In this life there are two kinds of critters. There are those who have been tempted into doing what is wrong, with the justification that their actions are honest. And there are those who are honorable inside and out.
The road for the honorable is a hard one with plenty of peril along the way. The brave creatures in this world stumble through the dark, and decide to go on even when all hope is gone. For what else is there to do but go on when your intentions are virtuous?
Please call me Ferna. an old gnorbu says as she hobbles into the room. She slowly sits down in an old chair that has clearly seen better days. The room is dusty to the point where you can see the filth in the trappings of light that leak through the thick black curtains. These curtains are most definitely from a different time you think, probably the last Darigan war.
The old creature stares at you through aged eyes, and you wonder if she is actually seeing you, or some sort of blob due to eyes that refuse to work any longer.
Child , she whispers in a hoarse voice, Let me tell you of a time when heroes triumphed over villains, an age when valor was an honorable trait. Today you kids think that speaking out about your views is noble. Pshh. When I was alive, we didn't say, we did.
She stands from her chair and walks over to the table she keeps her books on. You see her lovingly move a few books to the next chair over. She continues to dig through the clutter until she finds what she is looking for. Ha, she exclaims as her eyes light up. From your vantage point you can see the ragtag book's title, The Chronicles of Ferna.
This was written by a dear friend of mine, it's about my days in the Darigan War. I was a hero then. Here, here, take it. She says as she shoves the book in your arms, and makes shooing noises. She seems to become angry at your blank stare and says, Get out of here, and take your young mind with you!
You start to wonder why you even came looking for the old Gnorbu's house. Then you remember, it was to discover what true heroes are made of, and what becomes of them when everyone has forgotten.
Mother and Father are no more than figments of Ferna's past, but their strong D.N.A. run through her bloodlines, coursing through her and influencing every decision she ever made. Their voices sing in her heart even though they are lost to her forever.
Sir is Ferna's serogate father. He found her as an infant and raised her up as her own, despite the consequences. He is a true hero in Ferna's eyes and the man that made her who she is today. Sir is the one neopet that truly changed her and her name.
Opa De' Asloe is one of Ferna's brothers, though they aren't related by bloodline. Ferna helped Asloe get through a period in his life when society robbed him of everything he believed in, including what he is. Asloe gave Ferna the gift of her colorless battle markings, although inadvertently.
Zillen Ostek is Ferna's arch nemesis. He is physically weak, but mentally he's one of the most powerful Neoepts in the world. He is an extraordinary thing whom Ferna hates with all her being. Zillen taunted her as a child, he bulled her so badly that Ferna became silent for the rest of her life.
Neamai Tek is Ferna's sister, though not related by bloodline. Along one of the roads during Ferna's adventure Neamai's shop appears out of the blue. Having had nightmares from Zillen's taunting, Ferna sells her bad dreams to Neamai.
Over the course of almost two years I've designed, redesigned and redesigned again my character of Ferna. These are her blueprints and how she started out leading up to this point here. I will also describe my thoughts on the design, how her anatomy would have worked and what made me change it.
Ferna started out as a design I had done for a mutant acara named Mhilol (long since traded off). This creature was to control diamonds by using its aura to materialize the shards of sparkling iridescence.
These stark blue crystals could transform her body into segmented pieces which were used as armor.
The green hair was meant to be frizzy, flowing and poofy all at the same time. This lime green color is what transferred over to Ferna's most used design, ultimately evolving into her blue wispy mane.
Eventually I realized that little to no thought was put into this design and the character's story, so I scraped it. Though later on pieces of the design start to appear in Ferna's first design.
This is Ferna's first actual design. The way she moved would have been something between a rhino's gait and a horse's canter. Something a bit odd, I agree.
She was born from a fern and by the will of many goddesses and gods from different legends she became a neopet.
I came by Ferna by applying for her. The user (the name of which I have forgotten) who adopted her to me said the reason for choosing me was my dedication for Ferna.
This idea was scrapped after a little more than half a year. I liked it, but I wanted something more compact with more muscle.
Fern's net design was probably the start of her real character; the battle-born.
The skull adorned on her head would have been used for ramming things, while the spikes would be used for crushing. the spikes were one of the only things carrying over into her final design.
This particular design was space-themed, which is where I came up with my idea for her missing limb. This missing limb carried over into the next two designs.
This net design 'copies' the guild Revolution's motto. I did not intend this, seeing that Ferna's character was supposed to be the leader of a Revolution, rebellious and strong. I also had the saying up there before I discovered Revolution.
This design was much the same as the last, though missing a lot of details (the skull, markings were changed, etc.)
Also, her fuzzy mane was chopped off and jagged in this image of her. It shows how she was rebellious at one point in her life.
This is the last design before Fern's final design. The same markings apply here as they did in the last image. The horns on her back, the missing limb. The only things that were really changed was the style and her mane was grown in a bit more than in the last image.
This is Ferna's most recent design. This piece took six hours to finish. You can bet that this design will pretty much be her last one.
The color of her mane was changed to a teal, as well as her eyes. The markings were changed to show the map she would follow on her quest (ancient runes). The missing limb is not so missing anymore and her mane was grown in full. Her tail became more wispy, as well as her mane.
The only thing that pretty much stuck throughout the designing process was her back spikes.
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