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Tip One: Animal creatingTip One: Animal creating
One of the first things I notice when I look at people’s worlds is that there is often little explanation to why animals are the way they are. One thing we learn when studying animals is that Form always serves Function. This means that whatever strange features you may attribute to your animal MUST have a function towards its survival.
Survival for animals is fundamental, and the reason every live thing on our planet aims to survive is so that they can pass their genes on and continue their line. It is a subconscious instinct that every organism lives by. Therefore three important fundamentals shape an animal’s life: nutrition, reproduction and predation.
Nutrition is the animal’s need to ingest nutrients in order for its body to survive. I won’t go into the details but most organisms must obtain nutrients from their environment and have them broken down into energy by their digestive system – unlike plants, which create their own
Mink: ConstantinopleI have tasted death, and it tastes of brine.
The ship bucked and another wave leapt up the side, lapping at the wooden railing. The smell of salt filled the air and sat on my tongue. I wished I had found a way to travel that didn’t taste like blood.
Sabeen appeared beside me, latching onto the rail and hanging her head over the side. Her scarf had blown back, tendrils of her dark hair escaped the knot on her head and waved to the receding shoreline.
‘I forgot you grew up on boats,’ she said with a faint laugh, still clutching the rail with white knuckled hands.
‘One boat,’ I corrected. Felicity had been my father’s pride and joy, the merchant vessel on which he had sailed the Mediterranean. Keeping a woman on a ship was considered bad luck, but on Felicity I was a mascot, a token of good fortune. It had been my home and my namesake, its crew my family, until Yusuf had offered my father a small fortune for my hand.
I did not look at Sabe
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Write anything that features one or more of the following:
- everything nice
- the phrase "That's not my baby"
Imperator - Chapter 1: ShiftThey call me Valen.
That wasn’t my name always, I used to be someone else, I used to be something else. But that is my past, I try not to remember it, though of course I can never truly forget. I have pushed those memories to the back of my mind, behind dusty shelves, in dark corners. Those muddy memories that were once the best I had, now too painful to look at.
My new name is everything now.
Valen is both who and what I am.
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Chapter 1: Shift
The scent of deer was strong in my nostrils. I slunk forward, belly scraping the damp earth, towards the source of the smell. I could hear them now, their small hooves pressing into the ground, the snap of a frond as a fern was crushed and the lap of tongues against water. I inched closer, carefully.
When they were in sight I paused again, hoping my dark gray fur would be enough to hide me from them. One of the deer twitched an ear, raising her head slightly, I pressed myself deeper into the earth and her wary g
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