'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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      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

    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.

Apeldille's picture

Thanks! :> He's mostly

Thanks! :>

He's mostly curious of her, at the moment.

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At the water's edge, she

At the water's edge, she waited where she had been when she was younger. This time, she carried a raccoon with her. She'd become better at hunting. She could see his shadow in the depths, and knew better not to go out to him. He was not her friend, she knew that. He was no one's friend. But he had been someone she could talk to at a time when she was younger and lost, and she hadn't forgotten that.

Isobel dropped the raccoon in the water, nosing it so it would float and hopefully get the large reptile's attention.
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Just like many months past,

Just like many months past, he appeared like a shadow from beneath, lured in by the smell of meat and blood.
He remembered her and her smell, and the conversation that had taken place; he seldom forgot anything. One time he had briefly wondered if the Mad Eye had stopped watching the quilled youngling, but as he generally lacked interest for anything that did not concern him, it had left his mind as quickly as it came. Not the thought came back, unbidden, as he ate the carcass, much slower than last time. A small nod towards her, not really gratefulness, but he appreciated the gift, and would listen again if she wanted to speak.

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"You listened to me many

"You listened to me many moons ago, and I never forgot this. I know it means nothing to you, beast, but thank you. Your 'Mad Eye', as you called it back then, has been staring at me for a long time. But I think it is going to close soon. I hope.
I still think it will follow my family wherever we go."

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(Damn I'm sorry for never

(Damn I'm sorry for never replying to your last post Kaoori, I got really busy and then I forgot ;; but thanks for the rp anyway!)

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(totally okay, life does that

(totally okay, life does that sometimes Eye I'll try to start another one in the future. Thanks for rping with me! ^^ )

Hey there.

Hey there.
Silverfang's picture

Was always interested in this

Was always interested in this guy. ♥
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Miasma: Hello there. Neath

Miasma: Hello there. Neath thinks your guy smells very promising.

Silverfang: Hee, I'm glad. Neath is quite interested in Fletcher (or rather his current physical state).

Wooow, need to track this,

Wooow, need to track this, very interesting creature : DD

Tracking !! ;-; I love Neath

Tracking !! ;-; I love Neath hes so great.
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allie @ neath

allie @ neath
Apeldille's picture

viral: thank you! I'm always

viral: thank you! I'm always happy when people find him fun hehe

Shey: neath wonders, is it edible tho

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Selene just thinks he's neat

Selene just thinks he's neat :')

he spooked jude but i love

he spooked jude but i love him a lot
Apeldille's picture

Hehe, thank you both!

Hehe, thank you both!


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what an interesting creature

what an interesting creature
add me on discord: Krisaur#9391
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Thought I was tracking this

Thought I was tracking this bio long time ago, aah
I love the way you portray him!
Display pic by crabbycrown ♥
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:attentive suspicious look:

:attentive suspicious look:

• Wanna get rid of a body (or

• Wanna get rid of a body (or body part)? Neath's here to "help"

A drowned newborn will be in the pond for the taking.
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Echostrain: It disappears. If

Echostrain: It disappears. If someone sees it happen, the small body is gone in a splash of water and a snap of sharp teeth above the surface. Bright yellow eyes fade into the deep.

Neath will take good care of its bones.