Ranids are a perplexing mystery of our time. Born to human mothers, they appear like nothing so much as amphibians stretched over a rough human body plan. Facial recognition experts have detected faint echoes of their parents in ranids’ features, but they resemble nothing so much as each other.

They have no vocal cords and cannot speak, but ranids are as intelligent as any other humans and readily learn to speak using synthesizers and a modified version of American Sign Language. Genetic analyses have shown that their DNA has no notable or measurable differences from that of their parents or siblings, though it is worth noting that once a ranid is born all future pregnancies will inevitably produce ranids as well, leading some to suspect that there is a epidemiological basis for their morphology.

Yet tests on ranid parents have yielded no conclusive results.

Ranids require more moisture and more proteins and meats in their diet, but can otherwise accept normal foods provided that provisions are made for their lack of teeth. While many have died due to lack of proper care, and still others have been murdered by their parents, most have thrived.

There is one ongoing debate, though. The first ranid, Gabrielle Ramirez, was born 9 years and 7 months ago. What happens when a ranid undergoes puberty?

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