Cronos, reference sheet Picture

The primeval being known as Cronos was among the first generation of titans ever to walk the lands. He castrated his father in hatred and shunned his kin, save for his sister Rhea whom he married and made god-like offspring. Perhaps it was malice, perhaps it was caution, but Cronos devoured each and every one of his children as they were born save but one... The trickery of his wife ultimately lead to his downfall, and he - along with his kindred - were banished beneath the sea for all time.

The destruction unleashed by the Great Cataclysm released the titans, for a time, though they were ultimately turned into stone by now unknown heroes. In time, many of the petrified titans melted away in the Acid Sea, save for Cronos, who somehow broke his curse. Still, there was nothing for him on land or in the heavens, and so he stayed at the bottom of the sea, surrounded by small bits of marred rock.

For reasons beyond his comprehension, he was entranced and lead out of the sea by a songstress succubi and destroyed any civilization he came across until the songstress was forced to flee and the spell was broken. Now, Cronos walks the land in search of something precious - though he knows not why - and makes his way to the Imperial Capital, slaying and eating anything that stands in his path. The monstrous beings known as devourers fall from his flesh and collect souls, attempting to restore what has been lost to him.

Unless all the god-slaying spears of old can be found and brought back to the Imperials, humanity is doomed to perish in his unending gullet.

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Cronos is one of the current big bads in my Epic Level D&D campaign, and obviously is inspired by Greek mythology. I wanted to make him look almost human, but not quite. I tried giving him horns (guess why one of them is broken) and weird anatomy, and while I can't depict it with my skill level his skin would actually look rather grotesque due to constantly being burned and healed in the Acid Sea. Part of his design was greatly inspired by another artist, though I haven't been able to track him down. Damn you, Google images!

I referenced a handful of stock images and Greek statues.
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