Evolving in sweltering, humid wetlands, preindustrial Birrin found the frozen places of their world among the most forbidding. A hothouse planet, most snowbound regions of Chriirah are restricted to high altitudes and were seldom visited until the advent of lightweight insulated clothing allowed the intrepid to explore these last terrestrial frontiers.
Already rare on Chriirah, the upheaval of The Fall and subsequent global temperate rise has left even fewer permanent snowbound peaks on the planet. The most spectacular of all tower above the inhospitable Kiln desert: the legendary First Mountains.
To climb this ancient range in modern times requires considerable capital and influence; the region lies in the Kiln desert and remains largely lawless where not outright uninhabitable. All supplies have to airlifted or transported overland to establish a base of operations from which climbs can be co-ordinated.
The isolation of the region is twofold: satellite communications post-Fall have been hampered by debris still filling most useful orbits. As such sat-phone services are exceptionally expensive for anyone without a personal stake in the space industry. High-powered radio transmitters and relay stations help climbers maintain contact with both basecamp and one another, but sudden storms and low temperatures can leave climbers cut off and vulnerable.
The First Mountains are littered with spent oxygen bottles and iced radio equipment, but few bodies. Subsequent expeditions often feed on the preserved carcases of other climbers, carrying back choice parts for basecamp meals in celebration of the dead. Those engaged in the feasts would expect nothing less for themselves.
It's surreal but very well done!!
Will we ever see the book.
How do you pronounce their names.
And are they edible. My palate is worthy only of sophonts! Or is their chiralty different.
I really appreciate the attention to a sense of realism. The Birrin are one of the most believable and fresh fictional alien species out there and I always enjoy learning more about them and seeing them in 'cool' situations .
If it is for-profit, we can negotiate a royalty.
This is the first time the Birrin are shown to do anything that would be weird or despicable by our tastes—cannibalism. I guess it had to happen sometime. They were getting a bit too like us.
-I told you this walk in the north would be fun! Smell the fresh air! The nothingness! So vast!
-Yeah... (heavy breathing)
-You don't sound as please as you tell me?
-That yellow suit is hitching! And as you said... THERE'S NOTHING HERE!
-George... You can't just stay at home watching anime all day! You have to go out time to time!
-What if I want to stay at home and never move my butt of the fluffy carpet?
-Then I will tell your moma!
-Not my moma!
-Yes, george... Your moma will be disapointed... So you better like this snow and roll in it...
-(little crying) Yes, sir...
-That's a good george!
... arguably, eating the corpses is more fair of them than what we humans do on Mt. Everest - it may even be less macabre than leaving them to lie there forever.
I really love how plausible, yet colorful, their suits are.
I hope you are young, and that you will be continuing that legacy when in twenty years or so, it is sadly likely to also include Foss and Mead.
2) Those things on the mouth are mouth parts (fancy that). Not all Birrin have them but some do. They're either a subspecies or a form of sexual dimorphism.
3) They get dressed like everyone else, one leg at a time. No, seriously, you can see the seems on the clothing where they zip together. You put a "coat" over the torso and zip it along the "chest". You pull on the back "pants" and zip it along the "waist". You put the front "sleeves" on and zip them at the "hips". The head goes into the "neck sleeve" when you put the "coat" on.
4) That's an antenna for a radio on the head.
5) Humans also evolved in a hot, humid area. The Great Rift Valley isn't known for it's cool, temperate climate. In fact, hominins evolved during a period of climate change and desertification in Africa, leading to the emergence of the Savannah that forced bipedialism on us. So Birrin on a mountain top is no more far fetched than humans on Everest.
6) Lots of human cultures practiced/practice ritualistic cannibalism.