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Merek Assassin: Proposed color submission

Posted: Sat Nov 13, 2004 10:46 pm
by Iakimo
Humans and the other sentient species of the galaxy are often prone to a smug assurance that \"we\" are the top of the evolutionary chain, and that we reign supreme and unchallenged.

Stare into the baleful eyes of a Merek Assassin, and you may well find that assumption begins to feel just a bit shaky.

Mereks exhibit a behavior pattern that seems to indicate sentience and design, yet if they do have sentient reasoning ability, it remains a mystery to us. They seem to act in a coordinated fashion amongst their lair mates, yet their methods of communication remain unknown to us. This writer hypothesizes that they communicate via a complex system of chemical emissions, which they modulate with as much precision and nuance as we with our manipulation of sonic energies. In effect, merek \"speech\" may well occur through controlled emissions of pheromones!

At any rate, merek society seems rigidly hierarchical, with the various subspecies apparently \"born\" to serve the hive in a specified capacity. Individual mereks seem quite capable of sacrificing themselves in defense of their hive, yet it is unknown at this time whether this tendency is learned or instinctual. It is hoped that additional study will allow the naturalist community to isolate and decipher the Mereks' mechanism for communications. Perhaps the discovery of the basis for Merek communication will lead to discoveries in the realm of Merek psychology.