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Thirteen Ways Star Wars Rebels Outdid the Sequels

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 7, 2018, 9:37 AM
This is a blog post I'm working on, so I thought I'd post it here to see what people thought of it. 

While I did enjoy watching the two sequel Star Wars movies, I've felt they're lacking compared to the originals, and in some ways, even lacking in comparison to Star Wars Rebels. While Rebels has some of its own problems, I decided to list thirteen ways it outdid the films.

Helmet slice. I'm half-suspicious that the deal with Captain Phasma was just a Rebels Easter egg. In TLJ, the helmet breaking had no significance and made little sense. However, when Ahsoka sliced Vader's helmet, it was a moment of awesome because it was when she realized Darth Vader was Anakin, giving emotional impact similar to when Luke realized Darth Vader was his father. 

Ramming always works. Sato was a more likable character than Holdo. Granted, hers did more damage, so it kind of outdid the visual display, but Sato gets credit for doing it first, and being a better leader who didn't cause his crew to mutiny needlessly.

Jedi training. Rey never even got real training, and she's suddenly a competent Jedi? Luke could barely use the Force when he had Rey's level of training, let alone dual an evil guy with more training and experience. In Rebels, both Sabine and Ezra needed episodes of training before they did anything right. Ezra was so bad when he started that he got attacked by a Lothcat. Even Kanan, who had more training than Rey was beaten by the Inquisitor the first few times he dueled him, and Kanan had backup.

Purple hair. Sabine rocks the colorful hair. Holdo's looks more like cotton candy. 

Villains that are actually frightening. The Inquisitor, Maul, or Thrawn could mop the floor with Kylo Ren.

Leaders who do their job right and keep the right secrets. In the first season of Rebels, Hera is the only one who knows the group is a rebel cell. Sabine confronts her about keeping secrets and Hera gives a good explanation for why she has kept stuff secret from Sabine. Later in the season, this is shown to be a wise move because, when Kanan is tortured, he has no information. Holdo, on the other hand, kept secrets that led to her crew mutinying because she appeared to be an inept leader.

Characters from other storylines are treated with respect. Captain Rex, Darth Maul, Gregor, and Ahsoka are all treated well by the series. This series knows that people are watching to see characters from other shows, so they treat them decently, unlike the Sequels who leave fans of the other Star Wars films disappointed. 

Anti-climactic deaths. Even though Maul's death was a bit anticlimactic, it was a lot better than Snoke's, and Maul did something besides sit in a chair. Kanan and even Sato sacrificed themselves for his their, which was much better than how Akbar, Luke, and Han went out. Even Gregor, who had very little screen time, got a good death scene. 

The value of sacrifice. Instead trying to save Kanan during a weird time-travel episode, Ezra realizes that he can't save Kanan when he had chosen to sacrifice himself. He has to let go, unlike Rose, who crashed into Finn rather than let him sacrifice himself to save what was left of the Resistance.

Masters who stop hiding. Kanan realized quite quickly that, even if he'd run in the past, he had to train Ezra and become a Jedi himself. He couldn't turn his back on it like Luke did, even when he's blinded at the end of Season 2.

Depth to war. In Rebels, we get to see that there are some people who fight the empire but have few morals. as Saw Gerrera. Even a droid from The Clone Wars, who, when asked what he was fighting for, answered with "freedom." While the Empire is pure evil, we at least get a few shades of gray on the good side, something lacking from the Sequels.

People switch sides a bit more realistically. In Rebels, Kallus switches sides, and Minister Tua tries and is promptly killed by the Empire. Both of these characters have more depth than Finn, who seems to grow a moral compass without cause.

The heroes get to pass on a legacy. While the villainous Kylo is the only offspring of any of the heroes from the Original Trilogy, Kanan was able to get a kid, passing on his legacy, not just through his student, but through his blood.

  • Reading: Republic Commando: Triple Zero
  • Watching: Voltron: Legendary Defender

LeviaStar237 tagged me in this but I'm going to change it from fantasy to just fiction since some people I want to tag don't read much fantasy.


The original post is here:
 jenelleschmidt.com/fantasy-tag…. 

So here are the rules: 

1) Thank the blogger who tagged you, so thanks, :iconleviastar237:

2) Include the graphic somewhere in your post. 

3) Answer the questions. 

4) Tag a few blogger friends – and let them know they’ve been tagged 

5) Have fun! 

LET THE GAMES BEGIN! :D (Big Grin)

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1. Your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. The cast of the most recent book you read comes to your assistance… who are they? Will they be helpful? 

I'm currently reading Republic Commando. The clones are pretty good with tech, so they might be able to help.
 
 

2. You go to bed one evening and wake up in the lair of the villain of the last story you read, where are you and how do you plan to get out? 

Um, I think the last story I read involved some creepy demons, but I'm a Christian, so I think they'll flee from my presence, which would mean I'd have a lot better ending than the poor characters who stumbled across them in that horror story.  

3. You are transported into a fantasy realm and given a mythical creature as a companion and best friend… which mythical creature do you get?

Maybe a Gryphon of some sort?
 
 

4. In a strange series of coincidences, you end up needing to take the place of your favorite fictional hero or heroine. Who are you? 

Uh oh, I really like Kaladin from the Stormlight Archives, but NO WAY do I want to take his place.  

5. To go along with question #4, now that you are that character, is there anything you would do differently than that character, now that you are running the show?

It may depend a little on if I got the superpower set he has. If I hadn't got it, it would end badly for me. I probably never would've got in his position since I'm a girl and i don't think that military drafts girls.
 
 

6. If you were yourself in a fantasy novel, what role do you think you would play in the story?

I'd probably be someone who stood in the background and didn't do anything.
 
 

7. One morning, as you are going about your daily business, you pick up an everyday item and a voice booms in your head with prophetic words about your future. What object is it, and what is your prophecy? 

My laptop, most likely. I don't know what sort of prophecy it would have.
 
 

8. You are transported into a another world and turned into a mythical beast… what creature do you want to be?

Maybe a werecat? I've got a cat fursona, so that'd make sense.
 
 

9. If you could read your way into any story, but the catch is that you can never leave, would you? Which world would you choose? 

I don't think I'd want to go to any of them. Most have heroes who do better than I could, so I'd likely mess things up.
 
 

10.  As you are going about your normal day, you discover that you have a power. What is it? 

Mind reading. I think it would be one of the most useful powers, but it would come with a cost since I'd probably know things I didn't want to know. Shape shifting would be a lot more fun and come with less responsibilities. 

I tag: PhoxnSparky MasterDoodleJoe80062 chill13 HollyRoseBriar 

  • Reading: Republic Commando: Triple Zero
  • Watching: DS9

LeviaStar237 tagged me in this but I'm going to change it from fantasy to just fiction since some people I want to tag don't read much fantasy.


The original post is here:
 jenelleschmidt.com/fantasy-tag…. 

So here are the rules: 

1) Thank the blogger who tagged you, so thanks, :iconleviastar237:

2) Include the graphic somewhere in your post. 

3) Answer the questions. 

4) Tag a few blogger friends – and let them know they’ve been tagged 

5) Have fun! 

LET THE GAMES BEGIN! :D (Big Grin)

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1. Your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. The cast of the most recent book you read comes to your assistance… who are they? Will they be helpful? 

I'm currently reading Republic Commando. The clones are pretty good with tech, so they might be able to help.
 
 

2. You go to bed one evening and wake up in the lair of the villain of the last story you read, where are you and how do you plan to get out? 

Um, I think the last story I read involved some creepy demons, but I'm a Christian, so I think they'll flee from my presence, which would mean I'd have a lot better ending than the poor characters who stumbled across them in that horror story.  

3. You are transported into a fantasy realm and given a mythical creature as a companion and best friend… which mythical creature do you get?

Maybe a Gryphon of some sort?
 
 

4. In a strange series of coincidences, you end up needing to take the place of your favorite fictional hero or heroine. Who are you? 

Uh oh, I really like Kaladin from the Stormlight Archives, but NO WAY do I want to take his place.  

5. To go along with question #4, now that you are that character, is there anything you would do differently than that character, now that you are running the show?

It may depend a little on if I got the superpower set he has. If I hadn't got it, it would end badly for me. I probably never would've got in his position since I'm a girl and i don't think that military drafts girls.
 
 

6. If you were yourself in a fantasy novel, what role do you think you would play in the story?

I'd probably be someone who stood in the background and didn't do anything.
 
 

7. One morning, as you are going about your daily business, you pick up an everyday item and a voice booms in your head with prophetic words about your future. What object is it, and what is your prophecy? 

My laptop, most likely. I don't know what sort of prophecy it would have.
 
 

8. You are transported into a another world and turned into a mythical beast… what creature do you want to be?

Maybe a werecat? I've got a cat fursona, so that'd make sense.
 
 

9. If you could read your way into any story, but the catch is that you can never leave, would you? Which world would you choose? 

I don't think I'd want to go to any of them. Most have heroes who do better than I could, so I'd likely mess things up.
 
 

10.  As you are going about your normal day, you discover that you have a power. What is it? 

Mind reading. I think it would be one of the most useful powers, but it would come with a cost since I'd probably know things I didn't want to know. Shape shifting would be a lot more fun and come with less responsibilities. 

I tag: PhoxnSparky MasterDoodleJoe80062 chill13 HollyRoseBriar 

  • Reading: Republic Commando: Triple Zero
  • Watching: DS9

Alright, here we go! The first 10 people to comment on this journal will be featured here along with a short intro and a few of their artwork! But, you'll need to do a feature journal like this one and add me to it! :D (Big Grin)


:iconbscruffy: has a very unique style that is easily recognizable. 
Catch of the day! by bscruffy Savora Snow Battle by bscruffy Training Chamlan to lead by bscruffy Horse racing by bscruffy Stealing the Dragon's Egg by bscruffy

:iconchishioochita: What can I say? I like dinosaurs. 
:Headshot: Eogan by ChishioOchita I Will Not Be Moved by ChishioOchita New Year 2018 by ChishioOchita Broch by ChishioOchita COMMISSION: Philo by ChishioOchita

:iconhollyrosebriar: is a longtime friend I met on the old DIOM forum. 
First Drawing With New Tablet by HollyRoseBriar Twilight Fairy by HollyRoseBriar Transformed BatB Coloring Contest Entry by HollyRoseBriar Colorblind Bros commission pt 2 What color gray by HollyRoseBriar Draco Waterfall Shower by HollyRoseBriar
  • Watching: DS9

Sketch Commissions

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 17, 2018, 6:19 PM
I decided to try opening commissions for simple traditional sketches. 
The price is one dollar or 150 points. They'd be very simple, such as one character, not a complicated scene.
Example of what I'm offering:
Sketch example by Rebel-Rider
You can pay on completion. 

  • Listening to: Edgedancer
  • Reading: Oathbringer
  • Watching: DS9

Long silence

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 29, 2017, 1:45 PM
  • Listening to: Edgedancer
  • Reading: Oathbringer
  • Watching: DS9
I did a review of Rebels Season 3 and now I'm sharing fanart. 
My review: jessilroberts.wordpress.com/20…
 Lothcats by Drakonessa-Tsi  Jango's Finest -- Celebration Orlando Print by JoeHoganArt  Two Jedis and a hired gun by A-Teivos  Luke Skywalker bullseyes another womp rat by Robert-Shane  Nice Guy by OtisFrampton   X-Wing Dump by Capella336 No Edit Button by 7hot-feanorians The Jedi King #2 - Rey by RussianBlues Lightwhip by Rogu3-Knight Ahsoka Tano by wraithdt  Is that really Ezra by MelHell84  Bothan Portraits by Acaciathorn Star Wars: Force and Destiny - Ahsoka Tano by AnthonyFoti Raising Dragons/Star Wars Mashup by JamesArtVille  Heroes of the 501st (Celebration Anaheim) by ChrispyDee  Chewie by wraithdt  Savage Ewoks... by chrisscalf  Star wars Boba Fett by jamga Star Wars Rebellion Box Art by wraithdt  Captain Phasma by BennyKusnoto Xwing Eshiu 2K by emanshiu Watch your mouth kid... by AlexVanArsdale  Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Leia and Han Solo by LauraHollingsworth Relics of the Old Republic by Varjopihlaja Star Wars - Whispers of the Past (Ahsoka Tano) by thetechromancer  Wookiee Bodyguards by wraithdt <da:thumb id="504202750"/>  Captain Rex by Robert-Shane   Bo-Katan and the night owls by Mauricio-Morali Commission: Mas'ric on the hunt by ChrispyDee Monsters by ornicar  LOTF: Tempest--Jag Fel by FalconFan  Han's Payback by Av3r Deathstar Reflections by WiL-Woods Hunters' Face Off by Jedi-Art-Trick  War is Over by Xerina  Sabine: explosive artist by Mauricio-Morali ''STAR WARS: The Clone Wars'' -- Embo by NinjaKato Star Wars LCG: You Are My Only Hope by Thaldir  The padawan by VargasNi  Vader by KaRolding
  • Watching: DS9

Watcher Feature 33

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 19, 2017, 6:32 PM


:iconpaintfeathers: has a comic, which wouldn't display well here, so here's a more square piece.
Acorn by PaintFeathers

:iconhannahrodwrites: doesn't have any art. She is a writer, who I have met in person.


:iconsirevoltz: had this cute thing.
Twitter Birdy by SireVoltz

:iconterminator9632587411: is another person without much art.

:iconzjeroxytz:
Unstable by ZjeroXytz

  • Watching: Star Wars Rebels and Voltron
  • Eating: Ice cream

Tagged

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 9:21 PM
Rules 

1. write the rules. (Done)
2. write 13 things about yourself. (Na. I'm tired.)
3. answer 13 questions made by the person who tagged you, and make your own 13 questions.
4. tag 13 deviants (Ya right)
5. make sure they know that they are tagged. (Watch me)
6. don't say ''you're tagged if you read this". (Yawn)
7. it is forbidden not to tag anyone. (My name is Rebel for a reason.)
8. tag backs are allowed.
9. if you don't make this tag in a week, you need to obey a wish of the person who tags you. (Rebel, remember?)

1. Do you prefer warm weather or cold weather? Warm because right now, it's winter and we've got almost two feet of snow.

2. Who is an artist, songwriter, author, or any other creative person that you find inspiring? Go look through my friends list. One thing I've found inspiring in the past is to read a webcomic that starts out with somewhat amateur art, then drastically improves. 

3. Do you have any pets or livestock? If so, what are they? If not, is there any kind of animal you’d like to keep? Yes, my family has two dogs, three cats, over a dozen horses, and a few hundred cows, about a dozen of which are milk cows and think they're pets. I also have two aquariums and some chickens.

4. What is one of your favorite fictional creatures? Hard one. I do love aliens, obviously, but gryphons and dragons are pretty cool too.

5. Is there any character or story concept that you love so much you wish you came up with it yourself? There are a few, like the Hi Ho Hyperdrive universe of chill13  

6. Do you have any interest in making comics or animating? If so, what kind of comics or animations would you make? Yes, but I'm not that good at it. I've done some really simple animations, and someday, I'd love to turn my stories into graphic novels.

7. Would you rather live in a single story or two story house? Two story, if it was arranged decently.

8. Do you prefer electric or gas stoves? We have a gas, which is nice because we can still make breakfast if the electricity is out.

9. What do you most want to learn to draw this year? Hard one. I'd just like to improve at what I'm doing now.

10. Does anyone actually like sweatpants? Not me. I did use 'em a bit before I got an electric blanket. My room is cold.

11. What was the last movie or tv show you saw? The Spy Next Door (Jackie Chan) last night, then the last episode of Stranger Things today. The Spy Next door was really funny. It's a good family movie.

12. Do you typically have a lot of clutter laying around, or are you the tidy sort of person? Some clutter, but not a ton. 

13. Similarly, night person or morning person? Night, if I'm not tired from working all day.



  • Listening to: Spotify
  • Watching: DS9
  • Eating: gum

Watcher Feature 32

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 4, 2017, 1:24 PM


Every once in a while, I like to thank my watchers by featuring their art. It would be cool if this became a trend of sorts.

:iconjennyrichardblakina: has some digital art.
TCN - Christina's art block by JennyRichardBlakina

:iconleviastar237: does mostly traditional but has a bit of digital art.
Levia 2 by LeviaStar237

:iconnathanielharris: has a lot of good stuff and it was hard to figure out which piece to feature. 
Drunk And Disorderly Croc by NathanielHarris

:iconfaith-song: is an old-time friend from the Dragons in Our Midst forum. She needs to post more art.
Anielka by Faith-Song

:iconlucky-de-luca: is in Russia.


  • Reading: Republic Commando: Hard Contact
  • Watching: In a few days, I'll be watching Rebels
  • Eating: gum

Tagged

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 21, 2016, 1:18 PM



Tagged by :iconleviastar237:

Name: Jessi

Star sign: Sagittarius (I don't put any stock in it.)

Average hours of sleep: Eight

Lucky Number: No idea. Maybe 7? 

Last thing I googled: I think it was frost bite in dogs. Don't worry. Our dogs are fine. My fictional pets might be in more danger.

When I started this account: Mid-September of 2011.

Amount of Watchers: 154 (Thanks everyone!)

What do I post: Mostly sci-fi art and fanart/fanfic for my friends, as well as the occasional original writing. 

Do I run any more blogs: Yes. jessilroberts.wordpress.com

Do I get a lot of comments: It depends on what you call a lot. I get a fair amount, but not the massive numbers more popular artists get. I always try to reply to the comments I do get.

Why I chose my username: It was the same as a username for a forum I joined in late '07. I chose it because I was into the American Civil War, or "War of Northern Aggression" if you're pro-South. 

I think most of my friends already got tagged. :P 

Graphics by tyleramato
CSS by moonfreak
  • Listening to: Calves
  • Reading: Martian Science Fiction
  • Watching: Voltron and Rogue One
  • Eating: gum
  • Reading: Martian Science Fiction
  • Watching: Voltron
  • Eating: gum
Tagged by :iconalexvanarsdale: Tag made by :iconworldbuildersinc:
How old are your projects, and if you want to tell, how did they start?

I'll just stick to one project since doing my spaceverse and Chaos series would be a bit much. 
I think it may have started with the Animorphs books, which were my first introduction to sci-fi. After those, I had the idea for a story where humans invaded a peaceful alien planet. (This was long before Avatar, back when humans invading aliens was a somewhat new idea. I was doing it first. Take that James Camron.) 
At the time, I only had two or three planets, one with a peaceful cat-like race, and another with the Lazakal, a fire breathing winged deer thing, and some species my brother had invented. (The story was going to be about the peaceful bunch getting invaded, and the Lazakal, who were more war-like, coming to their aid.)
Later, I started to develop the other part of space, where there were pit fights and more aliens. I had a few species that have been axed. Some were warrior fairies. Ironically, I think the Chix turned into the proud tiny warrior race, replacing the stereotypical fairy types. There were also bat people. (The unicorn species still exists in my universe.) 
This is the oldest picture I managed to hunt down without scanning my old drawings that are buried in my closet. 
Alien-town by Rebel-Rider1936544 101722633172138 2681219 N by Rebel-Rider1936544 101764743167927 3736181 N by Rebel-Rider
And the earliest drawing of the creature that developed into the Chix. 
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Melsha has been around for a while. Also, an early space ship battle. The ones with swept-back wings are still in use, but most of the others have been axed. Hmm, maybe I should reuse some of them.
1936544 101779173166484 6206939 N by Rebel-RiderSpace-ship-battle by Rebel-Rider
And here you can see some of my aliens. The lion-like ones have been axed, but in this picture, there's an early Torf wearing a himple, an Elba with too-long claws, a Skallan, a cyborg, and an early Chix. Oh, and a saber-toothed tiger, because I had those back then
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A Derb. These haven't changed much. Alos, a little alien dinosaur thing. I need to redraw one of these someaday. They probably still exist.
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A scene from an earlier now-axed story idea. I can't even recall much of the idea, other than that I liked swords back then. Ironically, Krys got the cybernetics. Also, there's Storm, a Lazakal character of mine. Her ears in this picture are a bit like Elba ears. Note that the bat wolf thing has been axed since this. I don't have them in the universe now.
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I tag :iconchill13: :iconjedi-cowgirl: :iconrhavencroft: :iconeagleflyte: :iconflurrin: and anyone else who wants to do it. It's a new tag, so it needs to get some traction. 
  • Reading: Jupiter Winds
  • Watching: Rebels
  • Eating: gum

I've been working on editing my novella, Hand of Steel, and I'd like to get a few more people to read through it and critique it before I try publishing it. (I'm thinking I'll self-publish since novellas are hard to get traditionally published.) Your job would be to tell me about anything you spot, like plot holes, slow spots, bad character motivation, lack of description (something I have trouble with) and anything else that detracts from a reader's enjoyment. 
Hand of Steel is only 38,000 words, which means it's almost 150 pages if it were a book, so it's pretty short.

If anyone wants to read it, please read the excerpt I have here first to see if it's something you'd like. I don't want you to feel compelled to read something you're not interested in. If you like what you see, you can note me your email and I can send it to you in a format that works best for both of us. (For those who don't have Microsoft Word, I'd suggest Google Docs.)

This is the description:
All Krys wants is to be a hunter like her dad, until a fire grenade thrown by pirates incinerates him and leaves her so badly injured she’s made into a cyborg. To her surprise, the pirate captain who killed her dad and captured her is not the monster she’d expected but an old veteran from the losing side of the Tupra War. When she leaves the pirates and begins working with hunters who live by a different code than her dad, it’s only a matter of time before Krys is forced to choose between upholding the law or aiding those who oppose it.



  • Listening to: music
  • Reading: Jupiter Winds
  • Watching: Netflix
  • Eating: Pomegranate
  • Drinking: Orange Juice
:iconnovanocturne: and :iconwindwo1f: did this mini-story challenge thing by :iconpikminpedia: and it looked fun, so I decided to do it for Savora. I did it from the POV of Jagur, who would never meet Savora in-universe. 
Note that I changed the order of the descriptors around, due to me wanting it to fit together better. I also left out "attraction" since Jagur's a Lazakal and is in no position to notice if Savora would be attractive to the opposite sex.

    Sight: Jagur watched the creature as she walked down the path he crouched near. She had reddish fur with a corse look too it, especially on her short tail. Black stripes marked her body, and her long ears were almost fully black on the outside, with a lighter inner ear. They perked for any sound while her whiskers twitched, sensing the breeze. One ear had a notch taken out of it. Jagur couldn’t tell if she had a good sense of smell, but he’d positioned himself downwind of the game path. She stood nearly seven feet tall, making her quite a bit taller than Jagur, though the way she walked on her toes gave her a few extra inches. She had various scars along her arms and possibly more under her sleeveless shirt and skirt. Judging by her long, sharp claws, she could fight well. With arms that long, Jagur knew he didn’t want to get in a scrap with her. He pressed himself agains the ground behind the bush he’d picked. He’d just let her pass him by and wait for real prey, not something that was obviously intelligent. 

    Sound: She walked almost silently, an odd thing for a creature of her size. Jagur hadn’t even detected her until she’d come into his line of sight. He couldn’t hear her breathing, not from this distance, but the way her ears twitched worried him. With those big ears, she probably had good hearing. He controlled his breathing so she wouldn’t hear him.

    Smell: The breeze shifted, blowing the creature’s scent to Jagur. He inhaled deeply, trying to get a better feel for what she was. He caught a dirt scent, giving him the hint she lived underground, which would explain why he’d never encountered any of her species before. She carried a root scent mixed in, and a slight roast meat scent. Omnivorous, most likely, not a full meat-eater like Lazakal. Didn’t mean she was someone he wanted to get into a tangle with, but now, she was too close for him to reveal himself without her getting surprised.

    Action: The big alien’s ears twitched, swiveling Jagur’s way. He held perfectly still. He was downwind and hadn’t made a sound. She couldn’t have noticed him. She sprang at Jagur, her movements fluid and faster than he’d have thought possible for something her size. He rolled onto his back as she crashed into him.

    Touch: One of her huge hands slammed into Jagur’s chest, pinning him down. She put enough weight on him he could barely draw a breath. Luckily, her long claws, meant for digging, didn’t slice into his chest. Her other hand poised over him, claws upraised. 

    Taste: Without thinking, Jagur bit her arm, tasting blood and dirty fur. 

    Composure: She roared in pain and rage. Her free hand slammed into Jagur’s head. He fell back, half stunned. She shot to her feet and stood over him, her claws at the ready, ears flattened in anger.

    Mentality: She didn’t attack, wary of Jagur’s jaws, even though he hadn’t managed to fully bite down. Not wanting to anger the huge creature, he stayed down, his head pounding. This wasn’t a fight he wanted. Even if he managed to win, he’d be too injured to hunt.

    Emotion: She growled, a deep rumble from her chest, not quite like a Lazakal growl. Jagur met her eyes and noted they were wide. She was frightened, at least slightly. She’d attacked out of fear, not because she wanted to fight.

    Posture: Even if she was afraid, her eyes were the only thing that betrayed it. She stood strongly, her left side facing toward Jagur. The only weakness he spotted was how she put more weight on her right. She favored her left leg, perhaps from an old injury. Jagur doubted he’d be able to get her off-balance.    

    Alignment: Instead of attacking, she kept over him, watching, waiting for Jagur to make a move. She wasn’t going to finish him off, not if he didn’t show any aggression. Considering Jagur had only been hit, not clawed, she was holding back.

    Jagur slowly rose to a crouch. He shook his pounding head.
    The big alien watched him, the tension in her body telling him she still expected him to attack her.
    “I was hunting animals, not you,” Jagur said. He licked a little bit of her blood from his long canines. “Sorry about biting you.”
    She watched him, her stance relaxing just a little as he spoke.
    Jagur stood and brushed leaves from his vest. “The name’s Jagur.”
    She tipped her ears to him. “Savora,” she said. “I’m sorry. I heard you there and thought you were going to attack, so I figured I’d get you first.”
    Jagur shrugged. “No hard feelings. I should have said something when I spotted you. Does that bite need treated? I could lick it.”
    Savora looked at the wound. “I’ve had worse.”
    Considering her speed, Jagur guessed she wasn’t lying. She’d had him down before he’d had a chance to fully react. This creature knew what she was doing.

  • Listening to: youtube
  • Watching: DS9
I'm so behind on these. Sorry guys.


:iconharuau: has some video game screenshots and dog pictures.
metalstorm: Aces Phoenix by haruau

:iconjec1996:
yoshi says hello by jec1996

:iconladydata: is a Trekkie 
PD- Angelic Android by LadyData


:iconimmortalredfox: has no art.

:iconomegastar890: has a very colorful style.
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And if you haven't seen it yet, I got a drawing of my mascot. 
[Contest Prize] Rebel by JatoWhitz
  • Listening to: Internet radio
  • Reading: Amish Vampires in Space (Yes, it's a book.)
  • Watching: Star Wars Rebels
Tagged by :iconjstaricka: 

Rules
1) List at least 5 things you enjoy
2) List at least 5 things you're thankful for
3) List at least 3 things you like about yourself
4) List at least 3 things you like about your own art!
5) Tag people if you wish and have fun!

1: Books, art, film, chatting with friends, outdoors
2: Living on a ranch, Jesus, my family, DeviantART, good books
3. My moral compass, my weight, my imagination
4: My pacing(in writing), my eyes, my characters
  • Listening to: Internet radio
  • Reading: Amish Vampires in Space (Yes, it's a book.)
  • Watching: Star Wars Rebels
  • Eating: Rasins
I was tagged by :iconrhavencroft:

1. What inspires you?
Hard one. I get inspired by really random things, and what if stuff, such as what would happen if I did an alien invasion, but gave the aliens a legit reason for invading.

2. Is there a style in particular you have in mind for your art? What are some of the elements and themes you hope to incorporate?
I currently have two styles. One is the cell shading and the other is detailed. For elements, I like to try to get emotion in some pieces. 

3. Worldbuilding! If you have one, what are some themes in your original world? : o
I try to make it realistic. I like to show things as having shades of gray, not all black and white. Villains may be evil and heroes may be good, but I refuse to have an evil species.

4. Your favorite original or fan-character of yours?
Probably depends on my mood. I do like Klate, but also Chamlan, Rolf, Razor, and others.

5. Tell me about them! (pleasee)
Klate is a space pirate captain. Well, technically, he's a bit more along the lines of freedom fighter from a war that ended, but trying to explain that while you're boarding a ship gets old, so just saying he was a pirate is easier.
Chamlan is a militant during a war, and he's afraid to take charge because he panicked and ran during a battle.
Rolf is a teenager who was raised by his granddad, who fought for the Germans in WWII. Rolf is quite radical and won't get along with anyone who doesn't believe his granddad is a hero. 
Razor is the leader of a gang of kids with superpowers. He's Muslim, and also a ruthless fighter. Mess with his kids and die.

6.  Monster characters, heck yeah or nah?
If werewolves who mostly have control count, yep.

7. What is more interesting to you: a fascinating plot sequence or engaging characters?
Hard one. Probably a bit of both since the plot gives the characters hard choices.

8. Favorite book or comic series?
I really like Sanderson's books. I've got a whole file of webcomics in my favorites.

9. Worldbuilding part2: What's the technology like? Is there magic?
I have a space opera where the tech is just a tad more advanced than Earth tech, but lasers only work on large space ships. There is no magic.

10. Have you watered a plant today? Plant says thanks.
Yes, I have.

11. Which is better: a happy ending, a satisfying ending (characters fufill plotlines, tragic or not), or abrupt tragedy?
Satisfying ending.

12. What is your favorite show or movie?
Probably Star Wars, including the TV series. (Series needs a plural, by the way.)

13. What's your favorite snack? (I ran out of ideas and also i am hungry)
Popcorn.

My thirteen questions. I'm stealing. 

1. Do you listen to stuff while you draw? If so, what?
2. What inspires you?
3. How often do you draw?
4. Your favorite original or fan-character of yours?
5. Tell me about them!
6. Have you ever met any of your online friends in real life?
7. How often do you use references for your art?
8. Favorite book or comic series?
9. What is your favorite show or movie?
10. Do you base your characters off real people?
11. Do you prefer writing fanfic or original stuff? 
12. Do you incorporate your beliefs into your stories/art?
13. Do you think there are aliens out there?

I tag: :iconalexvanarsdale: :iconchill13: :iconworldbuildersinc: :iconjedi-cowgirl: and anyone else who feels like they're missing out on tags.
  • Listening to: The wind
  • Reading: Space Drifters
  • Watching: Star Trek DS9
I'm going to post this on my blog someday, but I thought I'd post it here first.

It's time for the election, so, who will you choose if you could elect a fictional character?

Here are a few of my picks.

Princess Leia (Star Wars)
She's courageous and not afraid to take action. Standing up to Congress will be a walk in the park compared to challenging Darth Vader.
Han Solo would be an asset, but he could cause an international incident if he shot first.
Negatives: 
With a family that includes Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, and Darth Vader, the gossip magazines would have a job for at least two terms. Leia's birth certificate is most likely a forgery.

Elend Venture (Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.)
Though he's young, he's honest and brave. He also became the ruler of a crumbling society  when the world was about to end. This gives him plenty of experience with inheriting messed up countries. He knows when to listen to advisors and values life, so he'll try to find a peaceful solution before going to war.
We'd also get Vin as First Lady. She's an adept assassin and could end wars before they started.
Negatives: He'll sometimes force people to do things for their own good, which means Libertarians will likely have a problem with him. He's from a society without technology, but being young, he'd probably adapt fast. Vin might rig the election to get him in office.

Emperor Kai
(Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer)
Kai will do anything for his people, even marry a murderous queen. He knows when to take advice from his elders and comes from a high-tech society.
Cinder would make a good first lady. She's even from a persecuted minority group.
Negatives: He is very young and somewhat inexperienced.

Captain America (Marvel Universe)
If you want old fashioned values, it doesn't get much more old fashioned than Cap. He's also willing to go against the establishment, a welcome change.
Negatives: His example may cause people to misuse steroids. I'm pretty sure the whole Cap being a Hydra agent is something the opposing party, perhaps Iron Man, started.


Notable mentions:

MacGiver
He can get out of anything wth a paperclip, so he'd probably be able to get the US out of economic trouble. His hair style would be great fodder for cartoonists.

Aragorn (Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien)
He's a pretty cool guy with lots of combat experience, and he's one of the few people listed here who are actually old enough to run for president. Being older, he could have trouble adapting to modern technology.

Martin the Warrior (Mossflower by Brian Jacques)
He's basically the saint of Redwall. He's courageous  and good-hearted. Granted, people might not like taking orders from a mouse, even one who talks.

Deuce (Razorland Trilogy by Ann Aguirre)
As a teenager, this girl managed to get her own group together, form an alliance with an enemy species, and stop humanity from being wiped out. Diplomacy like that would be a big advantage.


Still better than what we've got:

Peter Wiggin (Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card)
He may have been a bit of a psychopath, but in his teens, he stopped a war by blogging. He later mellowed out and became a world leader. Considering humanity still existed thousands of years after his rule, that qualifies him.

Jar Jar Binks 
Sure, he's not the brightest character and he did support a Dark Lord of the Sith, but his speeches would be interesting.

Erak (Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan)
He may have a tendency to raid villages and such but he did have some sort of moral compass, which is better than I can say for most politicians.

Tony Stark (Iron Man)
He's a womanizing billionaire narcissist who apparently likes the idea of big government, which isn't that different from normal politicians. Tony does have some heroic tendencies. At the very least, he'd be able to find a source of clean energy.


What character would you pick for president?
  • Listening to: music
  • Reading: Pasifists' War
  • Watching: Star Trek DS9