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Gladifer Life Cycle and Families

The Life Cycle

When a gladifer is born it is able to walk within a day, although for the first year it often does on all six limbs. It learns to speak within two years of birth. (When I use the term "year" in this page I mean Gladilatian year, which is about 5/6 of a Terrestrial year.) A gladifer child does not have a horn.

At about the age of 16 a gladifer starts growing a horn and becomes female. The horn is full length within half a year of when it begins growing. A gladifer is able to conceive immediately upon becoming female, but many cultures discourage it at least until the horn is full grown. A gladifer can in theory have many children all throughout her female stage, but in most cultures she only has one or two. Multiple births are extremely rare.

When a gladifer is about 40 she becomes male and remains so for the rest of his life. The age of this transition is typically later for a gladifer who has never had children. Before gladifers developed the medical technology to prolong their lives they would typically die around the age of 65, although there are records of gladifers living much longer even in ancient days.


The basic social unit of all gladifer cultures is the family. The size of the family varies from culture to culture and from family to family but it is typically from twenty to sixty. Some cultures believe that the ideal size of a family is thirty-six adults.

A gladifer stays with the family she's born into throughout the child and female stages. When he becomes male he leaves that family and joins another. There are many different methods in the different gladifer cultures for matching a new male with his new family, but it is universal among all gladifer cultures that children and females stay in their birth families and males do not. There are individual exceptions to this rule, but there are no cultures where the general rule is not the culture's default behavior.

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