I love to imagine the Shards’ participation in the creation or discovery of ‘humanity’ on their worlds, because really, some of these local versions of humans are so far removed from Yolen’s original ‘humans’…
Devotion and Dominion: well, we’ve created nice, normal humans here for the most part, but what about the ones too packed with Investiture to stay that way?
Devotion and Dominion: … [look at each other]
Ruin: okay, good, we’ve
pretty much replicated humans right (I think) with the addition of some cool
new metal powers. we contributed equally. right? right.
and I get to kill
them all later
Preservation: [looks up from imbuing humans with some of his own self]
Endowment: huh, there’s already people here? imma pick the ones I like and make them SUPER TALL and SMOKIN’ HOT
Honor: dear. dear, can we please try to make normal humans
Cultivation: NO NO NO okay look at this if we cross this strain with the natives then they get STONE FINGERNAILS. LITERAL STONE.
Cultivation: and if we incorporate this version then instead of stone nails you get hair and skin that’s metallic gold HOW COOL IS THAT
Cultivation: AND THESE ONES GET SHELL-CRUNCHING MOLAR PLATES AND SUPER JAW STRENGTH
Cultivation: and they’re all gonna display hair colour inheritance by PERCENTAGE
Cultivation: and that’s not even getting to the Invested ones
Cultivation: now get over here and do your bit
Honor: …yes dear.