characterdesigninspiration

characterdesigninspiration:

  1. If your character found a magic genie lamp and was granted three wishes, what would they be?
  2. If your character could meet one historical figure, who would it be? (Also: If they’re from a fictional world, what heroes from their culture’s past would they want to meet?)
  3. Your character gets the…

((More punk selkie babbles! Are you all tired of them yet?))

1. The chance to fly with wings of her own for one time without dying, for people as a whole to realize fully the flaws of capitalism, and for happiness for her boss’ family at the gyro place where she works (his son ran away from home, and it devastated the family).

2. Lethe doesn’t know much human history, but she would like to meet Frank Herbert and/or Ray Bradbury, just to talk to them for a while, and listen to the stories that they never got to write down before the end. The selkies she came from didn’t keep wonderful records of their past heroes, and so she doesn’t really have an idol from her own culture she would want to meet.

3. No. Lethe is of the opinion that the decisions she has made weren’t always the best, but they got her to where she is, and she likes that place.

4a. Lethe worries constantly about whether or not her morality is actually beneficial to anyone, or if she’s just a different permutation of the jerks she despises.

4b. She worries that her punk style looks stupid and immature in the eyes of her friends; this is both a psychological and a physical insecurity for Lethe.

5. Given that her working sexuality for the moment is grey-asexual, this is an inapplicable question for Lethe.

6. In ten years, Lethe hopes to be still alive, and somewhere—both mentally and physically—where she can be happy, and of use to society as a whole. Failing the last piece, she hopes that she will at least be on the track to those two, struggling towards her goal, and fighting tooth and nail to get there.

7. Deeply confused; this world, as of my knowledge, doesn’t have gay werewolves to chill with (her friend, Joe, is a gay werewolf who has a wonderful Joe Strummer impersonation). However, given that her world is a changed version of this one, she would probably fit in tolerably well. She would feel lonely, though, with all of her friends a universe away.

8. Lethe left her original culture because she did not fit in. She joined the punk subculture because she felt that it fit better, and she is happy with it.

9. Nine times out of ten, with physical violence towards the bully. At the least, with snarling; Lethe does not tolerate bullies well, and has no real fear of getting beat up, herself. She hasn’t quite figured out guns yet, as she hasn’t had the experience of getting shot for her interfering.

10. Family pressure doesn’t really impress Lethe; she swam almost the length of the planet because she resisted her family’s pressures. She is fairly resistant to pressures most of the time, although she will let her guards down if the pressure is something harmless, like singing at open-mic night (she doesn’t have the best voice, and her voice-cracks sound like a seal barking).

11. Maybe to Rakis (Arrakis during Leto II’s reign); she would like to talk to the God Emperor, and debate with him. She understands the concept of separate skins being one and the same on a visceral level, and can identify with the desire to change the world irrevocably (although she cannot do such a thing, while Leto II can, and did). She might also chill in Revecroir for a while (for those unfamiliar with the Revecroit universe, it is the brainchild of Silence/revecroir, and used to be known as Valenth; the semi-infamous leupaks are from this universe, and are the most adorable dream-beasts I’ve ever encountered).

alphynix
alphynix:

Newly-described anomalocaridid Lyrarapax unguispinus. Just 12cm long (4.7in), the fossils of this 520 million-year-old Chinese species have exquisitely-preserved brains — the structure of which help to confirm a shared ancestry with velvet worms and basal arthropods.
All the reference images I could find focus on the underside of Lyrarapax, so this reconstruction is pretty speculative regarding the head shield shape and possible dorsal flaps.
And while the brain discovery is really neat, look at those flippers! While Schinderhannes looks like an anomalocaridid trying to be a fish, Lyrarapax almost looks like one trying to be a penguin.

alphynix:

Newly-described anomalocaridid Lyrarapax unguispinus. Just 12cm long (4.7in), the fossils of this 520 million-year-old Chinese species have exquisitely-preserved brains — the structure of which help to confirm a shared ancestry with velvet worms and basal arthropods.

All the reference images I could find focus on the underside of Lyrarapax, so this reconstruction is pretty speculative regarding the head shield shape and possible dorsal flaps.

And while the brain discovery is really neat, look at those flippers! While Schinderhannes looks like an anomalocaridid trying to be a fish, Lyrarapax almost looks like one trying to be a penguin.

biologizeable

biologizeable:

I am a true biologist. I appreciate each and every creature, regardless of shape or function, and I understand that nature is an endless, interlocking structure that requires hundreds of thousands of differing forms, all necessary for the survival of the whole. I frown upon those who fear and kill…

biologizeable
  • Capitalists: Capitalism is the best system because it works by the laws of nature. Darwin! Natural selection! Only the strong survive!
  • Kropotkin: Actually, Darwin pointed out that in numberless animal societies, the struggle between separate individuals for the means of existence disappears, that struggle is replaced by co-operation and how that substitution results in the development of intellectual and moral faculties which secure to the species the best conditions for survival.
  • Capitalists: No
  • Darwin: Yes