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Chimera vs Multiple kintypes?
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Chimera vs Multiple kintypes?
I'm curious, how would one figure out that they are a single chimera creature, like a gryphon, instead of simply having multiple sides, like lion and eagle?
2008-08-05 22:32
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Re: Chimera vs Multiple kintypes?
Even using a loose chimeric idea, instead of the classical lion forequarters, goat middle, and snake hindquarters, that's easy for me. Gryphons may be chimeric in nature, but they're very easily defined. We have beaks, wings, and fore-claws (with talons! <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: -->). We also have a lion's hindquarters and tail. For me, I struggled with feline and raptor identities for a while when I was younger (say 10 - 12), since both were always there. By the time I was 12 or 13, and I knew the feeling of my soul a bit better, I was pretty sure of my identity.

Of course, my form has always been rather specific. I've never had leonine forepaws, or anything other than a beak and feathers defining my facial area. And I've never been without my tail, or my wings. If I were to divide the two and call myself either an eagle or a lion, I would be an incomplete eagle, or just part of a lion. When meditating, I can direct my soul into different shapes (like when I stretch out to an energy source, or squeeze into my physical body) but at my most comfortable, I always revert back to a specific shape.

But more importantly, gryphons may seem to be no more than bits and pieces of two creatures melded together, but we're not. There's more to it than that - there are characteristics and forms that are specific to gryphons. Take our tails for a physical example; a gryphon could never fly with a lion's tail, but we certainly don't have an eagle tail. Instead, we have long leonine tails, which end in feathers to help keep us balanced in the air. Our psychology is similarly different; we may have traits similar to both lions and eagles, but we certainly have our own characteristics. I'm really bad at past life regressions, but I still have really strong impressions of societies and hierarchies which just don't exist for lions or eagles.

Really, what I'm saying is, a lion or eagle identity just doesn't fit for me, any more than a sphinx identity would. They may be physically close, but they're way off base. I'm just tired and therefore like to ramble.
2008-08-06 3:27
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Re: Chimera vs Multiple kintypes?
On the contrary, I am 100% certain that I have multiple sides. At one moment, I may feel my Sitherdahn form - a long, lithe serpent tail in place of legs, a long neck extending far above my own head, large wings and of course, my ear flaps turning every which way, listening for sounds the human ear can't detect. At another moment, I may shift into something else - say, the Draith. Short (5'5" to me is very short), long hair, curving horns, but humanoid otherwise.

Now, there are times when I've experience more than one such form at once. usually it's only two, and usually it's in the middle of a subtle shift from one to the other, or when I am emulating the abilities and mentality of both. Once in a while, I get a "chaotic shift" which basically feels like everything at once is trying to be out, and failing at it. Ever seen X-men 2, where Mystique starts transforming into random people near the end? It's sort of like that, only with a non-human template applied. Those don't happen often, but they are always unpleasant when they do. Therefore I can't possibly be a "chimera" of different things melded together seamlessly - I think of myself more as a conglomerate.
2008-08-06 14:00
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Re: Chimera vs Multiple kintypes?
What about something like a cat/human-esque hybrid?

Chimera, hybrid, or other?

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2008-08-21 7:01
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Re: Chimera vs Multiple kintypes?
Well a cat-human hybrid thing could just be an anthropomorphic form of being therian/were. Many therians do see their therioside in an anthropomorphic way instead of just as the animal.

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2008-08-21 17:28
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Seraphyna Wrote:Well a cat-human hybrid thing could just be an anthropomorphic form of being therian/were. Many therians do see their therioside in an anthropomorphic way instead of just as the animal.

*nodnod* My best friend Fenshae draws and presents herself in an anthropomorphic shape, as opposed to just a thylacine. I think it actually works better to blend the human/animal in such a way- acknowledging that the therian has features of both.

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2008-08-21 19:12
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Re: Chimera vs Multiple kintypes?
Seraphyna Wrote:Well a cat-human hybrid thing could just be an anthropomorphic form of being therian/were. Many therians do see their therioside in an anthropomorphic way instead of just as the animal.

Yea, but that doesn't necessarily mean they actually were an athropomorphic cat, it's just how they represent themselves. I draw myself as an anthro too, but that's not the body I was literally in.

dazedwolf Wrote:What about something like a cat/human-esque hybrid?

Chimera, hybrid, or other?

I believe (and correct me if I'm wrong) that a chimera (outside of both Greek and biological definitions) means a creature that has two or more animals' body parts attached to each other; think Frankenstein's monster without the gross additions. A hybrid (or amalgam, another term I ran into recently) is like a blend, like how strawberries and milk are blended together to form a unique product, smoothies.

Thanks for the explanation RosaleenBan
2008-08-23 23:20
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OK I finally understand - thank you!!!

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2008-08-23 23:48
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