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Ok, now that the silliness is out of the way, I thought I'd do abit of an experiment with the community (ohh scary i know), as well as hit some of the finer points of the Apex predator for those of you thinking about barking up that tree.
Disclaimer: There will be mentions of mine own characters all through out this - as well as others. It's not shameless plugging, because i tend to use examples i'm familiar with. If this bothers you, I hear there's a highly successful treatment center near the Giant Tree - so get to hiking!
Ok, so first is the experiment:
As many of you know, there are a wide variety of characters in the realm we all know and love as Felarya. For the purposes of this experiment, we're going to eliminate all the common and more typical ways to perish in this setting, because while still terrifying in some sense, they don't ellicit the same senses of dread and emotion that lot of the characters do. Instead, this experiment is going to focus explicitly on death by sapient predator and why the thought of going out by certain one's hands is more terrifying than others. I'm going to list categories of predator, and a few examples. In some cases thee may be qualifiers - such as Vivian, because of how she catches and eats her prey, or even overlap. I'm going to number the categories, and I want you to list them in the order of which scares you the most, but you only have to justify why your first pick scares you the most. It's perfectly ok to use examples of characters in your responses if the listed choices don't suit you.
SERIOUS ANSWERS ONLY PLEASE
Meaning: I expect you to answer all questions as yourself, putting aside your giantess fetish and other potentially judgement impairing fetishes long enough to realize it stops when things get fatal. I get it, we're talking about building sized supermodels, some of which can get quite freaky - but we're also talking about life and death here, which is very serious. So with all of that said, lets begin!
Category 1: Playful,Innocent,Cunning
This category includes Predators such as Crisis, Mina, Melanny, Chalyss, Lucillya, Calina, Ciel, Anko, roughly ANY Valka Fae
Innocent - The focus of this sub-category is the predators who come off as innocently doing what they do when they catch you and your expidition - or just you. It's all smiles even as they pop you and your screaming allies into their waiting maws and send you to your end.
Cunning - The focus of this sub-category is the predators who will have you before you even know you were being had. In some cases you'll be walking through the jungle one moment and the next you're trying to figure out why your friends are gone, or you're looking out of some pit as a previously unseen predator is making a snacktime of your friends.
Playful - This sub-category applies to the predators who makes eating you and your friends is a game - or just innocent fun while she chases you around. It's entirely possible that the offer of escape may have been an unwinnable ploy to make eating you more fun.
Category 2: Domineering,Sexy,Predatory
This category includes Predators like Vivian (no magic involved), Malika, Lady Meralimexia, Lady Khanna, Natalie, Menyssan, Crisis, Melanny, Liora, Anko
Domineering - This predator exudes an aura that makes you feel like you're supposed to be food. Even looking her in the eyes is enough to break your spirit as she will no doubtly tell you your place in this life - her stomach, and all of her actions will be somewhat forceful in getting you there. Typically more mature preds inhabit this category.
Sexy - This Predator will take you to new heights of ecstasy before sending you to the lows of her bowels- or at least make you think so. When she catches you and your friends, you may find the last moments of your life as non-food are spent being used as a mere object of pleasure for her or one of her friends. Of course, some may simply use sex-appeal and bedazzlement to lure you into a false sense of safety, before snapping you up like a Venus flytrap...
Predatory - When you see this predator, you see the hunger in her eyes. She makes you feel like the last piece of a legendary chocolate cake at an all-girls school of college students. You realise begging, or doing anything else may just hasten her reaching for you to whet her massive appetite, and the longer she devours your friends in front of you - the more you realize that you're all potentially just an appetizer.
Category 3: Casual,Apathetic,Emotional
This category includes Predators the likes of Milly, Ciel, Anna, Elli, Jissy, Fiona, Ajab, Jora, Ashmet
Casual - This predator could probably not eat you, but you still taste better than most of the other things around. She may or may not be inclined to let you go, and there's always the chance that she's just messing with you. Typically dangerous, but with an unpredictable outcome the hope that you begin to amass could come back to royally stab you in the back.
Apathetic - She's just there to eat, and you happen to be there. With this sort of predator, you can tell it's all business even before she pops you into her mouth. She may make a couple sounds of enjoyment, but you wont have long to ponder your situation before she gulps you down and forgets you ever existed on her way to where ever she was headed, before she stopped for a snack.
Emotional - With this predator, it may be entirely personal. Perhaps you hurt one of her friends in a botched escape, you and your buddies have been trolling her because you thought she couldn't get to you, or you triggered her somehow and you have no idea why you're staring up at a hungry 10 story rage monster. You could just have the misfortune of encountering someone who binges on their comfort food when their upset, and you and company just happened to come through the wrong set of bushes.
Welp, there you have it. I'm sure I missed some things, but please try to stick to the categories. I also ask that you try and put as much down as possible. You'll find that the more specific with your answer, the more self searching you'll have to do. For example:
3: apathetic - "reasons"
3: Casual - "reasons"
1: Innocent - "reasons"
Yes you can use more than one from the same category if you want, but it would be preferable to use 1 from each. Either way you only have to do 3, but if you want to go up to 5, or even use all of them - that's acceptable too.Go on, give it some thought. Search deep and figure out which Felaryans truly terrify you to your core!
Next up is thoughts on Apex Predators.
Bear in mind when i say apex, I mean for the area they call their territory - and in the statistical sense. For example, we as humans are apex unless some jackass whose been keeping a lion in their backyard suddenly lets it run free in the yard. So please dont flood me with how "what if" because i'm not even going to justify it with an answer. That said, Apex Predator in the Felaryan sense applies to any predator that can make a meal out of what should be the apex predators of the area. It doesn't matter if they're giant, human sized, or tiny for this.
I've just been thinking that anyone who wants to go down this path has several considerations that need to be made:
1. Food: This one should be obvious, because after all a girl has to eat. The larger the predator, obviously the larger more abundant prey she's going to need to feast upon. So when introducing such a predator into a scenario - especially if she's there for the long haul - her food source(s) need to be primary concern.
2. Community: This is definitely an important thing to consider, not only if the new pred will fit into the existing community, but how the community relates to each other. It may be possible to pick off some members because of negative relations, or perhaps solitude. It may also be good to network to meet creatures with similar interests and diets which means more opportunities may open up to hunt. It's also another way to keep track of the food supply.
3. Safety: Dovetailing from the second point is the matter of safety. At the very least, one can't be the apex predator if the area they move in has someone that would eat them. Beyond that, would be checking into how deep the bonds run within the local community. For example, if person A found out you devoured person B, would they pose a threat or just be dessert? In general, finding out the lay of the land would serve anyone well in the long run, and especially well if that someone is looking to eat others of the land. Bear in mind this also applies no matter what size and species the people in question are.
Just abit of FOOD for thought. I'm thinking there's probably more I wanted to say on the matter of "apex" predators, and if it comes to me i'll gladly update this post.