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Name: Call me K.S. or Reynard. Both are fine by me.
Age: I could tell you that, but I've found that age has a way of creating unnecessary boundaries between people. For that reason, I think it's best if I leave this space blank.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Occupations: Property management, guitar, musical composition and production, writing (unfortunately, only two of these pay...for now)
Profile Picture: A heavily edited and whited-out mashup of my face with a pair of aviators and a fedora (as of the beginning of 2015). Fortunately, I crushed that fuzzy caterpillar growing on my lip a long time ago. I would love to do some kind of a 'fursona' picture, but visual art is really not my thing at all. If I ever replace the mustache face, it'll probably be with a personalized logo or emblem of some kind.
Religion: Protestant Christian with some Anabaptist influences
Bio: I came to this site a few years back to publish a story that I had been working on for several years, called The Iridium Chronicle. It isn't up anymore, but at least it was a start, right? Anyway, here's a little bit about me. I believe in being as transparent as possible, but it would be pointless to spit out too much personal material.
- My comments and interactions on this website might give you a different idea, but for the most part, I am immensely introverted. I really don't like large groups, or more specifically, being in large groups with only the vague goal of randomly interacting with people. I don't handle that well; and at the risk of sounding like a jerk, I view it as a waste of time. I'm not much of an emotional person, or a romantic one for that matter. I don't get surprised by things very often. I'm fairly approachable in real life, but just don't expect me to care about your personal life right from the get-go. As a principle, I'm very straightforward, rational and skeptical in terms of thought. I don't 'do' superstition for the most part, but I do recognize that logic and reason both have their limits. I've seen, heard, and experienced too many truly bizarre things for me to believe that everything is supposed to make sense to the virtually infinite - and yet infinitesimally incompetent - mind of man.
- I identify as a furry. Do whatever you will with that. It's just something that I've had an interest in for quite a while - even before I knew what a furry was. Having said that, you probably want to know if I fit into 'that' part of the fandom. Well, yes and no. If furries (i.e. anthropomorphized animals) actually existed, then yes. A man can dream, can't he? However, as titillating as the idea of romancing a furry vixen sounds, I get the feeling that the novelty of the idea has more to do with the "you only want what you can't have" mentality and wouldn't have the same effect if furries existed outside the realm of imagination. In short, the overall answer is no - not really. I like the artistic aspect of the furry fandom even (especially?) if it's of the suggestive sort, but I have to draw the line at yiff. That's just disgusting to me. I don't say 'never' to anything, but there is almost no chance that you'll ever find me at a furry convention anywhere, for any reason. I have a serious phobia of mascots. I'm not kidding. The Chick-fil-A cow is terrifying.
- I used to be open for beta work, but I'm generally too busy with other projects to be able to do that now. As a general rule of thumb, I will only beta for people who are either on my Favorites list or whose works I regularly read.
- I try to respond to all my reviews, but sometimes life gets busy. Actually, that's the easy answer. The real reason is that it takes me a long time to respond to PMs and reviews and I don't want to do it. However, if you reviewed one of my stories, it's almost guaranteed that I read through all of it and took note of what you said.
Question: Are you ever going to get around to drawing your OCs from The Oasis? I really want to know what Scarlet looks like, and Hyacinth is hard to picture.
Answer: Barring a rapid, unprecedented breakthrough in my artistic ability, the answer is no. It's not for a lack of trying, either. As it is now, my art mediums are words and music. Visual art? Not so much. I have a certain policy that I will only post something if I believe that it holds up against the best that there is in its field. For my music, you won't hear an unproduced blob of sound that's 12db quieter than the songs on the radio. For my writing, you won't read something with a third-grade vocabulary and a plot with more holes than a golf course. As it stands right now, my ability to draw out what I have in mind is not all that great. Part of writing is allowing the readers to picture the characters and the settings, and that's what I'm leaving you with here.
Parallax - Slow progress due to my enjoyment of writing "Sierra Foxtrot," but it's nearing completion nonetheless.
Sierra Foxtrot - My "fun project," written at first as a way to get my creative juices going after becoming bored of writing Parallax. Now, I (and some others) have the feeling that this might become my next big project. The basic premise is Lylat as a single planet as opposed to a solar system. The timeline is set in the near future, with some sci-fi elements keeping it from becoming completely unrecognizable. The basic plot revolves around Fox attempting to rebuild his team after a disaster that rendered all of his combat unit dead, apart from himself. Although it wasn't actually part of the plan, numerous reviewers have pointed out some similarities to the Metal Gear series. Considering my love for those games, I'm not really surprised.
Son of the Empire - My entry for Sheppard Studios's 2015 One-shot Contest. The theme this year was character origins, and I chose Panther. This oneshot details Panther's first interactions with Wolf and the events leading up to that point.
The Oasis - My most widely read and appreciated story. If you don't mind the sprawling length of it all, it's probably your best bet as far as reading my stories goes. (Edit - 14 June 2015: Two year anniversary! Thanks everyone! I thought about doing some rewriting and editing for the special occasion, but life's been way too busy for that. Maybe later)
Escape to Cerinia - Complete. Thanks for the support for the tragedy that was 6:23, people.
Could Have Said No - Technically not my story. This one was a gift work from Emile the Watcher as a reward for winning the 2013 Christmas One-shot Contest. It's written in his style with a slight bit of editing on my part.
6 Days and 23 Hours - Complete. Read it and weep - literally.
Regret and Resolution - Although I suppose I could theoretically add something to this collection of stories, I'm pretty much finished writing the sort of fluff that made it into the three oneshots contained within the larger body of work. So, you might say that it's finished.
On Broken Wings - Winning entry for the 2013 Star Fox Holiday One-Shot Contest (It was technically called the Christmas contest, but Elarix's entry was New Years' themed, so...)
Beer Run - My one foray outside the Star Fox fanfiction universe, written in the Super Smash Bros. category. Finished shortly after 6:23, it was never meant to be taken seriously. Considering that, I'm very pleased with how it turned out. Falcon Punch!
Nexus Three - Sequel to The Oasis. I knew I should have just left that story arc alone, because all this story did was make it even more confusing in addition to making the climactic end of The Oasis seem like it was all for nothing. Compared to The Oasis, the viewership count for N3 was atrocious, which is what first made me wonder if I had made a mistake in writing it. However, I'm not going to delete this one like the two stories below because I am pleased with what I did end up writing - which can't be said about the others.
Delta-Zero - Discarded for personal reasons. This story was written at a very dark point in my life where paranoia was a bigger problem for me than usual, and the underlying political conspiracy themes coupled with the dark and brooding atmosphere of the work did not do good things for me.
Star Fox - The Iridium Chronicle - Discarded to lack of quality compared to my other works. It's unfortunate, but I simply could not bring myself to work on it. Therefore, the project is now dead. Its spirit, however, lives on in several of my other works.
Q: How did you first hear of fanfiction.net?
A:I'll be honest – until a few years ago, I didn't know there even was a place to publish fan fiction. I seriously thought I was the only person who had any interest in that! Before I ever posted my first story, I browsed through the Starfox-Online archives and came across some recommendations for good Star Fox fan works, one of which was Kit-Karamak's Reflections of Krystal. At the time, I thought it was the most amazing thing since sliced bread. I still think it's a pretty good story. Then, I read the follow up, 'Reflections of the Future', which was simply amazing even by my current standards, which are much stricter. Even though I had never written any kind of fiction before, I thought "I could do this." That's more or less how it started here for me.
Q: Why Star Fox? You keep bringing up the possibility of leaving for other archives, but it never seems to happen.
A: I think it's because Star Fox has two things that when put together create an idea that I absolutely love. Those two things would be (A. spaceships and (B. furries. For some reason, I love that. Now, for the second statement in the question, I used to think that everything in the Star Fox archive had become too trite and overused. But then I realized that I just wasn't being imaginative enough and decided to press on. A good case in point of that would be some of my most recent stories, especially Parallax, which takes enormous liberties with the (now aborted) series canon. Another reason for me sticking around here is that I don't care as much about popularity as I used to. I'm a bit older (and hopefully wiser) now, and after the immense popularity of The Oasis, I don't need that kind of adoration anymore. At this point, I'm just in it for the fun of it.
Q: Are you a furry?
A: Yeah, I am. I don't go to conventions and have no interest in anything of that nature, but I love the artistic aspect of the furry fandom. As I've stated before though, I have to draw the line at yiff. That's just disgusting to me. I would probably be posting furry art to DeviantArt if I was any good at it, but it's really not my strong suit at all. I have this thing where I won't publish anything unless I feel that it's on par with professional-level works, so if I ever publish any art, don't expect it to happen anytime soon.
Q: You said that you were a Protestant Christian with some Anabaptist influences. What the heck is that supposed to mean?
A: It means that I'm the closest thing to an Amish person you're ever going to find around here. And with that comes the friendly reminder not to drink or drive!
Q: So…how is that supposed to tie in with the violent, suggestive, tech-heavy space operas you write?
A: Hey, I never said I was a practicing Amish. But I do have relatives that are.
Q: If you were a game developer and you were approached for the job of managing the development of the next Star Fox game, what would you do?
A: I'd turn it down. The reason is simple, really. To me, Star Fox is like the Linkin Park of video games. They had a huge breakthrough early on and then changed their formula along the way – to many of their fans' chagrin – and now it seems that they can't win no matter what they do. If they go back to the original formula, they're derivative; and if they try to innovate, they suck.
Q: Tell us about Scarlet. She's obviously your favorite OC, and from polls that you've done, she's also your readers' favorite, too.
A: Scarlet is, in some ways, a foil to Krystal. Whereas Krystal is quiet, reserved, and generally placid, Scarlet is assertive and virtually shameless. In more recent stories, I've allowed her personality to develop in its own unique way, but initially, I created her character with hints of Carmelita Fox (Sly Cooper) and Selina Kyle/Catwoman. She is immensely fun to write, thanks largely to her immense sarcasm and her ability to act as walking fanservice for all intents and purposes. Some authors (such as Foxmerc) have favorite OCs who have a way of ending up in every one of their stories, and Scarlet is that character for me. Seriously, some readers treat her almost as if she was part of the series canon in terms of their affection for her!
Q: Do your stories have any moral or societal messages that you're trying to convey to the audience?
A: I've dabbled with it a bit in the past, but as it is now, no. I focus on creating a story first and foremost. Any implications taken from it are ultimately up to the reader to decide on. I don't like it when authors get preachy when writing their stories, so as a rule, I make it my goal to leave any implied political, moral, or religious content up to the reader. I do, however, drop Easter eggs from time to time.
Q: Do you have anything you use to help you write?
A: Unless I'm in a place where it isn't available, I always use mood music while writing. It can't have deep lyrical content either, because the words distract me too much. For the most part, I listen to electronic trance music while writing because it is the best music I know of for putting me in a zone of intense focus. Those hour-long DJ mixes that are often associated with the genre were practically made for tedious, slow processes like writing. Usually, I'll alternate between Armin van Buuren's 'A State of Trance' series, Aly & Fila's 'Future Sound of Egypt', Andrew Rayel's 'Find Your Harmony', and Ben Gold's '#Goldrush'.
Q: It seems to me like there used to be more romance in your stories than there is now. Is there a reason for that?
A: It could be any number of reasons. I know for sure that as a person, I'm colder and less emotional than I used to be, especially as it relates to sentimental love and romance. There's also the possibility that I'm trying to make my stories more serious, and the romantic aspect doesn't fit into my vision of what that's supposed to look like. This is going to sound like a cop-out, but writing 6 Days and 23 Hours was so draining that it actually scarred me emotionally. It was so painful that I never wanted to do anything like it again, and perhaps I hardened the emotional side of my writing to stifle the pain of writing that (literal) tragedy.
Q: Who's your favorite SF character?
A: Krystal, obviously. Besides her, I'd have to say Wolf. Sorry Fox, but you're really kind of dull. So, if you put my affinity for Krystal and Wolf together, you get my favorite pairing! Unfortunately, very few people bother to ship them. That's a real shame.
Q: Is there even the slightest possibility of you reworking The Iridium Chronicle and posting it again?
A: You'll have to wait and see about that…
Writing Pet Peeves – (oh, I'm going to enjoy this…)
DISCLAIMER: While there are some valid points to be had here, a good part of this list is exactly what it looks like – an extremely opinionated rant. If you are an author who falls victim to one or more of these examples (this means you), take it worth a grain of salt. Chances are that if you write fanfiction, something on this list will offend you. In other words, this content is not meant to be taken (very) seriously.
1. "You don't know how to use you're apostrophe's."
What I found most disturbing about that last sentence is that my grammar check failed to pick up the two errors which I see literally all the time in fanfiction writing. Namely, those would be errors with apostrophes. It seems that no matter how much effort I spend trying to correct these frustrating errors, the authors can never seem to accept the reality that "it's" is another way of saying "it is," and that "you're" means "you are." So please – stop giving the dog 'it is bone' and commenting on 'you are story.' I'm not kidding when I say that some people (this may or may not…ahem…include me) will base your intelligence level on the proficiency of your apostrophe use. Repeated misuse of apostrophes (usually "it's" and "you're" as shown above) will result in your perceived IQ plummeting faster than an ACME anvil aimed at Wile E. Coyote's head.
2. "He was straight, but he respected gay people/He was a sex god, but he always respected women's rights."
This peeve has absolutely nothing to do with tolerance or a lack of it. This is a case of political correctness in writing gone horribly, horribly wrong. What happens when an author writes about a male character who isn't remotely interested in other men but is somehow afraid that mentioning that fact makes his character a gay-hating homophobe? That's right – after describing said character's immense masculinity (which actually has nothing to do with sexual orientation), he tacks on "…but he respected gay people."
Even more egregious (and even somewhat hypocritical) is the second example, wherein an absolute stud of a man is nothing short of masterful at bedding numerous women, sometimes at the same time. Yet, because the author doesn't want his character to look like a women-exploiting chauvinist, he follows up his descriptions of Casanova's exploits with "…but he always respected women's rights." Yeah – we believe you, Author. Totally. Both of these ploys are completely unnecessary and are annoying to read through. If you really wanted to show how your character treated gays and women (and if those actions were important in the story to begin with), you would give examples instead of going with the politically correct cop-out.
3. "Political Pastor gets up on his soapbox."
This peeve seems the most common among the few 'highbrow elite' members of the fanfiction community who have done their research on religion, politics, history, and international affairs throughout the ages. Once they add an agenda to their knowledge, it's off to the races, and no one can know how far they'll go. Usually, this peeve manifests itself in a subtle political conversation woven into the story. In most cases, it's a thinly veiled punch at whatever the day's big political maladies are. There is a difference between taking inspiration from modern politics and using fanfiction as a vehicle to attack it with. The first usage can be good, but the second often proves to be a distraction and even an annoyance in the event that the author subliminally (or openly) takes aim at your own political stance.
Religion (or the lack of it) generally doesn't fly under the radar in fanfiction. That's not to say that it can't, but most authors who care enough about their religion or their atheism to write about it tend to wield it like a bludgeon and swing it hard enough to disrupt the entire flow of the story. I'm not talking about showing a character praying, talking to a priest, or explaining why he doesn't believe in a god, either. I'm referring to a sermon coming out of nowhere from a religious person, or a 'religion is man's biggest problem' rant from an atheist.
4. "The series cast is unworthy of your OC."
The new guy swaggers up to the weight bench, lies on his back, and proceeds to bench over a hundred pounds more than the strongest man in the series. Then, he re-racks the weights, goes to the nearby shooting range (don't ask why it's there), and knocks down every target three times with a gun he's never used before. After that, he chats it up with the reclusive female of the series and woos her with seemingly no effort when no other character has ever managed to seduce her before. His teeth are so pearly white that he's the reason dentists are unhappy. His seductive stare impregnates women on the spot. His sweat cures cancer, the flu, and herpes. But he's more than just dumb muscle. He's got PhD's in microbiology, neuroscience, and astrophysics from Yale, Harvard, and Oxford. And then, when an unstoppable computer bug threatens to end society as we know it, he pulls the series' nerdy genius away from his computer and crushes the virus in mere seconds with little more than sheer willpower. He is…not the Most Interesting Man in the World. He's the impossibly perfect OC; and he's going to destroy your story.
5. "If it's darker and edgier, it's automatically more mature." (Guilty)
Absolutely not. There's dark, there's dismal, and then there's the point where the line of reality gets crossed in the name of sheer grimdarkery, where characters' emotions flare up so much that any reader who isn't sucked into the vortex of emo angst would shake his head and look for another story to read. If it's that grim, gritty, and angst-filled and not intended to be black comedy, then you have a problem. Blunt reviewers will kindly ask the author to pull the razors out of his wrists and to grow up. Chances are, you've probably read a certain story kind of like that around these parts. I wonder what it could be?
6. "There's no hope for X character's love life outside of his One True Pairing." (Guilty)
Oh, give me a break already. In most pairing-based fanfiction I've seen, it's like if the OTP is separated at any point, they are somehow fated to get back together because failure to do so would crush the dreams of thousands of fanboys/girls who can't stand to see the two heroes with anyone other than each other. It's sort of like this: Bob and Aerith are together for a significant part of the series. Then, Bob does something terrible. It upsets Aerith, and she leaves him, vowing never to come back. Bob tries to apologize, but it's too late. She's gone. Instead of moving on and finding someone else (there are other people in this universe, right?), Bob spends years moping about Aerith, thinking of any possible way to get her back. Eventually, he gets to the point where he holds a gun to his head and almost ends it all; but somehow, thinking about the time he spent with Aerith keeps him from doing it.
This sort of malarkey often coincides with Peeve #5 and is usually not realistic at all. If Bob really screwed up and Aerith is through with him, he needs to move on. Seriously people, there are other characters out there for Bob to interact with.
7. "Read my f--ing story, a--hat."
Just like in Grand Theft Auto, an entire strike force of f-bombers looms over every sentence. Whenever any character gets remotely frustrated, the profanity is all but guaranteed to start flying. It doesn't matter if the story is rated T, because the cluster f-bombs are going to start dropping en masse, along with the informal term for excrement and the word describing a female dog.
I said that most of this is opinion, but I'm going to declare that excessive profanity degrades a story faster than anything else I know of. It's unintelligent – like a brute force attack for the sole purpose of showing emotion without really having to describe it in a meaningful way. When a story is littered with s--t and f--k, the ability to suddenly drop a truly emphatic word all but disappears. No matter how hard you try, excessive profanity will not – and never will – make your story 'badass.' It makes it look trashy, inelegant, and ironically enough, juvenile. Also, if you've got a T-rated story that sounds like what I just described, it should be rated M. You wouldn't see anything on TV or film rated PG-13 or TV-14 that had more than one f-bomb, and it's no different here.
8. "'I love adverbs,' he whispered quietly. Then, he forcefully shoved the door open and quickly ran into the splendiferously appointed hallway." (Guilty)
Adverbs. The classic beginner's mistake. Just like I did when I first started writing, they think that they just have to put down a modifier for every verb they use. Otherwise, it's not going to paint the whole picture, right? Wrong, especially if your adverbs are of the redundant sort like the kind I used in the boldface sentences above. By now, I've realized that most people can put together everything you meant to say without needing a superfluous adverb tacked onto every verb. Please, just stop it with the adverbs. If it doesn't really add something to what you're trying to say, it shouldn't be there.
9. "He cocked his handgun. *CLICK.* Then, he raised it and fired. *¡BANG!*"
If you want to call in the Cheese Brigade and destroy every last vestige of professionalism in your story, there's no better way to do it than to add sound effects in all caps – especially if you surround them with special characters and exclamation points, like that amazing Spanish one in front of *BANG!*. Boldface font gets you even more brownie points. Just make sure someone didn't put laxatives in those brownies.
10. "It was like there was suddenly something to get excited about!"
This sentence is really important! It's so shocking, it's got an exclamation point after it! Man, this narrative is so gripping – I just can't contain my enthusiasm for it! Yes!
Please, no. Save your exclamations for your character dialogue. Using them anywhere else just creates an unwelcome feeling with the reader, almost like you're begging them to 'feel it' and 'get into the heat of the moment' with the main characters. But it's not working. Your audience isn't feeling the passion. The excitement was wasted on an unnecessary exclamation mark. Just like profanity, exclamation marks should be kept in check and used when they can actually add something to the story instead of being thrown around and abused.
11. "He pushed his throbbing d--k into her burgeoning v--a. He f--ed her in the p--y."
I hope you realize that this tripe is the reason why I have a negative view of sexuality in general. Really, if you're going to write an erotic scene, do everyone a favor and write it in a way that doesn't make it sound like the description of two Neanderthals going at it in a mountain cave. Use lucid, symbolic imagery that makes your readers appreciate the connection between the two characters. Focus on the shared emotion, not the penetration; and for the love of all that is reasonable, never use the actual terms for the male and female anatomy – let alone vulgar slang describing the same things. In short, make it something that your readership will deeply appreciate, not something that sends them racing to the nearest bathroom to...ahem…get their rocks off. Well, even if your deep, artistic love scene does that for your readers, it's not necessarily your fault.
12. "Judging from your storyline, I can see you really like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2."
Oddly enough, I've seen more than one story whose plotline seemed to follow that of MW2 more closely than it should have. Sure, I like Call of Duty too, but you can do way better than "drawing inspiration" from their storylines. Not only that, but in military-themed stories, it seems like most of the guns described are the ones that can be found in the Call of Duty games. Keep in mind that people who know about military affairs outside of Call of Duty will be very quick to call you out on this one. It probably won't be a very good-natured calling out, either.
13. "'Go!' said Larson as he pushed the button. 'I'm not ready yet!' Cody shouted as he was not ready yet."
To make your writing sound interesting, one thing to keep in mind is that back to back sentences should not share the exact same structure (one version of this is the next point). From time to time, I'll see sentences similar to the ones above, where one character says something as he does something else. That's fine, but when the next sentence shows another character replying as he does something else, you've got a problem. Too much of the same structure clumped together into one group conjures up images of a bad script format story – almost like you took a script and then lazily tacked onto it. Don't do that. Mix up the way you write your sentences, and don't be afraid to jettison the dialogue tags when they're not needed.
14. "'Ping Pong', he said."
"Let's go to the Staples Center and watch the Lakers," Todd said.
"Maybe Kobe will give me his autograph," Jim said.
"The Lakers suck. Go Clippers!" Robby said.
This series of sentences is the victim of "ping pong" dialogue, which is best described as a protracted series of dialogue-based sentences that follow the exact same form, often with the same dialogue tag following the dialogue itself. Mind you, it doesn't have to have a dialogue tag. It can be just the dialogue itself. Unbroken lines of dialogue can be really unpleasant to sift through.
"Why did you eat the donut?"
"Because you left it out since yesterday."
"Well, I planned on eating it."
"Ants were getting close to it, so I had to eat it to save it from them."
"You could have just put the donut in a plastic bag, you know."
"I didn't think you were interested in it."
"When there's a donut out, it means I'm going to eat it later."
"Well, sorry that I didn't know that."
"You should be sorry."
When this happens, it's often hard to tell who's speaking. The best thing to do is to break up the long dialogue with some descriptive content. If dialogue is the only element you see, it's likely that a lot of it will be forgotten by the reader.
15. "That random word is Capitalized for no reason."
I really have no Idea why some people Think it's a good idea to Randomly capitalize certain Words for absolutely no reason. It's really Annoying, actually. You'd think they'd have Learned about the difference between common and proper Nouns, but Sadly no – they haven't.
16. "Imagine there's no lyrics, it's easy if you try. With no copyright infringement, writing's so sublime. Imagine all the people – writing only prose!" (
Alright – I'm going to say it. Enough with the songfics already. Enough with posting song lyrics at the beginning of every chapter because you think your favorite band's song just fits the chapter to a 'T' and deserves to join in on the fun. And above all else, enough with having the characters themselves quote song lyrics for dramatic effect. It is not 'cool', it does not add anything meaningful to the story, and it just comes across as flat out puerile. I know music is a huge part of life for many fanfic writes, myself included. But this is just going too far. Naming one or two chapters of a story after songs is okay. Naming all of them after songs is tacky. A good rule of thumb is this: if a reader who isn't familiar with the music referenced in your story can read it and immediately tell that you're putting in musical references left and right, you need to tone it down.
However, if your overt song references come from prog/tech-metal music, then all is pardoned. Rock on. \m/
17. "mike lost his true love for life danielle. will he get her back or not. sorry i suck at summaries."
You know what else sucks? (in R. Lee Ermey's drill sergeant voice) YOU DO! In all seriousness, not you personally. But your story probably sucks.
18. "Here's my story! Featuring three OCs you couldn't care less about from other authors who begged me to use them!"
For the life of me, I have no idea why some people ask authors to use their OCs, who usually come with a bare-bones description of their personality, a tragic backstory, an inhuman skill set, and maybe a Cheese Brigade-approved catchphrase if you're lucky. An even better question is, "Why did the author actually take them up on their offer and use said OCs?" Note: I am not referring to OC-heavy stories where the author asks the audience for more OCs to use. I'm referring to unsolicited requests for an author to use someone else's OCs, especially when the story has a deliberately small character base. For OCs, there are two things you need to know. (1. No one cares about your OC. (2. Really, no one cares about your OC. Please – don't ever ask an author if they want to use your OC unless they asked you first.
19. "He defiantly used the wrong word in this sentence."
This one really frustrates me. To describe something or someone being definite or acting in a definite manner, many people use the word 'defiantly', which, from what I understand, comes from misspelling definitely as 'definatly' and then auto-correcting it to 'defiantly.' Let me make this perfectly clear: 'Defiantly' means "to act in a defiant manner," NOT "to be definite." Here are two examples illustrating the correct usage of both words.
"He defiantly flouted the city's new parking ordinance, and his car was towed as a result."
"You definitely need to finish that report by 11:00 this morning, or Mr. Anderson is going to be angry."
Also, the correct spelling for 'definatly' is 'definitely.' Just like in example 1, your perceived IQ goes down every time 'defiantly' shows up in place of 'definitely.'
Various interesting quotes
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence." -George Washington
"Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me - danger is very real, but fear is a choice." -Will Smith, After Earth
"Failure is always an option!" -Adam Savage
"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use." -Søren Kierkegaard
"Das Beste oder nichts." (The best or nothing at all) -Gottlieb Diamler
"The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma." -Patrick, Spongebob Squarepants
"You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world - that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature; but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid." -Franz Kafka
"Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us." -Stephen Colbert
"To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless." -G.K. Chesterton
"Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear." -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
"The answer to life, the universe, and everything is... 42." -Deep Thought
"It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure." -Albert Einstein
"Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day." -Jesus Christ
"Great minds think alike, but extraordinary minds rarely ever do." -K.S. Reynard
"We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience." -George Washington
"Hope can be a shadow fleeting - I would rather die believing, chancing it all in a final act of faith." -Dream Theater, Illumination Theory
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong." -Mahatma Gandhi
"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars." -Khalil Gibran
"Be who you are, because the people who mind don't matter and the people who matter don't mind!" -Dr. Seuss
"What the mind can conceive, and believe, it can achieve." -Napoleon Hill
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." -Reinhold Niebuhr
"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort, you will not get either comfort or truth - only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair." -C.S. Lewis
"Remember, heroes are never as polished as the legends that surround them." -Naked Snake, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
"All great works are prepared in the desert, including the redemption of the world. The precursors, the followers, the Master Himself, all obeyed or have to obey one and the same law. Prophets, apostles, preachers, martyrs, pioneers of knowledge, inspired artists in every art, ordinary men and the Man-God, all pay tribute to loneliness, to the life of silence, to the night." -A.G. Sertillanges
The Oasis Character List (Beware of Spoilers)
Serves as the story’s focal character. Is mostly in it for the money, but begins to change his focus as his situation begins to change.
Cynthia “Shaiyau” Altruis (a.k.a. Scarlet)
First encountered by Fox on Tehraia, Scarlet is an infamous bounty huntress from the planet Skallis who is known for her improbable success at her career and her ‘devil-may-care’ attitude towards most things.
Scarlet’s employer and former lover who still holds strong feelings towards her, Felix is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Gaia Corporation - one of the two major mega-corporations on the dystopian planet Skallis.
Hanson serves as Felix Sparta’s head of security, as well as acting as the manager of the Gaia Corporation’s massive private army.
One of the Gaia Corporation’s most notorious mercenaries, he is responsible for providing Felix with protection as he meets with mob boss Salvatore Pietro.
Antoine Carache’s former secretary, responsible for alerting Felix Sparta to the presence of a malevolent third party working inside Asgard Industries.
Karen Altruis is Scarlet’s mother. In spite of the damage Scarlet has done to her family’s name through her actions as a bounty huntress, Karen still manages to love her. Also of interest is that she is related to Vixy Reinard McCloud.
Antagonists (Arc I and II)
The owner and CEO of Asgard Industries, as well as Felix Sparta’s mortal enemy and chief business rival. Carache holds very little respect for personal rights, with the stance that his financial gain will justify everything in the end.
The mastermind of the Skallisian mob in District 7, Pietro holds significant control of the Skallisian puppet government and has many operatives in both major corporations on the planet. However, as Felix Sparta’s godfather, he holds respect for him and treats him with far more courtesy than Felix’s rival Antoine Carache. He also has three sons - Damien, Leonardo, and Eduardo.
Krystal first enters the story after her ship crashes on Tehraia. With her closest friend Jasmine killed in the crash, she comes to rely on Fox for both comfort and protection and quickly falls in love with him. Although she behaves with more maturity than would be expected from her for her age, she is still lacking experience in many fields of life. Her last name is never mentioned, and there is a very good reason for her reluctance to state it.
A friend of Karen Altruis, Hyacinth acts as Fox’s ‘tour guide’ when he arrives on Cerinia early in Arc III. She also knows Krystal from when she was younger, as she acted as Krystal’s surrogate parent when her mother and father had business to attend to and were therefore unable to care for their daughter.
Revealed to be the main antagonist in Chapter 15, Neron is a former member of the Cerinian High Council who was expelled from the Order for his radical views. Long thought to have been killed by order of the Council, he survived - albeit with a mostly-mechanical body - and has returned to enact his vengeance on the Council and to accomplish his plan.
First seen in Chapter 8 in the Tehraian warehouse, this unnamed soldier functions as Neron Taero’s highest ranking officer and the commander of his army.
The Cerinian High Council
Bio: The Cerinian High Council is the ruling body on the planet Cerinia, based on a combination of the 1st-Century Sanhedrin Court and the Jedi Council from the Star Wars universe. Has been in control of the planet for several millennia, but the order has begun to show signs of corruption of late...
Generalissimo S.M. Farris/Supreme Commander of Ichtos
The initial antagonist of the scrapped Iridium Chronicle, the Supreme Commander functions as the fascist dictator of the planet Ichtos in the neighboring planetary system. Despite his position’s inherent potential for tyrannical behavior, he is well liked by his people mostly due to his efforts in uniting the planet and reinvigorating the main civilization’s waning national pride and industrial might. Also, if the Iridium storyline is anything to go by, he is Fox’s half-brother. However, this is never brought up in-story and has no relevance in it, as the two never meet.
One of Supreme Commander Farris’s closest allies, Kato presides over the largely volcanic world of Mortora, a major exporter of valuable metals and industrial components.
Prime Minister Lago
As the leader of the Cornerian Progressive Party and the current (as of the story) Prime Minister, Lago is responsible for a significant number of the Cornerian Federation’s crucial decisions - a task he feels somewhat incapable of handling. An idealistic politician rather than a firm leader, he reveals his weaknesses when confronted with a major decision with the potential to affect life in more than just the Lylat System.
A brigadier general in the Ichtosian military and her Supreme Commander’s love interest, Irena is assigned with the command over the Cerinian campaign forces near the end of Arc III. Despite being generally level-headed, she can be prone to anger due to her own misgivings about her self-image and the way she is perceived by her forces.
The highest-ranking general within the Cornerian military organization, Pepper has lived and served through several major conflicts. A capable (if somewhat heavy-handed) leader, his strategic knowledge and keen decision-making skills have made him a hero to not only his subordinates, but also to the people of Corneria itself.
Archetype of High Iridium
A carryover character from The Iridium Chronicle, the Archetype reprises his role from that story, although in a subtler way. Not much is stated about him in The Oasis and he never announces his name, although it is hinted that Cerinians who are aware of his true nature are terrified of him.
On another (Star Fox-related) note: if you don't find this to be completely adorable; well - I'm sorry, but there's just no hope for you.
More Krystal stuff. I came across these on DeviantArt the other day and thought they were worth sharing. Fanfiction eats links to everything but itself and some of the social media sites, so hopefully the links are still navigable. CAUTION: the second picture contains nudity. It's tastefully done and not dirty at all, but if you wanted to avoid seeing any more renderings of Krystal in the nude (you know what I mean...ugh), don't use the second link.