The Lone Good Wraith Trope

In some Wraith fanworks, especially pre-Legacy, there can sometimes be seen the phenomenon of “one good OC Wraith” or “one good OC hive” with those OCs as outcasts and all other Wraith and hives as evil.

Writers who do this seem to see Wraith as physically beautiful, but have internalized the Lantean narrative that Wraith are evil and, thus, feel the need to create an OC or two to get around the Lantean creative block.

I will say it again from my longer blog: Wraith are not evil.

There is no “one” good Wraith or hive. There is good and bad to be found in everywhere and individuals are capable of change.

If an OC Wraith character is young and desires equality among others or is older and has changed to not be racist against humans, Asurans, or whoever, that Wraith can find or create a new hive and/ or alliance of hives to suit his or her personality, rather than to suffer alone or be forced to abandon his or her Wraith culture.

Wraith Do Not Have Warts

WHY do some artists and writers who are not Wraith fans feel the need to add warts to Wraith?

First, some biology is in order. Freckles are spots of pigmented skin, smooth and caused by varying amounts of melanin, like a tan. Tanned skin or darker skin tones are not raised up. On the other hand, warts are raised bumps of skin and they are caused by viruses. Wraith immune systems would kill those invading viruses.

Second, adding warts is adding something which was never there, misrepresenting the subject and the work of other artists. Wraith skin is smooth.  Freckles are added by the makeup artists by using a spray painter.

Freckles are not warts. Wraith do not have viruses or warts.

This has been a public service announcement.

Capitalizing the Names of Wraith Ship Types?

The transcripts on GW capitalize the names of Wraith ships, such as Dart and Hive.

Should this be?

Those transcripts have mistakes, such as calling Wraith by incorrect, objectifying pronouns the Wraith do not use to identify themselves.

The Lanteans starting calling the small fighter ships “darts” for their pointy shapes. The Wraith used the word in season 5, but was it because the name caught on or was it because the Wraith also used this same word all along?

Among humans, vehicles are capitalized for specific trademarked makes and models. Different styles of darts were not apparent, such as sports darts, luxury darts, etc.

Their may be something to capitalizing though, with the ships being organic and seemingly sentient. Would the Wraith capitalize those words to show respect for their ships?

It is something to think about, but I don’t know if I will start capitalizing or go back and edit all my writings at this time, because there is no direct proof on screen of the Wraith writing this way.

 

The Plural Form of Wraith

Sporadically, the topic of the plural form for the word “Wraith” comes up is discussions.

For Wraith fans, this is for good reason– we wish to be respectful to them in all ways, of course!

Often, this topic comes up because people of various languages discuss Wraith culture on boards which predominantly use the English language.

In intersectional critical theory, it is advised to avoid using the same word for both singular and plural for sentient beings. Adding -s or -es emphasizes individuality, rather than incorrectly as collective objects. E.g.: human/humans, fish/fishes. Thus, Wraiths would be the plural of Wraith.

–However–

It would seem the Wraith prefer to self-identify and refer to themselves with the same word for both singular and plural.

In “The Queen,” Todd says to Teyla, “ You are doing this on purpose — to kill Wraith.

In “Infection,” Todd tells Jennifer, “During the process of hibernation, there is a continuous exchange of fluid between Wraith and Hive.”

This may be in part because of the connection they share, via telepathy, with their hivemates and others within range of their telepathic abilities, the range varying by individual and Michael’s being very far-reaching.

Over the years, I have gone back and forth on this. Most of my recent writings have settled to use “Wraith” for both singular and plural, because I went with how they want to be identified in their culture.

 

 

 

 

Cetaceans and Image Projecting

Found on One Green Planet, this brings me joy to know this ability just might exist here on Earth. (I just hope the humans studying the cetaceans are being respectful to them and not harming them.)

“Communication is so great in cetaceans that there is a strong possibility they are able to project (yes … literally project) an “auditory image” that replicates a sonar message they may receive. The process is a bit confusing, but MSU describes it in this circumstance: “So a dolphin wishing to convey the image of a fish to another dolphin can literally send the image of a fish to the other animal. The equivalent of this in humans would be the ability to create instantaneous holographic pictures to convey images to other people.”

If they are in fact able to do this, there would have to be a natural tendency to break down stylized and abstracted images into words. Meaning, cetaceans, like people, use a series of signifiers to discern the exact objects they want to communicate about. We might say “tree” and think of a picture of a tree in our minds, but cetaceans can skip this step by simply projecting the image to other cetaceans.”

With Wraith ability to project shadowy apparitions to the minds of humans, who have no known capacity for telepathy, it is no wonder some fans theorize Wraith are able to create metal 3D holographic art to share with their hivemates. One artist drew a Wraith storyteller showing his audience a fantastic colorful dragon.