Mar 312013


Yami: Hey everybody. We’re talking to Kendandra today. Why don’t you tell me what your biggest steampunk influence was?

Kendandra: Well, I’m a huge Whovian, so, anyone who’s ever watched Dr Who for more than a few episodes knows that every now and then it gets a little steampunky. Or a lot steampunky, depending on which episode you watch. And, um, I guess I’m more into the clockwork side of steampunk, not so much the hissing and the stuff like that, but uh, more massive amounts of gears.

Yami: What would you say is the most steampunky episode of Dr Who?

Kendandra: Um, I’d have to say the, uh, the Next Doctor special. Though “Girl In The Fireplace” was pretty close.

Yami: I did enjoy “Girl in the Fireplace”.  Now why don’t you tell us how you came up with your character, Ricky Glaive?

Kendandra: Um, mostly I looked at what personas were actually in our little group, Radiant Vanguard, and um, we had a, uh, Airship Owner, an Airship Engineer, and a hired gun, um, but what we didn’t have was a pilot, which I thought was a little, um, important to running an airship.

Yami: Just a little bit.

Kendandra: The personality that I came up with was, uh, it’s an ex-military, ex-military because it’s easy to play if we ever do a uh, a, sk, uh,

Yami: A skit?

Kendandra: Yeah, that’s the word I was looking for. I wanted to say script but that’s not it

Yami: Well, there may be scripts later on.

Kendandra: Yes. So. It would be very easy to, uh, write such a character and play such a character, ex-military, you know, very hierarchical military jargon, ah, be sort of the “Straight Man”, basically.

Yami: What other character archetypes have you played in the past?

Kendandra: Um, I’ve played…. not just limiting it to Streampunk, I’ve played the wise old wizard character, um, I’ve also played uh, the cop with serious anger issues–

Yami: I remember that one, that one’s fun.

Kendandra: Yeah, um, and then, cop who is sort of checked out. Then I’ve also done boisterous fighter.

Yami: Interesting!

Kendandra: Like total hammy as hell, you know.

Yami: What would you say your biggest influence is for the character of Ricky?

Kendandra: When we were talking about a steampunk character, and I thought military guy, whenever I think uber-military guy I always think of… there’s a little artwork drawing in Sins of the Solar Empire of the, um, the human race and he’s standing there proud with five gazillion medals and a grizzled beard and sort of a gruff voice, “Ready to go. Everyone, is everyone secure?”  I sort of think maybe that’s kind of the influence for Ricky. He sort of carries himself in a regal way, but also has a sort of a dapper grittiness.

Yami: Interesting! Now let’s talk a little about your music. I understand you’re doing a musical feature for the Radiant Vanguard blog?

Kendandra: Yes, I’m doing a “musical feature”, for varying definitions of the word “music”.

Yami: Indeed. Why don’t you tell me a little about your musical background?

Kendandra: Um, well, I covered it in the blog, uh, I’ve played, uh, viola. I’m terrible at it. I quit because I was terrible at it. I don’t even know if I can make it make any sounds at all, it’s been so long. Um. I pretend to play harmonica, and by that I mean I can only play one song. But I can play it without hands, so that’s something. Um, and um, I’ve played piano practically my whole life, which sounds really awesome until you realize my skill level is so low that its actually a bit depressing, I’d feel better admitting that I played piano for about two years or so, but no, I’ve played piano my whole life. And, uh, so, most of my music is there, and just like in the blog I’ll say I’ve had a little bit of music theory in uh, some courses and some private lessons, just enough to be dangerous.

Yami: I like a little dangerous. Now, I won’t ask for too much spoilers, but what sort of musical influences do you see coming in for Ricky’s theme?

Kendandra: Ricky’s theme, again, straight from Sins of the Solar Empire, I’e taken the main human theme which is a very military snare drum and coupled that with a very strong brass section and some uh, well-played string sections to sort of carry the beat when the drums are not playing. And um, basically it’s got sort of a very military march to it, uh, with just a little hint of mystery with the strings in it.

Yami: Interesting. Now before we wrap up, is there anything else you think our viewers would like to know?

Kendandra: No. We’re done here.

Mar 142013

Hey there!

Kendandra here.  Well I call myself Kendandra, anyway.  Not sure why.  I am known as Flutterguy to some.  Sarcastic Jackass to most.  Though I prefer Kendandra.  Sarcastic Jackass has too many syllables.


So this is it.  The moment for which none you have been waiting.  This is my first blog post.  I think it is a bit cliché to be blogging about first posts.  It has a nasty taste to it, like a YouTube comment.  Nevertheless, here I am blogging about blogging.  Now I suppose I should to take some time to introduce myself, but I hate talking about myself.  Which is very strange for a narcissist.  How about we skip that part and you can just imagine me as awesome.  I gave you a name, you can just feel free to attach that to whoever your ideal person is.  I suggest picking from Adonis, Achilles from the ankles up, or David Tennet.

First thing you should know about me.  I ramble.  I am sure you have noticed.  That is probably not going to change; I suggest you adapt now.

Down to the meat of the task at hand (and I make no apologies to vegetarians for the line), I have been asked to write a piece, on what is looking like a weekly basis, that relates to our little quad of intrepid adventures.  Sorry, “entrepreneur” in the case of Chaos’s character I suppose.

So by now you may be wondering …

Why am I still reading this?

Well, yes.  You probably are wondering that, but that is not the point.  So by now you may be wondering what exactly my upcoming posts will contain.  The answer is, in a word, music.


I am setting out on the arduous road of composing a total of five themes for our little group.  One for each character, plus one for the group as a whole.  The task is to make each character theme unique, yet still feel like the belong together.  I will provide weekly updates into the creative process, detailing how each theme matches the character and my decisions as to each theme’s composition.  And worry not, I have absolutely no idea what I am doing.


The final thing you should know is that I apparently dislike contractions.  I just surveyed this post up to this point and there is nary a apostrophe to be found save for a lonely possessive.  That is interesting to note, though it provides no substance to my post.  Another thing you will have to get used to I suppose.


Anyway, look forward to my next post, which will be the first in the Character Themes series.  I will detail my “studio” setup and outline better how each theme will look.


We will meet again soon.

–Kendandra, we’re done here.