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starmind's comment on 2015-01-05 02:52 AM
What are the advantages in comparison with usual gyroscope? Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2015-01-03 09:13 AM
What a great explanation! Since it is already a rather sensitive organ, doesn't it also slightly help with detecting changes in atmospheric pressure, helping especially in constrained spaces to find passages and sense movement? Yet another reason why dwarwes prefer to be underground! Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2014-12-26 07:46 PM
Curious idea, but I would think having such a fibrous membrane for exchanging metabolic gases would render them much more vulnerable to airborne toxins and contaminants, like the toxic fumes and chemicals found underground. Of course that would be meaningless assuming they had much more impressive blood filtering systems than normal, which would be a robust liver I suppose. Which leads to the legendary stoicism of the dwarves, and their resistance to alcohol and poison.

Goes back and adds a point to the vote was about to give.

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Scrasamax's comment on 2014-12-26 09:12 PM
Hybrid system, combining both the chin gills and conventional lungs, the subterranean version of amphibious respiration. Go to Comment
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2015-01-03 02:43 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2014-12-17 02:27 PM
What Tuss and Stork said! Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2014-12-17 02:36 PM
Blood bladder is interesting too, and makes me think of...what else? Four-chambered hearts? Double stomachs? Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2014-12-17 03:28 PM
what? I'm referring to *other* potentially interesting Dwarven biological and/or physiological traits...but yeah, ok. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2014-12-17 04:09 PM


Ah right. When I say "four-chambered" I mean "different number of chambers, not four" haha



The double stomach came from watching animal programs last night, where the langurs of Cambodia have an extra stomach full of fancy bacteria that help them break down the cellulose of leaves. Anyway, was basically contemplating Dwarven adaptations to the underground. How about this? An fish-like organ that regulates pressure/oxygen/something.. :P

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axlerowes's comment on 2014-12-17 02:46 PM
How many chambers does your heart have Muro?

When you said your father was alien, I did not think you were speaking so cosmically. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-12-17 04:06 PM


Okay I will bite; the mammalian heart has four chambers. So if a dwarf has a four chambered heart, that fact alone would not distinguish it from a normal mammalian heart. So when you mentioned four-chambered heart and a double stomach I assumed you made an error with regard to the number of chambers in the heart. Thus I thought it would be funny to mock you by lamely suggesting that perhaps what ever planet you called home had two or three chambered hearts. Got it. I was wrong. It was not funny.

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axlerowes's comment on 2014-12-26 09:08 PM


Indeed, I imagine beard veins with selective filters that could store CO2 saturated hemoglobin or recycle CO bonded RBCs. I also thought a exterior lung tissue surrounded by protective beard hair would be better for breathing in areas with lots of particulates that could damage lung tissue but would be filtered by the beard hair. Of course the chin gills would be less efficient than the lungs but it might make the difference in pinch.



I have a whole rant on this is my unfinished sequel to "A Dwarf on the Water". The new piece was to follow my nascent dwarven philosopher/teamster Gorn as he got on the wrong side of the God of fear. It was titled "Dwen and the Art of Wagon Maintenance", but as it turns out I just don't know enough about wagons.

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axlerowes's comment on 2014-12-26 09:17 PM
thats the idea Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2015-01-12 08:50 PM
Only if you get them excited first. I hear some dwarves actually pay for that. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2014-12-17 03:44 PM
Agree with Tusserk on this one. Completely. :)
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Aramax's comment on 2015-01-12 08:46 PM
So all we have to do is punch them in the beard and they can't breathe?Seriously 4/5


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Stork's comment on 2014-12-16 06:31 PM
Now there is a new way of injuring a Dwarf. Cut his beard and watch him bleed!

I like it. Go to Comment
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Tusserk's comment on 2014-12-16 12:59 AM
Sooo... Dwarven faces are like baboon butts? :D

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Murometz's comment on 2014-11-17 12:13 PM
1/3rd of the way done...taking a break. Go to Comment
Moonlake's comment on 2015-03-13 01:54 AM
Firstly, I have to admit that I read this a bit ad-hoc with breaks in between and I don't know whether this skewed my score. I like how this story ends and yet it seems a little abrupt for me. What I meant by this was that I got too carried away for the Viking/pirate feel of Akribus throughout the story and I wasn't quite prepared when he turned freedom fighter at the end for the sake of his son and all those lore of the Sun and Moon (I like lore usually but here there's something about all those lore that feels a little off to me for unknown reason although rationally I don't have argument with them since they are part of the lore for the sword) Go to Comment
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