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Animorphs Role Playing / Re: GESB: OOC Discussion
« Last post by Shenmue654 on April 24, 2017, 04:18:00 PM »
*Loses entire post in five minutes due to accidentally closing a window* *Plays world's smallest violin* T___T
General Fan Fiction & Art / Shenmue's Thoughts On A Book
« Last post by Shenmue654 on April 24, 2017, 01:53:30 PM »
Something's been going through my head for a while now, maybe as a kind of response or perhaps a deconstruction of dystopian YA novels. In dystopian YA novels there are two types of protagonists:

  • the protagonist who loves the system and wants to be a part of it, finds out it's awful, and rebels against the system
  • the Katniss Everdeen protagonist who never really fit in and was openly defiant from the start

These types of protagonists represent the ideal (usually female for some reason) teen hero that kids want: someone who can "revolutionize the world." (Utena-style. :P). What we almost never see is the protagonist who makes the morally "wrong" choice, the choice I would actually make. The selfish protagonist who sees the way that the dystopian world works and decides to exploit it for their own gain, with all the potential consequences and fallout that would occur. Possibly the protagonist eventually realizes they're in the wrong and turns into something more like the first two, but first we actually see what would happen if someone accepted the "Join me and together we will rule the world" offer. We tell a very different (and possibly more political) type of YA story, closer to the adult Red Son than the Hunger Games.

I've been meaning to write this kind of story for a while now, and I have a (very complicated) world set up for it. But the thing is, I don't know if anyone but me would actually read it. The closest thing I've seen to what I'm getting at is Tally Youngblood from Uglies, and she's much less deliberate (and thus much more forgivable). Can people stand having a manipulative, arrogant, rational little **** as a YA dystopian novel protagonist? Would people be interested in the ethical, legal, and personal complications of being a celebrity but being celebrated for something you definitely aren't, and maintaining that impossible-to-attain public image? Would people want a YA novel in which the protagonist can exploit the society, but to do so has to get around and bend to the whims of an unpredictable, megalomaniacal ****? Those are basically my thoughts.

I can also rant about the elevator mafia, the Hunger-Games-on-Eldritch-horror-crack leadup to this, and superconductors made from human emotions. :P
General Fan Fiction & Art / Re: Memoirs of a RAFian
« Last post by Cloak on April 24, 2017, 11:46:09 AM »
New chapter. Sorry about the brevity.

RAF Land

Noelle managed to scrape by a modest living, unseen by humans, unless whe was in her human morph. She deliberately made her human morph look unnoticeable, because she did not want the humans noticing her too much. Most just thought she was eccentric. Which was good -- it gave her an excuse out of social functions and the like.

But then, one day, she heard an odd, almosf haunting voice.

"Somewhere in your mind's eye --"

Her curiosity undeniably piqued, she began to follow the sound, not knowing what it was.

"There is someplace you have never been."

She began her trek before coming to a place that she never saw. That she didn't know even could exist. It was almost like a secret egalitarian society. Then she noticed that the person singing seemed to be human. Unbeknowst to Noelle, it was musicman88, a retired RAFian in modern times.

"Welcome to the strangest place that you've ever been to,
Stranger than in dreams might give you a clue.
Close your eyes, it's here for you.

Noelle hovered in the woods watching this. She was entertained, but even more entralled when she realized the others were singing along.

"But everybody's crazy here in RAF.
You have to be a bit insane,
To sit and watch a house fly away and play.
Beside a field of raisin cane.
Call it crazy, if you please.
We're as happy as can be.

Noelle had no idea that the other RAFians, especially Cloak, was already aware of her presence and were already welcoming her. These were the times when they weren't as guarded.

"'Coz everybody's crazy here in RAF.
You simply won't believe your eyes.
Because if you've never been you wouldn't understand.
You couldn't in a million tries.
You'll see combinations that no one ever sees.
Ain't anything normal even with a swarm of these.

It was at this point the RAFians drew her into the song, and, though initially reluctant, she joined and had a wonderful time.

"And I sure hope I can get back to RAF again.
Back to RAF again.
Back to RAF again.
Back to RAF again.
Back to RAF again.
Back to RAF again.

So much was the enjoyment and accepting nature of these creatures, these RAFians, that she had decided to join them. From that point on, she joined them as a RAFian herself.

SOURCE SONG: https://youtube.com/watch?v=z_PwFgyIBpg
Animorphs Role Playing / Re: GESB: OOC Discussion
« Last post by Leona on April 24, 2017, 09:30:08 AM »
Or I could be a pile of Fail due to being interrupted by my own sister. : P

I've got two kids. It happens. XD
Animorphs Role Playing / Re: GESB: OOC Discussion
« Last post by Shenmue654 on April 24, 2017, 08:38:14 AM »
Or I could be a pile of Fail due to being interrupted by my own sister. : P
General Fan Fiction & Art / Re: Memoirs of a RAFian
« Last post by Cloak on April 24, 2017, 08:02:09 AM »
Sorry about no new chapters over the weekend. I was working two double shifts in a row.

And you may have heard of Steven Bombs (arcs of Steven Universe released all at once), well, here's a Memoirs Bomb. So to speak.
  • Book MCLXXXVI (1,186): "Khaaaaaaan! Yeerk Jerk" -- The RAFians come upon a Khan worm/Yeerk hybrid who hates its existence.
  • Book MCLXXXVII (1,187): "Pay Attention to Me!!!" -- The RAFians must deal with a malevolent poltergeist who moved into the forum, unwanted. And it is a familiar face.
  • Book MCLXXXVIII (1,188): "Alas, Ala" -- Shock, Blocky, and EvilPinkDragon battle against a trio of child-devouring Ala.
  • Book MCLXXXIX (1,189): "Spiritual Royalty" -- Abby and Spectre become transcendent ghosts.
  • Book MCLXL (1,190): "Gaz, the Vampire Queen" -- Gaz becomes a transdecendant vampire, and the new Madre de Vampyra. She doesn't like the title.
  • Book MCLXLI (1,191): "Wild Howls" -- Wild becomes a transdescendant werebeast.
  • Book MCLXLII (1,192): "King of Hell" -- Shenecron and Hellscream, after both becoming transdescent demons, battle it out for the crown of Hell.
  • Book MCLXLIII (1,193): "This Sucks" -- Abby, Spectre, Gaz, and Wild have the transcendence sucked out of them to ressurect an old foe.
  • Book MCLXLIV (1,194): "Adjustment Period" -- Abby, Spectre, Gaz, and Wild adjust to the loss of their transcendence.

There. Don't think I rehashed anything. Getting close to Year 13. Remember, the titles are not final, and are subject to change.

New chapter.

Arrival and Fall

The flight as an Aerophibian was easy. She found quickly that, not only could she survive in the vacuum of space, but she can burrow into hyperspace, as the Aerophibian brain knew to be. Her Andalite mind detected it to be Z-Space, but dismissed it as impossible.

Eventually, her time window was closing. She had to find a planet to touch down in, demorph, and possibly remorph to continue her trek. And that water-filled planet should do nicely. She landed at an undisclosed area and made sure she was safe, before demorphing.

After resuming her Andalite shape, she stayed in the thickest parts of the woods. This planet was new to her, and unknown dangers could be lurking around every corner. Still -- it was far better than having to deal with a male chauvinist who isn't willing to take "no" for an answer.

Then Noelle came across some script from a discarded container, which she recognized as an Earth script. She had read about Earth from her books and stories. Was she really on Earth? If she was, she would need a human morph to fit in.

That proved to be more challenging than it first appeared to acquire. It wasn't enough to simple acquire a single human and be done with it, as she would be identified and mistaken for that particular human. She would require several genetic patterns in order to perform the Maneuver. That way she could have her own human identity.

It wasn't easy, to be sure, but she managed to acquire enough of a variety to do the Maneuver and come up with a completely unique human morph. Of course, since she was not born a human, she wasn't completely prepared for the new sensations of the morph.

Taste. Sound-based communication instead of the telepathic nature of thought-speak. So much to get used to and acquainted with . . .


Ardnalil did not escape Noelle's flight unscathed.

Despite no one knowing just how she managed to leave the planet altogether -- she having left that tidbit of information out of her note -- everyone knew precisely why. They all heard about the note from her grieving family, and realize just the kind of person Ardnalil truly was.

It was as if they were all seeing him for the first time, and they now saw through his gregarious public persona. They saw the dark monster that lied within him. Their attitude toward this town hero, this war hero, cooled significantly.

This new, icy reception took Ardnalil by surprise. He didn't even know about Noelle's departure until Syko told him about it much later on. He . . . he didn't take it well. Nor did he take it well when he found out that she left a note which, in his view, bad mouthed him. This outraged him, and quickly tried to dispute these accusations and allegations.

But thing was his explanations were outlandish and sounded more fabricated and sloppily put together than Noelle's more earnest, truer account. At least sixty percent of the town believed her narrative over his, with only a meager seventeen percent believing his. The remaining twenty-three percent had no opinion at all.

He wasn't nearly as popular as he used to be, and he found that he himself needed to get away. He managed to get himself a captainship aboard the Aximili with Andalites who didn't know his history. The fact that he had ascended to be the captain of this Dome Ship wasn't without controversy.

In the end, Ardnalil's amorous intents with Noelle evaporated. He now thought chasing her so relentlessly was proving to be far more trouble than it was ever worth. That it had caused far more trouble than any relationship with her was ever worth.

This is why he was so cold and distant towards her during the Dark Phoenix debacle on Earth. Where he would ultimately meet his demise. . . .
Animorphs Role Playing / Re: Galaxy's Edge Space Bar
« Last post by g to the h-izzle on April 24, 2017, 03:16:11 AM »
"No need to apologize," Sorin reassures with a smile. "I don't usually do much talking, myself, so I suppose it makes sense for two awkward nerds to sit together at a bar in the middle of nowhere." He sucks up the last of his soda and taps the glass in request for a new one. "And that is a sentence I never expected to say."

"So, what were you so engrossed in with those holoscreens?" Sorin asks after a couple minutes. "Something tells me you weren't exactly playing a rousing game of Halo."

Guppy laughs weakly. "I hope you're right, because I don't think I understood a word you said."

<<Could be because you're spacing out hardcore,>> Chris adds 'helpfully.'

Guppy backs off from the ship to give Myitt some room. "So, question, are strangers usually this helpful in this corner of the universe? Because you're doing a hell of a lot for me right now."

A million thoughts go through Nepek's mind as he sits in his still-idling ship. Thoughts about his past on Earth. And the human . . . well, ostensibly human creature called Sorin. Whe the hell did he have to come back at a time like this!? I have one foot in the grave as it is.

After what seems like forever sitting in his ship pondering what to do, he decides that someone needs to be warned. He leaves his ship and slowly makes his way back to the Bar, taking care not to suffer another fall. After re-entering, it seems that the Andalite, Ossanlin had returned, and another  Andalite or two as well. A few other unfamiliar faces, as well as the Jeffrey man from before.

The Hork-Bajir strides toward Ossanlin, stealing a couple glares at Sorin. In response, the human coyly waves at Nepek. "Ossanlin," Nepek starts, interrupting whatever conversation he might have been engaged in. "That man over there," he says, pointing a clawed digit  in the direction of Sorin and Dalik. ". . . I know you may not like or trust me at this point, but I advise you to keep an eye on him. I know him, and I know that he can be extremely manipulative and cunning. It's your choice, of course, but I thought that somebody should be made aware, and I figured, hopefully correctly, that you'd be most likely to listen." After this info dump, Nepek turns and begins to walk away, not bothering to wait for Ossanlin's response.
Animorphs Role Playing / Re: GESB: OOC Discussion
« Last post by Leona on April 22, 2017, 09:42:13 PM »
I'll post probably tomorrow. :P

Lol, kk.
Animorphs Role Playing / Re: GESB: OOC Discussion
« Last post by Shenmue654 on April 22, 2017, 09:40:28 PM »
I'll post probably tomorrow. :P
Animorphs Role Playing / Re: New RP
« Last post by Leona on April 22, 2017, 06:35:20 PM »
There are now active IC threads going in this RP, for those who were waiting for signs of life before joining. n.n
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