To be considerate of human behavioral psychology (as far as we can currently make predictions) I would argue that any form of living being that becomes sentient after any significant interaction with any species or collection of species with sentience would lack individuality in the sense that they have no clue who or what they are and therefore would not know their place. Often, to overcome the fear of being seen as a “fraud,” they’d blend in (read: a temporary “chameleon” personality type) in whatever ways they could observe (clothing at first) until they picked up more sophisticated social mannerisms (slouching, spitting, more masculine tone).
Consider that the amount of sentient species is wholly unknown to us AND we have no clue what this tracker of knowledge has seen, downloaded, etc… and we wind up with a pretty complex lack of any form of individuality as FL4K attempts to figure out how to shift between mental phases of assimilation and accommodation (basically read: outside things make sense compared to things I “know” vs what I “know” and what I am learning do not pair so I must adjust what I “know” - we do this our whole lives lol). FL4K’s entire life has been solely shadows of these concepts and the first part of that code to break is this highly fundamental comfort element.
Gender would have no immediate value to FL4K at this time and individuality is not something they’d care, but exploring the concepts and ideas of individuality ARE (basically, they’d watch all of the individuality traits that make others different from the whole and try to understand HOW to discover that). It could be stated - though I wouldn’t wholly agree - that FL4K chose to become a beastmaster because of the simplicity of the beasts v the more sentient, complex beings in the galaxy. They want companionship and to belong. This is likely the most fundamental driving force they have making gender irrelevant and giving individuality less value than belonging (which, by the way, is a form of individuality that Americans just don’t typically recognize because we’re afraid of our own society lol)
Linguistically, I can’t tell you how that would play out, but FL4K would not only be non-binary, the concept of gender would be of such low consequence that they would likely never have a priority profile for it. How does one express that in language, though? I mean, FL4K’s response to “you a girl or boy robot?” would likely be to walk away not knowing how to answer or just stare at them until a new question was asked lol (this is, of course, with VERY limited observations on the way they respond to dialogue in gameplay I’ve seen, so this is a wild guess, but I feel probabilistically confident about that).
ALL OF THIS IS SPECULATION based on my observations, studies, and research since I was 14 lol that does not mean it’s right or even close it just means I think I might have some clue, but I know I could also be wrong (science is VERY humbling lol)
Wow. I typed waaaay too much for this conversation and it probably didn’t even add to the point lol I’m going to go call a friend cause clearly I need to have some deep nerd chat hahaha