hey do you got any trandoshan headcanons? like their culture, anatomy, etc
DO I!! :D :D :D
i’m ill and brainfoggy today, but i like to keep word docs of headcanons for species i like lmao… here’s some trandoshan headcanons i’ve been sitting on. :>
females are significantly bigger than their male
counterparts in terms of muscle mass.
trandoshans develop far quicker than, say, humans. they are
full-fledged adults by ten years old. this rapid development doesn’t come
without drawbacks; trandoshans hit middle age in their thirties, and are
venerable by sixty years of age. it is exceptionally rare to meet a trandoshan
over seventy years old.
trandoshans are not as social as, say, humans, but still
social enough that they can and will form close bonds with a select few other
beings. females and males traditionally lived apart, coming together seasonally
solely to reproduce. they would tend to live in social groups (or ‘hunting
parties’) of ten to thirty individuals for males, twenty to fifty for females,
and could be very territorial towards close neighbours. females would generally
occupy larger territories (what with their numbers and higher metabolisms
necessitating higher prey counts), and would actively oust males from bountiful
territories. in contemporary times, large settlements have cropped up wherein
trandoshans live more similarly to social mammalian sapients like humans,
making trade and whatnot easier with the wider galaxy; there is still a fairly
large tendency towards sex segregation, however. many trandoshans across
trandosha still live in their smaller hunting parties, albeit with enhanced
they are an egg laying species (thus, females lack mammary
glands and the species lack nipples and navels entirely). traditionally,
fathers had no involvement in their offspring’s upbringing (rarely sticking
around past confirming that a mating had been successful in terms of
reproduction). female groups would communally rear offspring, with fledged male
younglings being obligated to leave upon coming-of-age and female younglings
being given the choice to stay or go. in contemporary trandoshan culture,
influenced by the behaviours of common sapient species like humans, some
trandoshans choose to form pairs and rear children as a ‘nuclear family’ (to very
adult trandoshans generally shed their skin twice yearly. newly shed trandoshans are very glossy, whilst trandoshans due a shed have a very rough, almost matte look to their skin. trandoshans are typically very irritable whilst shedding, and are best avoided for the three-to-five days it takes them to complete the process. additionally, trandoshans can regenerate lost limbs; this is a slow process, and requires the regenerating individual to up their food intake significantly.
despite being predominantly reptilian in appearance,
trandoshans are warm-blooded.
they’re obligate carnivores. their high metabolisms
necessitate a high food intake; it’s thought that this requirement is what led
to their species-wide high prey drive and cultural obsession with hunting (for
both food and pleasure). trandoshans can consume every part of a carcass (from
hide and hoof to organ and bone), but they will usually keep trophies from impressive
kills regardless (usually pelts, horns, antlers, etc.).
as with most peoples, trandoshans may observe one of many
different faiths. the religion with the largest following across the species is
the monotheistic faith centered around a goddess known as the scorekeeper. the
scorekeeper tallies each individual trandoshan’s hunting abilities throughout
their life; successful hunters will be welcomed into her hunting party in the
afterlife, whereas those who failed to hunt enough or who disgraced themselves
(e.g. by being captured or preyed upon themselves, etc.) would forever be
doomed to serve as prey for the scorekeeper and her hunters. (this is
extrapolated from eu canon. a trandoshan character in the old republic game
talks about the scorekeeper a lot.)
trandoshans generally aren’t very empathic, tending to be emotionally
self-involved at best. they’re pretty blunt and pragmatic as a rule.
their native language, dosh, is very difficult to learn for
most mammalian species, as it requires layered growls, hisses, and grunts.
these tend to carry over when a trandoshan learns another language (i.e.
galactic basic), leading to an undertone of repitilian noises when they talk.
I'm really excited to see if you think of the 'bedroom scene' (this sounds so weird) as a good or as a bad thing since people seem to have very different opinions about this moment
(‘bedroom scene’ sounds excellent and I’ll defend that name until death lmao)
OK YOU ASKED FOR IT,,, IT’S LONG BUT I HAVE NO REGRETS :P The way I see it, the scene wasn’t as extreme as most people make it out to be. It wasn’t overwhelmingly positive but it wasn’t drastically negative either. It was… a scene. A shared moment between them that gave us insight about how Lance thinks of Keith and what Keith still needs to work on as a leader.
It beings when Lance comes into the room. He knocks and waits for Keith to acknowledge him but there is not a single doubt in his mind that Keith will allow him into his room. He marches in without hesitation and Keith moves aside, no questions asked. Lance had known that Keith would listen to him.
That’s a huuuuge improvement from s1. S1 Lance would never have considered going to Keith about his problems and s1 Keith would have probably just stared at Lance in confusion, blocking the doorway. Not here though. Keith is happy that Lance visited him. As soon as Lance admits that he wants to talk about something that troubles him, Keith starts smiling.
It’s honestly adorable how happy he is. “Wow, it really must be bothering you if you’re coming to talk to me.” He’s just- he’s so happy, he even made a joke, he was delighted that Lance thought of depending on him when he needed help. We already know how much value Keith places on “bonding” but this was a crucial moment for him; Lance has shown that he supports Keith in the first few episodes of s3 but supporting someone and trusting them with your own troubles are two different things. Lance trusts Keith, he really really does and Keith is finally starting to realize it.
Then Lance says it’s because he is the “team leader” now. Keith’s expression falls.
But here’s the thing. Shiro was already back at that point. And I mean back as in ‘already in his new outfit and out of his room’-back. It makes sense that Lance wouldn’t want to burden him with heavy decisions but this is not a heavy decision (even if Lance might think otherwise hah). If he still thought of Keith the way he had thought of him in s1 he would have gone to Shiro with this.
So why did he choose Keith? Multiple reasons, probably - because he didn’t want to bother Shiro, because Keith has actually seen his skills on the battlefield and is the only ‘battle-leader’ qualified to make a decision, because he knows Keith would listen, because he knows that Keith would never lie to him, because he trusts Keith. Lance is insecure and he doesn’t like to show it, even when he told Coran about his homesickness it was Coran that approached him. Not here though. Lance approaches Keith out of his own free will. Between Keith and Shiro it’s probably easier for Lance to show this side of himself to Keith, someone he sees as distinctly human/reachable (they are “neck to neck”) as opposed to someone levels above him (his “hero”).
Then the whole spiel starts. Keith… at first Keith genuinely doesn’t understand what’s going on. Lance is like “I’ve been doing some math” and Keith is like “lol ok yeah your math is correct”. Then it slowly dawns on him as Lance keeps explaining his reasoning. He follows along until “maybe the best I can do for the team is to step aside”.
By then the importance of the moment has fully sunken in. He understands that Lance is serious about this but he doesn’t understand how he reached that conclusion. He’s like “what are you talking about?!” and when Lance tells him that Keith would want his best soldiers on the front line - excluding himself with that statement - Keith can’t even begin to explain how wrong that is. The thing about these two is that they raaarely have heart-to-hearts and in those they have had it was usually Lance comforting Keith or Keith just… going along with whatever Lance initiates.
But that doesn’t work this time. Lance expects him to take the lead and so Keith does what he always does when he is confronted with emotions like insecurity: tell Lance (or himself) to suck it up and deal with it. He didn’t mean any ill by it, it’s just how Keith usually deals with feelings. He shoves troubles and doubts aside and focuses on what he can do. He lives in the moment, Lance lives in the future. “Stop worrying about who flies what and just focus on your mission. Things will work themselves out” was genuine advice from Keith^^’
[it might also be a failed attempt at offering comfort - Keith doesn’t really believe in things working themselves out, so when he says that he’s basically telling Lance that the team is going to work it out. Which is exactly what happens later, Keith was ready to give up his lion and stay at the castle ship. There is no way Lance could have known that on his own though… and I’m not sure if Keith was even consciously aware of what he was implying with these words :’D]
[flat out rejection to discuss things his friends worry about is not new behavior for him either - he did the same thing back in s2e1 when he Shiro asked him to lead Voltron in case he’s not there anymore. He dismissed Shiro’s concerns with “stop talking about that, nothing is gonna happen to you”. Keith is just plain bad with words, it’s definitely something he needs to work on,,,]
Anyway, Lance’s reaction to Keith’s words is an immediate draw back. “Yeah. Okay. Thanks.” Which is completely understandable, anyone in his situation would have felt as if their worries just got dismissed. And Keith realizes he has fucked up, he calls out to him with a sad expression:
Before making that one “leave the math to Pidge joke”:
It was an attempt to cheer Lance up and Lance recognized the joke for what it was, so he smiled. He smiled because it was a joke and to let Keith know that his efforts are appreciated, but the joke didn’t make the lack of help from before any better or worse. Lance has gotten nothing out of it besides being able to guess that Keith probably cares about him - but he already knew that, otherwise he wouldn’t have approached him in the first place. Keith got out of this that Lance needs support, even if he has not the slightest clue on how to provide it (and he isn’t the type that would go to other people with this issue; not if Lance has approached him privately).
This scene wasn’t a “big klance moment”, it was just one step of many in their relationship. They are developing slowly, from ‘rivals’ to tentative friends. I don’t think that Keith helped Lance much, there is definitely a loooot of langst still coming up thanks to his failure of supporting him here, but I don’t think that he destroyed the fragile foundations of their friendship with this either. Lance might hesitate or choose not to approach him again if he has more self-confidence issues but I doubt that he blames Keith for that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The same way he had his reasons to not approach Hunk, Pidge, Allura or Shiro this time he might have his reasons not to go to Keith next time. That doesn’t mean he values their developing relationship any less :D