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Crosshairs triangle by ILJackson Crosshairs triangle by ILJackson
Zan, a Nix from a female-dominated culture, has an understandable problem navigating the romantic triangle he has found himself in. Caught between Ariel, a halfbreed human and Nix owith cybernetic wings, who is aggressive, stridant and flamboyant...and Toni, who's so low key about it he's probably not aware she has any interest. To make it worse, both women are professional snipers....meaning he better handle this right. Then there's Emerald (in the doorway). She's a Sensate, a professional pleasure-giver, who wants to help Zan, but also kind of enjoys the fireworks and his fumbling about.

(these are characters from a role-playing game I am running based in my Ascension Chronicles/Freelancers universe)
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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
Sounds like a very interesting game. :)
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 23, 2014
Excerpt from the Journal of Zan Holindai, Nix Lord Magus:

"Emotions are such complicated and fickle things. The Lord Magi are notorious for losing their emotions, dehumanizing, as they grow in power. The process is long but the end result has almost always been the same - a being who can no longer relate to those around them. We gradually have a harder and harder time processing our feelings and they become blunted, muted almost, to the point where, eventually, we just discard them entirely as trivialities. Small, insignificant things that are a waste of our time and effort.

Making a conscious effort though, to maintain my emotional bonds, these connections of the heart, has brought about its own strangeness and bothersome situations. I've already lost some of my emotional capabilities, some others have lessened, while others... Well, I can still feel those. Very well.

Take Toni and Ariel for example. While Ariel seems to have an obvious interest, it has now been presented to me, by more than one individual, more than once, that Toni harbors some form of attraction towards me, as well. Which... Complicates things. Were I to NOT have strived to maintain these emotional bonds, I probably would not have cared about that one way or another... But I did, and I do. Seeking advice from my crew is questionable, at best, and trying to process it on my own is proving... Difficult.

I see this crew as my family. My pillar for which I can derive some form of foundation. With that being said, I perceive this situation difficultly. I care for them all, very much so, and seek to protect them as best I can. So then, how does one protect someone when you know you are going to hurt them? Be honest and cause more pain or avoid the topic and continue to inflict an already existing pain.

Honestly, I'm not sure if I will ever be able to see any one member of the crew romantically. If I could, then there is Ariel. Masterson says that our relationship doesn't HAVE to be normal and that, in and of itself, is considered "normal" in the life of a spacer. See someone every couple of years, go out, have a few drinks, do your best to "break all the furniture in your quarters", have breakfast and talk about how things are going to change... And then do it again in a couple years...

I have these two options presented to me. Neither is perfect or ideal but I know I'll have to make a choice... I just don't know which choice to make. Trying to process all of the emotional stimuli involved in this situation is frustrating. Extremely frustrating. However, I'm going to have to figure this one out on my own and just hope for the best...

I thought her and Nature Boy were hitting it off rather well, oddly. Oh well, I can't always be right..."
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
  Now your attention to detail is amazing.  The mesh that the woman at the door has, it looks so real is amazing.  With out words.  The way you play with shadows and light.  And the belt buckles.  WOW!!!
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I did some serious retexturing on that to get it to look how I wanted and a lot of 3d artists do not pay nearly enough attention to lighting. It's probably the most important thing in most renders.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
you are right.  Master.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
     He better has his insurance rates up and check.  Also if he do not put one of them down easy.  Well adios life.  Seriosly if I were him I would choose very carefully.  But never play with them both.  Not good for your health.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Phew... The last person to "play" with Toni got the boot out of the bed when she woke up, literally. She kicked them out of bed via forceful footing.

We are all pretty dead set convinced she sleeps with a knife and/or gun underneath her pillow anyway.

So yeah...
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
  I belive you.  But if the guy is not discorage, if he really shows interest then maybe she will show love back.  But he better be prepare for some nasty cuts and bruises.  This reminds me how the Klingon courtship rituals are3.  Very bloody.  Like a read before somewhere.  The "male must always be prepare to duck".
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Oh. He treads on egg shells, for sure. Clumsily, at that. Those two, particularly, aren't exactly the "lovey dovey, touchy-feely" types either. Both are very business oriented.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
  So make hi8m choose one.  Or they will kill him.  Nice Diorama?
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Oh. He has! This isn't really a matter of choice more so as it a matter of the human condition. Sometimes, try as we may, our emotions can't be controlled. They are confusing, difficult and, often times, frustrating things to deal with.

For one of these people he possesses a genuine attraction to. For the other he possesses an almost familial, protective love for. Like a big brother does for his little sister(s).

He may not be attracted to her, but he does care for her deeply and woe be unto any poor soul who would seek to do her harm.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
     Then he better tell the girls who is who or else.
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Only because the rifle doesn't fit.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Body pillow. Problem solved.
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Then Emmy offers her body as a pillow and Will and Mac are patching holes in the hull while Casey stabilizes the Sensate in cryo for cybernetics.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
If it were anyone but Toni, that wouldn't be an issue!

Well... Toni and Zan. 
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
good advice in any situation!!
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Amen!
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NeilV Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Juli had two comments. Emerald has too many clothes on and Toni seems to have cramps. But I suppose she's that disgusted. It looks great though, especially Zan's hairstyle-by-kissing-a-light-socket.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I love hairstyle!
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I didn't say it wasn't cool, just that it involved intimacy with an energized electrical circuit.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
He has to learn how to kiss somehow!

Desperate times call for desperate measures.
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Yet Emmy is right there.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Think about that.
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
You are right, Toni's more likely to shoot Emmy than Ariel.
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think he could have survived Emmy until he became MDC.....
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Yeah, but what a way to go.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Masterson and Mckenzie are still breathing. However, that's totally unrelated.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
The poor bastard... He's doomed!!

:-)
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