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TombsGrave
Feb 15, 2008

Hell, most FPSes don't have enemies this flat-out unequivocally okay to slaughter, or if they are, they're demons or undead monsters. It's kind of disconcerting here.

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Seraphic Neoman
Jul 19, 2011


Cuntpunch posted:

Railrunner is a manifested psychotic episode of Rodney; Who stressed by unemployment, social isolation from friends, and a collapsing relationship with Clare made his way to the run-down old amusement park that his parents never took him to. This was a trauma that scarred him for life, he convinced himself that he actually hated amusement parks until his world collapsed and he made his way there - the amusement park on the edge of a growing city, and convinced himself that he was employed; that he made new friends; that Clare would love him again; that he was special and had a destiny. But deep down he was still ashamed because he couldn't buy fully into this new fantasy and so he began to lash out at the 'real world' in a childish attempt to stand apart from it. It escalated from a random barfight to literally killing some petty thugs and then a showdown with the police - when they finally captured him and locked him away, he completely disassociated with reality and believed himself to have gone to 'Amusement Park Between' where he was a messianic figure. Fragments of reality came through in the form of these 'Fallen' - manifestations of the nurses and doctors attempting to cure him of his madness - and culminating in his brief return to the 'real world' when Clare came to visit him at the hospital.

Maybe Miranda's long play with these books is that they aren't just horrible fanfiction filled with plagiarism from countless other teen-lit & television sources from the past decade - but a knowing nod that Rodney's fantasy is influenced by these things. The books aren't written from an omniscient perspective of a storyteller, but instead as a narration of the clinical notes of one of the undoubtedly countless doctors attempting to understand the delusions of a man driven to madness by the recession.

In this case, Thunderbark is obviously a friendly doctor who is trying to cure Rodney. When he zapped Rodney with lightning, it was because Rodney was forced to undergo ECT. Note how Rodney becomes more stable after this episode. He then escapes the treatment facility, rescues Clare from a bunch of guys who were hitting on her (his delusions were so great that his mind phased out everyone else. Notice how the city was unusually empty when he was killing the "thugs") A scared Clare pledges her love for him, fearing for both her safety and his. There is a brief police chase and Rodney ends up breaking into the doctor's office. The doctor wants to help him, but cannot. This is why "Thunderbark" sighs so often. Rodney gets captured by the police, escapes, commits wanton slaughter while the doctor begs him to stop. The police finally capture him for good and he gets transferred to a more secure facility. The doctor still treats Rodney, out of kindness, pity and possibly a desire to overcome the greatest challenge of his career. He believes he may have developed a certain bond with the deluded man. Unfortunately, Rodney's unresponsive to treatment, causing the good doctor to sigh even more often than before.

What I'm trying to say is, I thought Silent Hill was pretty cool too :v:

Seraphic Neoman fucked around with this message at 04:35 on May 17, 2013

JosephWongKS
Apr 4, 2009

by Nyc_Tattoo
Chapter 31 – Ultimatum


quote:


I woke up with Thunderbark, Merrylegs, and Static standing around me.

“It is nice to see you conscious, Railrunner,” said Thunderbark.

“And alive.” Merrylegs added.

“Same to you, how long have I been out?” I asked insubstantially. [what]

“About an hour or so.”

I sat up clutching my head, it was throbbing still.

“Were there any survivors?” I asked

“Most of them did, but they are long gone now.” Thunderbark replied.


Take note of Thunderbark’s comment that “most of them” had survived the battle.


quote:


“What about Freakshow?”

“Unfortunately she is still at large.” Thunderbark said annoyed.

“Figures.” I growled.

“Nice to hear that you did not cuss.” Thunderbark laughed.

“If I recall, Thunderbark, I heard you swear on the ship!”


Out of all the many, many :stare: and :psyduck: things in the book, somehow it’s the obsession with swearing that most baffles me.


quote:


Thunderbark sighed, realizing he had been caught in a lie. We kind of all laughed at him. He only chuckled as he helped me up.


51st sigh of the book.


quote:


“Now, that we are all fine, we shall start heading to my place. There we can fix Merrylegs’s leg and tend to our battle scars. Plus get the most vital thing to our journey.”

“What?” I asked him as we began to walk upriver.

“The map to Amusement Park Between.”


Aren’t maps pretty portable items? Why would that even have been left at home in the first place?


quote:


+ + +

Inside the dimly lit hallway of the castle trotted a purple and black carousel horse. His legs shook nervously as he prepared to speak of something that was forbidden by standards. The two guard rides let the nervous messenger inside the throne room.

The horse walked as quietly as he could across the stone floor, cautiously stepping over the occasional bone. He could only stare at the throne, and the big black roller coaster sitting upon it like a gargoyle.


Are those bones left by amusement park rides? Why do amusement park rides have bones?


quote:


The coaster’s pupil less red eyes stared at the horse. He broke out his claws and began to rake them across the arm of the stone chair. He barred [sic] his teeth in anger.

“Why have you disturbed my rest, horse?” he demanded.

The horse bowed to him. The coaster snarled.

“Weren’t you supposed to do that earlier?”

“Sorry King Ironwheel, but I have an urgent message from Freakshow.”


A world with “technology that is far more advanced than any humans” has no surveillance or telecommunications devices and relies on personal couriers and messengers.


quote:


Ironwheel picked up a skull from the floor, a carousel horse skull to be precise. He held it in his wheels, Ironwheel’s claws going in and out of the eye sockets.

“Humor me.” He said in a rugged voice.

The horse gulped. “Well, there was an incident on the Acterbahnn. Three of our ships were destroyed, Freakshow and Bones being the only survivors.”


Directly contradicting Thunderbark’s observation that “most of them” had survived the battle. Miranda Leek literally can’t remember what she wrote earlier on in the same chapter.


quote:


“Hurry and get to your point.” Ironwheel interrupted. His claws scratching the skull.

“It was all destroyed by one ride,” the horse gulped again and prepared for the kings [sic] claws to tear him apart. “Sire, the time we have dreaded has arrived.”

“What?” Ironwheel said angrily through his teeth.

“The red has returned!” the horse cried.

Ironwheel roared in pure fury, his cry echoing through the castle and Amusement Park Between.


I like Ironwheel so far – he has not yet uttered a single sigh.

Bobbin Threadbare
Jan 2, 2009

I'm looking for a flock of urbanmechs.

quote:

Thunderbark sighed, realizing he had been caught in a lie. We kind of all laughed at him. He only chuckled as he helped me up.

That's not a lie, that's hypocrisy!

JosephWongKS posted:

Directly contradicting Thunderbark’s observation that “most of them” had survived the battle. Miranda Leek literally can’t remember what she wrote earlier on in the same chapter.

I think both were referring to the casualties on their own side.

Jeek
Feb 15, 2012
I read this line:

Miranda Leek posted:

“Most of them did, but they are long gone now.” Thunderbark replied.
as "they survived the initial battle, but we murdered them all afterwards". No contradiction here. :v:

quote:

Are those bones left by amusement park rides? Why do amusement park rides have bones?
Miranda Leek did say that there is flesh and blood under the iron skin, so there you go.

horriblePencilist
Oct 18, 2012

It's a Dirt Devil!
Get it?

Bobbin Threadbare posted:

I think both were referring to the casualties on their own side.

But how would they've been long gone then? It's not like they've arrived on land and the crew left while Railrunner was out cold, because he was gone for only an hour and they won't reach their destination until another several hours or so.

attackbunny
May 1, 2009

quote:

“The red has returned!” the horse cried.

Ironwheel roared in pure fury, his cry echoing through the castle and Amusement Park Between.
This is a completely reasonable response.

Ironwheel seems perfectly acceptable as a leader so far. Trenzon was in good shape and had a mayor so there's clearly an existing system of devolved government, there's an accepted system of currency, civilians aren't starving to death, Railrunner and the Murder Crew trekked across country for days without being troubled by bandits. Speaking of bandits, it's regrettable that Nessie and her crew had to be dragged into combat, but sending out three ships against one that's got Thundersigh aboard is perfectly reasonable. He employs people who are socially discriminated against solely because of the circumstances of their creation and is unfairly villainised for it.

Admittedly he's cranky and has bones scattered around his throne room, but you'd be pretty loving cranky too if you had to deal with these shitheads all day. And he didn't actually maim that carousel horse, did he?

In conclusion, Ironwheel's a fantastic leader and I completely support him in his endeavours to destroy Railrunner and continue ruling Amusement Park Between with an iron fist. (No puns.) Someone's got to keep the rest of them in line.

JosephWongKS
Apr 4, 2009

by Nyc_Tattoo
Interlude

quote:


The Line of Fire

The sky seemed to be lit in a blaze. Innocent and guilty blood was spilt on the soil. Thousands of screams seemed to have become one. Blood glistened on his teeth and wheels, his mind in a fury.

He swore the city would not fall into the hands of his enemy. And to get back the soul that had been stolen.

where the red fern gropes
Aug 24, 2011


attackbunny posted:

Admittedly he's cranky and has bones scattered around his throne room

The bones are all those of Railrunner's innocent victims. Ironwheel has been saving and reassembling them so that the mourning families of the deceased have something to bury. :unsmith:

attackbunny
May 1, 2009

Dreggon posted:

The bones are all those of Railrunner's innocent victims. Ironwheel has been saving and reassembling them so that the mourning families of the deceased have something to bury. :unsmith:
Beneath that crusty, embittered exterior beats the heart of a good man. Dragon. Coaster. Thing.

Iced Cocoa
Jul 14, 2011

quote:

The horse walked as quietly as he could across the stone floor, cautiously stepping over the occasional bone. He could only stare at the throne, and the big black roller coaster sitting upon it like a gargoyle.



I... I couldn't resist. And I suck at drawing in general.

horriblePencilist
Oct 18, 2012

It's a Dirt Devil!
Get it?

Pretty sure she's talking about Railrunner here.

Seraphic Neoman
Jul 19, 2011


Ironwheel seems to hate MLP and bronies! I like him already!

Rahonavis
Jan 11, 2012

"Clevuh gurrrl..."
Well, there's a lot to unpack in the past couple of chapters (holy poo poo "the 'I’ve got bodies in my freezer' glare" :stare: ), but first, here's something I can't believe I missed earlier:

Iced Cocoa posted:

As Miranda is doing a re-release of her novel, she is now changing out the illustrations in the novel.

Chapter 18: Final Rush


It's pretty clear that Miranda refuses to use anything other than humans as models for how her Original Character Coaster-Dragons move and pose. And this results in things like well over three-quarters of Railrunner's entire body just, like, flapping in the wind.

JosephWongKS posted:

quote:

I turned to see Merrylegs fleeing from one of those little planes you would see on a kiddie ride. She galloped at full speed into the interior of the ship. Outraged, I followed her, plowing down any unwanted ride in the way.

I rocketed down the stairs, and into the cargo hold. Merrylegs stood against the wall, the plane walked toward her like a prehistoric creature.


Since the type of prehistoric creature is conveniently left unspecified, I suppose that a plane could conceivably walk like a “prehistoric creature”.

This part hurt my brain. I guess - and this is a guess based off logic and intuition. Logic and intuition which, sadly, will do a person no good when trying to interpret the world of Twisted. And this is because, as we have seen so often, Miranda flat-out does not know what certain words mean. So, anyway, I guess that by "a prehistoric creature", she means a pterosaur. She could mean anything from a shark to an Anamolocaris to a Griffinfly to a Wooly Rhinoceros, but let's assume she meant a pterosaur.

And if that is the case, then a plane walking on the ground in the manner of pterosaur would look... awkward:

Iced Cocoa
Jul 14, 2011

Rahonavis posted:

Well, there's a lot to unpack in the past couple of chapters (holy poo poo "the 'I’ve got bodies in my freezer' glare" :stare: ), but first, here's something I can't believe I missed earlier:


It's pretty clear that Miranda refuses to use anything other than humans as models for how her Original Character Coaster-Dragons move and pose. And this results in things like well over three-quarters of Railrunner's entire body just, like, flapping in the wind.


Goddamn, I knew it was pretty bad dangling there in the distance, but I wonder just how strong those four limbs have to be to hold up 8.5 tons. And then the "tail muscles" have to be pretty strong to keep the tail sort of level like this.

One thing I just noticed. Railrunner doesn't have his tattoos. And Miranda is so bad at writing that I immediately thought she had rewritten it so that the tattoos are some kind of power, or don't come until Railrunner discovers his power or something. Instead of the more sensible thought that Miranda just forgot drawing those tattoos in.

quote:



This part hurt my brain. I guess - and this is a guess based off logic and intuition. Logic and intuition which, sadly, will do a person no good when trying to interpret the world of Twisted. And this is because, as we have seen so often, Miranda flat-out does not know what certain words mean. So, anyway, I guess that by "a prehistoric creature", she means a pterosaur. She could mean anything from a shark to an Anamolocaris to a Griffinfly to a Wooly Rhinoceros, but let's assume she meant a pterosaur.

And if that is the case, then a plane walking on the ground in the manner of pterosaur would look... awkward:



Ugh, this is so terrible. I pretty much had the same mental image when I read that paragraph, aside from one thing. I don't know if it is because English is not my first language, but when I read "Blood and saliva dripped like a faucet from it mouth." I have never imagined actual dripping, but more like a faucet on a full blast.



Certainly makes for an amusing mental image.

attackbunny
May 1, 2009

Iced Cocoa posted:


Ugh, this is so terrible. I pretty much had the same mental image when I read that paragraph, aside from one thing. I don't know if it is because English is not my first language, but when I read "Blood and saliva dripped like a faucet from it mouth." I have never imagined actual dripping, but more like a faucet on a full blast.



Certainly makes for an amusing mental image.
Miranda knows what an 'I've got bodies in my freezer' glare looks like (a place 'from the most imaginative mind' keeps corpses cold in the same way as the real world) and thinks that blood and saliva come out of faucets. She has an interesting life.

Bobbin Threadbare
Jan 2, 2009

I'm looking for a flock of urbanmechs.

Iced Cocoa posted:

Ugh, this is so terrible. I pretty much had the same mental image when I read that paragraph, aside from one thing. I don't know if it is because English is not my first language, but when I read "Blood and saliva dripped like a faucet from it mouth." I have never imagined actual dripping, but more like a faucet on a full blast.



Certainly makes for an amusing mental image.

It gets even better, because that sentence has a misplaced modifier; I didn't notice the first time because I prefer skimming through this stuff as much as possible. Interpreted literally, it sounds like the faucet itself is known for dripping down things the way blood and saliva do, rather than the water in a faucet. The correct form would be "Blood and saliva dripped from its mouth like a faucet," "like a faucet" now modifying "mouth" instead of "blood and saliva."

Iced Cocoa
Jul 14, 2011

Well, my friend Coydog decided to do her own take on this "Prehistoric" thing.



Edit: Tables

Iced Cocoa fucked around with this message at 19:03 on May 17, 2013

Cuntpunch
Oct 3, 2003

A monkey in a long line of kings
Why do amusement park rides insist on using human furniture, clothes, etc? Or is Miranda just too lazy to at least be a hack and toss "Coaster" as prefix to everything:
Coasterthrone
Coastercoat
Coasterbed


It would be really stupid, still, but at least slightly open-to-the-imagination.

Voltin Bolt
Oct 17, 2004

IT DOES NOT FIX
Thanks, now I'm going to imagine roller coasters sleep in really big dog beds. :allears:

my dad
Oct 17, 2012

this shall be humorous

Cuntpunch posted:

Why do amusement park rides insist on using human furniture, clothes, etc? Or is Miranda just too lazy to at least be a hack and toss "Coaster" as prefix to everything:
Coasterthrone
Coastercoat
Coasterbed


It would be really stupid, still, but at least slightly open-to-the-imagination.

attackbunny
May 1, 2009

Voltin Bolt posted:

Thanks, now I'm going to imagine roller coasters sleep in really big dog beds. :allears:

Here is a roller coaster sleeping in a dog basket.



Do you think if we asked nicely Miranda would draw us some cute baby pictures of the innocent people Railrunner's murdered?

Bobbin Threadbare
Jan 2, 2009

I'm looking for a flock of urbanmechs.

"Detective Black? Philips is awake." The corrections officer stuck his head into the break room where Black was staring longingly at the coffee pot. He'd had to reapply the Hoodoo powder an hour earlier, and while he appreciated how it prevented him from getting sleepy, he did miss the coffee, plus it made him somewhat anxious about how he'd feel when he finally ran out of the stuff, and that made him miss his cigarettes.

Agent Captain was still busy looking after the outdoor security, so Black walked alone down the jail hallway to the large cell at the corner, normally used to house arrestees in for short-term processing or transfers. This day, however, all the regular inmates had been cleared out of the entire building, leaving a single man shackled to the wall dressed only in prison-issue jeans.

"He's been Mirandized, Detective. Go nuts," said the escorting officer, who then moved back to his station watching the prisoner.

Black nodded, then cringed slightly when he turned to look at Rodney. Dark streaks covered his skin at right angles, and while he did not seem to be injured or in pain, the effect was disconcerting. He was leanly built and over six feet tall, and while his long hair wasn't the bright red of his roller coaster train form, Black did note a perceptible red tint. In fact, Rodney's hair was about all Black could see at the moment as it draped forward to conceal his bowed face. Calming himself, the detective put on his best smarmy grin and approached the bars. "Good afternoon, Rodney. Do you like our new addition to the jail cells? We had to find those manacles at an S&M shop. They're mostly just for show, of course, but they're still made of some sturdy iron. Made by a factory in Thailand, I believe."

Rodney looked up as Black spoke. Between strands of straight, dirty hair Black saw a week-old beard and a number of piercings in his lip, ears, and brow that had somehow survived the transition from man to beast and back again. Rodney didn't speak, but his eyes conveyed an angry, almost vicious expression as he looked up at the detective.

Black continued: "You really led us on quite the merry chase at the end there, Rod. You mind telling us why you ran at the end there? You seemed pretty dead-set on eating those two officers you were after until they skidded off the road and crashed. Was it just no fun anymore? Rodney?"

"Don't call me that. That's not my name."

"It isn't? I seem to recall you answered to it for, oh, about twenty six years or so? As opposed to the three days you've been...whatever the hell you are now. A were-roller-coaster?"

"It's what I am. What I really am. What I always was. I just never knew it until now." The man chained to the wall smiled almost blissfully as he described it. "We're from another world, one made just for us. We're all welcome there, roller coasters most of all. And I'm a red coaster, the first in decades. They need me. I'm the only one who can help."

"Is that why you hunted humans for sport? Because you're 'special?' Why not go back to this world of yours and leave us be?"

The smile dropped abruptly from Rodney's lips. "We need a key to make the passage, and mine was lost when I was born. As for hunting humans, why not? It gets boring here in your world. That's why I went looking for rodents before I turned last night. I thought they would be more interesting to fight. They weren't."

"And the cops who interrupted you?"

"A--a game, One that got dull when they crashed, just like you said."

"I see. Well, that's enough for right now." Black turned from the prisoner and nodded to the guard, who escorted him to the security center.

"What a loving psychopath," the guard murmured as they left Rodney behind.

"I'm afraid not," the detective corrected. "Psychopaths may be born without any human empathy, but they are drat good at faking it. More than that, they love playing with their victims' emotions; it's the only way they get any kicks. Mr. Philips there has become something else: a predator. Him and 'his kind' are the only ones deserving empathy now in his eyes; everything else is prey, only useful for hunting and eating." Black kept to himself the other hint he'd received: Rodney was obviously lying when he said he grew bored of the car chase, it was plain on his face. But what had stopped him? What had led him to flee instead of pursue, to hide from the SWAT teams instead of attack?

Special Agent Captain was waiting for Detective Black as he entered the security office. "I finished up outside just as you left the break room," he explained, "so I decided to come up here and watch your interview on the cameras. I don't know how you managed to stay calm down there, Black."

"It wasn't easy. I wanted to strangle that guy's smug loving face when he smiled at me. I had to keep reminding myself that it wouldn't do any good." Black sat down in a desk chair and crossed his legs. "I told you I'm a mild psychic, right? On that night at Mystic Park I got a real good look at Rodney Philips. I saw some confusion, some rage, some loneliness in him then. He wasn't coping too well with turning into a monster regularly. But after he changed, things were different. Railrunner was all hunger and animal lust and felt some powerful joy every time he killed or ate.

"The man in that cell doesn't call himself Rodney Philips anymore. There's no confusion or loneliness in him now, although there's still plenty of rage. All that's left of him now is Railrunner."

The two men sat in quiet contemplation then, each considering what to do next and enjoying the peace and quiet.

A few minutes later, Captain looked over at the monitors and furrowed his brow. "Something up?" Black asked.

"Something odd," the agent responded. "This camera here should be moving. It's not." Captain pressed a few buttons to switch the monitors around. "Here, this one, too. I want to say it's just a malfunction, but..."

"But Paranaturals like us can't take anything for granted," Black nodded.

"Right. There was a museum break-in last night that supposedly had the same issue, too. It may just be a coincidence, but I'm going back outside to see what's going on with these cameras. You keep your eye on the monitors." Agent Captain grabbed his jacket and hurried out.

Black moved over to the displays and began cycling through the cameras, reporting each one that seemed to be malfunctioning as Captain checked each one in person. When the detective found one that was entirely blank, however, he forgot to report it in and ran straight out of the room.

It was the one labeled "Cooling Tank:" Rodney's cell.

Skidding to a halt outside the cell, Detective Black looked around as he dropped his hand to his pistol. Firearms were normally forbidden inside jails and prisons, but an exception had been made on this occasion. "Where are the guards?" he demanded.

Taking a second glance at Rodney, Black noticed that he now wore a necklace with a dull brown stone on his bare chest, complimented by the feral grin he wore on his face. "I'm afraid they've all been called away, Detective Black. It is Detective Black, isn't it? You're the one who got in my way that second night at the park. You were talking with that nice lady at the impound, too. I didn't recognize you all whole and healthy. Shouldn't you be putting your pieces back together at the hospital like everyone else who faced me? No matter. That's easy to fix.

"A friend visited me while you were away, Detective. Do you like it? It's my key. It also lets me focus my powers. Did you know we roller coasters have special powers, Detective? It's not just turning into an apex predator. We can all manipulate things that are the same color as our skin. It's like a kind of telekinesis. And do you know what's red, Detective Black?"

Black knew. His mind flashed back in an instant to two nights ago, a minute detail he had absorbed, considered, and dropped at the time: the bottles the first two victims were drinking from were red, a novelty color produced for a local microbrew to stand out from the crowd. The first time was an accident, an uncontrolled outburst; later he might understand but lack the focus to use it intentionally. But if he was correct now, if his necklace did what he said...

Detective Black drew his gun, but it was already too late. He screamed as his stomach burst open, dark red blood tearing itself out of his veins to spill across the walls and floor. As he slumped to the ground, he watched as Railrunner grew into his true form, filling out the space inside the cell. Black's ears hurt from the beast's metallic screech as the manacles bit into its growing arms, but eventually the pressure was too much and they burst open, freeing the monster. With an almost casual swipe, Railrunner tore the bars of its cell out of the concrete and raced down the hallway, banking off the walls where the corner was too tight to turn.

Black gasped for air, arms and legs drawn around his stomach in a desperate attempt to hold in his intestines. As darkness encroached on the edges of his vision, a final, clear thought entered his mind: Hoodoo powder.

Hoodoo powder.

Hoodoo powder!


Black snapped his arm into the pocket where he kept the bag. Hand trembling violently, he brought it up to his mouth, opened the bag with his teeth, and spilled the contents across his torso. He coughed as the dust went up his nose. He then watched with amazed, clearing eyes as the blood coating the walls and pooling beneath him grew viscous and slid up into the detective's veins. His organs pulled themselves back into their proper places as well, and the bits of flesh shredded apart by Railrunner flew up and knitted into the wound, leaving nothing but Black's hairy, somewhat-overweight belly behind.

Detective Black stood up, astonished at the sudden and complete change which had taken place. Still, he knew his final accounting had only become that much more dire, and until then he had a job to do and people to warn. He charged down the hallway, determined to find a radio.

Before running ten paces, Black's ankle twisted painfully beneath him and he slammed into a wall. Lifting his pant leg, he watched as his ankle swelled painfully before reverting to its normal size. Moments later, his head grew cloudy and nauseous, only to clear up within the minute.

The powder wasn't enough, then: the detective should be dead from his injuries, and that fact was overwhelming even the dangerous overdose of magic he had taken.

If that's the case, I'll just have to make this fast, he decided.

Iced Cocoa
Jul 14, 2011


Goddamn it, I managed to somehow quit reading when No Ears turned out to be Dragonborn. Now I'm terrified of just how many pages have come since then that I need to read to catch up.

I think I broke my friend.

I think this is about for just whom the whole story of Twisted and Railrunner is for.


And this was just minutes after commenting how Miranda can't edit what happened previously to fix any plotholes and fix it to fit with what happens later. Can't erase the text!

Seraphic Neoman
Jul 19, 2011


Noooooo :ohdear: Detective Black you went too far! That powder isn't gonna last!

Rahonavis
Jan 11, 2012

"Clevuh gurrrl..."

Iced Cocoa posted:

Well, my friend Coydog decided to do her own take on this "Prehistoric" thing.



Edit: Tables


attackbunny posted:

Do you think if we asked nicely Miranda would draw us some cute baby pictures of the innocent people Railrunner's murdered?

This thread is a thing of beauty. :allears:

attackbunny
May 1, 2009
Detective Black! Nooo! *hands over mouth* He's going to die heroically, isn't he?

I'm seriously wondering if in Bobbinverse APB actually exists or if Thundersigh is just feeding Rodney bullshit. It sounds an awful lot like bullshit.

my dad
Oct 17, 2012

this shall be humorous

attackbunny posted:

Do you think if we asked nicely Miranda would draw us some cute baby pictures of the innocent people Railrunner's murdered?



Not actually made by Miranda.

horriblePencilist
Oct 18, 2012

It's a Dirt Devil!
Get it?



Here's another thing I noticed. In Miranda's old work, she used to at least try to connect the Roller Coasters with the environment in meaningful ways. There's actual detail in the background, and 80% of the Coaster doesn't just float in midair. Also, she used to use color to have her settings stand out a little. She pretty much gave up on all of these things nowadays. Most of her backgrounds are tiny hints of a roller coaster track, she only pays attention to the first 2 cars of a Coaster and she abandoned colored pieces entirely for low effort pretentious pseudo-field study sketches. Good luck with that rerelease, Miranda. You're gonna need it.

Iced Cocoa
Jul 14, 2011

horriblePencilist posted:



Here's another thing I noticed. In Miranda's old work, she used to at least try to connect the Roller Coasters with the environment in meaningful ways. There's actual detail in the background, and 80% of the Coaster doesn't just float in midair. Also, she used to use color to have her settings stand out a little. She pretty much gave up on all of these things nowadays. Most of her backgrounds are tiny hints of a roller coaster track, she only pays attention to the first 2 cars of a Coaster and she abandoned colored pieces entirely for low effort pretentious pseudo-field study sketches. Good luck with that rerelease, Miranda. You're gonna need it.

I agree with this. Her older work is actually more visually engaging compared to her new. What really irks me is that she is better than some artists I've seen, so seeing her just ignore everything but human anatomy pisses me off because it just does not fit anthro roller coasters. It is like if someone just made a werewolf just by adding hair, not any change in limbs or even adding a muzzle. It just becomes lazy and also jarring at the same time.

paragon1
Nov 22, 2010

FULL COMMUNISM NOW
Hey guys I just realized something hilarious. With the way the coasters are drawn, the field of vision for each eye wouldn't overlap. This means that they'd have no depth perception. And I think they would possibly even have a massive blindspot directly in front of them. Not exactly the qualities you'd expect in an apex predator or whatever the gently caress these things are supposed to be.

JosephWongKS
Apr 4, 2009

by Nyc_Tattoo

paragon1 posted:

Hey guys I just realized something hilarious. With the way the coasters are drawn, the field of vision for each eye wouldn't overlap. This means that they'd have no depth perception. And I think they would possibly even have a massive blindspot directly in front of them. Not exactly the qualities you'd expect in an apex predator or whatever the gently caress these things are supposed to be.

Presumably their "sight of a dragon" makes up for these deficiencies in the physical placement of their eyes.

Alternatively: ~Magic~

Second alternative: In addition to "bending" fire, lightning, metal, and water, they can also "bend" light.

Kinu Nishimura
Apr 23, 2008
They don't need to see directly in front of them, because whatever is directly in front of them is just destined for murder anyway.

horriblePencilist
Oct 18, 2012

It's a Dirt Devil!
Get it?

paragon1 posted:

Hey guys I just realized something hilarious. With the way the coasters are drawn, the field of vision for each eye wouldn't overlap. This means that they'd have no depth perception. And I think they would possibly even have a massive blindspot directly in front of them. Not exactly the qualities you'd expect in an apex predator or whatever the gently caress these things are supposed to be.

The more recent versions of coasters have more of a slant to the sides, moving the eyes more to the front. Still that should leave them with the depth perception of a horse, plus about 30% will probably be covered by that massive snout of theirs.

Here's a good example of a frontal shot of Railrunners head, although it's an exaggerated one. There's no way the eyes going point that far forward when compared to other drawings.

Also pictured: Railrunner being a total rear end to Static AGAIN.

By the way, Miranda seems to be pretty inconsistent with details. Sometimes Railrunner's eyebrow piercing is missing, other times his tattoo is gone. The only thing that seems to be consistent and the only way to safely confirm Railrunner's identity is through his necklace.

my dad
Oct 17, 2012

this shall be humorous

horriblePencilist posted:

By the way, Miranda seems to be pretty inconsistent with details. Sometimes Railrunner's eyebrow piercing is missing, other times his tattoo is gone. The only thing that seems to be consistent and the only way to safely confirm Railrunner's identity is through his necklace.

Nope.

Iced Cocoa posted Moonblood a while ago:

Iced Cocoa
Jul 14, 2011

horriblePencilist posted:

The more recent versions of coasters have more of a slant to the sides, moving the eyes more to the front. Still that should leave them with the depth perception of a horse, plus about 30% will probably be covered by that massive snout of theirs.

Here's a good example of a frontal shot of Railrunners head, although it's an exaggerated one. There's no way the eyes going point that far forward when compared to other drawings.

Also pictured: Railrunner being a total rear end to Static AGAIN.

By the way, Miranda seems to be pretty inconsistent with details. Sometimes Railrunner's eyebrow piercing is missing, other times his tattoo is gone. The only thing that seems to be consistent and the only way to safely confirm Railrunner's identity is through his necklace.

What Miranda has to do is to make a model sheet of her characters. Also a scale sheet as well as I've noticed that Railrunner's size is very inconsistent from time to time. With a model sheet she will be able to know what details to add, such as the piercings and the tattoos. And also, it could also help her with making her characters look consistent. However she constantly refers to human anatomy, which makes things very strange from time to time. In some of her "beefcake" poses, what should be a second set of hands becomes something that anatomically looks like start of legs.

Like this:


There is also the fact that she has "confirmed that the actual legs are on the fourth train so those should have been something that anatomically fit like arms, not legs, but with the actual written descriptions we get images like this:



Then lastly, there seems to be a recent trend to "squash" the third train so that the legs are actually at the fourth train, as so:



Which just looks pretty jarring.

And after this lesson in Miranda's inconsistency, have her idea of "perfect sex"

quote:

:nms:Railrunner and his beautiful wife, Shadowtrack are what you can classify as "madly in love". Every night they get, they like to court in the covers for hours. In Between, none of the rides can reproduce on their own. The only time a female coaster could ever become pregnant is if she was chosen to bare the red and is magically impregnated. So Railrunner, Shadowtrack, or any other couple's version of love making is just heavy making out and touching. And like in sex, they do experience "shots of pleasure". Anyways, Railrunner and Shadowtrack are always teasing one another about "having a bit of fun later" - usually in front of the gruff Thunderbark on purpose. But of course, they keep their most explicit puns and invites to themselves. The two have been in love for many years and would die for one another - nothing can become between them. :nms:

Iced Cocoa fucked around with this message at 22:12 on May 19, 2013

hyperhazard
Dec 4, 2011

I am the one lascivious
With magic potion niveous

Iced Cocoa posted:

And after this lesson in Miranda's inconsistency, have her idea of "perfect sex"
This was much more innocent than I was expecting, given the hundreds of drawings of sexualized roller coasters. It's like a 7-year-old's understanding of sex. There's "making out" and "touching" and sometimes people magically get pregnant.

Also, this means no coaster-on-coaster sex scenes. Thank god.

TombsGrave
Feb 15, 2008

From my admittedly/thankfully? limited exposure to pregnancy fetishism, methods of getting pregnant that don't involve sex are pretty common. Maybe she's fixated on/fetishized the idea of pregnancy but finds actual sex intimidating or unpleasant.

sturgeon general
Jun 27, 2005

Smells like sushi.
I dunno how many of you have seen or played bad game Silent Hill: Homecoming, but one of the monster designs looked familiar to me:

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horriblePencilist
Oct 18, 2012

It's a Dirt Devil!
Get it?

erotic dad posted:

I dunno how many of you have seen or played bad game Silent Hill: Homecoming, but one of the monster designs looked familiar to me:



Is that his fear of lovely anthros manifested?

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