Huh? Not making any sense? Because of the nature of these little flash fiction vignettes, I thought it would be helpful to index previous back stories and journal entries. Although Artiste’s tales are non-linear, it can help to read some pages in groups by threads of associated content. Of course you could just read them randomly, and trust that it will all come together at some point.

The beginning back story is always a great place to start:
• The Artiste Gullible back story

For this particular installment it also may help to read: Something random?

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[image] A three headed tiger growls in front of a Chinese palace.

[text] The three-headed tiger of neoChine is a favorite within the courts of the imperial dynasties. The male version of the beast, feline trihomophalic, is very aggressive, but loyal. The female genus of the beast, feline trihomosaphhic is likewise aggressive but obedient. In both iterations, the genetically contrived beasts are considered pure only when the engineered result produces all male-head, or all female-head versions.

Triheteroandrogynous beasts, or those beasts with mixed male and female heads, are singled out as non-viable genetic mutations because of their generally amiable dispositions, and passive nature.

Since all variations are genetic mules and are therefor unable to reproduce outside of a lab, controlling the population’s purity is relatively simple. Pure three-headed males, and females are sold as imperial house pets. However, because the Buddha-li of neoChine forbids the wasteful construction, or destruction of life; the impure feline trihetro variations of the beast are often made into a soup which claims to calm the troubled soul.