Adoptables are probably not the newest
thing at dA, and probably weren't for very long, but they are big. Many thousands of dA members create and sell adoptables.
In the last couple of months, I've bought not one but three adoptables: Maryna the Mermaid, Wendy the Witch, and Thalassa the Mermaid, all from =izka197
, whose own characters I've enjoyed working with since last summer. This has got me thinking about adoptables, and about the sale of characters in general.
It is not unusual for virtual characters to be sold, or even given away - sometimes to an individual, as with adoptables at dA, or sometimes to any and all, as at sites like Renderosity [link]
or DAZ [link]
I would never sell any
Chronophontian, because I feel their "reality" very strongly. One may object that it's "only my imagination", but it's still the same: in my imagination, if nowhere else, these people are real and have feelings. To sell one would be, to me, like selling a physical person - slavery. Even more important, I would not be willing for them to be sold or given to someone who would show them being raped or tortured or otherwise abused. To me, it would be as if it were really happening.
I don't so much mind buying
adoptables, because when they come to Chronophontia, they are in a safe and loving place. They will not be abused.
It's true that some
of the Chronophontians, including Wendy among the new ones, pose for sexually explicit scenes at other sites. That is because (in my imagination if nowhere else) some
of them like to do that. No one of my OCs has
to pose for erotica, or nude, or anything else. Some Chronophontians (like Shirley and Euthie) have never "chosen" to appear at erotic sites; others, like Natasha, used to but do not any more. I do feel that I am respecting the wishes of "real people" in this matter - to pose for erotica or anything else, or not, as they prefer.
There is one slight qualification to all this. I'm 63 years old, and well aware that some day I will die, or become incapacitated probably before that. Since I don't want the Chronophontians to "die" with me, I hope to find a successor: someone who will take over the Chronophontians, post images of them (at least sometimes) and, above all, treat them with respect and love. So I expect to give them away some day - to someone who shares my feeling about them.
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