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These are non-human characters that required full-body shots to really show off all of their physical features... although, I think I forgot how to draw paws during this whole endeavour. x.x I also had a lot of trouble designing outfits for most of them... might go back to that and revise the outfits sometime. Rob and Sam have similar outfits because they're both professional businessmen in the same city and culture, and I figured that outfit is kind of like the American view of a "suit"?

Sketches of this page, and an "answer key" to who's who and what they are, see here: [link]

Onto descriptions, left-to-right, top-to-bottom!

Rob Heast; ekishi - First off, Rob, as with Sam ( to be seen later ), are both anglicized versions of their names that they tend to use when dealing with Earthen natives. That being said, Rob is a fairly normal ekishi - greyish skin, long, narrow ears, small horns, and a thin, flexible tail. Most ekishi have hoof-like fingers and toes, which shows uniqueness for Rob's full-out hooves and clawed fingers ( albeit, I'm considering making his fingers more like Sam's ).

Koda; kujunja - The kujunja are closely related to the ekishi, except that where the ekishi are more often found in more temperate climates, kujunja are found in much more tropical environments. Unique qualities of the kujunja include large, long-toed feet with opposable thumb-like toes, a mane, sharp claws, and a larger, thicker tail than the ekishi. Koda comes from a tribe that has some involvement with the "civilized" world, and has since begun travelling between his tribe and the rest of the world.

Krid ( "Creed" ); lukiria - In Lopian, many English letters and letter combinations don't exist, such as "C", and "EE". The sound of the letter "I" doesn't exist, but the letter "I" is used to represent the sound of "EE", and "C"s are completely replaced by either "K"s or "S"s depending on what's more appropriate, therefore "Krid" is pronounced the same as "Creed".

Whereas ekishi and kujunja are natives to Lopez ( originally named after my aunt when I was in middle school ), the lukiria and kokobria ( formally "cocobreea" ) are natives to Makrabeh. The natives of Lopez tend to be furless and a little more reptilian-looking, whereas the natives to Makrabeh tend to have fur coats and look more mammalian. The lukiria tend to have orange coats with blonde manes, but perhaps their most prominent features are their long whiskers and sabre-like canines. All four canines tend to jut out from under the lips at all times. Creed has taken a liking to Earthen fashions, and likely bargained his outfit off of a soldier stationed in Apocalypse.

Quirk; lyjaxx - Lyjaxx are a creation of one Zephaniah Hughes in the late 1800s, Earth. The way Earth's history played out in my world, there was a fair amount of "steam-punk" influence in the Victorian and renaissance eras, but mostly focusing on biological sciences as opposed to traditional steam-punk with an advanced industrial revolution. History remained mostly the same except for the giant leap into medicine, biology, and genetic engineering which sets the scene for many of my "modern-day" characters. The lyjaxx was simply one of the first creatures to be successfully created and bred from pure genetic engineering, and Quirk here is one of the few surviving today.

Lilimura - THIS was probably the hardest design for me to solidify in EVERY ASPECT. The lilimura is a mythological creature referred to in the mythologies of the Lumara-Rapa'ta, a tribe that coexists with the Sandrunners - who also have the lilimura as part of their mythology. According to the Lumara-Rapa'ta, the lilimura was once a very regal, beautiful creature , but was consumed by evil when one of its followers fell victim to the darkness inside of them. The lilimura of old would connect with a tribe member of the Lumara-Rapa'ta and they, together, would guide each other and everything around them to balance, but after being consumed the lilimura cannot connect with a Lumara-Rapa'ta. This lead the lilimura into madness as it savagely lusts for the balance it needs to thrive, often overwhelming any Lumara-Rapa'ta it comes across. Legend has it that a strong-willed Lumara-Rapa'ta will arise with aide of an outsider to bring peace and balance to this majestic beast once more.

The lilimura used to be a sleek, panther-like creature that was revered like a deity among the Lumara-Rapa'ta, so I tried to keep some of those qualities while also making it appear more demonized and corrupted . I originally tried to make the shine on its coat simulate that of an oil spill, but the colours were just too much - made it look like something out of a Lisa Frank collection. It still looks a bit colourful for my tastes, but I like the eerie, almost ghostly image it gives the creature. I swear, though, I NEVER want to draw those stupid vine-tentacle-whatever-they-are things again... but I have a feeling I'll have to...

Kokobria - The original native race I made for Lopez, but they ended up trading placed with the ekishi on Makrabeh at some point, so now the Kokobria are indigenous to Makrabeh as according to my story lines. It was difficult to remake a race I made in fifth grade into something viable for my current style of story, but I think I did it. They're weasel-like in physiology, and always have been, which honestly was the hardest part for me to incorporate. I'm not totally sure what the large claws on the feet are for, but they've been a key part of the kokobrias design for as long as they've been around - so has the mane, long abdomen, small rounded ears, and short arms.

Kokobria can stand on their hind legs, but seldom reach much more than 5-5.5 ft tall. They're quite intelligent, and are the main contributors to the technological advancements of both Lopez and Makrabeh. They come in many, many different coats, from this simple brown to spotted, brindled, tabby, and all sorts of fur colours and patterns. This was merely the simplest design to colour, and probably the most common.

Sam; ekishi - Sam is the owner of a bar called The Glass Horn. It's a small, quaint, family business, but is facing its demise as Sam faces retirement and the fact that his only daughter wants nothing to do with the business. Sam has a lot more little horn-like protrusions than Rob, and his fingers and toes are a little different in model and make, but his hoof-like fingers and toes are more commonly seen among ekishi than Rob's.

Rami; kujunja - Rami is a kujunja that comes from a tribe living on the desert-side foothills of the Rijid mountain range. I'm not quite sure what his whole story is, but he's broken off from his tribe and began living as a hermit in a cave deep in the hills. His people focus mostly on agriculture, and have been a peaceful people for nearly as long as they've been in contact with other tribes, and eventually Lopians and civilized cultures. Many, many tribes still exist and thrive on Lopez, coexisting with the cities built by immigrants from Makrabeh fairly well.
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