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char sheet - Shekina by tigrin char sheet - Shekina by tigrin
Some people probably remember this character. Since the old sheet ([link]) was from 2004, I decided to do an updated sheet really quick. I'll also rehash the information about her and her personalities.

Shekina is a pit furrecat with Dissociative Identity Disorder. If you're not sure what this is, please direct your attention here first: [link] In order to deal with her extremely traumatic and strenuous daily life, she works as a group, or "system", with several other "personalities". The main "frontrunners" are represented here.

Shekina: Shekina is a quiet and timid young woman with very little emotion of her own. She remembers next to nothing of the pit conditioning she endured as a child. When she's present, her eyes are hazel and her ears are almost always drooping. While she can hear and speak with the others, she has "blackouts" when one of the other personalities presents. When she is not present, she usually retreats to an internal world, where she can escape and interact with the other personalities. Shekina is actually not the original body personality, or 'core'; she was created as a 'copy' to replace the original personality in order to keep the system glued together, so to speak.
Danne and Kelle: Twin children. Danne is a spunky, lively boy. Kelle is a shy but friendly girl. They carry many of the memories of Shekina's childhood between them. Since it's usually too dangerous for them to front, they rarely do. The body's fur curls when either one is fronting. The eyes turn a dark green for Danne, and a light green for Kelle.
Lyle: The commander of the system, he has the most control and can even force the others towards or away from the front if necessary. He is a stern and serious man who handles much of the fighting. The body's fur spikes when he is present, and the eyes turn brown.
Viper: An embodiment of the entire system's rage, he usually only fronts to finish fights that Lyle can't win. He has a soft spot for the children and protects them. The body's fur stands on end when he is present, and the eyes turn a very dark brown. Because he is very unrestrained in his emotions, he is rarely allowed to front.
Bastet: A young woman whose role in the system is mainly to deal with sex, since the kids and the guys aren't keen on dealing with it. She has a precocious and witty personality and tends to be the voice of emotion to Lyle's voice of reason. The body's fur waves a bit when she is present and the eyes turn a golden brown.

Who is aware of what when is a bit complicated. Shekina shares none of the other personalities' memories and is unable to interact when one of them is fronting. Danne and Kelle have only memories of the past and memories from when they personally front, or Shekina fronts; they are locked out when Lyle, Viper or Bastet front. Lyle has the most complete memory and can see what anyone does while fronting. Viper is similar, except that he is locked out when Bastet fronts. Bastet is locked out when Lyle or Viper front. @__@ I'm sure this makes sense to no one but me, haaah.

Anyway, wish I could do a bit more with the character but I can't see myself going back to the comic ever...
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Seelenlicht Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just found this character and find her really interesting.
I also like the way you described and drawn her.
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heather-hellion Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I always like to come back and revisit Shekina once in a while; I find her and the rest of her system really engaging and fascinating :) I hope you manage to find something more to do with her in the future!
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tigrin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I'd love to do more with her, I have no idea what though...
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heather-hellion Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Have you given freewriting a try? I prompted myself with two words recently ("wordtwister" and "lockbreaker") that decided to unfold themselves into an entirely new world while I was writing nonsense, and it swallowed several old characters as it went. It's been really fun to watch where it goes and how it's stolen those old guys away and remade them.

Given, it was quite a lightning strike inspiration-wise, and I'm sure you're super busy. But I'd definitely suggest it!
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tigrin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I kind of avoid that kind of writing, it tends to not go anywhere for me (case in point: the Shekina comic). If I don't have at least a shadowy plan of where I'm going and how I'm getting there, all I have are tidbits of stories that have no direction or purpose. 8\
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Black-Myth Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Very well written! It all makes a lot of sense! I'd love to see more of them :)
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OtakuXxChan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
wow this is such a developed and well thought out character! d@A@b
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tigrin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :>
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SilverBlood101 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
cool
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Dragonwithin15 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
understand it all and dying to hear more!
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krystle-tears Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Love the concept of this character and the depth with which you developed the different personalities.
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OS9 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Intresting character is being intresting! <3 And your information about DID helps me get throught the essay I have about the subject in school :thumbsup:
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DarkProwler Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Student Artist
Would you ever write about her then, like a short story or novel? I would still be very interested to read about her if I couldn't see her in the comic anymore, even though I was excited with those pages :3
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tigrin Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I guess if I ever think of something to write about, I could. @__@ The big reason I stopped working on the comic was that I was pretty much winging it and didn't have a definite story in mind.
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Leopardstarinsanity Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
I remember this character. :)
I love her design- and I love the setup of all those personalities. A unique and origional character. :thumbsup:
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paladinofthelantern Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Very interesting...I wonder what the original "core" was like and why it needed a copy of itself to keep the system glued together. I'd love to see more of the comic, by the way. :)
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slimjim123 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
oooo i love the name and the look! ^^
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sura Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
The pit nickname "Switchblade" is particularly fitting the character... very clever, I'm impressed...

Btw, is it a plains? Seems slimmer than the others I've seen...
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tigrin Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. :) Yeah, she is a Plains furrecat.
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Chichiro Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, too bad about not going back to the comic, I really enjoyed it. :3 Very interesting, though! Lyle was my favorite in the comic, methinks, but Bastet sounds like a pretty cool lady.
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Wicked-KittY Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the concept for this character! DID is such a crazy disorder, my aunt has it and it's really like having different people in the same body i love the idea of a character with that its so interesting
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Wildbluesun Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
I loved this comic when it was around, though it really REALLY confused me. I wish there were more long stories involving your original characters... (I never did finish reading Amount to Nothing, I ran out of time).

So, if I'm right about this, they function like a group of people in a house interacting etc, and one person standing at the door dealing with anyone who comes up? And the person at the door will let one or many of the other people in the house look over his/her shoulder?

Do actual DID patients make "copies" of their original personality? (If I get DID, can my own personality be erased and replaced with a copy?)
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tigrin Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yeah the next two pages would have cleared up the fact that she is multiple, but unfortunately, I never drew them! Haha... hah....

The analogy I used in my DID guide that I think is fairly accurate is that of a car. If you think of the body as a car, the person is at the front is the one driving. They are in control. Other people can be in the car watching, and might even reach over and influence the controls of the car. It's possible for more than one personality to be influencing the body's behavior at a time. If a personality is "locked out", they might be locked in the trunk and unable to know what is happening with the car. :) Hopefully that makes sense. A house is also a common metaphor for DID systems.

A lot of things are possible with DID. Personalities can split off of other personalities, and personalities can "die" or fade away. In extreme cases like Truddi Chase of When Rabbit Howls, the original 'body' personality might 'die' and be replaced entirely by other personalities. But this is something that would most likely happen at a very early age. It's not likely that another personality is going to emerge tomorrow, 'kill' you, and take over.. that's kind of a Hollywood thing. :) In Shekina's case, the original personality split off when she was very young into all the alters, then faded back. She did not want anything more to do with her life. The personality "Shekina" emerged as a sort of common ground in order for all the personalities to interact and be aware of each other; she is the only pair of eyes everyone can see out of at once. While she is not the original personality, she relates most to the body and sees it as hers, which eventually causes a lot of conflict when she wants more of her own emotions and thoughts outside of the others, more of a purpose than to just be their "house".

The typical idea of DID is that all the alters are actually incomplete aspects of a single person that shattered. In that sense, the original personality is never really present as it once was. There is often a body personality that associates with the name and physique of the body that usually is the one to present to therapy with her memories and emotions affected by the alters. Some psychologists believe the body personality is also the "core" personality that all the other personalities split off of, and that restoring it will restore the system to a single person. But in some cases this is not really true.

Uh, hopefully this all makes sense.
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Wildbluesun Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Yeah that all makes sense. :) Sorry for the months late reply, I feel quite ashamed that you typed up this long informative comment and I all I have to say in return is "hmm, interesting".
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DamarikLaizare Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So essentially, it's all one cat with split personas. I like the idea, and you've done well in describing exactly what's going on inside her head. Kinda reminds me of the movie Session 9, if you've ever seen it.
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tigrin Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I saw the movie Session 9. It's not a particularly accurate portrayal of DID... one of many Hollywood interpretations. ;) Mostly I just liked the scenery in it.
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DamarikLaizare Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Filmed on location at Danvers State Mental Institution...tore down in 2006 permanently to make room for a development. Sad, tragic tale.
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DodgerMD Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still remember them. :heart:
And all the furrecats. They were awesome. But I still think those guys were especially creative an idea. c:
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dragonrace Featured By Owner May 11, 2010   Digital Artist
aw thats a awesome sheet:D
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NezuKunoichi Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Wow, I never really took a look at the comic, but reading about each personality has me intrigued. I love how deep each character you have is. =D
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