Summer time 2018-06-11

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Re: Summer time 2018-06-11

Postby Atomic » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:29 am

To help Cass appreciate her mammal bumps, she needs to consider:

It used to be a woman would spend her years from late teens to early 40s giving birth about every other year. Of about 12 babies, assuming she lived through birth:

    - 2 would die at birth
    - 2 would die in the first year
    - 3 would die before puberty
    - 3 would die from injury or animal attack
leaving two survivors to reproduce and carry on. Such was disease, infection, famine, and wildlife.

Her mammal bumps would be in mostly continuous use for nearly 20 years, feeding her infants and her neighbors orphaned babies as well.

They're not decorations, their survival tools. People have an enormous luxury to treat them as anything resembling a toy!
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Re: Summer time 2018-06-11

Postby jwhouk » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:51 am

According to this little time skip, Castela should "only" be about five years younger than Atsali.

And Atsali would have just turned 20 this past year.
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Re: Summer time 2018-06-11

Postby Warrl » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:00 am

They aren't "mammal bumps". They're "human bumps".
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Re: Summer time 2018-06-11

Postby lake_wrangler » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:02 am

jwhouk wrote:According to this little time skip, Castela should "only" be about five years younger than Atsali.

And Atsali would have just turned 20 this past year.

This was a roughly 2-year skip, so Atsali should be nearing college graduation, depending on the length of her program.

Incidentally, Castela is now one year older than Atsali was, when she first appeared in the comic.
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Re: Summer time 2018-06-11

Postby jwhouk » Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:48 pm

No, she's roughly the same age Atsali was when she first appeared in the comic.

And Sali's boobs came on along within a year after Mapimi.
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Re: Summer time 2018-06-11

Postby lake_wrangler » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:40 pm

jwhouk wrote:No, she's roughly the same age Atsali was when she first appeared in the comic.

And Sali's boobs came on along within a year after Mapimi.
I hadn't bothered to look back, before making my statement... I was sure Atsali had said 14, but she indeed said 15 (I knew where to look, just hadn't bothered...)

(And for the record, denial notwithstanding, I think she was, indeed, a naive schoolgirl... But she grew up rather quickly, on that adventure!)
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Re: Summer time 2018-06-11

Postby ShneekeyTheLost » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:43 pm

One wonders, though...

Her native form is not remotely human. She's not even mammalian. As was established canonically, many years ago, her human guise is just that... a work of artifice that she created. Remember when Monica and Shelly got chewed out by Phix over being too caviler about their para races, and pickle came in saying how she would maybe one day learn to look like a human so she could go out and play? Yea. That.

So WTF is going on here? Her 'mammal bumps' should be no more or less than vestigial parts of the disguise she created, and should be able to modify them at her leisure. It should be no more difficult for her than changing out of a monkey suit into flannel and jeans.
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Re: Summer time 2018-06-11

Postby Dave » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:50 pm

ShneekeyTheLost wrote:So WTF is going on here? Her 'mammal bumps' should be no more or less than vestigial parts of the disguise she created, and should be able to modify them at her leisure. It should be no more difficult for her than changing out of a monkey suit into flannel and jeans.

Paul commented (in response to a question about this on the main site) that her DNA is partly human. Apparently, in canon, that's relevant. She's not just a plant - she's a planimal.

Also, although she's a shape-changer, she's not endlessly protean. Pickle has had a reasonably consistent para-humanoid form ever since she was infant-sized... she's been recognizably Pickle since well before her human-form reached what's often called the "age of reason". She also griped (years ago, her time) about her feet being blocky and that she couldn't affect this. This suggests that her para-human form isn't entirely a matter of voluntary choice - at least some aspects of it are apparently rather "hard-wired" and out of her conscious control. And, the fact that she's been deliberately living in humanoid form (and using glamour to pass as human, much of the time) may have created a pattern or habit that's really hard to override.

She can choose to "unweave", but when she weaves up her para-humanoid shape, she gets what she gets. Possibly she might be able to briefly and consciously suppress her "mammal bumps" now, but as soon as her attention wandered, she might pop right back out.

There's at least some precedent for this, in what happened to Atsali at puberty. Although she's a shape-changer (wings, feet, face, and her very body size and mass can shift) she complained quite bitterly that she was stuck with her newly-busty form both in human-form and in siren-form.
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Re: Summer time 2018-06-11

Postby jwhouk » Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:16 pm

Notice that she stopped coming undone after the whole cleavage cookies incident? I wonder if it took her more stress and/or strain to turn into that fun ball for Luci than it had in the past.
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