Is the sheer size/power difference between indomitable and typical wills perceptible to locks constantly? Do the lesser wills generally find it intimidating? If so, how does that result in ‘pairings’ like Yahn and Hons, Ary and Jeih behaving so comfortably?
(not implying couple, couldn’t find a better word)— rooknestGiven how Locks perceive things, yes, the strength of a will is immediately assessable unless the Lock in question is excessively good at hiding themselves (Aryian). Lesser wills may find greater wills intimidating but that is not always the case, it depends on their disposition. Certainly everyone is wary of and intimidated by the indomitable wills (as well as Jarovin) for the sheer power that they wield.Hons and Yahn were companions (not Bonded Companions). Companionships can spring up between any two or several Locks regardless of will strength and reflect an alignment in wills based around one or several major goals. In the case of Hons and Yahn, they were hunting buddies whose companionship ended badly. Yahndrall survived as long as he did because he was not afraid of Hons, he simply accepted that the indomitable will was going to do whatever it wanted and whatever happened to him, happened. His lack of fear and his willingness to treat Hons like an equal (instead of being submissive) earned him the white Lock’s respect despite the fact that they never stood on even ground.Aryian and Jeih were never companions, but their buddy-buddyness endures because of Aryian’s position in the heirarchy (his adherence to rules of interaction as well as his function of soothing and helping other Locks), Aryian’s relationship to Jarovin (Jarovin’s teachings and the Emperor’s calming presence bleeding through him makes Aryian more tolerant of close interactions), Jeih’s perception of Aryian, and the tumultuous history that they both share. Jeih is extremely intimidated by Aryian but as Aryian is adept at hiding his true strength it’s easy for Jeih to forget just how massively powerful he is until the gold Lock has prodded and pestered and pushed too far.
Testing Jarovin’s Patience
ramblingheartwood said: There’s an interesting thought. Has Jarovin ever been really ticked at Ary? I’m imagining him with an ‘I am disappoint’ face now Now I’m imagining that same scene with pigs. dam.
Yes, actually. On rare occasions Aryian has tested his patience, or has done or said something that left Jarovin a little disappointed. It’s really, really hard to get him upset, though, and Aryian has a tendency to beat himself up over his trespasses.
There’s a point where Aryian actually startles Jarovin with his callousness, where his trespass actually wounds. It’s one of the times where he and Jarovin are discussing Ary’s Sharing with Jeih, and Aryian’s lack of deference toward the ritual genuinely upsets Jarovin. It’s an interesting situation, one that throws into light Aryian’s fallibility - a trait that is not seen very often.
I suppose they might run around shirtless sometimes. In human form they’d probably have the shapes, at least, to keep with the illusion. In half-morph or sphinx form they may or may not - it’s likely they’d have a hint of the shapes or nothing at all. It really depends on the personality and how they translate themselves.
At some point I’ll have a pic or two to show of Jeih & Kyrin and/or Ary and Iro hanging out in one of their transitory forms nekked, I’ve been meaning to play with that subject for a bit now.
Deproducing Locks - Descendants
Yup, they merge into one creature and become a completely new Lock, entirely its own thing. The personality of a descendant is based on how the combined priorities of the two previous Locks sort themselves out and the decisions it makes afterward. The descendant will have an innate understanding of its parents’ lives, but I don’t know that they retain any specific memories. It understands what they understood in a general sense. Depending on how the priorities rearrange the descendant may develop similar tenancies and likes/dislikes to one parent or another - for instance, Ceras is very much like Iro in where his focus lies and in how he achieves his goals. And you know when Jeih and Kyrin deproduce their descendant is going to make a beeline for Ary; because he was so important to both Jeih and Kyrin, finding him would probably be one of the descendant’s priorities.
I hope that makes sense, trying to explain the more abstract functions of Locks can be difficult.
Deproducing Locks - Descendants
They do have something of a maturation stage, actually! Intelligence-wise they’re like every other Lock, they know what they are and what they can do from the get-go. They can function at the basic level that all Locks function at. But the new priority-arrangement that their personality will be based around is untested. So the maturation process for them is basically the development of that personality, them figuring out how to interact with different things outside of basic Lock behavior and learning what they like and dislike.
Newly formed descendants are inquisitive things that typically stick to Tsaritartion-space until they get themselves sorted. They sort themselves pretty quickly, but during that brief interval of exploration they’re curious and weirdly innocent. Child-like, but in a very odd sort of way.
Deproducing Locks - Jihrin
He’d recognize it pretty quickly. It might catch him off guard, certainly, but it wouldn’t take him long to catch on. New descendants feel new, like blank slates to other Locks, but usually Locks are distantly aware of when a pair ‘leaves’ to deproduce and similarly notices when a blank slate emerges from that union. Barring that, I think the Jeih/Kyrin descendant ends up a light gold, so it’d be pretty obvious. XD
They don’t sleep normally, but they do doze and rest here and there and they enjoy being comfortable while doing so. Aryian is particularly guilty of this (his love for soft things being fairly well known), but he’s also found a way to redirect his consciousness to a state that allows him to mimic sleep. During those time it’s really hard to wake him and he’s got no notion of what happens to his physical form while he’s out, which leaves him susceptible to trolling and shenanigans and snuggling from other Locks. Like Jeih, although more then one Lock has curled up with Aryian when his mind was away.
The only time a Lock actually truly sleeps is when it’s put into a torpor, which is the really deep state of peaceful rest brought on by Jarovin’s presence.
becauseicannibal said: SNUGGLES!!! <3 But also I would like to know more about why Locks are so involved with Earth and what they do. If they eat galaxies/planets, why is Earth not on the list?
Actually, Earth plays no part in my stories. It’s a closed system in Eutharius territories, no contact has been made yet by the Empire (officially, at least). There are other places where humans or humanish things have arisen, though, and one of the First Five founding races of Eutharius are Delta humans (I don’t recall if they had another name, but this one stuck with them). Scott and Jerry and pretty much everybody else within the central parts of the Empire are Delta humans.
There are many many Empires spanning the depths of the universe, and the Locks have their claws in all of them.
Marks don’t always manifest in the same way, it depends on the injury and the personalities involved. Vrax was just short of obliterated. Yahn was deliberately vivisected. The black ‘V’ mark on Yahn’s chest is the remnant of that experience. It was also a traumatic event for Jeih even though he had yet to wake, and his mark from the event is his gold color.