A CHARLIE BROWN'S HALLOWEEN👻💀
If you try to hold my hand, I’ll slug you! – Sally
My apartment is ready for spooky movie season 🎃 👻 🔮
Cider Pumpkin Waffles with Salted Maple Butter
ポケモン | ほんわかぽかぽか 🍂
All my friends want to hang out and do things other than dreaming, why can’t hanging out be us napping on a couch or sleeping in a big pile on someone’s bed. Why isn’t catching some Z’s with the homies a form of socializing?
Art Nouveau vases: Imagination Aquarium, Beet Whirl, Autumn Wind & Elegant Sunset Vase by Stephanie Young of Calmwater Designs. Available on Sunday Oct. 24th at Calmwater Designs between 6&9 pm est.
Back with my random thoughts on the design of the Sivi (part 1 on the Sivi being cold-blooded here). This time:
EYES - Superior Darkvision and Sunlight Sensitivity
Honestly I'd need to post the entirety of the s1ep12 heart scene for all the excellent information, so if you haven't done that one and find all of this sort of stuff interesting, I highly recommend it.
The big thing is obviously how differently Sivi see in light/dark to humans. Being a species that lives primarily underground will definitely affect how you view the world, so it's no wonder they've evolved a superior darkvision like most fantasy underground races. And given how even turning on a light in the middle of the night feels like a full frontal assault it's also not a surprise that Xenia needs her eye drop medication to avoid permanently damaging her vision by living in Altadellys. I'd love to know more on how it works - does it actually dim things a bit or is it essentially just sunscreen for the eyes? Anyway I've spent a couple of years playing a drow in D&D, and I'm certainly familiar with having to roll all my Perception checks and attack rolls at disadvantage while outdoors, and it was fun to see that Xenia has to deal with a very similar sunlight sensitivity situation (not fun for her, but you know. Weird solidarity?)
I think a lot about the fact that Xenia can only see the city of Altadellys in colours and vague shapes. Even just from the handful of backgrounds we get, it's a beautiful city. She dreamed of seeing it as a child, and then in the end it has to be described to her (which I imagine would have been Valerian, which is very sweet). It's both a little heart breaking, but also a testament to Xenia's determination and ingenuity that you'd never know she has this huge weakness if she hadn't told MC. But it's no wonder she focuses more on food and drink when she takes MC to her favourite places in the city, as that's a sensory situation she can still enjoy. That or the garden where the beauty is more close up and probably out of direct sunlight (at least at the time they visit it).
Xenia also mentions in the s1ep12 heart scene that she can see in much more detail (outside of direct sunlight) than humans. When I thought about how this would be necessary for living underground, the first thing I thought of was when I went skiing as a kid. In bright sunlight, all fine. But when it got overcast I couldn't see the detail of the ground anymore, and a huge dip or uneven terrain looked exactly the same as an easy, flat surface (which resulted in some spills or very near misses). I wonder if that would translate to underground, like seeing the detail of the ground you're walking on could mean the difference between staying upright or tripping and going off a cliff. The Sivi are also very nature-based, and it could also be a big help in identifying safe fungi from poisonous fungi, or something like that. It could even be as simple as they don't have much use for long range vision (Sivi villages don't seem like they're huge, and I imagine it's mostly tunnels outside of that), so their short range detail improved as a result.
EYES - Appearance
Given that pupils are what absorb light and expand/contract depending on the levels of it, I've had a private joke for a while that Xenia's pupils would actually be normal sized while in Petralone - it's just that the surface is So Fucking Bright they're constantly in super shrunk mode. But that is also kind of the only explanation I can think of as for why someone who evolved to live underground would have super small pupils.
From the light reading I've done, it's theorised that humans and other group hunter animals developed white sclera in order to wordlessly communicate better (it's easier to see where someone's looking when you have that contrast, in order to indicate where you've spotted prey or where you want your fellow hunters to move to). Given that there would likely be no group hunting underground (and you don't need those kind of wordless tactics for fishing), that could be an explanation for why they have black sclera instead. It could also have to do with how light reflects more off the white and how that would be happening constantly with their fires/bioluminescence as light sources. Perhaps the ancient Sivi needed to be stealthy? Or perhaps because they're a community-based people it was evolved so that they weren't constantly thinking 'danger!' when seeing eyes shining in the dark. Considering even people who know what they're talking about are still theorising about sclera, that's all I got. 😅 Either way, the black sclera looks amazing and was a great design choice!
Big Sur, October 2021
From PEP Comics #261 (1972).
Kinda obsessed with witches silhouettes decor
really sorry for the bob odenkirk spam today i’ll be regular tomorrow
Day 11: Candles w/ Nao Serizawa
“Nao! Naaooo! Baaabe?!”, you call out as you search your shared abode for your boyfriend.
Nao on the other hand could only give a light chuckle as you went about looking for him, once he heard the door open and the sound of bags, he already knew what exactly was up.
Finally, the door to your shared bedroom was swung open by you, with that big grin on your face he knew exactly what you were going to say, “We are going to go Candle hunting”.
“I had a feeling you’d say something like that, I’m assuming you got a higher pay today?”, Nao smiled.
“Yes I did, and I have enough to get me several candles”, you grin, as you went over to him and grabbed his hand, “Now let’s go! I heard they were having a pretty good sale at the candle shop!”.
He could only smile to himself as he gave into your demands, and let himself be dragged by you to the candle shop. Perhaps he might actually find a pretty good candle this time around, you always had a pretty good nose for figuring out what kinds of scents he’d like. Once reaching the shop you were already darting to the closest section that held the new releases of scented candles.
Jovially you grabbed one of the candle jars and opened it to take a whiff of it’s aroma, with a grin you raised it to Nao, “What do you think Nao, it's called ‘Autumn Crisp’”.
He hummed softly as he leaned down to take a sniff of the candle, furrowing his brows he looked over at you as he described it’s scent, “From what I can tell, there is a soft hint of pumpkin spice, mixed with ginger, a faint tone of orange”.
Raising a finger to your boyfriend you grinned, “Correct! What do you think though, I really like the blend but I know you can be rather picky to stronger aromas”.
Nao merely smiled down at you, “I think we should take it, the ginger blended well with the orange and the pumpkin spice is fitting for this months’ theme don’t you think”.
You could only laugh softly as you tugged Nao along the isles, “You’re right, I am so lucky to have a boyfriend like you Nao”.
He felt his chest swell at your words as his gaze stayed with you.
“So am I”.
How romantic is this scenery?! The street lamp, the bridge, the sky🌌 Hard not to get inspired by it💫