@Havenstone Kurios Havenstone. I would like to ask about some science, if you please?
Stem cells, in our world, are cells that can differentiate into different types of cell. We could say that their purpose is to Change. They exist in bodily tissues, including blood and brain. One of the (humanely) accessible source of adult stem cell is blood, which requires extraction through apherasis, wherein blood is drawn from the donor, and passed through a machine that extracts the stem cells and returns back other portions of the blood.
Fetus/baby has stem cells too, and their stem cells have a higher devision and/or be pluripotent (can change into more various types of cell). We could also say that, the latent quality in stem cells that inspires the cells to change, however we choose to call it, is more potent in children than in adults. Also, neural stem cell proliferation also declines as a consequence of aging (i.e. growing up).
And here’s the thing. Stem cells extracted from blood apherasis are not created by blood. They are created by bone marrow, which is the real source. Seperating just blood from the body means taking it away from its source of… whatever maker-of-change quality it has.
In a society where that particular quality is crucial to the economy and agriculture. Maybe bone marrow tax/donation (and subsequent culture in labs, to sustain its life outside human body) would be more able to fix that quality in amount that, though probably not as large as whole-body tax, is larger than blood tax/donation. The procedure is that a needle would be inserted into the hip bone to draw the marrow out. The incisions are tiny. Bone marrow, like blood, also regenerates itself in short amount of time.
Bone marrow culture probably is an expensive procedure… but there’s a reason why it may be worth the cost. There is not much reason to do blood culture, because its stem cells would never increase. But… maybe cultured bone marrow would be able to generate stem cells (or their change-maker quality) throughout its life? (I’m no expert in biology).
These reasons combined is why I think bone marrow tax/donation maybe the way to sustain the blood economy without the need to kill. We may call the process “Marrowing” (no, we won’t do that. We don’t want people to be scared of it).By the way, I much more prefer the term “Apherasis” than “Harrowing”, so ominous and elegant, giving the impression of a terrible glory.
What do you think about my speculation, kurios?
And… Jinny isn’t a helot name, or is it? Please tell me that it isn’t…