What sort of relationships occur between the different types of Sleeping denizens? Which ones can reproduce sexually, and what are the others' attitudes towards love, sex and partnerships? Can any of them interbreed with one another, or with creatures from the Waking Realms?
GOD THIS IS SUCH A BROAD QUESTION, I’m not sure I can answer this fully just because there are so many different creatures and individuals and ways they interact. IT’S LIKE ASKING ME TO NAME ALL THE WAYS RELATIONSHIPS CAN VARY IN EVERY TYPE OF LIVING CREATURE IN THE AMERICAS.
Anyway, we’ll separate the Sleeping Realms into three parts, north, central, and south. The north are the fae kingdoms, and involve a variety of fairy creatures. Elves, sprites, dryads, naiads, centaurs, fauns, phooka, brownies, etc. etc. The central part belongs to goblins. The monsters are technically in the central part too, but they’ll be categorized with those in the south just for convenience’s sake- So the south would contain monsters, ghouls, and spectres.
Though there are exceptions and this is a blanket generalization, the majority of northern people produce sexually. Definitely within their own species, though some are able to interbreed. Many can have intercourse with those of the Waking Realms, fewer of that number can produce offspring (Elves and humans can make babies, I think), and even a lesser percentage of that offspring will be fertile. I guess you said creatures from the Waking Realms, not just humans- but the Waking Realms is basically our world. So yeah, I guess they could have sex with whatever they wanted, but the chances of breeding are slimmer.
Unless it was a centaur and a horse or something. Or a water horse and a horse. I don’t know about that. I guess there are species that might be more likely to interact. Maybe all of the fae have a thing for horses, WE JUST DON’T KNOW.
Anyway, most peoples of the north produce sexually. The kind of relationships vary, depending on species, location, individual, culture- there’s practically no limit to the kind of relationship the fae can have.
A lot (but not all!) of northern species tend to enjoy sex for sex and not just as a tool for reproducing. I think a majority believe in love, or if they do not, understand the concept and know that there are others who do believe in love.
The central peoples are mostly goblins; but if possible, the types of goblins is even more diverse than the types of fae. They can reproduce both sexually/spontaneously generate. (Spontaneous generation as in archaic beliefs like maggots appearing in meat were created by the meat itself, and not by flies laying eggs.) Sexually, as long as certain parts are comparable, they can have intercourse with any other creature. To reproduce, there are goblin species that can interbreed, but not all of them can- and sometimes offspring will be sterile. They tend to have family based relationships, but what they define as family kind of depends on the goblins! Many (but again, not all) tend to view sex as a way to reproduce and make heirs and carry on bloodlines and not as something to have separate of reproducing just to enjoy. It’s about half-and-half between goblins who believe in love and those who don’t.
When it comes to the spontaneous generation, that doesn’t quite apply to the goblins any more, but back in the day they could just yank random human kids who would eventually become goblins and it was awesome. (Also the duel reproducing, sexually and spontaneously, is part of the reason the goblin population is so out of control.)
AND THEN WE GET TO THE SOUTHERNERS, all of which below the goblins cannot reproduce sexually and all generate spontaneously.
There’s three separate groups here and not quite as much of a melting pot of thousands of species, so I’ll talk about each of them in turn. With the monsters, they are all made by the Goremother. The Goremother is giant, vaguely humanoid, and as the myths go, she “lies with the earth” every night and about every five months gives birth to a litter of monstrous brood that have no pattern in their looks and bodies and never look like the Goremother herself. Many are eaten up by the Goremother, many are eaten up by their siblings, almost all others either starve before finding out what they’re able to eat or are slain by “heroes”.
Being a monster is tuff lyfe.
If they do mature and survive, there’s usually no sexual maturing process. If they were born with distinct genitals, they’re pretty much useless. The monsters have no sex drive and usually no means to reproduce and are only generated by the Goremother. Which means they’re all brothers and sisters to one another and would probably have some problems if they DID reproduce. And since usually no two monsters look alike, they probably wouldn’t be sexually compatible either.
Monsters also, besides knowing their siblings, do not have relationships. Not friends, not lovers, no coworkers. Monsters are isolated if they survive past their mother’s den.
Monsters don’t give a shiz about love.
Nobody knows where the eff ghouls come from. Especially not the ghouls. They do have genitalia and are able to have sex and are quite fond of orgies and humping each other and the occasional rock, but there has never been a ghoul who has created another ghoul. They believe the grow from the ground, which is sort of true, and they have no natural pre-existing relations to each other- like having siblings or parents or aunts/uncles. I have talked about before how a group of ghouls is called a family, and how they kind of set up family groups where there is a “mother” and a “father” and “children”- though gender, sex, age, etc. has nothing to do with who fills what role and it seems to be picked at random. You would think this makes the mother and father lovers, but this isn’t true, they /might/ be having sex, but generally ghouls have sex with (or dry hump) whoever and whatever they feel like and there aren’t really any relationships besides friends and familial roles for ghouls. Ghouls believe love is someone else letting you eat them. Like literally eat them. Not just eat them out. Though that might be involved too.
You know every single race I mentioned above? All of them, with the exception of ghouls, a spectre can take the shape of. There can be elf spectres, goblin spectres, dryad spectres, you name it. This would mean that all their desires and ability to reproduce would be varied and really depend on the individual- if not for the fact that no spectres can reproduce, all are sterile. And most desires are dulled when you are a spectres, desires to socialize, eat- and to have sex- are very muted. This does not mean they are completely gone, but it’s less of a priority in the spectres. Whether or not they want to, whether or not they can, whether or not they would with their own kind or with others, all depends on the individual spectre.
wow this entire post basically says ‘it depends’- Sorry about that!
Man, HOW PHILOSOPHICAL. Could there be beings who can create in the same way Elo erases? Maybe there aren't or maybe they'd just never come into the story, but it'd be neat (for me, anyway) to think about it. Where if they make something they also fabricate a history for the thing as if it always was. Hmhmhm.
I personally believe that anything is possible, though that does not make everything probable, and most things require certain steps or situations to be met before they are possible.
In Eraser, if a being exists that can undo things, then yes, of course it’s possible that there are beings who can create in the same way. And, more than just being possible, if that being exists then the probability of the opposite existing is much higher.
I also really like the idea of something creating like that- a phrase I have used in a story or a poem or I don’t even remember is “we are the sum of our memories”- and though it had to do with a cloning story, I have thought about how creating fabricated memories/histories could essentially create an individual’s reality. I’M NOT SURE IF THAT WOULD EVER COME UP IN ERASER, but that is really neat to think about.
What does Elo have to do to erase things? Does he just touch them or think them gone or do a ritual or what? Does he also forget about the things he erases or does he remember them? Can he un-erase a thing that has been erased? Are all of his species born with this power or is he special - or did he learn it? Is it a power that can be learned? Is he on his own or is he being directed to erase things by someone?
Going to kind of answer these in REVERSE ORDER. WHAT UP. In the Eraser universe, the unnamed government power (man, I need to name both the planet and the government sometime) has extensive lists and detailing of every alien that has ever been seen by anyone and that does exist and then some that just may exist, etc. On the main planet, there is a whole mess of procedures and permits that aliens must go through and have to just BE on the main planet, no less live there. Those that do not have the correct permits and licenses are investigated by a federal agent, and if they’re okay (which is rare if they don’t already have the permits) everything goes back to normal, if not, then they are shipped off the planet and basically all of their physical possessions on planet are confiscated by the government as payment.
Monty, the main character, is one of the people who questions and investigates suspected illegal aliens. Elo is brought in as a suspected illegal alien (and it turns out that he has no home, nor car, nor anything [including permits], so he is an illegal alien), which wouldn’t be too suspicious in of itself. The suspicious thing is that those alien records I mentioned the government having on basically any non-earth race? Yeah, there is nothing about Elo or anything like Elo anywhere.
He is one of a kind, an alien species of a single unit. It’s possible that he did belong to a larger species before and they were either wiped out or they are just very, very far away and Elo is separated from them by several galaxies. Or maybe he’s something else entirely. Whatever the case is, he doesn’t talk about there being anyone else like him. Ever. It’s one of the few things he wouldn’t answer if you asked. As far as he knows, he has always had his abilities.
He is also directed by something; it is a force that when he describes it, sounds like a mix between Fate and God. It is something that is not seen, heard, smelled, etc. but he feels its direction inside of him and erases only based upon those orders.
Either he has faith in something that is very, very powerful… Or he’s just crazy as balls.
Elo cannot un-erase a thing. Once it is done, it is done. Though I should note, if the ability to undo the erasing popped out of nowhere, I’m not sure if he would disobey or risk making the Fate/God he follows unhappy by going against its orders and influences.
His powers also do not work on himself. He cannot erase himself or the things he’s done (possibly why he can’t undo an erasing) and HAHA, he also has either a photographic or nigh photographic memory and cannot forget the things that he can make everyone else forget about.
To erase things, he must first be present around the thing he’s going to erase for awhile. He must learn about it, know it. And then the process of erasing is a mix of mental exertion, touching, and a bit of a ritual that involves his blood and a prayer to the Fate/God he follows.
Thank you so much for the Eraser questions, Aeo!
Is the symbol on Evelyn's arm a symbol of her gang or is it from something else (if it is, what does it mean to her)? What's the cause she fights for? And what are the sort of things she doesn't understand (beyond being large concepts)? How did she get to be running a gang? Did she start it or was it passed on to her? What does the gang do?
The symbol is the symbol of Pound, but also means something to her personally. Though most people don’t know this, and Pound has just become a word representing that group of people, called Pounds- it comes from the phrase “pound of flesh” and for the gang it is a reminder of the price they pay to a corrupt and controlling government, regardless of whether or not they want to pay it and regardless of whether or not they get anything in return for their payment. For Evelyn, the symbol of the eye is kind of a literal visualization of what she lost- which was in an altercation with her cousin that wouldn’t have happened if women and men had equal rights and treatment.
You can read about it a bit in the last post, but she fights against the unfairness of the government. She doesn’t understand a lot of things- she doesn’t comprehend just how large the government is, and how much power it has, she doesn’t really understand how to organize a terrorist movement against them and kind of barrels through violently with a lot of motivation and lack of fear without a sense of direction or planning, she also doesn’t understand (or doesn’t care) about all the people she hurts on her path that don’t have much to do with the government or how it’s run.
And the other questions were answered on the last ask!
Thanks for the question, Aeo!
Oh, oh oh; Can you ramble on about Evelyn? (like what does she dooo, what type of gang does she run, how did she get on her current position, why is she so cute, what caused her eye injury, how was her home life?)
Evelyn and Roxanne are the newest members of the Eraser cast, so though I feel like I can’t ramble on at length, I will do my best to answer your questions!
Starting with her gang since that leads into the other questions, Evelyn’s gang (called “Pound”) is a terrorist group that currently does its best to make irritations for a government that is large enough to control the majority of a galaxy and more. Evelyn wants to take on the whole government, to take it down, but her gang consists of only about seven to nine other teens/adults like her and their resources are limited- where the government’s are without limit. So, FOR NOW, she is content with the minor inconveniences they cause. Mostly, they start protests, put graffiti on government buildings- but they’ve just started doing bigger things, “smoking” government cars and transportation and arson. Evelyn really, really likes arson. That’s the point Pound out be at when Eraser starts, their next step would be capturing some government agents (preferably some Het Enforcers, but they’ll take anyone) and either severely hurting them, like breaking in their kneecaps, or killing them.
She got her position because… well, she started the gang, Pound. She knows that there is something wrong with this government, that it is not fair that she has regulated curfews, medicines, daily clothing, etc. all with very harsh punishments if they are neglected or disobeyed simply because she is a girl; regulations that the male members of her family never had to deal with. The gang started with her and her friends, just doing some simple tagging, and was all female. They’ve expanded a bit though, and now have at least two male members.
WHY ON EARTH DO YOU THINK SHE’S CUTE
I INTENDED HER TO BE ANTI-CUTE WHY WOULD YOU
Her eye injury was caused from an altercation with her older cousin when she was much younger. It also had to do with fire.
And her home life was… strained. Her family was mainly male, were all human, Caucasian, and Christian- and any time she felt like something wasn’t right, and that she should have more than this, she was shot down and told she should be grateful for all the wonderful things she had and that this was the way things should be. Her cousin was the only family member she liked before the altercation.
Thanks again for the questions, Vin!
Hhhhii there. Where does Eraser take place? What do you mean by Elo's power to 'undo' things? (like does he physically destroy them or can her chemically break them down to various elements- basically, WHAT CAN HE DO?)
The setting of Eraser has YET TO BE NAMED. However, it does take place on a planet that is either an alternate universe Earth, or a future Earth. The idea is that there is a large and prominent country that is a democracy with some opposing political parties. One party’s concerns are focused on fixing their current economical depression from getting worse before the economy completely falls apart and focused on matters of war. The other is focused on trying to strive for equality; gender, racial, sexual/orientational (?) equality in the workplace and government and family life, etc. None of their goals are particularly bad in of themselves, just different priorities.
The one with focus on equality is mostly in control and is actually making a lot of change. The economy suffers a bit, but there is the idea that in the long term, if the economy improves for those of repressed minorities (whether it be sexual or racial or whatever) then it’ll improve on the whole.
But then something cataclysmic happens. I’m not sure what this event is, whether it’s some natural disaster(s), or if it is something man-caused like a nuclear or biochemical war. Whatever it is, it wipes out a huge chunk of the population. Like, a HUGE chunk. I’m thinking between 1/3 to 1/2 of the human race is gone. The previously mentioned government survives, and even though there is no way the cataclysmic event could have been predicted, the political party seeking equality is blamed- it starts out with the economy/war-serving party basically saying that IF THEY HADN’T BEEN SO FOCUSED ON THAT SORT OF THING THEN MORE PEOPLE WOULD BE ALIVE RIGHT NOW. But it is a desperate situation, and as is the case of many desperate situations, things are escalated and blown out of proportion. It gets to the point where people are claiming that the acceptance of things like homosexuality and women equality brought down the wrath of God.
It is so blown out of proportion that eventually laws and amendments are made to regulate and police the population, especially those of minorities. Sexuality in particular is oppressed, basically anything that is not heterosexual is banned; this is both because of the blowing-out-of-proportion and as an attempt to raise up the population again.
FAST FORWARD TO YEARS AND YEARS IN THE FUTURE, the one political party has basically eradicated all other parties and has taken control of other countries. The laws and amendments from the post-cataclysmic event are still in place, the population has almost reached what it was pre-cataclysmic event. And this version of Earth has had interaction with intelligent life of other planets, and it turns out humans are pretty darn scary and kind of bully most of the other races. There’s not a whole lot of space traffic going on yet, but there are aliens from other planets living on this version of Earth.
Eraser takes place on alternate Earth in the country that once had the two opposing political parties.
And Elo… undoes things completely. He basically removes them from history, from memory, makes them NEVER BE- almost. The one thing he cannot remove from them is the effect they had on other things. So, say that you had bought this horrible mattress and had it for years, then Elo comes along and undoes it. That means that he destroys the mattress- makes it no longer exist (how exactly he does this without messing up the balance of the universe is not yet clear) and then he takes away any memory you or anyone else who has ever had contact with this mattress how ever direct or indirect has ever had. As such, it seems like it is unmade. (Wait, he can undo some results of things he undoes, because there would be no record of the mattress existing, no record from the manufacturers or sellers or anything.) But say using this horrible mattress gave you back problems- the back problems would remain. Or let’s say he undid an old man, a grandfather- no one remember him, there would be no record of his existence, but his offspring would still there. They wouldn’t just poof away.
AND THAT IS WHAT ELO DOES.
Thanks for the question, Vin!
Does St. George believe in good vs. evil - that black or white mentality? Does he have any nervous gestures or habits or body language that's sort of unique to him? Is he right handed or left handed or is he ambidextrous? Where's his moral compass at? Does he have a good sense of direction? Does he work well with others?
Yes, he does. Adamantly. Especially in the beginning of Sacrosanct, there’s white and black and like the only grey area comes from him not working on the side of the government and breaking their rules. I actually think that’s one of the reasons he doesn’t get along with Jesse at first and why Jesse just GETS UNDER HIS SKIN- because Jesse, particularly in Sacrosanct, is like… made up of grey area. He’s the definition of the grey area. And you can’t really put him into white or black, good or evil, and THAT BRINGS GEORGE’S BELIEFS INTO QUESTION.
Saint George is a pacer. Particularly when irritated and nervous, he paces. Up and down wears holes in your floor kind of pacing. I know that isn’t just UNIQUE TO HIM but man he paces a lot; he gets kind of antsy in general if he’s not doing something or doesn’t have some way to occupy himself. If he’s not pacing, he has a habit of tearing up any nearby papers to shreds without realizing- until he looks down and there’s like confetti all over his legs.
He is right handed, but is familiar enough with his left hand that like, if he ever lost it, I think it wouldn’t take him too long to adapt. He kind of has wretched handwriting anyway (he’s barely literate, really) so that part wouldn’t be much of a difference. Otherwise, yeah, right handed.
His moral compass is pointed pretty strongly towards SERVE THE PEOPLE. SERVE MY COUNTRY. SERVE GOD. SERVE JUSTICE.
His sense of direction is pretty good. I think there might be a LIITTLE BIT OF BIAS THERE because he’s lived in the area Sacrosanct takes place in and thereabouts all his life, so he knows the area and knows how to get around it quite well. If in a new city he’d probably know how to get north and south but everything else would require a bit of work.
And no, no he doesn’t work well with others at all. He doesn’t lead, which is probably good since he doesn’t talk, but nor does he take orders or cooperate. If you were working in a group project with him, and assigned him to do the section on William Blake’s life or something, he’d either stare at you, turn around, walk away and never be seen again- or he’d feel like doing someone else’s part/like their part was more important and just do it and no one would have covered the part he was SUPPOSED to cover.
He can buckle down when it’s really important, but the way he works in a group is by no means smooth- and when he “joins” the main Sacrosanct group, his inability to play well with others causes them a couple problems.
What kind of swords does St. George know how to use? How'd they come to be known as St. George if he never talks? As he ever considered any other kind of weaponry - or a more peaceful/less harmful mode of fighting (like bare fists or something)? Can you talk about how he got involved with demons and such or did he just sort've COME ACROSS THOSE in his efforts to protect the people? What's his favourite food?
Foil, sabre, épée, pariser, and idk, probably rapier. Basically long and thin swords, particularly those used for fencing. Though St. George is the kind of person who will use anything that is on hand, so even though they’re not trained in other types of swords, that wouldn’t stop him from like taking a broad sword off a wall and charging at an opponent.
THIS IS ACTUALLY SOMETHING I HAVEN’T FIGURE OUT YET. When I first made Sacrosanct, it took place much closer to the present, and the two characters I created first for it were Matthias (who wasn’t Matthias then and was a girl) and St. George. George still rode a motorcycle, but it was modern and, lo and behold, the license plate read STGEORGE. Thus how the name caught on and stuck. But I haven’t figured out how it catches on and sticks in 1930s Sacrosanct. I think the best bet is that George’s landlady let’s slip George’s name to someone else, and out of irony the “saint” kind of gets stuck in front of it. I’ll have to think about that one.
As I just mentioned, George uses what’s available. He uses what’s there, and what’s effective. Usually his sword fits both those categories since he’s trained in using it and he carries it around. He doesn’t mind using other means though. I think that I’ve mentioned one of the first introductions to him in Sacrosanct is him kicking Jesse in the face.
Yeah, ANOTHER REASON I’M NOT SURE HOW OTHER PEOPLE WOULD CALL HIM ST. GEORGE WITHOUT HIM TELLING THEM THE NAME is because he had an encounter with a demonic being when he was fairly young. The demon was… vaguely draconian, but did cause quite a bit of fire damage in George’s childhood home and gave him some considerably drastic burn wounds across his body. The similarities were enough for him (and he was called george then) to relate himself to SAINT GEORGE AND THE DRAGON and consider himself to be on a mission from God as a heroic figure. His experiences with fire actually give him and Matthias (who dealt with a fire of his own in his youth, though he doesn’t remember it) a kind of relating point later on in the comic.
I think his favorite food would be curry, which you could find in Britain at the time, and particularly in the area he lives in which has a great deal of immigrants.
Does Saint George ever have to deal with people reciting GEORGIE PORGIE PUDDING AND PIE KISSED THE GIRLS AND MADE THEM CRY?
I’m sure this was meant to be a silly question but YOU GET A SERIOUS ANSWER.
The plot of Sacrosanct would start a few years before that nursery rhyme became known (which would be in the 1940s), and probably awhile more before it became popular, so no, no he wouldn’t have to deal with that.