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Published: November 17, 2015
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This is :iconprodigal-gamer:'s Emily "Semaphore" Barnes reinterpreted as a sprite for Marvel: Avengers Alliance.  You can check out development of the character moveset and stat proposals here.
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Thanks.  Yeah, I wasn't sure the wig would turn out, but figured she'd need a wig to make the patterns both meaningful and easy-to-view from multiple angles for her teammates.  That way, they can get her messages from up to 35 feet away, instead of having to stand right next to her.

I will say this about the wig: if the accents are removed, it does kinda make her look like Sonic.  But since this is the MAA Fanfic Universe, and it has no shortage of Sonic fans, that might actually work to her advantage.

Come to think of it, that could be one of her catchphrases.  "Dig the wig!"  Perfect!
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I know you asked earlier about Emily's early life. Really, I have not thought a great deal about it. I have speculated that she might be a college sophomore and employed at a trendy, casual cafe/restaurant at the time of her arrest. She likes hanging out, listening to live music, and engaging in deep conversation with her friends. She is not particularly athletic, but likes outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. She loves dogs. She probably smokes marijuana more than she should.
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I see.  She only became an athlete much later, but was certainly not one before getting caught.

I'll fix the wiki bio.  She's like a Disney Princess...gone horribly wrong.  :-)  (And that's actually pretty exploitable too.)

Of course, if she did a lot of weed before getting caught, then that would explain why nobody believed a word she said about Xiboruty until they saw her hair changing color.  (Many don't know that there's a huge difference between weed and LSD.) And then, they were so freaked out, she wished she'd not said anything at all.

And I'm glad for the personality details.  They help a lot.  Especially the "likes to hang out with friends a lot" part.  I was just about turning her into a combination of Belle from Beauty and the Beast mixed with Karolina Dean from The Runaways,  but your explanation makes more sense.

As for trendy cafe....would a Grillitan Diner work?  (I'll have uploads of that soon, if I can get the game files to cooperate.)
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I'm not sure what a Grillitan Diner is, though it would probably work just fine.
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Glad you asked. 

I came up with the idea for Grillitan Diner in 2002, while listening to the Cheer Up! album by Reel Big Fish.  I was going to call it "Grillboys," but found out there's already a franchise by that name in real life.

Grillitan Diners are actually more like Kenosha Spot Drive-Ins or a scaled-back Sonic Drive-In than true greasy spoon diners. 

They are usually red brick buildings that operate like a seasonal miniature Dairy Queen, usually open from May-October, similar to the Dairy Queen Brazier in Big Rapids, MI., but larger.

It's possible that Emily's Grillitan would have been much more upscale than Wes and Valerie's, as the franchise heads that the Sankey family put in charge of expansion from Delaware to Virginia would have wanted to ensure that the company was represented the best way possible outside its home state.  It's also possible that Emily's could have been open year-round, rather than the standard seasonal stint. 

By contrast, Wes was put in charge of the very-run-down original location.  So while Wes, Valerie, Bookie, and Reggie were pretty much running a glorified DQ Brazier, Emily worked at what would have amounted to a Denny's by comparison. 

Wes and his friends never have to worry about the Cheshire Pig.  Xiboruty's terrorizing of the town is seldom mentioned by Wes and his friends, and they don't start paying attention until Utkitroll shows up. 

They also don't seem to notice anything Luin, Rita, Heron, Spatula, Beat-Drop, or Eurodance do either.  When they leave work for the evening, the Grease Depositor sings his song and tries to make all the pots and pans nasty.  But the Smiley Cleaner Mascot is always there to stop him - and chase him around in a harassing manner. 

Greasy D and Smiley tend to fly past characters often, buzzing around like flies with one fleeing the other.  Yet, the Grillitan crew never seems to notice.  The only paranormal phenomenon that any of them do seem to notice, is a white rabbit with red eyes and an obsession with the moon that keeps spying on them.

I picture Grillitan Diner as a surrealist comedy, like Good Burger on acid or something, or like a modern-day Monty Python and the Holy Grail with the cartoon asides.  Think of it as being like the cartoon birds that always followed Uncle Remus around in Song of the South, except if they began swordfighting for no reason and nobody ever noticed - and their entire 4-second cameo amounted to a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment.

And the ska-punk soundtrack I have in mind would further set the tone.  (Reel Big Fish, of course, is the main band for setting the tone.  For starters, here's their ska-punk version of A-Ha's "Take on Me.")

Having ska as the main genre played on Grillitan music speakers makes a lot of sense too.  It sets a fun mood.
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That actually sounds a lot like the Dairy Queen I remember from my youth (and the one that still exists in nearby Paintsville).
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Looked it up on Google Maps.  Yep, that's definitely the place.  And it looks a lot nicer than the Big Rapids one I remember from college, and is about the right size for Wes' Grillitan Diner (but definitely spruced up better.)

A major inspiration from my childhood for Wes' Grillitan was the Burlingame Dairy Dip in Wyoming, MI, located at 3555 Burlingame Ave. 

It's apparently been bought out recently, and is now a "What's the Scoop?" center.  They can call it that all they want, but it will always be the Burlingame Dairy Dip to me.  (These changes have hit me right in the nostalgia pretty hard.)

It used to have a dark maroon trim on the roof, a tattered and faded yellow tarp, and ugly red bricks on the exterior.  And a really crappy parking lot.  That was the 90s though, and the current establishment barely resembles what was there in yester-year.

Skyline Video nearby used to be a Blockbuster store, and I remember it had booming business in 1994 (somehow, I remember a lot of stuff from when I was 11.)  The Walgreens used to be located a lot further back, as there used to be a gas station there competing with Speedway.  The area has gentrified quite a bit from the 90s. 
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