marmareon

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Cheat sheet time!

It can be hard to tell my stories apart because they belong to the same universe. 

I have a historical-fantasy story that takes place in ancient Europe, that includes Marmareon, Rurid, Bui, etc. Also, the Bui-based words below are 100% made up horse shit.

Marmareon - A young Mediterranean man who travels into Northern Europe around 300 BC.

Rory - A Celtic chieftan.

Bui - A god that dwells in a shrine near Rory’s home, who sprouts horses and dogs from his spring as gifts in return for worship and favors.

Buiud (previously buir) - The fictional Celtic tribe Rurid belongs to.

Buirihh - A fictional breed of horses given as foals by Bui and bred by the Buiud.

Cubuid - A fictional breed of dog given the to the village by Bui.

Naorugh - Stilt legged boars.

Hhoota - A lost god of travel that Marmareon becomes entangled with and eventually takes the place of.

Now, my other story takes place in present day but in The Cats Way pocket dimension. That story encompasses Jacky, Jim, Herman, Gale, etc and isn’t represented in the pictures above.

*Marmar is 6′9′’ by the way.

I had a vivid mental image of what I wanted Marmar’s color palette to be so I made these!

Because of Bui, Rurid doesn’t get to adventure far from home. He has responsibilities. Then Marmar shows up, and he’s like an open book. He’s seen all these other cultures and places already and Rurid wants to KNOW.

Because of the circumstances around his arrival, and Marmar’s ability to absorb new traditions, he does okay in Celtic turf.

Rurid’s village is more fantasy than history. Because of Bui I have an opportunity to create a culture that’s a little different from standard Celtic. Their priorities are different and very much revolve around Bui, the Buirihh, and the Naorugh.

The names are all made up. They’re bullshit names Bui throws around.

*All of these should look older than they do but I did a younger than should-be version kind of on purpose. Each of Gale’s incarnations is distinguishable by hair length and colors. They’re all the same dude, but each is a different century (give or take) during his long life. The existing identities only cover a tiny chunk of his total 2400 years. (more if you count Tio). They are not reincarnations. He has lived the full 2400 years in it’s entirety and has memory of as much of it as can be hoped for.

Tio

Active. Tio is constantly running places. He wants to see everything. Everything. He started as a spoof so I could draw interactions with Allison’s lockjaws in a more appropriate time period, now I’m pretty sure I’m keepin’ him. His hair is reddish brown with gray, his eyes are gray.

Gethin

Slow moving, grumpy, seems to be falling apart. The lightness of his hair is natural graying after a period between hibernations that is more extended than usual. Gray brown hair, gray eyes.

Marmareon

Really this should have been him in his twenties and thirties but I didn’t feel like editing the head. Except for off and on stubble/beard this was his appearance during his young adulthood in Greece. He’s young and athletic, and borders on short tempered. He’s used to stepping up and defending himself and may be a little too quick to do so. Dark brown hair, blue eyes.

Billy

Recently woken from hibernation. Grumpy. His english is bad. His eyes usually have bags under them, and he’s more or less crippled. Billy has a temper. Not sure if he bleached his hair himself or if it happened while he was hibernating. His hair is brown in places and dirty blonde in others. Gray eyes.

Gale

Mellow. Patient. Kindly. Goofy. Puts up with Cara with flying colors. Plenty capable of getting extremely aggravated. Might have a slight limp on some days (years and years after Billy’s injury) Dark brown hair (darkest shade), gray eyes. 

Post Hhoota

Don’t know. I was trying out Greek hairstyles and this emerged.

Marmareon (Celtic)

Late 30s, 40s. Both incarnations of Marmareon, Greek or Celtic, are not necessarily different from the others in personality, but the time period and circumstances may make them appear more brutal. Gruffer. More direct. Incredibly curious. Wanderlust. Dark brown hair (spiked, either with clay or resin/oil). Blue eyes. His eyes don’t gray until after his merger with Hhoota.

Post-Hibernation

Depending on how long he’s out his hair will get pretty long, but it might take the full 36 years, or more, to get this bad. The growth is slower when he’s sleeping? Not sure.

This is pretty much all I did today. I already did it once recently, but I wanted to see if the turn around was recognizable to me for all incarnations. I’m a little annoying at myself for not aging his face more, since the majority of his life is spent at a stand-still (though graceful) age of 53, but it’s much easier to age forward than backwards for me.

The faces may look familiar. That’s because I took existing heads that looked on model and used them to create a new turn around with features matched mark for mark.

Besides his hometown Marmar probably spends more time as a foreigner in Celtic Britain than anywhere else. So long that he becomes completely immersed in the culture.

If you’re noticing his skin tone seems lighter it’s because it is. At some point I made a habit of coloring him very dark, which would only be true on his tannest of tan days.

He’s also younger and his skin may darken as he ages, my grandad’s certainly has.

I still think of Gale as mixed heritage and this feels closer to what he ought to be.

I have a theory that Gale wasn’t born with his spots. He deliberately drew shapes on himself with mud and the stains never washed off.

He is one with the dirt.

I don’t know if she’s pulling him up by his arm or if he’s puffing up to look bigger.

This was a lot of a fun to draw, though I have no idea what it’s about. Just some yellin’ faces.

Without Rurid, Marmar’s stay in Celtic Britain might have been short and brutal. Mediterraneans wouldn’t have been unknown to them. Pytheas had already blazed the trail by Marmar’s time, but a seven foot guy with a spot on his face stands out.

I think being a human curiosity saves and endangers him in equal parts throughout his life, but I’ll talk more about that later when I have more to say.

I like Greek designs on Mar better than plaid, but it’s fun to try sometimes! That amber rock keeps reappearing :’D orange just looks good on him.

*Marmar’s skin is a little paler here than it will be for most of his life because this is before his merger with Hhoota and he’s living in Britain at the time.

Haven’t seen this face in a while.

Planca is a lioness from Marmareon (Gale’s) storyline. She’s a jealous old nag and was cursed so that her teeth and claws turned gold, through and through. Gold isn’t a strong metal and everything gets bent all out of shape. The weight of her mouth has stretched it out of proportion.

I haven’t worked out where Marmar travels and when, but I’m sure that he does. His compatibility with Hhoota is due in large part to his already deep curiosity. He probably cuts his teeth exploring the known world (to the Greeks) before he goes north. That is, Greece, Egypt, Italy, maybe Phoenicia, etc.

I’m sure he observes what he can of the Celts in France in the meantime.

Time for a little blurb about Bui, Rurid, and the Buirihh!

Bui is the god that dwells within a spring near Rurid’s home. It was from Bui’s shrine that the first Buirihh foal came from.

Bui’s humanoid form is littered with objects from generations of offerings made to the spring.

The night Marmar stumbles into Rurid’s care he brings SHEETS of fog with him, and there’s some debate as to whether the fog came with Marmar or whether it was emanating from Bui’s shrine. Either way, it goes his way and becomes a reason not to kill him on the spot.

Bui is a peronal creation. All made up!

[4:58 AM] greekceltic: oh no where is his stick

[4:58 AM] crownless: thats why hes frowning

Now that I have an excuse for my scary horses I also have an excuse to draw some fantasy clothes related to them. Since they’ll be sort of doing their own thing compared to the rest of the population.

If a deity speaks to your family and rewards you with awesome horses for an extended favor, you’ll probably change some things to accommodate said awesome horses. Case in point, Marmar’s group is celtic (Britanni?) but they’ve had several generations of special horses influencing how they dress and to a lesser extent how they spend their time. They still have to cultivate their land and tend their livestock, so the impact the horses have is limited.

Anyway, the horses in question are larger than usual, sturdy, and scary. They're meant to be scary and the men that ride them over the generations have also started dressing to scare. Not all the time, but when circumstances allow. Wearing horse hair is typical.

I have some thinking to do. Marmar arrives several generations after the horses appeared. I don’t know if they’re exclusive to Rory’s group. That seems like it would create tension among neighboring communities. Breeding pairs may have been given away as prestigious gifts and other groups probably have similar horses. OR, maybe the horses are mean and just not good for much.  The horse culture Rory’s family has developed around them would be fairly exclusive, it hasn’t spread (yet, had it been given time I’m sure some of it would have rubbed off, but in Marmar’s early life that hasn’t happened yet). Marmar by chance has fallen into a group of Celts who aren’t typical of the area, because they’re being influenced by a grumpy god.

I don’t know what the horses are for exactly. They’re scary so, I assume to scare something away. Maybe they’re charged with protecting the landscape from something mythological and nasty, dunno! That would put them in the good graces of some other groups, I imagine. These are all things to be figured out later because I haven’t even touched Celtic mythology. When I started doing my research I was so certain that I wouldn’t be interested in reading about the Celts and yet here I am.

… ;; so much more research to do.

Marmar, his Scanrúil and Aryian with limewashed hair. I don’t know what they’re doing. I have been itching to find an excuse to draw Aryian with spiked hair because there is -so much of it-.

I’m a little edgy about using limewashed hair. XD I’ve only seen one artist’s depiction of it in a history book. I wish I could find more depictions from other sources so it wouldn’t feel so singular. I wouldn’t get too used to me drawing it. I don’t think I’ll feel comfortable with it until I’ve found depictions by several artists.

Horses are another thing, but people, hmm.

Pretend this is a Danish longhouse, because I make no claim that it’s accurate in any way. Lawd.

I’m still reading about Denmark’s ancient history. I haven’t learned much about daily life there. I had hoped to doodle Marmar interacting with a local group, but no such luck yet. I’m not actually even sure he’ll stay long enough to do anything noteworthy. I think he just passes through on his way South.

I don’t know how he travels Europe at this time and survives. The answer is probably ‘not well’.