When Jim was a little boy, he once found a book lost in the park and since then he treasured it. First he made his parents read from it, then little by little he learned to read himself, mainly inspired by this book.
It was Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" and Jimmy loved all the characters from it, but specially of course the main character Mowgli.
He had a strange passion for him, the more he grew up the more often he imagined him, it was a strange, confusing happiness and sometimes he only needed to close his eyes...
"Akela, the grim old wolf who had never asked for mercy in his life, gave one piteous look at Mowgli as the boy stood all naked, his long black hair tossing over his shoulders in the light of the blazing branch that made the shadows jump and quiver."
The book was full of some strange attractiveness and it felt almost like its pages were made of magnet, not paper, and if he didn't hold the book firmly enough in his hands, he could be sucked through the pages right into the jungle world.
Of course, honestly it was the only book Jim has ever read, being a poor beggar, and even that book was given to him by chance.
Please do NOT play this game for longer than 15 minutes or the devil will take your soul!!
Yes, this game was originally invented by some horrible ancient demon, if not the disfigured Baal himself. The game is supposed to devour a lot of your personal time with a loud buuurp, and then make you suffer the nasty "tetris effect" next morning that feels almost like a hangover XD;;
This game was mainly born from the talk with *psychmeout, although the idea itself was probably much older, but considering there have been no real "contortion tetris" games so far, one finally needed to be made ^_^;;
The only problem was what to do with the figures once a line is removed, but the final idea was to turn into pretty balls XD quite literally..
Speaking of the figures, the purple elf was probably the most troublesome to come up with but now he's quite possibly the bendiest of them all and could fit pretty much everywhere XD
And just in case, that green ball is a hand massage ball, not a spike bomb! :3
And yes, Flexelf is a pretty dumb name, but you can read it in both directions and summarizes the love for bendy elves XD;;
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Another drawing of Aldric Cheylan's characters because I just love drawing these two! ^-^ They are contortion teacher Emaryl and one of his best pupils, Romir.
All the pupils love their master, Emaryl, because he has such a bright attitude both as a teacher and a person. He has a unique way of teaching and because of his philosophy his pupils become some of the most flexible elves in the world! His own contortion practice in the past helped him to develop his way of teaching.
Emaryl's main idea is that stretching must never be painful but must be instead something that can be truly enjoyed. First of all, Emaryl would teach the young elf to touch his feet to the back of his own head. This is something that most children can do very easily, but most of them don't even know that they can do it. He would then let the pupil experience how wonderful it feels, he wouldn't push any further and would let the boy enjoy the feeling of having his bare soles laying on the top of his head for as long as he likes.
The student falls in love with this feeling and then Emaryl says that this is actually what contortion is all about! But it's only the beginning, more advanced poses would feel even greater!
If it is so enjoyable, the pupil would quickly grow to be obsessed with it and would want to practice it instead of being forced to practice it. Emaryl never says such things as "You're good for nothing!" or "You're not working hard enough!" or anything like that, because saying that would represent the teacher's own failure that the student isn't interested enough.
The next stage is learning to fold the back completely in half backwards, it takes a pretty long period of training during which Emaryl tells his students very inspiring lectures. He says that putting feet on the head is just child's play, while folding completely in half is the most amazing thing the body can ever experience! The sensation while sitting on your own shoulders cannot be even compared to anything else, it's a truly wonderful experience!
The pupils listen to Emaryl's philosophy while gulping and having with their eyes wide open and when he's done talking they immediately want to stretch to learn it as soon as possible. And very often they overdo it, and then Emaryl tells them: "Hey, if you came here to torture yourself, you came into a wrong trainer!" He explains that pushing too hard is the first step to develop a hatred for contortion. The pain would build a fear of stretching and that fear would result in getting more stiff because of the stress, which would consequentially make it only more and more painful. When the training becomes a source of stress, the pupil would start avoiding it and eventually would stop training at all!
Emaryl often says that the mistake of other contortion teachers is that they push too much. A good teacher, according to Emaryl, should not just contort the student's body but he should allow the student's body to develop the feeling of love for being contorted. The body should grow to enjoy being contorted, the stretching should not be a stress but a pleasure. Only through love and pleasure truly amazing things are possible, and only if the student is really enjoying it like nothing else.
Anyway, this is a stone bridge behind Emaryl's house. It is rare to see other elves crossing this bridge because it's at the outskirts of the village and this bridge is only actively used during festivals and special events, or when the elves need to trade with other villages. Otherwise the bridge is rarely used, but it's a place with a nice view and Emaryl likes to use it for outdoors training, since fresh air is very good for the body, and proper breathing is one of the most important nuances while stretching: if the breathing is restricted the student would get stressed within minutes, but if the breathing is well done, it's very enjoyable to stay contorted even for a very long time. And of course, some of the best poses are often done outdoors ^^
p.s. Once again thank you so much, Aldric, for having created such a beautiful place as the Oriental village and such wonderful characters as Emaryl, Romir and many others! They're such a pleasure to think about and to draw! ^-^ <3