Saturday, May 9, 2009

Weekly What the Heck

Welcome to the twenty-ninth installment of my regular feature here at the Near TPK. With continuing apologies to one of my favorite blogs, the Daily WTF, I present... The Weekly What The Heck.

Each Saturday at 10 AM Central Time I'll post one of Jen's drawings of some kind of whacked-out creature, and ask my readers: "What the heck IS that?"

I hope my readers will approach the challenge in the spirit of "Yes, and ..." - building on previous responses so everyone's ideas can be used in the final writeup. Comments are now closed on last week's entry, and I hope to have the final writeup posted tonight. Comments will be accepted on this week's entry until I post next week's entry.

So... What the heck is that? What should it do? Why does it look so sad, or is it just pensive?

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Anonymous said...

This sentient creature moves very slowly most of the time until threatened, when he attacks with a rapid frenzy.

benpop said...

It is of a small race of sapient*, bipedal sloths which scratch out a living on the sides of high mountains surrounded by jungles. Their culture straddles a transition between a lowland tribal tradition fraught with spirits at every corner, and a simple, stoic devotion to moderation and the Middle Path of Life.

This particular sapient sloth is a farmer. Or is he a monk? Is he a gardener or a fighter? Their culture freely allows such a blurring of roles, but bad luck to the stranger who predicts a hapless commoner but gets a student of the Path.

Truth be told, there is little difference between the lay and monastic ways of life, with the chief differences lying in the segregation of the sexes and a more pronounced focus on spiritual (and bodily) excellence in the latter.

An upstanding sapient sloth acts with deference, deliberation, and seeks not to draw attention to their self. All bets are off when a clear danger presents itself to their community.

* I use "sapient" in lieu of "sentient", favoring "thinking" over "feeling".

(Lawful Neutral, attacks only when provoked, prefers escaping and hiding to engaging an enemy, will fight to the death against a perceived threat to their community.)