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Zodihavoc: HaakLung, crispy charred chook. by lgliang Zodihavoc: HaakLung, crispy charred chook. by lgliang
Haak is an amnesiac rooster who's actually a phoenix whose immolation was incomplete before rebirth. Covered in a flaky layer of charred feathers, smoldering within with no clue of who he is, he wanders the world only driven by an instinctual need to burn up, seeking heat that could free the trapped noble beast within.

Haak's dreams are tiny snips and bits of the phoenix's memories, one which renewed vigor after years of searching and offered a key out of the ash prison: Lao Tzu's Trigram Furnace.

His super is Scorched Earth, an unblockable that slowly drains the opponent's life as his own power bar depletes. Opponents can speed up the depletion by hitting Haak, and just so it's not overpowered, in this mode Haak cannot defend, attack or perform special moves. Only walk and jump around.

I wanted a very dark colored character, decided pretty early on it's gonna be the chicken.
How did I land on a connection between chicken and phoenix? Based on a dish of chicken feet, typically found in dimsum, called 'phoenix claws'.
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TheGameartist03 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Truly beautiful concept, love everything you've done with them!
How do you get those fire effects to look so realistic? I have a couple characters with those kinds of effects but I'm kind of an amateur and they don't look that great 
XD-e-R-r-A-C-i-A-zX Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool. Look awesome game, dude.
wasteland-tree Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Best kung fu chicken I've ever seen 😀
lolzalimango Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Student General Artist
"ash remnant", hmmm... is it imba spirit i smell?? hmmm...
kappasodas Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
my favorite
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
This is the coolest!
Astyanax Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
This is a very brilliant idea for this Zodiac and literally makes sense in many ways. This happens to be the year of the Rooster and is also my Chinese Zodiac Your concepts are definitely impressive.
Evodolka Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok this guy looks frealing amazing i love the little movement sheet next to him and i LOVE that fire cloak thing :la:
and the characters all round design looks awesome he just screams badass
LtDimitri Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Student Artist
VERY cool, holy hell.
jmce Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
Actually, in Asian culture the ruler of the south is a rooster that does have power over fire. The name is different depending on where in asia you go.
Jonpicard Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
That is so cool i really love the dark look and the look of his Scorched Earth. Amazing job on this design :)
Galladeking Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never thought I'd see a bird as badass...good on you man....good on you
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist
*glomps bird to death and back*
DukeMarazh180 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016
bad ass bird and not what I was expecting for the rooster but damnit this is awesome
Dukurow Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
The little version of him in the corner cracked me up. Nice.

As for the rest of it, can we stop for a moment and talk about how clucking badass this guy is?
Tyranous-King Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such an awesome concept!
Zevroid Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Although China didn't actually have a Phoenix, but rather the Fenghuang, which while sometimes called the Chinese Phoenix isn't much like the western idea of the Phoenix, this is still an awesome concept and story for a character. Besides, a little anachronism here and there doesn't hurt anyone.
lgliang Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm aware, this is not based on hard mythology. I use what I can to convey the idea, with lots of liberties along the way.

Like KimTuu, if he was chronologically accurate, he'd be throwing around etched tiny bamboo paddles instead of mahjong tiles and dice.
Zevroid Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2016
Yeah, I got that, I just have a tendency toward random trivia. I do the same thing with my own characters.
Gusindor Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Student General Artist
I was expecting the rooster to be a silly character, but instead he looks like one of the coolest and I love it!
webkilla Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So... an angry bird?
Wotwuzzatfok Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
That's my sign! I always felt a bit ridiculous about it, but now...
...I feel even more ridiculous. I will never reach this level of awesomeness.
RavenCorona Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Student General Artist
Very cool.
yournamehere8888 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016   Writer
Hmmmm now this has to be a match made in heaven, raising a lot of intrigue about the world from just his backstory. Nice touch.
Still, I am kind of uncertain about the ultimate, I think the depletion speeds would need some fine tweeking.
yesbesh Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
that's the thing that scarce childeren
Trezce Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Fascinating designe and backstory!
You just got me hooked on it hehe :aww:

I like his dark designe, such a clever connection between a phoenix and a chicken.
FRAT-RAT Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
new fave!
The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing character!!!

Perfect concept and style!!!!

[ YURI ON ICE ] Applause. 
OcioProduction Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super concept!!!
RikkuTakanashi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a really cool idea! A phoenix doesn't fully reincarnate, due to not fully burning up, and thus their memories are sealed and they become a 'lesser' bird until they can complete their reincarnation. I wonder if that's what would happen if you threw water on a phoenix as it was reincarnating?
Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Oh man, I really love the concept of the amnesiac past and phoenix nature, what a great take on this!!  Awesome work as always!

And hahaha, to get that out of dimsum--I love that dish!  :love:
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