It’s an Echo Bazaar joke, actually. One of the companions you can buy in the Bazaar in Fallen London is an Overgoat. He or she looks like this.
(You can get hired by a similar-looking specimen in Ladybones Road, but I don’t know if they’re an Overgoat.)
The Overgoat costs an ungodly amount of cash in the game, so one is unlikely to get one, but that’s never stopped me from wanting one, because you get +10 Watchful with it. And it has pretty awesome flavor text.
Anyways, as I often suffer from not just nightmares, but also an aching loneliness in the night, Abi suggested I get a stuffed animal to cuddle with. Apparently various people have stuffed animals even when they’re adults. Maybe both 43!Bush and Obama have teddies, I don’t know, isn’t it fun to think about?
I haven’t had a stuffed animal in a very long time, but hey. I’ll try anything.
Appropriate dimensions for most stuffed animals to sleep with are apparently in the 12″ range, maybe bigger if you want more cuddle.
Amazon sells no Gund Goats, so I got the Gund Mooly Cow.
Pictures below the cut:
So the Overcow arrived today, but she doesn’t actually look like the picture at Amazon; she looks like this cow, which I found out is actually the new 2010 version of Mooly. Some previous versions of Mooly had her head turned to the side, and I’m glad I got the new 2010 version.
However, the Amazon Mooly picture is actually a 2007 Mooly, and I kind of still want it, so I bought the specific 2007 version on eBay, because that’s where you go to buy everything off-model.
And right now, sitting here with the OVERCOW-2010, I’m already fond of her. The oddest thing is—well, okay, the absolute oddest thing would be the exquisite detail they gave to making a plush cow udder, you would not believe me, okay, here’s a picture:
The second oddest thing is that her front legs aren’t straight, but curved slightly, convexly so if you put her on her stomach. I didn’t know why, until I cuddled her: when you do so, the front legs kind of lightly snuggle your forearm. Damn. I don’t know if OVERCOW-2007 will have such a thing.
Another thing I’ve noticed with her under my arm is that, while her body is rather bulldoggish from the side, this makes her fit under your arm while providing extra snuggliness next to your chest. This shape is extra nice when you are cuddling her tight when the random stray hellish thought wanders into your head. Truly, she is a Gund engineering wonder.
Anyways, I think I’ll just carry her around for a while. She doesn’t give me +10 Watchful in Echo Bazaar, but hopefully she has some attribute that’s useful versus my real life nightmares.