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Boreal Force - Ursus Profile

Here's the 15th profile in my original characters encyclopedia project. This one features the second of the five protagonists in my Boreal Force team.

All the members of Boreal Force wear colour coded costumes that match one another. Ursus' suit is white and features additional straps on his arms. He also wears the Polar Bear totem on his belt. Looks-wise I wanted Garrett to look fairly rugged and was inspired by an anime aesthetic with his hairstyle. As with Canis, my goal was to create a backstory that felt real and had depth. This was something I felt insecure about with my Olympian Squadron characters, so I've put extra effort forth with this bunch.

Ursus' inclusion into Boreal Force was determined by a poll I had up in my journal. I had asked my watchers to rank several iconic Canadian animals. The polar bear and the grizzly bear were both selections on the list, but the polar bear proved to be the favoured of the two. Overall though it ranked second. I want to give a shout out to those of you who voted and contributed to the selection. 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:…

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
Huh, Benson. My Anthropology teacher is named Benson - maybe he's secretly a government-sponsored uniformed hero that pilots a unique vehicle/giant robot.

Joking aside, the character seems to possess a balanced position where he's a disciplined soldier that has few levels of tolerance to go on. A shame that his parents couldn't accept his identity, but I think he's got a strong back to bare.

In regards to design, his uniform is consistent with the likes of Canis though I'm starting to think the mask accessory might also serve as a helmet. Though this could be baseless speculation, and if it is, feel free to ignore this.

I'm afraid I can't say anything further, though given his age (and possibly personality) I half think he might possess the most experience and sometimes but heads with Canis. Then again this might be another case of baseless speculation.

Overall, the quality's consistent and there is few to really comment on. Tomorrow I'll look at Rangifer and see what the team's heart is.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
Thanks for the comment!

Well, that's certainly an idea (to have the mask serve as a helmet). Although, for now, it's merely a totem that channels the mystic and scientific energy that empowers its avatar.
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You are welcome.

Ah, that explains it.
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So, how've you been doing?
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
Meh. Could be better.

I took a break from DeviantArt due to major burnout and as a means of taking a bit of a mental health sabbatical. During that time, I ended up getting laid off from my job. That eliminated the disposable income I would have for cosplay and drag. Then, I ended up coming down with a throat infection which recurred twice and was exacerbated by allergies.
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...Well damn, that ain't fun.
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No, it certainly isn't.
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DanFalcon's avatar
Well the colour scheme is absolutely gorgeous. There's just something about white and silver that looks incredibly sleek, and they blend so well together. His backstory is definitely a very sad one, and I can totally identify with certain aspects of it. 

Also, there's just something about being attributed to the Polar Bear that adds to the Rule of Cool.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
Many thanks, my friend! Glad you like him. It's an added bonus for me to hear that someone is able to relate to aspects of one of my creations. That's always one of my primary goals.
Movie-Man's avatar
For some reason I'm thinking Benedict Cumberbatch if I were to picture his voice.

Anyway, I like the mostly white color scheme with different shades and seems to fit his motif based on the choice of animal and his backstory is interesting. Sad but interesting.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
That wouldn't work since he's not Canadian (or gay for that matter). It's so difficult for both gay and Canadian actors to get work, so it's important to try and imagine less privileged groups as being the voices or faces behind certain characters. :)

Anyway, thanks for the comment! Glad you like his design. :)
Movie-Man's avatar
Well yes. It's just that he was the first dude to pop into my mind. And you're welcome.
Femmes-Fatales's avatar
If you had to make a more thoughtful choice, who would you go with?
Jose-Ramiro's avatar
Whoa, very cool one.
Gold-Reaper's avatar
Really loving the Boreal Force! Keep up the good work!
bjv016's avatar
I really dig his hair and color scheme! Also, another strong backstory that bleeds with character development possibilities. Nice.

I'd make a joke about how he's a rugged gay man is bear themed, but I honestly think he's too cool to make my first comment about stereotypes. Anyway, he seems great.
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Thank you! I appreciate the kind words. I'm glad you like what I've been able to do with this character, both visually and with his backstory.

I should also point out that the bear is not so much a stereotype as it is a label for the appearance of certain men. It's not a negative label as far as I'm concerned. It was a conscious decision on my part to have the bear-themed character be gay and to embrace a different kind of persona that the popular media is used to with gay men.
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