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A Bit of a Quandary/Clarification on Worldbuilding

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A Bit of a Quandary/Clarification on Worldbuilding

So, I'm fairly certain we all know what's going on in the United States right now. As someone who lives a stone's throw from Minneapolis, it's hitting really close to home. I am blessed enough to call a city with trustworthy police for all home. It breaks my heart to know many aren't as lucky. For those of you who are marching, I am praying, hoping, attempting to telepathically manipulate (whichever works for you) that you stay safe. Know that I support and stand with you. Remember to be kind to one another and support each other. We'll reach that day. Now, regarding some worldbuilding for my ghoul society: I know I've called Pickman and his department 'police' or 'military'. This is because they were both very simple terms to use, even though, in fact, they're neither. They're actually a collective 'emergency services' unit (commonly referred to as police/military by non-ghouls) that cover everything from the DMV to the EMTs. Pickman being 'general' means he's the

The Society and Physiology of Ghouls, Part Two

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The Society and Physiology of Ghouls, Part Two

Kinmarks All ghouls possess an abnormally high amount of birthmarks, dark nevuses or light patches. However, these are unique in that they are genetic, and passed down from parent to offspring. Families often take great pride in the shape of their markings. Spots and blotches are considered ‘common’ and occur far more often, while stripes are rarer and associated with royalty. The shape and color of a mark is not dependent on region, meaning a ghoul from Pnath could look very similar to a Thoki ghoul a million miles away, but one thing is certain: No two look completely alike. Life Cycle The ghoulish lifespan is mildly longer than that of a human, with average expectancy being 90, and highest known age (without use of an aging stasis spell) at 137. Ghouls are born in litters, typically of 2-6, though they can go into the double digits (the largest known litter consisted of 21 cubs, although the mother nearly died, and only 13 of the original 21 survived. The largest known litter

The Society and Physiology of Ghouls, Part One

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The Society and Physiology of Ghouls, Part One

An Arkham Academy supplementary material. Note that these concepts, while free to use as OCs , are mine and are under the Arkham Academy label. This means, essentially, please don't use them wholesale in a personal project. Thank you! Out of all the races hailing from the Dreamlands, there are perhaps none as misunderstood and with such poor reputation as the ghouls of Pnath and Thok. In this ethnography, the author hopes to fully educate the public and separate myth from fact. The Origins of Ghouls As a species, the ghoul’s origins are slightly murky. However, semifossilized remains of Troglohominum protosomnium, the closest known relative of the modern T. somnivenator, have been found in both the plains of Celephaïs and Ulthar, the caverns of Pnath and Thok, and, in the Waking World, countries such as Arabiyah as-Sa’udiyah, Iran, Türkiye, and Hwt-Ka-Ptah, lining up with the earliest written records of ghul being in Arabiyic and Ptahi. Fossils of T. protosomnium have also tested
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A Bit of a Quandary/Clarification on Worldbuilding

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A Bit of a Quandary/Clarification on Worldbuilding

So, I'm fairly certain we all know what's going on in the United States right now. As someone who lives a stone's throw from Minneapolis, it's hitting really close to home. I am blessed enough to call a city with trustworthy police for all home. It breaks my heart to know many aren't as lucky. For those of you who are marching, I am praying, hoping, attempting to telepathically manipulate (whichever works for you) that you stay safe. Know that I support and stand with you. Remember to be kind to one another and support each other. We'll reach that day. Now, regarding some worldbuilding for my ghoul society: I know I've called Pickman and his department 'police' or 'military'. This is because they were both very simple terms to use, even though, in fact, they're neither. They're actually a collective 'emergency services' unit (commonly referred to as police/military by non-ghouls) that cover everything from the DMV to the EMTs. Pickman being 'general' means he's the

The Society and Physiology of Ghouls, Part Two

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The Society and Physiology of Ghouls, Part Two

Kinmarks All ghouls possess an abnormally high amount of birthmarks, dark nevuses or light patches. However, these are unique in that they are genetic, and passed down from parent to offspring. Families often take great pride in the shape of their markings. Spots and blotches are considered ‘common’ and occur far more often, while stripes are rarer and associated with royalty. The shape and color of a mark is not dependent on region, meaning a ghoul from Pnath could look very similar to a Thoki ghoul a million miles away, but one thing is certain: No two look completely alike. Life Cycle The ghoulish lifespan is mildly longer than that of a human, with average expectancy being 90, and highest known age (without use of an aging stasis spell) at 137. Ghouls are born in litters, typically of 2-6, though they can go into the double digits (the largest known litter consisted of 21 cubs, although the mother nearly died, and only 13 of the original 21 survived. The largest known litter

The Society and Physiology of Ghouls, Part One

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The Society and Physiology of Ghouls, Part One

An Arkham Academy supplementary material. Note that these concepts, while free to use as OCs , are mine and are under the Arkham Academy label. This means, essentially, please don't use them wholesale in a personal project. Thank you! Out of all the races hailing from the Dreamlands, there are perhaps none as misunderstood and with such poor reputation as the ghouls of Pnath and Thok. In this ethnography, the author hopes to fully educate the public and separate myth from fact. The Origins of Ghouls As a species, the ghoul’s origins are slightly murky. However, semifossilized remains of Troglohominum protosomnium, the closest known relative of the modern T. somnivenator, have been found in both the plains of Celephaïs and Ulthar, the caverns of Pnath and Thok, and, in the Waking World, countries such as Arabiyah as-Sa’udiyah, Iran, Türkiye, and Hwt-Ka-Ptah, lining up with the earliest written records of ghul being in Arabiyic and Ptahi. Fossils of T. protosomnium have also tested

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The Ghoul's Lament Why am I hung in chains, For the crows who peck my eyes, And delve with black beaks into my brains? Lies!  The crimes they blame on me, all lies. I never harmed a living man, I killed no one. I merely took what I found in the ground, I always returned the bones when I was done. No harm did I, but fiend and Hell Hound You called me, monster and ghoul. The body, is nothing after the soul has left, If not I then the worms.  Why need you be so cruel?
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Hi! I'm Willa (also known as Troo, Petrochoria, or Mer), and I'm a beginning artist, musical lover, and rat owner looking into the world of webcomics!

Ask me about my projects (in order of how prominent they are in my life at present):

1.Arkham Academy- part college/high school comedy, part adventure, part sci-fi/fantasy, and part cosmic horror story, focusing on the daughter of Yog-Sothoth, as she navigates a life of various farm animals, considerably less human siblings, a motley crew of paranormals with varying levels of sanity, a goddess hell-bent on destroying the fabric of reality, and of course, trying to avoid awkward family dinners with workaholic Uncle Cthulu, vodka aunt Idh-Yaa, and...Hastur in general.

2.The Gaia Cycle-Sci-fantasy. In a world not unlike our own, saurian-like shapeshifters and humans live in fear of the other. The world stands on the brink of war. But perhaps one hybrid could change that. Alternatively: CRAZY STUFF GOES DOWN AND THERE'S DINOSAURS.

3.Ashes, Ashes-A Celtic-based fantasy with dragons. After their town is destroyed, a girl and her beloved brother, a former slave, and a dying boy must face the dangers of the world outside of Sprucetree Glen, and discover the truth of who they are.

4. Sacha- Based on the Brazilian legend of Sachamama ("jungle mother")-a former goddess mourns the death of her sisters as she works at a zoo in human form. She befriends a young homeless girl, and together, they help each other heal.

I've also been involved in various fanfictions, most notably HTTYD and MCU-based. You can find me on AO3 as Petrochoria.


Favourite Visual Artist
Outside of DeviantArt... Frida Kahlo. Otherwise, Sheather888 and MalakiaLaGatta are favorites
Favourite Movies
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, Jurassic Park, Prince of Egypt, Iron Man, How To Train Your Dragon, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney), Sunset Boulevard, Princess Mononoke
Favourite TV Shows
Les Miserables (2019), Gilmore Girls, Pushing Daisies, Parks and Recreation, Frasier, The Mandalorian, The Dragon Prince, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, The Good Place, Gravity Falls, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: Legend of Korra, Downton Abbey
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Anything from Broadway, Adele, The Oh Hellos, Florence + The Machine, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Dessa, Elton John, Colter Wall, Delta Rae, Sleeping At Last, Halsey, Billie Eilish, Billie Holiday, The Hush Sound, Marina and the Diamonds
Favourite Books
Wings of Fire (series), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Digger (webcomic), The Last Unicorn, Tiffany Aching, The Inquisitor's Tale, The Golem and the Jinni
Favourite Writers
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Leigh Bardugo, Tui T. Sutherland, Catherynne M. Valente...I guess H.P. Lovecraft.
Favourite Games
Bendy and The Ink Machine, Jurassic World: Evolution, Zoo Tycoon, Until Dawn
Other Interests
Dinosaurs, mythology, zoology

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morganicfoodsHobbyist Digital Artist
Birthday cake  icon Daisy happy birthday! Happy DeviantART Birthday :happy birthday: 
WhateleyWoesHobbyist Artist

Thank you!!!

ThekaijulordStudent Artist
Happy Birthday!!!!
Tekila-onRiceHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch ^^
WhateleyWoesHobbyist Artist

Oh, you're too kind. Your fantasy art is gorgeous (and sometimes good fantasy art can be hard to come by), so of course I had to hit that watch button :D

ValhaHazredHobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like an interesting start. Good luck in your future webcomic! :)