Hello Cat! My name is Maddie, and I welcome you to my application for your lovely Kaploop, who I've taken to calling Kally for short. Before we get started with the application, I thought I'd first tell you a little bit about myself...
In the real world, I'm a 20-year-old college student who loves to read, write, and direct films (that is, when I'm not studying for tests or working on essays!). I go to the movies frequently, enjoy shows like "Doctor Who" and "Big Bang Theory", and have been swept up in the Pokemon Go craze. When I'm not in class or hanging out with my friends, I like to come on Neopets for stress-relief and to get my creative juices flowing. Which leads us into the next section...
Though I'm certainly not as active as I used to be, I still visit the site a couple of times a week to check in on things, and always make sure to stick around for major events like the AC, Games Master Challenge, or plots. When there isn't an event going on, the bulk of my Neo-time is spent developing characters for my pets and working on their petpages. I also enjoy writing for the Neopian Times; currently I've been published 14 times, and am hoping to make it an even 15 soon!
Moving on... Links to my accounts and my current pets can be found in the "Meet the Family" section. Below, I've included the buttons that will lead you to my petpages, both complete and in progress, in case you're interested in taking a look at them. I apologize in advance for any broken images or other messes; after the most recent filter update, a lot of things broke, and I just haven't had the time yet to fix them. Stuff like this is what keeps me coming back to Neo though- it means there's always something to do! :)
Now, I think it's time we move on to who's really important here: Kaploop!
Full Name: Kaploopanaw'huana of Mar
Nicknames: Kaploop, Kally
Eye Color: Royal Purple
Skin Color: Green mottled with orange
Personality Traits: Friendly, Exuberant, Adventurous, Impatient, Self-conscious, Doubtful
Homeland: Kelp Flats, in the ocean bordering the Altador coast
Occupation: Seer (in training)
Kally comes from a long line of seers who are respected far across the Altadorian ocean. Her great-great-grandfather predicted the First Great Shake, allowing the residents of Kelp Flats to safely evacuate before the area was ravaged by an underwater earthquake of great magnitude; her great-aunt predicted a massive oil spill, giving those who lived near the coast enough time to invent a device to slow the spread of it; and most recently, her cousin predicted the events that lead to the break-up of Krawk Island and made sure that rescue and aid teams were prepared to deal with the aftermath.
Not all of Kally's relatives are as revered, though. Her cousin Vin is the current failure of the family, using his powers only for cheap tricks to scam tourists out of their money. Kally, however, fears that she will outdo even Vin and do what no Seer of Mar has done for centuries: misinterpret the future and cause more damage than would be created otherwise.
Little does Kally know, it is this uncertainty in herself that clouds her visions and causes her to struggle in reading the future. Kally has within her the ability to be one of the best Seers the oceans have ever seen, but to unlock that ability, she must first believe in herself.
(Note: The like/dislike images below will of course be changed to match Kally once this application is converted into a petpage!)
Going on adventures with friends
The pressure of expectations
Sea creatures with big teeth
Finley has been Kally's best friend since the time both were guppies. Though Finley is part of a large school of fish, he is terrified of crowds, a fear that the others in his school tease him relentless about. Thus, Finley seeks sanctuary in Kally's friendship. Over the course of their adventures together, the two help each other overcome their fears and emerge as stronger and more confident fish.
Serafina is a young Duchess of Maraqua who is forced into hiding after enemies of her kingdom threaten her. At first she is scared and confused, having never lived anywhere outside palace grounds. Unaware of her status, Kally quickly befriends Serafina and helps her adjust to ocean life. Serafina comes to love living a normal life, and begins to dread the day when she has to return to her kingdom.
Ronan is a young member of the Peophin Warrior Corps, an elite force which hand-picks its members; to be chosen is an immense honor that none can refuse. However, Ronan despises fighting and combat, preferring peace to war. He dare not speak his mind though, lest he be released from the Corps and bring great dishonor on his family's name. Kally meets him when his platoon is stationed in Kelp Flats. Drawn in by Kally's friendly nature and the care-free fun she and her friends have, Ronan finds himself shirking his duties to spend more time with Kally and the others, putting himself at risk of release.
Aqua is a mercurial and energetic Water spirit with a curious dilemma: her only wish is to explore dry land, an activity she can never partake in, for a Water spirit ceases to exist upon leaving the water. She becomes attached to Kally when she learns of the Seer's aversion to visions, seeing the contradictions in both of their characters. She enjoys hanging out with Kally and her friends, and especially likes annoying Ronan by using her ability to melt into the water to sneak up on him.
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As I mentioned at the beginning of the application, my main draw to Neo is character creation, which for me results in petpages like the ones I listed earlier. Kally, of course, would be no different; the instant she came home, I'd convert this application into a proper petpage. I often come up with many different sections unique to each pet (for Liri there's a music playlist, for Eve there's a lab log, etc.), and though I know not yet Kally's may be, I can assure you that she'd at least have the two staples of a petpage: story and art.
As I mentioned in the "Character" section, Kally is a Seer in training who doubts her own abilities. The bulk of her story will revolve around her subsequent journey to confidence and belief in herself. Each member of her friend group also has their own obstacles to overcome: Finley wants to belong in his school despite his fear of crowds, Serafina must learn to live among the masses before she can return to the life she knows, Ronan needs to reconcile his peaceful nature with his position in a warrior group, and Aqua desires to walk on an element that will destroy her. Together, and often without realizing it, this group of misfits will help each other overcome their obstacles and grow as individuals and as friends.
As for the specifics of the story, they're still rolling around in my head. At the moment, my general sense is that Kally will receive a vision of great importance. Under the weight of expectations and the overbearing advice of fellow Seer family members, the pressure will be too much and Kally will run. Her friends will follow, and together they will help Kally unravel the vision and save everyone... or something along those lines! It's all still up in the air right now, but I promise that it'll all start to take shape should you choose me as Kally's new owner. :)
I've never actually drawn aquatic species before, so Kally has been a bit of a challenge. I'm not one to back down though, and have taken it in stride. Below you can find a doodle I drew while playing dominos with my family, as well as a more complete image of Kally that I drew to play around with her markings.
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I will of course continue to draw more pictures of Kally, should she come home with me. If I'm particularly pleased with any of them, I'll likely enter her in the BC. Just a couple weeks ago, my Eve received Gold, and seeing that shiny trophy I just knew I needed more! Hopefully Kally and I will have luck; she's just too pretty not to have a trophy or two of her own!
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Future PlansAside from her petpage, there are a few more plans that I have for Kally!
As I'm sure you've realized by now, I plan to morph Kaploop into a Wocky and then paint her Maraquan. The morphing potion can be found in my gallery. As for the painting, I plan to use the Fountain Faerie Quest I've saved up on my main account. Speaking of which...
I plan to permanently host Kally on my first side account. Should you choose me as her new owner though, I'd like you to transfer her to my main, madidogs88. Once I've morphed and painted her, I'll transfer Kally over to her permanent home on my side.
You can see Kaploop's planned customization in the "Character" section of this application. All items can again be found in my gallery.
Now this is the one thing I'm still undecided on. Choosing petpets is always a careful process for me; I want to make sure that my pets have the perfect companion. After hours (I'm not exaggerating, sadly...) of searching, I've finally narrowed it down to two options: a Maractite Dartail or a Blue Melton.
The idea is for Kally's petpet to be an aide for her seer abilities, kind of like a living, sentient crystal ball. Should I end up choosing the Dartail, the swirls of its maractite coat will shift and change to show messages for Kally to interpret. The Melton, on the other hand, will show Kally visions for interpretation. I've purchased both a Dartail and a Melton, which I'm sure you saw in my gallery. Once I've decided, I'll purchase the appropriate paint brush and give Kally her new friend. :)
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While lurking the PC to try and find owners for my own foster pets, I happened to stumble across a post of yours advertising your UFA pets. Kaploop was at the top of the list, and the instant I read her name, I couldn't stop giggling. It was just the cutest thing, so fun to say and so expressive. In my mind I immediately saw a fish plopping in the water and making ripples, and it was just the perfect name/image combination. At that moment, I knew that I had to apply for Kaploop and turn her into a Maraquan pet.
As I browsed my options, I knew right away that I wanted one of the more unique Maraquans, the ones that look like UCs. Like many users, I've always been fond of UC pets. But since I've never been into trading and never had luck applying for UCs, I've long since resigned myself to the fact that all my Neo-babies will be converted. However, with many of the Maraquan pets, you get the best of both worlds- customization, but without that static pose of nearly every other color.
The Maraquan Wocky form I chose for Kally is one of the most UC-esque paint jobs there is, which is a large part of why I selected it. Also, I love the irony of the Maraquan Wocky being a cat-fish... I probably find that much more humorous than it actually is! Anyway, the dynamism of the pose together with the imagery evoked by her name made the perfect combination. And from there, Kally's character and story practically bubbled out of the ocean on its own!
Part of the beauty of applying for a pet is falling in love with it as you work on the application, and that's exactly what's happened with me and Kally. Regardless of your decision, I've had a wonderful time getting to know Kally! And at the very least, I'll always be able to giggle fondly over her name... ;)
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Meet the Family
Unsurprisingly, I'm not the only one who wants Kaploop to come live with us! If you don't mind, Cat, I'd love to show Kaploop around my accounts and introduce her to my other pets; they're delighted to meet her!
Let's start with my main account over in Altador. This is where my first four pets reside. They've been siblings for a long time, so don't be alarmed if they squabble a bit!
(Note: Hover over each pet's image for their name, and click to visit their lookup!)
Sorry about all that. They're just so excited that you may be coming to live with us! It shouldn't be as hectic on the next account- speaking of which, this one will be your home should you decide to come live with us. It's in Terror Mountain, but in the valley where it's only cold during the winter. There's a nice big pond in the garden that I'm sure you'll love. But don't take my word for it, let my pets there tell you...
Now back to Altador, where my next set of pets reside... be prepared, Baby Pets on the loose!
We'll head over to Pomaloth next, which is a realm between Shenkuu and Altador where what I like to call my "adventure crew" resides.
Okay, just one more account to go! Just a warning, Deal is... well, you'll see when we get there.
Sorry about Deal, I don't know what happened with him. As soon as I told him I had plans to make him an all-powerful mountain god, he started acting like that...
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed meeting everyone. Things can get a little crazy here sometimes, but we all love each other and have a great time. As Tris said, we're all one big happy family! Thanks so much for visiting, and I wish you the best of luck finding a new home! I know you'll end up going somewhere amazing, even if it's not here with us. So take care, and tell Cat I said hello!
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Well, that just about wraps up my application for Kaploop! Thank you so much, Cat, for taking the time to go through it. I had a ton of fun developing Kally's character and working on the bare bones of her story, and hope to get the chance to continue flexing my imagination with her! Even if I am not chosen though, I want to thank you for providing me the opportunity to get my creative juices flowing again. :)
If you have any questions for me, please don't hesitate to neomail me. Thank you again, and best of luck choosing Kaploop's new owner!