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Chrono / Gameplay Casual Discussion / Re: Forza 2 meets Chrono Trigger
« on: August 08, 2007, 07:16:48 pm »
Wow.  I want it.  :)

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Kajar Laboratories / Seeking a Proofreader...
« on: August 08, 2007, 06:44:39 am »
I sincerely apologize if I've posted this in the wrong forum. 

I'm seeking a proofreader for a Chrono Series fanfic that's set just after the "bad" ending of CC.  It's rather long and is broken into two parts.  Part One stars Glenn (of Chrono Cross) and Part Two stars Schala.  Kid and Serge are supporting characters.  I've been working on it for a year now, and I've finally decided that I want to post it--once I've finished editing, that is.

It will be a week or so before I complete my own proofreading, but I wanted to throw the question out there and see if anyone would be interested in helping me out.

Thanks in advance.  :)

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I've read several pages here dealing with the differences between Schala and Kid, and how could they be possible if Kid is simply a clone of Schala.  Thanks to a newer branch of genetics, called epigenetics, we might be able to finally explain these differences, as well as Schala's change in appearance between the end of CT and the end of CC.

Epigenetics is a relatively new science that deals with modifications of cellular DNA expression that don't actually change one's original DNA at all.  These epigenetic changes are passed on in cell division, as well as the unaltered, original genetic code. 

Your epigenetic code is a 'second DNA'.  It sits right on top of your original DNA, and unlike the original, it can and will change during your lifetime depending on environmental situations.  In recent studies, identical twins of all ages and walks of life have had their epigenome compared with one another.  The older the twins are, the less epigenetic similarities they have, until they are extremely different in old age.  These changes occur because of environmental factors--smog and pollution, smoking, food, chemicals we are exposed to, even how we behave and act towards one another, ect. 

In fact, a calico cat named Rainbow was cloned.  However, her clone looks nothing like her, despite being a precise genetic copy (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1360161).  Why?  Epigenetics! 

More about epigenetics here:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3411/02.html

Shifting back to Schala and Kid, epigenetics would be a huge reason why Kid and Schala look (and perhaps even act) so differently.  When one considers the environmental conditions of Zeal, it was obviously a magical society.  Because Zeal expected its royal family to be well-versed in magic, and Schala performed magic on a regular basis, her epigenome would have expressed exotic, magical traits (like blue hair, especially if magical ability was located on the same gene as blue hair color) and suppressed traits that might be considered non-magical.  Also one should consider that she presumably lived a fairly comfortable life as a princess.

After being taken to the Darkness Beyond Time, she created a genetic clone of herself, Kid, and sent her into the world.  While Kid is genetically the same, she would not possess Schala's epigenome (unless Schala impregnated herself with her own clone, then carried her for nine months and gave birth, and even then Kid would only inherit a few epigenetic traits, not the entire epigenome).  And same as with the cloned cat mentioned above, Kid does not look much like Schala.  Kid's epigemone developed under different conditions.  Having not been raised in such a magically demanding environment, her epigenome would have no reason to express such strong magical traits at the exclusion of all non-magical traits (perhaps accounting for Kid's strength and agility, as well as her blonde hair and blue eyes).

At this point, magical ability appears to be genetic, and not epigenetic.   If it is genetic (as I tend to believe) and therefore present in all modern humans to some degree, then even though Kid has the same magical abilities of Schala, her environmental conditions have caused her epigenome to suppress most of these powers (since she is not even the strongest magic user in CC).  If magical ability is epigenetic (which seems unlikely, since magical ability is passed on to the next generation, at least in the case of the Zeal royal family), Kid wouldn't have Schala's powers at all, since her epigenome developed in complete independence from Schala's.

Another point worth discussing is Schala's change in appearance from CT to the end of CC.  We know that Lavos can absorb and change DNA.  Perhaps he did not change Schala's genome when he combined with her (a move that could potentially kill her), but rather edited her epigenome to make her more compatible to the combination process.  The change in her hair from blue to blonde, and her eyes from green to blue, is completely possible with the changing of the epigenome (since both hair color and eye color are genetic traits).

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Kajar Laboratories / Re: Coloring help! And vocal talent needed!
« on: June 24, 2007, 01:01:55 am »
Hmm...I'd be glad to lend my vocal talent to the pool.  I am a female, but I don't really picture my voice as being acceptable as Schala.  I'm an alto, and I have done some villainous roles in plays, so perhaps I would make a good Queen Zeal?  I can record a sample and send it to you in a day or two.  :)

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Time, Space, and Dimensions / Re: Cause of the Dimensional Split
« on: June 22, 2007, 05:19:33 am »
My small contribution to this thread is just to point out a bit of dialouge that Serge/Lynx has with his mother, just after he has been transformed into Lynx:

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Marge: That night, your father, Wazuki, and his friend Miguel set out to sea, despite
a storm... It was an emergency... They were swallowed by the high waves and lost
consciousness. When they came to, they found themselves inside the Dead Sea... A
place where no living creature dares enter.  I don't know what happened, but that
incident changed your father. And your father's friend, Miguel... That was Leena's
father. He never returned... Back then, that place wasn't called the Dead Sea...
Yes, I believe they called it "Sea of Eden" ...
That was 14 years ago.

It would seem to suggest that a split happened in recent history, recent enough that the Dead Sea was not always there (because Home World Marge clearly remembers it being the Sea of Eden before).  Therefore, Home World had to be created in the last twenty years (otherwise, how would anyone know of the Sea of Eden in Home World?  It never existed until Serge came along).

Just my humble contribution that may or may not have any weight...  *slinks back into the lurker's corner*

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I really like it.  It's very gentle and a bit sad, which makes me think of Schala (in Zeal, before the events of CC).  I'm no great musician, but I think it's very nice.  :)

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I've had the same problems with my copy of Chrono Cross.  I had an old, used game that froze up, and got fed up and purchased a brand-new, factory-sealed game.  Unfortunately, it has the same problems!  I went and used a friend's system, but it freezes up on hers too. 

Is there any possible way to skip those cutscenes?  Opening and shutting the disc cover does not work.  :(

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General Discussion / Re: This sucks...
« on: June 11, 2007, 09:48:19 pm »
Oh wow, I didn't mean to stir anything up! 

I just want to add my two cents in on the debate about scantily-clad women in video games.  I personally love RPGs, and that's a majority of what I play.  In most RPGs that I've played, I've come to view the depiction (clothing and such) of women to be representative of power.  They outwardly show their power through a sexual nature.  This may sound weird/twisted/strange, but bear with me.

I can think of no better example of this than Yunalesca from Final Fantasy 10.  The woman is barely wearing anything at all, but you know from the moment you first hear her voice that she is someone you do not want to roll with.  Her appearance oozes power through her sexuality.  This is also true of Lulu, who is someone else you do not want to roll with.

Now consider Yuna.  Conservatively clad and meek from the start of the game, she is someone that everyone else protects, or rescues.  Face it, when you look at Yuna in FFX, "powerful" is not the first word that pops to mind.  When you look at Lulu or Yunalesca, the words "scary" or "frightening" will probably be quicker.

Another example that pops into my head is from the FF7 game.  There are monsters that you fight throughout the game that look like scantily-clad women.  One of them is on the glacier, she's a snow maiden or something like that, and another (the Pollensalita) is in the very last dungeon of the game.  She has a skill that you can learn called 'Angel Whisper', and it restores HP, fixes status ailments and revives a dead ally.  That's a powerful healing ability, and who do you learn it from?  Yes, a powerful, sexy, scantily-clad woman. 

Also, considering that many games come from Japanese sources, you have to take into consideration their religions and secular traditions.  Women hold far more dominant roles in mythology there than they do here in the West (think of Shinto Priestesses). 

So when I see a scantily-clad woman in a Japanese video game, I think "wow, she's probably a tough cookie".

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General Discussion / Re: This sucks...
« on: June 11, 2007, 01:02:41 am »
Oh, I would be heartbroken since I only just built up the courage to join the online fandom!  If the Compendium died off soon after, I'd be devestated!  :(  But I don't think that will be happening since there are so many enthusiastic people around here.  :)

Speaking of the fanboys around here, are there any fellow fangirls, or am I one of the only ones?

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Polling / Re: Crono v. Sephiroth
« on: June 10, 2007, 08:33:13 pm »
I dunno...Crono is powerful, but so is Sephiroth.  It would be a very close match, but I think Crono would come out on top.

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Polling / Re: Favourite Battle Theme
« on: June 10, 2007, 08:22:04 pm »
The final battle with Lavos!  However, I also enjoy the Magus battle theme and Brink of Death from CC.

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Submissions / Re: Schala Super Sprite
« on: June 09, 2007, 12:08:20 am »
I love all the sprites, but I adore the Schala sprite.  :) 

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Submissions / Re: My new fanfic series, The Duplicates
« on: June 09, 2007, 12:05:19 am »
Very intriguing.  :)  I look forward to more.

Are you looking for a beta reader/proof reader?  I'd love to volunteer my services if you are interested.  It has nothing to do with the fact that I'd get a sneak peak at your work.  Nothing at all.   :D

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Submissions / Re: Oh. My god.
« on: June 08, 2007, 11:43:43 pm »
Oh no!  *hides from the fury of Lavos*

Nice photo manip.  :)

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General Discussion / Re: Recipe Compendium
« on: June 08, 2007, 11:23:46 pm »
Here is my specialty! 

Corn Pudding

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon flour
3/4 stick butter
1 can cream corn
1 1/2 cup milk

Melt butter in dish.  Mix eggs, sugar, and flour well.  Bake at 350 degrees until set.

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