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Feral-verse: Pride (FF7 AU, Feral-verse)
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jessara40k From: jessara40k Date: April 29th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do know that Elena and her sister Tasha are definitely foxes.


Yeah, that fits them.

Isn't that sort of convoluted multi-layered scheming so typical of Rufus?

True, and a great point of characterisation.

I mean that he's perfectly glad to make use of someone who's been coerced into service, but he won't value or trust them the same way he would someone who offers him allegiance of their own free will.

It would be stupid to trust them as much as if they'd offered allegiance freely anyway.

I found her character description for the "Before Crisis" game particularly appealing, so maybe Vandal is a little bit of a Mary Sue for me? ^_^;;;;

Not at all. I hadn't realised she was from canon, but you brought her to life for me. Maybe a minor self-insert, but if you keep it within bounds that's really not a problem. I know Clive Cussler uses himself as a one-scene character in just about all of his more recent NUMA books for instance.

But aside from that, I found that using a minor character like her is a good way for the readers to get an inside look at what's going on with Rufus and Turks, especially when I'm trying to convey a lot of background information. She's part of the action, but at the same time, she's not so directly involved with it.

So very true. This information could seem like an infodump, but you make her concerns so real, and give Rufus a reason to be explaining things to her, and to Tseng, so I didn't realise how much fresh background you gave us until afterwards.

Actually, I wasn't thinking of the protectors and the nurturers as the only two strains of Cetra, but rather more like the two broad categories which encompass multiple strains or bloodlines.

Ah, I see. That makes sense 'protectors' and 'nurturers' as sub-species with the specialisations within those categories as breeds, or something similar. Although in that case...perhaps Jenova and her kind were once a third Cetra sub-species, 'destroyers' that was rejected by the other two sub-species long enough ago to have evolved very differently from the rest of the Cetra?
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: May 1st, 2008 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
h, I see. That makes sense 'protectors' and 'nurturers' as sub-species with the specialisations within those categories as breeds, or something similar. Although in that case...perhaps Jenova and her kind were once a third Cetra sub-species, 'destroyers' that was rejected by the other two sub-species long enough ago to have evolved very differently from the rest of the Cetra?

Now that's a very interesting thought. ^_^ Perhaps a very, very long time ago, a single ancient space-faring race split into two groups -- one followed a more symbiotic culture (Cetra - nuturers and protectors) and the other became aggressively parasitic (Jenova). As you said, over time, the two groups evolved very differently, but even now probably share some common traits. And on Gaea, the two branches of that ancient race ran into each other by pure chance and... well, let's say Jenova held one hell of a racial grudge.

Or you could go with a slightly different version of that theory that the ancient race was composed of nurturer and warrier classes, but the warrior class split, with some allying with the nurturers (becomeing the protectors) and the more aggressive being driven off or going off on their own (i.e., destroyers like Jenova).

Thanks! There's lots of really good brain food for my plot-beasties here! =^.^=
jessara40k From: jessara40k Date: May 1st, 2008 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad to help.
26 hisses or Hiss in my ear....