I’m putting together some Asura headcanons based on the Echidna.
First, I’m gonna say Asura lay eggs. I know, official word says they’re mammals, but if the Echidna can be a mammal and lay eggs then why the hell not?
After the Asura lays the egg, it is placed in an incubator allowing the parents to get back to labwork. All together the entire pregnancy process generally does not leave the mother unable to work for more than few days.
When the egg hatches the infant is very carefully transferred to into the nursery unit. As the natural habitat of The Asura is underground, it will be a while before the infant can handle open spaces or bright lights. The nursery unit mimics all the relevant qualities of a burrow, but includes many features which will stimulate the developing mind. Each nursery unit is built and designed by the parents. Asura parents are very secretive about their nursery units, seeking to make the smartest baby. As such there is a lot of variance from one unit to another to the point that they could scarcely be recognized as being part of the same family of machines.
The mother will partially or fully enter the nursery unit periodically to feed the infant with her milk patches. Some parents will opt to feed the infant a milk substitute of their own invention, but more often than not the results are not great. Infant nutrition just doesn’t leave enough leeway for the unsafe science their culture trends towards.
There is an inherent sense of safety even for adult asura in a golem’s cockpit. The walls are very closed off, and seeing the world only through the dim light of their monitors effects them in a manner similar to a mother’s embrace. The invention and subsequent popularization of this technology can be seen as self-stimming on a societal scale. In this respect golems are very uniquely Asuran tech. As closely tied to Asuran Nature as real life people view a human’s capacity to use tools.
Well, yes, official word is that they’re mammals, but last Wintersday there was also an asura NPC who specifically referred to the pain of childbirth (something about her progeny really looking up to Tixx and almost being worth the pain, but I can’t find a screenshot right now), so I think it’s also safe to say asura are also placental mammals. Just wanted to bring that up in case you didn’t know about it!
Milk patches, though, yes I could see that. It is lore that they don’t have obvious mammary glands like humans and norn do, so it’s a nice explanation around their lack of visible nipples on both sexes.
Great ideas on early childcare though! I could totally see some asura basically making a laboratory out of their baby-room to maximize cognitive development.