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  • Literary Stray Dogs [Just For Fun!]

    For those who don't know, Literary Stray Dogs is a manga/anime in which most of the main characters and antagonists are all named after a certain famous author or poet, and has a certain supernatural ability based around one of their creations. That made me think about a fun thought experiment- if you were to make a setting in the CofD in which all characters follow that model (that is, having an author's name and inspired by their works), how each such writer would be incarnated in the setting? Of course, some of those are quit obvious- Bram Stoker would be an Order Dracul vampire (Venture perhaps), Mary Shelly would be either an Alchemist or a Galatea, Oscar Wilde would be an Eternal with a painting as his Anchor, etc- but that should also include other, non fantasy/horror/sci-fi writers.

    So, which such "Literary Stray Dogs" come to your mind, and why you would design them in that way?


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    Interesting idea! Are we limited to Major Templates only?


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    • #3
      Originally posted by wyrdhamster View Post
      Interesting idea! Are we limited to Major Templates only?
      nope, feel free to choose whatever feels right!


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      • #4
        John Steinbeck has plant-related powers in the show, which suggests some sort of Thyrsus to me. Though one of his big abilities is to see things through plants, so that sounds like a Walker in Mist to me. Of course, if we just go by his works, he's probably a Hollow Promethean.


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        • #5
          Why couldn't Mary Shelley be a female Frankenstein?

          Mark Twain as a Messenger Saboteur Demon sounds cool. It would be based off his Mysterious Stranger story, especially the claymation adaptation.



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          • #6
            Hans Christian Andersen is definitely a Siren.


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            • #7
              Tom Clancy is a TFV TWILIGHT operative, who is constantly finding dangerous paranormal conspiracies to upend the balance of power in the world.

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              • #8
                I'm torn on Terry Pratchett. I'm definitely thinking death powers connected to "Reaper Man" and his general views on death, but I don't know enough about the various death-connected character possibilities to say which one fits him best. Easy answer is Geist, but it just doesn't seem totally right.


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SaulottheGentle View Post
                  Hans Christian Andersen is definitely a Siren.
                  The man did write more than one fairy tale, just saying.


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ArcaneArts View Post
                    The man did write more than one fairy tale, just saying.
                    I'm kinda torn between a Darkling and a Fairest, myself.


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                    • #11
                      So is Stephen King a beast?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Master Aquatosic View Post
                        I'm torn on Terry Pratchett. I'm definitely thinking death powers connected to "Reaper Man" and his general views on death, but I don't know enough about the various death-connected character possibilities to say which one fits him best. Easy answer is Geist, but it just doesn't seem totally right.
                        Perhaps an Acanthus? The Disc was literally partly composed of an element that allowed the formation of stories (a universe without Narritivium is actually our universe), and several whole plots revolve around combatting and/or resolving free-range narratives.

                        Also, I keep picturing Stephen King as a Slasher, or maybe a Nosferatu.
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                        • #13
                          Worth remembering is that while Stray Dogs have their powers based around chosen literary work, characters itself are based around real life of the authors...with some sprinkling of their fiction.

                          Proximi are good model for creating characters like that, I think.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Hastur00 View Post

                            Perhaps an Acanthus? The Disc was literally partly composed of an element that allowed the formation of stories (a universe without Narritivium is actually our universe), and several whole plots revolve around combatting and/or resolving free-range narratives.
                            the powers are like his work I guess, but the philosophy of them doesn't really fit him or any of his protagonists. I can't see Granny Weatherwax or Sam Vimes or even Carrot as Acanthi


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Master Aquatosic View Post
                              the powers are like his work I guess, but the philosophy of them doesn't really fit him or any of his protagonists.
                              I was partly also referencing the fact that Discworld is heavily parody and satire, so has a lot of metastory elements. I thought they dovetailed okay

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