Anonymous asked: How do cyborg digestive systems work?
I’m actually not joking with this one - I mean, if you still have your torso (like Mistral), your digestive system is going to work the same way as any normal person. But if you’re like Raiden, you can only eat very little things that are easy to digest because you only have the help of nanomachines to break them down. AKA, Raiden can’t shit or piss (wow surprise), so he can’t have large intakes of food without literally bursting his stomach - because the food has nowhere else to go besides being broken down by the nanomachines in his stomach over time. This also means he can’t get all of the nutrients needed to sustain himself because of the small intake, so he mostly survives off of nutrient packs and glucose pouches.
Also, Illy said beef jerky is out of the picture because it’s too hard to digest.
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I was thinking on this several weeks back, and all cyborgs with mouths would have to have at least a rudimentary esophagus and stomach, even if they had nothing left but a head and a spine. Our mouths are constantly making saliva, and we are constantly swallowing it. If they didn’t have a throat and a stomach, the saliva would just…dribble out of their mouths constantly. Too much saliva causes speech issues, and too little can do the same. (The alternative is, of course, to remove the salivary glands, but that would make any food digestion far more difficult, and the constant sensation of thirst could easily drive someone insane (if they weren’t already).)
The saliva glands are probably normal on any cyborg still containing a uh…jaw to keep it all in without it drooling everywhere. That would help with the breakdown of food as well, and if they produce too much of it, the nanomachines can break that down as well, I guess. In Raiden’s case, his saliva glands must be totally under control to not produce saliva at all times because a skeletal jaw isn’t a very good holder for liquids….(and also, when Raiden was talking with Courtney about eating balut with…a…straw….he’d have to have his other jaw on from his other body to eat in general.)