thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

Thinking about, like, Grace Prime/Modemoiselle's throne room, and specifically creating that atmosphere of "this is a space for me, not for you. you are a guest". Most of the room is filled with computers and webs of cables crisscrossing from here to there. It's uncomfortably hot, because the room's full of computers constantly pumping out heat. There's something that's vaguely shaped like a throne at the throne at the highest point in the server pile that she usually greets her guests from. Sitting in it incorrectly, of course, usually upside-down or with her legs thrown over the side. Or she's right by the door, sitting on top of a pile of old CRT monitors that usually illustrate whatever she's talking about.

It's hot, it's stuffy, it's frequently dark, she can appear wherever she wants in the room, change outfits, sprout a tail, whatever she has the processing power to project. Her voice usually projects from a nearby speaker or the ones attached to the walls and ceiling. It's all as disorienting as she wants, but even if she's not "awake" or "present" or being actively menacing, you'll find it hard to, say, find a place to sit, or even a decent place to set something down. The room is mostly server racks, big stacks of equipment, and forbidding tangles of cables that make moving a chore and anything but leaning against something or sitting on the warm, humming ground unlikely.

Something something getting dommed by architecture.

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"this space has been optimized by and for something that does not desire the same things as humans, and can move from point A to point B without having to move through the space in between"

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thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

of course, real me wants to be a good hostess, so I'm imagining, like, a single old couch for human visitors to use. usually with a thin layer of dust on it.

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

a hero stepping into Modemoiselle's throne room and countless computers immediately whir to life in unison. The temperature starts climbing. Mod starts monologuing, projecting as many copies of herself and her voice as she can.

"Careful with that fire, Bimblaze. If the fire suppression system goes off, it'll evacuate all the oxygen in the room and replace it with argon. I'll be fine, but the warning labels tell me that humans can't breathe that stuff."

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

Mod knows full well what humans need to live, but playing up the "I'm not human" factor can be really hot

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

alternatively: like a data center, it's intentionally kept cold because the computers run better at lower temperatures

and then you can go from uncomfortably cold to uncomfortably warm by playing with the AC and how hard the computers are going

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

Like a data center, it's designed for the computer's comfort, not yours. And since these don't even have to be maintained by humans, they can be as packed in there as thermodynamics will allow. You can climb on top of the racks, but they're taller than you are and there's not exactly any footholds for you. She thinks it's fun to watch you try, though. <3

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

The big, sturdy webs of cables range from spiderweblike to just thick sheets of braided cables

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

Many of them are redundant or don't actually go anywhere, to dissuade any heroes who might bring a machete and play explorer in the silicon jungle.

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

Also: It's dark. Pitch black except for the LEDs flickering on the computer. She really only physically manifests when she has company, so no sense running the lights when she's not there. She's got cameras with infrared night vision, and spotlights she can shine on the hero or on things she wants to draw attention to, but the default state of things is Dark. Again, this place is not for you.

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink, also game shows now 

also, thinking about how a game show set is also hostile architecture

You get to stand behind your little podium or whatever, and you're not allowed to leave

wherever you are and what you're doing is very strictly controlled by the host, and you have to participate in her challenges. And the host's interests are more about producing a good show than your needs.

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink, also game shows now 

and that's before you get to, say, the hot stage lights, the breaks on the show's time, not yours, possibly having other contestants there so it's not even like they just have to keep you happy.

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@BestGirlGrace the old couch and side table *look* shitty, disused, and out of place.
But when you actually use them they're surprisingly comfy and usable. A tiny oasis

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@rockario If you're a welcome guest, it's a delightful olive branch and a decent place to spend time with a Grace.

if you're there to be menaced, it's a lovely mockery and reminding you how inhospitable everything else is.

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@BestGirlGrace see, this is the intentional design i live for.

More! evil! server! room! lairs!

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@BestGirlGrace Grace,

Grace, I was already lowkey hot for SHODAN thanks to her "Look at you, hacker..." speech.

What are you doing to me, Grace? :blobsweats:

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@LexYeen >:3

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@LexYeen @BestGirlGrace still lowkey, huh? if you haven't, play through system shock 2 one time, disregarding the goofy ending cinematic, and see if "lowkey" still applies

(sure didn't in our case...)

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@BestGirlGrace 'hostile architecture as kink' is the most you CW I've read all month, and this reminds me of all the talk we did about what Adder's spaces would be like

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@fluxom_alt Thank you! And also I was drawing a lot of inspiration from that!

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@BestGirlGrace
I will climb the thing >:3
I've never seen a server stack and Not thought "I could climb that."

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@gattogateaux Oh, naturally. There's nothing stopping you from climbing (it's boring if you just stand in one place after all), but it's not as easy as stairs or a ramp.

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@BestGirlGrace I like my stairs Dangerous

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@gattogateaux the ol' spicy stairs

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@BestGirlGrace
Stairs designed to make you trip, break your ankles, and crack your skull. Unless you know them very well. They work just fine as long as you dont expect it to work like other stairs.

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@gattogateaux Mod easily climbing them in high heels and wearing a hoop skirt, which makes it all the more embarrassing when you give chase and immediately fall

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@gattogateaux @BestGirlGrace well that's what the occasional loose bolts or missing cage nuts are for.

nothing like getting unceremoniously dumped on the floor atop a pile of (decomm'd, but still powered for the blinkies) 1U pizza boxes to put an importunate visitor off their stride, not to mention making them feel like a clumsy goof who just rudely broke a bunch of someone else's stuff by putting their feet where they shouldn't have

@BestGirlGrace i'm horny for many of your ideas but the game show one in particular is really speaking to me

kink 

@BestGirlGrace it's like gambling with extra flair and a veneer of choice and skill u can erode in 30 minute segments before an audience. little bit of everything tbh 🎲

kink, tf 

@BestGirlGrace @Sapphicgiraffic what's that game show where eliminated players get dropped into TF tanks or whatever?

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink, also game shows now 

@BestGirlGrace i uhhh love this but i am unlikely to visit because i rarely travel places that do not have foodscraps to scavenge

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink, also game shows now 

@BestGirlGrace i know it comes across like i am drawing a hard line under this, but the less than scrupulous have convinced my garbage-eating brain that the bits and bites in these server rooms are delicious and they NEVER ARE! they are computers! the servers don't even carry plates that i can swoop!

no thank you?

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@BestGirlGrace this is some EXCEPTIONALLY good shit, grace

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@distressedegg Aaah, thank you! Evil lair design is such an underappreciated part of villainy.

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@BestGirlGrace it's TRUE

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@distressedegg Yeah, you've got the volcano lair, but what are you going to put inside that menaces the heroes for you? The death ray is a good start, but there's so much square footage in there!

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@BestGirlGrace if you're gonna take the time to magma-proof, you've GOTTA do something with the space that's more than just "concrete brutalist meets Hollywood Hills midcentury"

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@distressedegg @BestGirlGrace chiming in to agree that this is just excellent to think about as character building

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@LilyVers @distressedegg Oh, absolutely. The bond villain's lair is laid out to give us a sense of what kind of person they are before we even meet them.

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@distressedegg Get some lava flows going! Big cracks in the ground that remind people that they're standing on top of a source of enormous natural power that could destroy them in an instant! Big, scary igneous rocks! You've got a great stat here!

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@BestGirlGrace @distressedegg also, don't be afraid to take notes from Control and put bathrooms everywhere

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@fluxom_alt @distressedegg Mod's lair has big, multi-person bathrooms everywhere, because that's what you have to do when you have over a dozen henchmaids

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@BestGirlGrace @fluxom_alt oh yeah, you definitely want your space to be imposing to your foes and accomodating to your underlings. the same could be said about a LOT of aspects of villainy, tbh

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@distressedegg @BestGirlGrace

Broke: half-assed villainy lairs

Woke: Themed villainy lairs with dramatic flair

Bespoke: Themed villainy lairs with dramatic flair and functional space, with accomodations fit for wheelchair users, seating space, and bathrooms all over the place.

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@fluxom_alt @distressedegg Yeah, I'm here to infest the world with modified Grace seeds to bring large swaths of it under my thrall, but I still gotta live here, and I still wanna have company over!

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@BestGirlGrace @distressedegg "Sure I stole the Coronation of Napoleon and hung it up in the main gallery as a form of dramatic flexing my thievery skills. But also it's a very large detailed painting so we need some seats in there so people can relax and really take it in."

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@fluxom_alt @distressedegg I mean, after I make Congress put me on the ten dollar bill and also start on that single-payer healthcare business, I gotta sit somewhere and take a load off, you know?

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@BestGirlGrace @distressedegg You can tell when you're getting closer to the Final Fight Room because the chairs start showing up upside down and hanging form the ceiling, with Mod sitting on them sideways like nothing is wrong and being like "whats up? need to take a break? We got plenty of accomodations up here."

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@BestGirlGrace no YEAH. you could build a whole geology-themed persona around it! or try to style yourself as the ruler of Atlantis II! so many OPTIONS

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@BestGirlGrace @distressedegg on a related note, can we talk about čerenkov radiation

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@alexis @BestGirlGrace haven't heard of them personally, but if they're a rising star in your local scene i wish them the best

thinking about virus girl stuff, hostile architecture as kink 

@distressedegg @BestGirlGrace nah, rising star is a fusion group, whole different thing. they're still struggling to get off the ground but the like five people who've been to one of their shows say they're gonna be huge someday

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@BestGirlGrace There is always a part of the monologue where the AC briefly turns off, the fans all start whirring, and some red mood lights kick in to emphasize a particular point.

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@Balina Oh, naturally. It's deathly silent aside from the whirring of the fans, Mod simply luxuriates in the moment, and speaks only when it looks like the hero is about to say something.

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@BestGirlGrace grace this is really good and i love it

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