Provolved Corvids with interdependent mental specializations
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Huginn and MuninnHuginn (Novacorvus eucogitatus) and Muninn (Novacorvus eumemoriae) were two provolved sister species. In their time the two species were also known by the nicknames Hugies and Munies, Thought and Memory, and Odin's Twins. Huginn and Muninn became the third and fourth avian provolves, after the African Gray Parrot and the Scarlet Macaw. While the two parrot species were considered for the most part initially as novelty pets with mental abilities equivalent to those of a preadolescent human baseline, Huginn and Muninn had intelligences measured closer to the level obtained by calebs. Due to the combination of the ambitious goal for intelligence and severe limitations of early provolution projects these species created an obligatory symbiotic relationship, relying on each other for survival. Local population extinctions throughout the Nanoutbreak and the maturation of technologies (e.g. compubones and DNI) allowed for new descendant species to flourish but meant both Huginn and Muninn completely died out before the First Federation. While both species lasted only a few centuries, their early status as non-mammalian intelligences meant each has contributed genetically to the genomes of many provolves, rianths, neogens, and splices.
fly each day
I fear for Huginn,
that he come not back,
yet more I fear for Muninn.
- Grímnismál, Poetic Edda