as compelling as the narrachara theory is, the only time chara indisputably speaks in canon is during the genocide route, confirmed by them identifying themself in toriel’s mirror (“it’s me, chara.”) and appearing in person at the end of the game.
chara has a unique and somewhat peculiar style of speaking. the following is a set of examples and brief analysis of their speech patterns.
speech pattern #1: incomplete sentences and the favouring of full stops (periods)
most noticeably, chara favours periods in lieu of almost all other forms of punctuation. they even substitute full stops for commas, which gives the sentences a stilted, commanding tone. some sentence fragments are only one word long. here are just a few examples.
chara splits a perfectly good sentence into four sentence fragments.
“failure.” and “perhaps.” are used as single word sentences.
speech pattern #2: drop the question mark
even when forming a question, chara will sometimes omit the question mark. this causes the question to sound rhetorical,
perhaps indicating that they already know the answer.
despite starting with a question word, no question mark is used, giving the phrase a flat, matter of fact tone.
here “yes / no” answers are prompted, but the questions themselves lack question marks. this makes the inquiry sound like a statement that can only be agreed or disagreed with.
speech pattern #3: ellipses
sometimes chara prefers to trail off with an ellipsis instead of a full stop.
occasionally, they take a moment to be completely silent.
speech pattern #4: advanced vocabulary
even though chara is a child, their vocabulary is rather advanced. they avoid casual terminology in favour of less common, complex words.
speech pattern #5: all-caps preferred
when it comes to emphasis, all capitals are used instead of exclamation points. (an exclamation point is used only twice: for the real knife’s description – “Here we are!” – and flavor text in Sans’ fight – “Doomed to death of KARMA!”)
speech pattern #6: full words are superior to contractions
much like toriel,
chara typically avoids contractions (“does not” instead of “doesn't”). while they do still use them on occasion, the intentional omission of contractions leaves their statements sounding stiff and formal.
chara’s unique speech pattern makes their voice unmistakable after the genocide route has been triggered. while they borrow some speaking quirks from toriel and speak slowly like asgore, ultimately chara’s stiff and proper voice sounds nothing like any other character in the game.
First bit of Numa is done: her base cap. Her patterned kerchief will go over this. I used another pair of Hera-style lekku to drape my pattern over, though I will probably go ahead and make new lekku as Numa’s sit much lower and are much straighter, hanging straight behind rather than fully framing the face.
This meant that I draped an entirely new cap pattern on the stand rather than re-using Hera’s. Differences: a much wider central panel at the front that narrows significantly at the root of the lekku; a very square cap-line alone the brow; lekku are rooted much further back and closer together; no earpieces as I can just add latex pieces externally to show through the kerchief; black leather rather than white, obvs. Also there is generally more head coverage and a tighter fit as Numa has no chinstrap, so I’m relying on the fit to keep the lekku on my head. We’ll see how we go!
The foam at the root of the left-hand lekk got flattened while setting, apparently, so that’s why it looks terrible: it is mid falling out.