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Boreal Force - Castor Profile

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Here's the 17th profile in my original characters encyclopedia project. This one features the fourth of the five protagonists in my Boreal Force team.

Castor's costume is very similar to Rangifer's, which was for a reason. The two senior members of the team (Canis and second-in-command Ursus) have more individualized colour schemes, so I wanted the more junior members to have almost identical looks. Once again, there's an element of sadness or tragedy in these guys' backstories with Castor. I can't help it it seems. However, I'm really glad with how this character turned out and he may very well be my personal favourite.

As with the other characters on this team, Castor's inclusion and rank were determined by a poll I had up on my profile themed after Canadian animals. Even though the North American Beaver ranked seventh overall, I felt it was an animal I had to include given its prominence on our nickel. Even still, I want to give a shout out to those of you that voted on the poll. Specifically, I'd like to thank GDupons, Godzilla713, bjv016, Jose-Ramiro, kingziggy, Steelpoodle, Gold-Reaper, m4gichat, SargimusPrime, Jovan2013, DanFalcon, K-Jounin, Biruka, Thoth23 and ParisNJones.

For those who need clarifications as to what the power rankings consist of, you can view the outline here: static8.comicvine.com/uploads/…

As always, I love hearing from you all so please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section. If you all would like to see more of these profiles, please let me know.

Enjoy! :) 
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ArtIdiotGuy222's avatar
Okay, before I start, I'm going to need to ask what a "cosmetic maven" is seeing how I am a stereotypically dumb American who knows nothing about the Great White North.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
It's not a Canadian thing or anything. It's just my extra ass saying she's good at and loves makeup (cosmetics = makeup, maven = an expert). Kind of like how people use the expression "fashion maven." Basically, she ran her own cosmetics business.
ArtIdiotGuy222's avatar
...Ah.

Okay, now, as for Castor him being disconnected in multiple ways does offer an obvious character point to him. His arc/development would be him getting experience not just in combat, but also interacting with other people. Him pairing up with Garrett is an interesting note given their fourteen-year difference of age, but hey, they're both legal and it's consensual.

His creativity background makes his totem being a beaver make sense seeing how they're usually depicted as building dams. A bit odd though that he doesn't have swimming powers listed, but I'm sure that's just me missing the point or something.

Only other thing I can think of would be him still shouldering the jeering he received back when he was in school - either accepting who he is fully and getting comfortable in his own skin or just letting go.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
Fantastic observations!

I'm actually kind of wishing I leaned more into that creative component or at least being very handy. I feel like that may have been something I was thinking about during the creation process, but forgot to add in. Great eye though!

You are absolutely right about the swimming thing or at least some of the adaptive traits beavers have that allow them to swim. I've definitely got to think more on that if I ever do anything with these characters.
ArtIdiotGuy222's avatar
Hey, for us creative types everything is usually a work in progress.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
Yup. That's why I have multiple redesigns and backstory revisions for all my head canon fanart. XD
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DanFalcon's avatar
Well I can say I love the green in his outfit. There's just something visually pleasing about that particular shade of green to me. The Castor totem is great too (Love the use of Castor, since it is the genus name for the beaver)
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
Thanks! Glad you like the green. :)

I kind of had to break tradition with the naming of the totems/vehicles given the casual usage of the term beaver for a certain body part. I'm quite surprised that yourself, and just about every other commenter, hasn't quite picked up on the thematic usage of the genus names for the Boreal Force codenames. Either that or no one's bothered to mention it.

So you like the green and the name, but what about the character himself? What do you make of him?
DanFalcon's avatar
Honestly I just haven't bothered to comment on it.  I mean, I know they're all named after the various genera of animals they represent, I just thought it was a more obvious thing to pick up on.

As for the character himself, I do really like him.  The backstory is once again fantastic, and I definitely like him alongside the other members of the team.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
Yes, I suppose it would be obvious. I guess I'm less intelligent in that respect since a two or three of them I didn't know myself. As someone else pointed out, they also correspond to constellations, which is something that was totally accidental on my part. That's cool though.

Anything more specific you could provide me with?
DanFalcon's avatar
I didn't even notice the constellation correlation. That's actually really cool.

I will say that his body type is so far unique fro the other men on the team. He seems a little more slender than the other two are, so I think that helps to add a little more diversity to the team over all.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
I knew about some of them, but hadn't realized all of them were. I wonder if I could work that in somehow. I'm not sure how though. Thoughts?

Well, I think that's more on the design end of things rather than backstory or personality.
DanFalcon's avatar
I'm not entirely sure how the constellations could fit in, but maybe it could fit more into the mystic side? I honestly have no clue for this.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
When I think of astronomy, I think of science. I'm not sure how to work that in magically...

I do know how I'll be working your Wendigo suggestion from a while back for one of the villains. I think it'll be pretty neat.
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Jose-Ramiro's avatar
Again, very good job here, and good bilingual bonus, with 'Castor' meaning Beaver in Spanish plus being a constellation. Very cool.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
Actually, castor is the word for beaver in quite a few other languages beyond Spanish. Beaver is castor in both French and Portuguese, while it's almost the same in Italian (castoro). That shouldn't be a surprise given how similar those languages are to one another.

I'm quite surprised no one has really made the observation about the Boreal Force's codenames yet. Care to hazard a guess as to what the specific naming scheme is?
Jose-Ramiro's avatar
Good point.

Yeah, stars/constellations. Guess we all assumed everyone had noticed it by now, and, as you pointed out with 'Castor', it would be stating the obvious.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
Actually, nope! It has nothing to do with constellations. Their names all come from the genus of the animal that they represent. 
Jose-Ramiro's avatar
I got that too, but I thought you were going for the constellation theme.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
It hadn't crossed my mind. It's a nice double/triple meaning though, right? ;)
Jose-Ramiro's avatar
Yeah, you're right.
bjv016's avatar
You're right, hardship and sadness is a thing these characters share. I like how he was both well off in a way, but had to handle what he was threatened with. He seems like a pretty interesting hero. The green totally works with his appearance if you ask me. Plus, he fits the "kid" member role to a degree, which is a classic for such a lineup.
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