'N e a t h the surface [warning; potentially disturbing images]

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    This bio will obviously contain dead things, mentions of dead things, violence, blood and gore. There is a picture of a rotting deer at the bottom, don't look if that's not your thing.

    Neath is a character, don't take his actions personally.
    Body donations are always welcome, as is interactions and roleplay. Want to use him in a plot or something? Feel free to ask. B)

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    N e a t h
    there is something in the water






























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      "Hhrmmrk?"

      21st of August, 2019

      Has smelled a lot of blood in the forest as of late. Becoming a little more active in his habits, especially during the rainy and misty weather. Prosperous times; with an abundance of food, is growing larger.

      Was dozing in the deep when he heard a commotion above, and suddenly a carcass was thrown into the water by Umay, much to Neath's surprise and satisfaction. Tore it apart, eating most of it and hiding some for leaner times.





    Deep down the murky waters,
    a shadow emerges from the mud.
    Its slow, fluid movements makes it blend into the water, rendering it almost invisible. Suddenly it becomes very still, as if listening intently, and a moment later it lazily floats towards the light.

    "If you stare into the abyss long enough,
    the abyss will stare back..."

    ... and so, two yellow eyes gaze up from just beneath the surface.


    Name: "Neath" x
    Age: Unknown
    Sex: Presumed male
    Species: Unknown
    Size: Quite big
    Set: Skull mask, kirin pelt, peacock feathers
    Scent: Musty pond water, death & rotting things, reptile
    Origin: The black waters of Tsea-Hua
    Sounds like this
    Spotify
    Toyhouse





    The eater of all things dead and rotting

    Crocodilian, Rotmaw, Serpent, Water-shadow, God-eater.

    A being of many names, most spoken with fear, loathing, or caution. He follows the wounded, the dying, the ill and the weak; he is never far behind when someone draws a rattling last breath. The terrible offspring of Mater Heshemsu and a nameless, now deceased and forgotten, minor swamp god. No one but the creature himself knows his real name - if he even has one - but most people know him simply as Neath.

    Watching, waiting, a lurking shadow. He is persistent, but can be chased off; especially by a group. Threatened, he will probably just back away and sulk in the water, but if you actually attack him, he might fight back - especially if cornered or if he has something to gain from it. He'll bite and scratch and whip his fat tail, and your wounds will ooze with pus and infection while your body burns with blood poisoning. A diet of putrefying flesh and a saliva that is faintly corrosive will not make clean wounds...

    ...and Neath does not forget nor forgive. He will feel fierce joy when he finds your dead body.



    Neath is, through simple biology, mostly resistant to magic. He still doesn't like it, as it makes his nose itch, and he is likely to avoid those who show excessive magical qualities.

    His most refined sense is that of smell - he is incredibly sensitive to the scent of blood or sickness, and by sniffing someone he can tell a lot of things about them.

    Friends and relationships are alien concepts to Neath. He cares about no one but himself; you might be a face he recognizes, but he is at best indifferent to your company. The only time Neath might be considered 'friendly' is if someone is wounded or dying, offering what he thinks is words of comfort. It would not seem wise to willingly go close to a creature like Neath, but some do, for various reasons, and some have brought 'gifts'. Neath feels no gratitude and gives no thanks, but he never forgets.



    Unfriendly »Neath is not a friendly creature. He has no 'friends' and he'll likely never have. You might be an aqcuaintance but he probably doesn't like you or look forward to your company. Unless you are close to death, of course; then the rules change. To the wounded and dying he can be almost polite. Clever »He is quite intelligent, grasping many abstract concepts, but not in a plan ahead way -- he lives in the present with few thoughts about the future. Unforgiving »Neath does not forget nor forgive. Have you wronged him, he'll likely remember it for a long time -- he has a very good memory. Indifferent »He does not care for anyone but himself and most things that happens in the forest are of little interest to him, unless they involve him or potential food in some way. Patient »It can go months between feeding opportunities. A large carcass can keep him full for at least two months, more if he isn't very active. And if you are dying he'll wait patiently beside you, until you draw your final breath.







    Notes on Behaviour

    Neath is usually a scavenger, not a predator. Think of him as a vulture - following and waiting until the thing that caught his interest is dead. This means that he will not attack your deer/creature unless attacked first or severely threatened or cornered. He is under such circumstances very unpredictable.

    The only time Neath might be considered friendly is when someone is very hurt or dying.

    He seems to avoid sunspots and sunny areas, unless they are close to water. Usually he does not venture into the Birch Forest unless it's foggy or rainy. Weather has a big impact on him in general; moist weather like fog or rain makes him more active, as do night and twilight (unless paired with cold weather), while snow makes him slow and sluggish.

    He can usually be found somewhere in the pond or around the Ruins, digging the earth for bones.



    In a Fight

    Neath is generally trying to stay out of fights, rather being a watcher from a distance and then following the one who lost the fight. Sometimes he finds himself in them anyway -- even if it would seem quite unwise to attack such a creature.

    Strengths Brute force - he's very strong. Powerful jaws and sharp teeth. Hard scales covering his whole body. Spiky growths on back and tail. Long, thick tail, can be used to knock people over. Claws. No conscience tells him when to stop. A bite will likely cause infection.

    Weaknesses Slow runner. Not a very tactical fighter. Would rather try to flee than fight for a long time. Will not make the first move.

    He has an obvious advantage in water, being much faster and more agile there than on land, and of course the danger of drowning.








Tally's picture

Yes. I love him. Your art is

Yes. I love him.

Your art is always beautiful by the way.
Verycrazygirl's picture

Track, he's a really neat

Track, he's a really neat fellow!

I've wondered for so long who

I've wondered for so long who this was, it's so good to finally know.
Gawsh, the music, the design, the idea, everything is just so amazing.
I had a slight feeling he was a crocodile after noticing how he's usually in the water and noticing how he's allgreenandscalyandstuffs. /Making no sense now
Gawsh, I can't get over how beautiful he is. ;o; <3
Apparanza's picture

@.@ I. LOVE. HIM. SO

@.@

I. LOVE. HIM. SO MUCH.
/instant track

By Leuvr

The music/sound effects

The music/sound effects really made my skin crawl. And the art.../dead

What's that music from btw?


(AHAAA I KNEW HE WAS A CROC THE MOMENT I SAW HIM IN GAME. UNCE UNCE UNCE)
Apeldille's picture

Thank you, Tally and Vee!

Thank you, Tally and Vee! :)

Pinkpaws: Hehe. He saw and smelled that Umay was hurt. He is a little disappointed that she seems to be healing now, he is hungry... but he isn't a predator, he just eat things that are already dead, so he was waiting and wondering if she would die :> Thank you!

Apparanza: ^_^

TFO: Yay, I accomplished my goal! The music is a track called The Call of the Serpent, from the album Draconian Poetry, by the one-man-project Sephiroth. I love that music 8)
And he's actually not a crocodile, he has longer legs and stuff. But he kind of looks like one.



Well, he's ultra-friggin

Well, he's ultra-friggin luff!
I just got a dang tidal wave of inspiration. <3333!
Apeldille's picture

I'm happy to hear that! :3

I'm happy to hear that! :3

kovah's picture

The crocodile set i designed

The crocodile set i designed would suit him perfectly if they brought it ingame Laughing out loud
Apeldille's picture

Hehe, yep! He's actually not

Hehe, yep! He's actually not a crocodile though :3

J!n's picture

Very nice.

Very nice.
The's picture

(No subject)

<33333333 *late*
Pegasicorn's picture

8O The mystery is solved! =D

8O
The mystery is solved! =D
Fincayra's picture

8D! That's who came to see

8D!
That's who came to see Caligula while he was crossing the bridge!
Haha, I knew almost instantly it was a crocodile curious water creature because of the way it lurked in the water like that.

This is amazing. I love the artwork!
This character is awesome. Tracking now. ♥
Apeldille's picture

Saosin: Thank you! The:

Saosin: Thank you!

The: :3!

Pega: There was a mystery? :o

Fincayra: Thank you! Yes, he is quite curious~

Pegasicorn's picture

Indeed there was. I was

Indeed there was. I was wondering who this guy in the pond was the other day.

So this is our little pond

So this is our little pond lurker! Very interesting indeed (I'm currently observing you as the brown, magpie masked deer on the bank Sticking out tongue)
gglidden's picture

:0

:0 Exclaim Woooooooowwwww..........it's so.....beautiful!!! *definite track* =)
Ring The Bells That Still Can Ring.
Forget Your Perfect Offering.
There Is A Crack In Everything.
That's How The Light Gets In.

(A part of the lyrics of Leonard Cohen's Song "Anthem")

This = epic.

This = epic.

<3333
Starr's picture

Ohhhhhhh~ Such an interesting

Ohhhhhhh~
Such an interesting character, I've saw him around 8D
I really do love that picture and the music!
This really is epic.

Eeeee~
-tracking-

Apeldille's picture

Tera: :) gglidden: Thank you

Tera: :)

gglidden: Thank you ^^

MrsMorbid: I am glad you think so :>

StarBright: Yeah, he's been very interested in injured Umay. Thank you!

Serenai's picture

... I am beyond interested.

...

I am beyond interested.
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Reeku's picture

I'M SO TRACKING THIS. I love

I'M SO TRACKING THIS.

I love the music and the amazing picture OO:
Kiraki's picture

This is simply stunning

This is simply stunning <3
Iaurdagnire's picture

Gosh gosh gosh...

Gosh gosh gosh...

<3
Amazon's picture

Your art is always so

Your art is always so beautiful. <33

Apeldille's picture

Thank you, Serenai, Reeku,

Thank you, Serenai, Reeku, Kiraki, Dag and Amazon :)

Spirituelle's picture

Oh, this is beautiful.

Oh, this is beautiful. Tracking. ♥
gglidden's picture

Hmmmm....*studies the

Hmmmm....*studies the picture* If he's not a crocodile, is he some sort of water dragon? He sure looks like he could be.

By the way, my OOC deer (wip) is some sort of water creature too. She's often found near the pond.
Ring The Bells That Still Can Ring.
Forget Your Perfect Offering.
There Is A Crack In Everything.
That's How The Light Gets In.

(A part of the lyrics of Leonard Cohen's Song "Anthem")
Spirituelle's picture

Wait! I think Mind sat with

Wait! I think Mind sat with you yesterday in the water. She was a raven at first, yes? I'm sure it was you. (:
Apeldille's picture

gglidden: I don't know what

gglidden: I don't know what he is really. His head looks very much like a crocodile's, but his body does not.
Yay more water creatures!

Spirituelle: Thank you :) And yes, that was Neath sitting with Mind yesterday. He was very surprised to find a bird in the water, and even more surprised when she turned into a deer.

Spirituelle's picture

Mind is a spirit, taking

Mind is a spirit, taking forms and what not. (:
She, herself, was surprised to see another creature underwater.
Her curiosity lured her in, so she stayed with him.
gglidden's picture

Hello there Neath, nice to

Hello there Neath, nice to see another water creature.
Ring The Bells That Still Can Ring.
Forget Your Perfect Offering.
There Is A Crack In Everything.
That's How The Light Gets In.

(A part of the lyrics of Leonard Cohen's Song "Anthem")
Apeldille's picture

"Hrmrrr? Another

"Hrmrrr? Another water-dweller? Neath likes company, iss good."

J!n's picture

I love his set.

I love his set. <:
Apparanza's picture

FRIIHA MET HIM TODAAAY 8D~!!

FRIIHA MET HIM TODAAAY 8D~!! She was with Umay xD

You are a very interesting individual, Neath. I've never seen anything like you, especially in this Forest...
You'll require more stalking observation.
A pleasure to meet you~

By Leuvr

He's so adorable.

He's so adorable.<3
Apeldille's picture

Saosin: Yes, I like it too.

Saosin: Yes, I like it too. The whole thing matches.

Apparanza: "Hrrmmrr? It likess Neath? Makes Neath happy, yess. Neath likes it too. Never ssseen a little one like it. It is a very interesting little one."
I have wanted to meet her in-forest for a long time :D

Pinkpaws: Yes, yes he is :>

Apparanza's picture

The little doe's fluffy ears

The little doe's fluffy ears pricked and a tiny smile tainted her thin muzzle. Really? Friiha felt an odd excitement. She was very happy to be liked, especially by something so... otherworldly. I haven't seen anyone else like me either. But then again, everyone is different in their own way... She trailed off, smiling again at Neath when he said she was interesting. We're both interesting, then. It's a win-win situation. A soft giggle sounded from Friiha.

-x-

Random long reply. LOL xP

Aww~!! Really?! 8DD /honored xD
Ehehe I'm glad you did then, because I've wanted to meet any of your deer for a while too <3

By Leuvr
z.m123's picture

This is just so cool! He is

This is just so cool! He is neat-sweet =P
traaack/
Spyrre's picture

He´s awesome! =O

He´s awesome! =O
<3 <3

Pfff sexy. Definitely

Pfff
sexy.

Definitely tracked.
z.m123's picture

Lol Crimsongale XD you call a

Lol Crimsongale XD you call a 'something in the water' sexy!?
Died at your post
Custard's picture

This really is an amazing

This really is an amazing character idea! I wish I'd thought of it before... haha. :>
That picture is amazing. You're an amazing artist you know.
Serenai's picture

The conversation between

The conversation between Neath and Friiha thus far is just adorable. Oh, I'm loving him more and more. <3
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Apeldille's picture

Apparanza: He purrs, a deep,

Apparanza: He purrs, a deep, wet sound, nothing like a cat's purr. "Yess... it is." Bright, unblinking eyes follow her as he crawls back into the water.

z.m123 and spyrre: Thank you! :)

Crimsongale: :>

Custard: Thank you! I was surprised that no one else seemed to have a character like him.

Serenai: <3 He's kind of cute :3

Tally's picture

A tiny rabbitesque doe crept

A tiny rabbitesque doe crept to the edge of the water with a humorous delusion of stealth. Ear's pinned back and body flat like a mischevious kitten. For a moment she held very still.. Eyes squinting to see the lurking creature somewhere below its surface.


I hope Tally didn't bother you yesterday, she can be a bit cowardly and painfully curious at the same time. d:
Imp's picture

-coughs- Thought I was

-coughs- Thought I was tracking this. >>
Apeldille's picture

Tally: Deep down the murky

Tally:
Deep down the murky waters, a shadow emerges from the mud. Its slow, fluid movements makes it blend into the water, rendering it almost invisible. Suddenly it becomes very still, as if listening intently, and a moment later it lazily floats towards the light.

If you stare into the abyss long enough, the abyss will stare back.

Two yellow eyes gaze up from just beneath the surface, and upon seeing the little doe, thee eyes and their owner slowly begin to creep closer.


Imp: :>

Ravyn's picture

I think I've seen this

I think I've seen this creature lurking in the pond...
Ravyn has become very wary of it.