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Lamia, a Half-Dead NPC in High Society. She can be regarded as the "second in command" of sorts there.
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:iconkmathel94:
kmathel94 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist
Interesting.
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012   Filmographer
Ahh.

I think I shall draw her for the tea leaves.

I am fairly attracted to her design~
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Why thank you! It's a bit tough for me to sit down and make an idealized feminine beauty without balking a little, but part of the point of her story and personality is the impact those looks have on her (and how people have used her based on them). My other female characters I try to give a better balance in terms of idealized notions of attractiveness. Their tales are meant to run contrary to notions of what women should look or act like. While this woman tries too hard to stuff herself into culturally accepted roles.
oh ya and she eats keeds, but hey zombie gotta eat :D

(the snake is a hallucination btw brought on by the worms that infect human brains and make em undead. When they reach a certain saturation point, they restart higher brain functions and become sentient themselves. However now you got two folks in one brain, so that's a pickle...)
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012   Filmographer
Aaaababab I like that balance. You are very good at well-balanced characters.

I like kid-eating too. That is always good.

MmmmMMMMM why is this so interestin'.
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Cuz I wanted to do a zombie story where the zombies were more than just metaphors for consumerism or the commies or how-much-you-wanna-punch-a-guy.

So my zombies are metaphors for psychological disorders. Which means blisteringly huge amounts of research and psych texts and delving into painful memories of a lifetime with psychologists and really really REALLY fucked up people who fucked up your life OR made it awesome.

So my zombies, after a certain point, start thinking. But they gotta share their brains with a worm colony (with bizarre notions of reproduction...seriously they eat other hosts to absorb colonies to maintain their saturation level but don't personally see it as cannibalism because, hey, one worm is the equivalent to one ant). And the worms want you to eat so they can make spit-eggs and make more colonies/zombies. So they peel through your mind trying to find whatever way they can to manipulate you into going along with their alien sensibilities.

Some are real dicks about it. Snakey (Lamia's wendigo worm brain colony hallucination thingy) acts like that gurlfrand who always gave you the worst advice but with the best intentions. And you accepted it because, hey, they're well traveled. They must know what they're talking about, right? Even though your gut tells you otherwise, they gotta be right because they're your friend.

While Sugarbell, The Cat's wendigo, is a manifestation of his innate childishness. They get into screechy fights over whether his or "her" (gender being nonsensical for a worm colony, the label is only what its host calls it) decisions are more right. Their arguments generally devolve into who's a bigger tool: the person running around in retro-chic fashion trying to charm men and women to bed and control-freak their lives OR the vicious predator who views intimacy as a tool to get close enough to something to rip its guts out (and then roll lovingly in them).
They are both terrible people.
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Filmographer
Mmmmgood. That is a good metaphor.

So the wendigos are the hallucinations from the colonies?
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yep, although is the worm that's known as the "Wendigo Parasite" (it doesn't identify that way, it's just the colloquial name for it among the public and researchers). It was named after the mythical wendigo, a kind of sasquatch meets werewolves meets vampires monster that eats people and those it bites retreat into the forest to become enormous, giant hairy monster creatures. Native north eastern myth, it fits with the setting (Umbagog Lake in NH). Whether it was the original source of the myth (being that it mutates undead past certain stages) was a topic of debate among researchers studying it.

It's just easier to refer to the hallucination as the wendigo rather than go "manifestation of the second parasite brain attempting communication with its host brain". It needn't even appear as a auditory/visual delusion. One Half-Dead (what ascended undead, those that have achieved sentience, are called) is a 6 year old who sees the whole world as her own fantasy candyland. The harsh nature of the new world is completely lost on her. Another experiences a perpetual fog that clears to show targets or focus its host's attention. Yet another generates a feeling of painful itchiness beneath the skin of its host to encourage him to seek masochistic treatment so it gets close enough to infect (a backwards method of infection...but then this particular wendigo has le brain problems).

The psychological problems are mostly the domain of the host brain rather than the wendigo colony's own problem (beyond the inconveniences it causes it). Death did hard things to the brain, resulting in some broken bridges. The colony might attempt to fix that bridge best it can, but the end result is a Half-Dead with psychological problems that are usually exaggerations of already present mental quirks (ranging from normal to destructive) that a person experienced in their lifetime.

So Lamia, a woman who spent her life trying to bend over backwards for people and wavering quite a bit on what she wanted for herself, bottling a lot of emotional issues, exhibits borderline personality disorder with masochistic tendencies now that she's a Half-Dead. She wavers between major emotional highs and lows and these mood swings can last anywhere from hours to days. Something that she was fine with one minute can make her freak out the next, and when she encounters a trigger, she can become near catatonic as she flashes back to hyper intense memories and experience prolonged anxiety or rage attacks. And yet the very next minute, she'd be confused why you're suddenly upset or frightened of her. Because she's fine now, what's the problem? Understandably these wild moodswings (which she recognizes as abnormal, and yet can do nothing about) cause her intense distress. And she'll be all too ready to align herself with powerful personalities as both a form of guidance (since she views them as stabilizing influences) and as protection should she get herself into awkward situations.

Unfortunately that means she's the perfect victim for a pathological Narcissist like The Cat, who LIVES to enforce his personal vision of how things should be on those he can manipulate. And considering Lamia's dramatic self-esteem issues, she's an easy victim before his ego-tearing. He can shit on her all he likes and she'll ask for more.

So basically, the archetypal abusive relationship.
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Filmographer
Ah yes, wendigos. I am familiar with the mythology.

These worm parasites seem so awful, jeez.

And so half-deads portray the issues they had in life, only intensified quite a bit.

Ahh. Good. Or not good. If you're suffering from it.
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Oh yes, several of our members even use the concept as a way of exploring facets of themselves. Most the npcs in this world at :iconumbagog: tie back to people I've known plus aspects of myself I'm not always entirely comfortable with.
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Black-Wolfess Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Absolutely adore this character! There's just such a sense of liquid movement to her design and the curvature of her body. She seems like she's the embodiment of paitent and anticipatory danger.
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
That's a very thoughtful comment, thank you!
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Black-Wolfess Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
No problem. I've liked her since her preliminary sketches because of the liquid quality to her design.
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wolfplanet102 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Very cool.
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CheshireLies Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
I love this, beautiful job with the design Fab.

dat ass

There's a lot here that I missed in livestream conversations and I'm enjoying the read. Great job, you really make me want to work on some sheets.
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hammertheshark Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can i give my zombie character a tail like that? or is it reserved for her?
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Don't give a damn, you could make a perfect copy of her and I doubt it would be the same character.
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hammertheshark Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh no, i wouldent do that D:> she's to AWESOME to coppy, i was just curious sence i havent seen any other zombies with tails :T
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Nala91 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this girl, she's feisty when she's around the Cat as well. Your making me hooked into this group you've made, very sneaky.
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Feisty? Not so much. She's a push over and scared of the guy. She gets back at him with tricks and backstabbing.
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Nala91 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tricks is what I meant, but i like her excuse for killing child zombies. She's a brilliant character.
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kyrraven Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Very interesting. Kinda bummed that you nixed the long ears... they were cute. ^_^
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah but they made her look more like a mythological creature and less like a dead mutated human.
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kyrraven Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Hmmm... good point.

(I so need to join this group...)
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vailismyname Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Yaaayyyyy this is so helpful!I was about to inquire about whether or not she wears clothes; now I know not only that she wears clothes (unhappily) but also that they are fancy dresses!!!!
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah she's not a fan of clothes in general. She usually just strips naked if she's out for a run in the woods or something not involving High Society business.
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Leonca Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Snakey is cute. Also makes me laugh because my brother had a pet boa once and that was the most creative name he could come up with for it. :lol:
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Filmographer
She probably named herself Lamia (being a myth geek) but couldn't think of anything clever for Snakey. So Snakey it was (at first just snake, then this evolved into Snakey)
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hammertheshark Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SHE LOOMS OSSIM :iconiloveitmoreplz:
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ImalaWolf Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Good girl...!
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Killerwolf19 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Ah one of my favorite characters :D Glad she got a fully fleshed out sheet, I love reading these.
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Accelsier Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
I like her cranky look while wearing the dresses; like a pet who hates to be dressed up.
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Furrama Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011   Digital Artist
I thought the heart was one of those important things you needed. So... what does she use instead?
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Her wendigo pushes nutrients and blood around via little pumps throughout her body. It's just more inefficient is all.
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khyterra Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She is srsly super cool, and her character is rather interesting. I love all the different dynamics she has going on in her personality. You're also just so great at posing characters just right to really get their personalities across, even in character sheets like this. I definitely get an excellent sense of her even through the pictures themselves.
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Infernal-Blaze Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Hmm. Me likey! You might want to mature tag it, just in case.
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Animewolflovr Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
WHOOO FIRST COMMENT!
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LeitaKree Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You sure about that? ;)
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Animewolflovr Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
oh..... when i replyed, no one was there...
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Animewolflovr Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
?
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Animewolflovr Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
>:O what do u mean?
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Animewolflovr Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
jesus christ scary!!! but really great... ^^
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LeitaKree Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love her grouchy face in the section where she's wearing the dresses. SHE'S SO GODDAMN ADORABLE

Lamia, we love you. Really.
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