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TBOS Smarmadine by Star-Seal TBOS Smarmadine by Star-Seal
Characterizing Smarmadine
Most of the time characterizing Smarmadine is cake; he's a cranky little silhouette who hangs around glaring at this or that and not saying a thing.
Smarmadine is loyal to Flume, not for any affection or gratitude, but simply because she is there, and as much as he hates people, he hates solitude even more, and since they are already together he would be inconvenienced to have to accept a change.
When he does talk, it is in a low, growling tone, like an angry, frustrated child forced to be civil. He may point things out for Flume or mutter a complaint, but he- of course- hates the sound of his own voice and really prefers to just skulk around and let Flume do what she will.
Smarmadine is not overly hateful or offensive, however, and is unlikely to tell anyone anything overly hurtful, or at the very least, go out of his way to do so.
To reiterate, Smarmadine is not a pet or an animal, he is a sentient alien who was either purchased or abducted by the Kokoparvests and is under Flume's protection and has chosen to stick with her.

Smarmadine is not very strong or ambitious. He is good at spying or picking things up from hard to reach areas, when persuaded to do so. Smarmadine can fade his molecules around would-be wounds and change shape enough to slither through tight spaces, but the most articulate forms he can take on besides his normal one is just a black puddle.

Way back in.... 2006, I think, I composed a story about a little lost alien named Jello who had to travel the very silly galaxy to get home after being abducted by Kokoparvests and sold into the slave trade. It was a fun, childish, cartoonish tale, and set a number of ideas in place. The story laid dormant for a long time, but recently I have been taking elements from it, as well as from a similar cartoon I had developed, and fitting them into a new, more functional universe. For this reason there are many ludicrous elements; the overpowered Rugens, the outlandish spaceports, and the incredibly convinient plode cores are all from my early exploits into aliens and space, and even now that I "know better," I have decided to keep many of them in, as an homage to those early days.

While Jello was being neglected I continued to revisit the little background race I had invented to abduct her; a combonation of Kokopellis and Harvesters that were heavily influenced by The Insect God and that continued to fit into stories where no other sort of thing would fit. When I began work on TBOS, I decided to keep all of their vastly different incarnations as subspecies, and all around them a universe grew up almost on its own.

Among Jello's original little party was this spiteful little creature Smarmadine, and though his story is small, I thought that if I was going to use the same universe I really ought to honor one of those concept-creating characters.

"Smarmadine" was an incorrectly remembered version of the word "smaragdine", meaning emerald green, which has nothing to do with his character but I tend to tint things pertaining to him in green tones anyway.
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SkysongMA Jun 13, 2011  Student Writer
I love the explanation of his hate. And the character in general.
topios May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know how you do it, magic or willpower or magical willpower, but I love this guy Smarmadine already. Typing his name makes me happy. He will be so much fun to see out there, radiating hate all over the place like a gloomy little hate lamp.
I don't know how my mind could take a word as clever as 'smaragdine' and dumb in down by the time I wanted to use it, but it certainly resulted in a fun name and everyone seems to like it a lot.
Admittedly I don't see him doing much besides just being there so far, but I'm really looking forward to story archs that he can feature more prominently in.
topios May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a fantastic name. You should reward your brain with good things for doing that.
Maybe that's what's so fantastic about him? Right now he's just there, like a Greek chorus on strike, a Greek chorus of haaate. I do look forward to the possible promise of more Smarmadine action though. It will be glorious.
All I can see is Smarmadine wearing a crown of laurels and sniffing snootily now.
topios May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a marvelous image that is. It's like Smarmadine was made for sniffing snootily.
Now I am so tempted to write that into his character oh god.
topios May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha... sorry?
Weavrrcat May 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
First of all: That name. I love it.

Hmm, like a sea-slug eh? Having touched one I understand exactly that solid-squishy feel. Oh boy, I do like him and I think thats just about the neatest idea for a character. I actually thought he was a axolotl at first but he is far more interesting than that.

Good luck Star-Seal!
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