Character: Vergozsya

GOD

I had the most amazing and ridiculous image

Ok so you’re gonna need some context for this.

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

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Actually I’ve got it, I totally know why Vergozsya “came back”

Jinhuang didn’t destroy her in the first place. Jinhuang was nice to her and let her go

It was like, after catching her the first time, she’d actually been keeping Vergo contained and almost behaving pretty well but one day Vergo somehow persuaded Jinhuang to let her go and Jinhuang was like ok if that’s what you really want I’ll let you go and, well

This, of course, turned out to be a terrible decision.

Vergo got let go kinda because the main timeline is the timeline where Jinhuang does the most good for the world and… in this case that turns out to be just a teeny bit too much good. The Compulsion timeline is where Vergozsya wins and takes over the world with Portensilisks


Mitrokh and the Forsaken Places

Ok so it’d been the case for a while I was thinking the “old” place(s) of Fantasy and Faith (before the “neo” ones, Salvare and Techanopia) were situated somewhere around Vvaghras, and Ariana was born and raised in one of them at some point. I also sorta knew I wanted to have this ethnic group called the Saout, whose name are kind of a play on “Nords” (like North/South), but didn’t quiiiite know where they came from. The FantaFaith place(s) in south Mitrokh seemed like a good candidate, but I still didn’t know where that was.

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Nonbinary in the "real way"

I wrote eighteen thousand words about my gender. Which, by the way, is literally nearly as much as my Stablehand explanation post (aka WSP) and “autobiography” post combined, which were ~10k words each. (It took me two weeks.)

It’s a lot, but I needed to get it out.

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Ssiv could like go play a “song of stability” for Vergozsya and turn her into not really a mascot any more, leaving Nassak when he’s supposed to find her to just go “where is the monster of compulsion. where is my mother” because she went elsewhere

Y’know initially I thought of the Mascots as just being there, something that was necessary for the universe to be built but aren’t relevant any more

But now I think the image of if you destroy them their attribute is actually deleted from reality would be so weird and interesting. It kinda explains the whole thing of ‘Jinhuáng not being a mascot and being a human fucks with timelines because she becomes disconnected from the Aether’ better too.

If you delete Compulsion does that delete Faith, because Faith is kinda the ability to delete Compulsion…

*Faith has been fucking deleted, GOODBYE*
*Kris has a sequence of Faith wings in the background shifting into the totality symbol and is like wwwwhat just happened*

I just realised that if Kate got this “axe of rationality” I just came up with earlier today (it’s a legendary Verity weapon that can cut through any malicious distortion of the truth) she could just go kill Vergozsya like it was nothing, Monster of Compulsion dead just like that

While anybody else would be like that’s awesome I’m just imagining Nassak standing there about to confront her along with Hadjeza and Haikma (the normal version of the scene I’d imagined for Nassak’s story) but then Kate suddenly drops in to kill the snake and Nassak is just like what do you think you’re doing and is ready to literally fight her

To anybody else Nassak’s perspective of wanting to just go efficiently persuade the snake to stop being a butt and both go home and defend the monster when others want to kill it instead probably seems pretty weird

Stablehand: Orienter, Portensilisk, Cragwing, Wanyanszar

This post was supposed to post some time ago but I never got the Arbiter’s design done so it just sat around instead until I had the good sense to take the Arbiter out and put it in a new post.


The Orienter (Synthesis + Desolation) is a kind of living compass, with eight floating arms that each “point” to one of the Directed attributes. It has a great directional sense, and will gladly give directions to whoever wants them, drawing from what seems to be an uncannily great knowledge of the layout of the universe.

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Today I got the bright idea of instead of uploading the full page and editing it for the archive.org page afterwards, editing it into two images first. You’d think I would have figured this amazing trick out some time ago but I guess not. :p

Anyway, very initial doodles of Vergozsya the Portensilisk (honestly I wouldn’t even call them concepts because it was one of those things where you kinda know what you want to draw but then you scramble around with the pencil figuring out how to translate it into a visual shape and mostly fail).

Also, a pretty complete concept for the Orienter. I don’t feel like the head is quite… 3-dimensionally sound as drawn (I’d probably have to figure out a bunch of stuff about the X axis when modelling it in Blender) but the arms are pretty well the way they’re supposed to look. I didn’t draw it here but the head floats on top, then the double armillary sphere (which I didn’t design properly yet) floats below it, and finally the arms float around the sphere in a circle, sometimes below them and sometimes level with them. The head was supposed to look vaguely iguana-like, by the way.

Ok, I think Compulsion is probably the most accurate way to rename Flightplicity. I don’t like the sound of the word so much, but it fits really well.

It can mean “forcing somebody to do something”, but it can also mean feeling a really strong, constant irrational urge from within to do something, such as in this case doubt and censor oneself. In the latter case though, there’s kind of a connotation that you know it’s not natural and may even feel double anxiety over your own self-doubt.

Also Vergozsya being the monster of Compulsion at least doesn’t sound completely stupid, so there’s that.

Grrrr, I wish I could stop saying “Flightplicity” because it sounds so stupid, but somehow it just rolls off the tongue, and I can’t think of an actual word to describe the new attribute for the life of me, nor can I be satisfied with just calling it “Flight” or “Duplicity”.

So, I guess “Flightplicity” will be here a little while.


02/06/14 edit:

Ooh. Well gaslighting is one way to describe Flightplicity I guess.


Edit 2:

Hmm. Inhibition comes pretty close to what I want to call it but… I need something a bit more… chillingly “okay”-sounding.

You know, like it sounds like something that’s perfectly normal and expected, while in truth you’re dying inside because no one notices the oppression. “Prudence” almost gets there, but not quite because that would be a silly way to describe Vergozsya, the monster of Prudence. :p

Finding words to describe things perfectly is so hard.