Thorn: Today we’re going to learn about medical microchips! And I’m handing the floor over to Juniper, because they speak from experience.
Juniper: On it, boss!
A medical microchip is a kind of healing crystal. They’re very tiny — smaller than grains of rice — and highly specialized.
The most common ones stimulate the body to produce a substance it can’t make enough of naturally. Or suppress production when it has too much.
Usually neurotransmitters, or hormones.
The spells are encoded to your biology, and heavily encrypted to keep anyone unauthorized from remotely hacking your glands.
Quick biology review! My species makes new people by combining two distinct kinds of cell. And none of us produce both kinds at once. Which means you can break us down into three categories:
♦ Lots of estrogen
♦ XX genes
♦ Can carry pregnancies
♦ Lots of testosterone
♦ XY genes
♦ May otherwise fit one of those first two groups
♦ May have a mix of their traits, depending on specific condition
In serious science terms, this means we’re anisogamic (two gametes) and gonochorous (nobody makes both).
Some of us have dysphoria related to the category we’re in. The good news is, it’s easy to treat! Regular doses of whatever sex hormone you’re not producing enough of on your own can clear you right up.
. . . mostly. Some things do need a little surgical intervention.
[HEARTSWORD-TRAINING-ERA JUNIPER –> ]
So that’s how my agender self gets their regular infusion of testosterone! Without having to haul syringes and doses into the field.
The word for people with sex-related dysphoria basically translates as “transgender,” but Ceannis doesn’t see us as one subset of an “LGBTQ community.” We’re seen as a subset of “people who need hormone treatments.”
Since that’s the mindset I grew up with, it’s clearly the most natural and logical one.
. . . even if it means nobody ever designed us a flag.