Tokiko is the first instance of a bird youkai carrying offspring of a troll. This particular situation is special as the partner in the relationship is a Tyrian blood. Based upon research from the Oni Tsuyo Oukuma who has gotten herself into a relationship with an olive blood on the Cutlass and created offspring, this is a preliminary report on current findings as of this writing.
General Reproductive Cycle
To begin this report, information of general troll reproduction must be explained. Information regarding this is based upon observations in Chireiden and not the pattern seen in Alternia.
A standard grub > pupation > adult system is used.
Traditional Alternian Reproduction (Pailing)
Traditionally, two sets of relationships: the romantic ‘matespritship’ and rivalry ‘kismessitude’ will have their “genetic material” surrendered to Imperial Drones. These becomes a ‘slurry’ of pre-fertilized material which is offered to the Mother Grub and then begins brooding with hundreds of thousands of eggs.
From eggs hatching into wigglers, they would still find stalactites to create cocoons. Past pupation, they would begin their ‘trials’ where the strongest would survive to become full adults. They are typically raised by lusii, which is the equivalent of guardians or parents in some manner. The lusii chooses the troll they will raise.
The Chireiden Compromise
In Chireiden, a mother grub was procured and put in place in the Former Capital of Hell. For those trolls who still wish to reproduce in the traditional method, complete with the trials that grubs grow through. Since there is no Imperial drones in Gensokyo, reproduction in this method is strictly done out of choice and tradition. Due to the imbalance of power that would result in youkai reproducing with trolls in this method, youkai who elect to reproduce with Alternians must perform their relations in the sexual method familiar to this world and should not ‘pail.’
It is noted that instead of hundreds of thousands of eggs being laid, only hundreds are to be laid in Chireiden’s Mother Grub. Research in genetic engineering with Menohs Peixes, in collaboration with the Eientei Hospital and Clinic and the Nagasume-shima Medical Center has allowed the ability to increase viable grubs without having extensive ‘trials’ for grubs.
This also results in a significantly slower birth rate due to it being voluntary. In return, Gensokyan trolls are more likely to survive and are stronger than ones raised in other locations. The ‘trial’ given to newly born wrigglers is to deal with the spiritual energies that develop naturally in Gensokyo which can be intensive. Those who are unable to do so will die. Those that survive have special properties such as complete immunity to psionic based attacks and innate use of arcane energies much similar to Magicians.
As there are not many lusii imported into Gensokyo, the suitable replacements has been either the spirits leftover from the move to the current Hell or in some cases, Oni or other youkai. They are typically adopted in packs or schools to a group of youkai or a single youkai. The substitution for this type of rearing gives the same experience to Gensokyans.
Human Reproduction with Alternians
Generally the reproductive cycle will be normal whether or not pailing is used. A certain amount of genetic therapy through the Eientei’s troll medical ward will need to be performed for some humans to be compatible. Others may already be able to ‘reproduce’ normally. Humans may either use Alternian methods or the regular sexual reproductive method.
Magicians are of special note due to their relative commonality. Magicians’ bodies are powered by arcane magic and have no need to eat. Any offspring resulting from a Magician will be more attuned to the arcane and will quickly learn and develop faster. Immunities also granted to youkai will aso be given to their offspring. Magicians are classified as youkai and cannot pail.
Youkai Reproduction with Alternians
It is notable that all reproduction involving youkai will guarantee strong offspring due to the nature of youkai themselves. Youkai traits by all means are much more stronger than the troll traits. Abilities of the trolls will be based upon the youkai’s abilities and will pass down in some form. Most youkai should not pail in the traditional Alternian method (though have full capability to do so). Grubs resulting from youkai introduced into ‘general population’ grubs from the Mother Grub will assuredly kill all others. Fairies are the exception to this and may elect to ‘pail’ as their strengths are about close to Alternian.
From appearances and testing with the half-Oni, the youkai traits stand out and dominate. The oni-troll has strength similar to most Oni and has similar needs such as the need for alcohol. Horns are usually large, typically of Suika’s size with the familiar colorization of Alternian horns.
It also appears from general tests that any youkai based offspring are completely psionic immune, but may exhibit abilities of their blood color for psychic power. The immunity is also likely a result of innate arcane, mana using capabilities that magicians have. From studies, it is expected for as long as there is linage of youkai at some point, that immunity will remain.
This information is based on Oukuma that is serving in the Cutlass with Captain Eridan Ampora as the ship’s cook and chaplain. The oni reproductive cycle with a mortal is approximately 10 months. They will only carry one offspring. Regular weekly checkups have indicated that youkai traits are extremely dominant over. The father wishes to currently decline his identity at this time as he is noted to be a ‘low-blood.’
Bird youkai have a unique property. As they are avian based youkai, they will carry eggs and will brood in some form, especially towards the latter part of the reproductive cycle. This one is being heavily studied as the process of reproduction with eggs is similar to the cycle of the Mother Grub of Chireiden.
Since Tokiko Peixes is the first bird youkai to be interbreeding with an Alternian, much attention is being given to her cycle. The Crested Ibis type youkai typically have a clutch size of 3-4 eggs with an incubation period of about 28 days. It is likely there may be some variation as Tokiko is mated with an incarnation of an Emperor of Alternia, which may skew our findings. Ibis based youkai will likely carry them within herself for a while, before the last 5 days, in which she will brood for the remainder until the grubs hatch.
Tokiko will be best studied as she has multiple time-clones running around as the enforcement for space-time anomalies in Gensokyo and associated regions. Since most of the Tokikos are almost similar to each other, further clinical studies may yield significant results that could continue making breakthroughs.
Crow tengu are suspected to have similar situations as the case study of Aya Shameimaru and Orphaner Eridan Ampora has been one that has yet to be tested. They are likely waiting for the results of Tokiko’s successes or failures. The average crow tengu period of reproduction with 2-6 eggs, with 19 days of incubation.
There is a rumor that Seija Kijin may be in a relationship with a local Alternian-Gensokyan. This is not founded at this time. However, there will be great interest on how such arrangements would be done.
Noted Special Properties of Gensokyan-Trolls
The only known living half-troll is the half-troll, half-Oni. From appearances and testing, the youkai traits stand out and dominate. The oni-troll has strength similar to most Oni and has similar needs such as the need for alcohol. Horns are usually large, typically of Suika’s size with the familiar colorization of Alternian horns.
It also appears from general tests that any youkai based offspring are completely psionic immune, but may exhibit abilities of their blood color for psychic power. The immunity is likely a result of innate arcane, mana using capabilities that magicians have. From studies, it is expected for as long as there is linage of youkai at some point, that immunities will remain.
It is expected that the two bird youkai: Tokiko Peixes and Aya Shameimaru will have wings and for Aya, speed and manipulation of wind. It is currently unknown on Tokiko’s offspring.
As the population of trolls continue to increase in Gensokyo, this likelihood of relationships will continue to be somewhat prevalent. The Eientei Hospital and Clinic would like to be informed if such relationships may be resulting in offspring.
For more information, please consult Eientei Medical Center.