2010. A secondary character in IO; Urz’s sister, Zebaucher. While she was alive, Zebaucher was the highest ranking and most powerful of the Greater Shape-Shifters. When Urz came into the picture, she was regulated to the bottom of the very short social ladder, which she didn’t agree with. Urz caused unending trouble for her elder siblings until Zebaucher finally decided to put an end to her shenanigans by burying her six feet under. The two demons fought for a full Infernal Year (about 2.5 “human” / standard years).

It’s safe to say that Urz wasn’t really prepared for Zebaucher’s declaration of war, and attempted to hide from her much more powerful sister for the better part of the fight until she ran out of hovels to take cover in and tricks to fool her with. Strengh-wise Urz couldn’t hope to put up a proper fight against Zebaucher, keeping herself alive through slight of hand. Happy to exploit any sleazy tactic she could, Urz managed to outwit her sister and Assimilate her, the Shape-Shifter equivalent of murder, taking her status amongst the remaining Greaters in the process. Urz’s still-living siblings hate her for what she has managed to do (plus Zebaucher treated them with slightly less disdain than Urz does), but don’t dare to challenge her position.

A fantastic friend of mine illustrated a scene from the tail-end of Urz and Zebaucher’s fight for me about a year back:

I love this image. I’ve tried to draw out Urz and Zebaucher’s fight in the past but it’s never turned out well. I’m sure you all remember my last pithy attempt from some time last year:

Shape-Shifters doing fisty-cuffs isn’t really a traditional “fight”, the chances of either demon keeping a stable form while exchanging blows is pretty small. The sight of these two trying to tear each other apart would be comparable to a tentacle salad.


I really didn’t think I’d be reopening this file this year (or working on IO at all, honestly). I haven’t touched this height chart in well over a year; the five original figures show that much. Zebaucher (the huge red one) is the newest addition to the chart - ideally to be followed by the puppet of the 752nd Founder and a handful of Daugs in the very near future.

Before anyone says it, Zebaucher has no relation to the Human Centipede series of films, which I’ve never seen and have no intention of seeing currently. She used to originally have two torsos, but I later figured that wasn’t cool enough, so I gave her five more. All the fine people who came to the LiveStream yesterday got to listen to me regret that design choice for over an hour while I drew and redrew seven pairs of arms.

Zebaucher is the third-largest of the Greater Shape-Shifter children of Pride. Only Goz (300’ long) and Schlur (100’ tall) best her in vastness, not that it’s worth much. Zebaucher occupied the top rung of the limited social ladder of Pride until she was murdered by her youngest sister, Urz, who took her place as Pride’s most powerful demon below the Level Lord.

The only Dude standing in this line is Pigface. Not that he’s complaining, he loves the ladies. Adorable.