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"The incoherent male half-Hydra tomb robber with a large fortune. His wardrobe is attractive. His face hints at his non-human ancestry, but he otherwise appears human."

Mucking about with a Seventh Sanctum contest. The output I got from the hybrid generator was too endearing to pass up, so yeah. His name is Fari - I let the Greek-style name generator name him, just in the spirit of things.

When is "incoherent" not "dumb"? He doesn't speak a proper language, of course. He knows what he's saying, but nobody else seems to. I'm rather pleased that I thought of a way to "draw" it. Unfortunately his hybrid nature isn't very visually striking - but then, that's what the generator commanded. The brand on his forehead is supposed to be reminiscent of a hydra trunk forking into many necks (a "hint", yeah? :p). His ears are based on old-fashioned hydra drawings; did you know the classic hydra actually had dog-like heads, not serpent heads? I sure didn't.

Just for kicks, I whipped up a 4e stat block for him too, based on an aquatic hag ([link]). For all its bugs, Monster Builder is still powerfully awesome.

No Seriously There's a Background Too Did You Think I Wouldn't?:

Fari's parents were from a small fishing village along the coast of *pauses* Arenahd (thanks Elf Name Generator); as a young man, his father was shipwrecked on one of the small islands off the coast, which had been used as burial tombs in ancient time. Desperate and near the end of his life, Fari's father bargained with a hydra to carry him back to land - he would be allowed to return home to his wife for ten years, after which he would throw himself into the sea as tribute to the hydra. However, once the ten years had passed, the man couldn't bring himself to fulfil the promise, instead planning to leave the village and escape the hydra's anger.

For some time, it seemed that the plan had worked; the couple started a new life far from the ocean, and in time gave birth to a son. However, before the baby was two years old, his face started to change; horrified, his parents saw a bizarre mark developing on his face, reminiscent of the hydra's many necks. Soon they could see tiny scales growing under his eyes, mimicking the sheen of the hydra's coat.

Surely, Fari's father believed, his son was being transformed into a hydra in order to take his life, payment for the promise he had broken. Driven mad with fear, he fled to the ocean with the child, and cast him into the sea. Fari would have quickly died, had not his hybrid nature allowed him to breathe the water. Eventually the unusually calm sea washed him ashore, on the very same island where his father had been shipwrecked years before.

Fari survived through his childhood by eating fish and seaweed, though he does not remember that in his earliest years he was visited by a hydra that gave him food and shelter. The beast stopped coming as Fari became able to care for himself - though he occasionally caught sight of a strange, many-headed creature near the island, he never knew of its significance. He gradually explored more of the islands as he grew, learning to swim between them as easily as a fish, then began to delve into the burial tombs hidden within.

Surrounded by strange treasures from the tombs, and fascinating items he has recovered from ships that were wrecked on the islands, Fari lives in the midst of wealth he doesn't begin to understand. He considers most of them to be pretty - if worthless - trinkets, though he is pleased that he managed to make a scale-like "hide" from his many piles of useless metal discs.

As he's had no contact with humans aside from his salvaging, Fari doesn't know any real languages. However, the voices of his parents left him a lingering memory of vocal communication, so he still tries to speak. He is vaguely aware of the mainland, somewhere in the distance, but has not yet summoned the nerve to swim there.

EDIT 2011-05-15:
Omigosh I got runner-up! I was afraid mine would be considered unimpressive next to the coloured entries ^_^; But... SO AWESOME! X3

(PS y'all should enter the next contest!)
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Wintereye111's avatar
I would like to see a coloured version. I always liked this guy, especially the way nobody understands what he's saying :P
neptuneclear's avatar
Aa I really like the style! He looks almost like a desert mercenary sort, but more aquatic. I really love his fashion (and backstory).
SpindaSpots's avatar
Y-yeow! I was planning on entering the contest myself, but then I saw this and I'm so intimidated! I'm completely beside myself to decide whether the background is more fantastic than the looks, or if the looks are more fantastic than the background. Well done, dear! You're certainly making the competition shake in their boots! :D
Kisala's avatar
did you use any basis for the language's written characters? it's very cool, something between Rivenese and Elvish :D
foxlee's avatar
Nope, just kinda drew whatever came to mind ^^
Kisala's avatar
wish I could do that. would come in handy for my stories ....
moosewingz's avatar
Oh, that's adorable! And I love the whole backstory and everything, very detailed. And the way you've made him speak but without a using a known language :)
EjLowell's avatar
This is just so full of awesome I can't even say. No, seriously, I'm speechless.
CabbyHat's avatar
That's a really cool backstory! I love how you came up with a kind of "crossbreed" that deviates from the usual sort of origin. Fari seems like he'd have a fun story to tell. :)
KhakiHat's avatar
Sweet back story. I'm kinda sad that I didnt do one for mine. Which did you do first, the story or the drawing?
foxlee's avatar
I did the drawing first, but I had the story threads in my head when I did. Like for the coin-armour :p I just "filled in" the blank bits when I posted it.
DragonScholar's avatar
Between the story and his look this sounds like the start of an epic manga . . .
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