Asari

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The asari are technically asexual, but their physical characteristics resemble human females, so they are referred to as females. Unlike most humanoids, they do not exchange genetic material when mating. The asari mating process involves a "merging" of the nervous systems of the mates, allowing the asari that chooses to conceive to "randomize" her own genes, using the mate's genetic code as an algorithm. Consequently, while asari are capable of mating with any humanoid, male or female, the offspring of the union is always asari. The greater genetic "randomization" that comes from mating with a non-asari has made interspecies matings preferred in asari society since their discovery of interstellar travel. Asari are capable of engaging in mating behavior without conceiving, and the process is typically pleasurable for both participants.
 
The asari are technically asexual, but their physical characteristics resemble human females, so they are referred to as females. Unlike most humanoids, they do not exchange genetic material when mating. The asari mating process involves a "merging" of the nervous systems of the mates, allowing the asari that chooses to conceive to "randomize" her own genes, using the mate's genetic code as an algorithm. Consequently, while asari are capable of mating with any humanoid, male or female, the offspring of the union is always asari. The greater genetic "randomization" that comes from mating with a non-asari has made interspecies matings preferred in asari society since their discovery of interstellar travel. Asari are capable of engaging in mating behavior without conceiving, and the process is typically pleasurable for both participants.
  
The control over their own bioelectricity that results from their mating process also gives asari a natural aptitude for manipulating [[element zero]] in their tissues; this trait, combined with the abundance of eezo in the environment of the asari homeworld, makes them natural [[mass effect technology|biotics]].
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The control over their own bioelectricity that results from their mating process also gives asari a natural aptitude for manipulating [[element zero]] in their tissues; this trait, combined with the abundance of eezo in the environment of the asari homeworld, makes them natural [[biotic]]s.
  
 
A small minority of asari develop a genetic condition that causes their partners to die when they mate; they are known as ardat-yakshi. The mating process is intoxicating for the ardat-yakshi, whose biotic powers grow stronger when she kills. Fortunately, ardat-yakshi are infertile, so the condition is not self-perpetuating. Also, ardat-yakshi are never produced when asari mate with non-asari (supporting the cultural preference for mating with aliens).
 
A small minority of asari develop a genetic condition that causes their partners to die when they mate; they are known as ardat-yakshi. The mating process is intoxicating for the ardat-yakshi, whose biotic powers grow stronger when she kills. Fortunately, ardat-yakshi are infertile, so the condition is not self-perpetuating. Also, ardat-yakshi are never produced when asari mate with non-asari (supporting the cultural preference for mating with aliens).

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