carock

Fourth boss, Carock. This had to be the easiest (and fastest) yet. He can’t be damaged by your sword, and even if he could you don’t have an opportunity because he teleports so quickly. The battle requires the use of the Reflect spell to turn his own attacks against him. It’s easiest to stay at the edge, which prevents him from hitting you unless he teleports directly on top of you, which is pretty rare. Because of the nature of the battle, he takes the same amount of damage no matter how high your attack is.

Well, w00tiness.

While making sure chapter three is actually ready, I’ve managed to write several paragraphs of historical exposition and a few sentences of Gulbara embarrassing Ganondorf in front of Carock and then Carock and Ganondorf flirting shamelessly with each other and Tarock telling them to get a room in chapter four.

I like this drawing but I actually have mixed feelings about it because a recurring theme in my fanfic is Ganondorf being unable to accept loss.

We actually see his wish in Wind Waker and, of course, Carock is not mentioned at all. On one hand, it could mean that he’s getting some character development and has accepted Carock’s death. On the other hand, Wind Waker is pretty much the reason why I portray Ganondorf with this characteristic in the first place.

However, the former is reinforced by the fact that he has some very good reasons to at least want Hyrule unflooded “unsealed” so the “cannot accept loss” characteristic is not needed for him to make the wish to “unseal” Hyrule (and claim it while he’s at it).

But then there’s another plot-hole… Why couldn’t Ganondorf cure Carock?

He has powerful magic and possesses the Triforce of Power. He likely could cure a rare fungal infection in the everything. But he might have to actually know it’s a fungal infection because healing magic would probably only slow down the necrosis and wouldn’t actually get rid of the infection… But it’s still kinda plot holey.

I have two other ideas about how Carock dies in the Adult Timeline but I don’t know if they’re actually any better… Basically, they’re death by old age (like dying peacefully in his sleep) or suicide (I’m not gonna ramble forever about why, some of it’s spoilery and I don’t really feel like it anyway so there).

Old age might work out OK, since you can see it coming so it’s less sudden and what-not. Also, I think it fits with Wind Waker’s mono no aware-ness better? Death by violence, suicide, or sickness feels like an unfair, unnatural cheat while death by old age feels more inevitable and like the natural order of things.

I can’t just have Carock be alive during WW, either, because of reasons… The main one being that he absolutely would not stay on the sidelines this time and I’m kinda trying to make this stuff fit reasonably well in LoZ canon so… Yeah. Not doing that except in an AU.

Incidentally, my headcanon for how the Downfall Timeline exists is that someone loyal to Ganondorf went back in time (either through his or her own methods or by stealing the Ocarina of Time and using it) to change what happened.

I’m not saying who does that in my fanfic (outside of NOT CAROCK) but I will say that Carock fought with Ganondorf that time due to that person’s interference and that Carock goes for the jugular.

Edit: "Why Ganondorf couldn’t cure Carock"
Yay! Plot-hole filled! Thank you, Bonjiro! :D

The Hyrulean Civil War rages on so Ganondorf has enough to worry about without some weirdo cultists from the west trolling his borders. However, after a cultist and a traitor try to kidnap one of his granddaughters, he crosses paths with a wizard and gets dragged into his mission to save his ward from the very same cultists.

Pairing: Carodorf (Carock x Ganondorf)

OH, HEY, LOOK WHAT I UPLOADED TODAY.



Reminder what a Tuttuk is here because of reasons.

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I’m eighty-something percent done with what I’m working on so I took a quick break and tried out Akinator.

I beat him on my first try by thinking of Carock. *cackle cackle*

I guess I should have taken more screenshots but I didn’t think of doing that until Zant showed up. ^.^;;;

BTW, he asked if the character I was thinking of was a skeleton (pssst, look at his hands) and I picked “yes”… Zant is not a skeleton, silly. XD

Even so, seeing as how obscure a character Carock is, I almost feel like I cheated (LoZ fans have mistaken him for an OC of mine! To be fair, I had been drawing him like this for years— but you’d think that someone would have recognized the name? Yes? No? Maybe? IDK). *cackle cackle*

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It’s funny how much of my character design ultimately happens in tiny pixelated spaces… And in an EGA palette (sometimes CGA. Heck, I originally shot for that but changed my mind).

The first picture contains “proto-type” faces.

Row 1 contains Carock’s default face, two expressions found (completed) in the other faceset, and the default face of Saitel.

Row 2 contains Ganondorf’s default face (when he gets his own faceset, I’ll add his crown), Aveil’s angry make-upless face, Aveil’s default face, and Sahar’s default face.

Row 3 contains one of Carock’s “proto-type” faces, Gulbara’s “WHAAAAT” face, Gulbara’s default face, and Sisel’s default face.

Row 4 contains Matsel’s angry make-upless face, her default face, and her fancy face.


The second picture contains some of Carock’s facial expressions drawn in 48 x 48 pixel squares with 16 colors or less… Specifically, 5 to 6 if you don’t count that backdrop I added. XD

The one in row 2, column 4 is kinda weird, but maybe I’m just not used to actually seeing Carock that pissed off. (those are fangs, BTW. The rest of his teeth are still hidden under his lips… lol, they look really goofy here… XD)

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I DREW WIDDLE BABBY CAROCK :D

LOOK AT HIS STRIPES STILL COMING IN

D’AWWWW



… But really, though, his stripes. The moment they went past his jaw is when his life started going crazy. Poor baby… :(

Anyway, the 2nd picture has the type of lighting that he probably would have been in at this time.

Carock’s Portrait for RPG Maker at 100%, 200%, 300%, and 400% magnification. Since his robe is not visible, I decided to make all but two of the colors in its palette his background color.

I seem to have completely fallen in love with drawing Carock with that grumpy, crooked mouth… Seriously, it has become his default expression!

I think it happened partially because I just couldn’t help but imagine Ganondorf watching and adoring the way Carock frowns while he’s deep in thought… With Ganondorf especially liking that crooked little mouth, so I kept drawing it and drawing it and drawing it… lol (I haven’t shown most of my drawings of Carock, btw, lol)

I have a love-hate relationship with his hairdo covering his blood stripes… On one hand, I’d like them to show. On the other hand, he wouldn’t (they kinda put a big, fat target on him). lol

Anyway, I’ve decided to draw RPG Maker portraits in a separate 48x48 pixel file and then adding them to a 192x192 pixel file. I produce higher quality work this way.

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More Miiverse drawings I made while playing Hyrule Warriors. :3

  1. Yes, that actually is a good question to ask a pair of Ganondorfs to find out which is the real one.
  2. Yes, he really did say that immediately after defeating a cucco.
  3. And if I stop being lazy, y’all’ll find that flattery wasn’t really even involved, lol. Anyway, I might redo this eventually, probably off-miiverse, because while drawing this one I misremembered Ganondorf’s dialogue as being “Flattery will get you nowhere.” lol
  4. This was a random drawing with a screenshot but I didn’t save the screenshot with it so I erased the “screenshot + random drawing” thing I write with these. Also, I actually drew it before the cucco one but whatever. lol

You can probably tell who I’d try to make if we could make custom characters in this game. lol