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They just released the PS4 version of Final Fantasy XIV, and one of the collector's edition bonuses -- which owners of previous collector's editions got for free -- is the "wind-up Moogle" pet.

If you get two or more of them together at the same time, they start dancing. And it is SO ADORABLE OMG.

I saw it get up to five before one of the Moogles started glitching out.

A group of four tiny flying, white-furred creature with bat wings and orange pom-poms dancing with each other in a circle in front of a bulletin board, in a cloud of colourful musical notes.
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I think the treatment of Animals in [Prince Caspian] is just going to be one of those Your Mileage May Vary things.

I, personally, do not like it. I don't like it because it seems to indicate that form dictates behavior and personality in a way that I'm not at all comfortable with because of the various implications contained therein for Otherkin and Transgendered peoples. I don't like it because I have a good deal of experience with animals in my personal life and I see a tremendous variety in personality within the same species, and even within the same genetic family. I don't like it because the variety displayed among the Pevensie children and the Caspian family, combined with the non-variety displayed within an animal species, normalizes "Human Being" as complex-and-varied and pigeonholes Animals as stereotypes, and that reminds me uncomfortably of the normalization of White, Straight, and Male in our society.

-- Ana Mardoll, Narnia: The Privilege of Omniscience
I just picked up the Pathfinder Advanced Race Guide a couple days ago. And I've noticed that d20 stats basically codify racism. When Dwarves get "-2 Charisma," for example, that's relative to a human. Humans are the exact baseline, and are "perhaps the most versatile" and blah blah blah. Which is basically the human authors' way of saying "We're privileged to be able to regard our experiences as normative."

So the question is, are the humans in our Pathfinder setting like that? They're protagonists, but they're not the protagonists. And while they see themselves as normative, everyone else doesn't. How do we portray them, both in terms of lore and in terms of game stats? This is sort of part brainstorming, part describing, so just let me know what your thoughts are on whatever interests you. Also let me know if I got something wrong; I'm very much an amateur at this.

Also also, check out this pic that [personal profile] aliaspseudonym did of a human adventurer.

Actual lore )

Messy brainstorming )
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When I thought I was male, I also thought I hated pink.

Pink was the color of Pepto-Bismol. Of boring frilly girly stuff, that's covered in fake rhinestones. Of the Cancer Industrial Complex, and its infantalizing cheerfulness. Of the LDS Young Women's Personal Progress manual, with its Value Experiences like "Prepare to be worthy to enter the temple" and its logo that shows the light of Christ setting a girl's hair on fire.

Purple seemed safer. Plus it was more active and energetic, halfway between blue and red. So that's what color I told [personal profile] aliaspseudonym I wanted my new female fursona to be, while he was drawing it.

That's how I started out, anyway. "Can you try for a bright purple?" I asked him. "Like that spot there, in the upper-right of your color wheel."

"'Bright purple,'" he thought. "Riiight."

A picture of a black and neon pink fox-phoenix gryphon, in a sleeveless top and denim shorts, looking into the camera as she flaps her wings and takes off into the air.

And that's how I ended up with neon pink feathers and hair.

I had no idea I liked pink so much. This shade just seems so ... alive. And when it complements black, to me it conveys not just energy but passion and hidden depths, without taking itself too seriously. It's unashamed, and it wants you to know that.

When I was growing up as a Mormon male, my mom bought all my clothes for me. All I wanted from my appearance was to blend in and look respectable. And some choices, like being a girl and anything that traditionally went with that, were off limits.

Screw that noise. This is me now. *poses* I don't know how long I'll stay this way, but I like it better than anything else that I've been. Here's hoping that you all do too.

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