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Tentatively saying hello
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Tentatively saying hello
Greetings!

I'm Echidna (which is my artist's and performer name).

I'm new to otherkin communities, if not to the idea of being otherkin.
Skimming over the topics here showed me many things I'm familiar with, and I especially appreciate the scientific and rational approach that is prevalent.

I'd like to read a bit more to get a feeling for how you define otherkin categories before going into much detail, but here are some infos about myself:

I've been very otherwordly since birth.
I had a hard time adjusting to a human body, and to convince my family as a small child to not force me into eating meat, especially fish.
I feel an affinity for many animals, and seeing one tortured, killed, or hunted for sport gives me the feeling a normal human will have when they see that happening to another human.

I try to verify my own memories and feelings with scientific methods, to see if they are "legit".
Things that have happened on earth, I usually scour history books, old annals, ancient maps, scriptures and so on.
For the happenings "farther away", I have delved into astrophysics.

I've also studied mythologies and religions all around the world extensively, and tried to make sense of it all.
Lastly, I've dabbled in palaeontology, looking for the "missing links" to the creatures and their world I remember.
I might share some the conclusions I have drawn from all these fields of study, hopefully I won't offend anyone.

That's it for now, if you have questions, I'm happy to answer.
Note: English is only my third language, and I might confuse some terms or put words in a funny order, sorry if that happens.
2015-03-18 14:55
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Re: Tentatively saying hello
Welcome <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile --> I see you listed your kintype as fae. I'm curious how you figured out your kintype.

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2015-03-18 17:55
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Welcome to OKP; glad you made it over here!

And only your third language! That's impressive! What are your first two?

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2015-03-18 18:39
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Thanks for the welcome!

well, the kintype.
I'm not sure if I can be put into a category, to be honest.
I looked over the subforums to see where I might best fit in.

The closest would probably be a drakaina, which is a female dragon/serpent, a shapeshifter that is often half a nymph and sometimes winged.
The dragon category here seems to be pervaded by modern ideas however, and the notion of dragons often assuming humanoid form seems to be unpopular.

Fae seemed to be a solid choice in that case.
There is also a lot of overlap from what I've seen others say about it (although some seem to think they genuinely have glamour aka fairy magic. Eh let's not get into that so soon <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- sTongue --> ).

@Elinox; my mother tongue is Romanian, and I learned Chinese and German early on. Thus, English is my fourth language technically <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: -->

Edit: my avatar is a pretty close representation of my "serpentine" form I often have in dreams. Just as often, I take other forms (fae and mermaid among them), hence my problem of fitting into a category.
2015-03-18 19:50
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Echidna Wrote:The closest would probably be a drakaina, which is a female dragon/serpent, a shapeshifter that is often half a nymph and sometimes winged.

Now I get your username! <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

Echidna Wrote:Edit: my avatar is a pretty close representation of my "serpentine" form I often have in dreams. Just as often, I take other forms (fae and mermaid among them), hence my problem of fitting into a category.

What about simply calling yourself a 'shapeshifter'? In which case, your primary form would then be the drakaina.

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2015-03-18 20:20
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Elinox Wrote:What about simply calling yourself a 'shapeshifter'? In which case, your primary form would then be the drakaina.

Thought about that, but Mélusine, who is a shapeshifting, occasionally winged half-serpent/mermaid, is classified as a fairy too, so I guess I'm good <!-- sTongue --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- sTongue -->

In one of my more elaborate fairy encypclopedias (which contains obscure fairy types from Italy, Romania and so on), even the Vouivre is classified as a fairy.
One could go farther and say, any shapeshifting creature is a fae entity somehow.
Same goes for dragons, really.
That's why we never found a dragon fossil. <!-- s:ugeek: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_ugeek.gif" alt=":ugeek:" title="Uber Geek" /><!-- s:ugeek: -->
2015-03-21 20:03
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