Raffleraptor

CONGRATULATIONS, CITIZEN! YOU HAVE WON A FABULOUS PRIZE!  
— Raffleraptor Prime
  Raffleraptors are a species of reGenesised velociraptors that have been a engineered to bring joy and fortune to the citizens of Megacorpolis. These large, highly intelligent carnivorous killing-machines make the perfect messenger to deliver good news and lottery prizes, or so the marketing team tells us.   Everyone likes dinosaurs; what could be better than a dinosaur that also tells you that you've won the lottery?      

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PLEASE STOP RUNNING, I HAVE WONDERFUL NEWS FOR YOU!
   

Raptor Rapture

  Raffleraptors are, for all intents and purposes, identical to the popular image of the velociraptor. It is a large lizard-like creature with long, curved talons and a vicious bite. They are genetically engineered to be smarter than their prehistoric counterpart and they are further enhanced with cybernetic implants, such as a voice-box. Most of them also carry a bandoleer of prizes and all the necessary equipment to run an impromptu raffle, should the occasion call for it.  
The Raffleraptor voice-box allow them to cycle through pre-recorded lines. The voice coming from the box is generally described as "grating" and "aggressively cheerful", no matter the circumstance.
  Different brands will design different patterns of scales and coloration on their rafflraptors. Although the raptors are usually fed a nutritious slurry of nondescript organic stew, they have a preference for meat. They aren't too picky about the source of it.    

Life Finds A Way

  From the outset, the science of resurrecting extinct species was a commercial venture. At first, it was a novelty but as the technology was perfected, marketing departments around the Megacorpolis found themselves with a craze on their hand. This escalation of free-market competition lead to the full on frenzy of Dinomania in 2070, where the world collectively decided that they wanted Dinosaurs in everything - and the megacorps obliged.   Somewhere between the height of the marketing frenzy and the Dino Crisis that followed, the Raffleomatic Corporation created the first Raffleraptor. Their introduction was a smashing success and so the idea was copied by many others. The occasional mauling here and there did very little to damage the Raffleraptor brand, but with the Dinocrisis of 2085, public enthusiasm for dinosaurs in all forms were on the decline.   Today, Raffleraptors are still occasionally produced and a few holdouts among the corporation are sure that Dinosaurs will be the big thing again, any day now. They can be found across the mega-city, delivering raffle prizes and screeching congratulations to lucky citizens.

Jurassic Clark

  All Raffleraptors are created with a designation in the form of a 16-digit combination of letters and numbers. For this reason and because people really like dinosaurs, most Raffleraptors are given a name. This has proven to be a boon for marketing and advertising, so the practice have received official sanction and encouragement.   Since Raffleraptors do not reproduce, sharing names is the closest they get to any sort of lineage, such as with the (in)famous Janet Prime, current iteration VII.    
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Raptor Prime

  There are two types of Raffleraptors - the regular raptors and the larger, much more intelligent Raffleraptor Prime. These are pack leaders and raffle-organizers. Any behavior independent of their programming is merely a fluke and no indication of anything systematic.   Primes are smart enough to use equipment and even machinery - in at least one instance, a Raffleraptor Prime has commandeered and driven a vehicle.    

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SMILE FOR THE CAMERA! YOU ARE A WINNER!
The Dino-Crisis of 2085
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28 Feb, 2019 22:12

Clever Girl!

18 Mar, 2019 22:54

nice article. but I have to ask rethorically… really!? are you trying to pander to a certain specific audience? "wink wink"

25 Feb, 2020 22:07

Yep, everyone who loves Dinosaurs!

Matthew Zakh
Matthew Zakh
27 Feb, 2020 14:34

This is very amusing, I love it :) The image of branded velociraptors is delightfully weird and on-point for the setting. Also, tried saying "Raffleraptor" quickly three times, was defeated. A little confused by the quote in the "Raptor Rapture" segment, though. It kinda looks like just descriptive text, not speech. Not sure if it's meant to be like that.

27 Feb, 2020 14:40

Thanks! :D   And it is - I use the quote boxes for both quotes and asides. It helps break up the big blobs of text into more managable chunks - or that's the theory. :)

Matthew Zakh
Matthew Zakh
27 Feb, 2020 17:04

Oh, neat idea!