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Moo, you happy now?

April 15th, 2009
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And here's another Ethara character. This is Ro'totarum, or Totar, as he prefers to be called, and obviously he's a minotaur. He's one of the main members of our 'group', which consists of Hemos, Keena, Ganelon, Arith, Yanko and Ikale (yet to appear). Totar is both the most respected, and the most ridiculed character within the gang, depending on how sober he is.

In the world of Ethara, the minotaurs are a secluded race, even more so than the Iguarii. They live in small, clan-like communities, far away from the rest of the world. Totar was born in one such clan, as the sixteenth son of the chieftain. His name literary means 'Chief's son' (Ro') 'Totar' (his actual name). The addition of '-um' means 'little one', since he is the youngest son. You probably understand why he prefers to just be called 'Totar', right? Being the sixteenth son, Totar never expected to inherit his father's position as chief, which suited him just fine, because he doesn't handle big responsibilities too well.

So Totar started doing what most minotaurs never do: he started to travel. Now most minotaurs prefer to live in natural environments, but Totar is one of those rare minotaurs who prefers to live in large cities. He's a total bum, though. He has no job and no home. And he's perfectly happy that way. He basically spends his time, sleeping in a box, traveling with his grumpy old Jack Russel Terrier 'Chika' (who is in fact a male), and getting drunk. Totar carries a huge axe around, which he only uses in self defense. He is quite good with that thing, though.

Totar is an old friend of Hemos, which is how he got to join the group. He joins relatively early and spends the majority of his time cracking jokes with Hemos and talking about the many adventures they had. He knows more about Hemos' past than anybody else. In the group, Totar's main role is that of your stereotypical wise man. He has seen a lot of the world, and seems to possess a certain degree of wisdom which is so characteristic for his kind. Arith in particular respects him for this, and the two of them have a lot of conversations about to oddities of humans.

All this changes once Totar gets his hands on some booze. He has a serious drinking problem, and once he manages to gulp down enough alcohol, he turns into a bit of a fool. Fortunately he isn't a violent drunk. This would have been unfortunate, since he is the strongest member of the group (stronger even than Keena or Hemos in his vamp-mode, although they are both much faster than the minotaur). Instead, he becomes a giggling mad man, thus negating any position of respect he may have held among the others. (Ganelon likes to tease him, by calling him 'Toto'.) Eventually he will just pass out, and when that happens, it's up to his friends to drag his huge body home.
Needless to say, most of them prefer that he didn't drink at all...

I'm not particularly happy with his outfit, but I guess it'll do for now. :)
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