The Culture Engine
Pupation and Chrysalis
Pupation and Chrysalis occur at least once in the life cycle of each Citizen of the Palace. The time of their occurrence is determined by each individual, and is facilitated by an automata. It is typically marked by a period of growth both physical and creative, followed by a period of seclusion and dormancy. Upon emerging from Chrysalis, a child becomes a full Citizen and is considered an adult. It is typically the case that in the period just before and during the course of pupation, a child selects their base expression of gender.
Individuals under certain circumstances may choose to pupate more than once over the course of their life cycle. This is not an altogether rare occurrence.