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    Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Nestbound

    Once upon a time, Kazerad asked a question. "What if someone actually played the game PROPERLY for once?"

    And he answered that question, in comic form.


    These polite little bugs intrigued the intrepid Raequiem. She wondered, who are these kids? What's their world like?

    She started out by naming and titling the characters we'd met so far.


    Sked (scarletChronologist) the Heir of Time,


    Ikti (emptyLexicon) the Seer of Void,


    Taza (fireflyRomantic) the Knight of Heart,


    Kesh (lightningEngineer) the Mage of Life, and


    Atri (reticentFreelancer) the Thief of Space.

    And then, because there was a neglected bug/parent pair in the ectobiology panel of the comic, she created...


    Shie (Shee-ay) (covertSomnambulist) the Witch of Mind.




    She then came up with as many aspects of insectoid society as she could, from puberty to social organization:


    And bios for the characters we know so far:


    And other arbitrary things, like that since there's an odd number of sibling pairs, all the siblings' dreamselves are split up. Or that they entered the Medium in chromatic arrangement, from Sked to Shie. Or that the sibling pairs are Sked and Shie, Ikti and Kesh, and Atri and Taza. Or that in this iteration, the game is called Scarb.

    And then she released these little bugs onto the forums, and sat back to watch what happened.

    (Note: This is where you come in! Want to draw some bugs? I sure do! I have a couple pages of sketches over here, but I want to see what you come up with, too! Being the only person drawing something is boring! Exclamation point!

    Um. Yeah. If you have ideas for these little guys, be they weapons or ships, throw them in this thread. I'll be posting some of my stuff, and Kaz will post whatever other ideas he gets, but you all are included too!)

    Let the games begin!

    EDIT: Isoraqathedh is a cool person for making us this SHINY NEW WIKIPAGE to put all the stuff that is decided to be "the most canon". We'll still be hashing out ideas here in the thread, but if you could help out and put the stuff we're all agreed on into the wiki, that'd be awesome. DO NOT PUT CONTROVERSIAL STUFF IN THE WIKI UNTIL EVERYONE AGREES ON IT. This means genders, guardians, and pretty much anything else that people are still fighting over. Be kind to your fellow collaborator.
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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Oh my god. THey look so KYǕǕǕǕǕǕǕǕǕT.

    EDIT: No wait hang on, I'll get an idea later.

    EDIT GI: Right, so I'll whip up a map of the (tentatively-called-Delšukayfojn) planet, or maybe a small part of it. After all, maps are fun.

    (Also don't be surprised if this turns up in No. 1.*.)

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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    I might just have to write fic. Or music, for that matter. Could be fun. I don't usually take an interest in OC sessions but I love these little guys.

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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Cool. This looks like it could be pretty epic.
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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    SO ADORABLE
    I love Skaia updating its shipping chart. NEED MORE!
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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Woo! This thing got a thread! I'm just bugging to draw some fanart of these lot. Lessee where to start...

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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Okay, I've decided on the size of the Bug's home planet.

    On my map: scale on the equator: 1 cm:500 km
    On my map: scale 15 km south: 1 cm:499,980 m

    That should be enough to determine the size, but I never knew how.

    EDIT: GAH missed a nine.

    EDIT GI: A map! I've changed the sizes somewhat, but given that the upper one is the equator, it should still be enough to determine the size of the planet.



    Black spots = common settlements, colored spots = the settlements where our protagonists live.
    And bonus: look at the source code.

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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Do we really need a map?
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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Quote Originally Posted by temporalPeregrine View Post
    Do we really need a map?
    Do we really need anything in this thread? It's an open invite to create whatever, so I see no problem with Iso's map.

    (actually, the only criticism I have is that the guys seem to live a little close together)

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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    No criticism, the map is cool, but I think that the fact of having a map would limit the story somehow.

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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Also because Isor always, always creates maps.

    While we are at it, another Sburb-playing species is currently being constructed as the SWing Session, featuring birdlike humanoids. If you're interested.

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    moar nao

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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    I love Iso's map. Iso's map is the best map. (Except, yeah, they do seem a bit close.)

    I'm thinking the Frog Temple should be in Kayfeng, equidistant from Atri and Kesh. Sound good?

    EDIT: Oh also I have some drawings.



    If you can read that, I will give you a prize. Just some little concepts and notes for myself as I was coming up with biology and stuff.
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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Flame and Stone or Breeze and Mountains could be a toss up for ithe temple.


    (edited cause i'm dumb and can't read sometimes)

    Having them share it isn't a bad idea either.

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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Wait, does Kazerad know about and endorse this? It seems a bit presumptuous just taking the comics and start putting your own names and lands and other stuff on it otherwise!
    I'm a huge fan of these comics, and I'd LOVE to go crazy abaut the evolutionary xenophsycology that makes them such good players. And abaut the amount of gneders and relationship types so lage even their own biologists don't know abaut all. (most common genders: upp, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom. Also the genderless ellies. There are 118 currently know distinct relationship types, the largest including more than 1200 individuals)

    Edit: sory, did some math wrong, updated the number of relations in the largest relationship.
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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Kaz most definitely knows and approves. Spent half of last night PM'ing and organizing this shit.

    And I like the way you think! We need more than binary genders.
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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Quote Originally Posted by temporalPeregrine View Post
    No criticism, the map is cool, but I think that the fact of having a map would limit the story somehow.
    Homestuck has a map and that didn't limit it much.
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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    I made some sloppy sprites for y'all. I hate the feet, and I'll forever be spotting errors with the eyes, but the lower leg parts I like at least!



    (the top guy is a base, I made his eyes orange since none of our players have orange eyes)

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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    ===> Quickly retrieve arms from chitinous shell.

    ... sorry. It had to be done. But those sprites are adorable.

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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Yay! Awesome! ^_^

    Btw, have I said how much I adore this species?

    Anyway:
    Romance:
    If you know quantum mechanics and basic chemistry, you already know a lot about Bug romance. I'll assume everyone here does. If not, just look stuff up on wikipedia (it's what I did to write this, someone better at physics please check it).


    Next post: Evolutionary xeonopsychology!

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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Big fan of the sprites. Sbug may be the best thing.
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    I wholly support anything and everything that comes out of this
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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    Haha, YES . I love this. And wow, I wake up and it's already got maps, bios, sprites, and a nonsense reproductive system. Best thread . I particularly like the idea that their society isn't used to constructing permanent buildings, since it contrasts the humans/trolls so much (and Sburb probably loves introducing something new).

    Quote Originally Posted by Armok View Post
    Wait, does Kazerad know about and endorse this? It seems a bit presumptuous just taking the comics and start putting your own names and lands and other stuff on it otherwise!
    I know she already replied to this, but just to confirm it: she did ask me first. I really didn't have any plans for these guys after a couple one-off comics, nor did I have any real plans for their character/culture (in my head they were just "the red one", "the green one", etc) so I'm overjoyed that Rae and you guys are taking it further.

    EDIT:
    Quote Originally Posted by raequiem
    She has a crush on Sked - something about his simplicity draws her to him.
    I just realized this is consistent with the shipping chart on Kesh's computer. Was that intentional? Because if so your eye for detail is terrifying.
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    Re: Nestbound! (Or, Kaz and Rae's bugs come out to play!)

    NONSENSE?!? I have thought this through really carefully! It *isn't* nonsense, that's the *best* part of it! Once you get the evolutionary explanation, and read through it until you understand it a bit better, it'll actually make sense! And make great subtle-but-powerful ways the define the characters, meaning tangential featuring in the comic would be very doable and awesome!

    Edit: just so this post has some actual content, the characters and relations adapted to my complex gender system:
    Sked - Upp quark.
    Ikti - Electron. Has powerful electromagnetic attraction to Sked.
    Taza - Down quark. Prone to Strong Force feelings to all the other quarks.
    Kesh -Charm quark.
    Atri -Muon neutrino.
    Shie - Strange quark. Unusual amounts of electromagnetic interactions for a quark.

    Other than asigning the particle type, it's a closest-posible "translation" of raequims bios.
    I'm not entirely satisfied with these, they may change with further characterization. (Or Weak Force feelings... )
    Last edited by Armok; 10-17-2010 at 05:35 PM.

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