One of the design choices I sort of regret taking with paski is not giving them a vomeronasal organ. In stallions (and loads of other animals), the vomeronasal organ is used to determine if a mare is in heat, generally by checking out the air after she’s peed. The organ is exposed by peeling back the upper lip, giving rise to an extremely charming expression called the Flehmen response.
Paski do not have this organ, and do not make this face.
But picture the cultural impact if they did: Instead of approaching a nice girl in a bar and using your best pickup line (“Are those space pants? ‘Cause that ass it outta this world!”*), you’d go up to that girl, lift your upper lip, and take a good whiff.
Alien courtship behavior. COMEDY GOLD.
It would be so funny, wow!
Say, what’s stopping you from giving them one? They are your creatures, you can totally just say “I think I want the Paski to have a vomeronasal organ, so from now on, they have a vomeronasal organ.”
Great question! I have previously set them up as having a very, very poor sense of smell (and taste). Much of their brainspace is devoted to their incredible visual system, so they don’t actually have room for anything else. Since the senses of smell and taste have fallen by the wayside, the ability to detect (or produce) phermones then cannot have developed.
Shame about the comedic potential, but I can always use it in some other species!
I puttered around with a new painting technique today (picked up from Coyox through mostly-observation on FA; he just makes his digital paints look SO THICK) and used some gift icons for two absolutely wonderful people as the test subjects. Wyrd and Pach are a couple of my best people in the world, and I’m very glad to know them both.
Serious arting will start again tomorrow and stuff, I swear. Today I was just a lazy, sentimental derp.
There are not enough emoticons in the world for how much I’m smiling right now. This turned out amazing, and absolutely beautiful. Thank you so very much. <3!!!!
Pach’s critter is super kickass, too!
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This pertains to the joint urban fantasy world belonging to Han and I.
So I’m basing centaur familial relations very, very loosely on stuff I read about wild horse culture years and years ago. This may be outdated (like how the understanding wolf pack relations has undergone some major changes recently), but since this is a fantasy culture, I’m gonna run with it! Also, all of the following comprises the most traditional centaur society.
Centaurs live in polygamous groups, usually consisting of an adult male (we’ll go ahead and call him the stud), his female consorts (gonna call this a harem), and their children. I think three or four ladies in the harem is most common, though it’s not unheard of to have six or seven. I think ten or more will get sideways looks and some gossip about how the stud is spreading himself pretty thin.
The harem is led by a “boss mare” (I may think of an actual title later), that is often the first and/or the oldest consort, but not always. A centaur lady of sufficient grace and strength of personality may be the leader instead. She’s the one who runs the household, makes sure everyone in the harem is happy and cared for, and extends a guiding hand in what is done with the kids. There’s a saying among centaur ladies that I am going to steal directly from My Big Fat Greek Wedding: “The man may be the head of the household, but the woman is the neck. And who decides which way the head faces?”
Kids are raised by the harem as a whole. They definitely know who their biological mom is, but they are perfectly allowed to snuggle with anyone. Girls are allowed to stay with the family until they find their own harem to join. Boys are kicked out either in late teenagerhood or early adulthood, and form “bachelor herds” that they stay in until they manage to build their own harem.
Fun fact: Faris may think that he’s being all rebellious by living in a human city and taking on non-centaur roomates, but what he has done is build is own (admittedly unusual) bachelor herd. Doofus.
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Doop doop doop coupla dumb wizard cops, and also fanart of one of my trainer’s dogs.
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Woo made it for Draw a Centaur Day with half an hour to spare!
Featuring my centaur janitor Faris, back when he was a knobby-kneed colt.
Also random mobster mal.
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Well I watched the lunar eclipse! It was amazing. I had to stand in the front yard because the backyard’s motion-detector light was too bright. So I stood on the lawn in my pajamas and craned my neck and Bindi snuffed around at my feet and I watched the last bright sliver give way to that dull, angry red. So cool.
This is the second eclipse I’ve gotten to see. The first was a partial solar eclipse. I riding at the time, and Ro, Bindi, and I were out on the trail when suddenly the light got really weird. It darkened a little and the shadows were all wrong. It stayed that way for a few minutes and then went back to normal. It was very surreal, and I’m happy I got to experience it.
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I’m reading the author’s notes for a thing, and they’re explaining the choices they made in the way their characters speak and interact with one another. Some of these choices involved them saying things that the author herself feels are morally wrong/upsetting/inappropriate, but rings true for the characters.
I find stuff like that fascinating (especially since I do it myself). I love knowing what kind of things go on behind the narrative, to make a story flow a particular way, or lead a reader down a particular train of thought. I also love learning about the random bits of worldbuilding/backstory that is implied by a certain word choice, even if it doesn’t actually have any effect on the plot.
Like just about everyone who makes up stuff, I love overanalyzing my own characters. I like looking at a weird personality tweak and seeing how it affects the way they go through life, interact with others, etc. The main reason I make up my people in pairs (or threesomes) is because I like watching how they deal with that tweak. The process of two people making adjustments in their own ways of thinking in order to respect the other is endlessly fascinating to me. Which is why I have some seriously quirky pairs going on.
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Paski cannot ingest alcohol, caffeine, or gluten. The first will kill them and the other two will make them sick.
I thought I’d try my hand at wyrd66 ‘s Julian!
Eeeee! Gosh wow ehehehe! I love these, such a grumpypants. I particularly love that hostile stare on the bottom there. He looks ready to commit violence. Awesome job with that; it’s hard making him look threatening!
Thank yooooou! <3
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