Another thing that happened during that stream was Triaformica! Actually it was proteesiukkonen streaming (sorry for hijacking your stream!) but their art always makes me want to draw, and then papermonkeyism was in the chat and BAM, triaformica. I promised to show it to Paper, so here it is! Bekk-ga, that adorable, chubby thing.

thenearsightedmicroraptor  asked:

May I ask Tria? I'll ask Tria anyway because TRIA. Have you pinned down what happens when they age? Is there some special alien-processes, or is it the good ol' human things? Can you see that a tria is old as easily as you can with a human? Aaaand do you know any common Triaformica superstitions, or did they just adopt human ones? (I guess trias are not afraid of black cats though ... -looks at Teacup-)

They don’t always age quite human way, when it comes to looks. They usually get wrinkles around their eyes (not usually in the corner of the eye, though, as the ear stops them from spreading, but they often do get eyebags, and their upper lid might become more defined) and breathing tubes. Also common wrinklespace is the sides of the throat, under the skin fold. Other than that, they don’t wrinkle much. Tria skin is pretty thick and has complex structure, so it doesn’t wrinkle that much, unless it thins out. The skin thinning is more usual to trias living in warmer climates, or who have gone through serious famine/disease. Their fat deposits might move away from extremities and limbs and gather around the torso/tailbase when they get elderly, making their fingers and toes look bonier.

Their dark markings will usually start fading when they grow past their middle age (this might be harder to notice on big X-individuals who are already naturally less striped), and it’s a small detail, but older trias also get slower at growing new fingernails, so they often have less of them in line at a time, and some older individuals might even lose their fingernails completely. Oh, and their beak will lose the sharper edges, rounding out and just wearing down in time.

Superstitions are usually borrowed from humans, although trias can have their own personal beliefs developed during their wildling stage. (Like “stepping on twigs brings bad luck” if the tria got in trouble that way, and will keep watching the ground when walking even as a grown up, and stuff.) And yeah, it’d be hard to convince a tria to avoid black, bright eyed things. ;)

wyrd66  asked:

Tell us about triaformica mythology! What is their creation story? Do they have a death god? A god they pray to when things go bad?

This varies a LOT. Trias have spread over at least two continents, and absorbed the beliefs that were present in wherever they migrated to, so there are practically hundreds of cultures around their world.

While they have several different creation stories, every culture having its own flavour, there is one thing that’s common to practically all of them. Trias have only been part of their world for about a millenium or some, and although the details have been lost to time long ago, they know that they came from a “Star That Is No More”. Most of the cultures also know that they were made (as most human cultures do too, though), and many have different versions of the story of who their makers were, what were they made of and why were they made/brought to their world. Some cultures believe they were abandoned, but their attitude about this can be either the indifferent way of how tria parents let their young leave the nest, to having been cold heartedly abandoned into a world and left to fend for themselves (for trias there’s a clear difference, even though for many humans abandoning is abandoning).

While trias have usually adopted gods from humans, they also believe in non-personified forces. Many of them end up forming a spiritual kind of connection of sorts to places during their wildling stage, and traces of that can stay with the tria throughout their lives. Also, quite often tria gods, or gods of human-tria cultures tend to be pretty ambiguous on the gender department. Because of the way trias reproduce, they don’t have fixed roles in the same sense humans do, so their way of understanding the concept of gender roles and gender itself is more fluid and this carries over to their gods too, and actually many human cultures have evolved to include these ambiguities into their own gods.

What does the term “original species” mean exactly?

I may be wrong as English isn’t my first language and all, but I’ve understood that “Original species” means a fictional species that didn’t exist untill someone made it up, like it’s someone’s original idea.

Apparently in DA there was some kid, who uploaded a sheet of their original species, which was a colorful dog, with a dollhouse instead of a torso, pretty surreal and all, where someone left a comment saying “An Original Species is a creature that is completely made up by the owner. It has anatomy that resembles no real life animal and is completely made up from head to toe.” and continued by listing ref sheets of other people’s species “since you seem a bit new to this .-.” (one of which looked pretty canine-ish to me, another being apparently inspired by tropical fish, etc), including a link to the first part of my Constructing Triaformica, which is how I found out about this. Apparently this comment got the first artist to delete their ref sheet.

I might be overthinking this, but I feel kinda bad that my work has been used to discourage someone’s creativity. (Specially since Triaformica ARE based on real life animals organisms, dozens of those, from slime mucus and praying mantis to horses and kangaroos.) And what really matters to me, that I want most from my work is to inspire other people to have fun and find their own creativity. :(

Please, don’t use my work as a way to tell people they’re doing creativity wrong. I want people to have fun.