regarding things that happen outside their borders, so duels and such tend to take place immediately outside the city limits.
The Creatures have, since the development of Civilization, shown an affinity for warm environments. The reasons are twofold: First, the metabolism operates more efficiently in warm environments, cutting down on the amount of food a Creature must consume per relative day. Secondly, Creatures which live in warm surroundings are less prone to future shock. (Future shock (from Future Shock} by Alvin Toffler) is the stress which an organism feels when its environment changes too fast for it to adapt. Toffler compares it to the well-documented phenomenon of culture shock). Because of this, the more wealthy nests of any given city tend to have their homes built near the volcano, and often make use of artificial heating as well.
Sat Feb 18 00:31:33 MST 1995