My dad’s new favorite show is an animal rescue show, where people are like “someone found this baby rodent in the gutter and she’s all alone so now she’s gonna live with us for the next two years as she grows up, also she’s high maintenance and she screams a lot, we love her and want the best for her”
And I love the idea of early days intrepid space explorers discovering aliens to whom we are lost baby animals that they must rehabilitate and send on their way. Like ship crash landed on a planet and the humans are clearly gonna die, until up comes this a swarming mass of tentacles and the small symbolic grooming birds that keeps the tentacles clean, and this being/beings/colony gently deposits several tons of scrap metal and a basket of strange fruit that smells alarmingly like rotten fish
“Oh Grex'ylna, can we keep them?” the small blue hatchling asks its broodmother as they watch the humans cautiously bring the offerings to their respiratory ports (the hatchling hopes they accept the sustenance; humans have notoriously flexible diets, but they all have individualized and seemingly baseless preferences and hatreds of certain nutrients).
The several of the broodmother’s anterior facial tentacles dry up in gentle refusal. “The humans are beautiful wild creatures,” the broodmother hums. “We cannot take away that wilderness by teaching them to be dependent on us. Just look at what happened Sxyn-nnxz. You can’t go a mile without finding some humans milling about helpless, a danger to themselves and others. Your broodaunt hit one with her boat just the other week. Scared her half to death. And you can’t keep them out of your garbage, such a mess.” The broodmother wraps several bits of herself around the hatchling. “We’ll heal the humans’ sky bird and get them back on their migratory path before they settle and breed.”
What would bird Fidds think of tiny baby Molly? Does she ever see the egg before it hatches?
Bird Fidds loves tiny baby Molly right away. She’s such an adorable little hatchling. And bc he’s nesting at the moment, his paternal instincts are running really high, so he spends a lot of time with her, fussing over her hair and playing with her. Stan even catches Fidds taking Molly to the nursery a few times when she randomly falls asleep like babs sometimes do. Not to put her in her crib (which is actually probably in Stan’s room, tbh), but to put her in the nest he made. Stan gets pretty sick of having to look for his daughter only to find her asleep in the nest with Fidds and the egg.
So yes, Molly sees the egg before it hatches. She spends a good chunk of time in the nest with Fidds and the egg, and Fidds probably encourages her to talk to the egg and pet it.
ok but… pc pearls…. that can recount certain memories
so basically, if you crush it and take it in somehOW you get visions of the moment that are held in place on the pearl
inspector investigating crimes ?? drill a probe from a witnessing pc’s pearl.
u a thief tryna heist sthm valuable from a pc? dRILL A PROBE AND LOOK IT UP
alternatively, very adventurous pcs selling parts of their pearl on the black market to people looking for a trip and a good time
pc hatchlings asking how the parents met and being handed a tiny chip of a pearl with a “why don’t you look for yourself?”
and usually it’s images, but if the pc was rlly invested in that moment the memories will come along.
pc’s who have slowly fallen out of love reliving the moment they fell in love with their partner and finding the strength to hold on.
funerals where every pc hands in a tiny chip of their fav memory with the deceased to send off with them.
very devoted pc marriages where they have each others pearls on the wedding night as a show of trust and how they will forever be in their life, heart and soul. and on their first anniversary they get to relieve their moment from the other’s perspective and counts as a vow renewal.
dying pc’s leaving behind certain parts of their peal for others. a fond memory for most of the people in their lives. some choose to not find out what that moment is, others overcome their grief by experiencing it.
/fake pc identities/ where sbdy figured out how to churn out false memories and have them seem legit. “so you say you knew our mother? prove it.” [fake chip showing a fake memory] “aiGHT”
pc pearl specialist being a real intricate job bc usually the layers are rlly fuckin thin and its hard to reach a certain one, of get from one inside without doing too much damage to the rest of the pearl.
half eaten up pearls of pc’s who’re afraid of forgetting themselves, some entirely consumed by their past.