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Cang Yu, the Azure Phoenix
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Published: March 5, 2018
Name/Alias: Cang Yu; 苍羽 (Chinese for "Sky Wing"). True name unknown.
Species: Alar (plural is "Alari")
Gender: Female
Age: 585
Date of Birth: 1432 AD
Birthplace: Southern China (exact location unknown)
Abilities: Fire manipulation; shape-shifting into human and different animals forms; flight; telepathy; telekinesis.
Background: The Alari are powerful beings from another universe who manifest in our universe as avian beings. Since humans have invented agriculture and cities, several races, including the Alari, have joined in a collaborative project to guide and teach humans in wisdom. At first it was more direct, as several agents used their shape-shifting abilities to pose as advisors, sages, ordinary people, and in a few cases even gods. Then, as technology advanced, it was much more covert and sporadic. The Alari in particular resemble the many depictions of phoenixes and similar creatures throughout Earth's history and cultures, and are in fact largely responsible for the many myths surrounding phoenixes and magical birds, even down to their famous self-resurrection method.
Every five-hundred years an Alar must build a nest of the surrounding plant materials (traditionally aromatic spices such as frankincense and myrrh). Once there, it waits until it bursts into flames and becomes a pile of "ash," which is actually not ash but a fine crystalline powder that contains its consciousness - its "soul" if you will. The flames light the nest on fire, activating the ash and bringing forth a newer, more powerful incarnation of the Alar, sporting more complex and elaborate patterns. It can repeat this process up to seven times in its entire lifetime, or in this case series of lifetimes. After reaching its seventh resurrection, an Alar ascends back into its home dimension, never returning to the material world.
Cang Yu, as is her alias, is a 2nd incarnation Alar female stationed in China. She was named so for her peacock-like coloration, especially her blue-colored wings. She is one of several agents responsible for monitoring the moral and cultural development of a particular culture or region, although agents such as her can observe other parts of the world. When she was born the country was ruled by the Ming dynasty, one of the most stable and prosperous periods in Chinese history. In spite her young age and modest power, she has witnessed many interesting moments, such as the arrival of Europeans and trade with other nations, as well as some terrible ones like the Chinese Civil War and the Sino-Japanese Wars to name a few. To avoid these terrors, she hid herself in the eastern foothills of the Tibetan plateau near the Yangzhe river. However, every now and then she comes out to ease the pain of the Chinese denizens, such as giving food to the poor and even pulling humiliating pranks on criminals.

Created with Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

Cang Yu created and owned by :iconpetrobeherha:
Based on this adopted character created by :iconflamerat-yehlon:: fav.me/db40l2d
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FlameRat-YehLon's avatar
FlameRat-YehLon|Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. Glad that you draw this out.
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PetroBeherha's avatar
Thank you very much. It was about time I drew her, so I took the opportunity.
So how did I do in terms of that Chinese media thing we discussed earlier?
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FlameRat-YehLon|Hobbyist General Artist
I think I need some recap because I forgot what we were talking about. Sorry.
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PetroBeherha's avatar
We were basically talking about what to name her and her background. I remember you telling me about how to avoid political controversy when talking about Chinese media. For example, I mentioned Mao Zedong in her description, but we decided to change that.
Maybe this will help too. Look at the comments section in particular: Maybe A Monster Bird by FlameRat-YehLon
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