• canmom: Hey everybody, I hope you enjoyed our introduction to the wonderful world of the omnifurry

Today we begin the second book in the series, 'The Visitor'

• canmom:

• canmom: so this time we have a girl turning into a cat

• drcable: well then

• canmom: only, without being anime style

which is for the best, really

• drcable: like

the ears in the seccond one are pretty anime

• canmom: true, it's hard to see because the stacked perspective

My name is Rachel. I won't tell you my last name. None of us will ever tell you our last names. Whenever I do use a last name, it's a fake. Sorry, but that's the way it has to be. And we won't tell you the name of our town, or our school, or even what state we are in. If I told you my last name, the Yeerks would be able to find my friends and me. And if they ever find us, it will be the end.

I guess that's as good a name as any for what we are.

• drcable: AKA we're not cool enough to think of "antifurr"

• canmom:

i'm informed there was a TV series, which must have been horrific

it made it like ten episodes

I can't imagine

1. adapting these books in their full horror
2. with early 00s CGI

• canmom: must have been glorious, honestly

• drcable: it'd be like bamzooki VS the human centipede

• canmom: I'm afraid I don't know bamzooki

• drcable: bamzooki

• canmom: i am going to watch that later

i'm sure i will have a reaction

• drcable: It's like peak "my parents forced me into stem at far too young an age" content.

I'm surprised it's not a bigger part of trans culture tbh

• canmom: so this time, rachel is our narrator

which ought to be a massive improvement over Jake Somedude

• drcable: she's the aryan one right?

• canmom: but she's as given to melodrama as Jake

so uh what happened to the animorphing cube

like the obvious strat would seem to be to recruit more animorphs

or, i hate to say it, but perhaps to reach out to the repressive powers of the bourgeois state? it would seem in-character at least

then again, maybe capitalists find a yeerk alliance profitable

• drcable: you want a mass furry movement?

rather than an infurrgency?

• canmom: why

protracted furries war

dictatorship of the furletariat

• drcable: ok I get commie furry puns are like 90% of our readers ideal kind of joke but maybe this is too many

we can like

anyway

• canmom: so KA Applegate is quickly expositing the previous book

everyone is birds now

• drcable: AS YOU ALREADY KNOW tobias is a bird

• canmom: good outcome

hatoful boyfriend animorphs edition

• drcable: I think you'll find tobias is a girl actually

<Tobias! I just realized something.>

<What?>

<This isn't like being an elephant.>

• drcable: No shit you're a bird

Forget surfing. Forget skateboarding. Forget snowboarding. You haven't had a thrill till you've ridden the thermals a mile into the air and then gone hurtling straight down at maximum speed.

• canmom: flying a glider is pretty cool yeah

• drcable: (hi everyone in case it's not already bleadingly obvious me and bryn are white and middle class to an extreme degree)

• canmom: yeah i deserve that

<I can't believe this!> I was really mad. <I'm an endangered species. I'm a bald eagle! What's the matter with those creeps?>

• canmom: i don't have anything to add to this, it's just a funny line

Zoom.

# ZOOM!

• drcable: Guys I think KA is working on emphasis

• canmom: to be clear this is typeset in bold with a blank line on either side

• drcable: she does it again

but with the word FACE

idk how many times she's gonna employ this groundbreaking postmodernist use of typographic form

• canmom: wow they're just murdering these guys

"That ain't right. It ain't right that no bird should take my rifle like that."

• canmom: this is definitely how someone will react when a bird steals their gun

i'm glad they can tell the time in birdmode

do you think they carry a watch

their AMAZING BIRD EYES read random peoples watch faces

but yeah

I bet there's yeerk as you already know in ch2?

Fortunately, after a few tries, we had all learned to morph some very minimal clothing.

• drcable: anyway, KA is still on the "I totaly don't get off on morphing as a kink guys"

My tongue grew fat in my mouth. My eyesight became faded and dim. The eagle's mind evaporated, leaving me all alone in my head.

My wings became arms. My talons became toes. The scaly yellow eagle legs became my own legs, only they were still all scaly at first.

"Nice look, chicken legs," Marco said. "Do those come in extra crispy, too?" I smiled at him. "You're not one to talk, Marco." I pointed down at the floor. See, his legs had changed back, but he still had huge osprey talons instead of feet.

• canmom: yeah i don't imagine we'll say goodbye to that anytime soon :p

like i'm pretty sure it's why she wrote these books? apart from teaching us how war is bad

"That was so absolute!" he said.

• drcable: Was that ever a word for cool? ever?

• canmom: raises an interesting question of partial morphs

like could you have bird eyes on human bod?

• drcable: no EGS magic exposition bryn

I think they try that later

"I wasn't being sexist," Marco protested.

• drcable: For reference, marco was indeed being sexist

• canmom: no shit ❤

"It goes both ways."

• canmom: sigh

We had all returned to our human forms, but Tobias was still a hawk. Tobias will always be a hawk.

• canmom: I think Tobias is into being a hawk?

was tobias an orphan?

ok yeah

We walked along the boulevard that goes by the construction site.

• canmom: they sure do love that construction site

• drcable: I think their town is like 90% construction site

like, in the middle is the construction site and ringed around it are the mall, the school, the zoo, and individual homes

• canmom: sounds pretty accurate

"We didn't lose, anyway," I said. The others looked at me like I was crazy. "Look," I explained, "I know we didn't save Tom, and we sure didn't stop the Yeerks. But we gave them a reason to be afraid, at least."

• canmom: nevermind all those people who got blown up by visser

• drcable: they're infurrsectionists bryn

propoganda of the deed

or

the furr

See, Melissa Chapman, Assistant Principal Chapman's daughter, is one of my closest friends. Or at least she used to be. The last few months, she'd been acting very strange toward me. Like she didn't care anymore

• canmom: i wonder why that could be

sure her dad's got a yeerk in him

it's implausible that she would too

She has pale gray eyes and pale blonde hair and pale skin.

• canmom: KA Applegate description style: json.stringify()

What he saw was me, halfway through morphing into an African elephant. I had about a third of a trunk and most of my huge fanlike elephant ears. My legs were like stumps. My arms looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger's, only gray. And my tusks stuck about a foot out of my mouth. Just to make things extra weird, I still had my normal hair and my normal eyes. Suddenly, the guy wasn't interested in hassling me.

• drcable: Unsure on the necessity of this description still

"Melissa, I was thinking . . . maybe you'd like to walk over to the mall with me after class? I have to buy a new pair of sneakers."

• canmom: mall date. classic

• drcable: "dude you wanna crash the mall"

that'd be a good theme song for the animorphs tbh

Crashing malls, angsting over romance, complaining about how complicated it is that you're shapeshifting kids caught in a race war

You know that evil slug is right there in the Controller's head, attached to all his nerve endings. Controlling the human brain. Dominating it.

• drcable: KA applegate in "this is not a kink"

• canmom: tfw you animorph and there's a yeerk right round the corner

"Do you want to come over?" I said. "I got that new CD, if you want to listen to it."

• canmom: i wonder how they update this one? nowadays you'd just message them the file

we're 1/4 of the way into this book and nothing has happened except for this elephant incident

• drcable: animorphs: the elephant incident

Like, we've bought new readers up to speed?

I suspect like 25% of the books is exposition?

• canmom: true

i guess they have to appeal to people who pick up book 17 in a library or something

• drcable: hashtag totaly not my 9 year old self

• canmom: so to let our readers keep pace, we're in chapter 6, tobias has identified a cat, and they're going to find it and steal its essence

in order to spy on the cat's owner

i hope they all turn into the cat

and have six identical cats prowling the house

"Oh, wonderful," Cassie moaned. "Please tell me he's been fixed, at least."

• drcable: God cassie learn to biopolitics that's just eugenicist

"We have a cat up a tree," Cassie said dolefully. "You know how hard it is to get a cat down out of a tree?"

• canmom: is this a thing cats do so often?

like it's the stereotypical childrens' book scenario

"What I need is a mouse."

• drcable: to the tune of the fary godmothers cover of "I need a hero"

• canmom: this is turning into an RPG fetch chain quest

Acquiring is what we call it when we absorb a sample of the animal's DNA. The DNA is the stuff inside the cells that sort of serves like a how-to manual for making the animal.

You're not sure it's a good idea for Rachel to turn into a shrew in order to lure a vicious cat down from a tree so she can morph into that cat and sneak into the assistant principal's house?

• canmom: this is an RPG plot

no, this is a Sierra adventure game plot

• drcable: your references are too nerdy

• canmom: or heck just a parser IF

> x cat

The cat is in the tree.

> acquire cat

The cat is too far away.

> climb tree

you're too big

> acquire shrew

you don't have a shrew

• drcable: [s] ==> rachel, be the shrew

And I wanted them. I know it's too gross, but I wanted to eat those maggots.

• canmom: same lol

• drcable: homosexual tbqh

School? Yes. I remembered school.

Quite suddenly the shrew mind lost the battle for control. It was like a switch had been flipped. I was in charge

• canmom: something something social reproduction

i've forgotten where i was going with that quote

idk think of something vaguely anarchist involving schools

• drcable: Rachel doms a shrew, the movie

In my dream I knew: I was that shrew.

• drcable: In my dream I am the shrew it is me

also holy fuck it's book two and they already all have cPTSD?

hashtag armchair diagnosis

I guess that's what happens when you get involved in a war but a chapter about ptsd is a bit heavy for scholastic

"Probably going off to kill your shrew," Marco speculated. The idea made me shudder all over again.

• canmom: the book is really pulling no punches on the 'most lifeforms have absolutely horrible lives' thing huh

Tobias sent me a private message.

• drcable: Sliding into ur brain like

• canmom: Thinking Melissa is not a controller but some horrible shit is happening, possibly parental abuse, now at least one of her parents is possessed by a yeerk

• drcable: the yeerk is a jeerk

sorry

I've been waiting to make that joke for like at least 30m

• canmom: long sigh

Cats are genetically programmed to be afraid of large birds

• drcable: Yay, EvPsych!

• canmom: this book is even more filled with transformation sequences than the last

• drcable: I'll have you know that the concept of large, bird, and "afriaid" are all socially constructed so a cat cannot in fact be afraid of large birds

let alone whether it's genetically programed to do that

I'll meow if I need help.

• drcable: It's always good breaking and entering into an aliens house while shapeshifted practice to set a safeword

Between your own natural attitude and the cat's 'tude

• canmom: the difference between attitude and 'tude is subtle but significant

I headed at an easy trot
• canmom: *resists urge to make pun on sexually available trotskyists*

• drcable: I was expecting a joke about bad mlp fanfic conventions

IDK which is worse

He was a dominant cat. Very dominant.
• drcable: alright, keep it in your...skintight morphing suit

If this cat appeared, I would have to submit. I would have to make myself smaller and less threatening and accept his dominance.
• drcable: we get it rachel

<Just remember: It's fun being an animal for a while. Not so fun when it's permanent. The two-hour clock is ticking. Tick tock.>
• canmom: I guess Tobias isn't so happy about permanent hawk mode then

I did wonder

I do think the way KA deals with the characterisation of the animals is actually rather good?

• drcable: yeah, I enjoy this? except like the massive flowery descriptions?

• canmom: although she kind of dropped it in the final sequence of the last book where they just turned into elephants and tigers and so forth but didn't have to worry about losing control or anything

• drcable: yeah

I guess like, there's pacing issues

otoh, I might be ascribing too much intentionality to ka here

We're still learning about thought-speech. We know there are limits on how far it can be "heard." But we aren't sure what the limits are.
• canmom: so it seems telepathy has limited range and/or can't penetrate too much rock or whatever

• drcable: does it obey the square root law?

• canmom: no way of telling, but if it's omnidirectional radiation it would obey the inverse square law

• drcable: bryn

they turn into animals

I think making assumptions about animorphs science is iffy

• canmom: ...imagine if Dan Shive and KA Applegate collaborated

• drcable: no

I won't

well

like it depends if early Dan Shive or late?

early would be horific

late would be like "Dan Shive but he uses 70k words for every hand movement"

• canmom: New Yeerk rank: Iniss 226

• drcable: or just name I think?

• canmom: hmm

the number suggests rank

they may be equivalent for Yeerks?

• drcable: IIRC it's name but

The Council of Thirteen will hear of it
• canmom: Is Visser a member of the Council of 13?

I guess we'll find out eventually

"What a ferocious little beast," Visser Three said approvingly. "See how he did not back away or run? I am many times his size and yet he struck at me. A pity that the species is too small to serve as a host."
Interesting. Claws and teeth and ferocity mixed with the subtlety to manipulate creatures larger than itself. A worthy creature
• drcable: Viser 3 confirmed for cat furry

Killing a cat is seen as a bad deed
• canmom: correctly

Don't forget, Iniss two two six, I gave you this Chapman body. I placed you in his head because I trusted you. I fed you his brain and made you my lieutenant. But I can suck you
• drcable: What a threat

• canmom: bwahaha

It showed a human woman, pain-wracked, screaming, with the purple creature sucking on her head
• drcable: ok, that's not much better

• canmom: you're writing your visser/innis fic now aren't you

• drcable: um

no

definitely not

honest

(nah like all yeerks seem to be gendered male? or genderless which is male by human standards?)

He ... he morphed into a Vanarx. A Yeerkbane
• drcable: KA with the inventive names

"He showed me ... he showed how he de stroyed Iniss one seven four." Ms. Chapman looked shocked. "He used a Vanarx on an Iniss of the second century?"
• drcable:Nope, you're right. Rank it must be

• canmom: I like how he explains what a Vanarx is for the audience, because presumably Ms. Chapman already knows

t's just this square root stuff
• drcable: square roots are hard

• canmom: $$\sqrt{no}$$

I guess my own mom or dad could have said exactly the same things to me. "Dear." "Sweetheart." But the way they were said . . . There was something missing. Humanity. Love. Call it whatever you want. The words were right, but they were cornpletely wrong
• drcable: yeerks are bad cos they can't love klaxon

• canmom: I mean they may be able to love, just not love the daughter of their host?

• drcable: Like I get that and it's charitable

but I don't think it's what KA is after

• canmom: Predicting Melissa is going to be inducted into the Animorphs at some point

Let me tell you something: Getting that big eagle body off the ground isn't easy. It is definitely work. I wondered if my human body got any of the aerobic benefits of the exercise.
• canmom: Very likely not, if morphing also erases injuries.

Rachel, if the real Fluffer walks in while you're still there...
• drcable: fun fact: porn films(pre viagra) used to have a role called a fluffer

• canmom: yes, I'm aware

• drcable: who's job it was to get mens cocks ready

• canmom: you can get a job as one in Fallout 2

I didn't want to be the one to make the joke :p

• drcable: she says

making the exact same joke

gaming never fails to satisfy me with the high minded content

• canmom: hey, Fallout: New Vegas taught me about Hegelian dialectics

even if it used the thesis/antithesis/synthesis presentation that's apparently not entirely like Hegel's actual presentation?

but then, it's possible that post-apocalyptic warlord Caesar is not necessarily familiar with all the nuances of debate on how best to describe Hegel's work

anyway

I decided that I don't care what it takes, or how many risks I have to run. I don't care what happens to me. I hate these Yeerks. I hate them. I hate them. And I will find a way to stop them
• drcable: wow motivation

• canmom: She doesn't mention the 'yeerkbane' thing

That seems strategically relevant

• drcable: yeah, like, if you can get one of those

that's like, useful

• canmom: Marco here playing fashion police

I mean, Cassie's wearing green patterned leggings and a purple stretch top, and Jake's got on those awful bike shorts, and Rachel is stylish, as always, in her black tights
• drcable: everyone in black tights pls

forced femme and forced fur

Yes, but I really, really want it to be a comic book. See, in a comic book the heroes don't get killed
• canmom: Wasn't this the middle of the 90s grimdark turn

• drcable: do we think KA reads many comic books

"What's the matter with combining green and purple?" Cassie asked Marco.

"It's a major fashion no-no," Marco said

• canmom: I'm glad someone is here to call out bad sartorial choices. But also I think purple and turquoise look OK together?

good even

I use that in a lot of videogames

also, porp uses pink and green a lot

• drcable: also, it's the 90s

"What are you going to do, turn into a flea and ride on my back?" I asked her. She smiled and gave a little shrug. "I'm just saying we should think about it.
• drcable: and then if you get found out you have fleas for backup?

• canmom: yeah, flea plan seems like a good one

i mean, except for the fact that transforming into small things is apparently shit-yourself terrifying

It was a dark and stormy night.

Sorry, I've always wanted to write that. But it really was a dark and stormy night

• canmom: .......

• drcable: ka applegate admiting blonde haired blue eyed wholesome but sexy rachel is a mary sue?

god forbid

• canmom: muttering about mary sue as a term of analysis, but yes, this is definitely Applegate speaking rather than Rachel...

"Be careful, Rachel," Cassie said. And then she stroked my back. I started to move away, but she kept her hand on my back for a few seconds. Then, smiling mysteriously, she stood up
• canmom: she's a lesbian, Rachel

• drcable: Like, not every butch woman with a fascination with cats is a lesbian sweetie

Well ... I'm kind of on you.
• drcable: Well then

• canmom: was it really necessary to leave Rachel in the dark about Plan Flea?

• drcable: Plan A, Plan B, Plan Flea

which is apt given the amount that plan C steal time/work from other activist groups

• canmom: You heard it here first.

My claws bit flesh. I saw three bright red tracks on the back of Chapman's hand.

I could smell the blood that flowed.

"Ahhhhh!" Chapman howled. He backed away

• canmom: cat beats commoner

DnD 3.5 was correct

oh no Chapman's making a Grapple roll

• drcable: nerd

"Host rebellion," Ms. Chapman muttered under her breath. She seemed horrified and fascinated all at once. Then, suddenly, her left hand slapped her own face.

"Ahhhhh! Mine... mine... too."

"Stop it, Chapman," Chapman said. "Stop it or I'll break you! I'll leave you nothing but a shell! You cannot win. No host has ever succeeded in rebelling!" But the Chapman host wasn't giving up

• canmom: how interesting

• drcable: the power of L O V E

and the nuclear family

• canmom: yeah. het nuclear family >>> resisting genocide, evidently?

i wonder if visser's host is actually willing

• drcable: like, obv het nuclear family >> resisting gennocide

have you seen america?

het nuclear family is the reason they do genocide

You could feel the difference between a real Andalite and the evil beast that was Visser Three. It was like he glowed with some dark light. A light that cast a shadow over your mind
• drcable: we get it, he's bad

Do you think the Andalite mind that still lives in this body never resists?
• drcable: nah visser is just a better domme

a True Domme

<The only hope is for me to stay in cat morph,> I said
• canmom: this obviously won't happen

but KA Applegate loves to set up these awful sacrifices

• canmom: what is a salad shooter

• drcable: Um, I have no idea

oh

they're like a grater, but american and automated

• canmom: huh

• drcable: a true victory

• canmom: I'm a bit behind

He rose to his knees. Then slowly, slowly, he stood up. He was wobbling and swaying, but he was standing. "The girl is no threat," he repeated in a stronger, moreconfident voice. "But I am.
• canmom: DUN DUN DUN etc.

The time was now nine twenty-eight. I had about seventeen minutes before I hit the two-hour limit
• canmom: better hope that limit is that precise

I'm going to try a quick double-morph. Hope it works
• canmom: maybe this is where KA starts pulling an EGS wrt morph mechanics?

The near-dead Taxxon screamed as his fellow Taxxons ate him alive
• drcable: hot

• canmom: no wonder kids loved these books

kids love violence

• drcable: and vore

I saw a dark hole. I flew toward it in a single leap
• canmom: \$generic_sex_joke

i wonder if partial demorphing affects the timer in any way

bc she grew fingers to open the cage

aw. well

that's book 2

i'm sure book 3 is going to throw a spanner in the works because so far it's like, moderate exposition, confrontation with visser, they get away alive

hopefully it won't get too formulaic

• drcable: um, how to break it to you

animorphs is pretty formulaic

like, there's differences

but

90% is formula