JayDee

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    JayDee got a reaction from InvidiaRed in Wishing the lovely @pittwitch the very happiest of birthdays!   
    Happy Birthday! I too hope you’re feeling better!
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    JayDee got a reaction from BronxWench in Oh, sweet gods, Notre Dame is burning…   
    It’s a real fucking shame. Amazing old building.
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    JayDee reacted to BronxWench in Oh, sweet gods, Notre Dame is burning…   
    So far, they seem to be leaning towards an accident involving the restoration work that’s been ongoing.
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    JayDee reacted to BronxWench in Comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.   
    I am both comforted and disturbed by this notion...
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    JayDee got a reaction from BronxWench in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    Yup – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_Christianity being one such example with a, uh, Nordic Jesus. I’m sure some of the modern white supremacists pull the same shit.
    Aryan Jesus was also a character in Ghastly's Ghastly Comic back in the day, alongside Drunk and Bitter Jesus. That was a quality webcomic…
    “Oh, wait, you the first born? Yeah, you be afraid. If it’s any consolation I don’t like this any more than you do, kid. Pharoh being stubborn.”
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    JayDee reacted to InBrightestDay in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    Fucking Nazis ruin everything…
    I actually had the Archangel Azrael reminiscing about that very thing in an unpublished story.  It’s not a funny memory, though.
    Also, it’s kind of weird that you mentioned this, given that Passover starts in just over a week.
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    JayDee got a reaction from BronxWench in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    Yup – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_Christianity being one such example with a, uh, Nordic Jesus. I’m sure some of the modern white supremacists pull the same shit.
    Aryan Jesus was also a character in Ghastly's Ghastly Comic back in the day, alongside Drunk and Bitter Jesus. That was a quality webcomic…
    “Oh, wait, you the first born? Yeah, you be afraid. If it’s any consolation I don’t like this any more than you do, kid. Pharoh being stubborn.”
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    JayDee reacted to InvidiaRed in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    My favorite thing about angels.
    Is that typically the first thing they say to mortals is do not be afraid.
     
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    JayDee reacted to InBrightestDay in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    Strangely for a Judeo-Christian angel, he’s rather averse to Jewish people.
    I may regret asking this question, but is Aryan Jesus actually a thing, or are we just talking about paintings depicting Jesus as white rather than Middle Eastern, like The Last Supper?
    Also…
    It’s always good to know that Kevin’s ME-teor joke is very much in the JayDee spirit.
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    JayDee got a reaction from InBrightestDay in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    I accidentally looked at Lovecraft rather than his fictional universe and created the world’s most racist angel, Klandalphon, responsible for all of the Aryan Jesus imagary, currently tasked with working as guardian to the POTUS.
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    JayDee got a reaction from InBrightestDay in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    I accidentally looked at Lovecraft rather than his fictional universe and created the world’s most racist angel, Klandalphon, responsible for all of the Aryan Jesus imagary, currently tasked with working as guardian to the POTUS.
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    JayDee reacted to BronxWench in One flower bed weeded, four to go..   
    You have got to be kidding me… they can’t let you have ONE day off????
     
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    JayDee reacted to DemonGoddess in One flower bed weeded, four to go..   
    Yikes!  I got my clothes in the wash, and got called into work to finish second
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    JayDee reacted to BronxWench in One flower bed weeded, four to go..   
    I took the day off from one job, and I still have dinner to finish and a ton of laundry that needs doing….
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    JayDee reacted to InBrightestDay in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    I’m actually familiar with Freefall, even if I haven’t actually read it.  The website Atomic Rockets, which is a useful if sometimes hard to navigate resource for physics equations and potential spaceship designs, has referenced Freefall more than a few times, even using images from the comic as illustrations.
    I have actually seen some pictures of angels with wings that are either attached lower down on the back or at the hips.  The latter is strangely popular in anime-inspired works, along with small demonic wings attached at the hip.
    If we’re going to talk about skeletal structure, then mid-back makes some sense, since the wings would have their own scapulae rather than being mounted on the ones being used for the arms (removing conflicts over muscle attachments) and would put the wings closer to the center of mass of the human body.  Having said that, it does look a little strange to me, and it would likely conflict even worse with the sword, since now the scabbard would be knocking into the humerus of the left wing instead of passing underneath it, and the angle it would have to be at would be even more restricted than it would with shoulder-mounted wings.
    I’m really not a fan of hip-mounted wings.  I feel like as soon as those things start flapping you’re going to end up with the torso hanging forward from the hips during flight, which is not the most majestic image.
    Ultimately, though, I don’t know that realism matters that much here.  these are preternatural organisms, after all; they treat the laws of physics more like polite suggestions than anything else, so where the wings are mounted is, as far as I can tell, more a matter of personal preference.
    Speaking of which, what did you mean about interpretations of the Bible?  I ask because the only times I recall angels actually being described are in Ezekial 1 (which describes Cherubim and mentions that they have four wings, but never mentions where the wings attach to the body) and Isaiah 6 (which describes Seraphim, but again doesn’t say anything about where the six wings are attached), and maybe Zechariah 5 (verse 9 describes women with wings like those of a crane or stork, who may or may not be angels; again, no word on how the wings are attached).
    Feel free!  I’m always happy to learn about new stuff.
    Also, this has nothing to do with anything, but while scanning Deviantart to find pictures of the various wing arrangements, I ran across this, which I am linking to because it’s just really cool and creepy.
    No kidding.  If the description of your otherworldly visitor includes “four to six wings” and “covered in eyeballs,” it could be something from the Cthulhu Mythos, or it could be something from the Bible, which is kind of awesome.
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    JayDee reacted to Sinfulwolf in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    If yer going off actual biblical references all bets are off for the angels. Might as well look at Lovecraft.
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    JayDee reacted to Strange_idea in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    If I might reccomend a work? Check out the webcomic,  freefall.  It's about the early days of a human space colony, a prototype AI and the first alien citizen. It's a comedy, a good one, but the author is a fan of robotics, economic theory, philosophy and psycholdy and works it in really well. It's a really well done reasitic setting to go with a good story and jokes. 
     
    It might help, but also I just want to reccomend it. 
    If I might reccomend a work? Check out the webcomic,  freefall.  It's about the early days of a human space colony, a prototype AI and the first alien citizen. It's a comedy, a good one, but the author is a fan of robotics, economic theory, philosophy and psycholdy and works it in really well. It's a really well done reasitic setting to go with a good story and jokes. 
     
    It might help, but also I just want to reccomend it. 
     
    Also, given support of skeletal structure and some readings of the Bible the wings are more likely to be mid-lower back or hips. I can link some tutorial examples
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    JayDee reacted to InBrightestDay in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    Lupa: “Wait, Kizzy likes Star Wars too?”
    Shannon: “Yeah.  One time, after I set up a Tinder profile for her, she made me watch the Holiday Special...”
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    JayDee got a reaction from BronxWench in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    Kizzy gets around it by not forming a physical sword at all, but basically a flame light sabre. Seraphs gonna Seraph.
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    JayDee reacted to Sinfulwolf in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    @ThundercloudI thought there might be the possibility of second language stuff, but I wasn’t sure. 
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    JayDee got a reaction from BronxWench in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    Kizzy gets around it by not forming a physical sword at all, but basically a flame light sabre. Seraphs gonna Seraph.
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    JayDee got a reaction from BronxWench in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    Kizzy gets around it by not forming a physical sword at all, but basically a flame light sabre. Seraphs gonna Seraph.
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    JayDee reacted to Thundercloud in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    Obviously I cannot claim to have any experience of drawing weapons with the aid of magic…but it seems even pretty minor magic that just hold the scabbard in the right position would help with lots of the real world problems. Real persons don’t have three hands, and especially not one ready to easily aid them behind their back.

    Anyway the idea that Luzurial draws the sword below her wing is pretty consistent with my experience of what works. Problem is just that if such a long sword is hanging so far down will be a serious trouble when moving past doors, crowds etc.

    Speaking about actual real world experiences I do have a mobile flag pole that is a bit more than 4 feet when put into pieces. On a LARP I carried it on my back as a LARP prop since the organizers agreed that it had a massive bonus if our group carried at all times. Without wings I could carry it strapped to my shoulder but I still had quite a few accidents with furniture, people and doors. To carry it further down would have been a nightmare since it would have been hanging out far too much on each side to move around.

    I think the takeaway from this nerdy discussion is that Luzurial must be drawing the sword below her wings, but that most likely she uses magic to change the position of the sword when she need to draw it.
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    JayDee reacted to InBrightestDay in I took a challenge story back on March 24, and since then I’ve Calculated a Hohmann t   
    So, since Thundercloud brought up the sword, I figure I should at least share what I was thinking about.
    First, obviously, as the one who has actually made a sword designed to be drawn from the back, Thundercloud, you’re the expert here.  What I’m about to say is just the thought process that went into trying to visualize what this thing would look like.  Just ignore it if it doesn’t make sense (or say Luzurial’s using magic...which she totally could be).
    So, in Whore of Heaven, JayDee described Luzurial having a sword longer than her torso sheathed on her back (assuming Luzurial is 6 feet tall, that means the sword is a little more than 3 feet long).  The overhand draw looked really cool in my head, so I kept that for The Woman in the Statue, but then I was like “Crap!  The wings!”
    Assuming Luzurial is like the majority of people, she’s right handed, so the scabbard is likely angled so that the hilt sticks out over her right shoulder.  In every depiction of angels or demons I’ve seen, the wings are shown as being attached to the scapulae (shoulder blades), but where on the scapulae varies, so the gap between the attachment points could conceivably be big enough that you could get the sword to pass between them while still having enough of an angle for the hilt to be reached over her shoulder.  Of course, this means that the other end of the scabbard has to pass either over or under one of her wings (the left wing, assuming a right-handed draw).
    Passing over the wing is just fine when Luzurial is on the ground and doesn’t have to use her wings, but the second she needs to take off it’s gonna be super awkward, so it made more sense to me that the sword would pass under her left wing.  This is where angels have a serious advantage over demons.  Demonic wings are traditionally based on those of bats and thus have a wing membrane that must be joined to the torso to keep that section of the membrane taut, but angel wings are traditionally based on those of birds, and feathers maintain their shape without being glued to the torso.  Assuming there’s a bit of a gap between the secondary feathers and the attachment point (angels aren’t usually depicted with tertial or scapular feathers, just the primaries and secondaries), the part of the scabbard we need to deal with should be able to fit between the wing and the torso.
    Now it’s true, of course, that when beating the wings, the scabbard could mess with some of the secondary feathers (those closest to the body) on the downbeat.  Thing is, because the wings are attached to the back of human scapulae, they actually don’t have the full range of motion that bird wings would; they can’t drop more than a few degrees past the horizontal because a human torso gets in the way.  This would mean that angels and demons would produce less thrust with each wingbeat, but I’m fairly certain magic is being employed here, since the wingspan generally isn’t big enough to loft a human-sized being anyway.  TL;DR, because the wings don’t actually have to go down that far, the scabbard shouldn’t interfere with the secondary feathers too much.
    As far as what she does when actually drawing the sword, I think the scabbard is likely to have a non-traditional design, similar to the back scabbard from Shadow of Mordor, which covers the point and the edges of the sword, but is partly open so that she doesn’t have to draw the sword through the full length of the scabbard.  Drawing and sheathing it would still be pretty tricky, but given that Luzurial is fourteen billion years old, I’m willing to bet she’s had so much practice she’s got it down to a fine art by now.
    Again, I’m not pretending to be informed about this.  This was just what I was kind of picturing in my head.