TOTEH Characters: Tweeter

April 21, 2011

"Tweeter" by Carol Phillips

TWEETER is a Silver tech familiar created by Lady Poe of Blanchefort. Although Lady Poe has created countless Tweeter familiars over the years, the one created for Lt. Kilos is the most well-known.

Tweeter was one of the first of a long line of familiars perfected by Lady Poe, whose skill with Silver tech was quite remarkable. Lady Poe had a notoriously bad sense of direction. As she was beginning to see much more of Kana with various lords and gentleman hoping to court her, she found she needed something to assist her in getting around and not become lost. She found hand-held ranging devices to cumbersome and difficult to use, so, Lady Poe created Tweeter, a silver tech familiar in the form of a canary that she could give simple commands to and help her in getting around. The original Tweeter took Lady Poe five months to create and had a series of teething problems that took her a long time to overcome. Eventually she become skilled enough to create him in just a few minutes. He was also originally in the form of an anatomically correct canary, however, Lady Poe began to favor a more fanciful golfball-shaped form that would become his trademark. She incorporated her Blanchefort coat of arms under his right wing, an assurance that he would work as planned flawlessly. She also added a further touch that would become a usual feature with all her familiars–she gave him a perpetual smile.

Tweeter could be given simple commands which he would carry out. He could locate specific locations and places without error. With a Tweeter at your side, you could never be lost. There was a bell tower in Castle Blanchefort near Josephina Tower (often times known as Tweeter’s Tower) where she kept a stockpile of Tweeters. Any in the castle may go to the tower and use one whenever needed. A Tweeter lasts of five days by design, but within the bell tower, they are given longer life by the presence of an Auto-Pile–a Silver tech power source created by Lady Poe.

Lady Poe created a Tweeter for Lt. Kilos after she quit the Stellar Marines. Her sense of direction was almost as bad as Lady Poe’s and often got lost while staying in Castle Blanchefort and she made frequent use of him. When Carahil talked her into following him into the dreaded Hazards of the Old Ones, it was Tweeter who led her back out thus saving her life and she became very attached to him. When Tweeter came close to the end of his time, Lt. Kilos begged Lady Poe to extend his life and refused to accept another one in his place. Lady Poe connected Tweeter to Ki’s life force, so as long as she lives, he’ll live. He has been at her side for over twenty years.

Lt. Kilos’ Tweeter has a number of qualities not found in other Tweeters. Lt. Kilos is convinced Carahil breathed a certain life into him, accounting for his enhanced capabilities. He is able to follow extremely abstract commands (Lt Kilos often says: “find me the best bar in town” and he can do it). He is also able to locate people, animals/monsters and objects. Lt. Kilos often uses him to locate criminals, earning her the nick-name “Manhunter“. He creates music with a collection of bells in Lt. Kilos’ cabin (he pecks the bells) and has developed a recognizable personality over the years–he “hates” other Tweeters, often bullying them around.

copyright 2011, Ren Garcia and Carol Phillips

2 Responses to “TOTEH Characters: Tweeter”

  1. I’m so glad you’ve written a post on Tweeter! I was really sad when I thought he would die in the second LoE, and relieved that Lady Poe brought him back to life!

    Today, I waited for the bus stop, and this man pointed to a map and said, “We’re right here on this corner.” His wife nodded in agreement. “So, if we’re right here, which direction do we need to walk to get to where we want to be?” His wife couldn’t translate the map into real life, and I kept thinking to myself how she needed a Tweeter, LOL!

    • theleagueofelder said

      Lol–Chris. We can all use a Tweeter at some point. When I originally designed him, he looked just like a canary, only silver. My sister sent me a picture she drew of Tweeter, and it looked like a golfball with a beak. Eventually I rewrote him to have a rather round sort of look to him. He’s always been my favorite.

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