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kabeone asked:

As luck would have it, I had a pretty detailed synopsis hanging around for this story.  Which is a good thing because I’m awful at summaries.  I wrote a short piece in this world for the SFWC a while back, “A Piece from Alan’s Past” which was never intended as part of this story.  It just kind of happened when I started thinking about the characters.  A fragment also showed up in an old WIP meme.  This is a world I think is interesting, but at the same time I worry that I’m the only one who thinks so, that it sounds on the surface too derivative of other works.  But it won’t leave me alone.  

In the World background, the Ankh is a global organization dating back to ancient Egypt.  Their mission is twofold: chronicle the paranatural (supernatural) creatures in the world, and keep the peace between them and humanity.  Stories center on the clash between humans who in general have no idea paranatural creatures exist, and the paranatural trying to get along in a world in which they are increasingly unable to hide.  The timeframe I chose for the bulk of the stories (I have three outlined, this one is the most developed) begins in the mid 1860s.  I have an odd fixation on the Victorian era.

So, the synopsis.  Umm, major spoilers for a story that hasn’t been written yet:

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kabeone asked:

3-5 things you keep in mind for Rixik

Jesp Rixik: As the OC I’ve explored in more AUs than anyone else, in some ways I’m surprised at how certain characteristics remain the same in each incarnation.  I’ll go over some of the differences at the end.

Rixik, in a nutshell, is a selfish bully.  He’s out for himself and the hell with anyone else.  Every interaction with another character is a contest with a winner and a loser.  He intends to be the winner.  Every time.  Whether it’s credits or influence or favors or whatever.  How far can he push, how much can he get, what will they let him get away with before shutting him down.  His measure of success differs depending on the target in question, but it’s always there.  

With that in mind, one of the main themes with Rixik is lies, deception, and manipulation.  The truth—about his past, his feelings, his intentions—is nigh irrelevant.  He has no compunction about lying to someone if he thinks it will get him what he wants.  In fact, he’ll only tell the truth if it’s the only way to get what he wants.  He likewise doesn’t care if he’s caught in a lie.  Big deal.  The galaxy is a big place; he’ll find another mark.  That willingness to lie is an essential part of his character and affects how he solves problems.

He also likes to think he’s the smartest guy around.  That he can weasel his way out of anything.  In a lot of cases that’s true, but in a lot of cases it’s simply a matter of expecting others to act as selfishly as he does and planning accordingly.  Part of the reason Greyson was such a good foil for him was that Greyson didn’t follow that script.  Rixik couldn’t understand him.

The fact that he’s a Twi’lek is vital, as is the fact that I write him against type.  Twi’leks are supposed to be graceful, compliant, make great slaves.  No cantina would be without one.  Rixik is none of that.  He’s prone to violence.  He takes great offense to anyone suggesting he still is or should be a slave.   Having come from the lower echelons of slavery, he evaluates attractiveness and desirability in terms of monetary value.  Even he prefers humans.  He never forgets what other beings think of his species.  I can’t imagine him without that sense of awareness.  

Rixik also has some specific speech and thought patterns that are distinct from my other characters.  He uses a lot of profanity, mainly Huttese, or Rodese when he’s really upset.  He tends to speak in short sentences.  And fragments.  Almost always fragments.  He’s very quick to apply a descriptive name to someone (Blue-uniform, Horns, Cream Suit, etc) until he learns their name.  Sometimes even afterward, especially if he can use it as an insult.

As for specific incarnations:

An oft-repeated mantra for villains is that they’re the hero of their own story.  Canon!Rixik doesn’t quite follow that trope.  He doesn’t see himself as a hero.  What he does see, however, is that he’s very successful.  That’s not quite the same thing.  He knows he got where he is by stepping on others (or their corpses, as the case may be) and he’s perfectly fine with that.  He truly doesn’t care what the rest of the galaxy thinks about him, because if he has enough credits it doesn’t matter.

Cleaner also has no delusions about being the hero.  In fact, he knows he’s the villain.  He loves being the villain.  Being the villain is awesome.  But he’s never been free the way canon!Rixik is.  He has a bitter, nihilistic streak that canon!Rixik never quite developed.  

Cleaner smokes.  All of those gestures and habits that come with smoking are so much a part of his character I can’t write him without them.  In fact, in parts of the story where he can’t smoke I substituted his frustration with not being able to light up for the act itself, because I couldn’t write him smoking.  It’s a little weird since I don’t smoke myself and never have.

Kirya’s Rixik (Uncharted Territory), on the other hand, is a different creature.  He’s constantly torn between what instinct and prior experience tell him he should do and being a good guy.  He’s not even sure he is a good guy.  Kirya is his moral compass, since he doesn’t think he has one.  Whatever he does have in its place never points properly.  That conflict is central to his character.  

I think that’s more than five things.  Oh well.  Slowly working through asks.  Thanks for asking!

 

CHARACTER WRITING MEME BC

brightephemera:

reeberry:

naphal:

Pick a character I’ve written and I will explain the top ~three to five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.

list of ocs / inbox

Oh man this is just really cool to talk about/see with fanfiction as well! :)

OCs, some more fleshed out than others

(Source: enjolrasmon)

allthingslinguistic:

Practice with Pronouns is a site that lets you practise subject, object, possessive, and reflexive forms of English third person pronouns. It comes with a few of the most common options, but you can also fill in whatever pronouns you like. Useful for both English learners and people wanting to practise using nonbinary pronouns.  

As if it couldn’t get any more delightful, it often uses quotes from Welcome to Night Vale in the practice sentences, which is definitely far more entertaining than See Spot Run. The feedback sentences are also very cute. 

(Hm, I’m pretty sure the second blank in that screenshot should have said “xyr”, in retrospect.)

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