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State of the Muses - January 30, 2013.

nooooooo I lost my "TONIGHT WE RP IN HELL" icon, will need to fix that later

Pao-Lin Huang
Tiger & Bunny

muse strength: ✭✭✭✩✩
Forever three-star, apparently. Obviously it can't be four, because everyone knows that Four Is Death. A little under a year and a half of playing her and the most confident I ever get with her tags is "well, at least I'm failing better with her." This should probably be a sign that I should, IDK, retire her or something, but I'm finding that playing Pao-Lin and keeping up with any "canon" developments on her character is a little like digging around in the muddy garbage for diamonds. Most of it is wading around blindly, finding questionable things (if anything at all), and falling flat on my face. But every now and again there are serious Pao-gems, and I can't help but be inspired to keep digging in the hopes that maybe I'll hit the mother lode of Dragon Kid awesome. Really, I just keep thinking that there is this untapped potential in her character that never got fully explored in canon (and may never be, considering the focus of the show), and I want to get at it but am not really sure how. That was an issue I mentioned before when she was still at Luceti -- that I didn't know where I wanted to take her character arc. There's also just the general challenge of her simply not being my usual character type, as well as the fact that it seems like I am the only one in T&B fandom actively playing Pao-Lin at the moment, game or not, so I kinda wanna keep reppin' for the rest of the Heroes.

I don't know. I guess I shouldn't worry, since judging from the reception she got at Fourth Wall (I seriously did not expect that much of her previous CR to tag her), people seem to enjoy threading with her well enough, which by proxy means they find my portrayal of her entertaining and interesting. And you know, that was sort of a goal I had when first starting out with her: focus a little less on keeping strictly to canon, and more on simply making her interesting in general. But I know my penchant for hideously mutilating canon personalities beyond recognition (hello there, Soraverse), and I don't really want that to happen to Pao-Lin. She should be interesting, yes, but I also want her to ring true to what we know of her in canon. The dub has been further complicating this issue for me, because I can't tell if the script is an accurate translation of her original tone/intent, or if they are going for the easier "tomboy = rough-and-tumble" route that I was specifically trying to avoid in my portrayal of Pao-Lin.

cast strength: ✭✩✩✩✩
Still just the bearded oyaji tiger-cockroach at Luceti. [sadcat] Though there are also awful LinLin shenanigans in memethreads with Avie's Ivan.

plotting strength: ✭✭✭✭✭
Forever up for all the things. Must be the shonen hero in her.

likelihood of app: ✩✩✩✩✩
Not in the next couple of months, at least. Though I've been contemplating starting a re-write of her Luceti app anyway, which is at least as much to get it ready for when I feel like I can app her again as it is a vehicle for organizing some of the Pao-meta that's been bobbing around in my head.

Tiger & Bunny AU

muse strength: ✭✭✭✭✩
Funnily stronger than Canon-Lin, although I think part of it is because there's less pressure to have her be "right" (even if I do still incessantly worry that she doesn't come off as Pao-like or that she is uninteresting). But Ouro-Lin also provides an outlet for me to explore rougher character traits that either are suppressed in Canon-Lin or don't exist. So far her tags have been pretty tame, since it's just been talking with Ouro-Ivan and then looking out for him on a mission, but given her personality and her line of work, there are chances for her to live up to the second part of her username. (In truth, I think she's actually less actively malicious (compared with someone like Jake) and more amoral/apathetic, just based on how I've been writing her tags so far. However, that might change once I play her in the appropriate situation, or once I get other potentially interesting ideas to play out.)

cast strength: ✭✩✩✩✩
She has Ouro-Ivan to look after, which is fabulous. Though given how careless and lazy she can be, sometimes it's not clear who's supposed to be looking after whom. :|

(As a side note, there's a different version of Ouro-Lin in my mind where she doesn't join Ouroboros but is simply just a punk kid kicking it around Sternbild. In that case, her cast strength would be very much zero.)

plotting strength: ✭✭✭✭✭
Like her canon counterpart, Ouro-Lin is pretty much up for all the things. In fact, there are some things she's up for that Canon-Lin definitely would not be up for (hello, tazing the shit out of some hapless non-NEXT at the behest of Ouroboros). Of course, on the flip side, there are some things she wouldn't really be up for -- she's a lot less inclined to stick her neck out to help people, for instance, particularly if they're icky non-NEXTs. Still, she's not completely heartless.

Hubert Oswell
Tales of Graces f

muse strength: ✭✭✭✭✭
The really hilarious part is that it was about this time last year that I was contemplating the beginnings of what would become The Five Stages of Falling in Love and going HALP HOW DO I HUBERT THINGS. Then I got around to watching an LP of (English) Graces, realized just how much of a loser he actually was, and then suddenly at least half the fics in Lucetiverse are from his POV. Fancy that. But really, it's his own fault for being so damn fun to write when he is flipping his shit. His manner of speech is also closer to what I've worked with before: it's like this unholy chimera of three different Soraverse characters (Regulus' hardcore attitude and understated front + Baelfael's pedantry + an undercurrent of Shiro's dorkitude). So Hubert's lines are worlds easier for me to write than Pao-Lin's. And because of his personality and backstory, his inner life is, in some ways, more interesting for me to sort through as well.

cast strength: ✭✩✩✩✩
By sheer serendipity, I stumbled across Lizzie's Asbel on a meme and now the two brothers are building a pillow fort. So there you go.

plotting strength: ✭✭✭✭✩
If by "plotting strength" you mean "how many ways can I make Hubert's life awfully awkward"...

likelihood of app: ✩✩✩✩✩
Despite a very strong and confident muse, I don't have any plans to app this guy anywhere. He will be relegated only to memethreads and D&G fics and he will like it, dammit. :|

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