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18 June 2014 @ 12:21 am
Don't mind me, just being daemonic again  
joonscribble and I worked together to choose daemons for the Avengers, but now I find myself working on a Thor fic, and so I've had to suss out the Asgardian daemons. Natter below.




For my Aesir daemons, I tried to use animals that would have been known to the vikings. Loki and Heimdall are the exceptions, but I thought with Loki's love of travel and reading, and Heimdall's ability to see everywhere, they might have seen some other animals to pick from.


Loki
Galdra (Old Norse, from 'Galdr', meaning 'magic staff')
an alien variation of a caracal.
Caracals are desert lynxes, with the ability to form a variety of sounds. They are solitary, and travel great distances to find their own territories. They are very agile, and adept hunters, who stalk their prey, and who can leap high enough in the air to catch a bird in flight.

Odin
Brynja (Old Norse, meaning 'armor')
a polar bear.
Polar bears are extremely powerful hunters, who use different techniques to attack their prey, depending on the situation. They are cautious in confrontations, and will only attack when severely provoked. Bears were considered a suitable gift for a king in the Viking age.

Frigga
Runi (Old Norse, meaning 'secret lore)
a norwegian lynx.
Norwegian lynx are sleek, agile cats, who hunt their prey with stalking, ambushing, and stealth. They raise their children, and teach them to hunt. Lynxes drew goddesses carriages in Norse mythology.

Sif
Avindur (Old Norse, meaning 'against the wind')
an arctic wolf.
Arctic wolves are unafraid of people, and fierce hunters. They live in packs, and hunt as a group, with an alpha male and an alpha female.

Fandral -- Nanna (Old Norse, meaning 'daring'), a pine marten. I wanted something sort of agile and swashbuckling for Fandral, and pine martens are quick and known for being some of the best hunters amongst the tree tops.

Volstagg -- Thruda (Old Norse, from 'Þrùð' meaning 'strength'), an Asgardian wild boar (rather similar to a warthog). Volstagg is known for his strength in battle, so I wanted something sturdy and solid for him. He's also portayed as big eater and on the heavy side, so I thought a pig would do him nicely. And her tusks give her an air of danger, which means she can hold her own, despite her size.

Hogun-- Emine (Turkish, meaning 'honest/reliable/trustworthy'), a short-eared owl. Hogun seems to be based on a Mongol culture, rather than a Viking one, so I choose an owl native to Mongolia, and a name from Turkish (which was common amongst Mongol peoples during their empire). Hogun is supposed to be the wise and measured one of the Warriors Three, and owls are thought to be wise by stereotype. He's also known as 'the grim', so I chose one with a grumpy face.

Heimdall-- Saga (Old Norse, meaning 'seeing'), a mantis shrimp. Mantis shrimp are badass little things, who have the most amazing eyes amongst the animal kingdom. They have trinocular vision, and can see in multiple spectrums. They are also rather viscious, and have been known to break the tanks when kept as pets. And they are rainbow coloured, and Heimdall is in charge of the rainbow bridge.
 
 
 
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 18th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
These are all pretty badass. Heimdall's might be my favorite though.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 18th, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
Heimdall's daemon took awhile to find. I wanted to give him a tarsier, but they were just too cute looking for him, so I settled on the shrimp.

I've done Merlin daemons now. Please help me.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 18th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
I've done Merlin daemons now. Please help me.

I've been writing daemon fic so I think I'm in the sinking ship with you.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 18th, 2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry I got you into this situation. Eventually I will run out of characters to daemonize though, and then..maybe everything will be okay.

We really should find a responsible adult to supervise us.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 18th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
A part of me loves this whole daemon world because there is such good fic fodder. I mean, writing interactions between Issie and Shess has brought me great joy and internal squee. But...yeah, I need to stop staring at people's pets on the street and thinking about them as manifestations of their soul.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 18th, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
I am so glad I'm not the only one who does this. Or sees pics like this and goes 'daemons!'.

Someone pointed out on tumblr that one of their steps of character development is deciding what daemon their character might have, and I wonder if that's what appeals to me. The character development part. Because I am all about the character development. And names. There are also the names.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 18th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
I like how you can show something about the human characters by having their daemons do something. Like the humans might be fighting but their daemons are cozily huddled together. It's a bit like the conscious and unconscious at work which appeals to my psychologist self.

And there are the names. And the animals.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 19th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
It's a bit like the conscious and unconscious at work which appeals to my psychologist self.

Ah, yeah, I can see why that aspect appeals to you. I also like having someone's conscience there to talk to them directly, and contrasting the different viewpoints that way. Putting those inner arguments into a conversation form is very interesting.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 19th, 2014 01:40 am (UTC)
Putting those inner arguments into a conversation form is very interesting.

It's like someone talking to themselves only less crazy looking. Uh..yeah.

On an unrelated note, more photos of people as pandas:
http://bicoastalbitchin.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/panda3.png
http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2012/10/12/1226494/222564-panda-suits.jpg

I think the real pandas in these are like, "...Let's get out of here."
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 19th, 2014 02:17 am (UTC)
C'mon, those panda suits in the second pic aren't even trying. They're basically t-shirts and pillowcases. Poor pandas.

I think the real pandas in these are like, "...Let's get out of here."

"I know this is a good neighbourhood, Steve, but I just don't like those ones next door. They're creepy."
"They're just trying to be friendly, Martha."
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The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 19th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
Psst, I did Issie and Shess this morning. Here.

Issie's probably post-serum, as she's a little bigger than a standard TR terrier, I would say.

Edited at 2014-06-19 04:38 pm (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 19th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
Awwwww....

They look a little unsure of each other which makes sense since it's post-serum. It's like you've looked inside my brain and saw the snippets I'm writing about these two.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 19th, 2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
I did try to give Shess a smile, but she looked weird, so I kept her a bit bewildered looking. Issie looks like she's trying to be friendly and Shess looks like 'so, you're big now, that's weird'.

I don't know if this will be useful to you, or maybe just entertaining, but there's a behind the scenes video of Michael Fassbender working with black bears for A Bear Named Winnie. It's here. It's not all him, but it might help you see how a black bear and human might interacting with each other.

Edited at 2014-06-19 10:30 pm (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 20th, 2014 01:57 am (UTC)
'so, you're big now, that's weird'.

Yeah, Shess remains a bit weirded out by it longer than Bucky is by Steve, much to Issie's annoyance. She didn't even grow four times her size!

it might help you see how a black bear and human might interacting with each other.

Thanks!
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 20th, 2014 02:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, Shess remains a bit weirded out by it longer than Bucky is by Steve, much to Issie's annoyance. She didn't even grow four times her size!

Awww, that's because she was his soul and plenty big enough to start with. *doesn't pet her, because that would be wrong*