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    Do you think the humans eat the aliens?

    So docking was loading tonight and there's a picture of a hamburger in the loading screen. And it got me to thinking about the nature of the war between the khaara and the humans...

    Now, as I understand it (from what limited lore there is), the marines are sent anywhere that the aliens are "infesting" around the galaxy or whatever. If you haven't noticed in NS2, a lot of the maps are "near" each other - they use the same skybox, have the same architecture, etc etc. So it's reasonable to assume the aliens are in a small region of space where humans are expanding for resources and population - mostly resources. The aliens are not space born in the traditional sense - it would seem they travel organically (probably get on ships in these days and get to a new planet).

    So what does every rapidly expanding civilization need? Food.
    What if the aliens are resisting human advances not just out of territorial instinct, but out of fear of being eaten?

    This got me thinking to the startling realization as a child all those years ago when it became apparent to me that the Pokemon in the show... well they couldn't be the only animals, right? But the never showed other animals in the show (at least not when I was a kid). So it occurred to me when I was a kid that humans probably eat pokemon. When I brought this up tonight someone said there's probably little chance of that - as the pokemeon were sentient beings... But we eat a lot of things that are "sentient" beings (just not in our narrow defintion)...

    So what stops the humans from harvesting/eating the aliens?

    I guess there could be a lot of room for lore building fan fiction about the nature of the kharaa. I think they're sentient but very limited - very instinctual beings, similar to a lot of prey we're familiar with.

    So at the very least, do you wonder if we harvest some product from the kharaa? They've gotta make something useful - practically everything on Earth makes something useful (other than wasps, they serve little to no purpose other than ruining your day).
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    Re: Do you think the humans eat the aliens?

    http://3-pg.com/urd/manual/general_aliens.html

    This question still plagues the scientific community. The Kharaa began appearing on ships and bases throughout the Ariadne Arm a decade ago, slaughtering everyone on board. In almost every case the ship then wandered off course, and either destroyed itself by slipping into some gravity well (usually a planet or sun), or was tracked down and destroyed by the owners of the craft. Life support on bases and ships usually fails soon after the Kharaa take over, so even without military response, they don't last very long. But without more detailed knowledge about them, we will never learn how to prevent them from appearing on our ships in the first place. Every successful team returns with valuable information. And our fragile economy cannot afford to loose all those ships and bases. There is also the danger that a fallen ship will automatically dock at a major city-base, or land on an Earth-compatible planet. Lord help us if this happens – we have seen what they do with the limited resources on ships … and can only imagine an entire planet of Kharaa. Thankfully, the Ariadne Arm is a frontier sector, and there are few large habitations. So far, there have been no incidents involving more than a crew of civilians.

    The terminology for the aliens is still being developed. At the moment, we refer to the aliens, and their whole system of bacteria, lifeforms and growths, as the "Kharaa"; and the pre hive-stage presence as the "bacterium". The first TSA encounter with the aliens occurred aboard the Mongol's Sanjii mining facility. The tattered voice comm logs they extracted from the command network had one word that stood out, used again and again – "Kharaa!" "Kharaa!" Later, it was understood that this means "Watch out!" in Mongolian. By then, it had stuck.

    The relatively obscure field of exo-biology has flourished since the beginning of the conflict, attracting many of the best and brightest from biology, chemistry and even paleontology and sociology. And while we have made huge strides (as you will read in the pages to follow), we are a long way off from a true understanding of these prolific and dangerous creatures. The information in this manual is that small amount we are confident enough in to tell you as you head in to combat.
    This is an old school manual I found.
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    Re: Do you think the humans eat the aliens?

    So I guess you haven't tried the skulk burger yet?

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    Re: Do you think the humans eat the aliens?

    Skulks, Lerks and Fades are all stringy and tough as old shoe leather. Not very good eating.

    Gorges are edible, but not particularly palatable. Make sure you cook them extremely well, they often contain parasites that are... extremely unpleasant.

    Onos are actually quite tasty, and a single Onos will fill the cookpots of a platoon for a week. Onos are quite tough though, and are best enjoyed after several days of marinading.
    "As the Japanese sailors attempted to man their three-inch deck gun, the O'Bannon's deck hands, not having side arms, grabbed potatoes from nearby storage bins and pelted the Japanese with them."


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    Re: Do you think the humans eat the aliens?

    Given their infecting nature, there is no way I would ever eat one of those. The thought of the infestation starting up in my stomach... eewww. It sounds like the khaara are being hunted in order to be exterminated, but I could be wrong.
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    Re: Do you think the humans eat the aliens?

    I was thinking there probably wouldn't be much of the 'meat' left on the Kharra after you chew them up with miniguns, but eh, I wouldn't eat one.




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    Re: Do you think the humans eat the aliens?

    Marines eat nanite burgers, which are known to be slightly tastier than tofu.
    aka Roland tHTG

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    Re: Do you think the humans eat the aliens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mech__Warrior View Post
    I was thinking there probably wouldn't be much of the 'meat' left on the Kharra after you chew them up with miniguns, but eh, I wouldn't eat one.
    It is called tenderizer

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    Re: Do you think the humans eat the aliens?

    Quote Originally Posted by solarity View Post
    It is called tenderizer
    I'm sure the gunpowder and lead is also 'seasoning'.




    "Certainly, being bombarded with 105 millimeter shells is bad. But the knowledge that you've armed your enemy thus, with your sloth and your ineptitude, unfolds in the heart like a poison." Tycho from Penny Arcade in reference to the nuke in MW2

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    Re: Do you think the humans eat the aliens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mech__Warrior View Post
    I'm sure the gunpowder and lead is also 'seasoning'.
    Only for real men!!!

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