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Working on this comic for two years and roleplaying Fawful for two more, I have to say writing his dialogue is very.... Painful at times. People say it's fun, it should be fun, it's fun for small quips of dialogue but otherwise my fear kicks in for long bits of dialogue that maybe I'm not doing it right, so sometimes I will spend a long time figuring out how to mangle a sentence to make it sound in character. Times when he stays a bit quiet-ish are obvious markers of me being lazy in the writing department, but it also made sense to do that, as staying mum about Cackletta for a few years had put a damper on his conversational skills.
I also like to try some things so its not constantly abusing the same memeic things from the games for everything he says. That's even harder sometimes, but the end result is worth it.
Half of this current intermission, Fawful speaks normally so this is a nice break to have, but I feel like I should at least put long sciencey words in there somewhere...
It's both. Here's a breakdown of everyone's viewpoints:
1. Fawful has none, as he is currently possessed.
2. Cacky's not paying attention to the sidelines, obviously.
3. KK slider came to the airport for his Saturday Night gig. This will, over the remaining 3 or 4 pages of the chapter attract more and more of his fans in the Beanbean region. He sees the fighting and played a song to mellow out the mood but it has no affect on the fighters.
4. Ludwig Von Koopa is of course, the biggest fan. He is supposed to go home now with Bowser Jr., but will not until this gig is over. No ifs, ands, or butts.
5. Bowser Jr. (sometimes referred to as Beejay) thinks everyone in this country is a complete idiot and he wants to go home. They failed their task of delivering Kamek his favorite Yoshi's Island bosses, but he seems to be content with that one plant demon that's cured of the mishap they put on her.
There are obvious indicators of Cackletta slapped around Fawful right now, but not everyone was deeply affected or even got to see Cackletta. Bowser Jr., Naval, and KK Slider never had anything to do with her. Harhall was focused on his shop when the attacks happened eight years ago and only got to really know Fawful after her demise, Ludwig just doesn't care. Kamek is not going to explain anything to anyone because he thinks he can take her down.
Harhall is one of those who came for the music. It's hard not to hear it when his studio is pretty close to a currently-abandoned airport. He's also not ashamed to turn this scene into a huge musical with a song involved that everyone knows the words to (Rocko's Modern Life reference).
That's when Kamek is briefly distracted from battle because he overheard that and thought the idea was absurd.
But Naval already knows a popular tune that fits the bill, and it's one of the lullabys created about Mario and Luigi as babies (Legend of the Babies, though it should have been "Sweet Dreams, Little Heroes" whereas "Legend of the Babies" is more for the opening story organ to Yoshi's Island. Whoops).
And then Kamek falls silent. That song isn't centuries old, but is one that many parents likely sing to their kids these days (or maybe sing to kamek to troll him).
Most of the main characters aren't really music people. others I just never thought about. For the case of Fawful, Kamek, and Gadd, if they need something for their work atmosphere, they will turn on the radio, listen to whatever pop station's on it and deal.
The Starbeans Coffee house, however, has elevator/beatnik bongo music playing all the time.
Music is too noisy for Lima. Shut that thing off!
Ludwig Von Koopa, however, is a total musicphile and relates everything in life to some pop, rock, or metal song. Currently, he's a large fanatic of the Runaway Five.
I'm re-organizing some elements to the remainder of chapter 4 at the moment. When I have enough down for the comic to continue, Ludwig will be back in a few pages.
I actually didn't plot the timeline thoroughly as to match up days/months, but as i was writing this, the present time feels like a very late april, and the chapter 4 takes place on a Saturday (there's a reason for this). 8 years after 2003, is coincidentally, 2011, so that sums up his chapter 1 birthday to April 22nd, 2011, which makes him a Taurus.
Gadd and Fawful would equally build a great army of robots with the help or slave labor of Hooniversity students.
Gadd would win because Fawful would obnoxiously put his own face on his own army.
But Fawful would win after he sabotages Gadd's army.
But then Peasley would destroy Fawful's army to save Beanbean (or mostly himself) from potential nightmare fuel.
And thus, both scientists would lose and the soldiers get their jobs back in 24 hours.
It would mainly be up to Peasley to defeat Cackletta, but Kamek and Naval will contribute a huge hand in slowing her down, and Gadd's devices will deal with the exorcism near the end.
Gadd could end this all a lot sooner, but...
He just doesn't know how to be nice and it doesn't help when he gets a lot of lip and beatings from others in return. Namely from Kamek, Popple and Peasley since everyone else seems to adore him.
But it doesn't mean he's completely cruel, either. He has Kamek, Gadd, and the entire Hooniversity to be his minions, but they're all still in one piece and sometimes the trio will have a night out as seen in the coffee house and the chapter 1 movie theatre flashback.
Lima is a complicated case who manages to keep him in line sometimes. I can't go too deeply on the connection Fawful has with her yet and why they spend a lot of time together as hinted by several pre-chapter flashbacks (and some more to come until Chapter 7), but he has a level of respect for her behind his insults. However, "Thanks for your help" is something impossible to hear coming from him, so she's just going to order him to go with her places when his minions are away and he's just going to comply.
Lima's just as much of a jerk as he can be, anyway.
They are not, unfortunately. They are saving galaxies from Bowser and cannot be reached at this time. Probably.
That is when I have disgust in holding hands.
It shames me to have him as a minion these days. His clothes are tacky, his followers are stupid, and he hasn't destroyed the anything he's taken over since before I croaked (the thunder god temple several years ago was Prettyboy's doing).
If you're smart enough, you'll get by with any reputation. I prefer intimidating ones.
This is a tough one! I don't even know all the Pokemon that's out these days so I'll be generic. You guys can use your imaginations.
Fawful would go for any large Pokemon that knows Fury Swipes or Fury Attack. Bonus points if it knows fire moves to portray his comical rage. I also could see him going after a Victini for some reason. Or maybe a Gengar
Kamek would go for nothing less than a legendary. Actually, I can be specific with this one: Kamek would go after a Mewtwo if he could. Now watch this happen and then the Mewtwo winds up overpowering and therefore humiliating him!
Peasley would go for one of those gorgeous plant types. I forgot the names of them, as my pokemon knowledge is kind of fuzzy from Gen 3 onward, and I barely know the Gen 2 names since I played the Japanese version of Silver without any knowledge of Japanese. It's pretty, it's grass type, it's male, and it's used in contests more than battle so its moveset has high appeal factors.
Popple goes for any "Worthless Piece of Trash" noted on this list:
Naval would be into Bulbasaurs. Such a beautiful mix of reptile and plant that if she and Kamek ever had a child together, Bulbasaur would be the end result.
Geno. Jirachi. Enough Said.
Lady Lima would take any large rock type, like an Onix. This probably doesn't fit her image or type wise off the bat, but she was a wild and violent girl in her past who travelled between the Mushroom and Bean kingdoms to beat up Kamek.
And lastly, Cackletta would take interest in a Misdreavous except for the fact that a Misdreavous is much more prettier than her, so Cacky would be an eternally jealous ... dead pokemon trainer.
Lakitu was more sarcastic than anything. He and Kamek are pretty much bros (not technically speaking), but it does get kind of annoying when one of your best friends rings your phone to invite himself over to your cloud at midnight and eat those expensive pastries you've spent your hard-earned multi-job paychecks on.
But that's okay because you guys are pretty tight.
Even if he is a lazyass whose negligence will probably put Lord Bowser in danger again.
There is an MMO going across the kingdoms that hooniversity students formulated hacks to. The whole school and then all of beanbean is currently banned from the game. Fawful never had a chance to try it, or anytime to play in the first place even if those hacks were programmed for his 16th birthday in the first place.
Steal his stash of junkfood, sabotage his Microgames company, and they would go go-karting together under Lakitu's advice. Seriously, unless Kamek is threatened by Wario or he actually needs something out of him (or if Wario lures him into a trap with pastries), he probably wouldn't pay him any mind.