This page is a compilation of statements made by Kory herself in the comments or on her Formspring account regarding the Skin Deep universe. All statements here are definitively canon about the world of Skin Deep.
- 1 The Avalons
- 2 Bands
- 3 Characters
- 4 Culture
- 5 History
- 6 Magic
- 7 Medallions
- 8 Species
- 8.1 Inheritance
- 8.2 Monsters in General
- 8.3 Bandersnatches
- 8.4 Centaurs
- 8.5 Dragons
- 8.6 Fauns
- 8.7 Gorgons
- 8.8 Gryphons
- 8.9 Harpies
- 8.10 Hippogriffs
- 8.11 Jabberwockies
- 8.12 Jackalopes
- 8.13 Jub-Jub Birds
- 8.14 Kirins
- 8.15 Kitsune
- 8.16 Mermaids
- 8.17 Minotaurs
- 8.18 Momewraths
- 8.19 Nemean Lions
- 8.20 Nixie/Nokk
- 8.21 Perytons
- 8.22 Rat Kings
- 8.23 Satyrs
- 8.24 Sphinxes
- 8.25 Spirit Animals
- 8.26 Unicorns
- 8.27 Werewolves/Vampires
- 9 Time concept
- Do Avalonian kids go to school? Is there any kind of school in Avalon? Do parents would consider sending their kids to human schools?
- There is an elementary school of sorts in the Liverpool Avalon for kids who are too young for medallions, but most residents attend human schools once they have medallions.
- What are the Elders' role in the Avalon?
- They kinda keep everything under control. They're the closest thing to "leaders" that the community has, and most people obey what they say.
- So are there any Avalon-exclusive celebrities? We've seen monster bands now, so there must be one or two that made it big that the rest of the world has never heard of. (or book writers, or whatever)
- Are you asking if there are popular celebrities that are secretly mythical creatures? Or people that are popular only in the Avalon? Liverpool Avalon is the biggest Avalon, but it is still a pretty small community, where most everybody knows everybody else at least by sight. There are popular people, but nobody is really a "celebrity" (although Jim is pretty infamous in the L.A.). As for mythical creatures that have made it big in the human world, there are several, but since they are hiding as human there's no solid proof of what they are. There is a lot of speculation among Avalon-residents, however.
- I'm wondering about communication between Avalons. Just the occasional traveler? Reliant on human cell phone technology? Complicated magic telecommunication systems?
- Probably cell phones. Those things are magic as far as the Avalon residents are concerned, since most people can remember when communication was a lot more difficult and involved unmarked phone booths outside of the Avalon, or mail delivery to an unassuming location.
- Does Vancouver (BC) have an Avalon, and do I need to ask Sfémonster for directions to it? (I'd guess that's it somewhere in Gastown)
- Most cities of a decent size have an Avalon of some sort! Although the North American Avalons are a lot smaller than European ones, as most mythical creatures hide out in the open wilderness away from most humans.
- Are there any actual humans who are integrated into the mythical world, or vice versa?
- Sure! There are humans that live in Avalons for one reason or another. I don't know what you mean about "vice versa", as mythical people integrating into the human world is kind of what the comic is all about!
- What is the justice system like? And kinda related, was madam U always blind or did she ever wreak havoc on the denizens?
- It's different all over, but for the Liverpool Avalon the government is pretty libertarian in the sense that it functions under a "take care of yourself and do what you want, just don't be a jerk" concept. There is a council of Elders that keeps everything running smoothly and organized, but unless the secrecy of the Avalon is in jeopardy or an obvious injustice is being committed they stay in the background for most of the time.
- Nemean lions are a little different because of the implications that go along with being super strong and invulnerable. Nobody likes a God Moder, so they have a sort of mini-government and all Nemeans must swear an oath to follow Nemean Code (a set of rules designed to curtail violence and collateral damage) and if they break Code there are consequences.
- And Madam U was not always blind, but she doesn't talk much about the days before she lost her eyes, so not much is known.
- Mythical creatures come in all sorts of crazy shapes and sizes. Are there any interesting houses or buildings in the Avalon that are built to accommodate that?
- Yes! While most living spaces are designed around human shapes because it's easiest, there are several places that are designed with non-human shapes in mind. The most common example I can think of are beds, as many mythical creatures prefer to sleep in their natural forms. Jim, for example, normally sleeps on a big floor mattress on the ground, while others could be thought of as elaborate dog-beds (don't call them that, though).
- There are also several buildings in the Liverpool Avalon that have been modified for its flying residents, with balconies or external doors affixed to non-floor-level apartments.
- How common are the Avalons? Would you expect to find one in every major city in the world, or more like a couple per continent?
- There is probably at least a small Avalon (think Eustace's shop) in most large cities, and there are Avalons out in the middle of nowhere isolated from humans. It depends on the number of mythical creatures living in an area. The higher the concentration, the larger the Avalon.
- Roughly how many Avalon's are there in Britain? Roughly how many turned mythical creatures are there compared to humans?
- Because of the enormous size of the Liverpool Avalon most mythical creatures in the UK are centered around there. Larger Avalons aren't really needed and aren't exactly worth the risk of exposure since the L.A. is relatively close by. But there are small Springfield Avalon-sized (Eustace's shop) places in nearly every place with a sizable population (Manchester, Edinburg, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Blackpool, etc). London has a small hidden street-like Avalon that is home to more shops and houses. And then of course there's Wonderland, which is hidden completely off the map and sports a decent population of agoraphobic weirdos. It's hard to tell exactly how many creatures there are compared to humans, but it's safe to say the humans still beat out the mythical population by a substantial margin.
- What are some prominent unmentioned avalons in skin deep?
- There are some sizable ones in New York City, Chicago, and most major cities. The comic will be looking at an Avalon in Arkansas and Oregon eventually.
- Have you made a world map of the Liverpool Avalon? Is it something that you’d be willing to show off?
- I do have a map, but it's mostly for my own purposes and doesn't look pretty at all! A sellable map is just one of the many many projects I have on my plate. You can see a rough 3D render of the whole Avalon here! http://twitpic.com/rsqvm
- I'm looking at the final page of Hello Goodbye, and who's that a statue of in the bottom right corner?
- That would be Phineus the Red, an influential and important figure in the LA's history.
- This might have been asked already but, what do the Boney Kings of Nowhere and the Four Horsemen sound like. What genre(s) would they fit in?
- Most of the time the Boney Kings sound a lot like a mix between Tom Waits, Radiohead, and Led Zeppelin, but sometimes they do not. The Four Horsemen sound like early 90s Seattle threw up all over them, with some punk thrown in for good measure.
Boney Kings of Nowhere
- In Handshakes 35 Paul mentions the Boney Kings of Nowhere, and something about their drummer not staying human. Who is their drummer?
- Their drummer hasn't yet been introduced into the comic as of yet, but he is a hyperactive satyr.
- Who is the drummer for The Boney Kings of Nowhere?
- His name is Silas and he hasn't been properly introduced in the comic yet. He's had a cameo on this page, however:
- He's the black-haired satyr.
- Are Anthony and Blanche in a band? If so, what's their name?
- Their band is called the Police Disco Lights but they also used to busk out in Liverpool singing stupid songs about Ghostbusters and Bambi and when they did that their band was called the Twitterpated Venkmans.
- What are other songs by the Twitterpated Venkmans?
- I consulted with Sfé Monster on these There is No Dana (Only Zuul)
- Everything You Are Doing is Bad (I Want You To Know This)
- Eating Greens is a Special Treat
- Don't Go Into the Meadow
- The Flowers Are Still Standing (But Your Mother is Dead)
- Faline is Fine (Dana is Dreamy)
- I Know You Do Your Own Taxes, Which You Really Shouldn't Do And their best song:
- What does the Skin Deep cast think of the Muppets?
- It is a known fact that Jim and Lorne have Sgt.Floyd and Dr. teeth costumes.
- Eleanor loves Rowlf the Dog and Sweetums.
- Do Anthony and Blanche know Jim and Lorne? I mean they know Jim's cousin and everything.
- Blanche and Jim's parents are friends, so Blanche and Jim know each other, and Blanche is good friends with Jim's cousin Rupert. Although most people in the Avalon know Jim, as he's a pretty distinctive dude and he's hard to miss. Also Jim is loud and obnoxious and people notice him.
- I don't know if you've answered this before, but what voices do you put to each Skin Deep member? Ex. Jim to me sounds like Brian Bedford when he did Robin Hood for Disney. Just answering the main Orientations cast is fine.
- To me Jim sounds a lot like Ringo Starr, but if you gave Disney's Robin Hood a Scouse accent I would say that would be pretty good. Merial's got kind of a scratchy alto voice, kinda sassy I guess. Greg's got a pretty strong Ozarkian accent (words like "stamps" become "stay-yamps" and that sorta thing, wait sorry, "thang") and kind of a tenor pitch, not very low but not super high. Michelle's got a pretty low voice as well, not scratchy like Merial's but not high-pitched by any means.
- Eustace sounds like a higher-pitched Baloo the Bear.
- What does Alec’s voice sound like?
- Most of the time Alec's speaking voice sounds like an English Tom Waits after smoking 40 packs of cigarettes and maybe eating a few rocks. Although if he's not trying to freak you out his voice is more mellow and his singing voice is surprisingly versatile.
- Is Blanche gay? (Even though he denies it?)
- Blanche gives little thought to his sexual orientation and the way he dresses and acts has no correlation to whether or not he prefers dudes or chicks. He's incredibly vain and all he cares about is looking good and blowing his parent's money on accessories.
- Why did Blanche's parents name him that? Were they aware it sounded like a girl's name?
- Blanche's parents will be in the comic eventually and then the his name will not be the strangest thing about the Noir family.
- What form was Blanche born in?
- Deer! Adorable little fawny Blanche.
- Is David a metro sexual?
- I suppose by human standards he would be. Ouzelum birds have different gender norms than humans and creatures that live in primarily human cultures. David looks the way he does because 1) he likes it and 2) he hopes to attract the lady Ouzelums. They're like four-winged dinosaur-y obnoxious birds of paradise.
- Was the singer Pink (a.k.a Alecia Beth Moore) an inspiration for the character of Elise?
- No. If anybody has influenced Elise's look it was Kid Omega from the X-Men comics. Her current look started because I wanted a character with a mohawk and she kinda evolved from there!
The Finn Family
- Is Paul Finn left handed?
- Paul and Jim are both left handed.
- Do James and Mary work anywhere?
- Mary is the primary bread winner of the family. She works from home.
- Is Jim's grandfather still alive?
- No, he is not. Jim's parents didn't have children to fairly late by gryphon standards, so even though Jimothy the Elder lived a long and happy life, he was no longer living by the time his grandchildren were born.
- Greg’s family hates him for being a satyr. But because he doesn’t know who his father is all of the people that hate him must have some sort of satyr genes as well so why are they all so nasty to him?
- It doesn't matter if some of them are unturned satyrs themselves. Greg is different and that means Greg makes them nervous. It's unfortunate, but like real life, rationality doesn't really play into the situation. If Greg hadn't turned then they would all be oblivious to the weirder things in the world, and to them that means they would be happier. It doesn't matter that it's not Greg's fault.
- I hear that most high schools have a no hat policy, and I was wondering how Greg got around this?
- Greg's mother told the school Principal and teachers that Greg had a scalp condition that made his head very sensitive to light exposure, requiring him to wear a hat at all times. Greg lovingly refers to it as his "Scott Summers Excuse".
- How can Greg hear when he's got those ears of his smooshed under his hat?
- His hearing is comparable to a human's when his ears are all shoved into his hats, so it all works out. he normally has very keen hearing when he's not intentionally sabotaging it.
- Are any of your characters skilled with a crossbow?
- Not a crossbow, but when Greg was younger he would go bow hunting when it was the right season. He doesn't do that anymore, though, seeing as he is no longer a meat-eater.
- How does Greg pronounce "bed?"
- With a slight twang. Like "BEE-yed" but not as severe as others from the area might pronounce it.
Greg, Jim, Merial, and Michelle
- A question for the Orientations gang: What kind of music do y'all like to listen to?
- Jim: indie pop, especially the lighter peppier genres like kindercore, neo-psychedelica, lo-fi, psych folk, and all those other super pretentious-sounding late 90s/early 00s indie bands like Junior Senior, Apples in Stereo, The Minders, Sleater-Kinny, and Ben Folds Five. He especially likes music with driving bass tracks, since he plays bass in his own band and thinks it's really "lazy" if the bass line is just something like meters full of quarter or eighth notes.
- Greg: College rock of the late 80s/early 90s, grunge, alternative, indie rock, basically anything produced by a band that puts their sad distraught souls into their music. REM, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel. He very much dislikes poppy "useless" songs that he feels has no meaning other than to sound pretty.
- Merial: Prefers jangly folksy music, preferably from the early 1970s. Joni Mitchell's 'Blue' album, America, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Don McLean, Donovan, and a few more modern artists like Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Devandra Banhart, and Iron and Wine.
- Michelle: I dunno, like oldies, classic rock, and top 40. She's never really "gotten into" music past what her parents used to listen to when she was a kid and what she hears on the radio. This makes Jim and Greg heads spin because they cannot wrap their heads around "not really caring" about music.
- Random question: of the Core Four Orientations gang, who's the best at school?
- Merial, surprisingly.
- What are the Orientations cast studying in college?
- Greg: Creative writing. Merial: Biology. Michelle: Undecided. Jim: nothing because he's a rich tool and he's going back home after a year and this was just a fun little romp for him (see previously: rich tool).
- IKE! Man I'm so excited to see him in a talking role, and I totally have a question that's prolly still a secret, but why's his tail wrapped? C:
- Well considering what manticores usually have on their tails, he's probably doing it for the safety of all around him. ;)
- So let's talk about those creepy human hands on Ike: Are they medallion-induced, for the purpose of fixing the organ? Or are they there because manticores have weird human parts sometimes?
- Ike is only half-manticore, if you remember the conversation between Lorne and Jon from Handshakes. Manticores don't have medallions, and neither does Ike. That all comes from the other side of his family.
- Was Ike's mom raped by a manticore, or did she have a relationship with one that (understandably) went sour? Sorry if it's a bit mature of a question >>.
- The situation is a bit complicated but I'm going to go ahead and say that no raping occurred.
- How did Ike's mother not know Ike's father was a manticore? Wouldn't it have been kind of... obvious?
- If it was obvious she wouldn't have given him the time of day. Sometimes things are complicated.
- Before the curse, Jim's mane in gryphon form was just dark brown? And did it grow too, to a more fluffy mane?
- Jim's always had green hair! But it acted like normal hair until he hit 16, which is also when his proportions got all out of whack. If he didn't have the curse his mane would be dark brown, a shade or two lighter than his brother and father's mane.
- Just had a fantastic May Day (though quite cold at times). This made me interested, does our Missouri gang ever engage themselves into serious partying as any good student will?
- Jim is at any and all Pub crawls, although he is constantly complaining about the American alcohol laws and how they wait until the weekend to celebrate a holiday rather than celebrating them on the day. Although technically none of them are of drinking age yet so don't tell anybody.
- I've noticed that in earlier picture of Jim he's wearing purple glasses but then they sort of disappear. Is this just something you decided to get rid of?
- I used to draw Jim with stupid little purple circle glasses, but that was a long time ago! He doesn't wear those anymore. : )
- How tall is Jim in mid form?
- Mid-form Jim tops out at around 7 feet. I usually never draw him that tall because I keep forgetting how freakin' tall 7 feet is. But he's supposed to be around 7 feet.
- What was Jimothy's reaction when he found out about the age difference in drinking laws from liverpool to the US?
- Disbelief, frustration, and the sudden discovery of a thriving fake I.D. market in college towns.
- How much does Jim know about his curse?
- Not a whole lot at all. Not. At all.
- So what was the mourning after Jim's curse took effect like?
- Lots of confused hair pulling and cutting.
- Also some emergency clothing alterations.
- So does Jim know what the Finn family is guarding, or is that a eldest-brother-only secret?
- He knows, but it's not something he's willing to talk about with non-Finns.
- Seeing Jim hang out in his dorm in his mid-form made me wonder, is it easier or more comfortable to be in that form, or even full form, or does it matter to him and others?
- Jim prefers mid and fullform because he has lived most of his life that way, so when given the chance he usually will not be human. It differs depending on the person in question.
Jim & Lorne
- Since Jim and Lorne dated, would they date other guys, or did they just had a crush on each other?
- It would have to depend on the person. While Lorne is more shy about his emotions and feelings, Jim will gladly blather on and on about his sexual orientation, how he's attracted to personalities over anything physical, and how there isn't really a label for that sorta thing. This is when his brother will usually pipe in and say that the word that describes Jim best is "whore." Jim appreciates that so much, Paul.
Jim, Lorne, & Ike
- What does Jim/Lorne/Ike think about Modern Music?
- Modern music as in music being made right now? They wouldn't be very good music fans if they didn't like modern music! All three are big fans of indy music, but Jim and Lorne lean more towards the rougher, less polished music, while Ike appreciates things like "good production values" and "a guitar that doesn't sound like it was played through a megaphone and then put through a meat grinder."
Jon & Lorne
- Where do Jon and Lorne live?
- In the Avalon! They share a flat!
- Besides killing the Unicorns, What other horrible things did Jon do?
- He smokes a lot and doesn't like gays. Or humans. or monsters. Or anything that makes him uncomfortable in any sorta way.
- Wait, Jon dislike humans? But I though he was born human. Is he that mysanthropic?
- He hasn't identified as or with humans for a very long time.
- Wow, John lost his medallion for *months*? What did he do to pass the time without the ability to speak or use thumbs? I presume he was crankier than usual.
- He wandered around the streets and was generally cranky, yes.
- (I hope you haven't answer this already...) Why did Merial's pants split when she first tranformed into a Nixie, yet Michelle's pants just disappear/reappear?
- Merial's turning was different than Michelle's! : ) I can't say too much about it, but Merial's turning didn't have anything to do with a medallion, and the medallion is responsible for handling clothing.
- So...if Merial randomly turned into a nixie, then which one of her parents is a magical creature?
- Neither of them want to figure out which one is the nixie/nokk.
- How does Merial feel about pet fish would she ever have one? How does she feel about eaing raw fish like sushi, or if she was hungry and out swiming would she ever consider eating one of the local fish?
- Merial is a fish-eater. She'd have no problem eating fish. She eats a lot of fish, and actually prefers raw fish. Fish eat other fish, that's how it goes!
- It seems like so much of Michelle's characterization is her reaction to her new circumstances. What was she like before all this went down? (other than, as mentioned on page 1, having few friends)
- Pretty meek and insecure. A bookworm. A late-bloomer? She was very unsure of herself and of the future.
- Does Michelle feel the need to spout riddles?
- No more than anyone else.
- How common are the cases of Magical Creatures chosing to live as humans? (Assuming there are any)
- It depends on the region. If you live in a place with good-sized Avalons or an active mythical culture you tend to want to be a part of that. If you live in the middle of nowhere with no humans around there's a good chance you will also live as whatever creature you are. But if you live in a town with no Avalon it is simply easier to "go into hiding" as a human. Some people choose it simply because it is the easiest way to live day to day without the constant fear of discovery.
- Have magical creatures ever had any embarrassing accidents, bad publicity stunts or unwise press releases?
- Well if you open any tabloid I am sure you can find one or two articles about something that probably shouldn't have gotten out into the general public. Luckily for the mythical community, most humans are pretty dense.
- What would happen if the general human population found out about the mythical population? Think chaos would ensue? Or would they live happily ever after? Or would it turn into an X-men rip off? xD
- That's a topic of heated debate in the mythical community! Many people are tired of hiding and would like to just come out and live freely in the world, but others view humanity as hostile and willing to attack anything that is different, and are terrified of what would happen if they went public. Some don't want anything at all to do with humans, and still others just don't care. Naturally, there's a pretty big rift between the people who want to go public and the people who want to stay hidden. : )
- What happens if a Nemean Lion refuses to swear the oath to follow the Nemean Code?
- If the lion in question were unturned he/she would be refused a medallion and never allowed to turn. If he/she was already a lion then it's trickier, but if the lion is completely unreasonable he/she runs the chance of being made to comply through brute force. People don't like to take chances when violent super strong indestructible lions are involved.
- Are there cases of Creatures revealing their true natures to their human significant others? How many of those humans don't run away in panic?
- If the individual in question doesn't [want] to 100% live as a human forever and they super trust their significant other they will usually tell them. However if the goal is to totally forget about their mythical side they won't tell a [soul] about their nature.
- Is it more common for Avalon natives in Liverpool to find a mate within the limited magical community, or is it more common to branch out into the larger selection in the human population (if they have the fortune of owning a medallion)?
- It depends on the individual. It's certainly easier to find a partner when you don't have to hide a huge secret about yourself, but it's not at all unusual for Avalon members to find human significant others (although usually these relationships don't last terribly long). Monsters tend to stick with their own kind, if they are lucky enough to find another one of their species, and it's very uncommon for monsters to find human partners (with the exception of a few species, where it seems to happen a little more often).
- There hasn’t been much romance in the comic so far. Is it that those storylines just haven’t come into play yet or will it never feature prominently in the story?
- There will be romance, but I'm not sure if it will ever be the focus of the story. There's a special balance I'm trying to find that will allow me to depict sentient creatures in love without it having any sort of squicky aftertaste, and I am finding that this is much more difficult than I thought it would be.
- But there are a few characters whose personal stories rely very much on romantic plot threads, so it will feature in the future.
- Satyrs are male-only, but they commonly pair up with female fauns, right? (Or can they pair up with whomever they like?) What would be the male equivalent of a harpy? (As in, how are more harpies made?)
- It works the same way all interspecies relationships work! Satyrs traditionally pair up with fauns and nymphs, and harpies pair up with whomever they can. If a harpy and a satyr got together, their daughters would be harpies and their sons would be satyrs.
- Considering we've seen angels and gorgons and other long-lived creatures, just how *long* ago was the Dragon/Sphinx war that no one remembers the details? :)
- A long time ago! The general consensus is that it happened sometime in the 1200s. Angels and other long-lived species are kinda weird and the species that are old enough to remember what happened usually do not associate with the rest of the mythical world.
- Is Michelle capable of doing magic in her human form? Similarly, if Sam was able to turn into a reverse griffin, would he be able to do magic as a griffin?
- Magic isn't restricted by your form! It's just that non-natural magic (natural being inherent magic that some species have, like nixies being able to manipulate water or transform their legs) is incredibly hard and dangerous to do, and naturally magical creatures just don't see a need to put forward the energy and potential danger necessary to learn magic. Sorcerer's are usually humans, just because humans don't have any sort of natural magic and if they want to do any sort of magic they have to learn it the hard way.
- If Sam was able to finally turn like he wants, he would still know magic, since he took the time to learn it. :)
- What other sorts of things can magic be used for, aside from medallions and mysterious holes in the ground?
- If you are skilled enough magic can be used for nearly anything! But magic is super hard and dangerous and most people don't do it at all and instead rely on their own natural magical abilities. This is why there are so few sorcerers around, and why most sorcerers are humans.
- Are all humans capable of magic? What about mythical creatures?
- Magic is an incredibly hard thing to do, and as much as it amuses Jack and Royce, it has a high failure rate. Many mythical creatures have natural magical abilities and don't see the point in risking your life learning something that's so difficult and not very rewarding. Anyone can do magic, but you have to be super dedicated to it to make it work the way you want. Basically you have to have a really good reason to want to go through that.
- Do you have a sense of just how many hidden mythicals exist in the Skin Deep universe? It's obviously a tiny number, but are we talking a few hundred in the world, few thousand, tens of thousands?
- It's not all that tiny of a number, but it's not huge either. I would say maybe a couple million, in total, maybe more. That seems like a large number, but when you compare it to 7 billion humans, they're a pretty small minority!
- How did you decide which species to give medallions and which species to have as "monsters"? Was it mostly random or did you have story reasons?
- Some of it is random but the general rule is "If it is from European/Middle Eastern descent and has a mostly benign reputation, it has a medallion." It's a little more complex than that, but that is the basic rule!
- When were the medallions created? Was it BCE or CE? And when around did mythical creatures have to go into hiding? I ask because I may or may not be thinking about doing a short fan comic about ancient Mesopotamian creatures. :)
- The medallions were created in the CE. :)
- You've said that the art of medallion-making is lost, right? Does that mean there's only a certain amount of medallions out there?
- Yes, there are a finite amount of medallions around. That doesn't mean they're terribly scarce (a lot were made originally), but they are not being made anymore.
- In the skindeep world what are most medallions made of?
- Various things! Copper, iron, bronze, various other metals. Some are carved from special stone or even ivory.
- Do things like physical strength remain constant whatever for a creature is in? For example, given bugbears are huge in full form are they quite strong in human form?
- If a person is unturned (say, an unturned nemean lion) they will be stronger and more resilient than a human, but not in a way that is immediately noticeable to other humans.
- Do medallions suppress the natural instincts of someone who is unturned or in human form? I'm pretty sure I remember seeing Eustace mention dealing with "new" instincts.
- Medallions seem to suppress instincts for Unturned people, probably by design as to not raise suspicion. Creatures that have been Turned or born as creatures don't seem to be effected by medallions while human, however.
- Are there any medallion types that are particularly uncommon? You've said that there were a lot of them made back in the day, so scarcity isn't a problem, but are there any creature-specific medallions that, say, they only have a hundredish of, total?
- There aren't a lot of Jubjub Bird medallions, or many of any creature native to Wonderland that has a medallion. There are a few non-Western creatures that have medallions, but there are far fewer of them than Western creatures.
- Can any animals see trough medallion illusions?
And are there any other medallions exept human ones?
- There are only human medallions. And some animals might be able to tell that something is up, but it depends.
- Why can young people not get their medallions (for example, why didn't Jim and Lorne get their medallions when their brothers had one)?
- Young kids are generally not mature enough to handle the concentration and skills needed to properly control a medallion, so they're usually not given one until they are about 10 years old (or an equivalent age for a species that ages differently).
- How old is one supposed to be when they get medallions?
- The minimum age is "around ten" or whatever comparable age ten years would be for a creature that doesn't age at the same rate as humans. Any younger and the kid would have trouble controlling the spell, as it takes a certain degree of concentration that younger children just don't have.
- How do creatures who live longer and age slower than others, live among humans and with medallions disguising them?
- Unturned creatures who are born, live, and truly believe they are humans will live a normal human life span. However, creatures merely living disguised as humans will live normal lifespans for their species. It's a little psychosomatic, possibly linked to the medallion's spell, but nobody knows for sure how it works.
- How do creatures who live longer than regular humans stay hidden in human form? Also what happens when one of these creatures is in a situation like Michelle and never find out they are under the medallion's illusion spell?
- Um. Magic. For unturned mythical creatures they will live their lives 100% as a human. Also because of magic.
- So it would appear that a medallion can look like just about anything, regardless of what species it can code for. Does the owner of the medallion have any control over that? Can they be custom-shaped?
- The owner has no control over what their medallion looks like because all the medallions are antiques. They can do some custom work on them by incorporating the medallion into other things (Jon's medallion is set into the back of his bolo tie, for example), but you can't change the shape of the medallion or else you'll risk destroying the magic in it.
- Do the scratched and beat-up medallions have some weird effects sometimes like Greg's medallion?
- No, a piece of the medallion has to be missing completely for he spell contained within to start screwing up. There's a small chunk missing out of Myra's medallion which causes her eye to stay permanently bugbeary, and Greg's is missing almost it's whole right side. Scratches aren't enough to cause any major problems.
- If a Gryphon, puts on a jacket while in human form, then turns midform causing jacket to form slits for wings to poke through, then takes the jacket off, what happens? Does the slits for the wings stay or does the jacket return to normal?
- The jacket has slits in it for wings because the jacket was specially made for people with wings! That is why Michelle had to rip up all her shirts if she wanted to wear them while she was a sphinx. The magic that makes the wearer appear normal is the same magic that makes the wearer's modified clothes appear normal (example: The stems on Lorne's glasses are specially shaped to fit around his higher-up ears, but when he is human they look like normal glasses).
- If Jim was human and took off a shirt or jacket that had been specially modified to fit around his wings, that shirt or jacket would lose the spell as soon as it left his physical body and appear the way it really is. For the reason nobody really does this when they are around humans.
- This is also why Jim'm midform does not have wings in the Exchanges arc. He wanted to wear that jacket but that jacket had not been modified for his wings, and if it had been modified it would have "ruined it" for Jim. He suffers for fashion.
- If some part of the mythical creature is injured during its fullform (like a wing or tail), how will the creature feel it in it's human form?
- I would imagine that would be something that would vary from person to person depending on how well they could use their medallions.
- How do missing limbs work with the medallions? For instance, if you're a creature that, say, has only one set of legs, and you lost an arm, would that affect your fullform? Or vice versa?
- When you say "only one set of legs" do you mean they have no arms at all? Jim's dad has had his wings and half his tail amputated, but since humans don't have wings or tails it doesn't effect the way his human form looks. But if he had lost an arm instead of his wings, his human form would probably be armless.
- So when a person gets their medallion for the first time, I mean for girls - do they just get a standard length of hair when they are human for the first time? Boys just have short hair? Of whatever length? Just curious. Am I making sense?
- The human disguise a medallion creates depends on a lot of factors, including unconscious decisions made by the medallion wielder. If a child believes that they will have long hair it is most likely that the first time they use a medallion their hair will be long. Skilled medallion users are aware of this sort of thing and can use it to affect their human appearance, but that takes a hell of a lot of skill.
- Do any physical creature-abilities carry over to the disguised illusion human-form? What I'm really asking is: Could Michelle star in a remake of Over the Top?
- I don't know what Over the Top is, but physical abilities do not carry over between forms, be it human traits or mythical creature traits. Jim can't fly unless his wings are visible, for example.
- If a mythical creature were killed while in midform, and the medallion taken away after death, what would happen to the body? Would the illusion go away?
- The illusion is designed to stay in place when full human, so if a disguised creature died they wouldn't reveal themselves. Midform, however, usually reverts to fullform. Because at that point who cares.
Transfer of Medallions
- So can people willingly give one their medallion while stile alive, (like, a poor family) and transfer the magic, therefor, say, turning their kid? And then the parent reverting to their true form, would that happen?
- Yes! But there are rules. Many grandparents will willingly give up their medallions for one of their grandchildren, especially if the grandparent has no plans of ever entering human society again. However, once a medallion is given up, that person cannot use another medallion. So, for example, if Greg gave up his medallion, he could not get a new, non-broken medallion. So giving up a medallion is a very serious decision.
- And if one can willingly transfer a medallion, what if an unturned person accidentally touched someone else's, of the same species, medallion? Would the medallion turn them, become bound to them, and leave the former owner without a medallion?
- No, only one person can use a medallion at a time. A medallion can only be used by a second person if the first person willingly gave it up. Magic! Full of stupid rules!
- I've been wondering about the medallions. Once someone uses one is it bonded to them until they die (which it seems to be) or can a family all use one? So, for example, could Colin steal Jim's and goof off with it? I'm a curious beastie. :)
- If a medallion is currently being used by one person, it can't be used by others. Also, if you are currently using a medallion, you can't use another one! Medallions can be voluntarily given up and given to someone who does not have one, but if you're a poor schmo like Greg who could benefit from a new medallion you are out of luck, because you already have a medallion. And you can't give up a medallion in favor of a new one, it won't work that way.
- In short: Magic!
- To a mythical in the human world, what sorts of clues (behavior, traits, ancestry, etc.) would make them suspect that their "human" friends may actually be unturned? Do such things exist for people with no awareness of their species?
- There are certain behavioral cues that can tip off an observant and knowledgeable person that a human could be unturned, but there's not like a standard list or anything. Most of the time it's guesswork and hunches, although the Nemean lions in the LA have gotten pretty good at noticing one of their own in the wilds of humanity. It's a big debate among mythical intellectuals over how much of one's behavior is dictated by a species' innate nature and instincts and how much of it is a result of the individual's personality. It's kind of the nature/nurture issue, only with monster people.
- Let's say someone hasn't turned yet and they get their leg amputated. If the first thing their medallion touches is the severed leg, would it transform? If they touch their medallion would the leg transform as well?
- Ew this is a super gross question. I'm gonna say no to this. Medallions only work on living beings (or parts). Otherwise you could, like, turn corpses and stuff and that's kinda gross.
- Okay so, medallions can't be used to turn someone unless they are currently being unused or are willingly given up, correct? But even still, how is a medallion deemed as "unused"?
- Because magic is how! Honestly, medallion magic is weird and complex, even by magic standards. It's hard to explain adequately.
- Alec's comments about possibly unturned bugbears made me wonder, do some (or all) species have personalities or abilities that bleed through the unturned? Like an unturned bugbear being able to find lost items unusually well? Or just being grumpy?
- Kind of sort of. Unturned Nemean Lions are usually pretty resilient to injury, there aren't a whole lot of unturned bugbears (despite what Alec may say), some water-based unturned creatures might show an affinity for the water, and some unturned creatures may not exhibit any sort of "tell" that would clue others into their species.
- What species can and can't talk in fullform?
- Technically a great number of species can't speak human tongues in fullform and use medallion magic to be able to communicate. Elise could probably talk in fullform if she took the time to practice, but she's not the greatest at her medallion and hasn't figured that out yet.
- Are there any non-sentient magical creatures?
- There are a few, but not many.
- Are there ways of telling what an unturned beastie is? Or is it all guess-and-test?
- There are some hints, like your race and family history; People of English descent have a smaller chance of being a Greek creature, for example. But mostly it is a huge guessing game.
- What sort of mythical creatures only come in a restricted colour selection? (i.e. It looks like Bugbears only appear in black or dark colours)
- Not entirely sure what you're asking, actually! Most lion critters come in tawny lion colors (except for Bohemian lions, which are silver). This is like asking "what sort of living creatures on earth only [come] in a restricted color selection?" Or maybe I'm reading your question wrong! :)
- Are some certain mythical creatures specific to living in certain areas of the world? (such as kappas in Japan, or other creatures living in the origin of their myths) sorry for my bad english!
- Sure! Just as you would be more likely to find Italians in Italy, you're more likely to find Greek mythical creatures in Greece, or Japanese mythical creatures in Japan. That doesn't mean that you can't find a fu-dog outside of China, but you'd have a better chance of seeing one if you went to their region of origin.
- So, mythical creatures with natural magical abilities: Do they still have to learn and practice how to use them, or is it like birds and flying, such that all they really need is a good shove and then it comes naturally?
- Everything takes practice! They might discover their magical abilities on their own, but they need to train (either training themselves or having others teach them) to reach their full potential, just like any other ability or talent!
- How many/which of the mythical creatures in SD are your design/not exactly what were in the textbooks? Were there any that were created by friends or fans?
- The poster child for original designs would be Eleanor and bandersnatches! They have nothing to do with the brief description Carroll gave of them. Most creatures have been changed a little to fit into Skin Deep better, such as Nemean lions being mostly maneless, or Opinici being maned gryphons. Sheana Molloy discovered bugbears and decided to make them bear-shaped instead of the more popular goblin shape, and then we both added a lot more details onto them that aren't found in the myth. Sfé Monster came up with the Jub-Jub Bird design, and there are many many other examples that I won't list here or else this answer would take up a whole page! Just assume that most creatures in Skin Deep, while heavily based in myth, have something about them that makes them uniquely Skin Deep. : )
- Are all creatures magical? Or there are some mundane, plain, boring ones aside from humans?
- Gryphons don't have any specific magical abilities, and neither do satyrs, for the most part. There are several mythical creatures that don't have any magical powers, and it would take a long time to list them all!
- Are certain mythical creatures only available to those of certain ethnicities?
- Since certain mythical creatures come from certain geographical locations, you usually have to have at least a little bit of that in your background. You can't really be a Grecian sphinx unless one of your ancestors were Greek, after all.
- Do hoofed critters have more difficulty walking on slippery surfaces, like say, a linoleum floor?
- Probably. Maybe they wear little rubber booties! I know Elise has those horseshoes made for city horses on, so maybe those protect against slipping.
- How do the aquatic mythical creatures deal with things? Do they have there own underwater Avalon? Do they use magic to bestow the capacity to breathe air?
- Strictly aquatic mythical creatures probably don't need avalons because humans don't really live in the ocean. There are chunks of the ocean that haven't even been explored yet, so maybe they live there.
- Is it possible for the child of a human and a (non-single-gendered) creature to be a human?
- Yes, but it doesn't happen all that often. Usually the mythical creature side of the family is dominant.
- I noticed that the Finns have two different beak types that don't follow the species. Is this an example of traits from a parent getting passed to their child, despite the species not being that of the parent?
- If you are talking about how Jim has his mother's beak even though his mother is technically a different species, then yes! Maned gryphons and common gryphons are similar enough where that sorta thing can happen without much fuss.
- Greg's case (his mother's father is a Satyr, so he is one) is common in Magic terms? The opposite sex child of Single-Gendered species can pass the magic genes to their offspring?
- It's not common, but it's been known to happen with single-gendered species, especially when humans are involved.
- Say we have a Common Gryphon who's parents were a Nemean Lion and a Common Gryphon, and they have a child with another Common Gryphon. Would it be possible for the child to be a Nemean Lion since its grandparent was one?
- While it's not unheard of, it's usually very rare. The scenario you described is usually only seen in couples involving humans or single-gender species. Example: Greg's mother is human, but his grandfather is a satyr. It's incredibly uncommon when humans aren't part of the equation.
- The kid of creature and a human is the creature disguised as a human. Is that always the case or depends on the species of the mother?
- That's the case most of the time. Critter trumps human, mostly. Unless you have something like a satyr married to a human and they have a daughter. That usually means the daughter will be human.
- Although with cases like that it is not uncommon that the human daughter can have a satyr son. Greg's mom (and presumably his father) are humans, and Greg inherited all this crap from his satyr grandfather.
- Satyrs are exclusively male, right. Good now if a satyr has kids with a human all the boys are satyrs and the girls human? Or could the girls be satyrs provided that they turn male?
- Gender-swapping is not a common occurrence in the Skin Deep world. If, for some reason, the daughter of a satyr somehow turned into a male, there is little chance that he would suddenly become a satyr as well.
- Unturned dilute something has a kid with unturned dilute something else. Would their kid just turn into whatever medallion they ran into first?
- Nah. The kid would be an unturned something or other, and it would be a tossup as to which.
- If a female only, egg laying, mythical creature did not know the sex of their child, and decided to give birth in their true form, and the baby is male and fathered by a human, what would happen? Magic egg with mammal surprise?
- They'd be born in an egg since that's how the mother's biology works. Example: Mary Finn is a common gryphon, which lay eggs. Jim, Paul, and Colin Finn are maned gryphons which are usually born live, but because Mary is the mother they were hatched. tl;dr - it goes however I feel like it should go WAIT I MEAN MAGIC.
Monsters in General
- What do you mean with "if they are lucky enough to find another one of their species"- are monsters usually on their own or what?
- There aren't a lot around and unless they live in a huge Avalon it is hard to find other members of their species. Isolated monsters tend to stay isolated because of how difficult it is for them to move around undetected.
- So Kory, I'm a bit miffed about the monster thing. Will the by-definition monsters have medalions in the future? I mean, does the magical community have the ability to?
- There's nothing the magical community can do. If there aren't medallions for certain species there aren't medallions for them. They can't conjure them out from nowhere. :)
- Why is it that some of the mythological creatures don't have or are not allowed medallions? Or will that be answered eventually in the comic?
- It's not really known in the community why some have medallions and some don't. It's usually the "nastier" creatures that do not have medallions, like gorgons, harpies, manticores, chimeras, lamias, etc, so some are of the opinion that those species weren't worthy of them. The true reason isn't known, however, as it was lost the same time the knowledge of how to make medallions was lost.
- I think maybe (don't quote me on this) what Floppybelly was asking was why some species have medallions and some don't. That is to say, why is there a divide between "Monsters" and everyone else?
- Not every species has a medallion, so monsters are kind of out of luck if they can't disguise themselves naturally. It's not clear why some species don't have medallions (whether it was intentional or that those species just weren't around when medallions were being made), but there seems to be a stigma in the mythical community against monsters (see Jon's reaction to Lorne's friend Ike, for example), as a lot of people are under the impression that monsters are just not "worthy" of medallions, so there's a bit of a divide.
- So are monsters rare? Is there any of them in danger of extinction?
- Monsters are fairly rare. It is not known if any of them are in danger of extinction, though.
- Are there way's to disguise one's for (like a monster) besides a medallion? And do medallions for a race work on other genders of the gender specific race?
- Medallions are by far the easiest way with the least amount of effort or sacrifices. Other methods tend to have Little Mermaid-esque prices and consequences. Other sexes being born into a typically single-sex race tend to be mistakes, and mistakes can't typically use medallions.
- If Bandersnatches are monsters what are they afraid of having under their beds or in their closets when they are kids?
- But bandersnatches don't have beds! As an arboreal species they primarily sleep hanging from tree limbs. They're also not fond of water.
- You have an ilustration of a non-sentient Bandersnatch. Is that for ilustration purposes or there are really non-sentient bandersnatches?
- What do you mean by non-sentient bandersnatch? All my bandersnatches are sentient. I've drawn a few without clothing, if that's what you mean. That's how bandersnatches usually look, it's just that Eleanor is a weirdo and thinks she'd fit in better if she wore clothes.
- How did your Bandersnatches come to be what they are today? And, in another poem by Lewis Carroll, it says that Bandersnatches have snapping jaws, can run really fast, and extend their necks, but Eleanor can't seem to have those features.
- Eleanor doesn't have those features because when I made up Eleanor I hadn't read that poem! Eleanor started off as a non-Skin Deep character in an RP collaboration set in Wonderland. She was born out of my frustration at the time that all of my characters were based off existing descriptions of mythical creatures, and I really wanted a monster that I could say was 100% my creation. So I shoved a bunch of my favorite things together and out popped Eleanor!
- Since Bandersnatches breath fire is their fur fireproof in case they sneezed on themselves?
- No they just have to be careful.
- Are Centaurs able to walk after just being born?
- Hmm. Maybe. I haven't really thought about newborn centaurs. To be able to stand they'd have to be much more developed than human newborns, which means they would be born at like a toddler age. Which would be weird. Need to think about it.
- When a centaur eats, where is the food digested? Do centaurs have human and horse digestive systems?
- Centaurs have two stomachs. They are herbivores, however. They also have two hearts.
- So wait, if centaurs have two of every organ, then is food digested twice?
- Think of it as being similar to a cow stomach. There are multiples. Also magic is involved because damn if that crazy thing didn't evolve naturally.
- Do centaurs stumble around when first using a medallion?
- Is it common for centaurs to be ridden?
- You don't want to try to ride a centaur unless you know them well or you were specifically asked to hop on. It's rude otherwise (just as it would be rude to jump on someone's back if you didn't know who the hell they were).
- I noticed you had said Eastern Dragons, were/ are different from the Western. Does this mean Easterns can have a human guise if they wish or are they stuck in their natural apperence?
- Most Asian creatures, like Native American and African creatures, seem to have more magical properties than most Western species. Because of this a great deal of them aren't confined to a single physical body and can take most any shape that suits them. Spirit animals, eastern dragons, fu dogs, ki-rin, tengu, etc are all masters of illusionary magic.
- Hello! Do the dragons come in different types or are they all red easterny dragons like Bloodcarver?
- Eastern dragons are alive and kicking, and it is only what is commonly called "Western" dragons that have been wiped out. Eastern dragons are completely different from western dragons and only share a passing resemblance to each other. And Western dragons have been said to come in many different shapes and sizes.
- Kinda confused here... you say that Western dragons died out, while Eastern dragons 'like the Bloodcarver' still live. But Bloodcarver looks like a western-style dragon to me, and is identified as a "Western Fire Dragon" in his bio. Which variety died?
- I never said Bloodcarver was an eastern dragon (a person asking a question mentioned that, but they are mistaken). Bloodcarver is a western dragon. Honestly, eastern dragons have very little in common with western dragons.
- What, in your comic, is the difference between Satyrs like Greg and Fauns.. If there is a difference at all, that is?
- Satyrs are half-goat while fauns are half-deer! Also, satyrs are a male-only race, but fauns include both male and females. : ) Also, personality-wise, fauns are generally calmer and less rambunctious than satyrs, but all are fond of alcohol and dancing.
- You've prolly answered this already, but: In your universe, are there just the 3 Gorgons? Or is there an entire race of Gorgans (all female or mixed)? I's curious!
- Gorgons are a species, so there are more than three! They are all female, however. : )
- I noticed on the shiny new cast page Jim's parents were both born around the turn of the century, and most of their kids were born in the 70's-80's. Question being, how long do gryphons generally live? Would Jim's parents be considered middle-aged?
- Gryphons live about twice as long as humans (generally). Mary and James are nearing 100, but in "people years" they are around 50-60. They grow up quickly, aging at about the same rate as humans until they hit their mid-late 20s when their aging starts to slow.
- What is the average age for a Gryphon to learn to fly?
- Anywhere from 11 to 14 depending on the person.
Opinicus (Maned Gryphon)
- "Maned" is only a nickname for opinici because the males sport manes. Females, like lionesses, do not have manes. They have a more feline body than common gryphons. This includes live births over eggs, although that's not really important at all.
- About your opinicus: I've mostly read opinici were portrayed in heraldry as being mostly lion-bodied, four lion feet, a plain eagle head with no ears, a camel tail, and optional wings. Just a bit curious about the deviation from the myth here.
- I use the "opinicus" name mostly in regards to the four lion feet, which, in Skin Deep, is unique to maned gryphons among the gryphon subspecies. It was a much fancier name than "maned gryphon" so I decided to use it instead.
- Which types of harpies are there?
- There are four known subspecies of harpies! Allelian, Okepetian, Podargian, and Celeanian! The comic has mentioned that the defining characteristic of Allelian harpies is that they have wing arms, and we haven't met/heard of any other type yet!
- Are harpies generally nice? Is there any creature that actually live up to their reputation?
- Harpies and manticores, the two most populous "monsters", are generally pretty foul-tempered creatures. There are many exceptions, however. Whether the bad temperament comes from being treated poorly all their lives (most people just assume that manticores and harpies are bad news), or if they are naturally inclined to be nasty is up to debate.
- Google yields no such thing as "Allelian Harpy." Are there different kinds of harpies in Skin Deep? What are they, and what do they look like?
- The different species of harpy are named after the names of the original harpies: Ocypete, Aello, Podarge, and Celaeno. The different harpy species come from the different ways harpies have been portrayed in mythology. The comic mentions that the main distinguishing feature of Allelian harpies is that they have wing arms instead of human arms with wings on their back.
- Are Hippogryphs their own species on skin deep or do they fall under the category of pygmy gryphon?
- They're their own species. :D
- Do Jabberwockies exist in SD?
- Yes they do! Hopefully one day I'll have the opportunity to draw one in the comic!
- How big are Jackalopes?
- The size of normal jackrabbits.
- What are the things on top of Rupert's head?
- They are prehensile horns! Don't ask me how they work, he's from Wonderland.
- Is the Kirin/quilin considered a unicorn? Why is it you chose not to add Uni's to the world?
- Kirin's are an entirely different animal from unicorns! The only reason they are referred to as "Asian Unicorns" is because European explorers thought they kinda sorta looked like European unicorns. :) And I never said that unicorns didn't exist in the past! They just don't exist anymore.
- Are Kitsunes a species in SD or was it just for a commission?
- They're present in Skin Deep. They are mostly seen in Japan.
- Are there mermaids in the Skin Deep world? Or would Nixies and Nokks be considered the SD version of mermaids?
- There are mermaids, yes! I just haven't shown any in Skin Deep yet because I like Nixies and Nokks better. The biggest difference is that mermaids don't have the shapeshifting or elemental powers that nixies do. Also they aren't blue/green.
- I saw the maze in the Liverpool Avalon, and I was wondering if minotaurs were ever living/are still existing in the Skin Deep world?
- Minotaurs exist, but not in that maze! That is just a plain ol' hedge-maze.
- Is there any kind of asexual creature in Skin Deep?
- Sure! For example, momewraths are an asexual species.
- How long can Nemean lions live naturally?
- They typically live about twice as long as human beings. Some live longer, some have shorter life spans, it depends on the individual. : )
- Since a nokk is a male nixie, would a nokk's daughters be nixies, and a nixie's sons be nokks? Or are they two separate species?
- Nokks and nixies are usually treated as separate species, but they're actually the same species with some pretty distinct sexual differentiation. So a nixie can have nokk children even if the father is not a nokk, and the other way around.
- Why did Merial transform without a medallion?
- She didn't! Nixies have the ability to shapeshift their tails into legs naturally. She needs the medallion to appear human, however.
- How long do Nokk have before turning into flesh eating beasts? If there is a chance that a person will turn into a Nokk when given a medallion do some opt to stay unturned?
- They got a good 50 years give or take before their brains start to go fuzzy. Some human-borns do opt to stay human, although they still go a little off the deep-end (although without the flesh-eating monster part).
- Are mermaids always wet?
- I have yet to portray it accurately in the comic because I'm terrible, but when Merial has legs she is always a little soggy. The human disguise the medallion gives masks that up, though. But when she is blue she is never fully dry.
- Are there going to be more perytons in the series? I love Perytons. Perytons are awesome. PERYTOOONNNSSS.
- Well, Blanche's mother is a peryton, so there will be perytons when we see her. : )
- How common are perytons?
- Not super uncommon, but not as common as satyrs and gryphons (in England, anyway).
- Can there be rat kings in skin deep? 8D
- Certainly! But they probably wouldn't be sentient. Just a big gross ball of disgusting rats. Awww yeaaah.
- Does Greg have goat eyes?
- No he does not. Most satyrs do, however, have goat eyes.
- What, in your comic, is the difference between Satyrs like Greg and Fauns.. If there is a difference at all, that is?
- Satyrs are half-goat while fauns are half-deer! Also, satyrs are a male-only race, but fauns include both male and females. : ) Also, personality-wise, fauns are generally calmer and less rambunctious than satyrs, but all are fond of alcohol and dancing.
- Are there any other sphinxes besides Michelle?
- There used to be lots of Sphinxes before the Great War! But currently the only known sphinx is Michelle, and even then, she is only known to a very small population.
- So how rare of Sphinx medallions in the story universe? Michelle got hers in a special way, but would, say, Madame U have some in her shop, available for purchase for purely ironic/nostalgic reasons by non-sphinxes?
- Madam U probably has one or two in her shop.
- Can there be "Sprit animal" creatures, for any animal species? Or are there only creatures that are depicted in ancient cultures?
- Usually Spirit Animals are animals native to the areas that have myths about spirit animals. Mostly it is confined to North and South American animals. Africa has a lot too, but they are usually called by something else. Europe and Asia don't have a lot, but usually that is because what some people would call "spirit animals" are actually other mythical creatures that are mistaken for spirit animals.
- I saw in one of the Orientations-Avalon pages that there was a spirally horn labeled "alicorn." You've mentioned before that there are no unicorns, but alicorn is the name for unicorn horn. What's up with that?
- I never said that there didn't used to be unicorns.
- Are Unicorns really extinct or as extinct as Sphinxes?
- The general consensus among the mythical community is that there are no unicorns. : D
- Everyone thought dragons and sphinxes were gone, and you've implied that unicorns are extinct. Any nonspoilery other critters that are no more in your setting?
- Vampires and werewolves have never existed as anything more than rumors and fairy tales. Sorry, Twilight fans. :(
- Now that you mention werewolves and vampires not being present...are there any other mythical critters that can 'infect' normal people? Are they missing from the setting, too, for plot reasons?
- I haven't really thought too much about it! I didn't pick "no vampires/no werewolves" because of their infectious nature, I mostly made the decision because they are just too danged popular and I didn't really want them in the comic (it's the same reason you won't see a lot of elves or trolls or goblins or fairies running around, you can go to a billion other stories for those).
- I'm re-reading Homecoming and that 'November 2004' is hitting me really hard. As the comic progresses, the characters are getting more and more far away, time-wise. It seems like it will become a problem at some point?
- Hah hah, I think it would be harder if I tried to keep it "present day" with the overarching story I want to tell. It took me three years to tell a story that takes place over a single day, so it's just a thing that's going to happen with the comic. All the characters have set birthdates and there are set events in time where things effect said characters, and keeping everything ambiguous for the sake of having the comic take place "in real time" will screw up those dates.
- It's the same reason Harry Potter takes place in the early 90s, haha. At some point with a story like this, you gotta pin things down, dates-wise, and I pinned Skin Deep down in 2004 so that's when the action starts.