The person who unified Aeterna is named Nall Ssingalain.
Their ‘family name’ means “none”; it’s supposed to be cognate with “null”. (I imagine it was already a regular word too and when being poetic Aeterna might well write “all or nall”. :p) It was a very untraditional choice up to their time that they chose to reflect their ideology of non-affinity with any faction or clan, though probably recurs in some small frequency in the modern era as people who identify with them do the same.
I finally went back and used my newest decision on attunes to figure out the bosses. By figuring out what attunes they were I could match them up to attributes, since each attribute has associated attunes.
New term: the cloaks Kokorononai members are equipped with (didn’t really explicitly discuss them before ever but they were a thing and I mentioned them like once in a roleplay) are called heart veils, and Kokorononai (probably) invented them. Heart veils are transparent, nearly invisible cloaks that, when put on, start to assume the appearance of something else on the outside, usually some kind of canid (wolf, dog, jackal, coyote) for Kokorononai members. When fully on they replace the wearer’s external form with their own—though the outside of your body behaves like the new form and it feels natural you keep your own physiology internally so it’s like an unimaginably realistic costume kinda.
I like how my writing and shipping are completely separate
There are a few of my characters I effectively kinda ship a little bit, but I’m just like “gee I have no idea if this pairing is going to happen or not, better wait and see I guess”
Ok for a while I’d had it established that mainly, SH was kinda Verity + Synth and Arkturuse was kinda Esteem + Faith so that kinda suggested the guardians bosses/curators (dammit OFF, every other time I want to call them guardians now XD) should follow the “powers of two” rule almost everything else seems to, but there were only 3 of them and that seemed a little weird
Then I realised, Dark Teapot is the fourth one
SH = V + S + U + N
Ark = Es + Ft + D + Cl
Ai = W + P + I + Cp + Fr
DTP = M + Fn + Et + R
It’s weird because he doesn’t really have an organisation/place like the other three do, he just kind of wanders around
I also haven’t really decided if he’s affiliated with Serval or not because he probably would have run into them at one point but I don’t see him as thinking about them a lot. It may be that he knows them but doesn’t really like them all that well for some reason.
(Serval’s a demiguy, like malexai or something; I said “they” because saying “he” would have been confusing. I actually haven’t figured out enough about Serval to figure out their actual choice of pronoun.)
Currently this is more accurate:
SH = V + S + R + N
Ark = Es + Ft + Fn + Cl
Ai = W + P + I + Cp + Fr
DTP = M + U + Et + D
Also Dark Teapot does have a place, the Saucer Nexus. :p
H-Nothing is Hardened-Nothing. As you might or might not remember, each attribute can have an attitude which can be either “good” (Empowered, Hardened), “neutral” (Inception, Gathered), or “bad” (Lost, Scrambled).
Inception (I) = starting attitude; can have Empowered or Lost tendencies but can’t control either very well
Empowered (E) = got control of a Directed attribute, confirmed for hero, everything is peachy
Gathered (G) = has given up figuring out how to be Empowered in exchange for not being Lost; typically a person is Gathered in both a Directed and Undirected attribute so each keeps the other from progressing
Lost (L) = Undirected attribute controls you (ex.: L-Portent might be frequently overcome with frightening intrusive thoughts)
Scrambled (S) = Undirected attribute consumes you and causes you to torment others (ex.: Aiyalam is S-Incongruity so he’s a little bit crazy and his thing is basically screwing everything up)
Hardened (H) = managed to come to accept an Undirected attribute and actually turn it around to be useful (ex.: H-Compulsion is good at feigning a fake set of thoughts/opinions that people expect, while actually having another entirely)
In-universe, Stolen Heart is the main guy who’s H-Nothing and in his case, he has no emotions, no identity, no capacity for romance (at least seemingly, it’s hard to tell without emotions) and basically literally nothing to live for but he’s realised that that instead means that without emotions he can’t be biased and can basically do perfect science emotion-wise, and nobody can bring him down because he has nothing to take away.
Ok, this is kind of a big one. We’re talking practically two months, so there’s a lot of stuff that happened in that time.
A bunch of this stuff is also kind of both scraps and good stuff at the same time, too, so I’ll make separate posts to further explain things where that applies.
My friends and I had for a short while had a patchwork roleplay over Skype, which I made a number of doodles for. Anyway, this was one in which I drew two different forms Yanha assumed in the roleplay.
Aaaand these are the rest of them! For Stablehand, anyway.
Lightray eels (I just came up with that as a thing to call the picture and then suddenly it struck me that it was actually a genius pun); a thing where I was experimenting around with logos and also designing the Votsal; a page where I doodled Portent Rider’s horse (which I’m thinking will have a different appearance now), an alternate form for Ikazuchi (Tyrian, not Stablehand), and a doodle where I was quickly recording a couple of slogan ideas for SH’s organisation (it may be hard to read but the idea is there’s like a big picture of him with a quote under it, the way a company sometimes does when it wants to be ‘motivational’, but the quote just says “do your job” :p); a design for the Qualifier; my almost-current mystery being table I decided to stop working on in favour of the one I have in my xml file and my HTML one (the two of which will eventually just be one chart created out of the xml file, probably).
Whew! That was a really brief description and it was still pretty long.
Scans of some semi-recent Stablehand stuff.
I’ve probably made individual posts about most of these things so I’m not gonna describe any of them at length right now.