So today I was thinking about Usmana, the destroyed “Spanish lion kingdom”, and how I was kind of turning aspects of it into my SF tribute by playing with what exactly ‘martial art’ means, and what I can do with a lion character in Stablehand what with lions being This Whole Thing in the worldbuilding. I’ll post about that later.
What that got me thinking about is what kind of weaponry Aluma uses in general.
I think that generally, people don’t really use firearms a lot. They’re a thing, but they’re considered kind of primitive since cirque can often be so effective against them.
In Grævonia a common term for humans is “folk”. People commonly talk about the people of Grævonia as “the folk”, and use “folk” as a gender neutral term to replace “men”, “Man”, “ladies/gentlemen”, etc.
(Because Grævonia is loosely inspired by Anglo-Saxon type cultures rather than today’s cultures, I want to avoid terms that sound specific to 2010s America, like “-person” or “person” to replace “man”. But at the same time a very strong bullet in my mental ‘stablehand manual of style’ has always been ‘keep everything gender-neutral’. So, to compromise,
I’m pretty sure now that the way hexarts work is this.
There’s just one hexart species, Hexartus multipotens. Being a hardy invasive species, it’s distributed almost across the entire globe. But there are many distinct populations, many of which have earned a subspecies name due to being around a long time and maintaining a few consistent traits.
There’s H. m. hinotoriae, which tends to be slender and fuzzy. It may have whiskers protruding out of its snout and/or front legs.
Lance’s antecedent, Fauchard, is also named after a pole weapon. (As of today Fauchard is now joined by Bill, Voulge, Sovnya, Runka, and Woldo as part of his group. I can’t believe those are all weapon names, especially Bill.)
Bill is a woman (with a toucan-looking hexart) and Woldo and his dragon have striped patterns he insists are all-terrain camouflage. Runka’s dragon has a crescent through its body; Voulge and Sovnya are lightweight and heavyweight types respectively that betray their aesthetic.
The dragon knights are fighting to save people from the princess
I love that.
I just love the idea Ariana’s dad (when he’s still there) is telling her a story like
‘Once there was a great princess’
‘Was she really smart?’
‘Well, probably. But she was also horrifying.’
Can you imagine
A dragon knight whose dragon is too small to ride cruising along on like a skateboard or rollerblades or a mountain bike or something
First pic: man, I love it when I put completely unrelated things on the same page but they look like they might maybe be related and it looks like some kind of completely surreal story.
The “French Eridan” narration was one thing from an attempt to illustrate a conversation I had with Cleverbot about its version of Homestuck, the fishy things below it were a brainstorm of a new idea I had for Tyrian and the mechanics of how its Chayavana worked (in short, that Chayavana had taijitu-like swirling combos of darkness and light inside that represented the two sides of their personality and…
I can’t believe I made this pun but I am absolutely not taking it back
Sardius and Sardonyx are both really good names, Sardonyx makes me imagine some kind of dinosaur or specific species of leijonœrn in shades of black with large visible red claws because that’s what it means (red claw)
(I was looking up minerals again for reasons, this time more RFS than SU; specifically I wanted to find a mineral for Fuchsia because the Gems made me realise a mineral hero would be the absolute coolest thing to Kris so why doesn’t this “Superpower” she admires have at least some connection to minerals to echo her own as “Silica Heroine” and with all these mineral-descriptor archetypes)
I love how occasionally thanks to MLP I’ll have an odd little moment where I accidentally call Hexartia Hexestria because Equestria