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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 This may be outdated (like how the understanding wolf pack relations has undergone some major changes recently), but since this is a fantasy culture, I’m gonna run with it!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
I had to draw wyrd66's wonderful character. They've been posting a lot about him lately, and, well, I love him. Dat face! (also please ignore that dog, it … just did not turn out good) I find myself hoping so, so much for a happy ending for him that I know I won't get. Sigh. But I seriously can't ge myself not to like him, even though he's a villain, he's so … I just feel sorry for him. Which is how the perfect villain should be in my opinion. But still sad.
The dude whose wing Microraptor-me is standing on is Steelheart, my own character. He’s like the polar opposite of Julian, character-development wise. Julian is really well-developed and realistic, but let’s be honest, he doesn’t look very frightening. Steelheart is, admittedly, from that time where I wanted to move out of ‘everything is sugar-sweet and mary sues all over’ but still didn’t know how to villain, so there’s nothing on his personality yet except for ‘bad guy’. But if I should describe him with one word, it would be ‘teeth’. This guy is made from pointy bits. Wyrd, I want your character building skills!
Oh my god what a thing to come home to!!! Aaaaaaa goodness. I love how you’ve captured him, and the sketch where he’s making buddies with the dog sends squiggles of joy into my heart. Also, I really love the lowermost shot— that’s a difficult angle to pull off! What an angry doofus. Thank yooooou! :D
As far as character-building goes, I think I’ve only gotten good at it within the last five to seven years, and that’s after having lots of previous guys (and gals) to practice on. And sometimes a character needs a lot of tweaking before you’re happy with them— Julian, for instance, went through probably the most drastic overhauls of just about anybody I’ve ever had (other than maybe Raiker). I think this is his fourth incarnation. His first two were kind of cute, in the facepalming kind of way.
"Teeth" is a great place to start, though! There’s a lot you can do with teeth! If you want to make interesting screwed-up characters, a good place to start trolling around is psychology books*. A lot of Julian’s characterization comes from what I’ve read on severely abused children. Actually, psychology books are good for not-screwed-up characters, too. XD If you know how the human mind works, there’re a lot a ways you can play with it, while also keeping within acceptable bounds of realism.
*They don’t have to be textbooks, either. Simply books written by psychologists, teachers, etc. work great. I love Torey Hayden’s books, like One Child and Just Another Kid, for troubled children. Dr. Oliver Sacks, who recently came out with Hallucinations, is great, too. You can also read biographies of people who have done/experienced things you want your characters to do. For Kayahan, I read up on Mossad.
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thenearsightedmicroraptor said: Cool, man! Aww, I’d love to hear a Paski laugh. Wait, I’m talking as if these critters were real. Are you really a paski hiding somewhere and spreading awareness before your kind come to our planet?
…. Katen, you caught me.
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