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Every since Cal walked in on Tyr and Rabbit in the stockroom, he hasn't been able to look his Captain in the face and he's been uncomfortable around Tyr. 

What do you think about that?

Notice how Cal crosses out any references to Rabbit's gender in his letter. He doesn't want to shock his sister. 

Notes: King Ghouls are dead psychics. If they resurrect, they also wake and control the dead around them. 

Skoll looks apprehensive because they're facing someone who can get in your head. Many Skins will brave certain physical dangers but remain wary of psychic interference.

Whatever issues Skoll might have with Tyr's bisexuality, he's still a dependable soldier and certainly has no desire to challenge Tyr. They had a run-in several years earlier that left Skoll spitting out teeth and in no doubt who was top dog. Since then, he defers to Tyr in public (although he may bitch about him behind his back.)

The whole ghoul fight takes place a day or so before Cal meets Quartz. So he's still hasn't come to terms with m/m relationships yet. 

Currently I'm busy launching Smoke, Fur And Stone as well as working on the prize pictures for the last contest. Therefore I'll start to post Skins - Chapter Three at the end of this month. 

Smoke, Fur And Stone © and ™ LJ Phillips 2014. All artwork, concepts and related characters are copyright and trademarks of LJ Phillips. Any unauthorized use of the characters or concepts here will result in legal action. Of course, if you want to do fan art or write fan fic of the characters, feel free to do so as long as you acknowledge that I own them and it's non-profit :) (Smile)
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AprilShine03 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks awesome! omfg 
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional
Ah, delighted you're enjoying it so far and thanks for the compliment - you've made my day :glomp:
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icyhugs Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cal's gonna need a mind condom and hopfully the mind fxxk from the King Ghouls won't 'push too far' :XD:
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Haoxannaxyoh Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg cal cant pay attention cuse he saw rabbit and try doing it poor guyXD

okay i could pay attention if i saw that too ;P-e.a.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
Heh, he's certainly distracted, poor guy :lol:
Everytime he sees his Captain, he thinks about that!

Me either :D
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Haoxannaxyoh Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg so cal has a crush on tyr?? O.o
oh no..i wanna see what bunny will do when he finds out :D-e.a.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional
Ah, it could be ;) Do you think that's possible?
Heh, Bunny is quite possessive in his own way of his Wolfy :D
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Haoxannaxyoh Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eww no why would cal have a chrus......on tyr???!!!-e.a.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional
Some readers think that his hero worship of Tyr is really a kind of crush, some readers don't. 
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Haoxannaxyoh Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well...am now that i know what cal is thinking there is no way that its just hero worship...-e.a.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional
Heh, you know when you put it like that, it could be more then hero worship, right? I mean, if he's picturing his Captain having sex...
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Korhann Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student General Artist
I think Cal is not listen to anything here
if he be put on real danger he will not know what to do 
by the way who is the guy at Cal's side? 
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional
Heh, he certainly isn't listening :D
And yep, it may end up with him not knowing how to cope with a specific danger.
Ah, that's Skoll. He also appeared on the last page.
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Korhann Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student General Artist
I  guess no one will be so happy to know he was not listen
and end up saving his butt, but also would be funny if it happen
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FreakieGeekie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Cal. He can't help but think of what he saw in the store room. I'm guessing he's going to miss out on how to defend his mind against the King Ghoul.
I'm guessing Cel is as sheltered, if not more, than Cal.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional
Yep, it's pretty much burned into his head :lol: And that's a good guess. Cal really should have been paying attention :lol:
Oh yes, in some ways, even more so. Unlike Cal, she never left Deadfall.
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Undercard212 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I think that at this point Cal still sees Tyr as a father figure, right? So I think he'd be just as weirded out if he'd seen the captain in the closet with a woman (the whole kiddy seeing their parents thing)
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional
That's possible :nod: Cal desperately wants a stable masculine influence in his life (we'll be seeing more about his abusive, unstable father later) so it could be the awkwardness of having caught someone he sees as a parental substitute in a compromising situation. 
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
o 3 o so dead psychics still have their powers?!?!?!
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional
Oh yes, indeed they do! It causes some serious problems!!
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ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
O . O oh my....
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redshasta Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cal had better hope that his sister has a really hard time reading stuff with a single line through it.  :D  I bet he did a good scribble after he finished the letter.  

And I'm wondering if Tyr's decision not to use a psychic is because Jordan is the only available one or because Skins are really that good at blocking attempts to glamour them.  Considering their shape-shifting physiology, it might make sense that they don't have brain patterns like other mammals.  Cyphers probably would be hard to control for that reason, too.  

Cal's parents have a lot to answer for.  This triggered a question for me... are people from abusive upbringing more likely to focus on petty details than 'the big picture', because their upbringing has taught them that petty details can trigger abuse?  I need to look that up, because I've noticed a pattern with a lot of people from strict/abusive/nitpicky upbringing that focus on the details rather than what's right in front of them.

"Come!  We have to go before the fire engulfs the house!"

"But I have to finish this post on deviantArt!"

"If you don't leave now, you're going to die!"

"BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT."
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional
Heh, he'll probably go back and scribble over them properly when he's done laboriously writing out his letter. You should see what his written reports look like :D Tyr's blood pressure shoots up whenever he has to read them.

Ah, glad someone picked that up. Jordan's the only one he'd trust and he won't risk her. Excellent question. Actually, it's the opposite. Skins tend to quite vulnerable to psychic intrusion - Skins are direct open people and their minds tend to reflect that, being easy to read and enter. There are exceptions. Their shifting is linked to emotion etc so a good psychic can trigger a shift from one form to another. There are ways for Skins to block out or fight psychic intrusion but it takes training and concentration. Smokes are naturally resistant to psychics. 

You know, I think that's possible. Because abused children never know what's going to set off the abuse from an unstable parent. So they begin to focus on details to try and figure out how to avoid setting off the parent. 

Ah, well at least with portable laptops nowadays, one could finish the post while running to safety :lol:
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redshasta Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is a psychic the reason Tyr was stuck in his animal form for so long?
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Professional
Good question, my friend :hug: Yep, it's partly the reason. During the war, human psychics would hit Skin settlements with Dread - massive psychic waves of rootless fear. It would trigger a shift - most Skins would revert to animal form and sometimes, driven insane by the Dread, attack each other. It was an effective way of wiping out Skins without having to engage them directly.

It's possible Tyr's the survivor of such an attack. However, most Skin cubs battle to shift fluidly between forms. After reverting to animal form, he wasn't able to shift back and there were no Skin elders around to instruct him. Alot of occult agencies rounded up supernatural war orphans to use in their experiments. So that's how he might have ended up a lab rat. 

Because he was in Third (animal) Form for so long, it's almost like his default form. If he goes off the suppressants, there's a good chance he'd automatically revert to it. And since he's used suppressants to stay in his more human form, he's never learnt how to shift between forms at will. 
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redshasta Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm thinking that his dependence on suppressants isn't something he trumpets around the Coven.  Man could get seriously fucked up if someone changed his meds.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional
Without a doubt :nod: Definitely his Achilles heel. His dependence on suppressants is definitely something that's going to be explored in later pages.

How's the new job going BTW?
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redshasta Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Job's going well.  We're busy painting this week and hoping to move out of our present location and into somewhere that actually has traffic going by.  And I'm learning more about raw food than anyone should know.  :D  Hoping to be at all the farmers markets this summer!
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional
So glad to hear that, my friend :D Ah, painting - always fun. Hope Tierce isn't getting under-foot while you do that (you take him to work with you, right?)
One can never know too much about raw food :lol: That's lovely - hope we'll see photos!
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anime116 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Tyr is so good looking here, Skoll is nice too, glad he's paying attention and asking questions. Darn it Cal, focus! Get your mind out of the gutter, be a real Skin, and respect your captain so he doesn't kick your ass.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional
Thank you so much :D Skoll can be a bit bigoted at times but he's a good soldier. But Cal doesn't always have the best attention span. I liked how you put that  - "be a real Skin, and respect your captain so he doesn't kick your ass."
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anime116 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student General Artist
haha i'm glad you liked it and yeah...Cal, oh Cal....
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
I imagine, and don't worry Caliban, I know how you feel. It's hard going to work with someone you've seen naked.

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Mira: I know, I'm dating the local handyman, how do you think I feel every time I watch him change a light-bulb? :iconhurrplz:

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Speaking of Psychics.

Madame Zelda: Was a young woman in a nurse's uniform murdered in this Apartment with a handsaw?
Vanessa: Heavens, no!
Madame Zelda: Are you sure? I'm getting a strong vibration. I see a woman in a white uniform, writhing and screaming. And there's a man kneeling over her.
Vanessa: Well, if it was last Wednesday, that was me and the gentleman I'm currently dating. Caliban. But that was a French maid's uniform.

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Being psychic is a HEAVY burden.

And ghouls creep me out, especially the ones that eat the dead!!
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional
Heh, it certainly is! One can never look them in the face again without thinking of that....awkward encounter :lol:

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Ah, Mira. Always a delight :D

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Nothing wrong with a bit of roleplay, Vanessa my dear!

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Oh yes, it can be a blessing and a curse.

Hopefully, these ghouls will be especially creepy!
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Poor Cal, I just KNOW he's gonna get his ass chewed out for this. :( Poor Wolfy.

And those HAZINGS probably didn't help neither, either.

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Mira: Hello, Vincent, sorry to hear your horse is so slow.

Vincent: Mira, I don't own a horse.

Mira: (To Tyr) Then how come you told Dark Spectre queen V, "Jordan was saddled with a loser?

:XD: *You write Vincent's response here.*

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Jordan: I just love the sound of Rain tapping on the window, don't you, Gray?

Gray: :D Oh yes, I always throw open the window, put on a teddy and open a bottle of Champagne.

Jordan: all because of RAIN tapping at your window?

Gray: Oh, I thought you said Wayne.

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And for some REALLY interesting, embarrassment, Caliban's Mother once caught him making love to Vanessa on the roof of th Coven building.

AND RABBIT SAW IT ALL!!

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Jordan: It's crazy that Rabit was able to make a pamphlet about the 'Caliban Vanessa Scandal' in just 3 hours!

Mira: Or that he was able to produce 18 pages on it.

Tyr: Uh, Vanessa, you might want a bucket of water, Babe.

Vanessa: :iconnotimpressedplz: Why?

Everyone: 'THE ROOF! THE ROOF!! THE ROOF IS ON FIRE!!!' 
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RobinHarrison Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Poor Cal. he's blushing and thinking about Tyr and Rabbit...way to attend a briefing
so I'm wondering what is "his fault" and i guess we find that out in time.
I know little about Cel, but she is a woman. I suspect she knows M/M relationships exist and wouldn't be shocked
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional
Heh, it's pretty awkward having walked in on them like that. Especially since he works with Tyr :lol:My friend walked in on a similar situation (her boss and one of their reps in an..er, compromising situation) and it's haunted her whenever she sees either of them.
Ah, keep reading to find out. Let's just say he missed out on a vital piece of intel (because he tuned out) and compromised the entire mission.
Yep, but she's still quite "small town" if that makes sense. And if you thought Cal was naive.....
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