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The Montreys: 9 Facts Redux by Altalamatox The Montreys: 9 Facts Redux by Altalamatox
*Mangakawa and ~CarnelianKey tagged siblings Cornelius and Penny for the 9 Random Facts meme something like two years ago. This is an update of both image and trivia for 2012. And by update I mean completely new stuff.

This is actually two memes in one! Kicked my own ass pretty soundly when reconceiving the illustration, I'll leave the old one up so you can LAUGH AT ME.



GUESS WHICH MONTREY IS INVITED TO MOAR PARTIES. Political parties don't count.

:bulletred: ALSO! The spelling of 'galatini' has henceforth been changed to 'glatni' to better reflect pronunciation (g'lat-nye). Expect this in the future.

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CORNELIUS MONTREY

1) Cornelius' superpower is his uncanny knack for languages. They don't exactly speak our lingos in the Network but consider him fluent in their analogies of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Russian, and Arabic. Also Kekahe, the Aagiean native tongue, which is superficially Hawaiian. (The Network equivalent of Mandarin is spoken by the aruguanians, the reptilian answer to humanity, which is notoriously difficult for humanoids to speak as it involves sounds and inflections you need a long tongue and toothy muzzle to physically make. A pleasant surprise was discovering his glatni shape fits this bill perfectly, though aruguanians say he spoke surprisingly clearly before.) He has a passable grasp on a handful of smaller languages, almost can't help picking up what he's exposed to. This has been infinitely useful in his ambassadorial duties.

2) Voices are not something you can get from pictures but Cornelius has, by a million miles, the most pleasant voice of all my cast. It's the sort of voice that makes people pause to look around for the speaker, and has been known to cause rubbernecking and a number of ladies to faceplant into walls. His voice has been described as full, resonant, authoritative, relaxing, beguiling (says fiancée Diana), and absolutely disgusting (says sister Penny). He's very good at puttin' words together but undoubtedly part of his success as an orator has had to do with his gorgeous voice. (Of course he loses this in glatni form, his voice is recognizable but deeper, grainier, and with sharp S's.)

3) He considers his tail the embodiment of everything he loathes about his glatnism. It can be a literal pain in the ass when it gets stepped on/carts rolled over it/doors shut on it-- notice he's got it pulled up like a paranoid squirrel in a lot of my drawings? I believe he's broken it before and spent a very miserable six weeks cast-bound, unable to shapeshift. It's bulky, unwieldy, and made for swimming around lagoons just like the rest of him which he has no love of doing, and he may never get over the sensation of ending two meters beyond his rear. Give him a year and he'll stop knocking things/people over with it, but he'll never stop being annoyed by it.

4) On that note, stroking his fins makes Cornelius go blissfully glassy-eyed. If you get him extremely relaxed he will growl softly in his chest despite himself and he will defend to the death that it is NOT PURRING. Whatever it is, it is cute.

5) He has a terrible horse allergy. This wouldn't normally be an issue, except for centaurs. Reece and Harriet do their best to keep straight faces and their meetings with him short while he starts tearing up and sneezing himself into glatni form. He has the allergy in both bodies. It also applies to unicorns. It is funny.

6) He does NOT like children. Children are like very small, noisy, sticky, emotionally unpredictable adults who can't follow simple commands or carry intelligent conversation. He's very little patience for them and will nod and smile humorlessly and try to brush them off as soon as possible. This is also his response to say, autistics, the psychologically unsound, and the senile. All his people skills lie in words and if someone can't keep up with him or even follow he's totally lost about how to connect with them. And to be terribly frank, if someone falls into that category he doesn't see much value in him personally dealing with them at all. Kids, however, tend to think that glatni Cornelius is for climbing on.

7) He's not really into cars, and neither am I or I could tell you what exactly he drives beyond that it is long, white, silver, and very, very expensive. He let Frederick, his driver, pick it out, who animatedly informs him that it is absolutely top of the line, slicker than spit, the dragon's bollocks, and so on, explaining about diffusers and wheelbases, discs and tachometers, suspension and engine ratings, while Cornelius happily sips his coffee to the sound of jargon whooshing over his head. Thankfully he still fits into the thing these days, they often have the rear seats down and he curls up in the back with his laptop and briefcase for the morning commute.

8) What the hell does he do for a living, exactly? Okay. First let's not bore ourselves with his entire resume, just know that it is shiny and extensive. The Montreys are an extremely well-off land/sea-owning family who get their income because their ancestors came to Aagiea and bought up some gianormous chunk of the unsettled area (indigenous populations don’t really count, of course). For generations they've taken a share of the profits from all fishing/harvesting done on their coastline and ocean, which is not too taxing to manage. So a number of Montreys have gone into politics in their spare time, as the most worthwhile occupation for any millionaire is to make sure the political and financial world stays balanced in favor of them being a millionaire tomorrow.

The most prominent position Cornelius ever held was just before his glatnism. He was the senior Aagiean senator (Aagiea is rich bastard haven galore- a powerful place to represent) and recently appointed head of the senatorial chamber making him among the dozen highest ranking government officials in the Network. But it couldn't last. After The Incident and his subsequent mutation, super-conservative Aagiea called for his resignation and a crushed Cornelius complied. Some months later, as he got his confidence back and started poking around for ways to return to the political scene, the out-going senator from the city of Altalamatox got in touch with him. They needed a new voice in the Senate for anti-humancentric policy, he needed a way back into it, they shook on it.

Sooo, today Cornelius is a senator representing the podunk city-state of Altalamatox, and, because neither job is very demanding, he is also their ambassador. Which is kind of a joke, but he's used that small power in ways his opponents find quite unfunny. How he's seen in government today is complicated but there's no denying he remains an influential figure.

9) Here's the run-down on Cornelius Challistan Montrey's name. I'm sure I'm not alone on this site in getting color vibes from words/letterforms. I picked 'Cornelius' and 'Challistan' because they are long and fancy and because they are gold filigree in my mind's eye. 'Montrey' is a corruption of Monterey, California, specifically Monterey Bay, specifically the giant-ass aquarium there, which I have not been to since I was a kid living in Cali, but I loved the hell out of it.


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PENNY MONTREY

1) If her brother is a wizard of words, Penny's people-power is exactly what Cornelius lacks in spades: honest empathy. She's not especially eloquent, can't write to save her life, but remembers names, faces, and stories and has a gift for making people feel wanted and interesting which has earned her a small army of friends and honorary family. She has, will, and would again give what little security or possessions she has if it will help out a friend or even a friend of a friend. She is highly un-prejudiced, helpful, eager, social, a bit crazy, and not unknown to attend parties of the sort that end by scaling the backyard fence when the cops show up.

2) Penny mutually disowned her family when she was sixteen and spent the next few years bouncing around between the homes of a few of her friends' families, working low-end jobs and saving up "the first honest money I ever saw in my life" towards renting a place of her own. She's certainly not made bank by any means nor is she ever likely, as an animal handler and trainer, and while she still can't help feel a little put-out that her entire flat is significantly smaller than the master bathroom of the mansion she was raised in, she would never hesitate to declare her current living conditions are ten times more noble.

3) When she and Cornelius made amends, they legally took each other as siblings again and he restored to her the equal chunk of the standing fortune she should have inherited when their father passed away. Which she has since been steadily donating to zoology/ecology research and conservation, zoos, charities and such. (Cornelius cringes but says nothing as he promised to.) She thinks the landowner system her family's coffers have grown fat on is rotten and won't use a penny cent of it for herself. Whatever she inherits after Cornelius' death she'll do the same with.

4) Penny's given name is Penelope but she's effectively deaf to it. Press the point and she might set some of her personal zoo on you.

5) I should introduce the personal zoo. Last I checked she had a tankful of snowflake eels, two ball pythons (Terry and Graham), a tiny salamander of the firesome variety, a seven-foot long boa named Conder, and her best buddy Crikit the housegryphon. Outside her apartment (don't ask how she found a place that was okay with all her critters) she's made friends with a number of the animals she worked with at the Moco Macoa Zoo and later with the gryphons she assists in the training of.

6) Once, when she was twelve, she got in a huge fight with her parents when they ordered she attend a fancy dinner they were hosting in the mansion. She locked herself in her room and didn't show up until second course. When she streaked the table. Wearing only her dad's best cape. Which got punch all over it. Along with most of the guests.

7) She has only vague memories of her brother Nathaniel who died in service when she was nine, around fourteen years ago, but they're definitely fond memories and she likes to get stories from Cornelius about him. She likes to think they'd have gotten along and Cornelius agrees they probably would have, and that Nathaniel would probably have gotten along with her damned serpents as well. Penny wagers Nathaniel would have been cool with his brother's glatnism but Cornelius turns a little grey at the thought. Such conversations inevitably end sadly with the two sighing and lamenting the trio they might have been.

8) She has a zillion tattoos, almost none of which show up in my drawings of her which is bad of me. It's all hippie nature stuff. She has a loop around one ankle of tiny silhouettes of animals she's known or worked with who've meant something special to her (the latest figure has a familiar long-finned tail and didn't notice his addition for months).

9) Second only to her love of animals is music. When she and Eric start dating, which won't be 'til way later in the story than we're used to seeing on dA, they will waste many happy hours plugged in or at concerts and much hard drive space and hearing ability to their mutual love of all things NOISY. She was coerced into learning the piano as a kid but came to actually enjoy it once she could pick what to play. It's very possible she knows the guitar as well.

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If you weren't familiar with these two, yes they are siblings, yes they are nearly twenty years apart in age. It happens. I would crack a joke about their parents but Cornelius would smack me.
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artst04 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Does Cornelius always have to be so... serious? Has there Ever been a moment where he acted silly at all? Oh aside from that one sketch you did of him being totally smashed.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Probably the only person Cornelius lets his hair down for is Tom, his bestest friend forever. This is almost certainly because Tom's been his physician since nearly the start of his glatnism, so he's already seen Cornelius at his very most vulnerable and undignified, so vulnerable and undignified in fact that no amount of airs and graces would ever redeem him, so Cornelius figures. He has a completely out of character tendency to sprawl in chairs, crack inappropriate jokes, and smile rather a lot when he's hangin' at Tom's place. (Ditto for Thomas, actually.)

It's nothing Cornelius would want to be known, but he has been drunk in canon a number of times. He's miles from being an alcoholic, but he does drink when he's depressed, even though he knows it just makes him extra bitter and reckless. That's uh, far from your request for a silly moment, but trying to drown yourself in the pool for half an hour forgetting completely you have gills is kinda silly in a dark way? I'm making it worse. >_>  
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moonlight-goose Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh gosh! I wonder who found out that stroking Cornelius' fins would do that to him. Giggle 
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how different these two are, in design and in personality. =D They're both such interesting characters, and you did a great job bringing out their personalities in their poses and expressions.
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MaxiMaster Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
To give us the sense of the quality of Corny's voice, tell us who has the prettier voice: Cornelius or Morgan Freeman.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
OH HO! The gauntlet is thrown!

Different kinds of pretty, I believe. Freeman has that really awesome grain to his voice, where I imagine Cornelius' is very smooth. His might be more hypnotic while Freeman's would be leaps and bounds more friendly. 
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MaxiMaster Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Just out of curiosity, what exactly are Cornelius's redeeming qualities? There's more to to him than slimy politician/whiny baleful polymorph/honestly concerned big brother, right?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I shouldn't be chuckling right now but I am. XD I do tend to paint Cornelius in a tough light, but to be fair I have other characters I tend to present in primarily favorable ways, and it would be painfully dull if all one's characters were balanced, yeah?

Cornelius is ludicrously dependable. If he says he'll do something for you not only will it be done before expectation but also with exceptional thoroughness. Responsibility is his strong suite. When he has his act together he radiates a sense of being in control, and even opponents relax in his presence. He has an amazing Leader Power in that he can throw the might of his confidence behind another person, and something in having his belief behind them has revealed to many people bravery they never would've known they had.

Grace is the cardinal virtue of the Aagieans and when Cornelius has his Aagiean on he can be an honest angel. In their philosophy, grace includes smooth and articulate motion, elegant and thoughtful diction, generous manners towards all, and a majestic control over expression. As I say, we give Cornelius a hard time on dA, probably because he is so lordly and it's funny to poke him over the edge, but when he's not being harassed he does mostly exist as a calm, intuitive being that is mesmerizing to watch for his poise.

When in the presence of his best mate, Thomas Destastiel, he reveals a surprising sense of humour. Often Penny's silliness just almost brings out a child in him. He is stupid for his lover Diana, around whom he actually, honestly, and really smiles big unadulterated smiles. He once showed up completely unexpectedly to successfully defend his future-brother-in-law in a sticky court case. And I mentioned that he badly busted up his tail once? That was from diving into a group of people on a crosswalk, throwing them out of the range of a truck barreling through the light. But since his trailing tail is always a second or two behind him... BWAKSNAPCRACKLEPOP. And that, because it was absolutely impulsive, was probably the single most telling thing Cornelius has done in all his life that he really is a very caring person after all. He was as surprised as anyone.
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MaxiMaster Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Thanks, this helps me see him as both a better person and a more fleshed-out character. You really do put thought into this stuff, it's awesome!

I also agree it must be a LOT of fun to victimize Mr. Hoidy-Toidy (I have no idea if I spelled that right, but it sounds right, so THERE). The suffering of others can be very amusing; it's why I love AFV! Also, in reference to the really big smiles, what do you think would happen if you caught that on film and posted it on YouTube? I imagine Cornelius would HATE YOU FOREVER.

Last thing, I give you props for being one of the few people who ACTUALLY CONVERSE WITH PEOPLE WHO COMMENT. You rock for that.

P.S.: How do people italicize and change font size in their comments? It seems like some untold secret among dA and it would really help me emote beyond capitalization.
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KymeraBJD Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To italicize, bold, or underline things, you actually have to write out the HTML tag for it. Here are some samples (remove the * when you write them out. I had to add that to make sure the site would read it as text instead of code.)

Bold = <*b>This is some text!</b> = This is some text!
Italic = <i*>This is some text!</i> = This is some text!
Underline = <u*>This is some text!</u> = This is some text!

I'm not sure how to do font size...

OH! And this is how you do a text link (remember, remove the *) -

<*a href="URL address that you want to link to">Text that you want to be linked.</*a> = <*a href="deviantart.com">DeviantArt.com</*a> = DeviantArt.com
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MaxiMaster Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Why thank you very much!  Although the advice on links makes my head spin at least 122 degrees.  Is there some sort of Help page on the site that tells people this stuff?
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KymeraBJD Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup. It's in the Help and FAQ (the link is buried down on the bottom of the page).
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MaxiMaster Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Why, thank you, my fine gent (or lady, whichever)!
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ReluctantRomantic22 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Out of curiosity, has Cornelius ever had any assassination attempts? With his conscience developing late and his unpopular opinions after he got bitten it seems logical.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
You know, I used to think so. It's good meaty drama but I'm no longer sure it'd be likely. For one, his revamped philosophy on racial equality is actually more in-touch with the modern Network than his former beliefs, so he's really on the more popular side now. And having been a well-off, respectable human being for forty years, Cornelius still has most old-fashioned humans feeling like he's basically a funny-looking human. His duality protects him some from out-right hatred from both humans and monsters. At it's best it bridges the gap and encourages some more open-minded thinking about the bodies we're in.

The worst his former human-centric brethren would be likely to do to him is the bloodless sort of assassination that is political death. You could say he's already survived one such assassination. They never miss a chance to throw his reputation or credibility and will never stop calling him a self-interested hypocrite (which he is, but heaven forbid we change our minds).

Most monsters see him as the latter as well, but they'd be very stupid to cap him now, now that he's pulling for them. The sorts of monsters who'd like to see him pay for his bigotry find they've already gotten their wish in the humiliation and daily annoyance that has been Cornelius' condition. The odd monster who'd actually consider whacking him would probably consider letting him live the sweeter punishment.

At the end of the day, Cornelius is cautious and hard to get to and a fifteen foot long monster with too many teeth and a brain-melting virus in his fangs. I'm not counting an attempt out, but I'm thinking it's way more unlikely that I've thought before.

(There is an argument that the incident the lead to Cornelius' glatnism was an assassination attempt, I'm just not sure if that's the right word when there were multiple targets involved in the immediate area, and the whole thing was pretty crude.)

Sorry you asked? XD Thanks for the questioooon, you!
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ReluctantRomantic22 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
All of those are excellent points :). This is a bit random, but I also wanted to let you know how much your amazing stories make me think of Terry Pratchett. I think Vimesy would probably hate Cornelius though XD
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Oh god, Vimes and Cornelius. D: Yes, I think there would be a serious showdown of squinting and scowling. He'd get along well enough with the Mrs. Vimes, though, I'd imagine. Making Vimes all the happier, I'm sure.

Man, I gotta go get me some Pratchett before the summer's over. I'm missing the Disc.
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ReluctantRomantic22 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The newest Vimes centered one-Snuff- is good but a lot darker than the usual fare. I don't know if you've read them, but I strongly recommend Going Postal and Making Money. Monstrous Regiment is good too, if you haven't read that. I'm pretty much a Pratchett fanatic, I've got twenty-three Discworld novels sandwiched into my bookcases.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Going Postal and Monstrous Regiment are two of my very most favorites of his! Making Money I've only listened to as an audio book a few years back, I've been meaning to track down the book- it was good! Thud! has been my favorite Vimes book so far, but I'm quite behind on his books. I'm off in Wee Free Men land at the moment getting a good helping of Lancre and witches and sheep. I love how many books Pratchett's got out around this one world, it feels rightly big enough to explore though all the various storylines.

So much love. <3
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ReluctantRomantic22 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hands down, Pratchett will probably always be my favorite author.
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Karret Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
THAT'S EXACTLY THE REASON I DON'T DELETE MY OLD SHIT. ;u; <33


btw, you did amazingly with the reconceiving of the picture~ *u* <33333
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Gerlint Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Oh, how I love reading about your characters and the fascinating universe they live in! I also think your art style is awesome. It is a quite wonderful combination of style and lore. :D
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Fafenheir Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Yeah, anytime you have a character involuntarily transformed into another creature there will be people that say they wish it happened to them. How many kids watched Beauty and the Beast and were upset when the beast was uncursed?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Oh maaan, were there any kids who liked the prince better as a human? I seem to remember my brother and I'd run off after the Beast gets 'killed', because the rest was a bunch of kissing and dancing and sorely lacking in giant caped monsters.

Cornelius would spend Beauty and the Beast ranting about stereotyping the wealthy as immoral and how unjust it all was for the unsuspecting prince and how it's cruel to dub him a beast for merely not physically appearing human.

But Cornelius rants through most movies. He's no longer invited on movie night.
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Arhasen Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you still have the old one up because it makes me believe desperately that JUST MAYBE I CAN GET THAT GOOD SOMEDAY... XD (Since i can't touch either of them in terms of skill... e_e)
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Shralana Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Aww, I liked how it was before, when it was galatini (pronounced in my head as gah-luh-tee-nee), it just kind of rolls off the tongue, ya know? lol And lol at faceplanting ladies. To be fair on Penny's part, she DID go down to the fancy dinner, lol.
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4cquiesce Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Goodness, I could learn oodles about color from this! How do you do it?!

Your characters have so MUCH depth to them, love, love LOVE learning about them.
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GoombaLink Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha I love this redo! Her expression is absolutely fantastic, and I love the pose. And Cornelius, well... haha. You can definitely see the differences between the two. :)
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Azazelium Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
It's wow only, hey!
And so cool coloures...like it! <3
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Barbossamonkey Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Cornelius looks like he's trying NOT to smile at his sister. His lip is curling and he's fighting it trying to be all serious like lol
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MBlackwood Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
ASDF! I loved this meme of yours the first time you did it, and I adore it just as much now, if not more! Your shading looks VERY classy, my friend. 83

I really have been meaning to ask; do you envision any one particular actor to embody your characters' voices? It might be my personal bias, but I'm always and forever reading his words in a head-voice which comes across as an odd blend of Liam Neeson and John Cleese. Very disconcerting, I can tell you.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I'm now picturing a physical mash-up of Liam Neeson and John Cleese and my brain is hurting. O_o

Actually, Neeson might be a damn close match to Cornelius' voice now that I listen to him again. Funny to imagine that and hear that Irish accent. XD Cornelius sounds American, of course.
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MBlackwood Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
XDDD I can well imagine! Poor Neeson isn't quite perfect at hiding his native brogue, but he does tone it down a lot for his movies, and can sometimes pull off a fairly decent American-esque accent. Just the same, he has that commanding, rumbling baritone to his credit, and I'd think that'd lend itself well to Cornelius' no-nonsense, my-way-or-the-highway, lawyer-y sort of attitude.

Plus, can you imagine how fantastic he'd sound in Cornelius' glatnai form? Myself, I'd probably keel over in a dead faint. But that's just me.
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MBlackwood Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
Er. "His" being "Cornelius'". Sorry, my brain is rather elsewhere today. XD Here's hoping I don't go full-stop Mornelius; I have work to do today!
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SilveryBeing Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I remember the original! I read it too many times to count. Beautiful picture update, keeps the same feeling of the original but with more "oomph". Cornelius is still a fav, he's so serious and stiff in a way that just makes him a fun character. It is interesting that Cornelius seems to be the "old school" while Penny is more modern, shows what kinda of blending happens in the Network.

I should probably mention that Penny's shirt (that I wish I owned), kinda blends in with her skin and the shadows on my monitor, making it hard to make out the details. Just an FYI.
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Yangyexin Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012   Digital Artist
I lost it at "and he will defend to the death that it is NOT PURRING. Whatever it is, it is cute.". XD

Your characters are soo deep~ CCB
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MuddleofDoodlez Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student
eheh nice
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Elixia-Dragmire Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
your lighting is top notch!!
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Actually, I can totally get exact voices out of pictures. I think it has more to do with me have synesthesia :D I like Cornelius' voice because it's kind of sultry if not a little gruff, but I prefer Ben's. Cuz he's just, k'now...Ben. I can pictuure him giggling hysterically because he's mischevious and such, but if I try to picture Cornelious laughing I just get this sarrdonic "A-haha."
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Ginger-Seat Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Nice job on the shading. Impressive. :)

Cornelius and Penny FTW! :w00t:
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thegriffin88 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh here I was about to go play some video games and now all I can think of is getting to work on the accidentally extensive world of my mostly humor based comic. XD

You are one of the most creative people I have ever had the pleasure of stumbling across.
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julianwilbury Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Oi just having spent Easter with my extended family (including three young children, first grade or younger...mostly younger D: ) reminded me that I tend to have a similar reaction to children as Cornelius (but they like to cling to ME because I draw and have lots of "toys" in the form of a geek-swag covered messenger bag.) There's nothing I hate worse in conversations when someone is trying to talk to you and is VERY EXCITED TO DO SO but you have no frelling clue what they are saying so you just nod and go "mm-hmm" and hope those are appropriate responses to what they are saying so they will shut up.

Ahem.

Dude. I want to see Cornelius' face when he realised what Penny's latest addition to her "animals I have worked with that are special to me" tattoo collection. Lawdie.

(Ooo, I gotta ask, have you been playing around with that colouring/lighting tutorial by Ayem/Anya I linked you? Kinda looks like it, that's some delicious delicious reflected light...)
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Oh maaaan, that is me exactly too. D: I'm not around little kids so often but I seem to attract hyper, talkative people my age and older. I resort to the nodding and mm-hmm'ing thing after a while because I realize they just want to hear themselves talk endlessly more they want to hear me say anything back.

Your run-on cracked me up there. :D

He got stuffy at first but she managed to explain it was just a nice place to fit it and had nothing to do with lumping him in with animals or questioning his humanity. Penny only gets tats that remind her of things extremely important to her, that have changed her world, things she wants in her life always, things she wants to keep so close she's put them under her very skin, for the rest of her life.

That shut him up.

Dude, I remember when Ayem first posted that tutorial. The first time I used subtractive shadows was on a picture of a golden dragon, that must have been three years ago. Been using that method ever since. Er, unless we're talking about different tutorials. XD She did that one with the gryphon on the cliff more recently, though I've been ogling a number of painting tutorials lately, and mostly just thinking more before I barf up lighting.

And thank you!
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Audisey Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this duo so much, it's unbelievable. Polar opposites are my favorite to whip out in stories and characters, and especially when the opposites form some sort of bond together. While these two may not have the strongest relationship, they're kinda getting there I'd say, and they're both too cute beyond reason.

Not to mention that my brother and I are very similar to Penny and Cornelius, even the drastic age difference (which isn't exactly twenty years apart, but about a decade), except that he's closer to Penny while I'm more of a Cornelius (and yes, I do cringe at most of his decisions and wonder where did he get those genes. Bit of a gender swap, you could say). We even would've had a third sibling come in, who would be younger than him and older than me, and sometimes we fantasize what it would be like if that sibling did exist this very day. Fantastic writing and art piece! I love reading about these two!
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Usasi Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah, I love Cornelius! He is just so cool looking, especially in Galatini form. You make such cool characters! :)
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SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Snowflake eels. <3
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lot of improvement : ) love the lighting and contrast
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winterelf86 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cornelius's costume is beautiful :dummy: Then again, I'm a sucker for blue!
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Moonstar37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Love how these two contrast. Awesome job!
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Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your lighting is always SO amazing ! I think I say that every time but it amazes me every time too ! =D
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