Christine Verity they/them lives a quiet life doing IT work for a range of corporations. In their freetime, they manage a popular North Mural sensitive messageboard, and monitor the large amount of stranger chatter in the area. Few, however, know their role as an anonymous member of the indie game development co-op Sadware, a group of reclusive and maligned "strangers rights" extremists. But how far will this brainiac shut-in go to protect their beloved pets?
Many sensitives discover the strangers during their teenage years, or early twenties.
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but what would he look like... "with paws"?
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...but, not Verity.
And the strangers have been their best friends since.
Though they're slow to ease in, they find their place among the other sensitives of North Mural.
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pixel art of my original stranger characters!
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some new fan-stranger designs
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a few theories about the humors
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my new Mazes & Modules campaign ^_^
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hello!! you don't know me at all, but i saw your art online and i wanted to let you know that it was really cool ^_^
Thank you so much! I've seen your pixel art too, it's really well done! it looks just like the original style
aw man thanks!! btw, are you a professional artist?
fff I wish. I'm trying but I get kinda shy...
hey its okay! sounds familiar 8_8 awkward hi fives?
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And, they become a supportive presence in the psychic's life.
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You may already be familiar with their work through the game sprites and illustrations for the videogame, Zeroworld
A lot's changed since they've been away. Now, they have a new philosophy.
an open letter to every stranger abuser
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don't you know it's wrong?
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you don't get to make the rules.
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a family reunion
Verity's activities dwindle to a lull when a simdroni
appears in their apartment. At first, they are grateful for the newfound companion (and for their simdromere babies to finally meet their "parent") Knowing the strain's reputation, they keep the simdroni a secret from their friends.
As it grows in size, so too does Verity feel its influence more strongly.
▘▞▝▝/▚▖/▗▞ Verity discovers the simdroni behind their couch. It is small enough to fit inside an unused plastic bento box.
▞▗▚▜/▘▜/▚▟ First Mazes & Modules game missed. Verity puts a doll-sized graduation cap on the simdroni.
▘▙▚▗/▟▞/▛▝ Last face to face meeting (said hello to apartment complex handyman, who came in to fix a leaky sink that had been reported the week before).
▖▞▚▚/▗▖/▙▘ Last time outdoors (took a walk to the post office to mail a package to an online friend).
▚▙▘▞/▞▛/▗▝ Last online Mazes & Modules game attended. The simdroni is now large enough to wear one of Verity's old hoodies; it's bright green, with an image of a kaiju on the back.
▞▗▟▛/▜▚/▛▟ Last food delivery (vegan sub sandwich, from a local chain).
▚▗▜▚/▖▘/▟▚ Last post online. The trucks and train carts filled with zebras move through the city.
Then, no one hears from them for some time.
...but, not all hope is lost.
▟▝▘▗/▝▘/▙▝ Verity sees Chucks' post online, and checks the security cameras around Jaundice Press Tower. When they see Chuck and Virgo, they use their last bit of willpower to disable as much of the security as they can, watching with exhausted, but hopeful eyes as their friends face the obstacles in front of them.