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The natives are apparently based on assistants, so their
idiosyncracies might be based on drawing preferences (such as hiding
faces behind objects). I don't think the kanji on their foreheads
serve any purpose other than to distinguish them. See chapter
30 for who the natives actually
Parker's name and appearance come from the covers of the translations of Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series.
The legend of a carp becoming a dragon by leaping up a waterfall is apparently a Chinese allegory for a public official passing examinations. This raises interesting questions about the backstory of the universe, but it also gives an excuse for Belka to wear an extremely ‘80s biker suit.