Sarah's UC Plushie Project 

Welcome

Welcome to Sarah's UC Plushie Project page. I'm Sarah and I've made this page to keep my progress towards my dream of owning an UC Plushie Kougra. In the future, it may also double as an application for one of those beauties if one ever comes UFA.

Trading

I began my goal of reaching an UC plushie (although I had not settled on a species yet) years ago. I was lucky enough to have a FFQ on my account already and a good amount of NP for a custom. This started off the following chain:

FFQ customD/BN UC Sponge BlumVWN UC Dari JubjubMalady (RW)

Now, it's worth pointing out that this was not a particularly logical chain. I traded for the UC Darigan Jubjub because I wanted one to customise for a while . I was feeling that trading for an UC plushie was unrealistic so I settled on a lesser goal. In the end I didn't grow attached to the Jubjub, and I believed (rightly or wrongly) Malady was too good an offer to miss because of the character potential of the word.

I've grown fairly attached to Malady since then. I decided to morph and paint him into a Transparent Aisha. I'd love to keep him but my curremt goal is to train him up to 1000 HSD evens before I trade him again. The RN plus BD stats along with a FFQ and custom available should get me back onto the UC ladder at a decent tier with any luck.

The Goal

My goal is an UC Plushie Kougra. I'm absolutely in love with them, their pose, and their colour scheme. (In case you haven't noticed perusing my account I kind of like purple). I've considered a converted version, but ultimately I don't gel with them in the same way. Their faces are very different, and I love the look and pose of the UC version because it reminds me of my own cats when they were kittens.

I've had pet cats since I was very little, and it's safe to say I'm slightly obsessed. Despite that I've never been particularly fond of Kougras, mostly because they are more anthropomorphised since the conversion. I'm especially interested in cats in literature. T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats is one of my all-time favourites and my whole family name their cats according (roughly) to The Naming of Cats

The Rum Tum Tugger is a Curious Cat:
If you offer him pheasant he would rather have grouse.
If you put him in a house he would much prefer a flat,
If you put him in a flat then he'd rather have a house.
If you set him on a mouse then he only wants a rat,
If you set him on a rat then he'd rather chase a mouse.

My character ideas are partly inspired by fictional cats I adore. For the purposes of this section and any story I write, the character is male and named Hodge after Samuel Johnson's cat, but I would use a very similar character for a female UC kougra. The character I have in mind for Hodge is based in part on Rum Tum Tugger. He tends to do the opposite of what people expect him/her to do. He is a little on the dim side and a little overconfident when it comes to his abilities to catch things, but he's a good judge of character (think Crookshanks from Harry Potter) and a very loving companion to his friends, with an extremely loud purr. Hodge is an extrovert who enjoys company, but he tends to pop up when you don't want him around to settle on your lap and purr until you give up what you were trying to get done and let him cuddle up for a while.

Story

As I've mentioned, I've got a fascination with cats in literature and particularly in fairy and folk tales. This Chinese folk tale would be kept on my Kougra's petpage as a sort of 'origins of the cat' tale. I've written it here in my own words.

Long, long ago, when the world was new, the gods sought an animal who would rule over it, keeping order and peace. They saw that cats were exceedingly clever animals, and so they gave cats the power of speech in order that they could communicate with the gods and the other animals.

The cats, however, were easily distracted. They watched the sunlight dancing on the grass, and chased butterflies, forgetting to pay attention to how the world worked. The gods saw this, and reminded the cats of how important their job was, and the cats promised to try harder.

The second time the gods returned to check on the cats, they had been feasting on mice and were curled up asleep and purring. The gods asked them once more to try harder to pay attention to their job, and the cats again promised to try harder.

Unfortunately, the cherry blossoms had begun to bloom on the trees, and the cats were captivated by the swirling petals dancing towards the ground in the breeze. The gods returned for a third time to find them playing. The cats told the gods that they weren't interested in running the world, that they prefered to run and play and sleep.

The gods agreed that cats weren't suited to the job, so they gave control of the world over to humans. They took the power of speech from the cats and gave it to humans instead, and from then on no cat ever spoke again. But the gods left certain roles to the cats.

When a cat purrs, you can hear the sound of the wheels of the world turning. If all cats ceased to purr, the world would stop and day and night, the turning of the seasons, would all stop too. And you can still tell the time of day by looking into the eyes of a cat, and noticing whether they have round pupils or thin slits.

Many, many years after the first cats were domesticated, Hodge was a young cat living in a sewing shop in London, perhaps during times when cats were mistrusted and associated with dark magic. Hodge would 'help' with their owner's projects from time to time, in return for malted milk, oysters or sometimes rice pudding, which is his favourite food. But Hodge's owner, a young witch, was frightened that he would be persecuted if it was discovered that she had magical powers, so she transformed him into a plushie toy so that he would be safe. As long as he is completely still around dangerous humans, he is safe. But in exchange he lost some of his movement, and he cannot fend for himself any more, unable to catch mice.

Many decades, even a century passed. Hodge was passed down through the generations as a child's toy. One day, the sewing shop was abandoned, and the little boy who he belonged to left Hodge behind. All alone, he came to life and played with the dust particles, his stitches becoming more and more torn and his stuffing starting to show through.

Finally, the shop was bought by a family who wanted to turn it into a bakery. They cleared out the shop and Hodge was taken to a market stand to be sold. He looked dishevelled and no children seemed to want to buy him. Until a young girl from the travelling circus that was performing nearby came along. She saw that Hodge was in need of care, and she bought him. Unbeknown to the girl, she was the great great great grandaughter of the witch who had first turned Hodge into a plushie, and at her touch he transformed back into the cat he had once been, although a little scruffier and with his purple and yellow colour remaining.

Since then, he travels with the circus, helping to fix the costumes of the performers when they get frayed and purring his extremely loud purr. They say you can hear the wheels of the world turning in that extraordinary purr.

Plans


Name: Hodge
Gender: Male
Age: 328 in human years, over 2100 in cat years
Occupation: Sewing assistant
Home: Formerly a sewing shop, now travelling with Noch' Tsirka.
Appearance: Two forms - plushie and cat. As a cat, Hodge is fluffy and generally well-groomed. He has a long mane in the winter which fades in the summer as he gets far too hot. He is a deep purple colour since being transformed into a plushie. His plushie form is exactly as the UC Plushie Kougra, but with a few distinguising marks. He has some patches, mostly polka-dot, and different coloured buttons on his ears.

Hodge will have a petpet and p3, most likely the ones shown above, although I also like the Plushie Noil. He will have a customised lookup much like my current pets have. I hope to be drawing him soon so that I can enter him in the Beauty Contest when he is home.

Generally, my pets don't have story-based petpages at the moment, because they keep my portfolio, my checklists and other things on their pages. However, I'm hoping to join together their stories so that I can have a couple of petpages which feature stories for all of my permanent pets. I save these in a word processor because my pets swap between accounts from time to time.

I don't claim to be a great writer, nor am I a great artist. I've entered the AG and the BC a couple of times with old pets, most of which I have adopted out since then. I'm working on art for Nayliae, and she has a reference drawing. But like I said, I'm not the best at drawing. I do however like customising my pets, I've got some ideas for Hodge below!

About Me

I'm Sarah, I'm a 29 year old teacher from a quiet, leafy part of London. i drink a ridiculous amount of tea, i'm obsessed with all things Scandinavian, and i love curling up in a big cardigan with a good book and (of course) one of our two cats on my lap.

Timezone: NST+7
Accounts: plasticrose (main), treeplant, rosecloud, acupoftea

Likes: Books, tea, french pastries, cats, travel and theatre.
Dislikes: Paperwork, marking, the cold.

Favorite Things

  • Books: Bleak House by Charles Dickens, The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguru, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, the poetry of Emily Dickinson.
  • Movies: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Catching Fire, Doctor Zhivago, Encounters at the End of the World, Persepolis, Wall-E.
  • TV Series: Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Black Books, The Great British Bake Off, Forbrydelsen, Broen (The Bridge), Borgen, Gilmore Girls.
  • Bands/Artists: Adele, Alanis Morissette, Bon Iver, Carole King, Florence & the Machine Françoise Hardy, Imogen Heap, London Grammar, Marina & the Diamonds, Rae Morris, Sia.
On Neopets my favorite things to do are collect avatars, try for game trophies and feed kadoaties. I also spend a lot of time trading NC items and customising my pets. I've been on Neopets for 12 years and my proudest achievements are my pets and my Avatar Collector avatar. My permanent pets take turns being on my main account so that I can show them off and customise them. At the moment, Nayliae and Keileila stay on my main account, but Nayliae would potentially swap with my future Kougra. I'm working on my artwork so that I can enter the BC.

Offsite, I live and teach in London, UK. My hobbies include reading, baking bread, cakes and pastries and watching films under a cosy blanket. I love going to the theatre, and I used to act in plays in my school days.

Credit

The CSS for the title is from Anna's CSS
The rest is my own, please do not steal. I am happy to help you with coding issues and may be willing to let you use some of mine but please ASK.



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