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Terry
         

Terry the Tailmic / Scuttle Lawyer

Terry
“There ain't! No! Rule! Against! Tailmics! Getting law degrees! =)><>” — Terry, proudly, to many of his critics

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  • Strength-5
  • Intelligence-10
  • Charisma-10
  • Endurance-4
  • Agility-4
  • Luck-3

Age: 35 years
Size: ft tall, 6'5" ft long
Species: Tailmic

Job: Lawyer
Likes: Basketball, Independence, Law
Dislikes: Being treated as lesser, Animal abusers, Tweep basketball team "The Flamers"
Notable contributions: Sapient rights activist

Traits
[Justice Oriented] Neutral trait
This character holds justice very dear to them. They may go out of their way to make things fair or that justice is served. Their sense of justice may not always be law based or effective to them.
[Ambitious] Neutral trait
This character has strong ambition for a goal or several goals. They won't be easily dissuaded from a course of action. The ambition this character holds may be for the better or the worse.
[Diligent] Positive trait
This character is commonly hard-working and is unlikely to fail most of their tasks. This character is also careful with their work and makes less mistakes than most.
[Cunning] Positive trait
This character is crafty when it comes to lying and deception, able to more easily trick others to get what they want. They may also have a knack for illusions.
[Compassionate] Positive trait
This character is a natural-born leader. Crewmates and strangers alike will feel compelled to follow their command, even if they are otherwise unwilling to work together.
[Great at Basketball] Positive trait
This character is very skilled in basketball, and they are better at it than the average Joe. This character has likely had basketball as a job before and knows the ins and outs of the court.
[Mischievous] Negative trait
A character with this trait likes to fool around with others for their own amusement, and usually at the other person's expense. They have a habit of tampering with things they shouldn't, and their often less-than-funny attempts at humor can lead to grief, inconvenience, and even bodily harm.
[Famous] Mystery trait
Don't let it go to your head.

Original Creator: Fuade


Physical Description

To notails, Terry is a rather unremarkable tailmic. He has black chitin and a white mask displaying a standard "=)" face. He is often seen wearing a tie while on the job, but has used a wide wardrobe in the past due to his work in the film industry. Notably, he will almost always be seen wearing his top-of-the-line smart collar somewhere below the base of his neck.

To anyone who happens to see him in person (and is unable to see through his disguise) his appearance as a notail typically resembles a medium height, tan skinned notail with short brown hair, the style of which changes from day to day. Their clothes tend to be an average of what people around them are wearing, unless in court, in which case it's almost always a dark blue suit.

Personality

Terry is a friendly sort. He will often do his best to get on somebody's good side, unless they prove they are the sort he'd rather not be friends with. Even if they're not, he'll be quick to come to their aid if he feels they have been unfairly treated. Everyone deserves to be treated with a certain degree of respect in Terry's mind.

As he has less time for exercise nowadays, Terry has a lot of pent-up energy to deal with. While often channeled into his work, if left without something to do Terry will often be seen fiddling with some object or clicking his legs together. This can be distracting in court, especially to non-notails, who will hear a rhythmic clicking noise that seemingly comes from nowhere.

History

Terry started his life under the care of a young beta-class notail named Polar Coordinates (Which they prefer shortened to "Nate."). During this period of life, Terry was simply an ordinary tailmic, non-sapient and full of love for his owner. It was only natural that he'd be the rising star of his owner's notube channel, Tailmics&TallTails. On here, Terry was an instant hit, starring in many shorts on a variety of topics, ranging from general pranks related to Terry's mimic ability to actual comedies and dramas. After a few years riding on their internet fame, Nate and Terry gained enough notoriety on the internet to pitch a full length film which would launch their careers, titled Air Terry.

Air Terry is a children's comedy about the story of a lone notail child Nate (played by Nate) struggling to fit in at school. A combination of troubles at home and a group of notail-hating bullies has caused Nate to become more and more introverted. In an attempt to get their child to open up more, Nate's parents sign them up for the school basketball team, a team which has been on a losing streak for five years straight. It is at this point that Nate discovers a tailmic digging through their trash outside, who they decide to name Terry (played by Terry.) Taking pity on him, Nate decides to adopt him against their parents wishes. This is the source of many hijinks, as Terry figures out how to get Terry in and out of his room throughout the film. After getting him out of the house for the first time, some children from a rival school harass Nate and challenge them to a two on two basketball match, at which point Nate discovers two things; that non-notails think Terry is just some other notail, and that Terry can whoop all kinds of ass at basketball.

At this point it should be mentioned that very little special effects are used in Air Terry. Terry in real life is actually remarkably capable with a ball in his hands, often being the activity Terry would practice for hours during the day when Nate was at school, five days a week. As a result, the absolute trouncing that Terry delivered to these children was all real, only occasionally cutting over to the perspective of the notably non-notail bullies where an actor stand-in was used.

The rest of the film goes into Nate's efforts to sign up Terry for the team, doing their best to hide the fact that Terry is actually a nine foot long centipede. These efforts include keeping him only indoors, away from mirrors, and away from the one mean teacher that can see via echolocation. Passing him off as an exchange student, he was quickly allowed onto the team. Throughout practice, Terry is the unifying force that helps the team settle their differences and work together as a unit, and while Terry is still the star player, the rest of the team quickly becomes a force to be reckoned with. The film ends with the final game of the season, where they face off with the rival school known for their less than legitimate play-style. Despite all odds, Terry manages to land the winning goal, but gets pegged in the antennas with a ball and ends up revealing themselves in the process. Here a massive argument broke out, where, after a long deliberation, it was decided that "Since notails are allowed to be students, and according to the Cosmosdex charter that you use to allow species in, a tailmic is also a notail. Therefor, there technically isn't a rule against this being allowed." Terry's team won the championship, Nate earned the respect of their classmates, and Terry secured a friend for life.

Air Terry was a massive commercial success, flying to the top of the box office and securing Nate and Terry a place in cinematic history, and they were quick to capitalize on this success. Terry was on the face of lunchboxes, billboards, and even showed up as a guest announcer for the PBA (Planetary Basketball Association). It was only natural that they would want to develop the story into a series. Air Terry has officially released five sequels, with all but the last averaging an 8.5 rating on GMDb. These stories mostly rehash the plot with another sport, but the final one is notable for one specific reason. Terry is given a smart collar and asked to become the new coach.

Air Terry: Put me in Coach! was an overall failure, and is cited as the reason for the demise of the Air Terry franchise. In what was marketed as a fun sports movie, instead mostly revolves around a love story involving a side character introduced in the third film, a deception audiences did not take lightly. Common criticisms were that the story was bland, boring, and had criminally underutilized the titular Terry, who is often said to have been the highlight of an otherwise boring film. Rumors suggest that Put me in Coach! was actually an attempt to salvage an existing property by simply adding Terry's face to it, but as all involved refuse to comment on it, this is hard to verify.

All was not lost, however, as Terry's performance in an otherwise bad movie impressed many executives in the film industry, and his new smart collar allowed him to play many more roles than he could before. Barely able to appreciate his newfound outlook on life, Terry was soon signed up for many appearances as minor characters in various pieces of media. Terry has acted in feature hits such as in Mallon and Me, Apollos on a Plane, and The Walking Clocks, before securing his role as the star of their new series Maw and Order, a role that would change Terry's life forever.

Maw and Order is the story of an eccentric roboticist framed for the murder of a high ranking official, taking place and filmed on the planet Bacarro. Due to an inept lawyer and no family to depend on, all hope had seemed lost. However, his pet tailmic (named and played by Terry) stumbled around in his lab and had managed to hook himself up to an Anake unit, and decided to use his new found intellect to prove his owner innocent. Through a series of investigations, interrogations, and study of law, Terry was eventually able to find his owner innocent at the end of the shows first season, though with the killer still at large.

Something important to note is that, soon after production of season two, Terry in real life had been assaulted and mugged on his way back from filming, leaving him with considerable injuries in the process. Since he was "just a tailmic" the authorities informed him that the best they could do is charge the thieves with destruction and theft, and not armed robbery and assault as he had wished. This led to a lot of frustration on Terry's part, as he had suddenly realized that, despite all he's done and contributed, he's still seen as less than a person to society around him. He even still needed Nate to sign off on most of his acting contracts. So, Terry came up with a plan.

First off, Terry had managed to negotiate for a top-of-the-line smart collar, citing that if the show were to continue Terry would need a higher mental capacity to better understand the complicated subject material. Secondly, Terry began to throw himself into his work. He would study law for hours on end every night, and by the end of season three Terry was officially brought onto the writing team for his knowledge of the subject matter. It was here that Terry began to steer the series in a new, darker direction. While the series had been a light comedy with loose plot elements before, when Terry was brought in it all changed focus. Over time, Terry in the series began to greatly mirror Terry in real life. The frustration at not being a "person," the feeling of inadequacy at needing what should be his assistant to officially file all forms for him, and even the mugging were all included in the show. And when season six started, it all started to come together.

Season six was almost entirely Terry focused. Very little of the staple wacky clients and episodic format remained, this season focused on Terry's efforts to lobby for citizenship and the right to personhood. Most of the season was focused on Terry's efforts to persuade lawmakers, the struggles of dealing with dishonest business practices, and the general dismissal of his efforts. What Terry made sure of, though, was that the entire season be as authentic as possible, even taking pay cuts to allow this to happen. Real judges and lawyers were invited to be on the show, and legitimate legal documents were drafted and submitted to the Bacarro court system, under the guise of a "nice little touch" to appease the significant G and F-class following the show had. It was during the season finale that Terry's plan paid off.

The finale of season six, divorced from the events that followed, was generally well received. The pacing was excellent, the characters were well utilized, and Terry had made some heartwarming speeches on the nature of sapience and a creatures role in society. The episode ended with Terry gaining his citizenship and spending a fun night on the town with his friends. Outside of the show though, Terry had caused quite a stir. As it turns out, in using real judges, real legal papers, a real courthouse, Terry's real name, and doing this on a planet that had a very poor legal definition of what a notail was, Terry had successfully argued for his own citizenship in both the show and the real world, though only on Bacarro and two of its moons. The legal world went ablaze, wondering how they could be so neglectful as to allow this to happen, and made every effort to undo what Terry had done. But Terry did his homework. He made certain that every document was filed correctly, any mandatory appointment he was present at, and every rule was followed to the letter. While they could close the loopholes Terry opened, there was no way to revoke the citizenship Terry had already applied for, as at the time, he had broken no laws, and would just be grandfathered in under the old system. When Terry was asked to speak in defense of himself, he simply sent a letter back that states "Notails are allowed to be citizens, and according to the Cosmosdex charter that you use to allow species in, a tailmic is also a notail. Therefor, there technically isn't a rule against this being allowed. =)><>"

Terry was, of course, fired. The studio was put in a lot of hot water because of his stunt, and as he was employed as someone's pet and not as an actual actor, they technically had no legal obligation to keep to his contract anyway. Terry expected this though, and made preparations. As he was now all over the news, that was a massive amount of free publicity he was getting, especially good as he was now known as someone who can expertly navigate the legal system. Always prepared, Terry had rented out his own office to use as a law firm, and was ready to grab up clients at a moments notice. Terry went from a famous movie star to a famous lawyer almost overnight.

Nowadays, Terry specializes in law with regards to civil liberties and infringements on personal freedom, branching into other areas when he particularly empathizes with a client. His true focus, though, is branching into law galaxy-wide. Terry is very vocal for the rights of the unheard, and campaigning for fauna with smart collars is a large part of that. The process is going much slower than he would like though, due in part to the fact that he cannot go off-world without being seen as just an animal.

Special

Come On and Slam!: For skill checks related to basketball, Terry's endurance, agility, and luck are doubled.

Trivia

• It was never made clear if Maw and Order was intended to be a sequel to Air Terry. Both characters are named Terry and there are several subtle nods to basketball made throughout Maw and Order, including Nate showing up in the background of some scenes.

• Despite no longer working together after the Air Terry franchise ended, Terry still has a very healthy relationship with Nate. They are often seen spending time together and discussing story ideas. Sources from the Galactic Enquirer claim that Terry sometimes taking his smart collar off on these outings. The leading theory is that Terry does it as a way to relax after particularly stressful days, just enjoying being an ordinary tailmic again.

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