pt. 1 ch. 12 - Page 22
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MadMango
11th Jan 2019, 1:21 PM

Nope..nope...not at all. The black eyes aren't a good thing either I'm assuming. Or is that Thigg "taking over"?

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Silyon
12th Jan 2019, 10:46 AM

The obscured eyes is the same kind of artstyle that the game Darkest Dungeon uses. Artistically, it represents a distorted view of reality, not being able to see things in the same way as other people. Basically a form of madness. Because we're seeing things from Irwin's perception here, the shadowed eyes show us that not everything is alright in his head, which is no surprise considering his symbiosis with Thigg.

I particularly like the shift mid-page, like he's just realized that he's not connecting like he expected to.

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MistakeNPotatoes
15th Jan 2019, 12:46 AM

Silyon's got it. It's not something that's actually happening, it's just to reflect Irwin's isolation here. I appreciate that the sentiment that something is not right is coming through okay :)

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MadJak91
11th Jan 2019, 2:17 PM

Irwin is pushy though. That is exactly it. You are supposed to be dead and frankly you are no longer human anyway. You can act as a human but come on. You are an outcast now all things considered.

It is kind of a pity though because Irwin never had any say in this. He never had any say in anything. Most events are or were decided for him. He was given a second life but the price was almost everything his human side could enjoy :(
It is like a fishman transformation but you get stuck in the middle and both sides see you as a monster.

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MistakeNPotatoes
15th Jan 2019, 12:47 AM

If you can bottle the emotion of a person as they find out they're going to die, take that desperation, that bargaining, and stretch it out.. that's sort of where Irwin's at. He wants to believe it can all go back to the way it was again.

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Thracecius
11th Jan 2019, 2:40 PM

Hopefully Irwin doesn't do anything stupid. Like MadJak says, I can understand that he just wants to try and get his life "back to normal" now that he's on Earth again, but the reality is that he can never have a "normal" life now, and that includes romancing Clara.

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MadJak91
16th Jan 2019, 12:19 PM

"but the reality is that he can never have a "normal" life now"
This. I agree.
I root the most for Irwin because I think he has been dealt the crappiest cards without even wanting to play in the first place with a bet he also never agreed to.

tbh, I think most characters do not really have a choice but...
With monsters it is pretty simple to me personally. There is a higher force above them controlling all that is real. Nothing you can do about it.
Chase probably had a choice. Roy and co. probably would not find him if he simply decided to take the first experience and RUN the hell away.
Irwin? Nah. Nobody asked Irwin about anything. Arguably Jack is just as much tragic but there I bite my thumb since higher forces suck :(

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Corporal8
11th Jan 2019, 4:42 PM

I am thinking that some buttons on that coat might not be a bad investment for Irwin. Maybe cut down on the creep factor.

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Myetel
11th Jan 2019, 6:58 PM

While the glowing eyeball thing is indeed creepy, I have to give Irwin props for honesty. He could be trying to conceal the level of Thigg's influence. Thigg is probably talented enough a mimic to hide himself entirely, if he chose to. He/they are being open and honest, if slightly oblivious to what people who haven't, um, died and been lightly infused with a tincture of cosmic horror, are accustomed to.

This suggests to me that Thigg's ideations have permeated quite a way through Irwin's own, because Irwin used to have enough self-awareness to regard his new fused existence with a certain amount of horror. He used to know that Clara's initial reaction wouldn't be positive.

But now he/they have gotten in balance and accepted their new fused existence and it's like "Hey! This is the new normal! Um . . . why are you all acting like this? It's just us! Guys?"

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MistakeNPotatoes
15th Jan 2019, 12:49 AM

Yeah, it's always a little weird to write Irwin because I can have some difficulty to pin down how confusing it has to be to live in a symbiotic way, not only chemically but psychically. The lines are definitely blurring, and if nothing else I'm happy that's coming across. Thank you :)

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Mgnostic
11th Jan 2019, 11:28 PM

Irwin, you're freaking me out...poor Irwin. Some many ways he could have done that better. It's a thing I have seen in my professional life; a person wants something really badly and they have spent a ton of time obsessing over it. When the time comes they just can't wrap their head around the fact that everyone doesn't see it their way. The injury to the person's ego can be devastating.

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MistakeNPotatoes
15th Jan 2019, 12:50 AM

You've got a read on it, for sure. He's already emotionally compromised but now he just took a blow to his ego.. not a good combination when one has the capabilities he has now.

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Bob Mozark
12th Jan 2019, 9:10 AM

Such pathos. Very Aristotelian, appealing to the viewers emotions as they empathize with both Claire and Thiggwin. Chase? He is rightly ignored for now.

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MistakeNPotatoes
15th Jan 2019, 12:56 AM

I do hope to give each character their due. I'm glad it's working here, for you. Thanks, Bob :)

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Ahakarin
12th Jan 2019, 11:46 AM

I wonder if this response isn't entirely "natural".

Meaning... Thigg's eldritch presence and psychic nature directly invokes feelings of unease and hostility in "normal" people. We've seen all manner of backlash and side effects from this series' magic, and talking directly "at" someone's brain may well come with the price of having that person turn against you.

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