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Floala let out a squeak as the walls of her starting pod disappeared into the floor.
Blinking rapidly, she gasped in surprise as she took in the arena.
The judges had not been lying when they said they had transformed the arena into a natural wonder. She was standing in a beautiful green area, surrounded on all sides by thick grass that came up to just below her mouth. Scattered about, she could see strange plants, mushrooms and flowers, all of which managed to look both simultaneously pretty and terrifying. However, the most fascinating aspect of the arena was the enormous tree that sat in the centre of it.
Floala looked up at it in amazement. She had seen many large trees back in Xanta, but none even came close to the impressiveness of this one. The trunk was vast, spanning several metres across, with a gnarly and uneven surface. The branches were even more awe-inspiring still, stretching out across the enti
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At 6pm that night, four ICHs lit up with an important announcement.
‘Hey there, semifinalists!’ Slica said, ‘Tomorrow morning you'll need to come to the dome bright and early; we have special outfits for this round to give you. The match will involve a sport of our own invention; you're going to be dodging and deflecting balls of slime!’
‘Don't worry; the stuff is harmless’ Suls continued chirpily, ‘And the suits and goggles we're providing will keep you dry. Be careful, the slime will stick to your suits and not come off, and the first competitor fully covered in it loses!’
‘Your robots will accompany you into the arena, and you can use them to generate a small energy shield to deflect the slime balls away from you, or at your opponent,’ Janie added robotically.
‘Oh,’ Slica said, ‘And this time we've turned the dome into a bit of a natural wonder! There'll be all kinds of plants in there that do some crazy s
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Xotiathon - Round 4 - Ignorance is Bliss - Part 7
‘Are you ready?’
Floala nodded mutely, ignoring the flutter of nerves in her stomach.
Suls shot her a comforting smile as he poked his head round the door, ‘Perfect. I’ll go let her know now.’
The door shut with a quiet thump. Floala sighed and collapsed backwards on the chair. She fiddled with her claws anxiously, doing her best to resist the temptation to rearrange her beautifully done-up fur.
Although she was now sat in the television studio waiting room, she still couldn’t believe she was here. The past 48 hours had been such a veritable whirlwind of facts and figures, it had felt as if it would never end. And yet, here she was. Surprisingly calm and head so full of facts she thought it might explode.
True to his word, Suls had delivered extensive training on the art of presenting to the camera. Over several grueling hours, he had gone over how to respond to what felt like every possible question and scenario. He’d picked apart her speaking
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‘Did you really have to bite that poor zinotex’s arm off?’
Floala felt heat rise to her cheeks as Tazan looked at her tiredly, rubbing his head with his tailpaw.
Stressed and irritated from breakfast, Floala ignored the guilt that sat in her stomach and glared at her brother’s huge face on the screen. The call had only started a few minutes ago and, already, she was being criticised.
‘Yes,’ she answered, daring him to challenge her, ‘And I won, didn’t I?’
Tazan sighed, closing his eyes.
‘You did,’ he said gently, ‘And, as I said before, we’re all really proud of you for that.’
He looked back at her, concern knitting his features, ‘But I am worried. You might have got through to the next round but…’
He shook his head, sighing audibly, ‘I can’t imagine the way you won has gone down too well with the sponsors.’
‘Well, you’re not entirely wrong a
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Xotiathon - Round 4 - Ignorance is Bliss - Part 4
As Gal made her way towards the infirmary, she felt her mood lighten. The idea of seeing her fledglings bought a smile to her face. No matter how bleak things got, she always took comfort in the idea that her little ones were waiting for her.
Will their colours be starting to show yet? Gal thought absent-mindedly as she opened the door to the tiny hospital. She hadn’t the faintest idea but she looked forward to finding out.
Striding into the room, Gal made her way through the rows of beds and past the bored-looking medical staff. The room was fairly empty now, the post-round rush clearly over. She reminded herself that she should take the opportunity to grab some painkillers for herself on the way out.
Floating on pleasant anticipation, she sought out the private room Slica had told her little Campion occupied. After a short search she spotted a familiar yellow sraigsar stationed by a door.
Cursing her luck, Gal approached the door fully expecting a fight. As expected, the
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‘Wait… You’re telling me this place has been here all this time?’
Floala stared around herself, eyes the size of saucers. She was stood in a vast plaza, two floors of pristine shop windows lining the circular walls around her. Through them, Floala could see displays of sparkling and spotless items of all varieties. Crowds of aliens buzzed around her excitedly, clutching their new purchases in alien language-covered bags.
Floala felt a surge of excitement. Vututho had, of course, explained what a mall was but nothing could have prepared her for the reality. She had never seen anything like it in all her life.
Vututho giggled, ‘Of course!’
Floala blinked, still disbelieving. All this time, she’d stayed in that boring lounge, completely unaware of the other things available to her.
‘I-it’s amazing,’ she breathed, catching sight of a beautiful ornate fountain as they moved forward.
‘I know, right?!’ Vutut
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Floala awoke with a jolt, sitting upright as her ICH let out a loud beeping sound.
‘Message received!’
Startled, Floala’s nose twitched as she sought out her floating robot. Brain addled by tiredness, she was immediately confused by her surroundings.
This isn’t my room, she thought. Where am I?
‘Is everything ok, bud?’
Floala jumped, grabbing at the sheets with her tailpaws. However, she immediately relaxed when she saw a familiar masked face peering at her over the side of the bed.
Of course! Floala thought, blinking her sleep away. I’m in Vututho’s room.
The realisation both soothed and surprised her in equal measure.
After she had left the Judge’s Office, she’d been completely at a loss for what to do. Terrified by the idea of being alone with her thoughts, she had wandered the corridors just to avoid going back to her room.
And then, her ICH had received a call.
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Head low, Floala left the infirmary dosed up to the eyeballs on painkillers.
She’d, by some miracle, avoided any broken bones. However, she definitely hadn’t emerged from the arena unscathed. In addition to all her sore muscles, bruises and a split lip (she wasn’t sure when that had happened), the base of her tail was wrapped tightly in bandages and hurt to move. To say she was feeling a little worse for wear was an understatement. Especially since she had a beautiful purple black eye blooming on the right side of her face, ruining her looks.
Floala sighed as she limped down the corridor. The medical staff had issued her with strict instructions to rest but she had a job to do first. She couldn’t avoid the waiting crowd any longer.
As she approached the door to the public area of the arena, she felt a wave of panic. Doing her best to silence her fears, she tried to collect her thoughts.
‘Keep it simple, don’t take questions and, whatever you do, d
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Feeling satisfied after his delicious breakfast of tea and crepes, Caster walked with Ryso towards the arena. Wandering at a leisurely pace down the corridor, they happily chatted away about their lives and families. However, this all fell away as they approached the arena door and nerves took hold of both of them.
Taking a deep breath, Caster moved to push through the arena door. However, to his surprise, it wouldn’t budge.
‘That’s weird,’ Ryso mused, ‘We’re on time.’
Caster frowned. This was really weird. Normally the competition ran like clockwork.
‘There must have been a hold up, I guess,’ he responded, voice quivering.
Ryso looked as unsettled as he felt.
‘I suppose we’ll just have to wait then,’ Ryso said with a frown.
They both looked at each other. After all the anticipation and build up, they both felt at a loose end.
‘I think there a competitor-only lounge close by,’ Ryso said after a f
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    Vivialta found herself distracted on the way to find Ryso. Her pace was already pretty slow compared to most visitors here, so she should really stay focused. She couldn’t let this opportunity pass though. If Ryso left then she’d have to go and drag him back here by the ear. With a gruff huff of air out her nose she called out to a dejected looking pink figure walking down an adjacent hall.
    “Hey kid!” the pink fluff stopped, looking around. Though somewhat hard to read given her lack of visible mouth, she seemed somewhere between confused and offended. Who called her? And who dared to call her a kid? Eyes landing on Vivi, her brows furrowed. Despite a weirdly phrased comment she suspected was supposed to be uplifting at breakfast, they hadn’t really spoken much before.
    “Thanks for stopping, I don’t think I woulda been able to catch you if you darted,” Vivi smiled, careful not to sho
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Ho- shit, Rolo isn't completely neglecting her profile?! WHAATTTT!

I know. Insanity. But I got tagged more times than I can count, so I'm about to jump on the character meme bandwagon (about 3 months after I was first tagged... this has sat half-finished in my for longer than I'd like to admit).

So, here's my 8 facts about the only two characters I have, Floala and Karl.


1. Post these rules.
2. Post 8 facts about your character.
3. Tag 8 other people along with the characters you want them to write about (which leads to rule 4).
4. Post their avatars and write the character names next to them.

Floala vi Trh of Xanta, entrant for Xotiathon

I'm going to cheat a bit and make some of these facts about her species because Xotiathon is still going on and I don't want to spoil anything too much.

1. Floala is a complete brat. There's a multitude of different reasons for this but it generally boils down to the fact that she has had very little social contact outside 'official visits' to other high-status glibbys. These were always very formal and Floala never really had to relate to others or make small talk in any way. Sadly, this means she has never had any real friends (not that she thought she needed any) and she spent most of her time alone inside the castle. As their only daughter, her parents have also spoilt her rotten, giving her a serious superiority complex.

2. The only real friendship Floala has is with her brother, Tazan. Although they didn't grow up together (Tazan is significantly older), Tazan is (surprisingly) fond of Floala and has always provided advice and guidance to her whenever she asked for it (which wasn't often!). However, Tazan is very well aware how socially inept and silly Floala is and he will always call her out on it in a good-humoured way. 

3. The glibby species have only very recently formed civilized society. They have only had technology and 'society' for the last 20 odd years. Previous to this, they were essentially wild species with no social order, customs or culture. This life is still in the memory of many glibbys. Floala's father revolutionised Glibby life, introducing jobs (all mining related) and social order.

4. The divide between rich and poor glibbys is incredibly pronounced. Glibbys part of the 'Succession' (royal family) or high society live in large abodes which, while they are shoddily made and filled with past-it second-hand goods and technology, are considered very luxurious. They have developed a multitude of customs and cultures (many modeled on those of planets) that would be completely alien to most glibbys.

The vast majority of glibbys live a semi-feral lifestyle, hunting their own food while working to buy technology and materials to build their homes in slum-like villages. Mining and working as a merchant to sell goods are the only two jobs currently available in civil society (and there are still an amount of glibbys who do neither). 

4. Male glibbys in the Succession (i.e Floala's brothers) work to improve their father's empire. Depending on their role, they might run the mines to ensure the glibbys have enough to sell, buy items for glibby-kind from merchants or, most importantly, go off-planet to negotiate new business relationships. This last role is the most respected but dangerous, with many glibbys risking their health and life to do so. This is the role Tazan held before he retired to start the Second Succession (start a family) and is how he lost his eye. 

5. The only goal Floala has in life is to have children. Not even kidding. 

6. Floala is an avid fan of soaps, chat shows and gossip magazines. This is kind of hilarious as she basically doesn't understand what is going on in any of them. All of the media she consumes comes from other planets and features aliens and she has no awareness of cultures outside her own. 

7. Floala does not understand the concept of clothes and she believes these are a part of all the aliens she meets. She's really not very bright. 

8. Floala is EXTREMELY proud of being overweight. In glibby culture, being flabby is associated with health and good status, as it means you are well-off enough to eat a lot. Extra weight is extremely attractive to male glibbys also. 

Karl Gecko, winner of Spiral Down Films OCT

Astonishingly, I actually have 101 facts about Karl that never made it in to my SDF stuff. I pretty much had a whole backstory for him in my head, none of which ever got mentioned because other plot stuff took precedent. 

1. Karl was one of the prototypes built of a new kind of realistic robotic toys. He was never meant to be sentient. His siblings were all just complex clockwork toys, in effect. This was extremely depressing for Karl, as he was 'alone' from the moment he was born. 

2. When it was decided that the 'experimental toys' would not go to market, the company decided to destroy all evidence of the product in case anyone decided to steal the idea. Consequently, Karl's 'siblings' were essentially burnt to death. Karl only just managed to escape the incinerator with his life. This was a very scarring event for him. 

3. When he first escaped the facility in which he was created, Karl was a very naive and trusting soul. Unfortunately, without any family or friends to help him grow, this meant his early life was very bleak. Several different groups of people took advantage of him and his abilities, meaning he grew to have an extremely negative impression of life and others. This led him to become the very insulting and anti-social being he was in SDF.

4. Depressed by the civilised world, at one point Karl tried living as a wild gecko in the desert. While he found temporary happiness living alongside his 'own kind', his dreams came to a grinding halt when he realised that he could never reproduce (and could, consequently, never attract a mate). Feeling there was 'no point' to anything he was doing, he returned to the city and led a very empty life. His only kicks came from being nasty to others (which gave him a sense of control and satisfaction) and cheating at games and gambling. In short, he was a very sad gecko. 

5. The only joy in Karl's life came from his 'upgrades' which gave him a temporary purpose. A little like a thrill seeker or drug addict, he enjoyed pushing his body to the limit and experiencing new things. His upgrades included colour vision, better hearing and a quicker and more powerful CPU (which made him more intelligent). This culminated in the installation of a sense of smell at the beginning of his audition for SDF and we all know how that went. 

6. Karl could not feel pain. This, combined with his very negative view of the world, meant he had an issue empathizing with others. This is what led to his psychopathic tendencies. However, his assholeishness was not an 'innate' trait and, with the right circumstances, he could have/could still become a far nicer person. However, being honest, this would be really friggin unlikely by this point. 

7. Karl's biggest goal in life was to impress the internet trolls and hackers he met on online forums. Sad, right? Consequently, his story was intended to be circular. He started out as an internet troll, browsing the internet. After he transferred his consciousness to the online world, he essentially became a sentient computer virus - the ultimate troll. While he might have lost his body, ultimately this turned out to be the best thing for him and he is very happy in his new state. 

8. Originally, Karl was going to use normal swears. However, the SDF judges advised me that excessive swearing was against the rules and I decided to use British euphemisms instead. Thank gawd for that because his friggin language became a feckin huge part of his character. 

9. Bonus fact - Karl betraying everyone and working with Winston was always a real possibility. In an alternate universe, it is very possible (even probable) that he could have taken Winston up on his deal or betrayed him and decided to run the studio himself. His ultimate end was chosen depending on the experiences and interactions he had in the course of the story. In particular, his interactions with astridtjejen's Martin ended up being one of the deciding factors in what I chose as an ending. 

I think everyone I watch/am friends with have done this by this point so... uhhh. If you haven't yet and you fancy it, knock yourself out! 


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I'm a 26 year old who loves writing.

Winner of Spiral Down Films OCT.
Currently in third round for Xotiathon OCT.


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ReverendAspen Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I know I'm late in the UK, but there's still time for this in America!

Happy Anniversary of Your Birth, Rolo! Hope you had a great one! ^^
Techn0Gecko Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
Thank you, Aspen :D You weren't that late (you posted pretty much around midnight last night for UK time!).

I had a really fantastic couple of days off work in a lovely seaside town with my boyfriend, so it's been fabulous :)
ReverendAspen Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
That does indeed sound nice. ^^ Glad you had a good time.