something about miasma always makes me feel kinda sad. true the other queens are ragged in many ways, but their faces are still beautiful, albeit to certain tastes. miasma's natural disfiguration robs her of even that.
yet I can imagine when it is not another being, not a pony or a changeling misbehaving, when it is just her and her reflection.......... have a feeling more than one mirror was shattered. and no in the comedic, you so ugly it broked, but more in a scream of frustration and a bloodied and cut hoof afterwards.
huh, really? i kinda got that vibe with it. her obsession with the higher class, drowning her stench with perfumes and incense, imitating the behaviors of nobles. she revels in her apperance when it gives her an advantage. but what about when she is alone or with her hive? the times and moments where there is no one to intimidate or scare and all left to view her monstrous face is herself? something that will forever remind her that she is a monster, and will forever be a monster, no matter how hard she tries?
miasma to me jsut oozes this sense of insecurity, and the potential of depth to come from it is considerable.
no, i think it's different than that. i'm not sure i can properly explain, but... i mean, think about it: she's the queen. if she asks her underlings whether she's beautiful, of course they'll say yes. and truth be told, they probably think it too. queens are the changeling ideal, the biggest, strongest of will, most clever, most intimidating etc. that alone makes them beautiful in most changelings' eyes. and considering these particular changelings live in a sewer...they might have completely different standards too. i mean, they love to eat rotten food, they probably indulge in the smell too...so maybe "rotten" things to them have their own beauty. it's like...ugly is beautiful, and beautiful is ugly. it's the same as with ambrosia and her psychotic killing - changelings don't regard that as any more monstrous than usual because they're the "monsters" anyway. they know that ponies shy away from them, but that's the way of life. that's how they were born. now miasma...she's mainly into the noble stuff cause it means she'll be able to snatch higher-class victims. since she's queen, she thinks she deserves the best. and moving in these circles, she's noticed what marks "class" for ponies, so she's started imitating that. sure, she's a bit delusional too, but she's not desperate for approval from her victims. in the end, they ARE a different species, so what do they know? i hope that makes somewhat sense.
i kinda get it yet kinda do not. the mind set works for the drones. their queen and hive are all they know and are not as capable of abstract thought. but the queens have sapience and all its trappings, and issues. why would their mental processes be as limited as the drone's they re supposedly more intelligent than? why would their thoughts be bound only to their hive's mindset?
besides the mind set does not explain chrysalis and her actions. she obviously had ambitions far beyond simply keeping her hive alive. she wanted to be powerful, she wanted to be more, she wanted to overthrow celestia. she wanted to be appreciated and feared and or adored. she obviously cared about the opinions of her victims. if she only cared about the opinions of her hive, she would not feel a need to prove herself to anyone as they already think highly of her. she even sent her soldiers away to feed so she could personally gloat over her enemies, to prove herself over them independent of her hive. as an individual.
just because changeligns are a different species does not mean they do not have similar psychology, though perhaps a warped variant. besides it limits potential for characterization if miasma or chrysalis are evil because they are evil. it hurts thier multidimensional potential as characters.
maybe i'm just interpreting it wrong. but if i think "she cares about the opinion of her victims", it makes me think she'll spend days moping about if they do not appreciate her. and that just strikes me as wrong. i can't explain it better. maybe there isn't anything better to explain. all i know is, miasma isn't desperate to get approved by ponies. not in...that way. she doesn't want to desperately be "a pretty pony". i guess...i do not want them to be too complicated. i mean, evil cause they're evil...it's like discussing the morality of a mosquito.
no. on the contrary, she doesn't like that she has these holes. she usually tries not to open her mouth too much so people don't notice them. only when she gets really angry she doesn't care. or when eating.