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Ligam is the only male kept by the Gammes for reproduction purposes. Gammes generally say “the” Ligam; in part because he is the only one of his kind, but also because they tend to view the bloated creature as a thing rather than a person 1). The Ligam is maintained in a state of artificial youth thanks to the energy collected in the Zaranites' hives. 2).