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Kayzee

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  1. Yeah, but as far as I can tell he is apparently a living weapon. And while that might entail some level of crazy, there is a delicate balance between the usefully intimidating type of crazy and the annoyingly ineffectual type of crazy. I mean, you basically suggesting something much closer to something like Pyramid Head, which is scary enough to most people but would make a horrible assassin.


  2. Well there is that, but that's not really what I am trying to get at. Basic understanding is just the first step. It's about more then syntax. It's about structure too. It's about function. It isn't enough to just be able to string words together well when writing, just as it isn't really enough to simply string operations together in programing. The semantics are important, the human touches, the algorithms used to reach a result.

     

    When you are writing you are doing more then just putting words down on a page. Learning correct grammar doesn't help you very much when it comes to telling a story beyond parseability. Even gloss line tone, voice, when to use different grammatical perspectives, and so on is little more then style. The real meat of what I am talking about is the deep technical stuff, stuff that is often hard to even talk about without already understanding it on some level.

     

    It's not an accident that programing and writing are similar btw. Because they are, in fact, the exact same thing. A program is just a story you tell a computer. The only reason computers are so much more picky and logical is because computers are not smart enough to fill in the holes humans do when being told a story (yet).


  3. Well, I disagree. Sorta anyway. I guess as a scripter I may have an odd way of seeing it, but I tend to think of writing (or art, storytelling, worldbuilding what ever this counts as) as more then a bit like programing. Bad writing is like bad programing: Inefficient, messy, convoluted, monolithic, and filled with unintended bugs, possibly places where the bugs get so bad it causes a 'crash' ruining the suspension of disbelief. Consequently good writing is like good programing: Optimized, efficient, well commented, modular, and robust, working well under many conditions and constraints.

     

    It isn't about being realistic or even necessarily logical, it's about speaking to the heart and mind of your audience, about conveying your ideas in a way that lets another people 'run' the 'program' that you have encoded in your words. Now some people could care less about the details of some random character's weapon. But others will inevitably 'crash' on those details. And the more it is brought up, the more the character or how it attacks become relevant, the more that 'crash' will still happen. The more a person knows and cares about the details the more they will be irritated when those details are wrong. So you kinda need to either do your best to at least try and get them right or how you can avoid detailing elements of things that may be wrong.

     

    I mean, if you want to do something like 'Alice in Wonderland' where it's all just nonsense in the first place that's one thing (though even nonsense has a particular logic to it). If you want to have a bit of magic or other metaphysical magic-like force, well you should probably define at least some ground rules, but okay. If you are in a realistic or non-clarktech sci-fi setting NOPE! No excuse. Get it right (or as reasonably close as possible), or no sale.


  4. Hehe, granted I am not an expert or anything, there are probably better experts then me. Really us fairies don't use metal weapons or armor much. Fairies tend to use specially enchanted wood, fabric, spider silk, and other natural materials instead. Naturally we tend to use staves and other pole-arms, occasionally wooden swords of some kind.

     

    Why don't we use metal? I mean there is the whole 'cold iron' thing. Though just between you and me that often has more to do with our magnetic sense, just imagine what it would feel like if the balance sensor in your inner ear would get thrown off any time something slightly magnetic is unexpectedly waved around nearby. It can be really nauseating. Also because we really don't have any kind of mining and processing industry (look to dwarves or gnomes for that), and natural materials are so much easier for our magic to shape and enchant.

     

    Er, I tend to spill our secrets don't I? Don't tell the other fairies I said all of that! Though I could be lying. :P


  5. Yeah, he's very insane. And that's more or less what's going on.

     

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    The blades are also made from a synthesized metal alloy far lighter and stronger than steel. :3

    Ooooohhhhh! A bladed shield? That makes a heck of a lot more sense, but I am not sure it would be the most effective being held like that. Just try to imagine yourself actually using things like that and how you would strike with them while defending yourself. You could defend and bash things like a tower shield, but being able to but any force behind a cut might be kinda awkward.

     

    Strapped to the forearm like a gauntlet, shield part facing outward, and blade facing back though? Able to bring the shield up to defend and bash while able to use the motion of the arm to cut with the bladed edge might work... No idea how effective it would be for real, let alone in a modern setting with guns and such, but interesting. Might be a bit to big an unbalanced, light metal or no.

     

    What? I do a lot of thinking about weapons and how they work and how best to use them okay? I mean, magic is still the best and all, but seeing the cool things humans come up with without magic is pretty neat too.


  6. That note says he really does have hands and the blades are just you being lazy right? Because seriously, blade arms? Even for a person converted into a living weapon that is ridiculously impractical. I mean not only are you vastly limiting their offensive abilities by not letting them hold other weapons, think about the weight and the balance issues, the necessary leverage and joints needing to position the blades in any useful way (especially for the larger one), and needing a hole to fit some of the arm in instead of making it a solid piece of metal would possibly make the blade too weak.

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