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Ref: Connor Segarus by blitterbug Ref: Connor Segarus by blitterbug
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I apologize in advance for wordiness.

Name: Connor Segarus
Height: 6'1" (human); 4'2" at shoulder (carnifex form)
Age: 24(ish)
Gender: Male
Species: Human
Town: Sen'nahat Desert

Personality: Connor is friendly, outgoing, and willing to put himself at risk for the sake of others. In pursuit of a good time or in support of a good cause, he can be somewhat devil-may-care with his own safety. He likes being around people, and likes to talk about his adventures, but astute listeners might notice that he never tells a story the same way twice.

Connor has retained some of his past memories upon entering Hetherev enough to consider it an affliction rather than a blessing, as these memories continue to haunt him. He remembers nothing of his childhood, whether he has family, or even who he was as a person up until he was cursed.

In his own world, Connor was a priest investigating the history of his religion, focusing on the conflict between the twin goddesses of the sun and moon (known as the Mother and the Night Mistress). While studying a ruined temple of the Night Mistress, he disturbed something ancient and suffered its curse. Labeled 'witch' and 'heretic' by his fellows, while in search of a cure for his condition he has been constantly on the run. Only Hetherev has proven absent of fanatical witch-hunters looking to burn him at the stake, although he's keeping one eye open just in case.

Perhaps due to his 'condition', Connor is surprisingly accepting of others, even beings that seem weird or monstrous. He's willing to give anyone the benefit of the doubt except himself. Because he cannot control his feral form, Connor fears and quietly despises it. He never talks about his curse. When he can't trust himself, he can't believe that anyone else would trust him if they knew about it.

Connor has been on the run for a very long time, and is no stranger to surviving on his own. Though he was once a priest, necessity made him a thief; he is particularly adept at picking pockets and other sleight of hand. He is also a skilled swordsman, but thinks of combat as a last resort and mostly relies on his wits. Unfortunately, his glib tongue seems to get him into trouble almost as much as it gets him out of it.

As a side note, Connor is extremely courteous and somewhat deferential toward women, as he comes from a predominantly matriarchal society.

Powers: Connor is a shape-shifter, of sorts, although he can't transform at will and is mostly at the mercy of his curse.

Connor's 'curse' causes him to transform into a large beast, a carnifex, when night falls. He has very limited control over this form, his personality and identity subjugated by predatory animal instinct. As a carnifex, his main concerns are eating and self-defense, which usually involves attacking smaller threats or fleeing larger ones. Connor has been able to temporarily regain his senses in this form, but only when he's about to do something that utterly violates his moral conscience.

In order to maintain some degree of control over when he shape-shifts, Connor wears a chain of purest silver around his neck. The proximity of silver weakens his curse, preventing transformation except under stressful conditions. Even so, exposure to direct moonlight has adverse effects, usually resulting in Connor acting as if heavily intoxicated or drugged out of his mind. This, he puts up with; losing the silver chain would be much, much worse.

Whatever Connor is wearing at the time disappears when he transforms he's not sure where his clothes go, or how they come back. His natural form has no special strengths or abilities; he is an average human male in all regards.

Is there anything you feel very STRONGLY that your character NOT be drawn doing?:
As a human, he won't kill except in defense of himself or another person, and he'll only steal to avoid starving, or to help someone else out. Or, sometimes, for a joke. As a carnifex, he cannot speak, and acts like any large predatory cat would under the circumstances but it's rare that Connor is in this form, as he takes every precaution to avoid it.

Other Notes: In Connor's world, therianthropy is usually the result of witchcraft (i.e. practices involving taboo magic or worship of the Night Mistress). It can also, more rarely, come about from a curse. Unfortunately, few people care about the distinction, classifying anyone who can change their shape as a witch, and thus evil. Silver does not harm them, and the curse cannot be passed on to others through any form of contact.

The carnifex is a combination of traits from Thylacoleo carnifex (the Marsupial Lion) and Panthera leo atrox (the American Lion).
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:iconearthsdefenders:
earthsdefenders Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Student Artist
carnifax/marsupial lions are cool X3
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AnonymousLlama428 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice thylacoleo-lion hybrid!
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Ice-Cove27 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool character! Really nice design and description.
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CrazyWriter10 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool and well thought out character. 
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Doggamaran Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Marsupial lion?
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:iconblitterbug:
blitterbug Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   General Artist
Yes, thylacoleo carnifex is Australia's "marsupial lion", although it didn't resemble a lion as much as this design does.
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Doggamaran Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah google makes him look like a bear more then a lion
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T-Weaver Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohmygod you gave him Marsupial teeth, I'm loving on him so much because of the teeth and you gave him the opposable claw-thumb YES this is a great character. C:
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Ilchymis Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome-looking and unique character, I'd love to meet him someday!
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:iconwyrd66:
wyrd66 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Nice character design! I love those teeth!
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HanMonster Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Okay, I seriously adore this character's design and in particular DAT BEASTIE. It has absolutely delightful structure-- and dentition! I just love that you went with the marsupial bit and gave it overtones of thylacine.
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Wolfool Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a cool looking character and I love his history and personality, really well thought out design. Look forward to seeing his adventures in Heth^^
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:iconuneide:
Uneide Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Gorgeous char design vicky!
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ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student General Artist
KITTY! MARSUPIAL! 8D
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ElfWolfProductions Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Yay another desert folk around. Trelin is ready to make friends with any who are willing. Also if ya wanna rp I am always open for a good rp
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Neosatsuma Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Wow, awesome! Very, very cool. I'm excited that he's in Sen'nahat. :)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome :thumbsup:
The best... and the first Carnifex shapeshifter I know =D
I, or better say, my character would like to meet him, even at night...
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Copperluver Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student
This is awesome! Can't wait to see him around Sen'nahat :3
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SEZwho Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Saaawwweeeeeeeeet :heart:
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sanr4 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Carniflex = best <3
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Psamophis Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
WOW! WOW WOW WOW! Awesome character design!!!! O_O ! I w3ish I could blab more decent comic but I'm just...wow??
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