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THIS IS JUST THE INITIAL UPLOAD! Serpent ref is pretty much done, I just figured I'd post this while I had the opportunity to do so!

Extra info is on the pic. Application-form is below!

Name: Topiltzin
Alias (if any): Topi or Toh. Also Quetzalcoatl, Kukulcan, etc.
Age: Infinite. In humanoid forms, appears to be in 20s/early 30s.
Gender: Male
Species/race/being: Quetzalcoatl- the feathered serpent
Height: 6'10" in human form
Weight: ~200 lbs in human form. Looks lean, but still well muscled.
Myth/Historical Aspects:
- Mayan/Mesoamerican legends can be hard to come by in extensive detail... Even with Quetzalcoatl being one of their primary deities, access to online-information has been limited! However, his appearance (in each of his forms) is heavily based on actual renditions of him, such as this. Things like clothing, colors, and overall features were kept in mind.
- As he is historically depicted in 3 different appearances (human, naga-esque, and full serpent), I added each rendition as a form that his character can freely shapeshift into.
- Many smaller aspects of the Quetzalcoatl legends were worked in. For example: Quetzalcoatl has also been called Yacapitzahuac, meaning "pointed nose", which has been incorporated into his physical appearance. He's often depicted with a painted black stripe beside the eyes and blue areas on the forehead- both of which were combined with realistic aspects for his facial markings.
- THERE IS A TON OF OTHER STUFF based on legends of Quetzalcoatl and his history, but it's hush-hush for now, as it's intended to become key points as the OCT goes on!~

Realistic Aspects:
- He's heavily decorated in much of the stone, clay, feather, etc. features that were seen quite often in the Mesoamerican cultures.
- Feathers, eye color, and much of his facial paintings are based on the Turquoise-Browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa)- a highly-regarded bird in many Central American areas. (The Turquoise-Browed Motmot is also called 'Toh' by many of these groups. Fits in perfect, right? TOHpiltzin~)
- His clothing, along with his more serpent-like forms, take on qualities of the Central American Coral Snake (Micrurus nigrocinctus), which was selected mainly for the colors (which fit with many colors seen in the humanoid historical depictions of Quetzalcoatl), along with the fact that it's also native to the region. Otherwise... information available on the species is really limited, so that's about all I had to go off of.

Creative Liberties Taken: In Topi's case, mostly minor things!
- Feathers in his crest had the green/orange/black banded pattern added to them- while the colors are based off the Motmot, the bird's actual feathers don't really have such a pattern on them.
- Gemstones and precious materials added to some of his jewelery seem somewhat unlikely to be had in ancient Mesoamerica, but were added on the basis that HE'S A GOD. Surely the gods can find a way to get fancy polished gemstones- especially considering that many cultures would give offerings of their finest materials in attempts to appease their gods.
- He's extra pretty-faced and such, whereas most natives to the region tend to have stronger features. Again, this is on the grounds that HE'S A FANCYFUL GOD, and gods tend to be as attractive as possible.

Personality: Generally, he's a sweet guy- friendly, respectful, and as generous as he can be. Topi tends to freely welcome the company of others, despite his rather high status, and is glad to casually converse with any being he meets. Can easily be a listener or talker, depending on the person he's with, and rarely speaks an ill-word.
He'll sacrifice blood for those in need- anything he can do to help mankind. One of the most knowledgeable of all beings, Topiltzin has a soft-spoken wisdom that he shares most any time he talks.
High moral standing keeps him from doing anything that could even potentially be considered wrong, and- should this standard be broken- the guilt from wrongdoing can quite easily drive him mad...
All and all, he's an impossible sort of perfect: The spitting image of a god!

... Given his current situation, however, he's become rather quiet and reclusive. To those who address him against his wishes, he can be cold and short, often remarking smartly on any and every instance that could possibly be mocked. If your character says something ignorant or unwise, he will point it out in an overly eloquent manner.
He's not immoral or outwardly rude, but he can be harshly realistic and blunt at times and seems constantly somber.
Remaining alone and unmoving at his tower, and with his frequent rejection of most people who try to approach him, it gives the impression he doesn't want to be spoken to at all- while, in actuality, he really could use for some company and reassurance. You just-... have to prove to him that you're a good person- or, at the very least, that you're smart enough to keep him entertained.

Fighting Style: A non-boss NPC; right now, he's kinda the 'damsel in distress', and (most likely! Though the influences of OCT competitors can sway things) won't be doing any fighting in the tournament. SHOULD he fight, the style depends on which of his 2 allowed forms he takes.
- HUMAN FORM: Would only remain human in cases where less-physical methods are needed.
Taunting or physically manipulating foes into making mistakes (such as causing them to be trapped/otherwise subdued by their own actions) would be his most probable tactic.
- SERPENT FORM: Along with the taunting/trapping method, he'd also be capable of grabbing/constricting to keep his assailant subdued. Flight can be used for divebombing and such and, if absolutely necessary, stunning with very minimal strikes of venom.

Abilities/Weaponry: Can switch between human and serpent forms as necessary- third 'god' form has been restricted by the wizard.
- Human form is unlikely to do any weapon-based fighting at all (if he had to, it'd be with knives, darts, or arrows), preferring to outsmart attackers into making bad moves and, thereby, effectively bringing themselves down.
- Serpent form is a FREAKIN' HUGE FLYING SNAKE. HE NEEDS NO WEAPONS. Constriction, flight, and fixed (non-retractable!) fangs capable of injecting neurotoxic (paralyzing) venom- these are the primary weapons. Fangs are notably smaller and more slanted inward than the fangs of most retractable-fanged snakes. Due to the shape, Topiltzin has to bite and latch on for a few moments in order to inject venom, and he's also more likely to give dry bites ('misses'; a bite where no venom is given). In the case of dry bites, you'll mostly just get the two big pierces and a series of smaller notches from his regular, smaller teeth.

Misc. Need-To-Knows: Most of the misc. info has already been posted on his ref image! What hasn't been stated, however, is probably all seeeeecrety-things, to be revealed in the OCT~


(Ohman I feel so happy right now. I have been working on this like crazy since I got back. AM I FINALLY TAMING FLASH? I mean, LOOK AT THOSE COOL BUTTONS-- okay I'm sorry it's all actually totally lame, but I had to learn it COMPLETELY on my own, so... I feel accomplished. Seriously- without an internet-access comp, I couldn't possibly look up tutorials or anything for it... Was annoying, BUT I LIKE THE RESULT!)

Art, character design, and all this good stuff here :icontzyoku:- Eden Wolke, 2010
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Jiangxhi Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok i understand the most xD
Jiangxhi Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and i forget:

VERYVERYVERY nice chara :3

I love the face!
Jiangxhi Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One question:
my english is very bad, sry ._.

Must we do a human form?
Zahzumafoo Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
No problem! Hopefully you can understand my answer!

They don't have to have a human form, no. As long as the creature you use is well-researched, it's ok!
NoxNoir Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
cool character
Sharubii Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Okay, I just completely fell in love with Topi. ;~;
Zahzumafoo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Iiieeee! That's so awesome! <3333 ;3; I love hearing that people like my Topiiiii! I get so discouraged about him, haha. LAAAAV!
ZeroNexos Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010

Nice ref Zah! (I still gotta get working on Jeremiah's :T;)
Zahzumafoo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010

Thank ya! I thought it turned out nice, haha. <3 AND YEAH, WORK ON HIS REF! >:0
McKaelaKaiyou Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
May I make a suggestion? The buttons are a little hard to click because they're made only of the text. You could possibly put a same-colour-as-the-bar-they're-on background behind them so they're easier to click.

But Flash refs are the most awesome thing ever. I need to like... make some. xD; But my ActionScript skills are seriously like... rusty/nonexistant.
Zahzumafoo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
I KNOW ITTTT. I actually DID do that exact thing, but FOR WHATEVER REASON it only worked for about 5 seconds before it glitched out and returned to the only-text-is-clickable form. Any idea how I could fix it? ):

I TRULY ADORE THEM! Not only because it makes things more organized and whatnot than normal refs, but you can ZOOOOOOM so I don't have to include tons of close-up detail pics. PERFECTION, MAN. FLASH IS MAH BEBEH. <3

... Hahaha actionscript. I am a total retard when it comes to AS- I just used symbols for most of this junk... The scrolling text was actually the only thing I didn't do myself- I had a pre-done scroller from one of my past refs that I used. I'm hoping to re-do it on my own once I make the final version of this ref, but... For now, I took the easy way out, haha. HOORAY FOR CHEATING!

Why did this comment become so longggggg. D:
McKaelaKaiyou Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Oh shit. I have no idea. D: I'm so rusty with ActionScript, ffffuuuu-- Just uh. Is the button a seperate "button" symbol? With the background as a separate layer? D:

Yeah, I love Flash too. I ought to make Flash refs but I'm like "OH GOD ACTIONSCRIPT YOU ARE SO SCARY!!!" Possibly the best part is that it's all able to be there in one... um... file? xD But what sucks is that you have to screenshot to save the pics. Oooh... 'less you posted the pics a bit larger elsewhere and put a link in there somewheres... hmmm...

I managed to make my own scrolling thing one time... and I have no idea how I did it. But it was pretty cool. :D Pffft, easy way out... there's no such thing! It's all a learning experience. And they'll get better as you go along. n.n

Damn, mine turned long too! o.o You have comment... elongating... powers? >.>; Haha, every time I get off my ass to comment on your stuff we tend to have really long comments to each other for a bit. x3 'Course it's not a bad thing. x3
Zahzumafoo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Well, the text is a button symbol... I have most of the over/down/up/hit things as movie clip symbols, and each one has the bar BG in a layer behind it. SO IT REALLY DOESN'T MAKE SENSE FOR THEM NOT TO BE WORKING. :c

Oh maaaan, that's right! I hadn't even thought of that... Hmmmh. I'll have to look up some tutorials to see if, like... there's some way I can make Flash save files for you or something? Or, if nothing else, yeah- I could just make a large version of the pic that's save-able and link it in the desc. xD;
THANKS FOR ALERTING ME TO THIS, BTW! I hadn't even thought of that as being an issue that might bother people, haha.

Yeah, I tried using this weird scroller component thing they had, but... I TOTALLY COULDN'T FIGURE IT OUT. XD So I'll have to keep looking!

I TOTALLY DO AND I DON'T KNOW WHY. 8C It's a power that I am unable to control... I AM A DANGER TO MANKIND, SOMEONE HIDE ME.
It is pretty awesome talking to you again, though! It's been aaaages! <3
McKaelaKaiyou Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
I don't knowww. Buttons are the devil. I'm so not looking forward to figuring them out again. D:

I think there actually is a way, I could have sworn I'd played with some dress up game things that let you save the picture to your hard drive, so there probably is. But I'll bet it's a pain in the butt... cuz Flash is totally that way. C: But yeah, I like saving refs to my hard drive to be able to draw them later. And easier to select swatches in picture form too. Another (possibly probably annoying) suggestion would be to put the RGB values above them if nothing else.

My scroller looked funky cuz it had a bit of lag toward the end... don't even know how to explain it. It was weird yet cool at the same time. xD


Yeah, cool talking to you again too. <3
Zahzumafoo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
D8> I WILL NEVER FIGURE IT OUT. MY REF IS DOOMED FOREVERRRRRR-- but I will keep trying, nonetheless!

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I've seen it on things like that, too! Just gotta... figure out how to do it- see if it'd be easier (for others, cause it OBVIOUSLY WON'T BE EASIER FOR MYSELF. XD) than just putting a link in the desc!
I REALLY WANTED TO DO THAT, but... He just has SOOOOOOOO many colors, there isn't enough space. D: But I'll see about, like... Finding some way to maybe make it where you can hover over the color and it'll make the RGB value show up somewhere? That'd work, ja? 8D; *fail*

XD I... can't even imagine that, haha.

McKaelaKaiyou Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
OH GOD NOOO. D: Nah, I know you'll get it. I'm just being a pain in the ass. :D

Hehe, yeah. xD And when you figure it out... TEACH ME YOUR AMAZING WAAAYS. D:

That's probably a good idea there. I think you can do it a lot like you did the buttons... with how they change colour and all when you hover, it should be about the same thing. I'd like to hope anyway. :'D


Ehehe, it was bound to happen eventually. xD
NakkiStiltz Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010

oh man Zah this is AMAZING!!!!! I absolutely love all the colors and layout and kdfljkadljfjakd the info is awesome- silly emo godface <3- and THE FACT THAT THIS IS FLASHIMATED IS AWESOME... seriously I am kinda jealous of you <3333333333333333333333 I WISH I KNEW HOW TO FLASH. But I'm too lazy lololol. <333333

AMAZINGGGGG :iconkermityayplz:
Zahzumafoo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
TOPIFAAAAAAACE! :heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::+favlove:

Ohhhh yessss the colorsssss. HE IS SO DISGUSTINGLY COLORFUL IT MAKES ME WANT TO VOMIT RAINBOWS. Not to mention it all looks really super tacky. ): I feel like... I WANT TO REVAMP HIS COLORS, BUT... I also feel like I can't- or, at least, shouldn't- for the sake of accuracy. SO, tacky he shall remain.

XD HE REALLY DOES TURN INTO AN EMO KID... I guess it's like a bird with clipped wings, though. How would YOU feel? >8C

JEALOUS? THIS IS NO TIME FOR JELLY! Man, if I in all my ignoramus-ocity can figure it out then SURELY YOU CAN DO THE SAME. You just gotta... get flash. And stuff. o: It's actually not too hard to figure out. EVEN FOR LAZY PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND I! <333333333333


KERMITTTTTTTTTTTT :iconkermityayplz:
NakkiStiltz Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010

I like his tacky! Perfect Sasha deterrent! 8D *gets a can of spray-on Topi*

Ahhh, yeah, I see whatcha mean. POOR TOPIFACE. *hug* :heart:

xDDDDDD Dude, we have it on the Mac but I'm tooooooo laaaaazyyyyyyyyyy. TOO LAZY AT ALL.

Man our comments are so nonsensical. xD <333333333
Kenkou Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very creative! Full of information and you clearly did a lot of research. I haven't seen a ref like this at all, it very original and at the same time unique. I love how you merged the basic reference with a flash. His design is beautiful, I love those feathers <3. Overall this is truly remarkable. I can only imagine the time and effort you must of put into this! Bravo, a spectacular job!
Zahzumafoo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Hey, thanks a ton!
I did a lot of research, yeah, but... I can't really find much for diverse information. xD;; Most books and websites just have the same 2 or 3 facts about EVERYTHING I WAS RESEARCHING, so fffff. Still, I did my best!

Flash refs are the only refs I can use, man. I can never figure out how to compile things properly onto a single-page ref sheet!

Awwww, thanks again! His design has caused a lot of conflict for me... So, hearing that people think he looks good is an awesome reassurance.

SWEETEST COMMENT EVER, BTW. So thanks again, haha! I love getting long, thought-out like yours. <3
Kenkou Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, and I think I might start doing flash refs like you lol. Because I am starting to face the same problem with my refs, everything is so unorganized in mine. And no problem, your art should get hundreds of sweet comments everyday <3 And if I come across any new information about some things for him, I will let you know.
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