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EBC: Tacitus The Taciturn by Sparaze EBC: Tacitus The Taciturn by Sparaze
Last Edit:  1/27/18

Edit note: New rank and additions to personality, history, and relations!

General Info

Name: Tacitus 
   -Meaning: Silent/ Mute
Nicknames: Tac

Gender: Male

Age

Birthday: February 20th 47 B.C.

Starting: 1 year
Current: 3 years 11 months (As of 1/20/18)

Rank: Leader

Species:  Andean Mountain Cat

Physical Description:  Tacitus is a medium sized feline with a well-muscled build. He has a long, thick, bushy tail that helps him keep his balance in high places and thick medium length fur. His pelt is a dusty gray color with a lighter underbelly and darker stripes. He has copper-orange eyes and a black nose/ paw-pads. His whiskers are bent and crooked.

Armor:  Tacitus wears very light armor to allow him to remain more swift and soundless. He has two sets of leather plates, one on his shoulders and one on his flank. He wears a purple hooded cloak with a furred collar and cloth wraps on the upper parts of his forelegs.


Traits

Dominant:  Dirty-gray coloration [Aa], Copper-orange eyes [Aa],  Striped coat [AA], Light tail tip [AA], Pale stripes [Aa]

Recessive:  Pale chest 'star' [aa], Black nose/paw pads [aa], Dark back paw [aa]

Carrier:  Blue eyes [aa], Pale brown coloration [Aa], Black stripes [aa]

Mutations:  N/A


Personality:

 [ Reserved, Cautious, Unconfident/Self-criticizing, Devoted, Solicitous/Empathetic ]

Reserved: 
Tacitus is not the most out-going feline and is not usually very quick to be the one to approach a stranger. He doubts himself and assesses the possible outcomes to a conversational situation before stepping into any action what-so-ever. When speaking with someone new he is typically not very willing to reveal much about himself. He is polite, and would never ignore someone who approached him, but may grow seemingly more distant if the other is iffy about his lack of words. He can even be somewhat wary of a new face at first, especially if they are from outside of his empire, and he may find it hard to allow himself to be trusting towards some. Even those who know him better may have a difficult time truly getting something out of the mountain cat. Tac has troubles properly expressing his feelings, and more often would rather bottle them up then attempt to explain them to someone, even when they can tell he is having a rough spell.

Cautious: 
Having made such a simple yet drastically devastating mistake in his earlier life, Tacitus has become very aware of his actions. He is wary of trying new things that take him out of his comfort zone and will not simply jump into something without thinking through it as thoroughly as possible. At times he may even be a little too cautious of things and cause himself to become distressed over the potential dangers that are unlikely. He is slow to confront danger head-on and prefers to avoid fights when all possible. He is also careful about how he speaks to others. He is not keen on the idea of upsetting another in anyway and knows that sometimes it is better to keep his thoughts to himself, even if he is unhappy. He has minor trust issues and will take a while before he actually opens up to anything more personal with another.

Unconfident/ Self- criticizing:
He is sometimes quite unsure of himself and lacks confidence in his own abilities or decisions. Even when he has proven to himself over and over that he can do something well, he still has a bad habit of doubting himself and growing a bit distressed. Tac can sometimes have difficulty taking large risks for fear of failure or a bad outcome. Persuading and reassuring often help ease him out of his own fears. Often times his choices or actions may work very well, but until those results are seen he might be worried. He also struggles with placing blame on himself when something goes wrong or he believes he could have done something better. He is overly critical of his own action and decisions and may work himself up over something he thinks he did wrong. This is an insecurity that he recognizes and is working on getting past, but even if he does what he has too, he is likely still nervous about it.

Devoted: 
Once Tac has grown close to another individual, he is much more open and friendly with them. Though he still struggles with expressing his true feelings and thoughts, caring for someone deeply causes him to try at least a little harder. He fears to let down those he cares about the most and desires to do what he can for them despite his insecurities. He values the words and encouragement someone trustworthy may give him and becomes much more likely to go somewhat out of his comfort zone with them. He is extremely appreciative of the understanding and kindness that Shadow Empire has provided him with since he has arrived and desires to do the best he can to give back to it. Now, growing to be in charge of it, his devotion and sense of responsibility for those around him have only deepened. Tac longs to serve his empire mates well and keep them as happy and safe as possible. Having felt so guilty for his own selfish actions in times of need in the past, he has grown to be determined to think more about the well-being of those around him rather than just himself.

Solicitous/ Empathetic
Over his course of time spent in the empires, Tac has grown increasingly concerned with the feelings or situations of others. he still struggles with being as open or social as he may like or getting to interact with cats he hasn't before but he wishes the absolute best to each and every one of his empire-mates. Seeing first-hand the pain and tragedy the mega raid on the bounty hunters has caused to even some of his friends made him even more willing to try harder to be there for them when he could. He believes he could have done better and hates that he had hidden away on that day rather than fighting. He pushed through the rest of his training in an attempt to grow strong for those around him. Now rising into a position of power, he longs more than anything to do a good job, not only for himself but for every cat in Shadow that now relies on him and his guidance. 


History

Beginning (pre-group)

Tacitus was born alone to a pair of breeders in Massilia. His mother and father, Undine and Ceyx despite their constant loss, were quite loving parents. Being the only cub in his specific litter though, it did not take long for the young mountain cat to be taken away from his family and sold to a wealthy man further in the city. He was kept as a pet by his new master and treated like quite the treasure. He missed his parents but quickly grew to enjoy his new life with the kind human that treated him exceptionally well. He was given his current name by his master for his clam and quiet nature, a trait the human was very pleased with, as he saw the cat as being well-tempered and obedient to his wishes.

As Tac grew older, however, his curiosity for what else lay in the world around him did as well. One day, he escaped the normal confines of his home and wandered out into the city. No sooner had he strayed just a little too far away, he was snatched by an unfamiliar human and taken away from his home once again. The young feline was terrified by his new situation, as he feared his master's reaction to him not coming home and the new human's harsh behavior towards him. Though this new human hardly interacted with him much at all and it did not take long for him to be transferred yet again to another stranger as he was quickly sold yet again. This new master was only worse than the one who had pulled him from the streets.

This human treated him much more harshly than anything he had ever come close to experiencing before. Not too long into the cub's stay, he began to be trained to become a pit fighter. However, Tacitus did not quite live up the assumed expectations the human had for him. Having only seen kindness from the humans he knew so far and living a sheltered and pampered life made Tacitus struggle greatly with the new tasks that were being thrown at him. He new master grew even more angry and violent with him as time went on, punishing him for his failures and growing agitated by his lacking performance.

Several months into his new life, a new opportunity arose. A careless mistake on the part of the nasty human when locking him away for the night, allowed him to manage to slip his way out of his cage and back out onto the city street once more. However, once he began wandering around in search of his way home he realized just how far away he had been taken. He had only gone out the one time and did not know his way around in the slightest. He desperately tried to locate his home and old loving master but no matter where he went nothing he came across seemed familiar to him at all. Frightened by the possibility of being captured once again on the streets, the young mountain cat fled the city entirely.

Outside in the wild, uncertain of what to do or where to go, he found himself timidly wandering around for several days. Eventually, his paws led him into a thick densely covered area of the forest where the tightness of the trees almost made him feel more secure...


Another Life (In group)

Life in the wild at first was difficult to adjust to for the young mountain cat. He was fortunate to have found the Empires so soon after his escape, otherwise, he most likely would have perished to the unfamiliar conditions. Of course, Tacitus was overwhelmingly grateful for being taken in by the clan of felines but he was also overwhelmed by his new duties and obligations. The young cat had a hard time socializing and feeling like he fit in and belonged among the Shadow cats, and though he met a few friendly faces, it would be a while before he truly made any real connections.

Soon after his arrival, Tac was placed as an Apprentice under the Shadow Empire's leader, Evander. He was shocked and though he deeply respected the feline and liked him, he was terrified of letting him down and disappointing his new mentor. Tacitus struggled through his training, though he found motivation at strange times to do his best for the leader, it still took a lot to keep him going properly.

As he continued to live in the empire he gradually began to make new friends and grow more and more comfortable with his new life. He had started to be a little better with his training and finally after so long had gained a tiny bit of confidence. However, soon the preparations for a massive battle came on the rise, setting him back on edge and leaving him in a state of constant panic. Tacitus was terrified at the prospect of going to battle. He knew he wasn't prepared to actually fight the bounty hunters, and feared for not only his own life but those around him. 

When the day of the mega raid arrived, the young mountain cat was allowed to stay back with the cubs and other younger apprentices, hiding in a safe place. As time went on he began to feel more and more terrible about his decision, feeling utterly worthless and unworthy of even remaining in the empire. He felt he should be helping, not hiding like a defenseless cub, but he also felt he would only get in the way and perish if he did go out to help. Waiting underground for the war to be over, he figured he could at least do his best to try and help keep company and care for the cubs that were with him.

When the patrols returned, the news of so much loss only broke the cat's spirits further. The few weeks after the end of the battle, Tacitus fell into a deep struggle. Even Evander had suffered injuries and needed time to recover, leaving the apprentice alone for a while. Though with the death, new additions to the empire were also made. A lioness named Araceli and a young snow leopard named Galena had been rescued from the city and quickly grew to be very important individuals in Tac's life. 

Evander temporarily entrusted Araceli to help Tac train while the leader was healing. Though as time went on, the two grew very close, and their partnership was deemed permanent. Tacitus began to do better again, furthering his training and building his confidence back up with minor things. Araceli helped him further himself in many ways and with time he grew to see the lioness as a mother as well as a mentor.

Eventually, he advanced enough with his skills to move on and finally put the title of apprentice behind him. The moment where he completed his training and truly felt success was a moment where he had felt far more proud of himself than he ever had before.

Tacitus overcame several obstacles and began to grow somewhat more comfortable with himself. As a Gladiator, the mountain cat had new opportunities and chances to better himself. He had more felines around him he felt safe with and genuniely opened up to. He loved his home and the relationships he had formed more than anything. As his days went on, he was given more responsibilities and important tasks, boosting his confidence and making him feel at least somewhat legitimately capable. 

Though through that, Tac never would have exactly expected to get any further. Being a gladiator had been a great accomplishment for him, and he had grown content with not expecting too much more. Luna, however, eventually approached him with the inquiry of becoming her new second-in-command with the stepping down of the empire's previous silver. The mountain cat was shocked, but with a bit of encouragement, accepted.

Rising Up Through Another Tragedy 

Having been asked to be Shadow Empire's new Silver, many of Tacitus' worries over himself began to resurface. He at least believed that if Luna had trusted him enough to even make the offer, then surely his worries were too much of his own and he could manage. He didn't want to let her, or the rest of the empire down. Of course, that didn't stop him from still having his concerns. He kept them to himself for a while, learning and attempting to settle into his new position as best he could. 

Still feeling unsure of himself, he eventually decided to confide his fears in his friend, Galena. The snow leopard offered him some encouraging words, which Tac did take to heart, appreciating her company and efforts more than anything. Unfortunately, their visit would be cut short by another set of chaos. Shadow empire at the time suffered from a severe flood, oncoming so suddenly that no-one had proper time to prepare much for it. Tac, having been out with Galena at the time, got caught in it with no reinforcement or knowledge of how the felines back in the camp were doing. Despite both fo their efforts, Galena ended up washed away by the flood, much to Tacitus' distress and panic, but with no way to help pasta point, he was forced to remain in a tree until the waters calmed. 

Once he returned, to no surprise, the camp was destroyed and abandoned. He thankfully managed to find where they had all retreated to with some time, and set to work helping Luna and the others build what they could as a sort of temporary camp. Things were rough with a lack of supplies and safe spaces to stay, and his heart continued to ache for fear of the possibility that Galena might never return. Once things had settled a bit, this fear only felt stronger as there were no real traces as to where the Snow Leopard could have gone. 

As time went on and they had begun working out a good place for a new permanent camp, Luna disappeared as well, now leaving the mountain cat as the sole individual in charge of the empire during such a rough spell. He struggled with the idea, still holding a bit of hope that she would return as well, but realizing that he had to take charge properly in her absence. With this, he rose to be Shadow Empire's new proper leader and asked Rafael to take his place as Silver Gladiator. 


Facts

-Doesn't really like large bodies of water
-Loves high spaces
-Usually few with his words, but effective 


Training

Current Apprentice: None

Past Apprentices: None

Past Mentors: Evander Araceli


Family and Relations


Mother: Undine - Massilia Breeder - ALIVE (NPC)

Father: Ceyx - Massilia Breeder - ALIVE (NPC)

Siblings: Jayson - Stone Empire - ALIVE

Neice: Neri - Lightning Empire - ALIVE

Mate: N/A

Cubs: N/A


Relationships

Tracker TBA

Wanted Status, and Empire Points

WANTED STATUS

- Tacitus now has the standard bounty for an Empire Leader!


Empire Statistics

Empire Points: 219

Drawing Records

* = collab!

-Smother Our Last Healer...- 26 EP +5 feature
-Nighttime Sky- 4 EP
-Tacitus RP?- 3 EP
-AT:Saige- 3 EP
-Slamasen Goof Doodle Dump - 18 EP
*-Day of the Dead- 4 EP
-Tacitus War Assignments - 32 EP
A Mentor At Last - 16 EP
-Tree Stalker - 14 EP
-Tactac - 3 EP
*-Scaredy-Cat - 16EP
-Take a Deep Breath... -16EP
-Sneak Attack - 16EP
-Tacitus Head Icon - 3 EP
Fishing Kitty - 13 EP 
Tac AC April '17 - 15 EP
A Light Snooze - 6 EP
Internal Troubles - 6 EP

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:iconnythero:
Nythero Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Student Digital Artist
SO PROUD
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Student Digital Artist
;u;
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MostlyMoose Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the new position!
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Aww, thank you very much! 
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:iconnythero:
Nythero Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Omg a precious boy
but the bird forehead still gives me hell
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Hhh I'm very happy with his new design ahsb
omg im sorry XD
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Nythero Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
hhhhhh
I'll try to just suffer in silence
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
It'll be ok. I'm here for you.
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Nythero Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
*weeps*
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Mind-Wowzer Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
damn hes one handsome kitty !!
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
thank you <33
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Nythero Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
HHHHHHH
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Sparaze Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
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Mythimae Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Love the update ;)
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Sparaze Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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Mythimae Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np!
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JaywolfKip Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would you like to rp! Him and Livvy!
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:iconsparaze:
Sparaze Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Ahh sure! Im a little slow lately but I would love to have them meet. ^^
Where do you usually prefer to rp??
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JaywolfKip Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Notes? ^^
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Sparaze Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Sure! Just shoot me one and we can discuss :0
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Tenebra-Fengari Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Love the updated ref ^^
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Sparaze Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! <33
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Firewolf-Anime Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeeeee!! Updated xDD
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Sparaze Featured By Owner May 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
woooo!
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FeatherBrain4 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
I love his design he's gorgeous!
Welcome to shadow :D
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Aw, thanks so much! Glad to be a part.
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PancakeShiners Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
YUS

Welcome to Shadow! :3
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yay! Thank you! :D
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PancakeShiners Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~!
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Firewolf-Anime Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yea! Welcome! xD
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yee! I'm super excited to start. :W: <3
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Firewolf-Anime Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YEA!
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kaantarell Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's so cool! Wow! I love his design c: it's abselutely beautiful!!
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:iconsparaze:
Sparaze Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much! That means a lot to me ;w;
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kaantarell Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most velcome!!
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Tenebra-Fengari Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome to Shadow Empire :meow:
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:iconsparaze:
Sparaze Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ah, thank you! c:
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Tenebra-Fengari Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hope we get to RP sometime soon ^^
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:iconsparaze:
Sparaze Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yeah! I'm sure we will c:
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Lunet12 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student General Artist
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he is perfect you dont even know ;w;
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ahajah. thank yooou ;w; <3 <3
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Lunet12 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student General Artist
;w; yw <3
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phrixas Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oooh, this guy is cool! c:
once Indra gets back from being captured, we should definitely RP c:
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yess, definitely! c: And ty <3
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phrixas Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! c:
And dude, Indra used to have a purple cape as well! (then she was captured |D )
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Aww. I haven't gotten to see terribly too much of her other than just like your recent drawings with her, but I really really like her from what I have seen. ;o;
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phrixas Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! xD
Well, welcome to the group! c:
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
<3
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NoodleRyuu Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student General Artist
cutie
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Sparaze Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
<3
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