Parker - 13


John Prengaman on 15th Apr 2016, 12:00 AM

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Most animals have trouble trying to drink from a straw. The lack of true lips are part of the problem. Another problem is trying to explain to them that they need to suck in, rather than just lapping at it with their tongues. Isla Grace may have some problems with the former, but she's just fine with the latter. :)

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HiFranc on 15th Apr 2016, 1:20 AM

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Will she be able to change back without the ring on her finger?

Vuldari on 15th Apr 2016, 6:28 AM

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I love thinking about the subtle realities of how having a different form would change your day to day life, like the (previously) simple act of drinking water.

Also, as a TF nerd, overthinking the rules of how TF's work also amuses me. Such as, if a magic transformed by actually changing ones body through cellular growth and reconstruction, removing onself from the magic could also remove onself from the capacity to reverse the process. However, if the magic actually sort-of 'imploded' every cell in ones original form into a pocket reality which is surrounded like a bubble with the form they have been replaced with, then removing the magic could conceivably 'pop' the bubble and release ones original form again ... which, if it happened cell-by-cell, could look and feel like a more intimate, and bilogical metamorphosis, both ways, while still allowing 'Removing the curse reverts the transformation' rules to make sense.

At least, that is one of Many possible explanations ...

Raven Cross on 15th Apr 2016, 7:17 AM

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Well taking off the ring doesn't seem to matter.

Brian on 15th Apr 2016, 8:17 AM

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I am more interested in the metaphysics of the clothes. I assume she slept in something, which is now gone?

John Prengaman on 15th Apr 2016, 11:22 AM

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Everything pretty much ripped apart when she transformed. She's been naked since she changed. Why she hasn't re-clothed herself is another question.

Raven Cross on 15th Apr 2016, 5:54 PM

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You're right. What would she wear if she turned back into a human now? Did she bring any spare clothes?

John Prengaman on 19th Apr 2016, 2:03 PM

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Well, they're on a multi-night camping trip. I'm sure there would be some change of clothing in case of an emergency - more of an "I spilled ketchup on my shirt" emergency as opposed to an "I just turned into a fox and tore my underpants in the process" emergency, of course. :)

A surprising error.....

Razmoudah on 15th Apr 2016, 8:52 AM

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Okay, your explanation of the problems involved in animals drinking works great, however it is impossible to speak a full range of human words without some form of true lips. If she doesn't have true lips, then there is a secondary magic at work here that is causing the sounds she creates to be changed into words so others can understand her. Otherwise she has to have some form of true lips. Now, this doesn't mean she'd have an easier time drinking without the straw, but the straw wouldn't give her any problems at all.

Also, some animals do understand the concept of 'suck', but you have to use a rather large diameter straw and put a nipple on the end that drastically slows down the rate of air seeping back into the straw for it to work (the nipple also hepls them figure out that they need to suck). It still isn't practicle though.

John Prengaman on 15th Apr 2016, 11:34 AM

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I treat Isla Grace like Marvel treats Rocket Raccoon - except she doesn't sound like Bradley Cooper. While it may not be obvious, there's something that keeps her able to speak in this form - not necessarily magic. That'll change when she goes full fox. :)

Razmoudah on 19th Apr 2016, 3:33 AM

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Ah, so more of a psionic resonance field thing? Completely subconsciously controlled, borderline passive really, but causing her to create human language despite the lack of true lips?

I realize that most of the big name comic companies have never taken the time to explain some of that stuff, they just hand-wave it away, but I prefer if it can have at least a crude plausible explanation.

John Prengaman on 19th Apr 2016, 1:58 PM

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It's not an issue I've spent a lot of time researching, to be honest. My basic explanation for Isla Grace is that her hybrid form does allow for more lip movement than that of a normal animal. I would say it's more of an imperceptible biological difference than a psionic resonance field thing. I honestly don't know Rocket Raccoon's backstory aside from what's mentioned in Guardians of the Galaxy. I assumed his abilities to speak were strictly a result of his genetic manipulation. I assumed that meant greater lip movement, voice box alterations, etc. If I'm wrong on that one, then disregard the comparison. To answer another question before it's even asked - no, Isla Grace cannot speak in her full fox form.

Drink up.

Village Idiot on 16th Apr 2016, 3:16 AM

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Place bottle mouth against corner of mouth, tilt head toward bottle, grip with lips, tilt head back. I had a friend whose dog would drink the dregs of beer bottles like that. Had to give the idiot first aid for alcohol poisoning a couple of times when he got loose after large parties. (Milky tea with lots of sugar whenever he was conscious)

John Prengaman on 19th Apr 2016, 1:59 PM

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I'm sure Isla Grace will get the hang of it eventually. I will say that I'm glad our dogs aren't booze hounds.

Sc on 17th Apr 2016, 12:25 AM

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must be VERY frustrating for anthros to try to drink from something like a squirt bottle, and have it most fall out of the sides of your mouth. one of the many problems with straws is you can never look serious while using a straw.