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Chimera Prototype Mk-XXIII
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-30 02:39 AM

Dr. James Wooden

11:00 a.m., Sydney, Crown Center, Press Conference

With an air of self-assurance, Dr. James Wooden strode in, smiled and seated himself. In a charcoal black suit, Dr. Wooden conveys the image of a true gentleman.

“Welcome to the Press Conference on Project Chimera. As everyone here is well aware, now farming has to be done predominately either with animal or human labour. Also, the radical movement is gaining momentum and causing major disruptions to our lives.  Now, I ask all of you, what do we do about them? Well, my answer is that we create something that will simultaneously address these two problems…  Now, is there any questions?”


Finally, those walking monies have given me the funding for my Project Chimera! Imagine the fame I will get when I create the perfect animal that will solve the two most pressing problems of humanity at the moment.


What specimens of DNA should I use to create my Chimera? Let me see, grizzly bear for its strength and ability to sustain mob attacks, the Tasmanian devil so that it will have a rapid reproductive cycle, snakes so that it would have a means to quickly immobilise those pesky radicals and yes, the giant squid from Japan that has that delicious gene with the propensity to mutate, why then my Chimera can continuously breed with other species, creating unique offsprings. Who knows that those walking monies won’t take the fancy to getting their special pet Chimera and give me follow-up funding on project extensions?


Curse those radicals, here I thought this ghost town of Alice Springs would be the perfect place to set up my research compound and all my Aboriginal ‘assistants’ have escaped in the confusion as well. I know, I will move to Bourke in New South Wales, surely there the opportunities to ‘recruit’ more Aboriginal ‘assistants’ are plenty as well.


Those ethnical guidelines that scientists are supposed to uphold are damn nuisances. What’s the difference between a non-lethal venom that will paralyse someone so that they can be killed and a lethal one that directly kills? Damn hypocrites

~ excerpts from a partially recovered personal diary of Dr. James Wooden found at the site of the destroyed research compound at Bourke, NSW

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The Shadowbeasts
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-30 10:06 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
10 Chance Meetings
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-24 06:56 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Setam, the Goddess of Nerves
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Specific)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-08-01 07:31 PM
Thanks for all the positive feedback on this. Personally, I like UU slightly better but I think I can say that personally I fall into one of the categories that revere her, at least at the moment. Go to Comment
13/30 Magic Tattoos
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-17 08:54 PM
Overall, still a quality piece despite being part of the "clean-out" work.

For no. 2, I don't quite comprehend what the phrase "few orcs will care about the status of a human's guilt" meant exactly although I get the general gist that it's supposed to convey the limit of the tattoo in protecting the bearer from unfavourable encounters

Typo alert:
No. 9 Heading: missing e in the word Imagery Go to Comment
13/30 Magic Tattoos
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-17 11:18 PM
okay, got it. Go to Comment
The Qualm
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Space)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-08-01 08:12 PM
The basic idea is quite novel- in fact, I like how the qualm is stretching the definition of a kaiju beyond what we normally think, and I like the way content has been grouped in concise broad sections. Go to Comment
The Moon Hunter
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Space)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-07-31 01:16 AM
Space isn't really my theme but the writing adds wonders to the content. I especially like how the itallics break up the sub and make it easy on the eyes. Go to Comment
Changeling Wasp
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-06-25 10:51 PM
This is a fun idea. Check the writing though, the last part of the second paragraph has been eaten up somehow. Go to Comment
The Pocket Realm of Brocschtal
Locations  (Area)   (Mountains)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-06-25 12:55 AM
I like the combo of idyllic surroundings and the ghoul threat in this piece. I'm a bit torn over what score to give this, though, deciding b/w a 3.5 and a 4. Once I decide, will come back and give an actual vote. Go to Comment
The Pocket Realm of Brocschtal
Locations  (Area)   (Mountains)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-06-25 08:05 PM
I like the added blockquotes. I think now the uniqueness of the place stands out more and I can with certainty give this a 4. Go to Comment
The Pocket Realm of Brocschtal
Locations  (Area)   (Mountains)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-06-25 03:19 AM
I think this sub is a quality one in terms of both completeness and write-up. Why I have a struggle over the score is that all the way up until the last paragraph, I'm inclined to give this sub a 3.5 but the last section I definitely like and think should be graded a 4.

For me, 3.5 is a score I reserve for subs being of better overall quality than the average 'solid' benchmark sub whereas for me a 4 is clearly above the average. In this instance, I think why I think this way is that I like how your wrote up your version of an idyllic place with hidden threat and yet, this version still doesn't distinguish itself from other potential versions of this idea in a way that makes it entirely refreshing. Having said that, though, I also feel like that in the sections I said I would give 3.5, I can find snippets that is clearly deserving of a higher score than just 3.5. For example, I quite like the starting blockquote on how the common people re-interpret the Sundering as a divine-created event and it's quite close to a 4 to me.

I'm afraid that my comment isn't really useful in helpful you to identify what you could possibly improve on. This seems more like me rambling on about what I liked more and what I liked less about various bits of this sub. Anyway, at least now I've vaguely pinpointed key areas that give rise to the score conflict.
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Earth and Iron, a Love Story
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Desert)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-06-25 08:50 PM
The love story is sweet and the way you interweave this background story into how the world could interact with Daazan and Utheleii is nice. Go to Comment
Earth and Iron, a Love Story
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Desert)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-06-25 08:50 PM
The love story is sweet and the way you interweave this background story into how the world could interact with Daazan and Utheleii is nice. Go to Comment
Eyre Magick - Introduction
Systems  (Mystical)   (Defining)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-06-25 03:25 AM
The write-up is clear and to-the-point. I also like how this system of magic relates to genes and ores in real life. Go to Comment
Mobile Ground
Items  (Tools)   (Non-Magical)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-06-20 07:59 PM
Seems to be an interesting idea grounded solidly in logic, even though I personally adhor and suck at physics as a student (and I'm not talking abt uni, this is high school). A good submission for the 100 word challenge. Go to Comment
The Eye of Avarice
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (City/ Ruin)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-06-19 12:48 AM
A solid submission that covers all pertinent angles, with flavour text inserted just where they are needed. Overall, a high quality piece. Go to Comment
The Glyph of Tarnos Krae
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-06-17 06:54 PM
A neat idea that seamlessly integrates the 3 freetexts. I like the blockquote and the completeness of this sub. Go to Comment
How I Vote
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Citadel Help)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-06-17 07:17 PM
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How I Vote
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Citadel Help)
Moonlake's comment on 2012-06-19 07:39 PM

Given the evolution at the Citadel, my voting practice has changed a little as well so I'm updating this but nothing major has changed from when I just wrote this. 

I am not really that active a voter really but I am quite interested in how different people vote so I thought I will share my own system of voting here for those who felt this topic is interesting. Actually, in essence, my voting system is really quite similar to that of Forganthus. The differences are:

1. The score of 3 is my benchmark score for submissions that do not have obvious problems with respect to spelling and grammar, content and logic (but in reality, I’ve hardly ever given a submission just a 3, I somehow always managed to find something that I like enough about the sub to rise it up to 3.5)

2. I mainly judge a sub by two parts: content and write-up. (I am not a gamer, I just visit this site as someone whose hobby is writing fantasy related things) Regarding content, I only grade its originality and underlying logic, with more weights given to logic (after all, I think there’s really nothing new under the sun, a lot of original ideas are just new spins on existing ideas). And write-up obviously includes anything basic and objective from spelling and grammar to more complex and subjective domains such as expression, tone and atmosphere etc.

3.(NEW!) With new developments at the Citadel such as the Oekaki Challenge and the Weaver Guild Quests etc. that are various forms of Writing Challenges, my votes now adjust for the inherent difficulty of these writing challenges. So a sub that's normally just plain 3 for me is now 3.5 if it falls under one of these challenge categories. I will explicitly mention such deviation from my normal grading scheme in my comment as well. 

4. My 5’s are what I think perfect. Of course, that doesn’t mean the submission has to be perfect with respect to both content and write-up. I think a submission that scores 4-4.5 on one aspect and 5 on the other aspect will already get a 5 from me.

5. I also have a habit of abstaining from voting on particular submissions. These are either: 1) those that I don’t have anything to say about it for whatever reasons, mainly subs that are not really my type- I'm an avid fan of fantasy whereas sci-fi is really not my thing; 2) those below my benchmark score for which I usually leave a comment on suggestions on areas to improve and might revisit if revised; 3) those that I read and found I didn’t agree with the existing score but didn’t want to downvote without providing some constructive feedback on how it could be improved (and usually for these I couldn’t).

6. My Hall of Honour isn’t really reserved for submissions with high scores. It could be something voted low for the write-up but has an underlying idea that’s quite interesting. But of course, it could also well be an old but quality submission that has already been acknowledged by existing votes but maybe hasn’t received enough votes from my point of view or I felt was inspirational and deserved to be looked at again.

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