Site history and reasons why
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Years later, that journey has not disappointed me. Aside from being part of a compelling plot and cast, Naoto's story is thrilling and suspenseful because of all the odd twists and turns it takes. What makes it even more enjoyable, however, is seeing how she experiences and responds to these events herself. Naoto's character is always evolving, always changing, and seeing her become stronger and wiser only inspires me to never stop growing myself.
At first, I was only going to create a shrine as I felt that Dogs was a sleeper series that didn't really get much love or attention. When I saw that the fanlisting wasn't taken, however, I decided to apply for it myself. The fanlisting was approved on October 16th, 2007, and was opened in the same month as Excalibur. Since then, it's moved spaces quite a number of times; now that I have my own domain, however, this will hopefully be its final home.
The site's first revamp was in February 2009. Due to real life, I wasn't able to maintain the content and overall site as well as I would have liked over the years. Seven years later, in August 2016, I decided to revamp the site again—or at least get started on it!—as part of the Shrine Revamp 2016 event at Amassment, changing its name to Cradle and Rupture.
Ahem, moving on, I've wanted to rename it for a few years now, but struggled to find a name that I liked. Briefly, I considered "Blade Maiden" at first, but I thought it was too blunt and not very original. I looked up song lyrics, chapter titles of random series and even went as far as perusing old roleplaying threads from ages past. Finally, I turned to poetry, the one source that has yet to fail me. (At this rate my collective is just going to be filled with an obnoxious amount of poetry...)
Vaguely, I remembered a poem that I thought might suit Naoto well. After some searching, I found it: "The Riot Kings (of Apartment F9)" by Jeanann Verlee (read it: here). Although the entire poem is reminiscent of Dogs and the characters in general, the last four verses reminded me a lot of Naoto:
Here we are. The bed we share. It is the dark.Since I was also rereading the series at the time, the words "cradle... & rupture" made me recall these two pages. In the first image, Naoto seems to be cradling the scar on her chest. In the second, the scar seems to expand, creating a kind of schism in its place that consumes her. The verses combined with the images is what really solidified Cradle and Rupture for me, though I suppose the title may sound a bit strange to others, haha.
Truths offered in the dark are always ugly.
There are always ghosts where we think there
are none. There are no children. This, too,
is a ghost & we are the ghosts. We cradle each
other & rupture. This ruin is a thing no fists
can answer. My boiling brain is a flood of disease.
It never stops, it can’t. It will always slaughter.
- Jeanann Verlee
"The Riot Kings (of Apartment F9)"
Apart from "Cradle and Rupture," another really close contender was "Self/Less." Yes, it was inspired by the 2015 American film of the same name and also by one of the songs off the film's soundtrack. Since it wasn't chosen in the end, "Self/Less" instead became the new name of one of the old essays.
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