The “Chosen” archetype that I had floating around in my head for so long is probably literally just, a Mascot creature chooses you. You’re a Chosen now, bye
I was just thinking about Jinhuang’s story, how she chooses Jinfeng and makes her a Chosen, but how before that she chose Rotator to change the world by bringing in the age of technotrance
If Jinfeng and the Techs meet up I was at first imagining this thing where Jinhuang has to awkwardly reveal she is Kyrielle but also a bird, but it seems like there’s so much more potential than that for Jinfeng and Rotator to realise that they’re both part of this big, weird thing centred around The Hfenix and changing the world and like, what that means
Ok so, the revised series of events for the TTs after the 6kh story is out is this.
(spoilersish kinda for the story, “The Notice”; you may want to read it first)
Today I stumbled onto a sale at my university bookstore where there happened to be coloured fountain pens. They might not be that hard to find, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a bright pink one.
I then pretty immediately drew what I wanted to get done on the fifth (and fourth, and…). It’s a start to a revamp of Red!
So I was just thinking about Lance and Jinfeng and how they actually have a pretty neat duality
I was kind of aware of it back in the DCS days, realising that while Lance was a Knight of Blood (ow the edge) Jinfeng was a good ally as a Maid of Hope
But actually thinking about Stablehand and the gamebook format has made me realise some more things about them. Lance and his mother Stars Reims are highly associated with death and moody polar imagery. But Jinfeng and Jinhuang* are highly associated with life and revival.
In Nassak’s story, there’s kinda this little exposition sequence that tells the story of how Vergoszya oppressed Mazzul, and it’s kinda supposed to evoke the style of a Bible story a little bit. It’s in draft like most story things in Stablehand but the gist of it (or the important part) is this
People (to monster snakes, desperately): What can we do to keep you out?
Vergo: You must build walls. Many, many walls. All over. Through everything. Separating everyone from everything and blocking everyone from everybody, so high that they even block out the sun. Make a tower of walls. A tower of towers of walls.Vergo: When you have put walls around everyone and everything, we will not breach them.
But of course the snakes are gonna come back anyway using the walls as an aid to corner the people
It just occurred to me today
They promise they’re not gonna break the walls but that doesn’t at all stop them from coming in over the walls
What if when they were invading, there were just these dark clouds of Portent hanging over the city and Portensilisks very literally rained out of them from the sky
Princess is the mascot creature of Esteem, and the only attribute mascot to govern a country of Aluma. She constantly pushes the people of Vvaghras to be no less than excellent and amazing, which in a way sets their country up to do very well, but is also really hard on them, earning her the nickname “The Monster of Esteem”.
So Stars Reims is Lance’s mother. He never really got to know her much, cause she left when he was fairly young. *
She left, of course, for a pretty good reason—she’s this literally infamous figure who brought no less than seven huge disasters on the world, simply known as “The Disastrous”.
Stars Reims isn’t even the first Disastrous though. It’s a whole archetype. There are a lot of low-level Disastrous, who never get to causing any major disasters but are just really unlucky/erratic people who often screw stuff up. But then there are the big ones.
As I was typing that last post it finally occurred to me that maybe the reason Rotator and the Techs are younger than they’re supposed to be (they’re like 25 when The War was at least 50 years ago and Rotator was around 17-20 during The War) is just because something caused them to absorb a ton of sustanszia. I don’t know what though, exactly.
A silly possibility that occurred to me is Rotator just nuzzled up against his goddamn phoenix girlfriend often enough that with her huge amount of sustanszia some just kinda literally rubbed off on him :p Kinda funny to imagine him just kinda revealing that to the others one day while also randomly projecting fiery wings out of his back for the first time ever cause if there’s anything that G.E.M.