Brief NaNo Update: Sorry, there are capes

44 K down, but I think I’m only about half through the plot arc. Go figure.

At least I have a sketch of what most of the rest of the arc should be? Granted, parts are pretty vague, “Find Vixen” covers a lot of territory… but I do have a known “where the story ends and who’s still alive.” That helps a lot.

And yes, one of the characters does end up with a cape. There is actually a good reason. Besides looking Dramatic. Though in fact looking Dramatic is part of the good reason.

(Because when you’re under a curse that warps reality, sometimes you can distract it at least to the point of which part it’s warping.)

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16 thoughts on “Brief NaNo Update: Sorry, there are capes

  1. I still don’t like the way the “No Capes!” meme has taken over so thoroughly. Yes, there are problems with casual use of capes. There are problems with casual use of any style of clothing. And just because some clothing is “better” for a certain occupation doesn’t mean it’s “better” for all occupations. You wouldn’t wear an NBC suit for playing on the beach, and you wouldn’t wear a swimsuit while climbing Mt. Everest.

    Similarly, even in variations of the same type of occupation, the clothing needs vary. A bicyclist, a football player, a runner, and a fencer, all need different different clothes, at least in part because they move in different ways while performing their respective sports, and thus need clothes that allow that sort of movement (even ignoring all the other reasons for the differences in design). And the movement that each type of clothing requires to avoid the clothing causing its own problems for one’s movement are different.

    Most of the complaints about “No Capes” are from those who’ve never really used them, or at most have just tried a costume on for a few minutes, and are simply parroting thoughtlessly a catchy meme.
    Of course, an outsider watching those same people try performing the actions they use as examples of why capes are bad, will usually see that they have sufficient difficulty performing the actions safely without capes as with capes (showing that lack of experience or skill with the actions causes similar problems). Or that wearing clothing for a sport they aren’t used to, while performing the actions of one they are used to, will have significant trouble and danger caused by the clothing not being appropriate for the actions (showing both that improper clothing for a task, and that lack of experience with that clothing, can also cause similar problems).

    What I see is a combination of three fallacies involving that meme:
    1) correlation vs causation fallacy, where the fact that people have problems while wearing capes is taken to mean capes are the cause of the problem
    2) exaggeration fallacy that capes will always cause similar problems
    3) fault fallacy that if a cape is involved it is the only thing at fault for problems.

    I will admit, I used a cloak as my standard daily bad-weather outfit for years, until the cloak got too worn for continued use, so I did reach the point of being comfortable with it. In fact, I have more trouble with my Duster (which I replaced my old cloak with) because it is poorly designed and tangles itself up (yes, it is a design flaw, the outer layer is smaller than the inner layer, and in tension so it opens itself up and tries to flip itself inside-out).

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    1. Agree. Even a very full circle or half-circle cloak is not hard to move in.

      You get the same complaints about long skirts or even shorter ones; yet often it’s not the skirt but the shoes, or the fit of the skirt, or the fit of the undergarments. Men wore skirts for fighting for thousands of years, and it didn’t hinder them! And they have narrow hips, which you’d think would make it harder.

      Pants/breeches for horseback riding, however, were a great invention for both sexes. Yay for the inventor culture out on the steppes!

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      1. Yeah, I’ve got a kilt. Scottish ancestry made that a must-have. :p

        Anyway, all this being said, it’s also true that the designs you see in anime and most movies are not so good. A lot of the ones you see in movies are the sort that you can’t actually put on and take off normally, having to actually be sewn up while being worn. Because they are made for looks, not for wear. And anime, well… that’s even more out there.

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    2. Me, too.

      It was cute for the movie, specifically because of the tone of the movie requiring it if you didn’t want EVERYONE having a cape.

      For real life? It’s moronic. As well declare Sherlock can’t possibly do what he did in that great weather coat of his.

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    3. When I was little, I made fun of Zorro’s cape.

      …my dad then demonstrated it’s a really good idea to have a moving, zero-hp-lost-if-stabbed thing that makes it hard to hit your body.

      If *I* was able to figure out how to make it basically work in an afternoon, why on earth would Batman (a pretty clear descendant of Zorro) do otherwise?

      And for Superman– gee, why would someone WHO FILES want to make sure he’s as visible as possible? *eyeroll*

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  3. I read a story a while ago where the heroine, at a superhero convention, go dragged into this argument. She pointed out that her cape, lined with chainmail, increased the sensitivity of her powers, acted as a larger surface for her to stabilize her electro-magnetic flight on, was fire resistant (her “nemesis” having fire powers), and also prevented her spine from being slashed open once.

    So really, capes can be useful in many ways, as others have pointed out, like any piece of clothing it is what you make of it.

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    1. And that “what you make of it” is the important part. Every single example in the movie was an example of “the person wearing the cape is an unsafe idiot who has no situational awareness or safety sense”, not of “a cape is inherently bad”. And there are way too many people who fit in that category, and thus should not use capes.

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