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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Biology requires randomness A rule you can add is that only a few percent of reproducing vampire can get a higher level rank baby. So for most cases, 2 alpha (or even gamma) vampire will get an alpha ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Wouldn't there be other reasons to select a human for siring besides Arcana level? Surely a vampire might be smitten with a human and want to keep them around. Or maybe Albert Einstein was only a ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

If you only sire alphas, that means only your cambions are siring new vampires. If you were to raise lower ranks as well, your lower ranks (the alphas and betas) can also sire new vampires. If there's ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

Skinner's Malebolge, or The Learning Maze Malebolge translates to "evil ditches." It's a part of hell that has a bunch of little sub-hells. A Skinner Box is a psychological tool where you ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

You've just made a really dangerous baby Let's assume your biofabricator is really well-designed. It forces all the varying bits of physical and brain development to occur that are normally performed ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Because vampires retain a vestigial reproductive drive, and are no more selfless than humans Lets assume there was a particular gene in 10% of humanity that made them stronger, smarter, more selfless, ...
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Would humans crossbreeding with animal people cause more birth defects?

One has to wonder if human's bred with animals before hand to get these animal humans -.- As said above, its up to your imagination. That said, humans have a peculiarly high number of genetic defects ...
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Would humans crossbreeding with animal people cause more birth defects?

Up to your Imagination Humanimals are not real. Since they are not real you get to decide how they work. In particular you get to decide how their children with pure humans deal with traits from both ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

Permanently braindamaged - blind and deaf Learning key perceptual skills requires data, and is limited to certain development stages. If you fabricate an adult human with an adult brain, it has not ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Keep your abilities quiet. If your only visible vampires are lower in level than they have to be, they mislead people about your powers. Any higher level vampires must be kept secret, but misleading ...
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a chemical component in vampire saliva to assist with feeding

Draculin. The lovely little critter depicted above is known as Desmodus rotundus, or the common vampire bat. They are strictly hematophagous, meaning they feed exclusively on blood. To be able to ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Population Control The system you've described means the lowest level vampires can't sire new vampires at all. So if your vampires have any particular interest in keeping their population in check to ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

Your clones' brains are 3D printed with the patterns representing learned knowledge from a base matrix. They are basically copies of a VM, but instead of a computer, it's a human brain. Our knowledge ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

I’d argue that the alpha’s may be aware that if all cambion vampires were killed/made unable to sire new vampires, then logically new Alpha’s cannot be sired from humans. Essentially the alphas become ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

We don't know how the brain encodes the information, but we can easily assume that a lot of information is related to memories. Even the most simple information like a word in the language used ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

As Sir Terry Pratchett put it, 'humans raise their successors, vampires raise their competition'. Raising a lot of vampires of high rank increases the chance that they will be able to overthrow you. ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Conversion takes a toll To convert a human to a vampire, the sire has to pay a price in life force and the stronger the human, the higher the price (exponentially). It would kill an alpha vampire to ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

The vampires are getting paid. Being a vampire has its perks. Even a lowly "Gamma" vampire is still more powerful than a regular human. So lots of humans would want vampires to turn them ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

Legal loophole! As several of the answers point out, an adult with a "blank" printed brain would be at best at the stage of a newborn (but probably worse, because the newborn's brain is much ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

It's More Dangerous, And A Bigger Pain In The Butt How many of these 90 human alphas are going to APPRECIATE their lives being disrupted by being turned into a vampire? Even if they decide they like ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

I prefer to think in solutions rather than problems. A purely 3D printed brain wouldnt know much, in fact this printer likely wont be able to guide the synapses to the right dendrites to make a ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Every army needs low level fodder. If you also have the common trope of higher level Vamps being able to control low level ones you will also appeal to the power trip crowd. Look at it this way, if ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Too many generals, not enough privates. Alpha vampires tend to be jerks. They usually have a chip on their shoulder because they are not cambions, and they are always jockeying for position, scheming ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

Need to be educated/have a life After 9-12 months in or so. They would need to hooked up to a "dream machine" or Matrix or some sort of VR. A virtual environment where they can learn. Then ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

The problem with this is that mature brains develop in parallel with the body, growing and making connections initially 'organically' but later on in response to external stimuli. Physical skills ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

"Implanted memories" would be gamified. You can't print someone who walks off the assembly line knowing English, if they don't have a memory of English. A memory of how to spell an English ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

You can't do it. If implanted memories is illegal, the adult comes out as a new born baby. They first need to learn to walk and talk and not soil themselves in public. Everything you do is memories. ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

I have never watched Blade Runner but I believe that the brain could be manipulated to make them speak and perceive the world like a regular person after they are released from the vat grown machine ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Let history be your guide and make them equals I'd steer clear of the weaker, less intelligent inferior slave race idea. Instead it sounds like what you want is an equal but different war-like nomadic ...
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How strong would a humanoid need to be compared to real world humans to be able to wield a 1/4 inch thick solid steel shield easily?

Steel is roughly 12 times denser than wood. Surviving wooden shields from the Vikings have mostly been in the range of 1/4" to 1/2" inches thick. This means your shield is somewhere ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Curveball Idea Do commit mass genocide. Do it periodically enough to prevent the shadow-thrall population from reaching a number that would let it overpower humans. However, you only kill, say 30% of ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Unique value Sounds very interesting! So, they're created as a slave race. Perhaps they have unique skills that make them invaluable. I don't love cats. Not as pets. I find wild cats interesting. But ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Just tossing in a reference to The Mote in God's Eye, by Niven and Pournelle. In that case, rather than eliminate a very dangerous alien species, they set up a blockade of the planet. (Possible ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

You underestimate the economics of slavery "Why wouldn't they just exterminate them?" assumes that them being dangerous isn't true of human slaves either, and we've done slavery thousands of ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Farming Your mistake in the question was the word "cities". The medieval world didn't have cities, not at the scale we'd understand today, and people didn't go there to assimilate. Medieval ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Elephants My first thought was "elephants". In some countries, they are simply pests -- like having gigantic deer that eat human crops, encroach on human lands, are a danger to humans and ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Politics: It's convenient for the leaders to have a periodic, predictable, easily handled threat that seemingly threatens society but is otherwise a useful workforce the rest of the time. It helps ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

They do commit genocide at a regular basis. Most kingdoms have orders to kill them on sight. However, shadow thralls were designed to be expendable minions. Any decent evil overlord would never allow ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Ethics. Even on Earth, genocide tends to be frowned upon. Now picture a fantasy scenario in which folks may actually have visited Purgatory, and you can imagine that almost nobody in that culture is ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Prisoners Dilemma -- They make VERY good slaves. When we defeated Dire ArchWizard ScaryBad 200 years ago, we took all his gold and treasure. We also took his Shadow thralls. They were created as a ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

They have tried and failed already. Once in a while the humans decide that enough is enough and try to finish the job after putting down a rebellion. But it always fails for many reasons: you have to ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Have you ever heard on the NYMB (Not in my backyard) syndrome? It's what happens when we want something, just not close to us. Like we want industries, but not close to where we live. Same here: a ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

1:Greed, As you said they are less intelligent then humans... so cheap labor could be a reason why the upper class (who is relatively safe due to personal protection) could use them as a labor force, ...
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Races based on zodiac signs: what would Libra be?

Balance The scales are all about balance, so let's make it so. Make them Druids who harmonize the forces of nature so that multiple species can exist under the most beneficial conditions. Allow them ...
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Races based on zodiac signs: what would Libra be?

Mechanical Humanoid Out of all signs of the zodiac, Libra is the only one represented by a mechanism, that being the scales. Therefore, a fitting idea for your species could be a mechanical humanoid, ...
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Races based on zodiac signs: what would Libra be?

Justice is Blind (1) Humans with no eyes but very good at making impartial decisions. They make good judges. (2) Humans with no eyes but other senses enhanced. (3) Echolocating bat people.
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Anatomically Correct Buraq

The Buraq is a Tetrapod Despite appearing at first glance to have six limbs (four legs and two wings), the Buraq is a tetrapod. It has four "true" limbs and two accessory pseudo-limbs. If ...
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Why would animal people wear clothes?

Clothing has alot of purpose besides just covering one's skin. After all, in many places it is now acceptable for men to be shirtless, and in some for women to be shirtless, and yet the vast majority ...
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Why would animal people wear clothes?

Why do humans wear clothes in most cultures, even when there is no practical reason for it? In many parts of the world it’s warm enough – at least some time of the year – that going naked would be ...
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Why would animal people wear clothes?

Minor Evolutionary Adaptations Over time, some parts of their bodies have lost some of the fur coatings that they otherwise would have had, similar to how hominids had lost theirs, though maybe not to ...
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