It’s funny how science fiction universes so often treat humans as a boring, default everyman species or even the weakest and dumbest.
I want to see a sci fi universe where we’re actually considered one of the more hideous and terrifying species.
How do we know our saliva and skin oils wouldn’t be ultra-corrosive to most other sapient races? What if we actually have the strongest vocal chords and can paralyze or kill the inhabitants of other worlds just by screaming at them? What if most sentient life in the universe turns out to be vegetable-like and lives in fear of us rare “animal” races who can move so quickly and chew shit up with our teeth?
Like that old story “they’re made of meat,” only we’re scarier.
HOLY SHIT THEY EAT CAPSAICIN FOR FUN
YOU GUYS I HEARD A HUMAN ONCE ATE AN AIRPLANE.
A HUMAN CAN KEEP FIGHTING FOR HOURS EVEN AFTER YOU SHOOT IT
humans are a proud warrior race with a pantheon of bloody gods: Ram-Bo, Schwarzenegger, etc.
REMOVING A LIMB WILL NOT FATALLY INCAPACITATE HUMANS: ALWAYS DESTROY THE HEAD.
WARNING: HUMANS CAN DETECT YOU EVEN AT NIGHT BY TRACKING VIBRATIONS THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE
WARNING: HUMANS CAN REPRODUCE AT A RATE OF 1 PER SPACEYEAR. DESTROY INFESTATIONS IMMEDIATELY
THE HUMAN MOUTH HAS OVER THIRTY OUTCROPS OF BONE AND POWERFUL JAW MUSCLES.
HUMAN BITES CAN BE FATALLY INFECTIOUS EVEN TO OTHER HUMANS
WARNING: HUMANS CAN AND WILL USE IMPROVISED WEAPONS. SEE CLASSIFIED DATA LABELED J. CHAN.
HUMANS CAN PROJECT BIOWEAPONS FROM ALMOST EVERY ORIFICE ON THEIR BODY. DO NOT INHALE
OH GOD THE HUMANS FIGURED OUT DOOR HANDLES OH GOD OH GOD
More seriously, humans do have a number of advantages even among Terrestrial life. Our endurance, shock resistance, and ability to recover from injury is absurdly high compared to almost any other animal. We often use the phrase “healthy as a horse” to connote heartiness - but compared to a human, a horse is as fragile as spun glass. There’s mounting evidence that our primitive ancestors would hunt large prey simply by following it at a walking pace, without sleep or rest, until it died of exhaustion; it’s called pursuit predation. Basically, we’re the Terminator.
(The only other animal that can sort of keep up with us? Dogs. That’s why we use them for hunting. And even then, it’s only “sort of”.)
Now extrapolate that to a galaxy in which most sapient life did not evolve from hyper-specialised pursuit predators:
- Our strength and speed is nothing to write home about, but we don’t need to overpower or outrun you. We just need to outlast you - and by any other species’ standards, we just plain don’t get tired.
- Where a simple broken leg will cause most species to go into shock and die, we can recover from virtually any injury that’s not immediately fatal. Even traumatic dismemberment isn’t necessarily a career-ending injury for a human.
- We heal from injuries with extreme rapidity, recovering in weeks from wounds that would take others months or years to heal. The results aren’t pretty - humans have hyperactive scar tissue, among our other survival-oriented traits - but they’re highly functional.
- Speaking of scarring, look at our medical science. We developed surgery centuries before developing even the most rudimentary anesthetics or life support. In extermis, humans have been known to perform surgery on themselves - and survive. Thanks to our extreme heartiness, we regard as routine medical procedures what most other species would regard as inventive forms of murder. We even perform radical surgery on ourselves for purely cosmetic reasons.
In essence, we’d be Space Orcs.
I do hope you realize I’m going to be picking up this stuff and running with it right?
Our jaws have too many TEETH in them, so we developed a way to WELD METAL TO OUR TEETH and FORCE THE BONES IN OUR JAW to restructure over the course of years to fit them back into shape, and then we continue to wear metal in out mouths to keep them in place.
We formed cohabitative relationships with tiny mammals and insects we keep at bay from bothering us by death, often using little analouge traps.
And by god, we will eat anything.
- We use borderline toxic peppers to season our food.
- We expose ourselves to potentially lethal solar radiation in the pursuit of darkening our skin.
- We risk hearing loss for the opportunity to see our favorite musicians live.
- We have a game where two people get into an enclosed area and hit each other until time runs out/one of them pass out
- We willingly jump out of planes with only a flimsy piece of cloth to prevent us from splattering against the ground.
- Our response to natural disasters is to just rebuild our buildings in the exact same places.
- We climb mountains and risk freezing to death for bragging rights
- We invented dogs. We took our one time predators and completely domesticated them.
- On a planet full of lions, tigers and bears, we managed to advance further and faster than any other species on the planet.
Klingons and Krogan and Orcs ain’t got shit on us
We drink ethanol (in concentrations high enough to be used as an effective as microbicide or a solvent!) for the express purpose of achieving blood toxicity and disrupting normal brain function… AS A RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY!
On the same subject, we also deliberately incinerate assorted substances and then inhale the particulate-heavy smoke and vapor resulting for the same effect. EVEN IN THE FACE OF SAID SUBSTANCES BEING CARCINOGENIC, BECAUSE WE JUST DON’T GIVE A FUCK.
Humans do not have biological castes. Kill their commander and another will take its place. Soldiers left alone on a planet will start farming and manufacturing to survive. Farmers and manufacturers will take up arms and kill you if pressed. Just because two humans look different doesn’t mean they cannot do each other’s jobs.
Breeding does not kill them. A single human can mate dozens or hundreds of times in a lifetime. They often do so as recreation. Xenobiology team six believes they do not have a mating season but this is too strange to be true.
Their appendages are not designed for hitting, so they developed special training to make them very good at hitting anyhow.
The proteins making up their bodies are toxic and cause prion disease. Do not touch anything humans have touched. Do not consume earth foods. Fire does not adequately remove this contamination.
Humans perceive sixteen times the colors we do. Do not hide in bushes or vines from humans. They can distinguish your pelt from the foliage with ease.
We tried venting waste gas into the tunnels to kill the humans when they attacked. Turns out they breathe it.
Everything on their planet came from a single biological strain. They developed comprehensive genetics BEFORE they developed space travel.
They lack radio receptors and cannot be brought into compliance with right-thought simply by broadcasting to them. Even after we learned how to translate it into sound-waves one of their hatchlings drove the Great Authority mad by responding to every demand with a single question: “Why?”
That little asshole was me, age 4.
This just get better and better.
#ref #writing aid #meta #interesting amg #sci-fi #now i kinda want my alien OCs to be a tad terrified amg
"…and the conclusion that I’ve drawn is that you are dangerous."
Ok so let’s talk about Bedelia Du Maurier and how she was the smartest person on this show. Bedelia was the only one who ever understood the mask Hannibal wore and like the best of people, she never looked underneath out of respect - learning only what he wanted to share. But after their last session and his manipulation of her, she unravels his human suit and sees the pattern.
He had orchestrated her attack. He had done it to her, and by default, had done it to Will Graham. So she became the wild card, finally revealing how unpredictable the traumatised could be in their efforts to survive. First she ends her patient relationship with Hannibal in his office - leaving him unaware that she had packed up her home. She then closes her involvement with his investigation, removing herself from from Hannibal’s deck, and finally, she takes Hannibal’s hand and shows it to Will Graham.
Bedelia tells Will that she feels like she knows him, but he says she doesn’t and she responds, "No, I don’t - But I understand you better than I thought." Because they had been the same card in Hannibal’s game at one point. So she tells him, "You can survive this happening to you," because she had. And for the first time, the scale is tipped.
But it isn’t until the very last scene when Hannibal goes to murder her that we see just how well Bedilia knew him. She didn’t simply anticipate his move and depart, she left her perfume bottle out for him to smell as a parting gift. It was her goodbye to him, because anything less, would have been considered rude.
And that’s when Bedelia Du Maurier stopped surviving Hannibal Lecter, and beat him, and he smiled.
#GENTLE TEARS AND HOWLS TO THE HEAVENS #DELIA IS PERF GOODBYE #PERFECT-HAIRED QUEEN OF NOPE #YAY GOOD META #my meta tag missed Hannibal like woah #meta #nbc hannibal #hannibal spoilers
first pissing contest, now shitting
#dude lend me some #mads mikkelsen
bryan fuller giving us a handy guide in case we ever need it
who’s free this weekend
bryan fuller is my patronus
he is the light of my life
#omfg #human mural tutorial #CACKLE #nbc hannibal
How would an apathetic person learn to care more? I can make it like someone (or an event) slaps some sense into that person, but I feel like that's really sudden. Is there a more gradual way for someone to change?
I think that that would feel too abrupt, too. A gradual change, in addition to feeling more realistic, would be much more interesting for the reader. Being able to track character development is often very rewarding.
So, how to gradually make an apathetic person start to care more?
First, try to figure out what is making your character apathetic. Is it a defense so that they don’t get hurt by things? Are they afraid to care, or do they genuinely think that things around them are uninteresting? Are things around them bad enough that they gave up? Causes for behavior might not be specific or isolated, but do your best to find the root of this behavior.
Secondly- what do they gain from behaving apathetically? The obvious answer to whether it’s better to care or not, the answer that people always tell us is that ‘it’s better to care’. Is it, though? Clearly, your character doesn’t think this way, or they’d start giving a damn about the things around them. So, what do they get from it? Does it offer protection?Strength? Escape from responsibility? Objectivity?
After you know what they have if they remain apathetic, figure out what they stand to gain, and what they stand to lose if they become less apathetic. I’m serious, make a list. If this was an easy change, your character wouldn’t have stayed apathetic for so long. This change needs to have stakes. Define those stakes.
Now that you’ve got your character’s motivation, think about what would challenge their current state. Are some of the driving forces behind their apathy going to abate, or are they going to start caring in spite of those forces? Do other people help them start caring, or will other people hinder them? Let your character change and adapt according to the world around them and the events that they go though. If you feel like things are happening at an odd pace, look back at your character’s motivations, and remind yourself of the stakes. Personal changes don’t come easy, but can be very gratifying to the reader when done well.
Finally, for the followers: Please reblog or comment with your favorite apathetic character from your reading experience. What about them was done well, and what appealed to you?
That’s it! Good luck, anon.
Michal Karcz Photography
#holy shit????? #okay #photography #artgasm #ref #wooooo #inspo
WAIT A MINUTE
WAS PLAYED BY THIS WOMAN
THE FUCKING FACELESS OLD WOMAN IS MATILDA BYE
So child actors you never hear of again end up in night vale. That makes a lot of sense.
#DUN DUN #wtnv
While the deterioration of The Toilet of Bathsheba is due to the varnish, it made me wonder if there are any examples of art being "restored" and purposefully leaving parts with POC untouched.
Wow this pissed me off more than I thought it would because Holy Crap I kind of expected it for back in the day, but within the last few decades? JFC I hate people.
This is what I mean when I talk about how our attitudes NOW regarding race, sexuality, morality, and how art SHOULD be massively affects how we view artwork from the past, and becomes a PART of that history and that art!
I’m not always being figurative with language like that. In so many ways, our attitudes about race dictate what we see, and how it is categorized. For example, how the Head of Memnon was classified before they identified who it was a portrait of:
Portrait of Maria Salviati de’ Medici with Giulia de’ Medici, by Jacopo Pontormo. Italy, c. 1537.
To be honest, the history of art restoration is full of disgraceful erasures, and a lot of the works whose appearance we take for granted are actually the result of restorers messing up really, really badly.
Priceless portraits of Shakespeare were irreversibly “cleaned” of painted changes that were made during Shakespeare’s lifetime to reflect how he looked as he aged. It was also painted over and lightened in portions. There is no way to fix the changes made by modern restorers to these centuries-old images.
Another painting discovered relatively recently, the Tree of Fertility, “somehow” lost its 25 painted penises during the restoration process. The 750-year-old fresco was discovered in 1999, and the restorers just painted over the penises.
Michelangelo’s David was actually coated in wax and stripped with hydrochloric acid, which removed the statue’s original patina, in 1843. Of course, that didn’t stop them from cleaning it again in 2004, resulting in the resignations of several restorers and curators from its housing institution who maintained that under no circumstances should it be cleaned again.
So, yeah. You can probably imagine how many images have been altered in the centuries between when the paintings were made, and us viewing them now. So, to answer your question, if people are willing to just paint OVER mixed-race children, Shakespeare’s face, and a tree full of penises, pretty sure that obscuring and/or lightening European paintings of people of color has happened and may well continue to happen.
An interesting aspect of this head’s modern reception was its initial characterization as that of a savage hunter, constantly aware of his natural environment but incapable of abstract thought. Once the association with Herodes’ Memnon was made, however, the ideal of the noble savage was replaced by the perception of a great character of introspection, even melancholy.
Memnon was a famous philosopher’s beloved student who died tragically young, probably of an illness. So WHY on EARTH would he have been classified a “savage hunter….incapable of abstract thought??”
These aren’t just “ideas”, they are pervasive and insidious patterns of negative stereotypes and assumptions that can change a contemplative and brilliant young man into a mindless “savage”. After all, his appearance didn’t change! The problem is firmly in the minds and hearts of the viewer, the museum curator, the cataloger, the patron, the art historian.
And we should ALL be thinking about how that affects the way we perpetuate anti-Black and racist assumptions in our own worldviews, and interactions with others in society.
making fun of girls for having “daddy issues” is literally the most illogically cruel thing i can think of haha “hey you! your dad sucked! i bet that really impacted your life and the way you form relationships with other people lmfao fuckin loser”
The most cruel thing about it is that once again, young girls are being mocked and often sexualized (If I had a dollar for every white dudebro in a movie/show who made a joke about wanting to sleep with a girl with daddy issues, I’d be hella rich. Ugh) for the actions of adult men. Adult men aren’t shamed for their bad actions and choices. Young girls who have suffered the bad actions and choices of those adult men however are shamed simply for existing.
And yet, if a young man’s father disappears from his life, chances are you’ll see a very different reaction in general media: one that involves a narrative of how strong he’s had to be for his poor mother and “oh, he had to grow up too fast to become the man of the house.”
#LOUD GROANS #as a proud Shitty Dad™ owner i get behind this #so behind i'm seeing the code #all the behind #daddy issues #ugh #feminism
#LOUD GASP #U-UNF #oh lord hold me #four devas #kill la kill #amgggggg
#delia you're perfect please don't die #*whining noises* #nbc hannibal #hannibal spoilers #nnnnngh
New fragrance from Du Maurier parfums
"When you don’t want to be eaten."
#VERY ACCURATE #THE MOST ACCURATE #'Delia thooo #*chews nails* #nbc hannibal #hannibal spoilers
don’t watch me livetweet hannibal
#utterly relevant #FUCKING ART PROFESSOR #nbc hannibal #hannibal spoilers
"Also known as the ghost plant, Indian pipe, or corpse plant.
Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a myco-heterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest. It is often associated with beech trees.
The complex relationship that allows this plant to grow also makes propagation difficult.
The plant is sometimes completely white but commonly has black flecks and a pale pink coloration. Rare variants may have a deep red color.”
Seeing this thing— I knew it as Woods Arken— is a transcendent experience.
Think of all those years in Middle Earth after the Lamps were destroyed and before the sun and moon rose, when the only significant light source was secluded beyond a mountain range. A world lit by stars and fire and phosphor, yet Yavanna’s seeds still grew.
Reblogged for heartrending mystical commentary.
#how cool #ghost plant #flowers #nature #ref #worldbuilding
Hannibal was so hurt by that “light of friendship” comment he had to bring it up again to see if Will really meant it and he wasn’t losing sleep and writing sad diary entries over nothing.
#hANNIBAL I S2G #nbc hannibal #*PINING NOISES* #hannibal spoilers
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