M.D. sounds like a cross between Jerry Lewis and Stephanie Dougherty. She always sounds like she spent the prior hour shouting. Her voice inhabits a special frequency of annoying which is she is very proud of.
Biff sounds like a cross between Christian Kane and George Thorogood, though the accent is all wrong. (Biff’s accent is an ungodly kludge of conflicting Southern white and black accents that all equate to ‘trash.’) He can speak “standard” US English, if he puts forth some effort, but it sounds creepy and unnatural and gives everyone the screaming meemies. Mumbles a LOT.
Raige is pretty much entirely embodied in Nate Hartley. (That clip is from when Hartley was an adult though; his teen voice is more accurate.) Face, voice, EVERYTHING. His voice is actually naturally deeper than Biff’s, it’s just that Raige talks high and hasn't spent ages training his voice.
Thomas’s speaking voice sounds like Bruno Mars (if Mars was from Texas) and his singing voice is a lot like Mitch Grassi’s. (Grassi is the high voice--Thomas can sing higher than most people assume.) Pop star smooth all the way.
Comboy Bob sounds exactly like the piggy bank from Toy Story.
The flour used in Treehouse is... um. I’m sure there’s a specific word for it, but it’s potato flour. The native potatoes that grow in Treehouse are small and bright purple. They look like this, and once they are in your garden, you will NEVER be rid of them. While people DO make it into flour in Treehouse, and it is edible, it’s mostly considered a pest and a really weird thing to eat. (It’s usually used as paste, and it took Thomas a while to figure out that there’s a huge difference between INDUSTRIAL flour and EDIBLE flour. Thankfully, some sympathetic soul saved him before he tried to eat Treehouse wallpaper glue.)
When it comes to food, Treehouse tends to focus on raw fruit, veg, and meat. A lot of animals that would need carbs tend to get it by just devouring roots or wood straight. Thomas is considered unusual that he CAN’T do this--there are lots of exciting wood dishes in Treehouse, and people are total snobs about it the way people are snobs about wine here.
Dorothy is the tallest person in the game, and far stronger than she looks. She is also terrifying.
You see, Dorothy knows that she isn't alive. She's fully aware that she, and everyone else in the internal world, is a persistent delusion--and she's the only one self-aware enough to know what must be done.
Dorothy doesn't have a life, but she has a Purpose: to make the system sane again. And to do that, she must destroy the internal world and everyone in it, including herself. To her, it is all cardboard, devoid of meaning or importance. Nothing can shake her from the pursuit of her duty. Because of course, that's just the delusion trying to trick her. Of course it would seem realistic; of course it would attempt to appeal to her emotions and human sympathy, because it wants to continue existing.
Dorothy knows better.
She's going to fix everything.
It hasn't come up very much, but due to how Pidgin Sign works, you generally can't phonetically transcribe a name. Pidgin Sign was originally developed by the insect inhabitants of Silver Fern, most of whom are deaf as posts, and Treehouse tends to assume the average person is too. (This is why, in Hooray-We're-Not-Dead Day, there's no music for the dance; the heavy drum is there so the dancers can feel the beat as vibrations through the floor, and thereby keep time.) There are some work-arounds to describe some sounds ("roar," "hiss," "thunder-noise"), but it's too clunky and awkward to be useful for transcribing names. After all, while many people in Treehouse CAN speak, the sounds they make are hugely varied.
This means that pretty much everyone gets a new name when they join Treehouse. And Pidgin Sign has a gift of making everything sound just a little bit stupid. Here they are!
( None of them are cool. At all. )
( Oh my god this took FOREVER. )
Pidgin Sign does not use gendered pronouns. The ones that are used roughly correspond to I/we, you/y'all, and it/they. Number tends to be nonspecified, on account of it being developed by people like the Dead-Carrier Beetles, who don't have a concept of individuality as humans would recognize it. I "translate" in the numbers just to avoid confusion.
( Treehouse, where gender is WEIRD. )
( A big long thing about process, complete with some images! )
Hey guys! At request of a friend of mine, I decided to upload the chalk works from Reverend Alpert. These are the diagrams Alpert draws to exorcise, ward, and direct himself to his next case.
I’m actually pretty proud of the system I came up with for this, since I’m about as mathematical and geometrical as Silly Putty. However, I wanted to make a system that followed a simple, versatile system, looked good, and that Alpert could whip out fairly quickly once he got the hang of free-handing circles and straight lines. (He spent a LOT of his first years as a chalk exorcist on his hands and knees, fighting with a compass and straight-edge. He actually WANTED to choose a medium that required forethought and precision over instant sloppy power.)
The basic system is pretty simple: circles are for purification, triangles for warning, convex polygons are defensive, concave polygons are offensive. The more vertexes a polygon has, the more powerful they are and also the more energy they drain. If Alpert is too worn out, he can’t power his works.
Chaining multiple works together doesn’t make them any more powerful; it just means when one goes dead, another will instantly take over. No matter how spry Alpert is, all works eventually burn out. Some shapes are more stable than others; wards can last all night if nothing trips them, while binding stars burn out within an hour or less. Except for Veggie Star up there, which was designed specifically to last a long time, at the cost of power. It’s good for exorcising bushels of possessed produce, but not much else, which is why Perfection can walk on it.
There’s more, but that’s the basics!
'Constructs' are a catch-all term for any entity that is acted upon to become alive or sapient. This includes artificial intelligences, vat-grown organs and people like M.D., clones, and 'uplifted' animals like Bobcat. They come in a huge variety, but they are all property.
( And man, does that get complicated fast. )
Yes, he spent most of his thirties on his knees doing geometry while angry spirits tried to eat him. The strong motivation quickened his learning, but not by nearly as much as he hoped it would, and he spent a lot of time running away. Got really good at protection wards to.
This is why chalk exorcists with boners for geometry aren’t very common anymore. Defeating spirits with math just isn’t as cool as it sounds.
(Also, I really need to make an Alpert icon, since he's so popular.)
Just because a character doesn't have something written, don't assume that means they're straight. It just means I don't know.
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The Princess and Her Monster
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Battle The Universe
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Why the character list? Because we actually have a lot of characters who aren't cis, and due to the nature of our online writing, they often go around without mentioning it, and while some stories will specifically focus on their struggles as trans people, other times, they're just busy scrubbing floors, saving the world, or trying to get bloody revenge on the people who wronged them. We have probably a hundred or more stories on our LJ, and so, for your convenience, dear reader, we shall list them for you with convenient links if you want to learn more about them!
( The Big List! )
A fairly safe assumption in my work is that if someone's sexuality isn't stated and they show no interest in anyone in the story, they're ace. But apparently a lot of folks might assume they're sexual anyway, so here are some of the biggies.
( Superheroes, aliens, and other such folks. )
( History, electricity, transportation, and religion. )