Headcanon: Awoken “Sterility”
It’s a common myth that the Awoken are sterile, or at least the Reefborn Awoken are. Where it originated is not entirely known, but as many Earthborn Awoken (such as Tess Everis) can trace their lineages back to the Reef, it’s safe to say the Awoken are not totally and completely sterile. They do, however, have trouble with fertility, but this has lessened with each generation.
Firstborn Awoken did struggle with conception; the lingering effects of the blast that transformed their people rendered a good portion of the population unable to father or carry children, while the rest of their people were found to have reduced rates of fertility. This slowed the Awoken’s population growth, but with each generation, the low fertility rate began to become a thing of the past, although certain bloodlines are known to have trouble, the Sov line being one of them.
Mara Sov is capable of having children, but as she is a Firstborn Awoken, she struggled when trying to have an heir. It took three pregnancies––two of which failed for seemingly unknown reasons––and many, many more tries before Ronja Sov was finally born. And unbeknownst to any of them, Ronja will not be able to carry to term herself, likely from whatever she inherited from her mother, and amplified by Techeun blood, as Techeuns are indeed supposed to be entirely sterile.