creation of the humanoids


Boston Dynamics has shown off its new version of SpotMini, but now it’s also catching us up with its bipedal Atlas bot, the most humanoid of its creations.
Atlas can now jump from elevated block to elevated block, and do a complete about-face in the air. It can leap pretty high, and also do a backflip – and then celebrate its backflipping ability.

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Part One: A Glimpse Ahead

If you’re a fan of works like The Song of Ice and Fire, Dragonriders of Pern, Alanna: The First Adventure, The Black Stallion, How to Train Your Dragon, Julie of the Wolves, and The Pit Dragons, you may already know what they all have in common: creature companions. Some of them are simple, real-world creatures such as birds, wolves, and horses, but others hail from the annals of mythology with dragons, dire-creatures, and in the case of The Chronicles of Narnia, gryphons, unicorns, phoenixes, and even salamanders living deep in the molten lava beneath Underland. In one of my very early–long abandoned–works, a lion side-kick made up an integral emotional support animal and battle companion to one of the characters. The idea of an animal or creature tagging along to provide those super cute moments of connection we savor as humans with our own animals is tempting to put one in our own works. But, just as important as rounding out our secondary and tertiary characters is making sure our creature companions are just as much characters as all the rest.

In this series, I hope to outline the key features of creature companions and their function within literature, aiming toward helping writers ensure they write more than just props. Despite the banner’s impression, this series is entitled “creature” instead of “animal” with the intent to highlight not just the real-world animals we carry in our backpacks and find in photographs, but also the entities that turn up from legend. For the purposes of the series, creature companion will cover characters whose physiology is not humanoid (dryads, naiads, minotaur, etc. are not included); they may be capable of speech (spoken, telepathic, written, or otherwise). It’s a broad definition for a broad topic. My reasoning behind the humanoid delineation is that they are likely to be well-handled by the same creation and development techniques as standard human characters. Non-humanoid characters take a little bit of extra attention in development, particularly with travel, care, and emoting. We’ll cover all those things plus how to make sure they’re holding their own in the narrative.

Next up: Form!

Mega Man X: The Novel Chapter 2

Hey all, sorry for the long wait! Chapter 2 is finally complete!! As usual, I thank my lovely team for their work! Edgekagami was the translator this time, and my editors were the lovely moidang and Lambency!

For the most updated versions of each chapter, please check the google doc! I will be updating the tumblr posts when a new version is released but it’ll lag behind a bit.

In this chapter, a penguin has no chill, and our blue hero is stealing the trademark of another blue hero.


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DAY 3307

Jalsa, Mumbai                      Apr 17/18,  2017                 Mon/Tue 12:35 am 

Birthday - EF - Jonoon Alhob , Ninad Junnarkar , Manoj Lahoti  ….                       Tue, April 18 …. all our wishes for the birthdays of our dearest Ef’s .. may they all have a wonderful year and years ahead .. with our love and our affection ..

As the day draws to a close, and the mental preparations start for another 24 gone by, the mind begins to formulate what the the last task of the day shall begin with and how .. namely the connect with the Ef and the Blog and the other social mediums .. and everything that is thought of before coming to this stage of writing, simply goes out of the window .. nothing whatsoever remains within .. the words begin to form as the DAY is filled, the date adjusted and the time inserted  .. and as the space bar for ‘return’ is punched that is when the mind begins to wander and accumulate matter that shall find its way to that particular DAY as in DAY 3307 ..

Notice how craftily at least a dozen lines have been composed, merely on the subject of what the composition of the start should be .. I always knew I was stupid .. but that stupid !! hmmm ..

The first thoughts that rack the brain and the body as you arise are .. ‘ya buddy .. today we are going to conquer the World ‘ .. and within a few minutes of this rather blatantly over optimistically bent of mind laced with a strange arrogance, we discover that all of those lofty ideals and thoughts are washed away with the paste on the toothbrush under running tap, the flow of which determines what shall be the context of the days’ feelings .. the cold splash upon the sleepy skin of the face awakens to reality of life and its obstacles that we shall all have to face .. and it is quite strange is it not, that with that first flush of the acqua, numerous ideas and collective thoughts of accomplishment simply wash themselves away .. into oblivion and beyond …

What has been designed in the mind as activity, deactivates .. and the mundane everyday regulars take over, destroying all that could have been the beginnings of a satisfying 24 ..

BUT ..

the human is a peculiar and uncanny instrument of creation .. be it, what it may, .. the Adam or its rib as Eve .. they all are substantially equipped to muster enough courage to either survive or demolish any ideas of survival .. and the portion that remains ever the closest to the hemisphere, is the responsible, abject component, of this adventure .. 

When the cranium disagrees, or claims overworked conditions without the carrot of a promotion or a bonus .. all else, in what ever form falls apart ..

And the devastation is so acute that it can ruin your being for several 24′s of the time given to us in calculated form, by some mathematical geniuses of the Age of Revelation - whatever that may have been or is ..

Revelations are peculiar too .. after all they share the same peculiarity as the peculiarity of the creation of the the humanoid .. so some commonality exists .. and it is this commonality that we all succumb to .. at times to good and better climes .. most times at completely nothing ..

I can admit with absolute certainty, that I become a victim of this as often as the days that go by .. and therefore, when I subject my dearest Ef to some of this ‘bumff’ that goes by the name of a Blog, it is of great personal composure to learn the following morning or at times within minutes that, I was not too far wrong … !!

SO … as we shout and scream about the 9 years of this writing and the validity of its contents that seem to have been a source of immense connect and togetherness of a family .. I wonder .. and I wonder still ..

Sometimes the grey in appearance instills in the many that are below the age of the self to give it respect and love and admiration .. I shall accept it all with the hugest of humility .. but we all know that it is misplaced and not deserving .. I do prevent the occurrence of such like, when there is meeting .. but beyond expressing the ‘please do not do this’ there is little that can be done ..

Amidst the embarrassment that it causes me, my words seem to drift away without having meaningful effect .. and this is of greater concern and much disturbance .. and I do know that time shall come when it’s repeated actions shall eventually force one to accept it, in a manner that shall not be acceptable at all .. 

FOR .. now there is the flexibility to bend down and attempt to stop the practice .. in time however as age grows, the bend shall be physically difficult, and that is when the idea of preventing it shall wear thin and the practice shall become one that should or shall have to be accepted .. a practice that I shall never wish to cater to ever .. 


Good night .. with folded hands ..

Amitabh Bachchan 


Here are the skulls of the Pale Man from the movie Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro has the best creatures!!); the Hybrid from the video game series Resistance: The Fall of Man; the Banshee from the video game Mass Effect 3 (hell yeah, I went there! a creature both synthetic and organic? Glorious!); Green Martian from the movie John Carter; The Lizard from the movie The Amazing Spider-Man; Yoda, a character from the movies of the Star Wars saga and a Human skull, for comparison.

This was, hands down, the part where I had the most fun while doing my Dissertation. Heads were always the most different parts from creature to creature so it was a challenge :D

My dissertation consisted in the creation of a possible anatomy for 6 humanoid creatures from games and/or movies. For that hypothetical anatomy, I did many studies where I analysed the skin (integument), the bones of the skeleton, the muscles, the skull and sometimes hands/feet if necessary for better understanding.
All of these studies have, as basis, the comparison with the human anatomy.
I also never changed anything about the skin of the characters (aka how we know they look like), I based the anatomy in the cues I had from the skin and what I knew of human anatomy, making it as real and as ‘in working order’ as I could.

[all Yoda’s drawings]

audreyheckburn: There is a point when a creator comes together with a viewer, and they share a moment. When everything comes just so perfectly horrible, that it’s horribleness transcends that and becomes something more. That, my lovelies, is true beauty. 

Glen or Glenda || Jail Bait || Bride of the Monster || Plan 9 from Outer Space || Night of the Ghouls || The Sinister Urge

The Devil Bat(1940) || Spooks Run Wild(1941) || The Undying Monster(1942) || The Flying Serpent(1946)

Rocketship X-M(1950) || Destination Moon(1950) || Flight To Mars(1951) || Man Bait(1952) || Invasion USA(1952) || Cat Women of the Moon(1953) || The Magnetic Monster(1953) || Red Planet Mars(1952) || Phantom From Space(1953) || Killers From Space(1954) || Fire Maidens of Outer Space(1956) || The Mole People(1956) || Stranger From Venus || Kronos(1957) || Invasion of the Saucer Men(1957) || Terror in the Haunted House(1958) || The Day The Sky Exploded(1958) || The Alligator People(1959) || The Atomic Submarine(1959) || The Monster of Piedras Blancas(1959)

Horrors of Spider Island(1960) || The Amazing Transparent Man(1960) || First Spaceship On Venus(1960) || Anatomy of a Psycho(1961) || Eegah!(1962) || Creation of the Humanoids(1962) || Santa Claus Conquers the Martians(1964) || Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet(1965) || Purple Death From Outer Space(1966) || Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women(1968) || The Brain That Wouldn’t Die(1969) || Attack of the Giant Leeches(1969) || Atom Age Vampire(1969) || Teenage Zombies(1969)

Lady Marianne: A Woman of Progress

An elderly mage traveling through the Morbank countryside stayed in a small village along the road to resupply her wares. There, she met little Marianne, who possessed a gift for magic after an incident of mixing up her school primers with the old woman’s tome. After learning that the girl had no parents and that her aunt and uncle were more than happy to have one less mouth to feed, the elderly mage offered the girl a world beyond the confines of her village, and they set out together to the mage’s temple.

Marianne proved to be a studious apprentice to the woman who brought her to the temple. Although she was disciplined in magic, she later found her calling in research and development, which brought her great success within the magic community. The mage’s success in her early experiments earned her title of master sorceress at the ripe age of fifteen. On one occasion, Marianne impressed the king after answering his challenge to find a way to produce more tomes from a single pound of topaz with a new and improved refinery process that was well received throughout the nation.

Now that she had the king’s favor, Marianne asked for his support so she could pursue her lifelong dream: to bring back some of the experiments of the Memorandum of N for the benefit of Nohr. Interested in the potential of these experiments, King Garon agreed, and named her head of the project and offered some of his skilled sorcerers, Seraphina of Minett and Iago, as advisers. The three worked amicably together, and brought about the creation of the Faceless, humanoid, hulking creatures who only knew to blindly obey and destroy. Marianne was hesitant to agree with her two fellow leaders on the military potential of these monsters, but she conceded and focused on the combative aspects of the Faceless. On Seraphina’s urging, Marianne requested the king to name her consort to help bolster the Minetts’ growing dominance in the court, a trivial matter, but adding an extra title to her name could be useful in the long run.

Her son Leo was born out of necessity for the consort to secure her position as a consort. At first, she didn’t think much of her own child and was focused solely on her own research, fully expecting Leo to be raised by one of Seraphina’s suggested wet nurses and be tutored by her good friend Horatio. Her opinion changed when she brought her son proved to be compatible with Brynhildr, one of Nohr’s most sacred tomes. Fascinated by her son’s potential, Marianne asked his reluctant mentor to train him to his limits, so she could see the full extent of Leo’s magic capacity. Eventually the boy snapped and cut himself completely from his mother, to which she responded with indifference, just as she would regard a failed experiment.

Marianne would disappear from Windmire under mysterious circumstances. She was still enjoying her success after her further improvements on her Faceless creations until her benefactor’s death. With Seraphina gone and Nohr’s recent loss to Hoshido, Marianne had no reason to stay, and she was gone one month later, along with the Memorandum of N. The magic community was tossed into disarray, believing her to be dead like the first princess Diantha, but Leo could not shed a single tear over the loss.

I might have lowed the saturation a bit too much, but oh well. It’s “Take Your Kid to Work” Day, and Horatio is conveniently called in sick. At least Leo isn’t a little shit who’d ruin magic equipment.

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OK second question, I need a name for a couple of like old world magical humanoid creations…I was gonna use the term golem but after reading up on them they r so specific that it wouldn’t work so uh what r other terms for like magically created entities


Terminator: Clintasha AU

“I know you think I’m some hero, but I’m telling you, you’re protecting the wrong person. I’m a nobody. I’m just a guy who shoots arrows.”

In the future, The Avengers become the last line of defence for humanity against Cybertek’s creation: the machines. While 5 out of 6 of the Avengers have already fallen, Clint Barton, now the last Avenger, becomes the leader of the human resistance. Unable to eliminate him in their time, Cybertek sends it’s terminators back in time to kill Clint Barton before he even meets the Avengers. Future Clint sends Tony Stark’s last creation, a humanoid version of Natasha Romanoff, in hopes to save himself from the same fate.

Present Clint, however, doesn’t believe that his life is worth saving.

bro animorphs was the shit but i never got to read all of them so i missed some treasures

but a few “nightmare fuel” things stick out in my memory:

The true horror of a yeerk implantation, describing in detail the process of them crawling into the ear canal, pushing aside all the bones in the ear (setting them back after) as they head to the brain, and then flattening out like a sheet of paper over the brain and overlaying it. there are lots of paragraphs devoted to people still being aware as the yeerk hijacks their body but they can’t fight against it.

Lots of transformations coming with unforseen side effects. Turning into an ant comes with “Call of the queen,” a pheromone that drives the ant to serve the queen so strongly that it nearly smothers the human personality out of the ant and enslaves it.

There’s also the transformation into the “Taxxon,” a race of centipede creatures enslaved by the yeerks who were willing to submit. Why? Because despite their sapience, their hunger is so insatiable and overwhelming that they start to autocannibalize the instant they’re injured because they can’t resist the smell of blood. Only the yeerks allow them to live without this desire, and even then the parasites can sometimes get the controls wrenched away from them by the need to feed. When one of the characters turns into a taxxon they get the full force of their hunger, and it’s not pretty.

Iirc there’s a godlike creature whose name I can’t remember, but one of his creations was a group of humanoid creatures with skins like hardened lava and massive claws. They were all but invincible and could contort in impossible ways, and existed to do nothing but slaughter what they came across, but connecting to their minds revealed them to be innocent children believing they were playing a game. 

Battles between certain alien races go poorly. One of them, the Hork-Bajir (sp?) have huge natural blades all over their bodies. They put them to very good use, which we get to see.

The author also spares no details about how disturbing some transformations are. Pages can be devoted to going over every painful (and disturbingly painless) shift and warp their bodies undergo and then their animal instincts kicking in, which they must suppress.

There’s so much more to it that is starting to flood back but this post is already long enough.