http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=pushmi-pullyuIt's been a while, why don't we have another thread about the bizarre yet endearing pushmi-pullyu?For those not in the know, it's a magical creature that looks like a centaur conjoined at the middle. Most have the lower "half" of a horse, but some have halves of other quadrupedal animals, such as deers & wolves. They all have a sort of singsongy voice, and their origins are vague & unknown, even to them. This thread is to discuss them and make oc.
My suspension of disbelief starts and ends with whether or not you've come up with a satisfactory explanation for the "poo" problem.
>>64207575Powerful digestive system absorbs 99% of nutrients, 1% unusable stuff is sweated out
>>64206468Wanna know who drew that pic?
oh christ not this again
>>64207976Check the fucking filename.
>>64207989It's a nice, wholesome, non-fetishy race
Anyone got screencaps of the old stories?
>>64207734>they're fission reactorsThat's less believable than if you said "it's magic."
>>64208028Writefag here.I've save a lot of my contributions to a pastebin. You can find it here: https://pastebin.com/u/deadlydan
>>64208028>>64208097Oh yeah, and I've also got another story up there that wasn't in the previous threads. Once again, it's a long one.https://pastebin.com/amZbmLP8
>>64208224>this will never be finished
>>64208755There was a story behind this?
>>64208761Yeah, check the archive link in the OP
This is a fetish isn't it? You disgust me.
>>64208892Don't start. This is only going to lead down a path of regret and heartache.
Question: Which would you prefer1. Each side wielding one weapon.2. Each side wielding two weapons.On top of that:1. Each side wielding the same kind of weapon (melee/ranged/magic)2. Each side wielding a different kind of weapon.
>>64209001Depends.Versatile pushmis probably have a melee front and a ranged back, while specialized ones use only melee or ranged.
>>64206468No. No. Absolutely not. Don't do this shit again. Three, four, five of these threads were enough. Fuck off. Nuh uh, no way I'm sure the monstergirl containment general will accept you
>>64209128It's only been 3 threads and part of a drawthread
>>64209001Both of them handle a single, very large weapon together.
>>64209160One aims the BallistaThe other winds it up and fires it.
>>64209158Stop reposting this shit and take it to Monster girl general
>>64209158Three threads is more than enough.
>>64209474I would like to disagree.
>>64209001I like the idea of a Pushmi-Pullyu that does a kind of semi-jousting where one head is forced to run backwards so that the other can wield a lance.Then they can just swap the lance so they don't have to turn around.
>>64210479That actually sounds pretty cool.
>>64206468> in b4 someone asks about this wankbait character's quantum shitless digestion.
>>64206468So, the pushmi-pullyu obviously is the same forward and backwards. And in the film version of Dr. Doolittle, it's portrayed as a llama (it was an antelope in the books). Llamas are a type of dromedary. This makes the pushmi-pullyu a...palindromedary.
>>64207575Reverse andalite so they shit through their hooves?
>>64206495>>64206542>>64206558When's he coming back bros? The drawthread needs him
>>64213382Fucking god damn it.
>>64208028Screencaps coming up
Gonna toss a bit of an idea at you folk. I know that this kinda goes against all the world building, but screw it.Campaign that is focused around the fey and fey kingdoms. Players would be pulled into the feywild and (though your standard fairy trickery) find themselves either unable to leave or are placed as indentured servants to a fey creature (either a lower class child stealing trickster, or a conniving but bored fairy noble). Players will either have to come to terms with their status as lapdogs and perform tasks and quests for their master, or claw and drag their way out of serfdom through clever bargaining and trickery of their own.Through their adventures they will encounter various strange creatures, including Pushmi-Pullyus acting in various roles (I'm thinking mainly as guards, escorts, and entertainers for noble houses). I'm thinking that there could also be a Pushmi-Pullyu acting as a main point of contact with the players outside of their master.Ideas?I'd also like to make mention that it seems in a good portion of the world building, a good number of people latched onto the idea of Pushmi-Pullyus being fey creatures, but it seems to me like they lack many of the qualities that are unique to the fey.
>>64216446>they lack many of the qualities that are unique to the fey.Elaborate, please
>>64207575They don't eat solids, but drink water and absorb ambient energy. Think 'plants, but instead of sunlight they absorb the ambient magical energy'.
>>64218374It might be primarily due to a lack of conversation about certain qualities, but the do seem to lack things that would identify them as particularly "fey":-Unnatural (magical) charm-Ability to shapeshift-A habit of abducting mortals-Inherent magical ability-Strong connection to a natural environment-Weakness to particular magics or cold ironIt might just be me, but they don't seem overly fae outside of their strange appearance. Then again, I might just be acting a little hardline when asking for definitive Fey traits in a species that "might" be fey.
I'd be interested in hearing if anybody managed to build up the balls to ask their GM if they could play one, or if any of the GMs out there managed to incorporate one into their game?
How do they poop
>>64221610To start, it would require someone to actually be participating in a game.Which in my case is a hard "no".
>>64221627Their poop is teleported to their creator's rival's house
Glad to see a Pushmi-Pullyu thread. I hope to be able to write or at least post in it soon.
>>64222606you one of the writefags from one of the previous threads?
>>64222839I, for one, am. And I’ve got a few ideas for the shepherd, gladiator, and possibly blacksmith.
>>64223100Sweet!I'm also one of the writefags. I'm currently working on a big one for the barbarian, bard, and the fighter (or Barren-Bairn, Writ-Wrot, and Torae-Tori).
>>64207575Well, it got decided that their creation was so blatantly magical that the poop question became an in-joke to show just how magical their creation was.Well, the consensus was that there was no consensus among even them about their creation. Some say they were the creations of an unknown Fae lord, or multiple Fae, or were creations of a god, or some mad experiment.All they know for sure when appearing in the world is their name, and an uncanny ability to both find and excell at a specialization.
>>64209269Bende-Bunde the Shepherd was a male.>>64209514I second your motion!
>>64216446We think they’re a creation of the Fae, not specifically a “Fae creature”, if you know what I mean.They are definitely highly specialized.
>>64221168Okay, I think most of those are already implied, or unnecessary.>unnatural (magical) charmThey are able to easily slip into the skill they were made for and preform it to near excellence. And they’re let to do so. A bit of charm must be at work.>shapeshiftingI can think of just as many Fae who don’t shapeshiff as do. Non-issue.>abductionsAs a creation, some might have. However, they likely wouldn’t remember>inherent magical abilityThey exist. Functionaly. In blatant contradiction of all things biological.>strong connection to natural environmentAgain, they slip into roles insanely well, so those roles could be their natural environment.>WeaknessHow does one figure that out, when a good spear to the heart or head would kill them just as dead?The general idea was that they were some kind of experiment with an unknown goal, and the Fae were fingered as the ones with both the ability and will to produce such a race.
>>64223100I’ll have to look back, but I remember the gladiator having a kind of chant name.
I know that some folks were talking about setting a hard limit on the number of Pushmi-Pullyus existing at a time (200 if I recall). I can't say I'm overly fond of setting a hard limit, but I can see why some folks would set one in order to encourage the idea of these creatures being few and far between. I'm more a fan of the idea of them being "rare enough that it's always a surprise whenever you see one".Any other opinions?
>>64224733Anyone in the mood for compiling a list of the names and titles that were already generated?
>>64225447There was a compromise where that 200 wasn’t actually a hard limit so much as an average. Like “At any one time, there’s about 200 in the world, more or less.” It was mainly a representation of how often they appeared verses how often they died balanced out.
>>64225465Okay, here goes:>Torae-Tori the fighter (written and statted. Subject of Most writefagging)>Writ-Wrot the Bard (he was first to be writefagged, if unnamed then. Spoke first myth)>Jharlin-Jharlon the Storytellers>Perri-Pirri the Explorers>Dolk-Dalk the Blacksmiths>Halla-Hella the Healers>Hallu-Halla, the huntresses (First given a non-equine body. Is a wolf. Writefagged)>Barren-Bairn the Barbarian (worked with dwarves. Writefagged)>Rotello-Rotallo the Alchemist>Mira-Mara the Merchant>Bova-Bavo the Gambler>Yulli-Yillu the Dancer (Some writefag, But no characterization. Can still be expanded)>Mira-Mara the Merchant (Camel)>Erri-Erro the Herbologists>Bende-Bunde the Shepherds (Ram who gave a perspective on individual worldview and religion. Writefagged)>Jalila-Jolila the Painters>Cidt-Cadt the Tinkerers>Rinta-Rinti the Teamakers>Kollhun-Kullhun the Sailors>Kecca-Kecci the Couriers>Goh-Ghen the Woodsmen>Ralee-Rilee the Sneakthieves (Big Alley cat. Gets better at sneaking when narrating self. Writefagged)>Phi-Lhi the Poets>Domak-Demok the Gladiator>Solla-Sallo the Soothsayer>Andos-Sondas the Writer>Leva-Vela the Fisherwomen>Marco-Macco the Farmers>Fila-Lifa the Sweetsellers>Londo-Lando the Bounty Hunters>Ezzi-Ezza the Wizards (likes fire a bit too much)>Gano-Guno the Barbarian (an angry ax-weilding bear)>Hussir-Hussar the Paladins (A bit too enthusiastic about slaying evil and doing good. Single writefag post)>Attaru-Attari the Winter Witches (White caribou loner. Silent. Can make seal snowclones. Kills those who hunt her)>Aaron-Orin the beruocrat.>Ullar-Ullyr the PhilosophersAnd that is it! Every single Named Pushmi-Pullyu I could find in the last three threads!
>>64226211Jesus fucking christ dude.Good fucking job!
>>64226211Dolk-Dalk and Gano-Guno are the two I want to interact. Their personalities would likely clash in an interesting way, while still having respect for each other.
>>64226331Thanks!Outside of the quick comments, it was just copy/paste.A few of those names give me more ideas. Will need to sleep on it. May this be here tomorrow!
>>64226454>>64226211I agree. Seeing all those names in that list gives a person ideas.Just gotta find the time to work on those ideas.
>>64226211Ralee-Rilee are my favorite
>>64228233"We certianly are sneaky Rilee.""Most certainly the sneakiest Ralee.""And quiet too.""Practically silent!""One with the shadows.""In step with the darkness.""Quite sneaky.""Very sneaky."...Meanwhile at the Guard's post"What's that sound?""Must be the wind.""Yeah.""That's definitely the sound that wind makes."I can't get enough of that friggen concept.
>>64206468Isn't this from Doctor Seuss?
>>64229296Originally Dr. Dolittle
>>64228473And THAT'S how they poop!
>>64228473This has been posted in every one of these threads. I guess it must be a tradition by now.
This isn't the weirdest fetish I've come across, but I still find its longevity baffling
>>64230597I’m surprised at its longevity as well, but I’m also surprised that there are still people who try to claim this is a fetish creature.How? There are both male and female specimens, they are dedicated to the task they were made for, they’re physically incapable of sex, and are generally found alone. What about this screams “fetish”?
>>64226211I can see Domak-Demok in the center of a colosseum, raising his weapons in victory, with the crowd chanting their name.
Although I wasn’t our most prolific writer, I wrote a few short stories from the last Pushmi threads about the Huntresses and the Sneakthieves. Does anyone have any ideas or requests for more stories I could try my hand at?
>>64206468i feel like this thing would move awfully slowly and be clumsy as fuck, making pic related unviable
>>64232719maybe the sneakthieves robbing a king's treasury?
>>64232719Maybe the Sailors, or the Woodsmen?
>>64233009The Sneakthieves were a fun pair to write for. I’ll see if I can come up with something for them, but I’d like to know: is this story one that is presently happening, or one that they’re telling and embellishing after the fact?>>64233013The Sailors or Wiodsmen would be good choices too. I’ll see if I can find some inspiration.
>>64232719I wouldn't mind more of Ralee-Rilee, but I think a story of them interacting with their party would be quite nice. Maybe a scene where they aren't stealing something? Disarming a trap maybe?
>>64234067I had actually been thinking about having them pick the locks in a treasury door while talking with their party.
>>64226211I'm thinking it would be interesting to see Rotello-Rotallo (alchemists) and Ezzi-Ezza interact. Or even just see them by themselves trying to work something out.
I fuse my three Pushmi-pullyu to summon the Centaur Circle!
>>64235156>Ezzi-Ezza I don’t remember them from the older threads, but can’t help but imagine them as a pair of Megumin.
>>64231321I'm not saying that they exist solely to cater to someones fetish, but if less than half the thread has achieved sexual gratification to the idea of them I'll eat my hat.
>>64235470As I recall, they were one of the more bickersome Pushmi-Pullyu. One had a reserved and no-nonsense personality while the other was more carefree and whimsical. I seem to remember that they preferred different schools of magic.
>>64235156An alchemist and pyromaniac wizard meeting and working together? The phrase “Run for your lives!” Comes to mind.
>>64235978So how does that hat taste?
Has there been any characterization done for Rotello-Rotallo the Alchemists? I’m sort of imagining them as being inspired both by medieval and fantasy stylealchemists delving deep into their magical chemistry as well as old west style snake oil salesmen peddling their potions and elixirs from their traveling shop.
>>64237282I can see them being traveling medicine men, but they definitely would not be frauds given that their title is “The Alchemists” and Pushmi are extremely skilled at their chosen callings. If anyone is familiar with the Discworld books, maybe they and their alchemist work are akin to the witches and their use of “headology.” They can make real potions and elixirs, transmute substances and do everything they claim they can do, but they also know when a bottle of bitter colored water and a little showmanship is cheaper and more effective.
How do they shit?
>>64237282Sounds to me you want what the actual “Plague Doctors” were.They were mostly either greenhorns in the business or peddlers of “medicine”, but a majority actually wished for their treatments to work.So I’d say there would be a confidence around them due to being made inherently skilled at potion-making, but they are mostly self-taught and thus make just as much mistakes as progress.
>>64237677They don’t. They eat and drink, but they’re magical creatures that were made, not born, and don’t have to relieve themselves as born things do.
>>64237646>>64237699Either way is maybe a better way to think of them, if we don’t want them to be crooks looking to sell fake medicines to people.
Just a bump to say that I am working in that Sneakthief piece.
>>64237282I imagine them being somewhat similar to Ezzi-Ezza in that most of what they produce seems to end either in flames or terribly."This man seems to suffer from some strange rashes.""He needs an ointment.""What kind of ointment?""I alchemist's fire an ointment?""It is certainly fluid.""Which means you can rub it on skin.""I guess it's an ointment.""And fire certainly has cleansing properties.""Sir, I think we've found your cure!"
>>64240422I wouldn't imagine them being that inept. Not bad for a joke though, maybe this would just be a scene from their earlier days.
>>64232808Their very existence is ridiculously magic, might as well add a bit more magic to give them good coordination.
>>64240568Of course by the time they show up properly this is their outlook.>"What makes us good Alchemists?">"IF WE WERE BAD ALCHEMISTS WE WOULD BE SITTING HERE DISCUSSING IT WITH YOU!">"Would we?">"WHAT!?"The joke is that Rotallo blew out his eardrums recently and he can't hear properly.
>>64207575You know how sea sponges eat and shit from the same oriface? Yeah...
>>64240568I agree. I don’t think that any of the Pushmi are inept at what they do, perhaps because they were originally created to do these things. They may, though, be overly enthusiastic or driven, which may cause problems from time to time.
>>64240955>overly enthusiastic or drivenSee Hussir-Hussar
>Domak-Demok breathed heavily, both staring down their opponent.>The boy had been fiercer than when they first faced.“You are strong, my friend”“Most strong with your sword and shield.”>Domak raised his Trident. Demok twirled their net.“But you still hesitate on your lunge”“Hesitation gives your moves away.”>The boy swung his sword. Domak raised their trident to intercept. It was quite the heavy blow.>But it was plain and uninspiring. The Pushmi was able to not only parry, but with a twist disarm the boy.>The pair swung around and Demok twirled the net, both entangling the boy and knocking them off balance.>with a final spin, the boy was pushed to the ground and the trident was held around their throat.“Strength alone doesn’t win the battle. You must apply skill as well.”“A skilled fighter gets more applause than a brute”“The animals are brutish enough.”>the pair pulled the boy to their feet and began untangling him.“You fight like a simple Warrior.”“You fight as if your life depends on it.”“But we are Gladiators”“Men of honor, to give the people a show.”>the sword was returned and the opponents faced each other.“Now, again!“Once more!”
>>64241686Not bad dude. Good work.
I'm working on a particularly long piece here. I'm making some good progress, but this thing is potentially going to become a novella. I'm going to upload it to my pastebin in parts to make sure that I can get something posted before this thread ends. I'm nearly done the first part (just want to do some editing and make sure that I'm heading down a good path with the plot), so expect something either later tonight or tomorrow. Seriously, this is the longest bit of writing I've produced in a long friggen time.Just posting to bump and let ya'll know that there's something in the works.
>>64242590As they were a Gladiator, I hoped to convey that they were more for the show of the fight than for the actual fighting. After all, real gladiators didn’t do the “fights to the death” that many people think they did.
>>64243755Looking forward to it!>>64241686Nice!
>>64241686It's interesting to see which Pushmi-Pullyu are more social and spend more time around other races, and which ones are more solitary and spend time by themselves.
>>64245755It would most likely depend on their task. The Huntress, Shepherd, Bard, and Winter Witches can easily do their task alone; while the Fighter, Gladiator, Sailor, Blacksmith, and Merchant are very likely to interact with others on their task.This would also likely shape how they view their creator, as well.
>>64246189Being as how so many of them seem so used to being solitary it only means that they're only that much more rare as a race.
>>64243924I can only imagine the kind of crowds that such a gladiator would attract.I would also imagine that they would travel with a smaller company.
>>64246913They're incredibly rare as a race, and most people will never see one in their lifetimes.
>>64249832Given everything that's been discussed in the previous threads, the majority of Pushmi-Pullyu don't seem to settle down in any one place for very long, choosing instead to wander the world plying their trades and exercising their skills. The pieces of writing done so far seem to imply that they either travel by themselves, or find a small group of close companions to travel with.
>>64251976That is true. They do like to seek out other Pushmi’s when they find evidence of another being around, but they don’t seem to stick around with each other unless their goals at aligned.With others, they surround themselves with either the like-minded or those in need of their skills.
>>64252975Right. They want and perhaps need to know that there are others like them out in the world, but are not driven to stick with them and settle down or build some kind of cohesive culture amongst their own kind as other fantasy races often do. This goes back again to their origins as tools and playthings of the fae, as a collection of unique individuals created for specific tasks rather than a true race.
Okay folks! 10459 words later and I've got the first part of my new bit of writefaggotry done!As I said, it's a bit too long for posting in the thread, so here's the Pastebin link:https://pastebin.com/u1ZmmhJ7I will warn all the new readers who might see this that this particular story is based on all of the ones I had written previously, so if you don't want to be confused just go through my backlog and familiarize yourself.https://pastebin.com/u/deadlydanHere's hoping I can get the next part done before this thread dies.
>>64254142Well damn! I’ll get to reading this right now. Thanks for the hard work!
>>64206558Okay, that's hilarious.
>>64254142Glad to see you got it done!
>>64254142Damn. Good luck on getting the second part finished.
>>64254334>>64254142Reading at work is not recommended, but I finished and am just as impressed by your newest tale as I was by the ones that came before it. As with the previous stories, your characterization is very good and the developing plot is intriguing. I’m looking forward to seeing the story develop.
I’m still working on my Sneakthief story but it’s not working out. I’ll hve more free time once the weekend comes to take a different approach, and I’ll bump the thread in the meantime.
>>64257069Hope you do well!
>>64254142I love the idea that this seems to imply.You can go your whole life without seeing a Pushmi-Pullyu, but if you do meet one you are almost guaranteed to meet another.
>>64258991That was definitely a concept from the old threads as I remember them. Pushmi are incredibly rare and most people go their whole lives without ever hearing about them let alone meeting one, but once you do you’re uncommonly likely to meet another.
>>64230468So they share a horse dick?
>>64259586Yeah, they are definitely attracted to each other, be it through choice or happenstance
>>64260478Didn't mean for it to come out that way, but looking back I can see what ya'll mean.
>>64262151I thought the fact that Pushmi’s are attracted due to each other’s presence was part of their myth. That they would have this itch whenever another is near, and would seek the source.So it makes sense in the pastebin!
>>64262668I like that their origins and their history are mysterious and hard to pin down. It adds to the whole "living fairytale" theme that they seem to have both in-universe and as an RPG race.
>>64263078“Living Fairytale” is a very apt description of their race. Not even Fairies or Unicorns can so blatantly say “we exist through magic!”.And their unknown and multiple origins, with the open possibility that more than one are true, opens up a bunch of possible stories and quests one could follow.
>>64263694They don't and can't act as normal races do in your standard fantasy settings. They're incredibly whimsical, both in terms of their appearances and their personalities, and seem to be viewed as wondrous novelties come straight out of children's stories.
Here's a question for all of you:In previous threads an idea was brought up that Pushmi-Pullyus were "full of rare magical components". If this could be the case, what kind of spells would you imagine these components used for, or if they would have a particular effect on a spell's casting or resultant effect?
>>64264703Their brains could be used for A Double-Think potion perhaps? Their hooves would be useful for coordination, since they have to be to function.However, the most valuable parts would be where the torsos join. Energetic Blood that can cure diseases and Hearts that keep each other beating.A liver that can repair itself so thoroughly that a potion or spell with it as an ingredient would be so powerful it could bring people to youthful prime health when upon the edge of death.
>>64264703I'd imagine that their bodyparts are generally more magical than those of other enchanted creatures, and give whatever spells or potions made from them a boost in potency. More specifically, you could say that whatever parts are duplicated or twinned between the two halves of the Pushmi-Pullyu may be used in spells or potions where the effects are meant to link or be shared between two people or targets.
>>64265247I think they would be good symbols for mental and physical stability.A potion with their blood might be able to help people with mental illnesses.
>>64264703>>64264890>>64265247I'm with you guys on the idea that their primary vital organs would probably hold some sort of significance. I like the idea that their duplicate organs could hold some sort of linking or twinning aspect.I ask because I'm thinking of creating a quasi-villainous character who specializes in morally/ethically questionable, rare magical components.
>>64264703>>64264890>>64265247>>64265640>>64266351I know that doing so would probably be granting them a bit more power than what would be reasonable, but I'd almost say that the slaughter/consumption of a Pushmi would be grounds for a cursing. I know these things aren't unicorns or whatever, but still.Then again I might just be getting a little attached.
>>64268013Since it’s Mainly through spell components, I don’t think we’re really giving them much power. I mean, There are a bunch of non-magical animals and beings who have spell components in them as well.However, a curse due to killing them would be rather much, in my opinion.
>>64266351They already have to careful around other mad collectors. Somebody wanting their body parts shouldn’t be too much of a stretch.
I think that a boost in potency, and the ability to twin or pair potions or spells using components stolen from a Pushmi-Pullyu make sense given how rare they are and how intrinsically magical they have to be in order to exist in the first place.I think that it may be something of a superstition that those that kill Pushmi will suffer from bad luck, but we've semi-established that they are wayward children, so it doesn't make much sense for some higher power to curse them if they've been abandoned.
What happens to a Pushmi-pullyu in an antimagic field?
>>64270926That's a really good question, because I really don't know much about antimagic fields and their affects on magical creatures. From a purely fluff-based point of view, because the Pushmi are so very magical it must have an affect, but I don't know that it would kill them outright or immediately. Perhaps if the field were strong enough, it would sicken them, inflicting penalties if they were PCs or NPCs. It may eventually kill them if they were forced to remain within the field.
>>64271036I get the feeling that if you leave anything in an anti-magic field for a long enough period of time it will die.
>>64271424In a lot of fantasy worlds everything has at least a little bit of magic to it, so putting anything into an antimagic field would rob it of some of its essence at the very least.
>>64271424I would say that for most creatures it would take a very long time for the adverse affects to appear, possibly years.However, for creatures that require magic to even function, like Golems, chimera, and the Pushmi-Pullyu, it would show within days, with death being probable in a week.
>>64271522That seems reasonable. Unless the field was ridiculously strong it wouldn't strike them dead immediately, given how intrinsic magic is to their makeup, but it would definitely sicken and eventually kill them in the time frame you suggest.
For how long, would you suppose, have Pushmi-Pullyu existed in this theoretical setting? It sounds as if they've been around for at least a thousand years or so, long enough for their true history to become obscured and turned into a series of myths and legends.
>>64206468Why would you want to play centaur cat-dog?
>>64271852Most people have been treating them as an NPC race to give PCs a rare and whimsical encounter. To those that would want to play a Pushmi-Pullyu, I'd imagine that they're looking for a character that's a comical oddity and also something of a challenge to pull off.
>>64206558awesome. whos the artist?
>>64272420They were a regular in the Drawthreads for a while, though for the life of me I can't remember their name.
>>64271822More or less than 1000 years sounds about right. Just remember, they aren’t so much as “born” as “appear” into the world. So while even they are unsure about how they came to be, whatever it was is still happening.
>>64272833I remember that from the previous threads, that the Pushmi have come into the world one at a time, in no particular order and on no particular schedule across the ages. I was just curious as to how long they may have been appearing and how many different civilizations may have encountered them. For some reason, I imagined travelers coming across some Inca-like ruins in the mountains and finding a statue in the likeness of a llama/alpaca bodied Pushmi.
>>64272833>>64273038I'm not really fond of attaching a year to the emergence of Pusmis, but I do agree that it would be neat to have a party stumble upon some ruins, a stone carving, an etching, or a well preserved tome that implies an ancient existence to these creatures.Sounds like something neat to throw into a game.
>>64273385Since their lore is so ancient and hazy, it's fun to imagine that each culture to have dealings with the Pushmi-Pullyu over the years came up with their own legends and fairytales to try and explain their existence.>The ancient folk of the Incon Mountains thought of the Pushmi-Pullyu as guardian spirits that protected travelers. They built quite a few statues in their honor along their roads and highways, though few remain today.>Bartimus of Old Relta wrote of meeting a creature that almost certainly must be the Pushmi-Pullyu, using the story as an example of why one must learn to work in cooperation with their fellows and set clearly defined goals.>A famous mural in the Cerulian Harbor Customs House depicts a scene of the harbor full of merchant sailors and seamen of all kinds, two of whom seem to be Pushmi-Pullyu captaining their own small sloop amidst the hustle and bustle.
The question was perhaps already asked but how do you fuck them? A Fantasy race isn't a valid one unless it can get fucked
>>64274181The honest answer is that you can't, and that they aren't actually a race. They lack the necessary equipment to fuck, and therefore are unable to procreate as a true fantasy race should be able to. What they are instead is a collection of fae constructs, tools created to serve a particular purpose even if they don't know what that purpose is themselves. Their search for their creators and for their purpose is a major part of their characterization.
>>64273385>>64273721Might be fun to include a reference for flavor even if the creatures themselves never appear in your game.
>>64274181They're called tits.And then there's the mouth.
>>64273721I can see that happening. A being such as a Pushmi wouldn’t be able to pass through a city unnoticed.
>>64276416It's all part of the fairytale theme.
>>64276665You know, there’s likely a common tale about them of the “one tells truth, one tells lies” variety.
>>64277615I think you're right.
>>64277615The real trick is getting past a Pushmi guard by getting the two heads to argue with one another.
>>64277737That is a good tactic.
>>64277737I would suggest an elaborate long-game where you follow the guard to their favourite pub after their shift is done, start hitting on one head while ignoring the other.A couple of months of romancing later and the two heads will be at total odds with one another and likely to start an argument over the littlest thing.>"Did you sharpen your sword today?">"OH! I bet you'd know all about "sword sharpening"! You damned hussie!"
>>64278625Good luck with telling the heads apart, especially when they catch on to what you’re doing.
>>64278625By and large, the Pushmi-Pullyu don't seem to be romantically inclined, though that isn't to say that I couldn't imagine something like that happening at least once.
>>64279434Give the players the chance, and they'll make a go of it.
>>64279434While I doubt many would be interested in a romantic partner, a true companion would be seen as invaluable.A few might even say “they’re our third head.”
>>64280089It must take a tremendous amount of trust and respect for a Pushmi to hold someone in as much regard as they would their own other half.
I thought up of a series of ways of introducing a party to a Pushmi. I think that for the most part they're rather cliche, but I was wondering if I could get your opinions on them.-Party attends a circus where a Pushmi and several other exotic beasts are put on for performance (creatures may be either forced to perform, be there of their own free will because they find the concept novel, or are simply illusions conjured by a team of wizards).-Party encounters a dark-alley dealer who specializes in exotic beasts, and has a Pushmi among what he's offering for sale.-Party finds a small business being operated by a set of "Twins" who turn out to be a Pushmi behind a tall counter.-Party encounters one during a quest given to them by a group of simple villagers. Turns out the Pushmi is the much beloved "Guardian" of the village, keeping wild animals and various smaller monsters away.-While executing a breakout for one of their imprisoned comrades for the city jail, party crosses the cell of a supposed "madman" who insists that he knows the location of a Pushmi.-Party find themselves in a rather inhospitable land with little in terms of supplies or equipment to aid in their survival, only to run into a Pushmi who volunteers to act as their guide to help them reach their desired destination.-Party discovers that up-and-coming entertainer is actually just a faker who's using a Pushmi behind the scenes to put on his mesmerizing performances.
>>64281203Those are all pretty good, I think. There's nothing wrong with using a cliche or two on occasion, as long as it's worked into something greater.Of the hooks you've presented, I think I like the first, third and sixth the best because they feel like they mesh the best with how the Pushmi-Pullyu have been portrayed as skilled traveling curiosities. You're most likely to meet a pair while visiting a circus or stopping at a market cart or seeking out a guide for a stretch of treacherous trail.This isn't to say that your other suggestions would work any less well.
>>64281435I think that you are more likely to stumble upon one through chance than you are to find one through actively searching. Best you’ll get is where one used to be, or just miss them.I say this because I don’t think we’ve even had a Pushmi find another on purpose. And if they can’t find each other on purpose, you’re not going to have much luck either.
>>64281203A Pushmi-Pullyu at a Circus is a rather classic idea. It is how the one in Doctor Dolittle worked in the story.And it would still work for any relative timeframe. From the Bronze Age to semi-modern times.
>>64282543It's also good because they could either be performers there of their own volition or captured as a sideshow attraction as the story requires.
>>64268013>>64269956Perhaps instead of a full on curse killing one makes it so if you encounter any other Pushmis they can sense you, sort of like how they sense each other when near they can sense when a killer of their kind is near and will try and avoid or kill depending on their personality.
>>64282723Maybe killing one means you'll be even less likely to see another?
>>64282723>>64282825I dig the idea of how the "sensing each other" thing is so inherent to them that getting their blood on you causes them to sense you out. I don't think that it would let them know that you're a killer but I think it would cause them a good bit of confusion when they sense a Pushmi nearby but don't see one, only another creature.
>>64281203#7 almost sounds like it belongs on one of those "100 random plot hooks" charts that sometimes pop up.
>>64206468How... how to they shit? This is more confusing than even a normal centaur
>>64207575In the middle of the horse belly there is something often confused with a belly button. It’s there all purpose hole
>>64208004That’s only because no one has found a way to fuck then yet
>>64283722That would be a good scenario to play through.
>>64286845>>64283722That could just as much fall under the idea/superstition that once you see one Pushmi-Pullyu, you're likely to see another.
>>64287345Almost sounds like the start to an evil campaign.
>>64287766Hunting Pushmi for their spell components would definitely be in-line for a quest offered to an evil party by an unscrupulous alchemist or wizard.
>>64281203Your first choice reminds me of that one story about the Pushmi-Pullyu Dancers:>>64216149
>>64288967That circus might actually be the place they’ve settled.
>>64288018Only then the party finds out that they aren't the only group hired by the wizard to hunt down a Pushmi, that there's already a few groups ahead of them hunting and setting traps in the region, so the party has to go through the region, doding traps and ambushes, taking out the other hunting parties, all while looking for signs of the Pushmi-Pullyu.Then in the end the players can't find one because there either never was one in the area to begin with (because the wizard was a dick like that or just needed an appropriate number of sacrifices in a particular area to pull off a big spell), or the Pushmi that was there left (either because it realized it was being hunted and didn't want to stick around, or it simply didn't like all the violence going on and went looking for a quieter place to hang out).Campaign idea; LOCKED IN.
>>64290179Several groups of unscrupulous adventurers, backstabbing each other while hunting a magical beast that might not even exist sounds like a solid idea.
>>64290873Hell, if a Dm is running multiple groups it would be a nice way of pitting them against one another.
>>64291318Especially if one group is trying to hunt the Pushmi and the other group is trying to help them escape.
>>64291393Almost sounds like one of those one player VS. everyone else board games like Whitechaple. One player plays a team of adventurers trying to rescue/escape while everyone else is tryinng to catch them. Only here, every other player is allowed to take out the other players in hopes of reducing their competition at the risk of having fewer people available to cover the expanse of land that the escapees are hiding in.Damn. Now I've got another game to design.
>>64291929So we’d have one group going against another group, while a possible third guy could control the Pushmi.If somebody is actually capable of DMing that chaos well, you are a god.Bonus points if the the Pushmi is a guard who’s trying to track down the group due to them killing each other off.
>>64292262Your suggestion puts me in mind of a Pushmi-Pullyu whose special skills lie in investigation and sleuthing.
>>64292463Collum-Callan, the investigator?
>>64293293As good a name as any. One has a hard-boiled gumshoe type of personality while the other is a quirky out of the box thinker. They can play both good cop and bad cop.
>>64293747So one is hard-boiled and the other is Sherlock?
>>64293747>>64294405Looking at the names, one might be a clever and unorthodox type like Columbo, and the other is a hard-as-nails no-nonsense type like "Dirty" Harry Callahan.
>>64294710Right. When it comes to detectives on television and in the movies, they usually call into two archetypes. One is the hard-nosed, by the books, just-the-facts-ma'am sort, and the other is the unorthodox, eccentric, could-he-just-be-crazy sort. With a Pushmi-Pullyu, they could be both at once and feature in their own buddy cop questline.
>>64294988I can only imagine how much a Pushmi can smoke in a day.God, they would friggen reek.
>>64295876Only one of them likes to smoke. They’d be the only pair you could tell apart from sight alone.
>>64293747They wear a friggen tent as a trench coat.
>>64291929>>64292262Don't think it would be that difficult. Just say that every party involved is going to use hidden movement rules. Hunters can place hidden traps that only their party will know about. The Pushmi can be allowed to scout ahead of itself in 2 opposing directions before moving.
>>64297955The Pushmi would definitely have penalties for stealth due to their constant chatting between heads. However, them being a Fae creation does let them operate on their own logic.So I could see a scenario where a group can hear a Pushmi perfectly well, but are unable to pinpoint it depending on the nature of the conversation. Like the Sneakthieves saying their sneaky, or the Huntress muttering that they must track carefully.
You know, all these different skills means that a Pushmi-Pullyu could exist anywhere from bronze-age fantasy to Urban Fantasy and still work.Heck, in urban fantasy, it would be fun to see something so blatantly magical. They would stand out like a sore thumb and drive the supernatural researchers nuts.
>>64298786I bring this up because there were a few posts in the threads discussing a Pushmi who owned a food stand, and I can only see that functioning in a more modern setting.
>>64298848>>64298786With you on this.Throw one of these into a magic shop in Shadowrun and have some fun.I also like the idea of one of them working in a diner or cafe.
>>64298848I don't know. Given magic, food carts could exist in a number of time periods.
Hey folks!This Writefag again: >>64254142Just writing to let you all know that I'm almost done the second part of my story. I haven't done a proper word count yet, but I'm scared that this part is even longer, and the story isn't even done yet.I'm going to spend the morning doing some editing, but once that's done I'll load it to my pastebin and post the link.Thanks for waiting!
>>64302379Bumping for the wait.
>>64302379Looking forward to it!
>>64296524>Only one of them likes to smoke.This one is usually not the one actually that gets them from point A to point B.Also with most TV Detectives I've watched the shows are either set in Canada(Murdoch and Frankie Drake) or Australia(Miss Fischer, Dr Blake and nominally Brokenwood)
>>64303693>Also with most TV Detectives I've watched the shows are either set in Canada(Murdoch and Frankie Drake) or Australia(Miss Fischer, Dr Blake and nominally Brokenwood)**so maybe that could affect their lower body design somewhat?
>>64299849Of ell I just thing is visualizes the best in an urban setting.
>>64303710That’s actually a good question. Would a detective be equine, feline, or canine?I’m leaning towards canine, specifically either a German Shepard or a Great Dane.
>>64305008I don’t know much about the different breeds of dogs, but perhaps a hunting dog might be thematically appropriate.
>>64306040That sounds rather good.
>>64305008I'd also go for German Shepard.
>>64303693>set in Canada(Murdoch and Frankie Drake) or Australia(Miss Fischer, Dr Blake and nominally Brokenwood)Dude, you need to get yourself some good 1980's tv going there. Columbo, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, maybe some Magnum PI.Heck, maybe look into some British shows. Midsommer Murders, Morse, Poirot, Lewis, Death in Paradise, even Miss Marple can be good.
>>64302379And it's done! 10714 words!This is part 2 of my story. At this rate it will all be finished in part 3.https://pastebin.com/XxnB8xdRI'll also say that I haven't done this much writing since I was in university. I try to get 200 words in a day, but this story alone has already covered 105 days. I'm probably going to take a day or two off now, I definitely won't be able to finish the third part before this thread terminates.Let me know what ya'll think!Keep in mind: not everything goes according to plan.
>>64309404Better take that break dude. You've deserved it.
>>64309404Good for you!
>>64309404Will read after work.Good going!
>>64206468>pushmi-pullyuHow can i fuck that ?
>>64311971After a long day of romance turns into a lon night of passion.Wait, what are we talking about?
Alright folksI think the thread is dead. Archive has already been created on Sup/tg/, so feel free to go over there and vote.I'm also going to say that I think we're done creating new threads. This one certainly wasn't as active as the previous ones and wasn't as productive.I'd say that if anyone wanted to post further stories, try posting in or starting a writing/oc thread. Make sure you save or screencap anything you want to keep. We might also consider the creation of a 1d4chan page.It's been a slice.
>>642064682xheads > double ended horse
>>64314567I think you may be right. Better to end on good terms with fond memories. Thank you all for making something fun.
>>64314567A 1d4chan page would be good to see. It would also be good to place the stats given to them in the first thread for people who actually wish to use these Fae creations.
>>64309404Since it seems this thread has slowed to a stop, I’ll have to be sure to keep track of your pastebin to see where your novella goes.The inspiration bug bites hard and fast.
>>64315694Thanks dude.Folks are welcome to message me through my pastebin.Thanks for giving me something to write.
>>64316881You’re welcome!Welcome indeed!
These have been some great threads, I just wish there was more art
>>64319657Maybe in the future. Where you never expect. After all, is that not the nature of the Pushmi-Pullyu?