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19/09/14 @ 01:42pm
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this got rambly OOPS
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How did you feel about saint's row IV ? I noticed that they didn't put the Russian voice in this one.
Anonymous

i have a laundry list of thoughts about the fourth installment, but my ultimate opinion of any saints row game is the same as for any franchise with a customizable PC: one man’s meat is another’s poison

a given aspect of canon might be perfect for one boss and beyond the pale for another. some bosses romance as early as the first game. some bosses save carlos. some bosses are zany, and SR4’s plot was great for them. there are plenty of things in the SR story that don’t work with the character that rosie has become, so I just write around them. no big deal.

[the whole sons of samedi arc, for example. rosie has a zero tolerance policy on drugs, so once she gets her hands on the loa dust trade, she destroys it.]

and on top of that, I love it when other fans do the same, because it gives us that much more to talk and write about. someone else’s boss loves johnny, but wow, yours romanced troy? yours has both shaundi and kinzie? tell me about it. do fanart and fanfic about it. volition doesn’t seem to mind, or at least they haven’t said anything about it if they do.

so, yeah, I’ve met some president bosses. I’ve met bosses for whom nothing after SR3 was canon. and if I have to write rosie’s lines for a nonexistent russian voice, I’m happy to do the job. it was an excuse for me to use SR2’s latina voice anyway, which, in retrospect, I never would’ve wanted to miss out on.

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@ 12:58pm
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my mother just called me on her lunch break and said “i saw a sighting in the wild”

"what"

"when i walked in this morning a man got out of the elevator and he was wearing a shirt that said ‘brony’ on it"

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18/09/14 @ 03:34pm
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Thanks for answering my where in the world question so fast :) I have another though. What possessed you to give so much life to your boss Rossie? I love her all but I'm curious.
Anonymous

you know what, I’m not sure I know any more than you

I can tell I didn’t intend to in the first place, because rosie’s design was bigger and more dramatic than the kind I tended to do for ~*sooper seerious*~ writing projects. i’d heard that saints row was an over-the-top series, so I tried to create somebody I thought would match the tone of that. i made her tall, loud, larger-than-life…

but then I saw that one chest tattoo in the character creator, and I was like, hey, what if. that tattoo was the whole catalyst for her past. I realized you could really make a story from something like that, like, why is a vor in america, and not with others like her? why did she leave? because I knew the thieves in law are not something you just walk out of… which led me to think, hey, what if she had to leave. what if something bad happened, and she came to america for a new start, and fell back into the underworld.

and then of course things went to hell when I went down the rabbit hole with oleg, because then I wanted to develop both of them even more. how were a KGB guy and a vor going to reconcile their differences? you have to write it to find out, and now here I am, with this character that has to have enough material by now for her own original universe, or something.

tl;dr I have too much time on my hands

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@ 02:25pm
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If your boss could settle anywhere in the world where would it be?
Anonymous

steelport, probably

apart from that oleg lives there, it’s more her kind of city. it’s taller. more centralized. she likes her choice of houses better. stilwater was important, and it’s still home to one of her closest friends - she keeps trying to convince her barber to relocate, though she knows he’s old and stubborn and he’ll tell her so every time. but it was always a weird fit for her, especially after ultor came in and gentrified the place. just so… spread-out.

either way, she’s never going back to russia, or at least not for any longer than to visit. she feels a real sense of separation with the place, like it was hers and she lost it when she had to run away.

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17/09/14 @ 02:07am
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kirrosie for ts
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Oh dear, can we hear about how they sorted it out?
Anonymous

Oleg and Rosie over ideology, you mean? because i have a project in the works right now that would answer that question ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

[okay, I have no self control, I’ll give you a clue: it’s empathy. Oleg discovers some things about Rosie that he’s been through himself, and it tears down barriers to empathy that he’d put up because of her class. he starts to realize his own worldview is not objective, and develops cognitive dissonance with some of his ironclad beliefs.]

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16/09/14 @ 10:29pm
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ROSIE + OLEG'S POLITICS 8)
twistedsinews

SR3 gives us that Oleg is pro-communist.

i’ve talked about how I think this is because of a handful of things. KGB training was thick and unsubtle with ideological inculcation. the operatives who made it as high as Oleg clearly did would’ve had to prove that their loyalty was extreme. on top of that, Oleg has a classical education. my Russian professor told me that oftentimes admittance to Soviet universities required some indication that your politics were “agreeable.” lastly, in Asha’s SR4 audio logs - which were first meant to be Oleg’s - we see a patriotic father, one whom Oleg admired and likely tried to emulate. in my own headcanon I put this father on the Politburo, but he could’ve been any one of a number of things.

[edit: I’m told that Asha’s audio logs just replaced Oleg’s in space, not content. they still work for him, though, so I see no harm in going with it.]

the sum of all this is that Oleg had the favor of the state, and a life of luxury for it. it’s really easy to like and be uncritical of a regime that has made you that comfortable. which is a lot of analysis for something that was probably intended to be a jokey stereotype, but, hey, it’s Oleg. in for a penny, in for a pound.

and Oleg’s line of thinking drives Rosie out of her mind, because she grew up 180 degrees from him. Rosie was born poor to poor people that had been poor forever, and no matter which way the power shifted, her family continued to starve.

this lead Rosie to the belief that politics is a lose-lose game. she’s sick of all of it. the poor will suffer whether they’re made false promises or ignored, and politicians are corrupt no matter how well they act otherwise. the only way to survive is to take the power you can get - which led her at sixteen into organized crime. the thieves took her contempt for authority and made it law, so when she figures out that Oleg’s ex-KGB… well, you can imagine.

[they figure it out. but it takes a long time.]

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@ 05:58pm
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whatdaheart:

Eclipse - Anne Magill

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14/09/14 @ 04:30pm
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welcome to your birthday, you are now ready to upgrade to

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I’M STILL LAUGHING AT THIS

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@ 11:27am
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Happy birthday! :D *throws sparkles, confetti and art supplies*
thetwobosses

oh you sweetie

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13/09/14 @ 06:43pm
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oleg kirrlov
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FINE ART BY LESLIE
kirrosie for ts
this is silly

this is silly

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09/09/14 @ 10:53pm
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Re: your post on life stuff - you mentioned writing to Volition for advice since they like you. Give it a shot! Good advice and opportunities come from the most unusual places.
Anonymous

how do you do Game Devs this is codename tater tot reporting for duty

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@ 10:10pm
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the aesthetic

villain-fashion:

sexyqueen:

LIZLOW by Pauline (2)

💔

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@ 09:50pm
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late night rambling about more life/future things

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i swear this started as “fills for the kiss prompt” and not “welcome to ak’s shipping hell”

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06/09/14 @ 04:52pm
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FINE ART BY LESLIE
on rosie’s first day in stilwater, she met an old immigrant barber, who helped her learn english and navigate her new world. a man who’d lost his son in the soviet war in afghanistan, he welcomed her youth in his life - even though he knew who she’d been and saw who she became.
when the saints got big, she made sure he’d never want for money again. he was the grandfather she’d never had. on top of, y’know, giving the best haircut in town.

on rosie’s first day in stilwater, she met an old immigrant barber, who helped her learn english and navigate her new world. a man who’d lost his son in the soviet war in afghanistan, he welcomed her youth in his life - even though he knew who she’d been and saw who she became.

when the saints got big, she made sure he’d never want for money again. he was the grandfather she’d never had. on top of, y’know, giving the best haircut in town.