Title: How does Jayless talk, anyway?
Description: It's not like she has a trachea....
Masterweaver - January 31, 2009 12:18 AM (GMT)
FACT: Bastions breathe though apertures on their back. We have seen these apertures, it's been confirmed, moving one.
FACT: Bastions have no nose.
This, to me, suggests that BAstion lungs are not connected to the face at all. Therefore, there' no trachea.
So where exactly is the wind for the words Jayless speaks coming from?
My personal theory is that it's stomach gas. Hence Jayless's constantly bad breath.
El Nerdo Loco - January 31, 2009 12:22 AM (GMT)
Lol, funny. But her mouth is connected to her respiratory system if the FAQ is any indication.
If Jalyss doesn't have a nose, how does she breathe?
Jalyss: I breathe through small aperatures on my back, I CAN breathe through my mouth, but for anything other than talking, it's sort of unneccesary. (How much sense does it make for humans to eat through the same tube they breathe through? Seriously...)
Fox's brilliant contribution, I believe is proof enough.
Masterweaver - January 31, 2009 12:31 AM (GMT)
Huh. That is odd.
But then, she would be capable of extremely sustained breathing! She'd be an excellent tuba player! Or saxophone!
El Nerdo Loco - January 31, 2009 12:34 AM (GMT)
I admit, I am curious what the first creature capable of breathing from both ends was. The eventual evolution of the basti (Is this the proper plural form?) is proof positive it was a beneficial adaptation.
Masterweaver - January 31, 2009 12:42 AM (GMT)
Actually, the word "Bastian" seems rather derived. I mean, Humans aren't usually called "Earthlings" in sci-fi, but most other races you can figure out the origin merely by there name!
Most. Not all.
El Nerdo Loco - January 31, 2009 12:46 AM (GMT)
Perhaps, but how much cultural similarity can we really assume in an alien race? Granted, they shaped quite a bit of Egyptian culture, but I doubt this had anything to do with the English name for this planet or our race. Perhaps they believe they are the greatest thing to arise from the planet, thus named it after themselves. Humans are pretty self important after all. Or perhaps they have so much reverence for the planet they originated on they chose to name their race after the planet.
Jalyss - January 31, 2009 03:03 AM (GMT)
Just a couple spelling corrections:
My name is spelled "Jalyss" (proncouned "Jah-liss", rhymes with "Alice")
A singular member of the species is a "Bastan", the plural is "Basti", the possessive is also "Bastan." (For example, "Jalyss is a Bastan, Advanced Bastan Technology enabled the Basti to enslave ancient humans.)
And with that, I'll leave you to your genuinely entertaining brainstorming session!
Masterweaver - January 31, 2009 07:52 PM (GMT)
Jalyss. Okay, got it.
My point is, Jalyss would logically sound different then humans as the same mechanics aren't necessarily being used. How many vocal chords does she have? I don't know.
A thought occurs. Maybe she WAS NOT using a voice modulator during the Jalyss DIslikes Things segment. Perhaps that's her actual voice!
Oh well, that's about a much biological sense that can be made from a species that looks like the illegitimate child of a feline and a cockroach. No offense meant, Jalyss, I know a half-dragon bastard myself and he's really a nice guy.
El Nerdo Loco - January 31, 2009 08:37 PM (GMT)
I actually tried a bit of an experiment to see how a lack of a nose may influence a person's voice. I tried holding a constant tone with my voice, and while doing so, pinched my nose closed. As I am sure you would expect, it gave more of a nasal quality to the sound, and strong vibrations could be felt in my nose. Those vibrations were evidence I had not really eliminated the nose as a variable though. So, I tried pinching it closed higher up in the nostrils to keep as little air as possible from entering them. This result was more interesting. The pitch of my voice had not changed at all, but it had a more airy quality to it. As if less of the air leaving my mouth carried the vibrations from my vocal chords. This kind of makes me think that the nose acts as a kind of resonance chamber to impart more sound to our voice.
Of course, this really only is suitable to human voices. We have no idea if another form of resonance chamber may be present before the mouth, or if a greater number of vocal chords may achieve the same effect.
James StarRunner - February 1, 2009 01:33 AM (GMT)
I do a lot of experiments with voices (I guess it kinda goes with voice acting). You would be surprised what a human can do. I can actually plug my nose and not sound very nasally. On the flip side, I can sound very nasally without plugging my nose.