In one of my three stories, I have a character named Elion.
Elion is a humanoid plant person that has no biological gender. Meaning it was born genderless.
However, Elion’s race is interesting because not only are they genderless, but they also lack reproductive organs yet some in some odd way they can reproduce asexually. I am trying to figure out if I want to go that route or not.
It is the oddest concept I came up with. Still, what I need to know is if it is fine to create such a wonky group of being? I feel like this can backfire somehow not sure why.
I suppose that the Soldreans and the Machina species are sorta like that too. Only different is that some Soldreans and Machina have genders while others do not.
Still, Elion’s race is 100% devoid of any gender and lack reproductive organs.
It starting to become confusing and hard because Elion and his race are based on the different plants you’d find on Earth. However, real life plants do have reproductive organs in a sense, yet they still reproduce asexually.
Elion and his race have no reproductive organs but can reproduce asexually. Never mind them having no genders period.
This presses the question: How? How in the world can I have this make sense to me and possibly future readers?
Because Elion is an interesting case. I am doing bits of research for this but even still it is like huh to me.
What do you think?
NOTE: I still want to go forward with this idea for Elion and their species. So, I am trying not to alter too many things.
If you have some questions, then please feel free to ask them.
hm, well in this case i think you will have to rely on suspension of belief a bit.
however! i would highly recommend looking into the regeneration process of the planarian flatworm! if your plant people have no reproductice organs then perhaps their reproduction could involve growing a new plant from a cut-off piece of the original plant.
Now, in spite of that, alien creatures that never had a sex are not facing what humans face. Writing about them being ostracized for not trying to be sexualized would not make sense. Writing as if everyone accepted it wouldn’t be accurate either, people don’t accept differences. But it would just confuse a creature that doesn’t have a sex. They may not even understand the concept of mixing genetics. “What, are you eating your partner?!” And then when that is explained, they wouldn’t understand going against biology. So, I they would be chronically behind the conversation, especially if they aren’t used to other beings.
You can get around all that by making them raised within a society that has all that, and then just going “it’s not up for discussion” when people get too curious.