Posted Mon, Apr 17, 2006 by Awenyddion
Does anyone else have a B horror movie stuck in their head now? Unfortunately until I get something else in there to replace it I'm getting slithering aliens repeating through my brain paths.
Anyhoo, there's a new job featured on the Official Final Fantasy XI site. We're talking Puppetmasters here.
For years, puppeteers have been entertaining crowds with their skillful manipulation of artfully crafted marionettes.
But with the recent development of the "automaton," a semi-automated puppet without the need for strings, the uses for a puppeteer's talents suddenly expanded to the fields of agriculture, fishing, industry, and even combat. In any era, there is always a need for specialists to master new types of technology. And the puppetmaster has stepped forward--a special breed of puppeteers that customize their automatons with ingenious attachments and use a controller known as an "animator" to transmit commands. Puppetmasters also sometimes find it necessary to protect themselves from advocates of simpler times, and are rarely seen without a pair of sainti--their hand-to-hand weapon of choice.
Let us take a closer look at this fascinating profession...
Where's Ralph with the greased up deaf guy voice when I need him?