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TBOS Flume by Star-Seal TBOS Flume by Star-Seal
I finished this before beginning the audition, but I hoarded it in case I didn't finish; that's why no one knew I was auditioning until my round was almost finished, I didn't want to disappoint anyone!
Which was a legitimate fear, since I actually started an audition and gave up with an entirely different character.

Anyhow, this is Flume, known by her hull ship birth number, or just 14. By the time I finished my audition her universe and back-story had exploded and much of the information on this was outdated and needed changing, so it's good I kept it out of sight after all!

Flume is strong and very fast, but she doesn't have the best stamina.
If forced to fight, she uses a lot of leaping, hopping, and slashing. She doesn't get hit often, but when she does get hit, she gets hurt.
Kokoparvests can't really swim.
They can hop very long distances, or leap even farther by striking the ground with their arms like a grasshopper, but won't have much control over where they land.

Characterizing Flume

Flume is intelligent and very sensible, she likes to get all the facts and think things over before acting, but she is a hard worker and will commit herself fully to any task once she's undertaken it. Flume is polite and she is not arrogant, but she comes from a species and a spaceship where most all races are beneath her, either in ability or information, and that bleeds through when she finds herself in situations that don't cater to her intimidating stereotype as she would expect them to.
Flume tries to be kind and helpful wherever she can, and though she is unconsciously assuming most people will respect her as the fearsome creature she is, she doesn't flaunt that or try to enforce it.
Flume is a scientist and well educated, but she doesn't have the sort of hands on experience you can only get from stepping outside the laboratory, and while she's tough, she can get overwhelmed.
She has disected/vivisected/experimented on many aliens during her education, but she is not going to go around cutting up anyone's OCs without good reason. I got my fill of that sort of person in my last big OCT. Anyway, I would get permission from the owner if I did anything to graphic to anyone.
Flume is content to be a follower until no leader is present, at which point she will take charge and get things done to the best of her ability.
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FJTrickster58 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
I'm really curious how Flume would react to the erratic seemingly irrational actions of Terri...

I'm very impressed. I love this character concept. Flume seems like a very fun character to read about.
Star-Seal Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Flume thinks just about everything that isn't a Kokoparvest is automatically going to be, by definition, alien, so it's going to be hard to phase her. She's met and worked with people and animals of all appearances and dispositions and doesn't have much of a 'normal' expectation for anyone outside of her own, isolated race.
So she'd probably be interested, especially if she could observe Terri being erratic and irrational among calm, rational humans, but not find it especially notable.

Thank you so much! I hope I can produce a really fun round with this Western theme.
FJTrickster58 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
That's good to know. Flume seems really unflapable. Thanks.
SkysongMA Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student Writer
I love the idea of a character who's a hopeless sentimental for knots. It's pretty cool.
Star-Seal Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Haha, thank you!
DigiDayDreamer Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Just out of curiosity, if she's mostly known by her birth hull name, where did the name "Flume" come from?
Star-Seal Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Each hull ship is home to several million people, so the numbers keep them straight. Anyone who knows the system will be able to tell the age, gender, level, and floor of a Kokoparvest by hearing his or her number. Even then there is a bit of overlap; there will be quite a few '14's at any given time, so when they get to be more personal, or if there are multiples of the same number, they use names.
LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Flume looks so cute! :la:
topios Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love those awkward arms. I'm sure I'd get slightly frustrated by them if I have to work with them for more than a couple of pages, but right now they are fantastic.
I am so happy to see your audition for this, I really really am, your characters always seem like so much fun even when I just follow along like a quiet little stalker. I will be very sad if we don't get to see the further adventures of Flume.
Star-Seal Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
Last night my friend was drawing Flume and struggling with it and she said she can't wait to see how my opponents try drawing her arms... haha, you poor people, catering to me whimsical anatomy. They actually aren't all that hard for me, it's only when they need to hold something up to their heads or such that it gets hard to configure.

Aaaw, thanks so much! really hope I get in. Ha, I actually spent a day playing around with drawing Grim Grin in the form of several of my alien races; that would be a really fun round.
topios Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. I'm quite tempted to try a bit of fanart when time permits just to see how crazy it'll drive me. Then again, I have done similarly crazy things, like sticking three sets of extra arms on the back of a poor critter... I don't think I can complain too much after that.

You've got at least one person cheering on you, that's for sure. And oh my, the thought of that possibly happening just imploded my mind with awesome. Best damage my brain has taken all week.
Star-Seal Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
B'aaaaw, thank you! I'll be doing my best for every round.
topios Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Encouragement was one of my best classes in beta-school.*

*Never went to beta-school.

That sounds fantastic, I'm looking forward to it all! No matter what this is going to be good. I can feel it. Sure as cinnamon.
Star-Seal Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
CINNAMON, YOU SAY? Well, I would hate to doubt the wisdom of Chabu the Wolf Baby; it will be good indeed!
topios Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
INDEED! It is doomed to be so.
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