Contest Entry - Argos Picture

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I call him Argos, derived from the word argos, meaning "bright, shining" and "swift." In mythology, this is the name of a giant who had a hundred eyes that were transferred to the peacock's tail after his death. This was also the name of Ulysses' dog who waited ten years for his return from the Trojan War.

I imagine he is a nature spirit, and more specifically, a forest guardian. He can revitalize dying plants, remove plant-specific ailments (harmful fungus, for instance) or pests from an area, and produce small amounts of rain or cause a short drought for the areas with too little or too much rainfall. His powers are at their peak during the spring and summer when life is coursing through the plants he, and he is weaker in the autumn and winter. His main purpose is to care for the plants in this world, and spends much of his time battling issues like deforestation, crop infestation, and widespread infection. It may not sound terribly impressive at first, but without his assistance, resources would be low on food, lumber, and other materials necessary for daily life as we know it.

He knows his job is a humble one, and that most humans will never even notice the effort he puts into his work, but he is still quite proud to hold the position and power that he does. To him, it's reward enough to know he is helping the world and its people to live longer, happier, healthier lives. He can be a somewhat vengeful spirit - for those who are willfully neglecting their crops, he may refuse to lend his aid. He has a strong sense of right and wrong and will often take a long time to decide which areas to visit and help. He's quite patient, as you imagine anyone who works with plants must be.

He is only one spirit, and knows well the boundaries of his powers. He couldn't possibly prolong the warm seasons, or make an entire forest spring up overnight. He mostly works on a small scale but does his best to find the places that need him the most - small villages whose crops won't grow, for instance.
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