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A collection of The Goblin Emperor stuffs, originally published elsewhere, being added here for the benefit of my readers. These mostly from my alt-tumblr, [tumblr.com profile] csathu-athmaza 

Phonology

the sounds )


Attested clusters
Consonants, combine )
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The servants aren't full characters. Honor's Armsmen from the Honorverse books are characters in their own right, and we get the names of secondary characters' security (President Pritchard's chief bodyguard is Sheila Thiessen, for example) whereas in the Vorkosigan books, we don't even get Pym's first name, let alone any of Gregor's armsmen's. In C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner books, Banichi and Jago are secondary characters in their own right, with more of a role in the plot than Bothari ever had. Even Tano has more of  a role than Vorish Armsmen.
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First of all, the horses are actually pretty decently animated! They look like horses, trot like horses, and canter like horses. Sure, they do weird shit when left alone, but at least they look like horses, not camels (oh, Assassin's Creed II, what did you think you were doing?). One quibble: when you get the intro horse (pictured), Horsemaster Dennet says "take that chestnut for starters", whereas the horse is clearly bay. Bad Bioware, gettin horse colors all wrong!
The reason I call the horse "she" is that I have extensively looked at the model and not spotted a dick, thus making the horse a mare (yes geldings have dicks, it's the balls that get chopped off).
Random musings on the horses' colors )
Second, I kind of resent that the party is only 1/3 female. You can travel with 3 party members, and get to choose from 9: 3 of each class (Warrior, Rogue, Mage). There is one female party member in each class. Sure, you have three advisors (Connections, Secrets, Forces) that you can send out on missions and 2 of them are female, but it's kind of a bummer that so few of your party are women.
How I'd Fix This: I'd make Blackwall female! Now, in his current iteration he's one of the Love Interests that's female only (along with Sera), so I'd upgrade Cullen (Forces advisor, limited to female human and elven Inquisitors) to female-only LI, not race-locked. (Then I'd make Solas bi, so instead of him only being available to female elven Inquisitors, he'd be available to all elven Inquisitors [given lore re: elves in Thedas and spoilers, I'd say it's fair that he's only really interested in elves].) (Or perhaps make Solas female?)

Blackwall spoilers )

Though if you're looking for a Fantasy Murder Hobo Simulator RPG, Dragon Age: Inquisition is an amazing example, since women can wear reasonable armor (unless they're Vivienne, in which case they have boob windows) and do loads of badass stuff like the men. I like the whole mage thing, but would warn you away from the archer spec.

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It was probably not a dark and stormy night when I first searched for Thomas Theisman/Denis LePic fanfic. Weber threw in an offhand mention of how they were just like a canonical het couple, then forgot the mention utterly (as well as the existence of Denis LePic). That's when I first stumbled on this. Now, I had had my brushes-in with fandom before (oh hi, Hetalia) but I'd grown out of it for a few years. A metric fucktonne of googling unearthed thoughts on Theisman/LePic on [personal profile] maat_seshat and[personal profile] philomytha 's journals. Around this time I believe I discovered the AO3 mirror of the first story I'd unearthed, and with it AO3. I commented a few times as Penguin, hanging around mostly on Philomytha and[personal profile] aoifes_isle 's fics. Then I bit the bullet and joined AO3 in early 2013. I wrote a few fics. I hope I've improved from then.

Now, the Honorverse fandom is a small one. It's not particularly active. I did my trawl thrrough the archives. Between Tel's crossover fic and the fact that Philomytha wrote a lot, I read through some Vorkosigan fic, then promptly read the books. I now had a new, larger fandom to muck about in.

Then, school happened. I didn't read or write much in 2014. When I returned, it seemed like the Vorkosigan fandom was a bit less active, and the Honorverse fandom had been reduced to just Aoife. Now, because I'm a Philomytha fanpenguin, I'd subbed to her, and was a tad miffed that she was producing pretty much exclusively Rivers of London content. Then, needing to procrastinate from Uni work, I read some Rivers of London fic and am now reading the third book in the series.

tl;dr: Blame Philomytha.

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I have recently played through the Mass Effect trilogy. The first game was amazing, the second was eh, and the third one was a movie. Spoilers abound for the whole series.

One of the first characters we're introduced to in Mass Effect 2 is Miranda Lawson. There are a lot of things wrong with her visual character design, as with all the non-Tali female squadmates in ME2, but I'll stick to talking about her character.

Miranda was designed by her father to be genetically smart, beautiful, and in all ways better than your average human. This is told to the player, not shown. In fact, nearly everything Miranda says is either irrelevant to the mission on hand or "Shepard, don't do (thing that has to be done to complete the mission)". The narrative actively undermines Miranda's competence at every step. As a result, she comes across as smug and incompetent. Miranda is the Cerberus character that is constantly wrong so that Shepard can be right.

For the purposes of characterization, it would be better to have Jacob being the character who says things like "I wouldn't take that krogan out of the tank, he might be dangerous. Your decision, though." It would establish Jacob as a cautious character (which is the vibe I got from him) and wouldn't undermine Miranda.

In Mass Effect 3, Miranda is largely absent, though you can talk to her and even meet her in person once. (Tip: talk to her about Kai Leng so she survives Sanctuary.) She's working to bring down her father, and comes across as much more likeable now that she doesn't have to constantly be wrong so that Shepard could be right.

On the whole "genetically engineered to be beautiful" thing, I just wished that Bioware had left that out. People's standards of beauty are varying, so people will probably be disappointed (or have their suspension of disbelief jarred) upon being told that Miranda's appearance is "perfect". I didn't find Miranda's facial features particularly appealing, and I'm sure others didn't as well. A better approach would have been to just remove all mentions of Miranda having a "perfect appearance" and just have her be genetically engineered to be smart, strong and capable.
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  1. Get something more important to do (thesis, schoolwork, etc)
  2. Procrastinate
  3. Feel guilt over not doing Important Thing
  4. Write fic / clean room / finish other work in an effort to keep guilt at bay
  5. Finished fic!
Next step: proofreading!
(After the reveals, I might publish a short post on the writing process. The fic was something of a joy to write – both literally and ironically.)
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Nomen est omen – at least in the Bujold 'verse

People are counted by their surname during Memory – Ekaterin is thus not in with the Vorkosigans. When someone was named after someone else, the name goes by its first bearer.

 

Vor: вор means ‘thief’ in Russian according to the Vorkosigan Wiki

 

Etymologies! )
 

During research, I discovered that there are 26 people in the United States called William Shakespeare.

… I think that's got to count as some kind as maliciousness on part of the poor guys' parents.

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First lines of the ten last fics I wrote, (order of descending recentness; newest at the top) then commentary.
Feel free to ask for DVD commentary on anything I've written in the comments.

Here be stuff )

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