Sylvain, the eccentric musical genius. He takes playing the piano very seriously.
Beach Peach at Peach Beach!
well, king rat from “The Nutcracker”.
And here! A collection of notes of shapeshifty tidbits about my fictional Chalkurite species in the Anova universe, concerning the atavistic ‘wereform’ shift. Part of the promised ‘revamp’ of my chalkurite addendum
A lot of new terminology has been implemented, as well as whole new concepts and what not, chalkurites have undergone a massive retcon in the past month and I hope to illustrate the energy form soon enough to help people catch up (you get some peeks at the new changes in the shapeshifting chart). By the way, a bunch of the weird words are based off real things, though I figure I might as well link what ‘Hopeful Monster' stands for, (I really had a blast researching for this)
Most of the notes in there explain what’s up, but in case something’s not understood please PM me. It STILL uses cancer as a method of shapeshifting, but on a controlled scale (that doesn’t mean of course that horrible cancerous growths don’t happen) These guys are basically the sapient horror-version embodiment of Henrietta Lacks cells, but yeah, no longer just ‘because’. The abstract of the retcon is essentially, that the shapeshift’s based off ‘atavism’ in that instead of random mutations, it kind of ‘runs back in time’ genetic-wise and browses DNA of other ancient species throughout evolution eras, reaching as far as the cambrian period. The further the shift, the more monstrous and primitive they will get from tapping into the gene bank—they DO NOT choose what to pick, mind you, each wereform has its own bauplan (or body plan) and is unique from the rest.
In Pint’s case, he leaned towards picking off from species such as the Anisodon (he’s actually more ant-eater like than gorilla), the Gorgonopsid and the devonian-period super predator Dunkleosteus the last of which becomes most apparent in his atavotenic phase (massive wereform shift). (thanks to pythosblaze for giving inspiration on the dunkleosteus)
It is possible to go further than the devonic era, but that’d mean such a degradation in intelligence and heightened instincts that it’d be EXTREMELY risky to control oneself, not to mention that returning to human form would be practically impossible or require of an impulse shift to drive the chalkurite comatose (plus it’d be unnerving to have Pint there getting trilobite compound stone eyes and a tentacle face). **Chalkurites are tied to the most carnal of instincts, these two being feeding/reproducing which makes them overall, rather dangerous and unpredictable individuals. Accessing wereform drives up these two instincts to frightening levels
Exaptations or alternate shifts are indefinite, and could go from the two shown there (flying/armor) to swimming, being capable of water-breathing and whatever things they can learn from their gene bank.
I don’t cover all the information in these sketches, a lot of it can be found under my worldbuilding and wereform/chalkurite tag. I have in fact, a prototype post that shows off a lot of biological aspects
*also worth mentioning that adult’s pint lotta adipose is due to old animal hibernation instincts kicking in. that part of his story takes place during Frontier’s 4-year long winter period, and it has this effect on him that’ll demand a lot of fatty tissue to counter the cold. This is a subtle extent of shapeshifting from the ‘adaptive atavism’ chalkurites have—can also include behaviors and other physical changes
and, on a note about shapeshifting, I think the ‘return to your former self’ should be just as, or far more painful than turning into a big mean monster. Cropping yourself sounds less fun than shaping out. turns out Pint’s worst moments involve going back from a mammoth-sized thing to his liddle’ kid self…that’s a lot of self-mutilation there
when u make OCs but dont actually do anything with them