high status characters

nattvingen  asked:

Hi there, I’m writing a Marvel fanfic incorporating the concept of daemons from Phillip Pullman’s series His Dark Materials, and I (not being Jewish) don't know if I should give Jewish characters' (Spider-Man, Thing) daemon names from Hebrew or Yiddish, or not? I absolutely do not want to step on any toes so if you say not to I will respect that. Thanks for helping all of us out, you're doing an amazing job!

How to name a Jewish character’s daemon in a Pullman fanfic 

It’s been a while since I read Pullman but I just pulled up the character list on Wikipedia, and it looks like there’s a kind of fast and loose correlation between the daemon names and the character background.  The posh, educated English people have Greco-Latin daemon names; the Finnish witch’s daemon has a Finnic name; the poor kid running the streets of Oxford has a daemon (Ratter) that’s just an Anglo-Saxon word, etc.  A lot of daemons aren’t explicitly named so it’s hard to see how strict this correlation is, though.  

The exceptions are the leader of the in-universe Rroma group who has a vaguely Greek-named daemon—but as he’s an educated, high-status character I guess this makes sense—and the two characters from “our universe” who begin the story without daemons and later acquire them.  In their cases, the daemon names seem to come from the languages of the region of the world in which the daemon was acquired/manifested/whatever.  One character, Will, comes by his daemon in that world’s Finland or Sápmi and so the daemon’s name is pretty clearly Finnic (given by the aforementioned witch IIRC).  

The other gets his daemon in Siberia or Tatarstan and the daemon has a Turkic name.  So, basically the daemon’s name seems to be roughly correlated to the linguistic background of the region and class in which it was “born,” though this seems to be conditioned on the socioeconomic status of its person, too.

The feeling I got from the daemons are that they’re a representation of the complex that combines the person’s inner feelings with the image they project to the world.  It would seem slightly off for a secular Jew to have a very Hebrew name for their daemon (exception for Israelis), although for someone who grew up with a lot of Yiddish in their household, a Yiddish nickname could be appropriate.


With the exception of certain Orthodox enclaves–not even all Orthodox communities–Yiddish names aren’t so common anymore. Yiddish words, though, are part of our slang–Ashkies, anyway. So if your character is more secular–and Ashkenazi–a cutesy Yiddish word like Pippick (bellybutton) might make a good name, but not an actual Yiddish name name like Fruma or Gittel.

If your character is more involved in the religious aspects of Jewishness, a Hebrew name or word might be more appropriate. Hebrew for a secular character’s daemon might feel out of place, depending on the actual word.
My Pullman-reading friend who I asked for help with this commented that she wouldn’t find it weird if a Jewish character’s daemon didn’t have a Judaism-related name, btw, so don’t feel like you have to. 


Addicted To You

By SomethingMoreCreative (somethingmorecreative1 on Tumblr).

Percy didn’t know how he ended up with Annabeth Chase in his bed. Normally, they stayed away from each other. And why wouldn’t they? Her high heels and cute outfits didn’t go with his skinny jeans and black t-shirts. In which, Percy and Annabeth might like each other enough to be friends with benefits, but they get lost somewhere along the way. Punk!Percy and Girly!Annabeth AU.

I made sure Will Arnett went and saw our show early on, where he first saw his future wife. He was a client of mine and I was like, “You really need to see one of these shows.” He did and it was love at first sight. But everybody in New York fell in love with Amy Poehler.
—  Peter Principato, High-Status Characters: How The Upright Citizens Brigade Stormed A City, Started A Scene, And Changed Comedy Forever

zisleizilote  asked:

How do you act like a medieval queen or noble?

FAKE IT: Noble Up!

Hi! Thanks for the question! :D

So, here are five quick hacks to make your performance as a medieval royal (of any gender!) or noble more convincing. A lot of these are useful for high status characters in other LARPs too, particularly space-opera settings. The tips are biased towards European and European-inspired settings, because that is where my knowledge lies; I am super interested in tips from other cultures!

1. Have a Code.

It doesn’t really matter what your code is - it can be straight out of the Morte d’Arthur or it can be a crazy hodgepodge of manners, chivalry, combat doctrine and the local religion. The important thing is that you stick to it rigidly most of the time, and make it a BIG consequence- and drama-filled deal if you break it, and so do your group members / underlings.

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There are people you have crushes on because they’re physically attractive, and there are people you just have comedy crushes on, and they’re constantly intersecting… I think it’s fair to say that everyone who meets Amy [Poehler] has a crush on her.
—  Nick Kroll, from High-Status Characters: An Oral History of the UCB

High Daeva: Successor of Eternity - High Daeva System

This is probably one of the biggest highlights of the patch due to it’s namesake. Once you have unlocked the High Daeva status on your character, subsequent leveling up will grant you Creative Points (CP) per level. 

Attaining High Daeva status will unlock several things:

- Expanded stat system
- Enables you to equip High Daeva equipment
- Access to elemental skills
- Skill-set strengthening

As you gain levels, you will also gain a set amount of CP for stat distribution or skill investment (see attached screenshot).

Expanded Stat System

The idea for this was drawn out from the previously “useless” attributes of each class; Power, Health, Agility, AccuracyKnowledge and Will. Each of the expanded stat governs over a set of basic stats:

Power - Attack, Physical Defense
Health - HP, Block
Agility - Concentration, Parry, Evasion, Strike Resist
Accuracy - Accuracy, Physical Crit, Magic Accuracy
Knowledge - Magic Boost, Crit Spell, Magic Suppression
Will - MP, Magic Resist, Spell Resist

(not shown directly are natural HP and MP regen, which falls under Health and Will respectively)

This system will more or less mean that no player will be equal in terms of stats end-game as there will probably be countless preferences to stat builds for each class. The second screenshot shows the increment in affected stats for every CP invested.

Elemental Skills

As mentioned, there are four elements to choose from; Earth, Fire, Water and Wind. Each element comes with a transformation skill and an active skill that’s only usable under a transformed state.

1. Earth

[Transformation] - Reduces incoming damage and increases resistance to altered states

[Active] - Removes all active debuffs from self.

2. Fire

[Transformation] - Grants splash damage while attacking, up to 6 targets within a radius of 8m. Some damage is also reflected back to the enemy target during their attack.

[Active] - Restores 1000 HP to self, and teleports 15m backwards; while simultaneously inflicting damage up to 8 targets at the previous location. AOE has an affected radius of 8m.

3. Water

[Transformation] - Restores HP whenever attacked, also has a small chance of removing debuffs from self.

[Active] - Inflicts damage on all targets within a 15m radius, while rendering them immobile.

4. Wind

[Transformation] - Increases movement speed for 4s while reducing the enemy target’s attack speed whenever you get attacked, also increases weapon attack range by 1m.

[Active] - Blinks self forward; a frontal teleport (as with all teleport skills, it’s highly probable that it also de-selects self from the attacking target)

The skills themselves are maxed out at one level each, but they require more than 1 CP to be invested.

Skill-set Strengthening

Lastly, you can use CP to strengthen the effects of your current skill-set. The list DOES NOT include stigma skills.

The strengthening window has slots of up to a maximum of 18 skills; however, it seems that for now, only 5 skills may be boosted.

CP Reset

If you’re not satisfied with your distribution of CP, you can reset them. However, they get increasingly expensive the higher level your character is. 

You may also opt to reset CP using this item “망각의 조각” (denoted with a godstone icon). It is currently unknown as to how this item may be obtained, but it has potential to be a cash shop item.

Reasons Xena is a Magnificent Hero: Her People Are Not "Trusty"

I just had way too many feelings about someone who called Argo Xena’s “trusty” horse in a fic. I was like, “That’s not Argo!” It made me realize that even Argo, Xena’s horse, gets a level of personality and autonomy and independence completely outside the usual realm of how all other characters relate to a hero figure. On multiple occasions, Argo expresses her unhappiness with Xena. This gives her loyalty to Xena a new dimension. She stays with Xena not because she’s a dumb horse and sees Xena as her master, but because she loves Xena and fits well with her. Even Xena’s horse gets to be her own woman.

I once read a thread where someone was very upset that Gabrielle was not a “faithful sidekick” to Xena, and I wished I could have talked to them about it in person. Because the whole point was that Gabrielle was a sidekick who was not a sidekick at all. She got to be her own person. She evolved very quickly from a secondary follower to a character with her own ideas and values and agency. She shaped Xena as much as Xena shaped her. All through the show, it is made clear: She can choose to stay with Xena, because she can choose to leave Xena.

Despite having a freakishly high status as a character, Xena lets her people be themselves. That’s why she loves them, because of who they are, not because they’re extensions of herself or add to her greatness. She comes to respect other people’s choices more and more as the show progresses. Remember when Joxer wants to find the son of the man he killed? Remember when Gabrielle wants to kill Gurkahn? Xena might get bossy, but she is not “the boss.” As the popular phrase would have it, Xena checks her privilege in her interpersonal relationships.

And that’s another reason why Xena is awesome.

In 1999, Tina was writing on SNL, and I was done with Second City, and we were both looking to perform. So we decided to get together that summer. We wrote “Dratch and Fey” in two weeks. We came up with the material in rehearsal, either through straight-up improv—with no “starting” idea—or by coming in with an idea, and then improvising off that. I think one or two of the scenes were ones Tina had submitted to SNL that hadn’t been picked. We did it in Chicago first, and a year later, we did it at UCB.
The style and tone was just [laughs] hilariously funny. We opened it with the premise that we were both there to do a one-woman show, but because we both showed up we would both perform a one-woman show at the same time. So my show was historical, like “Oh, hello, I’m doing Abraham Lincoln.” And hers was like an avant-garde feminist thing, like “Sometimes, my vagina talks to me in a Japanese accent.” So we both did those sort of bits, back and forth. That was the opener.
We had another sketch that was my favorite… it involved a person that had been attacked by a puma and a Playboy bunny visiting them in the hospital, like a Make-a-Wish kind of thing.
—  Rachel Dratch on the ‘Dratch and Fey’ show, from High-Status Characters: How The Upright Citizens Brigade Stormed A City, Started A Scene, And Changed Comedy Forever