So i was thinking about Asari (as you do) and specifically their skin, and what it might feel like. I mean they’re not mammals, they don’t have any hair, so it’s not gonna feel like human skin, but what would make sense?
So I grabbed a couple of high-res screens and you can see what looks a bit like scales, not like… snake scales, but there’s definitely something going on there.
I’ve got two theories that I think would be pretty cool:
1. Butterfly Scales
The skin would feel incredibly soft, be a little iridescent maybe and if you rubbed them too hard it would peel and flake. This would make Asari prone to dermal abrasion, but good grief it would be beautiful.
Actual butterflies use their scales for colouring (patterns and shit) but also to keep them warm, the scales catch the sunlight and help maintain body temperature. Also, if a butterfly gets stuck in a spiderweb, the scales shed off and it can fly away. Similarly, if you grab an Asari, maybe the skin just flakes, meaning you can’t get a solid grip.
2. Shark Skin
Less pretty but a whole lot more badass, the skin would be fairly smooth in one direction, but raspy and rough in the other. Probably fairly durable to abrasion and good for hydrodynamics.
Sharks use their scales for reducing turbulence while they swim, but also as a kind of external skeleton. The scales are all attached to one another and reinforce each other and shark muscles attach to them as well as their internal cartilage. Just contemplating the kind of muscle structure an Asari would have if their muscles connected to their skin like that… they’d be able to move in some pretty interesting ways.
What do you think Asari skin is made of?