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On Half Creatures: Example 1

February 15th, 2008, 9:52 pm

I Say...

Hazumirein says,

Oook, so I figured since people seemed to be showing an interest in them and in a bit of a contest, I’d throw out some examples and more info on the half-creatures. Our first example is Faro, your average every-day half-wolf and a future DC character (I’m not using Riza as an example here because she’s a bit of an exception to some of the rules…which technically I shouldn’t be telling you, but shhhhh.)

Notes by number:

(1) Digitigrade, in case I’m the only one that knows the big word (XD I doubt it though), means that they walk on their whole toes. Cats and dogs are like this, and even birds in a way. Then there’s ungulugrades, like horses and cows, that walk on the tips of their toes. Third are plantigrades, which walk on their entire foot, like humans and bears. In half-creatures, which way they walk depends on the animal. Digitigrade/Ungulugrade half-creatures, by the way, generally don’t straighten out their knees when they walk. Stand up and walk on your toes for a minute to see what I mean; it feels really unnatural to straighten your knee when you take a step. Plantigrades walk with straighter knees.

(2) Obviously “other skin coverings” refers to scales, feathers, maybe even just different skin (like in elephants), and so on.

(3) A lot of animals have short, high-placed “thumb” toes on their front feet. In their half-animal forms, half-creatures tend to have shorter, less moveable thumbs than a human would.

(4) I guess this is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll mention it anyway. Half-creature ears are attached on the sides of the head like a human, not the tops. They’re pretty flexible, and can move around to show emotion, hear things, etc (See the little expression doodles off to the side there).

(5) To some degree human features translate over to animal form. Mostly you’ll see hair, scars, etc.

(6) All half-creatures have at least 2 forms (there might be a third for some, but I shouldn’t be telling you that either XP), half-animal and full-animal (I have yet to come up with a better name for them, so that’ll do). They typically can’t transform into the full form from the beginning, and need to practice to change and stay changed for long periods of time. Some get the hang of it right away or can stay transformed for days or weeks on end, others can barely change at all. It really depends. It’s more a magic transformation than a physical one, so clothes disappear in full form and reappear in half form. So no naked half-creatures walking around XD. The transformation sequence, by way, looks something like when Raus transformed in the first chapter. Now Raus is a demon, not a half-creature, but his form change is similar.

And You Say...

Phooka says,

Cool. :D

Comments, anyone?