The Falarsi’s Boy Problem

J.L. Weinmeister

We travel to another grassland town called Sa Perino. The towns are clustered much closer together on this part of the continent, and you have more and more time to explore each day. We have an inn to ourselves tonight. There are many places to stay here; but I want us to have a small one to ourselves, so I can tell you a story. If you haven’t noticed, the falarsi have a genetic problem. Tonight, I’m going to tell you about it.

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When the scientists on Kareena created their second race—the first one being the hamari—they shaped this planet into a habitable one and named it Bursna after the mountains near their home. They named their new race the falarsi, and they established them on the southern continent where the climate is warmer and more favorable for survival.

The falarsi lived off the land, preferring to live on the edges between forests and grasslands. The vast savannah bordered four different types of forest: rainforest, subtropical, monsoonal rainforest, and monsoonal subtropical. The people prospered from the abundant resources, and the scientists considered their experiment a success so far.

After a few generations came into being, a problem became apparent. The women weren’t having an equal number of boys and girls. For every two baby girls, there were three baby boys. Combine that with high mortality rates for women and infants during childbirth, and there was a problem.

The geneticists realized something must have gone wrong when they were creating the falarsi men—the ones who supplied the genes that determined biological sex. While they eventually figured out what the problem was, they chose not to correct it in the falarsi. They wanted to see how they adapted to the unequal ratio.

The first thing the falarsi did is work on their healing abilities. While they are gifted with the ability to heal, there are many things magic can’t fix. They had to find other solutions to the high mortality rate. This is why falarsi are the best healers in the universe.

With more women and newborn girls surviving childbirth, the skew wasn’t as severe. Many men went without wives and children. These men typically became lumberjacks or miners who would live great distances from their homes to acquire new resources. Eventually, some became sailors and utilized marine resources. When they discovered the continent to the north, single men became hunters and trappers who would harvest the resources in the north and bring them back to their homeland.

This adaptation worked for a time, keeping the single men busy since they couldn’t have a domestic lifestyle; but as the population grew, this method wasn’t enough. Conflict broke out between the falarsi as they tried to work with their genetic problem. Some falarsi chose to move to the northern continent where they could live the way they wanted to. Over time, the two groups developed different ways of dealing with the excess number of men. In two days, you’ll witness the northerners’ way.

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