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DFH: Hickory by Ryanide DFH: Hickory by Ryanide
This seemed like it would be really quick to make in Flash, and I was right.

You're probably thinking this is a squirrel, but if you thought so, then you're WRONG!!

This thing is, in fact, a Sql Server. (pronounced "squill server")

You use them to keep the internets alive.

sqls are a race of beings that have the ability to convert the precious resource Win and Gold into the specific energy that powers websites. They are extremely peaceful and trusting creatures, almost to the extent that they can appear stupid. They have no means to defend themselves either, and will blissfully allow total strangers to pick them up and abduct them without a complaint. Because of this, if you need to power a website, you can just go and find a "free" or "wild" sql and grab it. Provided it's taken care of, fed, watered, and given plenty of space to run around, sqls will except their roles as website servers quite easily. Free sqls that mindlessly wander into any large city looking for lulz or new sights will often find themselves working as a server before they even have a chance to ask for directions.

Seeing as using sqls is the only way to keep the internets alive, nobody makes a deal about their rights or the inhumanity of capturing them, and since the sqls themselves never complain, all's rosy.

Sqls that have been used as servers can be identified by the internet collar around their necks and a small ID tag that's usually tied to one of their tentacle-like limbs.

Handling a sql is like picking up a furry snake with limbs. Their bodies are extremely flexible and gummy, as they are made mostly of muscle and cartilage, and every part of their limbs can bend, giving them somewhat worm-like movements. The bigger a sql's tail or the more physically built it is, the more bandwidth it can manage. Thin, lean sqls with large tails are more sought after than beefy servers who require more money to maintain.

Hickory is the Firewall Command's newest server. He is a lean, healthy sql with a soft orange coat and a decently sized tail. In order to keep his performance levels up, Hickory is pampered by the Firewall command, and is even allowed to wander outside his synthesized environment and wander the Net sometimes. Of course, since the Firewall Command is basically the enemy of every hacker, spammer and virus on the net, Hickory is very vulnerable and needs to be escorted by the DFH wherever he goes. In a way, he's sort of like the "princess" character that always needs rescuing.

Despite having NO real natural offensive qualities, sqls CAN fight back if they really feel the need to. Their whippy limbs can deliver some nasty slaps and they are very agile and speedy, and in the right environment, they can levitate. But despite this, their power is totally fail.

EDIT: forgot something: Servers exist to maintain the flow of traffic in and out of a website. A sql can do this without thinking of it, but will lose a tiny bit of energy whenever someone enters a site. If you stand in the entrance to a website and walk in and out of it repeatedly (mash F5) it will cause HARSH PHYSICAL DISTRESS to the sql, and may even cause it to crash or die, so don't do it or you're a jerk.

DFH and all related characters (C) Ryanide 2006-7.
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:iconbubblesishot46853:
bubblesishot46853 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Awww-some!

Are there more of these types of things?

May I hug it?

*does so, if allowed*
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JaRoDBlUe Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope Hickory doesn't get killed by interweb hackers.....USING F5!
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:icontaren14:
Taren14 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
Lol. Nice.
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:iconkyshatra:
Kyshatra Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Very clever. I love it. :D
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:iconbluest87:
bluest87 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
errrr firefox? hehehe
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:iconmohamedfreezer:
mohamedfreezer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
woooooooooooowwwoooooow !!!!!!!???
master
thanks agine

as usual thank you very much master
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:icontikurrui:
Tikurrui Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
AWWW IT'S SO CUTE. (stating the obvious.)
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:icontheg90:
theg90 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007
Hmm, very interesting and nice. Beautiful drawings. How do you get such good quality and design when you draw? Is it scanned from paper? Microsoft Painting program? What do you use and how do you do it?! *Obssesses about squirrels*
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lunarProtector Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
cute. :3
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:iconjameswillgetyou:
jameswillgetyou Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007
oh wow, great job
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:icononyx218:
Onyx218 Featured By Owner May 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Foxes :heart:
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
no, this is supposed to look more like a red squirrel.
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:icononyx218:
Onyx218 Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*Reads comments* *looks at piece*...Ah. I see :D
Easily mistaken, no?
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
Well foxes generally have long snouts and no tufts on their ears...whereas red squirrels have short faces and long tufty ears.
use google images to compare the two and they look very different.
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Onyx218 Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aha *google search* I see *nods* :D
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LightningPhoenix Featured By Owner May 24, 2007
Won't there be absolutely hordes of sqls running, say, Google, or slashdot: The amount of traffic there would kill a single sql in seconds, so they must work in teams to keep google going (don't ever annoy them!). I wonder what LISP-tan would look like, and what wikipedia would be (library where you can scribble on the books)? For certain, Basic-tan should look like it should be taken out the back of somewhere and shot.
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Touken2 Featured By Owner May 15, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love foxes it's so cute
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
Thanks, but this is supposed to resemble a squirrel.
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:icontouken2:
Touken2 Featured By Owner May 15, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it looks like a fox...
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
What, with the long tufts on its ears and a short snout and curly tail?
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:icontouken2:
Touken2 Featured By Owner May 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, from far away the colors rezemble a red fox
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
I guess that's very true. They're the colours of a red squirrel though. So I can see where that came from.

Red = red.
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Touken2 Featured By Owner May 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok, I don't think that red squrils (spelling error.) have red on the end of their tails. but i might be wrong. I've never see. one... sorry
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
[link]

They're red all over, except on the belly, as you can see here.

Foxes are generally the ones who have a white tip.

I gave Hickory a white tip too because that way you can see the @ symbol.
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angelzodica013 Featured By Owner May 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
cute! cool!
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megafighterx Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
Sweet interpretation on SQL... I WANT ONE! *_*
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:iconblackscarletlove:
BlackScarletLove Featured By Owner May 12, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
shiny!!

Why is there an @ on his tail?! :o
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:iconlightningphoenix:
LightningPhoenix Featured By Owner May 11, 2007
Cute, but in a nice way. I like it. But shouldn't they be in pairs (not with other sqls, but with something else)? After all, if it's a database server, there should be a web server around somewhere (although judging by the description, it might be implicit in the environment). Still a clever, er, metaphor, I guess. For that matter, can they talk?
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Ryanide Featured By Owner May 11, 2007
Well you see, the Sql itself is just a coding "language"(critter) that you can use to create a web server by placing it in a DBMS (a big room, preferrably well-designed to accommodate the sql's needs)

Yes they can talk. They're fully sentient beings, althoug they generally only speak when spoken to.
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Katashi-Vanhandle Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
Aaawww...me likey. :D He looks kind of like a doll. Like something I can pick up and spin, or something...not that he would appreciate it. :XD: Excellent job, my friend, as expected! :clap:
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Fizzical Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
So every time you send a nudge on msn its like poking/punching a sql server?

(Btw this idea is damn great! I wish i had your imagination)
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
No, that's like poking or punching the person you're trying to contact. The Server simply reads that you want to send a poke to that person.

So basically, it's like going up tot he sql and saying "Hey bish, I want to poke sum dood."

And then the sql makes it happen.
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Fizzical Featured By Owner May 10, 2007
Ah.. because they are extremely annoying. So server lag is when a Sql is ill?
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skipperofotters Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
Very creative and well-drawn. I like the background.
Where do you GET these ideas, anyway?
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
I I get them out...

OF MY ARSE!!

*seriously, I have no idea.*
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Silvashadow Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
Awwwww sqls are so cute!!! I love how you've drawn it. Very nice!!! :D
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:iconproffate:
proffate Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
OH SO THESE ARE THE THINGS YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT ON T3H PHONE.

I read the first four sentences of your description, I'm improving. :D
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
Congratulations. This requires dancing and funk. Yes.

[link]
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:iconproffate:
proffate Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
*Lols*

OMG THIS IS SO QUEER. :XD:
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
I LOVE THE SONG!
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:iconproffate:
proffate Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
*Grooves something hardcore to the furry beat*
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
I used this beat as a building board for the Rave Battle main theme! I've almost finished it and it's easily my most danceable song yet and the lyrics are actually singable! I'd send you what I've done so far, but knowing you, you'd take forever to get to it.
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:iconproffate:
proffate Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
Ouch, baby. Very ouch.

I am mortally offended. D:
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
OH U. *pushes you playfully* UR JUST BEING EMO.

No need anyway: the link's on my journal already.
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calzimer Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work ^_^
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:laughing: This is so amazingly brilliant. Even more so than a really...amazingly brilliant thing.

^^; Sorry. Couldn't think of anything witty...
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solhuset Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
cute!:+fav:like most of the pictures in your gallery.
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:iconlylac:
Lylac Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the idea
and very cute design X)
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:iconryanide:
Ryanide Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
Thank you. ^_^
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ruttabagel Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
it's sooo cute!!!
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