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Aug 2

LET’S TALK ABOUT SANDWORMS

nevergreen-chapel:

Not too long ago, I made a wishful post, wherein Chapel leads Vash through an abandoned SEEDS ship that is embedded into the earth. While walking, he makes mention of a discover he and Conrad have made while exploring.

"December was no different. However, if you’ve learned anything from the settlements that eventually dug their own wells, this planet has a subterranean water supply. This area is firm enough to build upon safely, but underneath, the underground caverns below were large enough that when this ship crashed, instead of crumpling against the ground, it smashed clear through into the system of caverns. The ship, amazingly, has remained watertight this entire time—a testament to its construction. And curiously, if you go down to the lower levels and look out and turn on the floor lights, you can actually see sandworms In the water. They swim. Who knew?"

Sandworms are a large, intelligent, telepathically communicating species in Trigun, located on the planet Gunsmoke. But what do they do? What do they eat? Namely, atop all of this, WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?

No, seriously—as far as species go, you have the telepathic sandworms, the hive-minded insects, and those Tomas/Thomas jumbo kiwi birds that trot around. Thanks to Knives, you also have humans and Plants of the Bulb and Independent varieties. 

But sandworms are HUGE. All the rest of the species are fairly small. And the Thomas kiwis are the next largest creatures on that planet, and they’re not going to make a very hearty meal for a predator that size. And considering their intelligence, if they wanted to, the sandworms could hunt humans, surrounding their cities and destroying all lines of travel. When people tried to leave, they could attack.

Except they don’t. They do attack, but it’s not organized. Their attacks on humans aren’t examples of hunting. These things are eating something and it’s not topside.

While intelligent, their eyes are small, so they probably rely on things like hearing to locate prey. If someone goes tromping around on the dunes, any attack that occurs is most likely MUCH like a shark attack on a human—a case of mistaken identity.

Citing my examples from the anime, because I’m still missing chunks of the manga, in one of the final episodes, we see Milly helping in the digging of a well. This is important because it establishes that there is naturally occurring water on Gunsmoke—it’s just underground.

As well, in an episode previous to that, you have the little shit and his poor trafficked dancing-girl girlfriend who want to run away together from the caravan they live with and be free. Unfortunately, the caravan is stuck outside a geyser field, trapping everyone for the time being.

—STOP THERE, FORGET THE LOVEBIRDS. PAY ATTENTION TO THE GEYSERS.

Check what the fuck wikipedia says:

Generally all geyser field sites are located near active volcanic areas, and the geyser effect is due to the proximity of magma. Generally, surface water works its way down to an average depth of around 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) where it contacts hot rocks. The resultant boiling of the pressurized water results in the geyser effect of hot water and steam spraying out of the geyser’s surface vent (a hydrothermal explosion).

Ergo, we’re talking some deep, deep water, here. Deep enough that you can build on the surfaces over top them. And with volcanic activity and a mass of water, subterranean or not, that means somewhere down there, you’re going to get hydrothermal vents!

And a HUGE amount of life just FLOURISHES around those things! Have you ever researched black smokers? Do it, bitch.

But with volcanic activity on the planet and the chance for vents like that to occur in the subterranean seas, you have a very good start of an explanation on why a planetary ecosystem that seems so limited from the surface can actually support such huge creatures.

The answer is that Gunsmoke actually has a mind-blowingly large biosphere, just the mass of it is underground. The vents feed the smaller organisms, who feed bigger ones, who feed bigger ones, who feed the sandworms!

And even the term ‘sandworm’ would be a misnomer!

Look at this shit!:

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[Credit where due]

See the nubbly little legs on it’s underside? Those are built for crawling and pushing through sand and grit while burrowing. However, look at that flappy shit closer to its head. Nothing there lends indication that they’d be useful while burrowing. You’re looking at FINS.

Heck, look at the SHAPE of the body. Like any eel or serpent/snake, it’s built for swimming, possibly in the to-fro style you see in sea snakes. As well, having small eyes works not only for an in-ground creature, but one that lives in near complete darkness in deep water. With a thick-plated body, it can withstand high pressures underwater.

This is a creature suited for both aquatic and terrestrial life.

SANDWORMS. SWIM.

Aug 2
nevergreen-chapel:


#AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY I SLOUCH… #DAMN THING WEIGHS A TON

HEADCANON: WEIGHTS(Half of this is science, half of this is really arbitrary. before you argue, remember WWN(Nightow)D?)
Let’s talk about weights. Pseudo-science, space fantasy weights, but weights nonetheless. We’ll start with the people.
Chapel is 5-foot-9 and Conrad clocks in at 6-foot-even. Once upon a time, they were normal people (in physiology at least). Chapel is very little body fat, consisting mostly of muscle, piss, and vinegar. His frame is smaller than most, with a smaller rib cage attributing to a ridiculously tiny waistline. (Seriously, have you seen the scans? Just look in my sidebar. He puts Nick and Vash to shame)
Conrad is not only taller, but has a larger, broader body frame. He’s an average weight for his size, unlike freaky Chapel, who’s not only smaller than the average male (—on Gunsmoke. Yer’ all goddamn giants.), but heavier than the norm per his frame, because of his developed musculature.
Their ideal body weights for their frames and heights are:Chapel: 142-151 lbsConrad: 160-180 lbs
Adjusting for his more developed musculature, Chapel is probably closer to the 147-156 range. More or less. (Not a doctor, taking a shot in the dark. I am however, aware that while a pound is a pound, muscle is more dense than fat.)
Also, both have gone through the first wave of EoM enhancement surgeries. Those were focused of extending longevity and health, NOT developing strength, but due to the cellular regeneration and enhanced elasticity of cells and other things, their muscle and bone density would have been a bit above the norm.
To their existing poundage, this adds a small amount.
Chapel: 152-161 lbsConrad: 165-185 lbs
In addition, Chapel has also received surgeries from the second wave of enhancement developments, intended of increasing strength, among other things. His muscle and bone density is MUCH higher than that of a normal human.
This adds a fair amount of extra weight, intended for shouldering weapons like the infamous Punishers.
Chapel: 172-181 lbs
Even with that, we still have MORE TO GO. Enhancements aside, these men are no longer human. (I’ll post on that later. No more pseudo-science for you. Only vague concepts.) Currently, they’re chock-fucking-full Naquadah/ria, which is a very, very dense material. That brings the running totals up even HIGHER.
TOTALChapel: 232-241 lbsConrad: 225-245 lbs
Dudes be dense.
WEAPONS
When the Punisher series of weapons were first created, they were made from the highest quality of scavenged metal from the fallen ships. For the first few made, they were given the sturdiest lightweight metals. (Imagine some Trigun pseudo-science here.) The weapons had to be strong enough to weather nearly any enemy attack (as they were large enough to be fairly effective as shields) and light enough to be carried (the first few were engineered before the second wave of enhancements were pioneered).
As such, while Wolfwood’s Punisher weighs approximately 700 lbs, made from heavier materials (nickwolfwood’s numbers, not mine), Chapel’s weighs approximately 300-600 instead because of its construction.
Though while for a very strong human, this should be impossible to use effectively, remember, this is Trigun. Recall Milly and her stun-gun, its size, and how she carries it UNDERNEATH HER CLOTHES like it’s nothing at all.
We good? We good.
SO YES, NICKY. EVERYTHING HERE WEIGHS A BLOODY TON. EVEN THE PEOPLE.

nevergreen-chapel:

#AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY I SLOUCH… #DAMN THING WEIGHS A TON

HEADCANON: WEIGHTS
(Half of this is science, half of this is really arbitrary. before you argue, remember WWN(Nightow)D?)

Let’s talk about weights. Pseudo-science, space fantasy weights, but weights nonetheless. We’ll start with the people.

Chapel is 5-foot-9 and Conrad clocks in at 6-foot-even. Once upon a time, they were normal people (in physiology at least). Chapel is very little body fat, consisting mostly of muscle, piss, and vinegar. His frame is smaller than most, with a smaller rib cage attributing to a ridiculously tiny waistline. (Seriously, have you seen the scans? Just look in my sidebar. He puts Nick and Vash to shame)

Conrad is not only taller, but has a larger, broader body frame. He’s an average weight for his size, unlike freaky Chapel, who’s not only smaller than the average male (—on Gunsmoke. Yer’ all goddamn giants.), but heavier than the norm per his frame, because of his developed musculature.

Their ideal body weights for their frames and heights are:
Chapel: 142-151 lbs
Conrad: 160-180 lbs

Adjusting for his more developed musculature, Chapel is probably closer to the 147-156 range. More or less. (Not a doctor, taking a shot in the dark. I am however, aware that while a pound is a pound, muscle is more dense than fat.)

Also, both have gone through the first wave of EoM enhancement surgeries. Those were focused of extending longevity and health, NOT developing strength, but due to the cellular regeneration and enhanced elasticity of cells and other things, their muscle and bone density would have been a bit above the norm.

To their existing poundage, this adds a small amount.

Chapel: 152-161 lbs
Conrad: 165-185 lbs

In addition, Chapel has also received surgeries from the second wave of enhancement developments, intended of increasing strength, among other things. His muscle and bone density is MUCH higher than that of a normal human.

This adds a fair amount of extra weight, intended for shouldering weapons like the infamous Punishers.

Chapel: 172-181 lbs

Even with that, we still have MORE TO GO. Enhancements aside, these men are no longer human. (I’ll post on that later. No more pseudo-science for you. Only vague concepts.) Currently, they’re chock-fucking-full Naquadah/ria, which is a very, very dense material. That brings the running totals up even HIGHER.

TOTAL
Chapel: 232-241 lbs
Conrad: 225-245 lbs

Dudes be dense.

WEAPONS

When the Punisher series of weapons were first created, they were made from the highest quality of scavenged metal from the fallen ships. For the first few made, they were given the sturdiest lightweight metals. (Imagine some Trigun pseudo-science here.) The weapons had to be strong enough to weather nearly any enemy attack (as they were large enough to be fairly effective as shields) and light enough to be carried (the first few were engineered before the second wave of enhancements were pioneered).

As such, while Wolfwood’s Punisher weighs approximately 700 lbs, made from heavier materials (nickwolfwood’s numbers, not mine), Chapel’s weighs approximately 300-600 instead because of its construction.

Though while for a very strong human, this should be impossible to use effectively, remember, this is Trigun. Recall Milly and her stun-gun, its size, and how she carries it UNDERNEATH HER CLOTHES like it’s nothing at all.

We good? We good.

SO YES, NICKY. EVERYTHING HERE WEIGHS A BLOODY TON. EVEN THE PEOPLE.

(Source: kneer)

Aug 2

Sweet cheesus I saw the PR post. Tell me more tell me more as the song goes.

desmond-died:

WELL YOU ASKED. 

Then I forced you to help me with the rest of the list with our bae.

JAEGER NAMES

Syrian Team
[Creed Breaker] Abbas Sofian/Altair Ibn-La’Ahad
[Solomon Striker] Malik Al-Sayf/Kadar Al-Sayf
[Levantine Eden] Altair Ibn-La’Ahad/Malik Al-Sayf

Mediterranean Team
[Fair Verona] Federico Auditore/Ezio Auditore
[Byzantine Bravo] Ezio Auditore/Yusuf Tazim
[Il Principe] Niccolo Machiavelli/(La Volpe)
[Borgia Bull] Cesare Borgia/Micheletto Corella

Caribbean Team
[Golden Jackdaw] Edward Kenway/Adéwalé
[Calico Jacked] Anne Bonny/James Kidd

Americas Team
[kahòn:tsi akweks/Black Eagle] Haytham Kenway/Connor Kenway
[Orléans de Libération] Aveline de Grandpré/Connor Kenway
[Agnus Dei] Warren Vidic/Daniel Cross
[Whiskey Wallace] Eric Cooper/Susan Drayton
[Solar Prophet II] Desmond Miles/Clay Kaczmarek

don’t judge us jaegers are hard are shit to name. agree or fight me.

*wheezing* whiskey wallace

why did no one stop us

Aug 2

PACIFIC CREED

desmond-died:

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Strike Group and Academy Personnel
William Miles - Marshall
Gavin Banks - Loccent
Melanie Lemay - Neural Bridge Operator
Maria Thorpe - Kwoon Combat Instructor

K- Science
Warren Vidic - section lead
Lucy Stillman - K-watch
Shaun Hastings - crytpozoologist/K-team historian

J-Tech
Leonardo Da Vinci - Weapons Specialist
Rebecca Crane - engineer
Mario Auditore and his merry band of Tuscan Homosexuals men - mechanics

Rangers
Syrian Team
Abbas Sofian/Altair Ibn-La’Ahad - defunct, partner defected
Malik Al-Sayf/Kadar Al-Sayf - defunct, partner deceased
Altair Ibn-La’Ahad/Malik Al-Sayf - active duty

Mediterranean Team
Federico Auditore/Ezio Auditore - defunct, partner deceased
Ezio Auditore/Yusuf Tazim - active duty
Niccolo Machiavelli/(La Volpe) - active duty
Cesare Borgia/Micheletto Corella - active duty

Caribbean Team
Edward Kenway/Adéwalé - active duty
Anne Bonny/James Kidd - active duty

Americas Team
Haytham Kenway/Connor Kenway - defunct, partner deceased
Aveline de Grandpré/Connor Kenway - active duty
Warren Vidic/Daniel Cross - defunct, partner unfit to pilot
Eric Cooper/Susan Drayton - active duty
Desmond Miles/Clay Kaczmarek - defunct, pilot MIA

I have more headcanons, including Jaeger names. Fucking ask me. I dare you.

Basic cast list. Expansion later.

Aug 2

A bunch of busy hypotheses

If the hivemind was limited only to the Kaiju, there is no way Newt, later Hermann and Newt, could have found out as much as they did about the nature of the Kaiju and their Precursor masters. So in turn, I hypothesize that the Kaiju and the Precursors share a hivemind, or at the very least two linked hiveminds. Possibly, the Kaiju are even related to the Precursors, perhaps an experiment in cloning.

In human DNA, our genome is mostly inactive information and traits. Again, I hypothesize that the Precurors, through cloning experimentation, figured out a way to exploit unexpressed traits in their genome and manipulated said traits as they saw fit. Thus, all Kaiju are clones of one another, but all are very physically unique and able to contribute information gained through their own experiences for the Precursors to learn from and thus manufacture newer and deadlier Kaiju.

Also, when Gipsy Danger passes through the Breach, it FLOATS down. This most likely is not some kind of sci-fi ani-gravity, but that the fact that the Precursor world is FUCKING AQUATIC.

All Kaiju, even the hulking Leatherback are able to navigate underwater with decent speed. They are described in canon as all being amphibious. As well, take into consideration, the Kaiju mites. Unless submerged into ammonia, they die.

For the most part, fish and sea-based invertebrates excrete ammonia directly into water. With the Kaiju manufactured (what we can assume) directly for war on Earth, their mites are most likely ingesting Kaiju blood, or eating parts of their body (ex: skin), instead of eating gathered particles off of them (ex: dust & debris), as they are sent straight from holding, to Earth. Once separated from their host Kaiju and unable to receive any second-hand ammonia, they die.

The Kaiju of course, are vertebrates, but they are being cloned from water-based creatures, so this isn’t a very far stretch.

Older Dag, looking 20s-ish.
And no, she doesn’t have thick calves, the pants just hang looser from the knee down.

Older Dag, looking 20s-ish.

And no, she doesn’t have thick calves, the pants just hang looser from the knee down.

What’s in a Name?
Carwen, Dagger Cerulean (KNIVES STOP I THOUGHT WE REVOKED THE NAMING RIGHT WHEN DID SHE GET A MIDDLE NAME), Pax and Emmett.
With public schooling becoming an option as their growth slows down, the family has to sit down with the idea of passing around family names. The plant kids have never had to identify with one, but since Knives is so full of FUCK ALL and isn’t all that attached to anything, he just quietly steals Legato’s and suddenly his daughter (alright, she’s not going, but Vash made weedly noises until the man did something) is a Bluesummers.
Neither Nick or Vash want to pin the kids with the family name of “Wolfwood” because he may or may not be a wanted man currently (they honestly don’t know, but its easier to keep a low profile and go without), and with Vash having nothing but the title “The Stampede: behind him, they go for something old, easy, and obscure, and suddenly it’s family Saverem. It gives Vash the feels and suddenly he’s got something to write on his boys’ enrollment paperwork besides the names ‘Nick’, “Eriks’, ‘Pax’ and ‘Carwen’.
And Emmett has a last name—we just haven’t thought of it yet.

What’s in a Name?

Carwen, Dagger Cerulean (KNIVES STOP I THOUGHT WE REVOKED THE NAMING RIGHT WHEN DID SHE GET A MIDDLE NAME), Pax and Emmett.

With public schooling becoming an option as their growth slows down, the family has to sit down with the idea of passing around family names. The plant kids have never had to identify with one, but since Knives is so full of FUCK ALL and isn’t all that attached to anything, he just quietly steals Legato’s and suddenly his daughter (alright, she’s not going, but Vash made weedly noises until the man did something) is a Bluesummers.

Neither Nick or Vash want to pin the kids with the family name of “Wolfwood” because he may or may not be a wanted man currently (they honestly don’t know, but its easier to keep a low profile and go without), and with Vash having nothing but the title “The Stampede: behind him, they go for something old, easy, and obscure, and suddenly it’s family Saverem. It gives Vash the feels and suddenly he’s got something to write on his boys’ enrollment paperwork besides the names ‘Nick’, “Eriks’, ‘Pax’ and ‘Carwen’.

And Emmett has a last name—we just haven’t thought of it yet.

Morning Jog
Originally, this was supposed to have trailed off into a duckling-line of orphanage kids of varying ages and sizes, but paper is only so wide okay. D:
So instead you have Livio, Carwen, Pax (with a hanger-on), and Emmett.
I have no idea what those idiot boys are up to.

Morning Jog

Originally, this was supposed to have trailed off into a duckling-line of orphanage kids of varying ages and sizes, but paper is only so wide okay. D:

So instead you have Livio, Carwen, Pax (with a hanger-on), and Emmett.

I have no idea what those idiot boys are up to.

Think about it—

In their original, first generation state, Plants are fragile and cannot survive for long without their tank or bulb to contain them.

However, Plants in their Independent form are the ultimate invasive species. All strength, no weakness—the only flaw of the Plant is that once they are depleted of power, they die, and unless they expend all of their power and attempt to press further, their lifespans are unlimited.

Considering the potential for conversion or the birthing of future generations, once a single Independent hits the soil, the potential for full mass-species take-over essentially runs on a countdown clock.

Of course, as the Eye of Michael sees it, the Plants are the ultimate species. They don’t need food or water, so famine becomes a thing of the past. They don’t succumb to disease either. Essential, all suffering becomes a thing of the past, so long as conversions continue to take place.

If said conversions expand to take over the biosphere, while alternating in physical appearance, all species will cease to exist but Plants. The biosphere will have completely imploded, collapsing into an end of all strife.

Consider once discovering the ability to convert, the choices in Vash’s hands whether to let the his friends die, essentially leaving himself to the company of his brother for all eternity, or to potentially kickstart the end of all terran life by saving them. Technically all consciousnesses are preserved, but aren’t there still problems in this idea?

Chew on that. Where is your ethical god now?

I’m turning Japanese I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so—

—or, second-hand Plants and how to become them.

Plants are volatile, powerful creatures that convert energy into mass of varying structures and make-ups. They can provide power to grids, create food, water—the possibilities are almost endless. However, with such a huge portion of them geared toward energy and matter conversion, there comes an addendum to their abilities.

Only a Plant can absorb another plant. For best effectiveness, this needs to be done completely and utterly. In conclusion of the act, the aggressor Plant will hold the powers and consciousness of the passive Plant. Knives does this in the series, by absorbing his first-generation sisters.

In non-Plants, the absorption of Plant biomass does not work the same way. Non-Plants cannot house the Plant consciousness the way other Plants can—endlessly adding one upon the other. Plant biomass, once introduced into a new non-Plant body will never decrease in amount—much like a nasty case of radiation poisoning. However, once the non-Plant body reaches a certain amount of ingested biomass, the cells of the ingested Plant biomass will begin to multiply and spread in the new host, until they’ve taken over like a cancer. Then, with the original personality intact, what you are left with in essentially a conversation from non-Plant into Plant.

Given enough time, the Plant powers would refill to full capacity in the newly converted body and as a show of that, given there is hair to change, the convert Plant’s hair would shift from their natural color to a shade of blond. At that stage, they are no longer human by any stretch other than appearance and act as a fully independent Plant.

Direct methods of ingestion of Plant biomass: transplantation of limbs, eating Plant flesh in any amount, etc.

Passive methods of ingestion of Plant biomass: transfusion of blood or other bodily fluids, in any amount etc.