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Shamali smirked at the cadet-portrait. “Odd looking creature.”
“Well, genetic variation, so they’ve got a much bigger genetic treasury here than we do, so you see odd stuff. Green eyes, though, just like yours,” Genubi said to Jehen.
“Maybe an Astok somewheres-a-back,” Ferenc said, quoting the Ship’s Doctor. Genubi cleared her throat, and Ferenc settled into silence.
“Zubenelgenubi–that’s their mother’s gene-line by the name of her parents’ marriage-patron, Zubeneshamali–that’s their father’s gene-line, same business. Tethys is the given name of our Martisset’s parents’ marriage-patron, and Saiph is the patron-line within great-clan Astok.”
Genubi and her twin brother Shamali explain the kinship system of the Mother of Worlds to Jehen and her siblings, using as example the cadet Martisset Zubenelgenubi Zubeneshamali Tethys Saiph yr Astok.