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BrainSpew the 74th by Altalamatox BrainSpew the 74th by Altalamatox
Pitching a new coloration for sentient slime Morgan, we'll see if it sticks. (Ew.) It's giving me all the right icky vibes. As for why it makes sense, I think I've mentioned Morgan gained his shapeshifting ability via some sketchy magic, magic which literally killed him, and reanimated him as a corrupted but structurally versatile being. His unshifted body is the melted and congealed reanimated remains of his corpse. So looking like he's full of meat milkshake is appropriate. I bet the colors all slurp and swirl around inside him as he moves. YUMMEH.

Tom's virtual avatar works very much like his mechanical prosthetic body, translating the impulses that would've directed his biological body into the movements of an animated model. He can throw the simulation up on any of the zillion monitors in his Tower, including the really big one which is daunting. The program's able to render him in ridiculously lifelike detail and expresses complicated facial expressions better than his android, so if you're visiting him at his home he'll likely interact with you through this simulation, viewing you through cameras around the lab and conversing through the speaker system.

(I should mention Tom's my only character Morgan'd stand no chance in hell against, so the doctor is rightly unimpressed by him. Morgan would take Tom's android for his actual body and never even know what hit him when Tom drops his carcass with forty milliamps across the heart. Science gets to kick magic's ass now and then.)

I have two and a half storyverses, and as my favorite fantasy creature dragons appear in all of them. Network dragons like Duncan are intelligent, flightless, and dinosaurian. Berenger dragons are intelligent, amply-winged, and sleek. In Morgan's storyverse, 'dragons' are akin to 'reptiles' or 'mammals', this highly diverse branch of animals, which are nothing more than animals.


Dear god I talk a lot.


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sweets8 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Talking is healthy. If it were anymore healthy I'd have rippling abs that would attract quarters just to bounce off of, lol.
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wee fluffers is so frikkin' adorable I just want to cuddle him and feed him all the cookies! :iconmonkeycuteplz: BTW, I have a question about Eric. What happens if he gets hurt/ill? Does it disappear if he shifts into Tony/Fluffers (and vice versa), or does it translate between forms? Like, if someone were to stab him or something, would he die if he didn't shift into Fluffers? Or would he still die even if he did shift into Fluffers?

Also, if dragons are, er, both shall we say, how is Duncan a "he"? Or all they all "hes" by default?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Oooh, good question! Honestly not thought too much about this! I'd saaaay, since Eric's change into Fluffers is a physical thing, maybe a very persistent bug or a bad wound would survive his transformation. Fluffers into Eric, however, is an implosive/explosive burst-of-light thing as the physical energy from his binging gets clapped into the other dimension in the form of magical power, during which for a moment he doesn't properly exist. So I'm thinking he gets reset at that point from any wounds or illnesses.

So turning into Fluffers, even if he somehow had the presence of mind to manage it, after a mortal wounding would probably not save him. (In fact, shapeshifting with any kind of broken bone or large wound is a thought universally shivered at in the Network, since it might get torn unbelievably wide open during the process.) But at the end of the day, one of the props to being Eric is not having to be particularly worried about death. :)

Since ninety-nine percent of all people most dragons know are human(oid)s, they adopt a lot of customs from them to fit in. One of them is, if a dragon so chooses, to align with one of the sexes for the ease of their human friends. Dragons wear genders like accessories, however, and often switch after a while for the novelty of it, or choose one as a fashion statement or to borrow the perceived qualities of that sex, whether that be grace or strength or whatever it is they admire in men or women. Kind of like people choosing their own spirit animal/mascot or whatnot. Around other dragons, this is all 'human stuff' and they use neutered pronouns for one another. An increasing number of dragons are not playing the game and ask that humans referred to them with the gender-neutral draconian pronouns. Duncan has gone by 'he' for most of his very long life, because he's a creature of habit and has never been bothered to change it up, nor sees any reason to.

So many good questions, you! <3
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, I see! =D Interesting. And I didn't quite catch this until after I actually asked the question, but Eric can voluntarily change into Fluffers? I was under the impression it was involuntary and he had to wait it out until it wore off. So he could do it if he wanted to badly enough? :?

And true, it doesn't really matter either way when you get right down to it. XD Though... I do have another rather morbid question that's been nagging at me for awhile. You said sometimes that Eric... goes off and commits suicide when he's gotten old enough because being old is a pain for him, and it's not like it'd really make a difference anyway. If he knows his immortality curse is wearing thin... do you think he'd be likely to kill himself on purpose if he thinks he won't come back if he does it enough times? He doesn't really seem the type, but living for so long can do things to people sometimes. :worry: If he... had the chance, do you think he'd take it? Or if he knew for sure he wouldn't regenerate, do you think he'd try to stick around in his last life for as long as possible before he goes for good?

Oh, okay, that makes a lot of sense about the dragons. :)

Aww, I'm flattered you think so! :iconblshplz: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer them, too! I really appreciate it. :heart:
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Another good question! Eric undergoes obligatory transformations whenever the magic backing his curse runs low. However, since that moment could come at a very public and inconvenient moment, he's gotten good at gauging when he's due for an attack and preempting it, by setting himself off in the comfort of his well-stocked home.

So yes, he can and does talk himself into becoming Fluffers, it usually takes about five to ten minutes of daydreaming about his favorite dishes, and having something delectable to nibble on doesn't hurt either. And then he goes batshit for a while, and then, yes, he's at the mercy of his curse as to when he'll burst back into human form. There's no rhyme or reason to how long he'll be stuck this way, usually just a few days, at very worst a few weeks.

Eric is mentally prepared to die, but will cry when he does. He's always felt it would be the pinnacle of selfishness for someone as obscenely old as he to not fiercely appreciate the extra years and to leave the world willingly and content. But although he wouldn't fight it, he's not in any hurry to pass on. He's got a pretty good outlook for an immortal guy, so I wouldn't worry too much about his mental health. (:

If he knew he was on his last Mario, as it were, oh yes, he'd stick it out to the last hour, and bear hug every last drop out of life.

Prior to the curse noticeably winding down, if he'd been presented with a single opportunity for a countercurse and instant death, he'd have taken it. Not without tears, again, for the loss of the world, but he'd have taken it. An irony of his cursing is that it's made him very selfless, and that fact that he is SPOILED ROTTEN with infinite life has always irritated him, enough that it'd be a factor in electing termination.

The fact that his curse seems to be fading with time has made him a very happy camper. Not only does he not have Time left, he has time left, and can enjoy himself with the promise of a much-belated ending somewhere in the next hundred years or two or something.

It wouldn't be like Eric to complain, but part of him would also reeeeeeally like to be a normal human again before he goes. Call it closure. ;) We'll see if it's in the stars for him to finally find that countercurse before then!

Hey, not at all! Thank you for makin' me think! :)

     


 
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Roku4fire Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Vra'kriss Minotaur 
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artst04 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Eric looks rather large and round in some of these images. What size was he when he met Jess and Aden?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
The heaviest he ever was, I imagine. I did the math once, but I've forgotten the numbers. Enough that he had 100+ pounds to spare. Because I like a simple number. Because numbers are, if you hadn't guessed, not my strongest point. ;)
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artst04 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Numbers aren't my thing either. I think he would look better to keep an extra 15 bls but that's me. However I guess his fluffers form satisfies the belly fetish in me too. If that's not too creepy and makes any cense. How long does Eric stay fluffers after he transforms?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Can't tell you how many of the dates and ages in my stories are what they are because they're memorable and make the math easy. It's not a system to brag about, but it works. XD

I've never been set about how long Eric is confined to monster form. He's gotta stay Fluffers until he consumes enough junk to renew his curse, although given his appetite that doesn't take long at all. After that requirement's met, it seems to be random how long it drags on. His transformations have lasted for as short as a few hours to over two weeks. They tend to go on for four or five days, every other month or three. It's not actually a very common thing for him anymore.
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