Postcards from the Edge

Fosfor said:
violetshadows said:
Honestly, even if you basically reused the character (and from what I can see you didn't), it hardly matters one way or the other; happens enough in professional writing at any rate.á That said, I'm having a hard time seeing the wolf as Chad's zanpakuto, though to be fair I can't really see anything else doing a better job:á he's just Chad.á Anyway, we didn't really get to see much of her - it's hard to form a good opinion of her character.
Wolf is a pack animal and also, from mythological point of view, a protector and silent watcher. The reason why Chad's inner world is a wheat field with a village sorrounded by forst also ties into that meaning - on one hand, peace and companionship - village and wheat, with lake added; on the other, enduring strength and violence inherent in the forest.

What I have planned for Chad and his zanpakuto is her spending a lot of time simply refusing to come out, sometimes taunting him as 'fangless', but overall being a pleasant sort. I wanted that little glimpse to set the mood of that whole relationship.

Note that for all her stubborness, she still came by when Chad had a nightmare. She just thinks he is too stubborn and set in his ways to accept her yet, given the shikai is an axe - something outright oriented for, seemingly, maximum violence. Hence the dichotomy.

I'm having way more fun with it than I should, really.
Hmmm, that reminds me: you aluded to the fact that the village possesed both smoke and the scent of food if I remember right; is it or is it going to be inhabitted by something?

You've got the harvest, hearth and protector thing going on, but what's that mean for Chad's inner world; yeah there's his friends, but so much of the inner world is built on images and Chad's seems to be barren of the most important thing - maybe it wasn't intentional, but that's kind of macbre: a sheppard without a herd and a home with no one to house. I can see it, but there's kind of some grim undertones; shows him as a little needy too, which is an unexpected if intriguing interpretation of his character.

Maybe its just me, but I keep getting this image of Chad walking through the village, the doors to the houses are thrown open and various meals are slowly cooling on the table. There's tools scattered about the fields, stained with dirt, but there aren't any people: it's basically a ghost town. It feels liked something out of a horror movie, you can't help but ask yourself where did everyone go.
 

Fosfor

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violetshadows said:
Fosfor said:
violetshadows said:
Honestly, even if you basically reused the character (and from what I can see you didn't), it hardly matters one way or the other; happens enough in professional writing at any rate.?� That said, I'm having a hard time seeing the wolf as Chad's zanpakuto, though to be fair I can't really see anything else doing a better job:?� he's just Chad.?� Anyway, we didn't really get to see much of her - it's hard to form a good opinion of her character.
Wolf is a pack animal and also, from mythological point of view, a protector and silent watcher. The reason why Chad's inner world is a wheat field with a village sorrounded by forst also ties into that meaning - on one hand, peace and companionship - village and wheat, with lake added; on the other, enduring strength and violence inherent in the forest.

What I have planned for Chad and his zanpakuto is her spending a lot of time simply refusing to come out, sometimes taunting him as 'fangless', but overall being a pleasant sort. I wanted that little glimpse to set the mood of that whole relationship.

Note that for all her stubborness, she still came by when Chad had a nightmare. She just thinks he is too stubborn and set in his ways to accept her yet, given the shikai is an axe - something outright oriented for, seemingly, maximum violence. Hence the dichotomy.

I'm having way more fun with it than I should, really.
Hmmm, that reminds me: you aluded to the fact that the village possesed both smoke and the scent of food if I remember right; is it or is it going to be inhabitted by something?

You've got the harvest, hearth and protector thing going on, but what's that mean for Chad's inner world; yeah there's his friends, but so much of the inner world is built on images and Chad's seems to be barren of the most important thing - maybe it wasn't intentional, but that's kind of macbre: a sheppard without a herd and a home with no one to house. I can see it, but there's kind of some grim undertones; shows him as a little needy too, which is an unexpected if intriguing interpretation of his character.
I didn't think anyone would catch that. Yes. I'm playing with his character a bit, though it might not be as strange as it seems. He lost his parents early, then he lost his gradfather. Until Ichigo, he might have been pretty damn lonely, and it is shown Chad is perfectly willing to riks his life for his friends to the point even Kyoraku questioned it. Hence a wolf, represting desire for a pack. Hell, part of his bankai will be a wolfpack - and yes, I'm driving deliberate parallels with Starrk here in some ways.

The village is unreachable until he manages to get the bankai - and because of his Fullbring, Urahara's shortcut won't work, so he has to do it the old fashioned way. So yeah, it is somewhat grim, it isn't just sunshine and rainbows. Also, the spirit herself will force Chad to face some truths he'd rather not think about - the axe idea is something I put a lot of throught into.
 

~NGD OMEGA~

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Hell, part of his bankai will be a wolfpack - and yes, I'm driving deliberate parallels with Starrk here in some ways.
Dammit, I knew I wouldn't be the only one to go this route. D:

I thought it would be just random enough that no one would see the merit in it, or bother with Chad enough to draw parallels with the awesome that is Starrk. Curses, foiled again.

Then again I'm so lazy I'd probably have never done it anyway. :p
 
I always love your work, Fosfor, and finding out Chad finally gets his own shade of badass spotlight just makes me all the more eager to see more.
 
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