Fantasy Disabilities?

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  1. TheAdamBo (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I had an idea for a superhero once called Grasshopper who's legs are lame, but he has a set of robotic braces that let him walk, and they're so strong that he can... well... leap tall buildings in a single bound.

    ... also, he was crippled by his old martial arts master, who called him "Grasshopper," so that's where his name came from.

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  2. GeneralRincewind (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @TheAdamBo
    How realistic wil this chracter probably be? Because I can definitely see him jumping tall buildings, just that the landing would break him.

  3. TheAdamBo (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Uh... comic book realistic? About as realistic as saying a guy could get hit by an atomic bomb and end up turning into a rampaging green monster whenever he got angry?

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  4. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    No. The jump would be identically harsh, if not worse, than the landing. They did this experiment on mythbusters using a seesaw and some blobs of meat. Of course, the magic of comics doesn't care about real physics... but as far as physics are concerned, all forms of acceleration have an identical effect on the body. Sudden starts are just as deadly as sudden stops.

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  5. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @TheAdamBo - So something, something, 'really strong leg braces that fix most of the problem', right? Would that effectively take care of his disability, or would you keep following it to say he still gets stuck sometimes because the braces are bulky or heavy or... something like that? What's the plan? :D

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  6. TheAdamBo (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Well, I don't have any plans to actually write this story at the moment, lol. I *am* thinking about writing a superhero story (heck, people already tell me Juryokine is a superhero story in a fantasy world), but not this one. Anyway, he would still go around in public in his wheelchair to protect his secret identity.

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  7. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Ooh! That's actually a damn good cover. Alright, well, I'm certainly interested. If you do get around to writing the serial, pitch it to me, remind me who Grasshopper is, and I'll check it out.

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  8. TheAdamBo (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Tarta, yeah, kinda like how Daredevil still pretends to be blind when he's in public and uses his cane, even though he can "see" better than pretty much anyone else.

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  9. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Great. Now I wanna write a story about a perfectly healthy person who pretends to have a bunch of disabilities in his superhero persona. ... He does it for endorsement deals. And because people feel bad about punching a blind guy in a wheelchair.

    Bonus points for not even having powers in the first place.

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  10. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I haven't read all the comments yet, but I wanted to say something before I hunt dinner.

    I've approached this idea from a writing challenge standpoint. As such, I've always wanted to write a Blind person in the first person. Just to see how it would force me to describe things. It would lock off so much information - like expressions, gestures, et cetera. Or a character missing an arm. Something that genuinely shifts the writing. There are others reasons I'm sure, and it seems you were talking about mental disabilities (I wrote a character with hydrophobia once).

    That's just my experience.

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  11. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Shaeor - My mind went to physical and visible disabilities, so don't worry: I'm on your wavelength. :D And that's exactly the motivation for writing a character with any sort of disability that I want to hear. If you're taking the time to give a character that trait, it should be used to accomplish something that impacts the plot; otherwise, why did you spend the time writing it, and why did I spend the time reading it? There should be a reward in the end the same way there would be if I made my character seven feet tall, even if it's just through small things like hitting that character's head on a doorframe. I want that interaction and exploration of the world through the unique way you've promised by putting this particular person in front of me.

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  12. LadyAnder (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @Tantra I just have to call it that here for simplicity sake. In the story, I call is something else which I've gone through two terms already because I wasn't happy with either of them and I remember coming across at least one historical terms for it and I wasn't very pleased with it so I never used it. I figure by the time I get to that 3rd draft, I'll have the term picked out.

    And since I did base it on actual asthma he has his triggers. Strenuous activities like running or prolonged fighting as well as temperature/seasonal change. Usually him going from a warm to cold. Now I've had emotional stress being a factor but I've one instance of that and it's bothered me since I wrote that part so I have to revise that section and do something different. It's makes it all slightly inconsistent because he gets upset and frightened in a few parts where honestly it should trigger but it doesn't. The attacks can be mild or pretty severe dependent on what causes it, his condition at the time, and the setting. Most confrontations I've written he uses magic to deal with because he's trained in ranged combat and he's also a magic user. Close combat is a no-no. If he get hit in the diaphragm that can trigger an attack. He knows this and actively avoids a physical fight the one instance he doesn't it's because he let his emotions get the better of him. If he fights, always ranged, it's usually with magic or he uses his bow. Mostly magic though. To be honest, there isn't a lot of heavy combat in the story because it's not your typical fantasy story.

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  13. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    @LadyAnder - What was the emotional stress? Because if you're following standard human physiology, you could work yourself up into a stress-fit enough to set yourself off in the same way running or any other physical activity would.

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  14. GeneralRincewind (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Actually , do you guys think it would be a good idea to start a thread where a theme is given and you have to try and write a story that relates to the theme? Be kinda interesting and informational, given all the excellent writers on this forums.

  15. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    That sounds cool as hell, actually.

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