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Sketchbook: Character Height Chart VIII (Tamaputians)

Sketchbook: Character Height Chart VIII (Tamaputians) published on 7 Comments on Sketchbook: Character Height Chart VIII (Tamaputians)

Tamaputian height chart for Leif & Thorn!

Including zoomed-in versions of the tiny characters we’ve already seen on full-size height charts.

The animal emblems under their names are the coming-of-age tattoos on the napes of their necks. (Atarangi and headmates don’t have one, because they were born and raised in Ceannis, without a lot of the sourceland traditions.)

Since the Tamaputian language only has one set of (gender-neutral) personal pronouns, you could refer to any of the Tamapoa natives as “they” and it would be accurate. But I’ll throw in Ceannic/Sønska/English pronoun suggestions, too.

Matatuhi “Mata” Kaihanga (he, beaver): Tiny engineering husband #1, lots of points and angles. Got his peacock-feather tattoo to celebrate top surgery. The perky one!

Patotara “Pato” Kaihanga (he, duck): Tiny engineering husband #2, lots of boxes and squares. Mute after a childhood illness, so he communicates with sign language and/or assistive spelltech. The chill one.

Pania Kaitangata (they/she/he, butterfly ray): Current archmage of Tampaoa. Star mage with a base nature affinity; tends to spontaneously sprout flowers. Genderfluid, intersex, not on any hormones beyond their naturally-atypical baseline. Great workout routine. Best abs in the group.

Atarangi Neineikura (she): Tiny magical woman with fire-based powers, lots of curves and roundness (and freckles!), currently a member of Thorn’s team. Shares the body, and the cool sleeve tattoo, with headmates Kallie (she), Kiki (she), and Sandy (they) (not shown).

Kahutaroa “Kahu” Wairua (she/they, kiwi): Tiny biologist with a special interest in island biosecurity. More freckles, plus a loose braid kept in one side of her hair. Ask her about fun animal facts!

Paikea Mawhai (he/they, crab): Tiny magical man with a special interest in exotic-animal smuggling. Finally made one of these characters a bigger guy (…relatively speaking). Lots of “you talkin’ to me, huh?” attitude.

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Has Pato’s design changed in the last couple years or so? His jaw and brownies seem much sharper and blocker than I remember. I like it a lot!

I’ve been on a trend of making the Tamaputian characters look more cartoony and theme-shape-based, on the theory of “hang on, they’re mostly seen in zoomed-out miniature, I should make them look more iconic even when they’re really simplified.”

So yes, Pato is blockier now! And Mata is pointier, and even Atarangi is a bit rounder.

When a client calls in and has to wait on hold, the automated system tells them to ask me for Fun Tax Facts.

I prepare taxes seasonally. I can give you Fun Tax Facts also. Like, US income tax law is far and away the most complex in the world.

The US: Leading the world in tax complexity and military spending. :/

When communist China built their tax system, they sent people to several countries to study their tax codes and discuss with their revenue departments, including the US, the UK, France, CCCP and Australia.

They took their favorite features from each country’s tax codes. From the US they took to taxing Chinese citizens abroad. The US and China are the only two countries that expect you to still pay your taxes while living and working abroad.

There’s a US tax thing called the First Time Homebuyer Credit in 2008. People still ask me about it (It’s just been reinstated for 2021).

It was a pretty awful deal. Yes you got 7,500 on your taxes for buying a house, but you had to repay it at a rate of 500 per year.

In 2009 you only had to repay it if you sold your house sooner than 7 years after buying it.

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