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Author Topic: Coppelias: Seraphim  (Read 2498 times)

Edgewise

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Coppelias: Seraphim
« on: December 29, 2013, 08:35:57 PM »
Seraphim are the only Coppelias designed specifically for flight.  This is why, although they're the most physically fragile of all Coppelia designs, they can readily withstand lightning strikes that would blow other models apart.  These girls are built to be lightweight thunder goddesses--sensitive to the weather, while utterly impervious to it.  Auxiliary weaponry are built into their arms and legs, sometimes including compound bows, guns, blowguns, or even slingshots.

The six holes in a Seraph's back are power sockets where any combination of wings and weaponry can be plugged in, although it is highly recommended that both wings be the same type, because balance is important--however, if two or more pairs of wings are deployed, they may be of different types, so long as each wing is properly mated.  Staggering of mated pairs of wings is advised against except for very advanced fliers.

Seraphim eyes, in the beginning, were based very closely on the eyes of raptors, the better to equip high-altitude Coppelias with powerful long-range vision, but they left little to no room in the skull for upgrades to other hardware, and some models were frustratingly delicate and expensive.  Not all Seraphim fly, however, and some older models retired from flight assignments might still be found working as electricians, flight traffic controllers, meteorologists, et cetera, still making use of their trademark "eagle eyes."

Newer models may need no eyes at all!  Sonar and thermovisual sensory prototypes are in development, as are actual feathered wings.  Current wing models include bat wings, dragonfly membrane sets, heli rotors, and fixed and semi-fixed gliders.  Seraphim uniforms/outfits are necessarily backless, nearly always with a large, full skirt, or emphatically flared pant legs to provide drag as needed.

Difficult conditions for Seraphim include fog, smog, forest fires, sideways rain, and volcanic eruptions.  Standard operating procedure for most inclement weather is simply to fly above it--this is why volcanic eruptions are absolutely the worst.


The Sylph
The earliest Seraph model, still the most numerous, and most associated by the public with flying Coppelias.  Early versions were short as professional jockeys; more recent ones are closer to human average, but still largely diminutive.  The Sylph is still the the primary base for most concept bodies.

Think: shoujo manga heroines, Kate Moss, Twiggy, Audrey Hepburn

The Apsara
As the first model to incorporate buoyant helium foam insulation, the Apsara could afford a slightly more robust frame.  Nearly all of this model fall within normal human height range.

Think: Storm, Rogue, pretty much all other gravity-defiant comic book superheroines

The Tennyou
The Tennyou is chock-full of helium insulation, making it the most durable and gravity-resistant model.  While this enables them to use heavier weaponry than other Seraphim, it provides some difficulty travelling at ground level without wings, because Tennyou do not have enough weight to reach the ground on their own.  The most common solution is simply to tether themselves to small, remote-controlled ballast vehicles.

Think: Rosie O'Donnell, Oprah at her widest, Ursula the sea witch, Venus figurines

Caveat: this write-up may be subject to edits as discussion spurs further development(!)

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Re: Coppelias: Seraphim
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2013, 10:27:59 AM »
I love the Tennyo model (and that's basically what I thought of Dr. Lamya looking like.
"There are places out there where the skies are burning, the seas are asleep and the rivers dream. People made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's adventure. Somewhere else, the tea is getting cold."
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Re: Coppelias: Seraphim
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2013, 03:11:46 PM »
I agree!  And I really love how the pictures reinforce that a perfect, beautiful Seraphim isn't necessarily one-size-fits-all. 

Linking this into the Coppelia page now.  Thanks Ren! 

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Re: Coppelias: Seraphim
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2013, 08:04:59 PM »
Ouf.  Text below picture next time, I think.   :P