People from Cherry hate dogs. There are no dogs
left in Cherry, only cats and canaries. Pets are very rare to have in Barken.
In fact, one of the most often vandalised places in Cherry is the pet store.
Intense emotion will trigger partial shifts, such
as ocular or dental distortion (eye or tooth changes). For instance,
a pissed off or excited Barkener's canine teeth might suddenly extend suddenly,
or the irises might flood into the white of the eye. The effects
are negated once the shifter calms down. :) The more passionate and
excited the mood, the quicker into shift they'll unconsciously go. The
longer the person remains agitated, the further into shift they'll
go. the uncontrolled physical instability is usually gone once the
Barkener realises what's happening.
Shifting is controllable down to minute things
like individual hairs, organs, and so on. Mastering control takes
a couple of days to get the hold of at the most for the majority of residents.
Drug use, strangely, doesn't affect the shapeshifting
as opposed to loosening control of it or inhibiting it altogether.
Stoned dudes, however, are more likely to get experimental with morphing
than sober folk.
Cherry is convinced that Barken are a Satanic
cult, but keep their mouths shut about it.
Barken's location is somewhere along Highway 45.
Back in the days of old, Barken and Cherry were
forever at war. If you're into writing more gruesome stories, this
is the period you might want to focus on. :) Barken was wiped out and resettled
at least eight times between its settlement in the mid-1850s and
the 1960s - suffice to say that widespread law enforcement came into
effect circa the 1960s and the monthly genocide’s from Cherry stopped for
long enough so that Barken could be rebuilt. There are no remaining
relics from Barken's original planning, with the possible exception
of some of the trees and streets.
Cherry are all devout Baptists.
There is a sign 5 miles north of Cherry saying
'Barken - Demon Town - 666 miles'. Obviously someone thought this
idea was cool because there is another sign between Cherry and Barken saying
'Barken - 666 miles'
Cherry is a far larger town than Barken. :)
Cherry hacks for Barken residents include 'mutts',
'puppies', and 'fleabags'. People who use these insults are more
intent on putting down Barken people as opposed to killing them, and so
are the lesser of many evildoers.
Bitches in heat can't shift. (Someone simply insisted
that I put this in or I'd never hear the end of it.)