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Worldbuilding: Foxen Don't Eat Ice Cream

"Oh, this is delicious. What's it's made out of?" Razi demanded.

"Frozen milk, with sugar and some other ingredients mixed in."

The young Foxen girl frowned, tapping the translator bug in her ear. "I'm sorry, I don't think that scanned right. Milk, like cublings drink from their mothers?"

"Well not exactly. We got it originally from domesticated animals, before we perfected vat culturing."

Razi put down the stick with the frozen... milk.... on her plate. "So you domesticated animals, sucked out the lactation from their breasts, and then froze it to make treats?"

"Um, well yeah. It's delicous though."

"I'm think I'm going to be sick."

* * *

While there's a fine trade in exotic foodstuffs between Foxen and Human worlds, the discovery of ice cream and what it was made out of took Foxen aback when they found out about it. Milk was reserved for cublings breast feeding. There was no tradition of gathering it from animals (the closest equivilent to cattle on Foxen Prime was a grass eating mammal roughly analogious to a half-sized deer, raised exclusively for its meat), and the idea of drinking or otherwise consuming it into adulthood was considered massively perverse. To date, ice cream and other milk based products such as cheeze and pelt care creams are prohibited from importation to Foxen Prime and its colonies.

Which doesn't stop young Foxen from cheerfully ordering ice cream when vacationing off world, partly for the taste, but mostly following the fine tradition among many of the Six Races of doing things to deliberately piss off their parents...


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Feb. 19th, 2014 12:41 pm (UTC)
Of course, they won't have lactase, either, since they don't drink milk, which means that unless someone's smart enough to modify the ice cream to not have lactose in it they may get bellyaches or the runs.
Feb. 19th, 2014 01:18 pm (UTC)
Which is probably another reason it isn't popular. Or consumed much past a couple of tries when in their teens.

I'd forgotten that little fact. Thanks for the reminder!
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