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Nitpicking by Azvolrien Nitpicking by Azvolrien
"It wouldn't melt that quickly over a cooking fire, either."

"Just go with it, OK?"

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It's interesting how certain things in fantasy can fly right past the suspension-of-disbelief radar while more mundane inaccuraries don't, isn't it? 700-foot wall, fossilised eggs hatching, army of ice zombies, fine. Incorrect metallurgy? Noooo.
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Jazzering Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student
This looks very cozy! Occasional commentary from good company, something to eat, a nice seat...that's the best kind of movie night. Or show night, as the case may be. I share your like of Flix's feathers and Thom's head; that's very cute. Nice also to be able to easily place what they're watching. :D

Interesting point you've brought up as well. I guess it's because we expect a fantasy novel to have dragons and magic and things, but since we share the little details like metals glowing when they melt we expect those to be the same. Fun things to think about.
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Azvolrien Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Their relationship is something between parent and child and siblings with a large age gap. It started out as the former, but as Thom grew up it's become more of the latter. And not just the show, but the scene they're watching, no less. XD

On an intellectual level, it was obviously because they weren't really allowed to pour molten gold over the actor's head. But still. You notice these things.
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Jazzering Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student
I knew they'd had a parent/child relationship at one point, but I thought I'd noticed a bit of a shift! Cool. It's a very good scene. I can't speak for the show, but in the book, oh yeah.

Which I'd think most people would count as a very good thing! Do you know, by chance, what they used instead?
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Azvolrien Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Thom is now much less afraid to call Flix out on her less harmless idiosyncrasies, such as her irrational hatred of vegetarians and her tradition of biting every wizard she meets at least once. She's also pretty much the only person Flix will allow to call her out on them. It's extremely well-acted; Harry Lloyd (the actor) almost makes you feel sorry for Viserys. The character still didn't display any redeeming features in the preceding episodes, but the sheer terror on his face can't help but stir a twinge of sympathy.

I really don't know. I did a bit of googling and found out that they attached a bald cap and a couple of little smoke machines to him to make it look like he was burning, but nothing on what they actually used for the gold. It's kind of glutinous, though, so it's probably some kind of opaque syrup.
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Jazzering Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student
Poor wizards and vegetarians. Someone might as well call her out on things like that, I agree! I imagine being bitten by a griffin is not a pleasant experience in the slightest. Is there a reason she does it, by the way, or is that irrational too? Oh gosh, I imagine. I'd feel sorry for just about anyone who ended up with a pot of molten gold being poured over his head, even Viserys. *wince*

Huh. They certainly got inventive! I mean, they had to and all, but still. Impressive. Maybe it was some kind of weird edible syrup, like the 'horse's heart' they gave Daenerys to eat!
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Azvolrien Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
The only magic that works on Flix is her own, something that she discovered when a group of magic-using settlers arrived on her home island in her youth and tried to drive her out of her territory. Since then she has maintained a deep-seated dislike of wizards, even the ones who've done nothing to deserve it, and likes to make it clear who's in charge whenever she runs into one. As for the vegetarians, as an obligate carnivore and apex predator she finds it insulting that anyone could be capable of eating meat and make a conscious choice not to. Exactly why she finds it insulting is a riddle for the ages. Herbivores, she has no problem with.

At any rate, we can probably assume it wasn't toxic. I'm always interested in finding out what TV shows and films use for non-CG effects; there's often a very ingenious solution involved. For example, the Palantir in LotR was a ball of heavily lacquered wood.
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Jazzering Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student
Surprise! Late reply!

Well, as reasons go, that's not a terribly bad one. At least she's immune to it; somehow I don't think being prone to being magicked would improve her opinions about wizards. Also, I keep thinking about her meeting Gandalf and Nita and Kit and a bunch of others, and wondering what they (particularly the latter two) would make of her. It'd be interesting. I imagine she also has a problem with the vegetarians who have gone without meat for so long that it makes them sick to eat it? And the ones that eat fish and/or chicken but not red meat? That one's more unfortunate.

I would hope not, yeah! I didn't know that about the Palantir, but it makes sense. The finished product looks very good, too.
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Azvolrien Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
AAAAAHH!

Flix keeps a list of wizards she has yet to bite. Those three are on it, although Kit is listed as 'Other Kit' because she already has a different wizard called Kit on it, and like hell can she spell 'Rodriguez'. Yes, she has a problem with both of those groups, though the latter more so. The former inspire the sort of contempt one might feel for someone who's drunk so much they've needed more than one liver transplant, whereas the latter inspire outright rage due to what she sees as the hypocrisy of it.

My behind-the-scenes book says that they experimented with glass for the Palantir, but none of them turned out all right so they resorted to the wooden ball and touched it up with CG a little.
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kargaroc586 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I guess so x3

I LOVE the style btw :)
Very pretty... especially the feathers :heart:
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Azvolrien Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Thanks for the fave! I always like drawing her wings, but here I think I like the way her chest feathers are touching Thom's head better.
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