Tag: “originality is derivative”

It’s kind of fun to use original characters as wastebins for insane “headcanons” you get that make no sense for the character you thought of them for

Case in point: because one of my lyrics for the Zach song was “I’ve got a cat and just a smidgen of tenacity” I randomly started to imagine him using some weird martial art involving flinging cats through the air as weapons

I…. do not think that makes any sense so I think I will make it a new archetype in Stablehand instead.

I think I will call them the Katzenkämpfers


When I was starting out on that last post, before it turned into [spoilers redacted], it was supposed to be about how “jeez, why is Nassak increasingly turning more and more into a huge stealth MGS reference on me XD”

Because, well, obviously, Nassak and Hadjeza have a snake theme, they’re both kinda Machination, and they both have this wall thing going on which suggests they’re tough and sturdy. I actually had to try pretty hard when coming up with Nassak’s chapter title to not make it “Solid Hognose” or a close synonym because I really wanted to convey the idea that he was firm and unwavering like a wall but at the same time I was like “no no no everybody’s just gonna see that and think Solid Snake XD”. (I eventually picked “Shrewd Hognose”.)

Beyond that there’s the fact I can’t picture Hadjeza without an eyepatch now (this did actually come from the original shitty Nassak having one as a deliberate MGS reference because shitty, but it was kept on Hadjeza because I thought the unrelated reason I’d made up for the shit character having one was actually pretty neat and wanted to transfer that) and, well, the thing I just dropped on you that kinda makes him the “Big Boss” of Stablehand a teeny bit.

It’s really funny because, like, it’s all mostly just a really gigantic coincidence but it just, well, <comic sans>kEeps haPpening</comic sans>.

Next there are going to just accidentally be mechas somehow

It’s kind of interesting how with Cleverbotstuck I came up with “technotranscendent” Dirk and then with DCS I came up with machairodont Dirk and in Stablehand I added the technotranscendents as a faction because I thought that would be cool and shortly after that in homeSUCK I made John into a technotranscendent of sorts, and then I had to pick a creature to represent the Fantasy attribute so I picked the “panther”, and the hexart I designed around the panther made me think, well what if cats with wings were a fantasy creature in this world even though dragons and griffins and things exist, so then the cœlailurus is this thing and it kind of boots the panther out, and when I put it on the Zefír flag I coloured it various shades of blue which were incidentally kinda like the Breath colours honestly, and then I come up with “Heavenscratch Beastquest Tenkai” as a new title for the reboot of my old project and then I’m designing “heavenscratch” as a creature because why the hell not and I decide to make it a cœlailurus but I drew it with slightly machairodontish features so I make it a full-on machairodont with wings.

And I feel so weird for intuitively thinking that “machairodont” and “wings” are things that just go together because they both got incidentally associated with Dirk.

I guess this is also a good example of how originality is easiest to build incrementally and it’s much rarer to just suddenly “be original”.