@SR: Nah, you're not imagining that. The top of the head shifts so that the second jaw can extend, and the bottom of the mouth just stretches. Extending its mouth feels like giving childbirth through its cheeks, and that pain is felt for as long as the second jaw is extended. And... it's a permanent change, so it's not practical at all.
The second jaw is only there to show that they're related to the Xeno. At first I didn't want to give them a second mouth since that would make them seem like dumb Xeno rip-offs, but then I decided to give every black goo monster a second mouth of some kind. It's supposed to be a reference to that Greek myth about the proto-humans who had two of everything (you know, the ones that also scared the shit out of Zeus) who were then split into two each.
(The second jaws are also a reference to this thing
@Pv2: Uh, what happened? EDIT:
OK, I just went back 4 pages in the OTT and found out what the deleted posts were about. Wow, that was a trip to read through. Anyway, I know you don't want any discussion of rape in this topic, but I have to clarify something to DW (and anyone else who wants to know):
First, I HAVE mentioned that rape was going to be something I wanted to explore in this story, so it's fine if someone wants to ask me about that. (If not here, then through e-mail. I understand if you don't want rape being brought up on a forum where some of the members might not be able to handle that kind of discussion.)
Second, it's true that there are gonna be gay people in this story. The main character is gay, so yeah. If that makes anyone uncomfortable, I'm not forcing you to read this when it gets released. But you should know there won't be any homosexual rape.
Third, there won't be any depicted (on-screen) rape at all. I decided against that a long time ago. Even though it's... SORT of justified within the context of this story (because of the Xenomorphs and how their main thing is being rape incarnate), I dropped the rape from the main character's backstory because I realized I don't have the ability to accurately write rape, especially not the way I planned it. Rape as backstory is such a risky thing to do (and it's easy to mess it up). It's also a big cop-out in terms of writing ("How do I add a tragic backstory? Let's add rape!"), so I dropped that.
Rape IS something I still want to explore because
I'm trying to portray the Xeno as it originally was in ALIEN, but if I'm gonna do that, I don't want it to feel cheap. I'd rather explore rape culture through different means; a straight up rape scene won't cut it, because that would just be a tasteless scene placed into the story for the sake of getting a reaction out of the reader rather than for the sake of adding any actual depth to the character's story. The same goes for rape as backstory. The way it was, it would have added no weight to the character.
As the story is right now, none of the main characters have rape as backstory. I decided to give them different problems for them to tackle - problems I actually have experience in, so that I can write these problems to the best of my ability. Each of them have been broken down and rewritten from the ground up; some characters have been merged together, even. I did this to create them with each other in mind, to strengthen their relationships with each other and with the world around them, and to get rid of any useless characters. When I created these characters before, they were all made independently of each other, so there was no complexity to them... which was a big problem with the character who was raped.
She was raped, right, but why? Why did I decided to do that? So that she could have an excuse to be mopey and sad and shit? That's lazy - that's being dark and edgy for the sake of being dark and edgy. I want to make her sad, but I don't want her to be a Mary Sue (or Sympathetic Sue, in this case). That's NOT to say that being raped isn't a reason for being sad, but like I said, the way I had it didn't give the story any depth or weight. Every way I changed it didn't give the story any depth or weight. So, I dropped it.
Instead, the main character deals with something much different. Rather than overcoming her inability to love anyone romantically/sexually, she has to overcome her inability to be close with anyone, romantically or not (and no raped involved this time). I feel like that's a much better thing to go with, since (and I feel kinda weird admitting this on an AVP forum) it's a problem I had to work on a few years ago (and still have to work on, because I still hate meeting new people).
I do appreciate you wanting to help me with the topic of rape, DW, though I'd rather not see the video (and I'm sorry you saw it).