Does you setting have any Peoples or Individuals of note that practice a Vegan/vegetarian diet?
By - Fiora_FT_W
My world has a couple monastic traditions that practice vegetarianism. The dwarves of the Three Shields hold their place in the world to be the protection of life and facilitation of it's growth, so refuse to consume meat or do harm except when forced. On the other hand, many who walk the Path of Annihilation are functionally vegetarian, although they are not truly opposed to eating meat on the whole. Instead, they believe that all destruction they cause should be purposeful and deliberate, and so will only eat something they kill themselves. Seeing as many of them don't hunt, they refrain from eating meat.
Tell me more about the "Path of Annihilation"
It's a monastic tradition/martial art dedicated to the practice and study of destruction in both the abstract and the real. Practitioners study a script written by the first master, detailing five ways of bringing annihilation to the world (destroying flesh, structures/earth, mana, the soul and finally space itself) and generally study underneath another master. Along with the actual skill itself, it teaches a philosophy of deliberate action and temperance in dealing with the world. Practitioners tend to be totally peaceful until provoked, but once they make the decision to destroy something they are not to stop until it is gone from existence. The philosophy itself doesn't really have a set goal or end state in mind, beyond an acceptance that nothingness is the final state of all existence, and largely encourages its students to seek whatever goals they find fulfilling, more promoting a mindset than a specific moral code. In current times, walkers of the Path are very few and far between, as they have been culled by the reigning Emperor in the region the discipline was founded, due to being considered a threat to the state (not entirely unjustified, they are ridiculously dangerous).
The Path of Annihilation is notable in universe for being the Mystic art (techniques involving internal Anima usage as opposed to external usage which is Sorcery) that has the most external, Sorcery like effects. Also for being really goddamn scary.
So zen-nhilisists with superpowered kung-fu, sounds rad
Many hues in Traivern are vegetarian. This isn't out of a philosophical or moral reason, but a practical one.
Traivern is where green spirits come from and by extension their magic. They can cause plant life to grow at extremely rapid rates at the cost of the spirit's mist that makes up their body.
As a result, plant products are used for everything in Traivern from buildings to food. Animal products are very expensive while plant products cost nearly nothing.
However the closer you get to the coast, the less strict people tend to be, especially when it comes to seafood.
They're the largest population of people in the world.
They're recreations of humans after they wiped each other out, but are unaware of this. They mostly resemble their earth born predecessors, but due to their unique relationship with the spirits they tend to have more unusual hair colors.
Are there non Hue humans/Sapients?
Yes there are.
- Spirits are sapient themselves and they come in a variety of colors who each have their own cultures, appearances, and types of magic.
- Neophanes are closely related to humans, close enough to for them to make crossbreed infertile children. While they used to be much more similar, they underwent a plague called "Maidens' End" which wiped out their female half and forced them to find a new form of reproduction with the help of red spirits.
- Bellum are short-lived cephalopods who are skiddish and shy. They're amphibious and mostly live in beaches and shallow waters where they can quickly swap between the land and water. They can't talk, so they communicate through their color changing skin instead.
- Wyvari are flying reptiles with a resemblance to two-legged dragons. They're much less developed than other sapients and are still at the hunter-gatherer stage. Most people don't even know they are sapient.
- The Watchers are a group of post-humans who created the ring world the outpost is located on and recreated humanity through the hues. Their existence is a mystery to most people in the outpost, only existing through not-so-accurate folklore.
Venhyr (the "elves" of my setting) are vegetarians. If an animal dies of natural causes, they'll repurpose the meat and such into fertilizer before burning the bones, but they also do that with their own people. And they use (freely given) dragon scales to make their armor. But actually eating flesh is considered beneath them.
Why do they consider eating meat "beneath" them?
They're racist little brats that want something to hold themselves over the other sapient races (humans, beastkin, etc). Their reason in universe is that everything that bleeds has a Spark (basically a soul) that connects them to the world, and if they consume it, they're taking away what they think is a non renewable resource. By repurposing the meat and burning the bones, they're releasing the Spark back into the world to make new life.
Are sparks a renewable resource then? Are sparks 'real' or is it part of a religious or social tradition?
My main character Cerulean Sky is an herbivore. He has to wear a green wrist band at school so that no one mistakenly gives him an animal product and makes him sick. He primarily resides on sugary fruits and vegetables that are high in starch. He must eat frequent small meals throughout the day and will usually wake up for a midnight snack. He loves any kind of nut butter with apple slices.
Vegetarian diets are the norm in the 30th century solar system, partially because our ideas of what constitutes sentience and sapience became a lot more developed in the 24th century after the first uplifted organisms and artificial intellects were created, but mainly because growing tissue in a vat or taking some microbial biomass and running it through a printer became more efficient than raising and butchering livestock as early as the 22nd-23rd century. Traditional carniculture can still be found on old Earth and terraformed Venus, and in the oceans beneath the ice shells of Europa and Enceladus, but in most of the solar system it is too expensive to practice, and often regarded as barbaric anyway - it is even illegal on some worlds such as Mercury, Mars and Titan. Vat-grown meat is kind of a cheat, and some religious and quasi-religious groups ban it for their members, but most people are pretty cool with it. Autophagists are a particularly quirky bunch who insist on only consuming vat-grown meat that has been derived from their own genetic material!
I like your exploration of alternate ecologies. My own setting has a lower technological level, but uses a more primitive version of biomass harvesting using genetically altered sea-weed to capture excess carbon dioxide from the ocean for processing into both foodstuff and as raw materials for lab-grown tissues.
Oh thank you, i like your modified seaweed idea it sounds like something that could be done in the near future! I think similar modified organisms will also be used in settling the ice-locked ocean moons of the solar system, since the water of these other worlds will probably have a different composition to the water that Earth-based life is used to, especially if there is no native life already established. If there is native microbial life then i think we will use it to engineer our life forms to be more compatible with the local environment so that less modification needs to be done to the environment.
Morgred’s religion had religious laws against eating meat, because they thought that eating the flesh of a dead animal would cause you to be haunted by said animals spirit. They still farmed animals, but only for milk or eggs.
My sci-fi setting has a subculture which takes this even further. Synthtarians exclusively eat synthetic food.
No matter if it was an animal, plant or fungi, all life is equal to them and should not be killed or harvested for food.
Synthetic food is created chemicaly without the need for it to be alive at some point. Cheap food synthesizers only produce bland nutritional paste, but more expensive models can create almost any taste and structure.
Many synthtarians prefer their food not to look like organic food as they find the very idea of eating something which was alive at some point as unethical and disgusting.
Many spaceship crews are synthtarians by necessity because food synthesizers need much less space and mass than hydroponic farms.
Most of my settings avoid the consumption of meat just because it bothers me. Though I don't really have any well-developed settings, they're mostly the settings for the random drawings I make.
When it's a technologically developed society that is meant to mirror ours, I usually include meat-like products that are actually genetically modified plants, made to produce fruits in the shape of chicken drumsticks (the "bones" are a stalk like celery), hamburger patties (various circular patties inside a pod), sausages (modified from banana-like fruits) and so on.
The plants were (genetically) "taught" to make animal meat from plant matter (which herbivores "know" how to do, so in theory you can teach plants how to do it), so the product is almost indistinguishable from meat in composition, though the texture is often more tender and less fibrous, easier to eat, without those more chewy, gross parts.
No, those outside of the biological need do not, by choice, forfeit the consumption of meat. The overwhelming majority do not have the luxury to give up something so valuable as meat.
Sidenote: There's a small number of carnivorous races and even some of the few herbivorous ones do consume some form of living creatures, usually insects.
You say the "overwhelming majority", so there are some, have you ever written about any of them? Why not?
The ones who do have the luxury of choice don't squander it.
Of course it does, herbivores are a thing, you know :)
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Forest Elves can eat meat and not have issues but thye Choose too mainly eat fruits and Veggies
That seems contradictory, are you willing to elaborate?
Oops I accidentally deleted the comment.... here it is again:
The Maiorans follow a vegan diet, but sill kill animals for skin and fat
I'll get back to that once I'm on my computer again
OK here I am again.
The Maiorans don't think the killing of the animals is the evil part. After all, it happens in nature all the time. It's the eating of the meat that's the problem. They think that if you eat meat, it's easier for your animalistic instincts to take over. So it's fine to make a fur coat out of them, as long as you don't eat them.
More or less the sinians are not exactly vegetarian, but their diet is more vegetable centered and less meaty, because the creature from the forest where they live (near or inside) are very huge and dangerous. Because or that they evolved to be shorter than most of the humans. They are known for their great wood work.
I'm still in the early stages of world building so we don't have many people yet. So far there is a settlement of full time vegan therianthropes. The island they live on is full of life so they could hunt. Most other therians do this, but they choose not to.
These people banded together because they used to kill for a living in their former lives. They all have a deep sense of guilt and believe this curse is their punishment.
There are also groups of religious people who only eat meat during certain times of the week/month/year, but that's all I have so far. I'm still working on resources (and with it diets) in my world and it's slowly getting populated.
Rhys, the protagonist group's healer in my fantasy setting. He doesn't kill in general and won't sustain his life with anything that came from the death of another living thing. So milk or eggs is fine, but meat is usually made by killing animals (and it's cruel AF if you don't). This also means he's technically ok with stealing food from bad guys, but not taking from their stores after they're dead.
Laïnar, the shapeshifter, would be a prime example of vegan in my world.
The reason, I hope, is a bit original. He is a shapeshifter, maybe the only real shapeshifter in history. He can take on the form of any being, mainly sapient beings, but also animals, which he enjoyes. This is why for him, to eat an animal, feels like for us would be eating a human. He's been an (any) animal.
Not exactly what you asked, but the swamp tribes are pescetarian. There are lots of fish in the swamp, plenty to satisfy the hunger of a hunter. They don't bother with any other kind of meat since that would entail fighting a dinosaur or a killer marine reptile.
In my world almost everyone are vegetarian. Biodiversity is a very important matter to peoples living here and a lot of animals are hard to kill and can be used in other ways so eating meat is considered weird and is really expensive. But one of the leading households in the Arlaton region is known for having mainly carnivorous diet eating mainly cow like creatures living almost exclusively on the lands they own but the are more than happy to eat whatever animals they can their hands on, rumors say that even includes humans and other sapient spieces.