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These original characters play a crucial role in my latest, time-consuming original story (which I plan to release through a comic book series and a series of graphic novels): currently titled the IN LAK'ECH Mythos. You can find more information about this by checking my latest works in this account and elsewhere on the "social" media: Behance | tumblr | instagram | facebook

MACOEL
is a 15th Century Mexica warrior who eventually resigned from his position and became a defender of the Taino people, from the Caribbean Sea, just about the time that the Spanish invaders arrived. Years after the fall of Tenochititlán, in a time the Cuetzpalin were being hunt down and the native humans enslaved by the encomiendas, Macoel became a liberator of Cuetzpalin & humans alike. His quest for the freedom of Anahuac (the concept of an unified pre-Hispanic "indigenous" North and Central Americas) has taken him to the north, and the last time he was noticed was during the O'odham Uprising against New Mexico's colonial authorities in nowadays Arizona, during the 18th Century.

PAUL POWHATAN / MONTEZUMA is a 23 years old Algonquian from a community near Quebec City, Canada. Currently living as a mechanical engineer, Paul constantly faces the contradictions of the promises of progress, and having lived both through his ancestors' traditional ways and the so-called post-colonial hype, he came to understand the world is still run by a colonial government and economy which dictates most peoples' lives, and still determine a hierarchical system of castes, with predetermined fates.  Seeking to protect his old people's traditional ways and also to earn his freedom, Paul has often participated in both peaceful and necessarily active riots or protests against industrial projects which undermined his people's lives and lands, for the sake of corporations which are supported by a so-called progressist government (and may not use the usual racist propaganda, but still perform racist policies, some even supported by liberals). Not necessarily an anarchist, Paul would find out who his actual enemies are, and on a fateful protest in February 13th 2009 (in a time his people were facing the government's decision to sell some of their traditional woods, fields, mountains, rivers and lakes to a fish breeding corporation, which had its own pack of bounty hunters to jail or even shoot protesters. This protest has been done first by the need of the Algonquian community to live and second by the influence granted by the victorious resistance which southern indigenous communities, in Brazil and Central America, were realizing through the actions of two Cuetzpalin, Paynal and Omepaynal), Paul was ambushed and almost killed, when he finally found Macoel's Tonalcoatl.

The symbiotic interaction between Macoel's Tonalcoatl and Paul P. transforms him into the Cuetzpalin Montezuma - named after the Mexica/Aztec ruler Moctezuma Xocoyotzin.
He possesses the Spear of Time, given to him by the leadership of the Zuni people.

MACOEL

    Macoel has lived the first of his years training to become an elite (pipiltin) Mexica warrior. At the time, most of the Cuetzpalin populace were loyal to the Excan Tlahtoloyan (the Triple Mexica Confederation, a.k.a the ruling corpus of the "Mexica/Aztec Civilization"), for they were offered social privileges in exchange of service to the Confederation, what played an important role in their religion and politics - several priests and even some Tlatoani (from the nahuatl "speaker", the rulers of the Confederation) were themselves Cuetzpalin. These privileges were first stated by Tlacaelel, the city's cihuacoatl (from the nahuatl "snake woman", a political position rhoughly equivalent to high priest. Tlacaelel was the first in such position and would be so until his death in, during the war against the Inca, led by Topa Inca Yupanqui. Some argue he was more influential than all the Tlatoani - de jure rulers of the Excan Tlahtoloyan). Before that, the Cuetzpalin were free to roam among and either work or fight for whatever human or non-human community they wanted - most would've sided with the Tepanecs of Azcapotzalco, those the Mexica paid tributes for before they took over. Before that, not all Cuetzpalin would become professional warriors, but according to Tlacaelel, while the Mexica (both human and non-human) were the chosen people of Huitzilopochtli, the God of War, patron of Mexico and the current, Fifth Sun God, the Cuetzpalin were a step closer to godhood than the humans. Was Tlacaelel a Cuetzpalin, what would make it easier to defend such a biased supremacy? Sort of. He was born as a human in a noble family, several of his relatives have been ixiptla ("impersonators", hosts ritually taken over by other Cuetzpalin, or rather their Tonalcoatl) and it really didn't made a difference if his uncle had just become someone else. His fate, too, would likely end up as a Tlatoani and an ixiptla. But that changed when this ingenious and cunning empire's architect, gaining an extra motivation following the death of his brother, Chimalpopoca, by the hands of Maxtla - the son of Tezozomoc, a Tepanec chief the Mexica rulers used to work for. He's chosen Tayatzin to follow his role, however Tayatzin was dethroned by his half-brother Maxtla, and the Mexica rose against Maxtla not only in favor of Tayatzin, but in favor of a new hegemonic power - their own, led by Itzcoatl, Tlacaelel's uncle, alongside other local chiefs, Nezahualcoyotl of Texcoco and Totoquihuatzin of Tlacopan - has been gifted by Huitzilopochtli, the god of war himself, the Tonalcoatl of a legendary, ancient, fourth-sun era Cuetzpalin named Ehecatl ("wind". According to some, his story and life inspired the tales of the Toltec ruler Ce Acatl Topiltzin Quetzalcoatl), who other than his knowledge and experience has the ability of super strength, able to take down a Quinametzin (giant) with a swoop of his macuahuitl. With this, Tlacaelel became a host, but he knew it would depend on how often he used his powers to determine who was in control: him or Ehecatl. In this sense, Ehecatl became more like his secret counselor - it was hid from the public that Ehecat existed and granted Tlacaelel such powers, instead, it was made public only the claim that Tlacaelel, as the cihuacoatl, has been gifted by Huitzilopochtli himself. Although other forms of worship of a war deity have existed for a long time in Central Mexico (Mixcoatl, for example, is related more to hunt than war. War is the next step), it was thanks to Tlacaelel that the cult of Huitzilopochtli became so widespread - and also thanks to his campaigns of destroying written accounts and milennary traditions of enemy tribes.
    In this context, Macoel lived his youth during a time Mexico was expanding both north and south, east and west, by the intense usage of military personnel, tax gathering and whatever resource or trap an empire would to expand the interests of its elite. Macoel became a warrior, and a skilled one, as the Mexica intelligence has went south, perhaps farther than it could grasp, crossing continental barriers and meeting the fierce Tahuantinsuyu (a.k.a the Inca Empire), by the time led by Topa Inca Yupanqui, in 1481, the same year that Tenochtitlán's ruler Itzcoatl died (likely, in battlefield against the elite military of the Inca Empire - either the Topa Chasqui dragon riders, the Puruauca stone giants, the Yana Phuyu shadow demons, Yacarcae sorcerers or Saqraruna necromancers - several of them originated from the Chinchaysuyu province, recently conquered by Topa from its original governors, the Chimú). 24 years-old Macoel embarked on a journey like no other during the southernmost military campaigns Tenochtitlán ever led, and during this time he met several other skilled warriors and generals, including the future Tlatoani Moctezuma Xocoyotzin, who was 15 when the wars started, and by the age of 20 became a Tlacochcalcatl (man from the house of darts, the highest rank among the Mexica military), before the war ended in 1493, when Tupaq was found dead, killed by his own wife, and the unity of the Inca Empire would never fully heal as part of its nobles sided with Capac Huari, Tupaq's favourite, despite ilegitimate son, who was forced into exile, and another part of the nobles would side with Tito Husi Hualpa, later renamed as Huayna Capac, the son of Tupaq's main wife and sister (Mama Ocllo), who'd become the next Inca emperor. It was before the war ended, however, that Macoel would, in his many travels, and among the many different peoples and cultures he met, meet the Taino (from Caribbean), whose lifestyle and ways of life have positively, and deeply surprised the reptile warrior. It has been a process of some years, but by 1489 he resigned from his duties as a Mexican soldier - like all the Cuetzpalin were obliged to, according to Tlacaelel's law - and made a home among the Taino. Rumors have spread and some sectors of the Mexica society would even regard him as a traitor. Moctezuma, however, would believe he had his reasons, for after all they've witnessed during that catastrophic war (which the Mexica would technically "win" anyway), Macoel was wise enough to understand that if he followed Mexico, he would live facing death at every corner, and stealing from the poor to give the rich more than he could. Moctezuma was likely destined for nobility, so Macoel also understood that in no way his friend would see things like he did, as both departed in a friendly manner - Moctezuma, back to what would be his kingdom and his servants, and Macoel to the new people that welcomed him as a guardian. For some years, he also took a human host and became one of them (the Taino) even more than he expected.
    Another chapter of his life would start soon after, and a darker one - in 1492, strange vessels arrived on Taino territory, bringing diseases, like black death and christianity. The strangers approached the people in different ways, sometimes peaceful, sometimes not. But as history turns out, cities have been burnt and riches stolen, as Macoel's family was forced to hide in the depths of the caribbean jungle - just to die later, in a matter of years. Grief and loss would move the warrior, as with nothing else to lose other than his own life - and he would do so only standing and fighting - he decided to return to Mexico. Turns out he only did after some decades, and since 1520 Moctezuma, as well as Tenochtitlán, were no more. In the following decade he'd find out the ways of the land's new kings, and that the time of the Cuetzpalin was set to end. He didn't despair, though, tales about Cuauhtemoc's fierce resistance to retake Tenochtitlán motivated him to follow the steps of yet another legendary, yet contemporary Cuetzpalin. When he believed to be too late, however (by 1525 news about the execution of Cuauhtemoc, Tetlepanquetzal and Coanacoch, the last rulers of Tenochtitlán, Tlacopan and Texcoco, respectively, were spread), Cuauhtemoc, taking a new ixiptla, was found by Macoel, and together they worked to release several Cuetzpalin and human indigenous peoples from slavery, as well infiltrating the colonial management and use some land properties to train rebels against this foreigner tyrannical government. This secret initiative took decades to be built - they were equally involved with the Chichimeca rebellion of Nochistlán, in 1541, an event which the infamous, hellish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado died. Macoel had many families, and made no distinction between lizardmen and humans, unlike his teachings under the late Tlacaelel. Macoel was bound by his own code of honor and duty - to fight for freedom and equality, for one is impossible without another. In 1546, alongside Cuauhtemoc, Macoel fought the japanese slaver Hasekura Tsunenaga, and in 1567 join the Mayan rebellion led by Mayan priest Chilan Couoh, in the province of Bacalar, Yucatán, that would last for two years. Shortly after, Macoel and Cuauhtemoc would part ways - Cuauhtemoc would venture into Tairona territory, reaching nowadays Colombia and Brazil, while Macoel moved north, reaching nowadays states of Arizona and New Mexico, where he joined the Hopi and later the Zuni resistances against the colonial settlements. The last that has been heard of Macoel for a while was his involvement in the O'odham Uprising, that took place between 1751 and 1767 in the Spanish Arizona (New Spain). During this time, several indians from different tribes, cultures and backgrounds spread the belief that a prophesied Moctezuma would return to lead them and free them from the foreigner government. This belief, some say, was a fabrication by Macoel, and partially a homage to the friend he lost for the wars, a friend who was fated to become a king (whose rule he never met, for Moctezuma was crowned in 1502, while Macoel left Mexico at least since 1489) while he lived long enough to become the liberator of those who called him a traitor. It's unknown how Macoel's first death came by, possibly happening in Arizona, but his Tonalcoatl made it to nowadays southern Quebéc, Canada, in some time between the late 18th Century and the 20th Century - he may have been involved with the Algonquin people.

PAUL P
. / CUETZPALIN MONTEZUMA

    Macoel's discovery by Powhatan actually only made him more informed on how long this struggle against a foreigner government has been, and who has been pulling the strings, so he used these powers for his own advantage, claiming to be the second coming of MONTEZUMA, the late Mexican ruler made myth (by none other than Macoel himself, who spent some of his last lives among the Hopi and Zuni peoples in New Mexico, between the late 17th and early 18th centuries). More agile, strong and with a identity more protected than he would be as a human, and also armed with equipment he was able to steal, "Montezuma" started to attack industrial and colonial government's business, causing damage and inspiring independent actions, but also defending his own community, not too far from Quebec, and eventually organizing resistance from other tribes (such as the Iroquois) that in the past had their enmity towards the Algonquian used in favor of the colonizers. This has put him at odds with some puppet leaderships, who struggled to have some "indigenous representation in government" for reasons of self-promotion instead of an actual, collective emancipation. At this rate, both Paynal's and Omepaynal's existences were undeniable through their actions, even though their locations couldn't ever be properly traced, so Macoel and Powhatan, believing they could be hosts of some of Macoel's own fellow 16th Century liberators, have decided to travel the continent and find either one of them. In the way, however, Powhatan and Macoel have introduced themselves as Montezuma to a Zuni community found in a place occupied by military personnel from Tahuantinsuyu's secret organization - the Saqraruna. How did they get into American territory unnoticed with such equipment is unknown to most, save for a little select government and a private security company staff. The Zuni, grateful for Montezuma's struggle for their defense, handled him a most powerful weapon, the Staff of Time, which they said to be able to slow time around him - something that just got a lot more handy, even more during his first meeting - and struggle - against Paynal, as he prevented Paynal from killing an indigenous man who was about to sacrifice a wild boar. Their differences were just too great, but with time, like with Omepaynal, Montezuma and Paynal would make peace - for an organized resistance can be more important than just standing alone at the front lines, sometimes.

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