aunty: (laughing)
While she is an absolutely amazing character, Furiosa isn't the first strong woman to be depicted in the Mad Max universe. Aunty Entity is actually the antagonist of Beyond the Thunderdome, but this doesn't make her any less noteworthy.

In a lot of ways, she's the antithesis of Furiosa. Where Furiosa was plucked from home and dragged into a crueler way of life, Entity states she was a nobody, and the fall of civilization was an opportunity for her to become somebody. I'm tempted to conclude she took the name Entity for this very reason.

Entity is certainly capable of driving and shooting, but her strength is in her cleverness and her ability to inspire and win obedience with charm. She is manipulative, but her motives are pretty simple: to survive and thrive, with what remains of civilization. Furiosa is far more physically capable, more of a soldier than a politician, and more stoic. With Furiosa, there's also an underlying sincerity and purity of motive that Entity lacks. Furiosa's drives are revenge and redemption--much bigger ideas than power and comfort.

Entity's strengths are qualities that might be described as stereotypically "feminine": she's attractive, socially connected, wily rather than straightforward. Furiosa will fight tooth and nail for her goals. Entity will smile and offer you a deal to reach hers. Of course, she may also step on you on her way to the top.

Still, she's not a fundamentally bad person. At the end of Beyond the Thunderdome, she could easily have Max killed. Instead, she leaves him be. He survived that desert once; she has no reason to think he couldn't make it to safety again. She has bigger things to worry about, now: namely, rebuilding Bartertown, which is itself an impressive little social experiment built on quid pro quo rather than might making right.

Entity's story in the post-pox-eclipse wasteland is about how do we rebuild and how do we survive. Furiosa's is about why do we survive and what do we stand for. There's no question in my mind Furiosa's quest is the more noble, but let's be honest: if the world fell down tomorrow, we'd want both of them on our side.
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(Spoiler: in the Mad Max universe, everyone's driving is insane and potentially explosive)

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Jun. 6th, 2015 09:31 pm
aunty: (sneer)
CHARACTER SERIES: Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome

This is the permissions list for OOC (out of character), activity.
Answer the following questions with "yes" or "no", as well as additional information if desired.

Backtagging: Yep! I tag slow and am very backtag-friendly.
Threadhopping: Only if in a meme designed for it, or a group PSL.
Fourthwalling: No thanks.
Offensive subjects (elaborate): I'm pretty easygoing, but prefer a little delicacy when dealing with suicide/self-harm and animal abuse. On the flip side, the Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland is a nasty place and certain nasty things are bound to come up in conversation with Aunty Entity. Please feel free to PM and let me know if I hit a trigger or if there's some topic you need to avoid. I can play her pretty grim, or go in a more whimsical direction, but there's likely to be macabre humor regardless.

This is the permissions list for IC (in-character), activity.
Answer the following questions with "yes" or "no", as well as additional information if desired. With IC permissions, it's a good idea to elaborate on what other players can expect from your character if they choose to do any of the following:

Hugging this character: If you can get past her crossbow and bodyguards, sure.
Kissing this character: See above.
Flirting with this character: Sure, she loves attention. Just don't expect her to let down her guard for it. If the question comes up, she's got a het preference, but will go with either F/M or F/F if there's chemistry.
Fighting with this character: Yes. She may rely on her entourage, but she's not incapable of striking a blow on her own behalf, either.
Injuring this character (include limits and severity): Fine, but nothing permanently maiming without prior discussion.
Killing this character: No.
Using telepathy/mind reading abilities on this character: Possible. She's strong willed but has minimal telepathic defense.

Warnings: I have a headcanon that she was at one time a stripper or sex worker of some sort, so that could come up in threads. Aunty Entity is also a ruthless, amoral person clinging to political power, so she may do bad things.

As an aside, I am aware there there are some awkward (if highly outdated) connotations to labeling a black woman 'Aunty'. I like to think the title was picked up by the character as propaganda, to make her seem warmer and more accessible to the permanent citizens of Bartertown. Journal name aside ('entity' was already taken), if using only a one-word name for her, I'll refer to her as Entity, not Aunty.

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