justaswolf asked: I was wondering, but how do you interact with your characters in your head? From what I've gathered, it seems that they can act similarly to how mine do; like sentient beings, that can talk to you, annoy you, comfort you, and even withhold information from you. Is my assumption accurate?
They don’t interact with me much, or at all, since at least with the Locks they’re all aspects of me already (they’re a mirror). They mostly interact with each other, and tend to be pretty good (though abstracted) representations of whatever I’m feeling or dealing with at the time.
Anonymous asked: I noticed that your locks can change their sizes anytime they want, but I've only ever seen them do this in their noodle form (sorry correct name escapes me). Is it only that form or can we have a 100 foot quad form or a giant jeih running around? Or is their noodle form the only form they can do this in?
They could be gigantic in any form if they really wanted to, but it’s not practical for what they use those forms for so you’ll likely never see a 100’ quad Lock or monster-sized human Jeih running around.
alriandi asked: I dont know if this has bee asked before, but, can Locks get drunk/ affected by alcohol or even drugs?
Not any kind we know of, not unless they dutifully replicate a form in full that is also susceptible to it - at which point it would affect the form but not their consciousness. As for what would affect a Lock’s consciousness… let’s just say Jeih’s idle time eating people was less idle then everyone suspected. He jumps on the back of another Empire’s will-weapon research and proceeds to make the Lock equivalent offf… I don’t even know what kind of drug. It’s like a paste that has the consistency of face mask cream. Rub it in the hollows and it messes with the will cycle.
He surprise-tries it on Aryian (a lot of it, actually, because of Ary’s indomitable will status). Turns out he doesn’t need all that much, and Aryian takes one helluva trip in the meantime.
grimluxx said: Wow talk about a life. Was Momo’s moms’ secondary hands cut of or are they just bound up so she can’t use them? Cause I can’t really tell if they were cut off and then bound like that or not.-_-;
Bound up. Easiest way to subdue a Leothin is to dislocate their secondary set of arms at the shoulders and wrists and bind them so they stay like that. The limbs go numb after some time, and stay that way until they try to move - at which point it’s pretty painful. The second set of limbs moves with the first, so to avoid the pain they just don’t move much. Makes them real easy to cart around.
aaaaahahaha that’s a lot of storygoing on in that second leothin post you made last night! Pardon if these have been asked and answered, I wanted to say tem before they slipped my mind since they’re fresh now
Jeih in tow, where in the timeline does that put this event? Somewhere after Jeih’s awakening/rescue, and that lines up with some of the aftermath of the Leothin mowdown?MoMo’s mom is born some time after the Leothin mowdown (a generation, I think, hard to say). I don’t think the decimation of the race lasted more than nine months, but while the Empire could halt the destruction of the Loethins on their homeworld, they have no handle on the black market. It’s safe to say there is a very small population of captive Leothin with no ties to their homeworld out there, spread out between the stars.So far that I know, timeline-wise, the discovery, decimation, and the halt of it happened within the last human generation. Around when Scott was 17, when Jeih was still Fallen, etc. The discovery of MoMo’s mom happens between 18 and 25 years later. I’m having the most difficulty pinning down Jeih’s timeline - from a human’s standpoint the time is moderate to long, from a Lock’s the time is very short. He figures things out quickly enough. I believe he is being rehabbed at the time of the discovery of MoMo’s mom.MOSTLY I WANT TO SAY that it’s so unbelievably refreshing to see your spin on the ‘ho hum black market steals a fancy creature’ you really made it wonderful and my brows were up the whole time the restraint gear on her is nuts, all the attention you pay to their anatomy in the first place, what makes them work as creatures and then what hobbles those very details, she looks so uncomfortable and it’s hard to tell what permanent stress/damage is being done to her joints :cccc Before I even got to the words under it, I could tell by the way she’s built that she was gravid and I just kind of breathed at the screen “oh no I bet that’s momo’s mom”If the world knows one thing, it’s how to be brutally efficient. Empire Eutharius, for all it’s civilized races, has nevertheless become the poster child of savagery.you said so much in so few words though hahaha who are those locks that manage to make work what Hons hoped for with yahn/jein?
that teaser of your handling of your universe’s blackmarket has my mouth watering
how tasty and frightening and efficient/dysfunctional in all the best waysThis one confuses me. There’s a trio of Locks patrolling the Leothin system, two are a newly Bonded pair and the third is unrelated.And don’t worry, there will be more. :)As always, thank you so much for your input and questions!
Anonymous asked: Hey there, I have a question that I see you answered long ago. Someone asked what Aryian's voice sounds like and you provided a link to a song but I couldn't access the video. Could I have the name of the song please so I could look it up? Ps your art is just marvelous
Here - Liquid Wings by Disarmonia Mundi. Skip to 2:08, the sung part is the closest thing I’ve found to what he sounds like. The rest of the song is unrelated screeching.
tsolvang asked: I know Jeih's colour is based on trauma and sort of unresolved issues, and in order for him to properly bond with Kyrin he needs to sort himself out first, does this mean he will change colour before they deproduce?
They will be entering the last stages of Bonding and will have let go of any and all forms, at which point there’s nothing there that will change color.
dragonflame123 asked: What was it like when Aryian first encountered a human? And when a human met a Lock?
He probably spent a long time watching, and it was likely difficult to adjust to human time scales so a lot of the early people-things he picked out to observe would die when he’d go away and come back. I don’t think anyone knows how long a Lock minute is - five minutes to Aryian could be several lifetimes to a human.
For sure though, the 24hr schedule that humans seem to thrive on doesn’t sit well with him. It’s too fast for his liking.
Anonymous asked: What do Locks sound like? Do they have a lion or t-rex roar (or anything around that)? Or do they kind of hiss and shriek at things?
They are hissy and rumbly if they make any noise at all.
For the hiss I guess imagine something like this pitched lower with a much more fuller sound, and deafeningly loud, laden with intent (usually threat).
For rumbly, something between rolling thunder and motorcycles, the tempo being more like thunder but having those lovely rumbly popping-purr noises from the latter. The sound is very even. All pitched way, way down deep and low.
In the roar/shriek department I don’t know that they have anything. Maybe screaming? There’s only a few characters I could imagine pulling off any kind of roar (Aryian for one). They’re fairly quiet creatures.
nhyworks said: Ah, would you mind sharing a little more about his temperament and interactions with other Locks? He’s one of my favourite of your characters and I’m always curious about him (if you don’t mind!).
Shoon manages to appear extremely laid back and serious at the same time. He has that apex predator indifference to the max, to the point where his not-caring-about-things looks almost like pure laziness… which isn’t helped by the fact that, for a Chaser, he spends an awful lot of time not moving when he’s not on the hunt. He is generally distant with other Locks, perhaps moreso than is normal - you get the feeling that he’s just barely tolerating you but at the same time you’re a nuisance that’s just not worth the effort to address. His brutality with the Traders is well-known in Lock and Trader circles, but as far as Lockian conflicts go he is exceptionally difficult to rouse for a fight. His attitude is off-putting for many, although he has the strength to back it up. It sort of covers for the fact that he actually has a very high tolerance for nonsense and shenanigans and would rather just be left alone.
Despite his disposition to his kin, Shoon’s companionship with Katari is pretty effortless and has been long lasting. She operates on the same wavelength as he does, and is about as calm although she is much more active.