Category: Antecedents/Side characters

Today I had a dream that involved elevators with open doors that could go places elevators don’t normally go. I nearly forgot it when I woke up so I don’t remember a lot of it, sadly.

At first I was just getting on normal elevators that only went up one or two floors though a little bit fast. Then there was one that shot up some 500 floors really fast, through this building that was still building itself before your eyes to catch up to the elevator except the elevator was going way too fast so it just went up into the sky.

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Graznar is a hero?

Well this just made me say “oh my god” no less than ten times

So I have this 6kh story I’m working on related to the “spanish lion kingdom” Usmana and how it became a wasteland of nothing but empty blackened plains simply called “The Scorched”. (This has been a thing I’ve been trying to figure out forever and have come up with many ideas but ultimately none of them quite stuck, until this one.)

Today I had the mind-blowing realisation that like, the way that story is shaping up,

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If Jinfeng is sorta like the adopted kid to Ariana’s mom’s band member’s girlfriend does that make them almost stepsisters

…That’s not the right word at all, but it’s close enough Ariana might think it was with her whole words thing :p

Makes me think that maybe Ariana might discover or invent (probably like with the story of T.S. Bern, misremember and embellish) a story about the “Flaming Stepsister” that is supposed to vaguely hint at Jinfeng. That sounds kinda like a very weird corruption of Cinderella

Recently I decided that Sleipnir and Hughes would probably be demoted from main characters to Antecedents,

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I like to think that in the Stablehand universe there are always two bathrooms, but they’re never labelled, so everywhere there are bathrooms people just kinda come up with nicknames for them based on the culture of the area, and all manner of only-slightly-funny jokes based on those nicknames

Like in Mazzul, where there’s kind of a directional theme going on (Nassak is named Nassak sa Marrekez meaning Nassak of the Centre, Hadjeza and Haikma are sort of thought of as West and East if I remember right), the bathrooms in a building might be referred to as “East” and “West”, so somebody like Haikma who is called East might be like well I guess I can’t use the West one

Rotator Phoenix is probably a Chosen honestly

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

New notes about Grævonia from today:

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,

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For Kris there was a scene I’d always had in my head that I now realise should be a bit different

Kris quotes a bunch of facts about Fuchsia the Superpower and Kate is like how do you know all that, so Kris (after pulling it out of her flow-merge watch) holds up the first volume of a “historical fiction” comic about her, of which there are like 8 kinda thick volumes

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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)

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Fox

While writing a 6kh story, I started to think about the fact so many Machination people connected to it were guys, particularly Cromalk/Carbonado, Karkira, and just like the general antecedents, Kolonok and Fox and… I swear I’m forgetting someone

Then I thought to myself, I never did conclusively come up with a character for Fox, going only by the little bit I have about them right now they could easily have been a woman

So… Fox is a woman.

Her real name was Lazika, which I took from a word for the Indian foxlopāśikā/lomāśikā.

I swear I had a doodle of Fox somewhere, where she had this transparent floating fox-tail scarf thing in aqua-green and a shadowing hat probably because Machination logo :p

Hang on…

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Here we go.

I think I’ll give her a literal grey and tan Bengal fox palette, a more angular “model”, and little ears on the hat as if it may or may not be made out of a pelt

Sur-Ayul

So I actually just had a kind of brilliant idea for Kate

I was taking a shower today and kind of idly thinking about what I would do later, and I remembered the little “game” I made up one day of writing 200 word short stories about random drawings.

That made me think of another post I made about a similar “game” that never got acted on:

Art chain game where everyone assumes the previous picture is the cartoon stylised version of the character/creature and tries to create a “realistic” version (with a limited amount of time/detail so all the pictures stay at about the same level of stylisation and none of them goes way out of hand)

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Suddenly it kind of dawned on me that one of my major life-changing realisations was that “realism”

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