Anonymous asked: how would the chocobros react to being scared by Kenny the Crow?
Have you ever seen one of those videos of somebody setting a cucumber behind a cat and scaring it? That’s what happens when the Kenny Crow statue beside Noctis starts moving. He looks over, and the demon mascot looks back. He jumps and scrambles away. It’s honestly quite the sight. Gladio and Prompto can be heard laughing in the background. This isn’t helping the poor prince’s fear of Kenny at all.
When Kenny sneaks up behind Ignis and starts talking, he punches him in the stomach. Kenny learns first hand that Ignis is much stronger than he looks. He’s not sorry.
Gladio’s eyes get wide when Kenny appears seemingly out of nowhere, and he’s suddenly hyper-aware that the mascot is his height. Has Gladio ever met anybody else his height? It’s horrifying when it’s a dead eyed, lanky bird-man. Gladio laughs nervously, but Kenny Crow is a being of immense power and darkness. He just knows it.
You’d think he’d scream or cry when Kenny suddenly approaches him with a big bottle of Jetty’s, but all Prompto can do is run. Like a full sprint. He becomes a track star, it’s honestly impressive. It doesn’t matter what he was doing. He doesn’t want Kenny to give him a mouthful.
one of my friends thinks im a furry. and i let them think im a furry, because if i corrected them, they’d be all “but i thought you had some super secret interest” and i’d have to say “yeah, but its not being a furry, its that im two inches tall mentally and roughly half my life revolves around that”, and that’s a long conversation. so i let them think i wanna be a deer. which i do, sometimes, just not as much as i wanna be two inches tall.
anthropomorphic animals are fucking wild. oh shit thats a pun, uh fuck it, it can stay
but anthropomorphic anything is a weird concept in a view including aliens. we make representations of non-human things as being more human than they are. it makes sense; the vast majority of this is in fiction, and so makes non-human characters closer to the audience and to the writer, and is a natural tendency (write what you know, humans write humans). I imagine aliens understand this, and probably have a similar concept of it.
in art it’s weirder, because it’s just as difficult to learn to draw anthropomorphic animals as its is to learn to draw typical animals, excluding difference from style choices (cartoony vs. realistic) so drawing anthropomorphic animals isn’t a ‘natural’ tendency, but a deliberate choice. the two kind of blend in storytelling with visuals, mostly in media for children, at least, modern day.
focusing on the art now, we have, and i use the term very broadly, fursonas. and just take a look at the huge variety of what a character can be drawn as and still fall under the umbrella of fursona, so this is an example of 1. humans recognizing patterns 2. recognizing symbols and stylizations in the art 3. kinda similar to the dog or not post, but now, fursona or not. this incorporates alternate colors, sliding scale of human or animal anatomy, varying degrees of dress or undress and probably some other things i’ve missed. from sparkledogs, furries, warrior cats fancharacters, anthros of original species, that phase where everyone loves wolves and not everyone grows out of it, it’s recognizable.
so aliens introduced to this culture now make a fursona, which is, for lack of a better word, and xenomorphic animal. the base appearance of an earth animal, lets use wolf for an example, with the proportions of a non-wolf. what do you change of the wolf to make it a xenomorphic wolf? what does the alien look like and how does that translate to what their fursona would be like? how far can they change the image of a wolf so that it looks like themself but is still recognizable as a wolf? would a human recognize that as a xenomorphic wolf, or would it be foreign to them, and similarly, would the alien recognize an anthromorphic wolf as what it is