Scylla and Charybdis
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    20th of December 2016

    otterkit

    According to The Free Dictionary, our phrase 'between a rock and a hard place' was originally 'between Scylla and Charybdis' which in Homer's Odyssey signified a monster on a rock (Scylla) and a fatal whirlpool (Charybdis) Odysseus was tasked to navigate between the two terrible fates, each as vile a choice as the other. This phrase was used figuratively by the Roman writer Virgil and many writers since.

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    20th of December 2016

    melaredblu

    I don't know about all the secrets. Maybe go with a need to know basis, though. Telling people the most crucial information they need to protect themselves and others is probably the best compromise in this case. Not that it's any easier, but...

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    20th of December 2016

    otterkit

    Yeah Dai'Chi wins the Blanket Statement Of The Year Prize ;) Don't worry, Baxt will tell him so!

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    20th of December 2016

    Tantz Aerine

    Oh that will be fun.

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    20th of December 2016

    otterkit

    Yeeeah.....but you never know, he may have a bit of a point ;)

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    20th of December 2016

    Yasmine

    I like the way this guy thinks! XD

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    20th of December 2016

    otterkit

    Right to the point, as usual. But sometimes the overthinkers of the world need someone around to point out simple answers ;)

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    21st of December 2016

    Josh S.

    New reader and very excited by the story and the story telling, as well as the gorgeous art. Thank you!

    But I bumped into a broken link when I went looking for Tales of Atla from the link below the map. Are they moved somewhere?

    Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

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    21st of December 2016

    otterkit

    Hi Josh, thanks for the heads up! We'll take care of that after the holiday. Glad you gave us a heads up!

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    22nd of December 2016

    Josh S.

    My pleasure.

    I also plugged you on FB, where a friend with ~5,000 friends saw it and plugged it, as well.

    We'll see if we can boost your readership a little!

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    24th of December 2016

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    23rd of December 2016

    Marscaleb

    The smartest thing to do is fill in people one-at-a-time. find the most sensible and trustworthy and tell them who Arik really is.

    And you don't really need to tell Yma EVERYTHING, just that this dude harbors a grudge against these people form thousands of years ago.

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    24th of December 2016

    otterkit

    If only we were all so sensible when our emotions kicked in.....
    Actually, my writers and I would welcome some reader feedback on what we've been trying to get across here. Kitik minds are geared toward pattern recognition and recording, which makes them very good at figuring things out and seeing connections but also very rigid in their thinking compared to other races. It's psychologically difficult for the species when something doesn't follow the pattern or the rules. We based this off what happens to mimicry-based animals in our own world; you can actually give a chameleon a heart attack by showing it too many colors too fast, and a cuttlefish will have a fatal panic attack if you overwhelm it.
    So as a reader, is that getting across?

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    24th of December 2016

    Kyp

    Found you thanks to Josh and his friend, and now I'm hooked and hoping this never ends!

    I'd assumed it was because of whatever root characteristic was the source of the idea that kitiks are... moral judges, was it? (I can't find the page quickly enough to quote it, sorry). It was definitely clear that rules are important to Arik, be they the laws of living beings or of science (though I was about to add language to the list, and remembered all the exceptions that seem to exist in living languages - those must bug him!). I didn't make the connection between that and being a mimicry-based race at all, but I certainly realized that Arik had very rule/pattern based thought processes. I think I'd actually just pegged him as a little aspie.

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    27th of December 2016

    otterkit

    Glad you found us and are enjoying! In a human Asperger's would be close to Arik's natural thought process, though his issue is that he naturally picks up on EVERYTHING including other people's emotions, and putting very firm rules and categories in place is how he orders the world around him into something he can handle. Humans actually filter out roughly 70% of the input we receive on a daily basis. Arik doesn't have the psychological mechanism to do that. Languages actually intrigue him because you can write down, explain and order every rule and every exception to it, and that makes it feel orderly ;) There's a reason for everything, even if the reason is a quirk of history.

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    28th of December 2016

    Marscaleb

    What comes off is something that I feel less is about a result of Arik's species, but what I see of him is more like "what he is." Everyone thinks differently, and so far I haven't felt like Arik not seeing ideas that I see has felt like cheap writing where he SHOULD have figured it out.

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    28th of December 2016

    otterkit

    Ouch! Guess we still have a lot to work on, we'll keep at it :)

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