king kroff

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More Kroff, now named Hodd. Since his design is getting a reboot, I figured his name could stand to be changed too.

I’m used to my characters being more expressive (I mean, even Jim smiles sometimes), but Hodd is just kind of limp lipped. I guess that’s his thing.

Hodd spent a looot of time traveling by foot. He knew what it was like to try to get somewhere, it was hard. Even a big guy like him had a tough time hauling extra luggage. Creating better roads became part of his legacy. More on that later, for now, here’s some doodles of sad baboon lion.

I think I’ll just call him my sad baboob.

I’ve been reading Travel in the Ancient World and it’s given me ideas for the overall plot of my story. I decided to revist King Kroff and give his legacy a little more room to stretch.

I took the original design and asked some friends to throw a random primate at me. Babooooons!

I’m not sure what I want out of Kroff. I think to truly impress the other Baudrons he needs to be of lower-end monolith proportions. That would make him enormous. If this is true then he would sleep a lot and exhibit very little reaction to pain.

To get to monolith proportions he’d need a lot of stars. As a rule Winks will step in and strip a cat when it accumulates too many. There are a couple reasons this hasn’t happened to Kroff(yet). If he’s a living legend stripping him of his stars as a ‘precaution’ would cause an uproar, and Kroff gives his excess starts away to whoever he decides is worthy.

Kroff has widespread loyalty, and even though he spends most of his time sleeping the laws he sets in motion are pretty well obeyed.

He doesn’t appear to have crossed the threshold into insanity that Monoliths are feared for, :I but I’m sure he has bad days.

I covered his back in grass because when he sleeps I want him to resemble a burial mound with spears staked into it. The laws he set in motion he set decades earlier and now he mostly spends his time being asleep or cranky.

Early this morning I was thinking about Jacky climbing a turtle shell with knobs on its back. One thought lead to another. My mind’s eye went from turtle to a Baudron covered in spear ends.

I think it’s a good direction for King Kroff’s design to go. He’s not where I want him to be right now. I need a presence that impresses Baudrons and looks a little bit crazy to everyone else.

I also think he needs to borderline on Monolith, something Winks would normally strip of stars. Kroff would be a living legend and I think a rare case when Winks decide no action is better than action. You can’t take down a living hero without repercussions.

Beel is a mythology geek and fangirls over King Kroff. 

Some years (potentially centuries) before Jacky’s arrival Kroff set an example for other cats to follow. He laid some ground rules that turned out to be good for everybody. His laws are far from perfect, but they helped more than they hindered, and the image of him going above and BEYOND made him a romanticized hero figure. Everyone knows he’s sleeping in the landscape somewhere, they just don’t know where.

The laws are a bit outdated by Jacky’s time but still followed to the last letter by Baudrons, which is good for errybody.

wkjonesnet said: Is Jim related or next in line to become the next KB?

I don’t think so! Jim ranks high because of his stars. He’s been close to Kroff but they’re not related. Almost everyone in the Cat’s Way is deceased, so none of them can reproduce. They’re made of flesh and blood, but some of their needs are different and reproduction is out of their reach.

Kroff is King because he has the most stars. He demonstrates his wealth through charity, giving stars to Gybs of his choosing. It earns him loyalty. He’s careful not to use them himself because eventually too many stars would turn him into something nasty, and he knows that.