ok, so we have ingrained expectations for how big any certain thing should be. like, a tree should be taller than me, insects should be smaller than this (holds hands a few inches apart). so finding a bonsai, an unusually small tree, or a tarantula, shakes those expectations. this picture kinda shows it. most people wouldn’t really expect a bird’s foot to be so large, and its jarring to see it is.
so imagine this ‘jarring’ feeling taken over to an alien world, or an alien to our world. oh! i’ve never seen invertebrates so small! is this their normal size? are they babies? and then the human explains, that nope, most bugs don’t get much bigger.
and maybe even us humans also. our furniture is built to scale for our bodies, their analogous furniture is to scale for their bodies; communicating through video, no one thought anything of it. then we show up and we’re like, 3 times their height and its like, whoa, thought you were taller. a lot of things imagine aliens as being conveniently human-sized and like, what if you’ve got a 3-meter tall Captain which limits what ships you can be assigned to. your coworker is 10 inches tall, so you have to install auxiliary steps and ladders everywhere so they can navigate independently. or or! huge aliens going with the ’humans are cute’ idea build shelves or tunnels along the walls so we can walk around like cats, and they kinda coo over us climbing so high up and back down and thats how we get around their ships
Okay, so, I stepped into the Iron Bull tag, which given my current introspective mood (I’ve been drafting parts of Prodigal and it always leaves me thinking about Bull’s nature when I do that) was probably a mistake.
Because now I’m gonna write what I’ve been trying to put into words since the Bull tag started exploding.
Obs. beyond this point are spoilers for Trespasser. I realise my blog hasn’t been spoiler-free at all these past few days (I’m excited dammmit!) But I’ve been trying to tag and warn everything, and keep it solely to the text post. That said, if you do not want to be spoilt, do not read this post.