Since there aren't really any T's, I thought I'd ask Colin and the hivemind here - what would the Transcendentals take on intellignet but non-self aware life be? Part of me thinks they wouldn't even care (its a big universe after all), but another part of me says they'd fire up the strangelet launcher, especially if it was a human variant.
Reason I'm asking is instead of pounding my head against writer's block the size of a 2001 monolith with regards to OA, I'm playing a bit. Maybe the Rix from the Killing of Worlds, but something like a cross between zimboes and the eusocial human variants of Hellstrom's Hive is currently tainting my brain meat, maybe even touches of Fourth Millennium's Donegal Phyle.
What I'm thinking here is a biological caste system, divided by gender, with a variety of specialized roles. Further, unlike the entities from Hellstrom's Hive, most of the members of this civ aren't sentient. Yes, they can pass a Turing test, but to borrow from a friend on rpg.net, the lights are on, but no one is home in there. The ruling caste is sentient, but constrained and can't reproduce.
Anyway, thoughts? Comments?