The Magic Crystals Trivia

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Honnies

Honnies are a breed of being which have many similarities to humans, but which exist in an alternate dimension. Almost nobody in the world even knows of the existence of Honnies, and the few who do, such as Lillian Woodward and Rafael Smiley, know that the secret must be kept because Honnies prefer it that way. Humans are no secret to Honnies, though, for in the Honnie world, humans are farmed like animals. By Honnie law, all humans must be owned by a Honnie, and any human who is not is considered fair game for all.

The Honnies' Mind

The way Honnies' minds work is the biggest difference between the two breeds, and is the cornerstone of Honnie civilisation. A Honnie's mind is like a flexible bubble, within which it is capable of containing smaller minds—human and Honnie alike. When a Honnie opens its mind to draw a smaller mind in, it is briefly vulnerable to losing those which it already contains, either by escape (extremely rare) or poached by a nearby Honnie (more likely, but regarded as an illegal act in their society). When a Honnie contains another mind, either Honnie or human, it is capable of manipulating that mind, not only listening to all of its surface thoughts but controlling them as well, whether subtly (a brief idea or feeling) or more forcefully (irresistible urges, or complete override of their will).

A Honnie can only contain minds smaller than its own, but it can increase the size of its own mind by mentally consuming one or more of the minds it contains. Two things happen at this point: The person whose mind is consumed either dies (in which case the Honnie will then consume the flesh as well, if it be a human), or becomes incredibly weak or stupid depending on how much the Honnie consumes; and the Honnie's mind grows by the amount it consumes. This means that the larger a Honnie's mind is, the more difficult it becomes to gain substantial growth. It is for this reason that humans are used as trade in the Honnie world, and also why they are bred and farmed like animals so that they can be raised to be traded.

However, Honnies don't put any real effort into making their humans intelligent, and when it comes to mind consumption, the amount of mental strength a Honnie stands to gain is directly proportionate to the intelligence of the human. It has nothing to do with the size of the human's mind, as for Honnies, all human minds are the same size, and they are all tiny compared to Honnie minds. What this means is that the strongest Honnies, the ones with the biggest minds and greatest skill at manipulating large numbers of smaller minds within them, are Collectors and are responsible for going into the human world and discretely collecting humans to bring back to the Honnie world.

Appearance

A Honnie's body has all the same features of a human's. They walk upright on two legs; they have two arms, each with a hand with four fingers and a thumb; and their facial features are so similar to those of humans that the two species even share some facial expressions. There are, however, some key differences:

  • Honnies are typically much taller than humans. The average height of a male Honnie is seven feet, while the average height of a female Honnie is just over six feet. The tallest Honnie in the Honnie world is almost ten feet tall while the shortest fully-grown Honnie is fully five feet.
  • Honnies are incredibly attractive in the eyes of humans. They don't look any different, however no matter how ordinary a Honnie's features may look, there is a certain charm in them which causes humans to gravitate towards them. This feature may be evolutionary in nature, existing so that Honnies have an easier time collecting humans.
  • Honnies are physically much stronger than humans. Even a Honnie who is the same size as a human, even if that Honnie is female, will be physically many times stronger than that same human. This is because although their muscles are no harder than those of humans, they are made of a different type of tissue. This extends to their bones which, although take the same shape as human bones, are not made of pure calcium.
  • Like humans, the tongue is the strongest muscle in the Honnie's body. However unlike humans, a Honnie's tongue is pointed and knife-sharp, enabling a Honnie to strip the flesh off a human with his/her tongue alone.

Society

Honnie society tends to run more efficiently than most human societies, firstly because in the Honnie world, there are no countries, nations or independent autonomous communities; the entire world is regarded as a single community. Secondly, because Honnies don't have the same sense of self that humans have. Like humans, Honnie biology has evolved to give the species the best chance of surviving, and in this case means that Honnies strive only to fulfil his or her place within the machinery that is Honnie society. Honnies who step outside these bounds are typically killed before they can endanger their race any way, and the only thing that could cause such defects are if the Honnie was born with a genetic mutation, or if he/she was raised by a Honnie with a genetic mutation who had gone under the radar long enough to reproduce.

Honnies are creatures of habit and the vast majority of them go through their entire lives without ever doing anything interesting. They typically grow up quickly, reaching both legal and sexual maturity around the age of 16 years—although Honnies don't actually count years, months or even weeks. They don't even have time; although those who have had contact with captured humans are aware of how humans count time, the only way Honnies count is in day-night cycles, and the only ones who bother to keep count are those with extraordinarily-detailed memories or those whose speciality is in social management. Honnies reach sexual maturity at varying ages but it is typically between 5,000 and 6,000 days. Honnies are regarded as adults at 5,632 days at the earliest, at which point they must begin working and, if they haven't already, find a mate with whom to reproduce. However a Honnie may only legally become an adult if they display a certain level of intelligence and responsibility, such which most Honnies don't display until at least 6,144 days, and which some Honnies may never display.

If a Honnie has not matured by 7,168 days, they are spayed and often traded to stronger Honnies in disgrace. If a Honnie has illegally reproduced before becoming an adult, they may have to pay in trade to keep the offspring; and if that same Honnie reaches 7,168 days without becoming an adult, responsibility over the offspring shifts to the grandparent if he/she is still living, or else the offspring is traded to another Honnie with the illegal party receiving no compensation. Since all Honnies understand this, and Honnies are not ultimately driven by self-gain, this type of law-breaking is rare and usually only occurs by accident.

Overall, all Honnies have two main purposes as adults: Reproduction and contribution to society. Throughout their childhood, it is the parent's responsibility to raise and educate Honnies, guiding them so that the Honnie can find his/her speciality—the one thing the Honnie excels at most and which will ultimately be how he/she contributes to society. This journey of discovery often includes a real journey of discovery, the parent Honnie taking the child Honnie on a long trip so that he/she can see the world, during which time he/she is expected to discover his/her speciality if he/she hasn't already. This is common, and parent Honnies are permitted to take time out from their regular specialities to do this. As far as schooling goes, it does exist, but it is done only by trusted Honnies who are very intelligent, taking their pupils minds inside their own and literally putting the knowledge in their heads before returning them to their rightful owners.

In addition to their speciality, all Honnies who are capable and permitted to reproduce are obliged to have two Honnie children, with the possibility of having one or two more if any of their first two Honnie children are either failures in life (fail to become adults), or if they die before they become adults. After a male and female Honnie have come together and had two children (the entire duration of which is usually about two and a half years in human time), they part ways, each taking one Honnie child with them, and quite often never seeing their partner or other child again. Thereafter, it is the grown Honnie's responsibility to raise the child Honnie and fulfil his/her own speciality until their child comes of age. When that time comes, the parent Honnie is freed from responsibility for the child Honnie (unless the child Honnie never becomes an adult, in which case he/she has the option of holding on to the child or trading him/her). The adult Honnie then continues with his/her speciality until the age of 24,576 days, at which point the Honnie can retire and live out the rest of his/her life in whatever that Honnie considers to be leisure.

Interaction with Humans

Generally speaking, humans are valued very little by Honnies in their society—higher than animals, as the two species are capable of communicating with each other—but not by much. In fact, most Honnies treat humans just like animals, controlling their thoughts when necessary and feeding on them both mentally and physically. Humans bred in the Honnie world are fat and stupid, usually spend their entire lives behaving like children, for the most part ignorant of their plight. Those who are smart enough to figure things out tend to have their intelligence gobbled up by the Honnies owning them before they can progress to rational thought. The most valued humans in their society are those captured from the human world because of their high-level intelligence—intelligence which is only used to strengthen Honnie minds, rather than any other contribution to society.

Controlling minds contained in their own is one of the first things Honnies learn to do when they're young, but Honnies have a few other methods with which they can keep their humans in check. Their superior speed and physical strength are the primary ways they prevent escape should they lose control of a contained mind, and their attractive appearance in the eyes of humans is usually sufficient to reel humans in. One other method they have, a method not very often used and regarded as unethical in Honnie society, is a way in which a Honnie can cause a human—or many humans who can see them—to fall desperately and irreversibly in love with them, without even needing to have the human's mind contained, although it only works on humans the opposite gender from the Honnie. It isn't very often used, firstly because it usually isn't necessary; secondly because it can capture humans belonging to other Honnies, in which case the offending Honnie is usually required to pay some form of compensation; and thirdly, because it cripples the human's mind so that when a Honnie chooses to consume it, they can only get about half the value from it.

There is another use humans serve in Honnie society, and that is for reproduction. Those Honnies who farm humans set a few of the healthiest aside and force them to reproduce again and again, some of the women having as many as thirty children over the course of their lives. The children are raised by the farming Honnies, fattened up and sometimes having knowledge put into their minds to make them more valuable, so that they can be traded at a higher price. This isn't the only reproduction-related function humans serve, though; many Honnies like to reproduce with humans as well. At least, female Honnies and male humans; the reverse is very rare because the human female almost always dies during the process. This type of arrangement is almost never romantic, although it is almost the only time a Honnie would deliberately make a human fall in love with them. It is done because human-Honnie half-breeds, while not having the mental strength of Honnies, do have the physical strength, and are very useful in Honnie society as they are responsible for almost all of the construction. They can also be valuable in trade. Half-breeds are not, however, permitted to reproduce, and they are required to be spayed from birth.

Language

There is only one native language in the Honnie world, and it is taken for granted in such a way that it doesn't even have a name in its own language. It is the only accepted language throughout the entire Honnie world, written and spoken by Honnies and Honnie-bred humans alike. The existence of other languages is known, and there are a few scattered Honnies—those with extraordinary memories who have contained at least one human from the human world at some time—who can speak some of them, however they are never used for the purpose of communication. Even Honnies don't always use the language to communicate; they can communicate easily with minds contained within their own simply by placing thoughts in those minds and listening to the reactions. They can also touch the edges of minds around them and communicate telepathically with those other Honnies, but only if the messages are fairly basic.

The Honnie alphabet has only 16 letters. In addition, Honnies only count from zero to seven; the number eight would be written as 10 in their language, although the digits themselves have different names and shapes in their language. It means that the round numbers in their language, instead of being 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, etc, are actually 8, 64, 512, 4096, and so on. Finally, there are only nine punctuation signs required for the Honnie language: Full stop, comma, question mark, exclamation mark, hyphen, quotation marks and brackets.

The Honnies' World

Exactly where the Honnie world is in relation to the human world, nobody is completely sure. Rafael Smiley accessed it by moving along what he called the fourth dimension, meaning that it could be in a dimension of space that humans are not normally able to access, or it could be in an alternate universe which is similar enough that Honnies look like humans, but different enough that they're not humans living slightly different lives. It is probable, though, that at least in the Honnie world, humans and Honnies have a common ancestor, since they are capable of breeding together. Exactly how far back they go, no one can be sure, since Honnies don't bother to record history; and while Honnies have no curiosity to try to answer or even think about the question, they would regard humans in the same way humans regard Neanderthals.

Although the land may have different features, the main attributes are the same: The atmosphere is the same; the sky is the same colour; there are oceans, lakes and river; the fauna is very similar, with the grass being the same and vegetation being so similar that most people wouldn't know the difference; and although the climate fluctuates in different locations just as it does in the human world, it is generally the same, only perhaps a little cooler due to lower levels of carbon in the atmosphere.

Industrialisation

There is a level of human-like industrialisation in the Honnie world. They have towns and cities just like humans do, and while they're at home, they live in houses not too different from humans. They have had electricity in practical usage almost as long as humans have, having gotten the idea from the humans they captured from the human world and duplicated their success. It is in this way that many advancements in Honnie society have been made because it is more convenient, and because Honnies don't have the same curiosity to make discoveries or create new things that humans have.

One area in which Honnies have deliberately not advanced, however, is in transport. There are no cars, trucks, buses, trains, bikes, or anything similar in the Honnie world, and there are most certainly no aeroplanes, helicopters or rockets. Honnies travel everywhere on foot, since they can move with such great speed and are able to run for long periods without getting tired; or by boat if they need to travel to a place that isn't connected by land or bridge. If they have to transport large objects or humans, they tend to use trailers or wagons which are toed by half-breeds, who can run almost as fast as regular Honnies and are strong enough to pull heavy loads.

There is also no radio or television in the Honnie world, and certainly no Internet. Honnies have little curiosity to know what is going on in the wider world, or making connections with other Honnies far away, nor do they have any self-serving desire to be entertained for hours at a time, for any inkling to do so is overpowered by the urge to fit in with the machinery of Honnie society. If ever news needs to be shared in a hurry, Honnies can spread it to those around them telepathically by touching their minds briefly.