Welcome to Cati's Progress Chart!

Hi, I'm Cati. I'm a web developer, a path that probably started with my time on Neopets! I like cats, horror movies and trashy shonen anime. I'm cati334455 in the guild and main is caterait if you wanna drop me a line.


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January Costume Challenge - it's the year of the dog and this ghostly bunch are sort of dressed for it. The main color palette was a little unusual so I split it so one color was strong for each. They each have their own idea of festive style too...

Random picks #1 Maraqua Fishy city, ruins and some wildlife. I have this idea that Maraqua looks more crowded than other lands because anyone fish-like can move through the "airspace."

Random pick #16 Arbor Day There are many ways to tie down new trees and these guys are trying several. But I think they should be planting them a little further apart :x

December costume challenge - Kids in wintery semi streetwear? The colors were fun, I've been drawing a lot of dark grunge blobs recently so I am now ~refreshed~ I actually drew the bottom row first but they looked cluttered so added coat-less outfits too. Still a bit cluttered :U

May Costume Challenge - This was interesting, I liked the purple-green-blue items so I lost my usual warm color crutch :B The boldness of the cold colors kinda feel fitting for summer nights.


Random Picks 18 Natto - Unusual breakfast was what I thought, but turns out it's pretty popular. The texture of it is odd... I think it came out odd in drawing too...

April Costume Challenge - oo dark colors and springtime were quite a challenge, but she's up for fashion experiments.

Mar costume challenge - saw green and orange and thought of these bros. they're young hipstery types so they're on board trying out different patterns like... fruit and paperclip print haha

Feb costume challenge - A holiday for couples maybe, but here's a solo cupid! This is the character I used for the Feb costume challenge waaaay back too.

Jan Costume Challenge bless the sparkles and shiny metals, the colors match these kids really well.

Random picks #8 Scarf/Mittens 2 of my chars with their kookiths and snowbunnies, doing wintery things in winter gear. Scarves are my favorite accessory.

December costume challenge After going for casual clothes almost all year here's something a little more dressy! Items with animated sparkles inspired some excessive jewelry.

November prompt - perspective. My magician-type pet characters being dramatic.

November costume challenge A whole lot of butterfly shapes ended up in this one! They actually wound up with a bit of a prep school style under the cape/armor.

October costume challenge autumn season palettes are my favorite. Spiders, pumpkins and red leaves are all good but hey it's a situation where they can all be together. I guess these guys something like a witch and a wizard for halloween.

September costume challenge these teenagers just think they're so cool with their sparkles and stars and ruined legwear.

And simple/mini versions... because I wanted to draw them as kids too.... because Ino reminded me of stranger things posting the challenge

August costume challenge this time with my usual dressup neo. everyone in this family is overdressed but she's more likely to have a summer wardrobe of any kind.

August prompt - background. The Jewel Tone Faerie Background is the last thing I actively traded NC for, it was supposed to be for Rai here (blue glowy stuff is his trademark.) Unlike last time it's natural scenery, which I thought I had gotten used to lately, buuut drawing trees in focus is kind of difficult.

July prompt - color. It's element grouping for these petsite charas (wood, fire, earth, metal, water respectively) but wasn't sure how to color. Feels like the problem with a lot of group pictures is that I think about a palette per character, but once theres 4 or more it clashes a lot even if the lighting is really strong. So I ended up with palettes based on the element, not a particular character, and it looks a little more coherent maybe.

just for fun these would be the real colors...

Costume challenge: fish and dog playing it fast and loose and with these items... and the idea of coherent outfits :B Ruffles remind me of fins. and clown shirt remind me of Waifaiseeto's weirdly asymmetrical design.

June prompt -textures. A material test in 2 colors because usually I don't do textures while lining and when coloring it tends to end up... flat. turns out soft edge stuff (fur) is harder in high contrast.

Costume Challenge, it's Shu in some flowery stuff (with with a springtime haircut??) she couldn't pass up on a mask

Random Picks #9 acidic - cola and the first two foods I think of when you say "acid"... in the typical acidy indicator colors i guess

March prompt: interaction I used to do full account pictures a lot, but since mixing them up storywise they usually hang out with others? I pretty much never move pets between accounts though so in the end they're still living & eating with the same "families". BUT WHO CAN AFFORD THE BEST MEAL

Random Picks #8 Rock~ really REALLY loosely based on the aisha rock idol set.

Random Picks #8 (I always pick 8) Giant Jelly. What's a giant glassy mass like at sunrise? Blinding.... if it existed...

Random picks #8 Cake, some of the nice sparkle cake items. I live to draw sweets but somehow I had untold trouble outlining a fork

Random picks: #8 Aqua - I was burning a lil from the mutant wocky so I drew my favorite mutant (color and designwise I would say)

A story related thing for the April Prompt: Time progression. Traebule's town at its best, worst, zombified and finally abandoned.

Random picks #8 Funnel Cake. never give up the chance to draw junk food.

February prompt; art style impressions. It's a little less respsectful than I would have liked but it's an attempt at the mid-late Francisco Goya.

I don't know if all the reprints of his paintings have a weird tint or if it was intentional, but there's a lot of green-yellow-black which is usually the block of colors I don't use so that was interesting.

Another costume challenge, this time valentines theme. I went towards a food theme this month too *insert sweet pun here*

Kuvirea's winter food based design with an existing wearable lantern for the costume challenge.

Random Picks #8: Tasty. My sister has two lab pets too (sorta, on the same account) who were both orange jelly the last time I looked.

August background prompt! This is the MME9-S3: Tentacles Attack Background (and the S1: Nearly Inescapable Tank.) I always wondered, what is actually going on here? What is the foreground platform? Why is it front of a clock? After looking at it for a while this is what I thought of.

Random picks #7: Countdown. I wanted to draw a new years countdown, I guess the Happy Valley would be a popular place to do it since you just come out of the Advent Calendar on the 31st and might as well hang around town. The local shopkeeps know a better place to view it though.

Random picks #25: Sunburn. Kinda looks more like heat exhaustion but with the job I imagine they are wary of both

July prompt-color yup just some palettes

If you're looking for something old that used to be here, I probably moved it to the petpage of the pet who was in the picture! trying to keep the img load of this page under control.

Art and Content by caterait. Coding by Seakittie, for use of The Crayon Club members only.
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Gender: Female
Age: ?
Species: Gold Hissi
Eyes: Pink
Hair: White
Birthdate: 26 Sept (Libra)
Occupation: Tutor of Wishfort Mansion, private interrogator, magic weaponsmith, who knows

To think, so much can be made of so little....

The Yellow Dragon; she's like the Revolutionary Army 4E theme-wise but wasn't directly in connection with them during their uprising. Instead she was working at a privately owned mansion, a haven for kids, supposedly war orphans but there's really no saying. Mil herself didn't seem a huge fan of children, but she was tight lipped and dutiful to her job. Her reticence goes even further back, she's had a several jobs serving questionable causes, but they all dropped eventually. She doesn't seem nostalgic, but she doesn't seem quite happy either. Could be that all those roles were somehow connected. She has a lot of tattoos that were definitely not from her time as a tutor. Mil as a person is a willing loner with no known friends, but she is recognized by dropping the names of one of the many institutions she has worked under.

Mil has a specialty. Physical modification magic isn't too popular, it's hard to reverse and painful if it misfires. Among non-shifters, it's seen as the pinnacle of brute force power. Her focus on physical forms could be why she easily disregards mental and emotional reactions, she's rather cold. Mil used to be a lot less wispy back in her heyday, but with magicians it's not always the appearance that counts.

re: Brinhilde
Far before her teaching days, Mil had a part of the forge that made Brin's magic shield among other important weapons for the family. As a kid Mil was tasked with making the perfect shield to the gryphon family's latest heir. She and Brin are quite similar, but even Brin is a guard for the Corpus Shapeshifter family, but might break her dead eye facade out of concern for a friend... Mil can't quite do that.

re: the kids who are no longer
So Kuvirea and Sao; years later Catoble, Tohakken and Vontarc, lots of orphans went through the mansion just fine. The graduates you find don't mention anything or anyone special, and are pretty tight lipped. Could be they don't remember, or just have bad personalities... but hey, where did the non-graduates go? Hm...

re: Casilus
The Blue Dragon and experimental magician dabbling in illegal art, he manipulates dead spirits while Mil can manipulate bodies. Really, their specialties aren't so different, but Mil might have advice from doing it longer (advice like: it's not worth it)

re: Freenet
A weapon collector/restorer, he knows "hero weapons" imbued with spirits of love and friendship are quite valuable, because they required valiant sacrifice, which is rare. If only you could perhaps force or trick others into it... or does that degrade the quality?

Working Notes: Mil's name is from a play called "the Way of the World" but she doesn't much resemble her romantic namesake. She doesn't even smile. Her quad design is sometimes drawn as an elaborate dragon, sometimes a snake with hair. Maybe her dragon days are just over?
At this time I'm waiting for Gold Hissis to exist.


With Brin again and again because who else is she even willing to hang out with? (and also who will hang out with her...) I did these around new years and valentines respectively so take that as you will

Though they are rather silly animals now, Mil used to be a dragon (huanglong) and Hel something like it (leviathan. okay a whale.) Too bad it was so hard to get them to work together.

Mil and an old friend employee - not a willing one - before Wishfort broke. Hel didn't really like Mil, she disliked all authority and Mil's dull nature made for an insulting boss- but they were both special weapon blacksmiths. They were at odds in terms of morals and personality, but they have opposite physique, colors and swooping hair. This isn't a good picture of them i dont know why its here.

Clarifying her weapon. Actually it's more of a collection. She has 9 of them because that's a good dragon number... she keeps them in bags somehow. You might see there's only 8 of them showing individually, they can all be used at once (though Mil just has two hands) but when the ninth one comes out they get absorbed.

Brin worries, though she probably doesn't have to.

Mil and the... 4 others. Just some icons I guess

Spending the holidays with some old friend that she doesn't really talk to. At least the setting is nice.

RPG Archbishop Mil (more) though in her ~past life~ she might have been something more combat oriented. Although even without offense, priest classes can still be decent tanks.

B&W scarf contest. Mil's crew. This account's kinda lopsided because I have two kougras... they were on the same team color as you can see.

Kid friends grew up (though they haven't met in a long time.) So Mil used to be less twiggy/snakey and probably more dragon like but stuff happened. Her personality probably hasn't changed much.

The first sorta okayish picture of Mil with Brin, probably her only persistent connection since she's been cut off from all the kids she used to take care of. Although, this is not how they look in the present day.


Element Meme: Earth. Thinking about what element some characters match with (they aren't necessarily elemental magicians, or know each other). Mil's got stalwarts Waifaiseeto, Tirfing, Brinhilde, Catoble, Korn and Palamid. Compared to the other elements, the Earth guys are kind of...predictable and they also ended up being the biggest group by a small margin. They quietly and consistently support someone or something other than themselves, and it's hard to budge that faith. I'd say they pack a punch too, but Catoble's there so not quite...

Thought of a possible piece in Mil's story that might... retroactively connect some things. Anyhow Mil knows how to make magic weapons, but not out of traditional materials... they require proper raising.

Mil's a little scrawny but unlike the other dragon wizard (Casilus) she can bulk up/solidify skin with magic. Also unlike him, she has very little indication of what animal/pet she is since no tail or wings or horns. Again, she can compensate with magic :U

Witch getup for a Witch/Walpurgisnacht themed week with some friends. She's quite inspired by the Ragnarok (male) wizard costume :b

Tattoo location doodle and misc magic thing.

And here was an early quad? She looks somewhat like this now, though I messed around w making her different. Brain was just stuck on this though.

Back when I wasn't sure I was gonna keep her I mostly just drew her as a hissi with white hair and neovian dress. Apparently that was endearing enough that I kept her but she's a little behind in char dev.

Character junk

About Shapeshifters: What it says on the tin. They're things that can turn into other things, and use that ability to survive and manipulate their way through life, because regular society sure isn't welcoming them. They gain forms by consuming parts of another creature's body - though some families have special methods/target parts, and some can mimic vaguely on smell/sight/sound - eating's the most effective way. They were quite the top predator in the day, but in confidence became stuck in painfully outdated traditions and rituals. Strong family bonds are rooted in the old days where they would produce families entirely by natural cloning. But with old major clans being very insular and overly proud, they were not open to changes that would save them from human industry and were quickly driven into hiding once technology came into play. Modern shifters who reside in cities are by necessity very different from their traditional counterparts, with far fewer attachments even to family, and more taciturn about what they are, knowing the danger of hunters. With practice their ability is perfect for irresponsible fun and clawing to power in the modern world.

At birth, they're wormy brainlike parasites that can do nothing but devour and convert the body of the nearest living creature - once they have their first body, they can start to develop conciousness. As a rule, small bodies are easiest to convert and raise - so conveniently lots of baby shifters are start off with young kid hosts (provided their parents can hunt one down) and often revert to that form and let it age for stability. The shifter habit of nabbing kids is probably what really got humans on their case.

Transformation isn't infinitely flexible; healing serious injuries is tough, as is fully combating aging or sickness, but they do recover from trauma much faster than normal save for one kind of burn. When touched by Life Fountain aura, they feel a searing pain and lose the power to change the injured part.

Shifters can assume animal forms, and even non-sentient organism forms but with the difference in mental state, changing back into something more complex is quite difficult. A plant is probably never becoming human again.

Relevant Families
Shifters tend towards groups, supporting each other and ganging up on other families for resources or just to make a statement. Since they are often raised by and know nobody but their own clan, inter-family conflict and alliances tend to drag for centuries. It's considered really bad luck for a shifter to live alone.

Anima (Vanagandr, Hrodvitnir, Nifelheim, Tirfing - not anymore)

flex ★☆☆☆ | dur ★★☆☆ | rep ★★★☆

  • Until Corpus was formed, this old clan that used to be the only shifter family with any success in the human cities. Extremely strict hierarchy with very very old regressive family heads. Keeping the leaders alive/successful as long as possible was the goal with religious fervor. They took stragglers (there was nobody else clan-less city shifters could turn to) but only if they would join the high pressure workforce.
  • The leaders were focused on making their numbers as large as possible and selling labor mostly in construction and mining, but the poor treatment of their working members plus the workers' exposure to improving human lifestyles eventually caused an uprising.
  • The original members of Corpus were part of this family, but obliterated the elders and most of the followers when they split off. Fen was preserved as a body-less, baby brain in a jar during his entire tenture here which colored his impression of old shifter families a lot.
Corpus (Van, Hro, Fen & friends)

flex ?☆☆☆ | dur ?☆☆☆ | rep ★★☆☆

  • Most members of this one are NOT biologically related, so there's huge variation in ability. They were formed by abandoned blacksheep shifters or shrinking families banding together in the city. They're hard to pin down, and only the core members are a coherent group. More of a social network than a real "Family".
  • Living in a new environment without ancestors, they are more likely to take advantage of technology/communication/education in ways their countryside cohorts won't. Many will gun for high power (human) occupations where they can support their family members. According to their leader, they want to clear the way for shifters to live/hunt openly in major cities. Until that happens, they seem to be fine living alongside humans, blending in and doing what it takes to create stability.
  • Old traditions say shifters should care for each other over any human prey, even in spite of clan rivalries. But these guys will attack fellow shifter families and defend humans if seen as useful to their cause.
  • They spend some time seeking out shifters in need. Shapeshifters can sort of sense each other because they reflexively detect how easy it will be to transform into someone when they meet them - it tends to be kind of low, but for fellow shifters it will feel distinctly different. The most adept ones can detect other from pretty far away (and of course powerful ones can be detected from further away -- but if they're REALLY powerful they can hide too)
Face Eaters (Randgris & Shutsuu)

flex ★★★☆ | dur ★★★☆ | rep ★★★★

  • All clones, highly traditional, even old families don't simply clone themselves anymore. They are born+grow in pseudo human form, don't need a host body when born. Straight brown hair and yellow eyes. They appoint one queen by some mutual nonviolent agreement, all the pure clones come from her until she becomes old.
  • Their body shapes are somewhat similar, they tend to not be large but are very agile and flexible. They seem strong because they can sprout extra limbs and double up muscles and of course learn to be pretty sneaky.
  • They hunted out entire towns by posing as visitors. Very good at both hiding and defending themselves, if confronted will just fight it out albeit with some tricks. Disguises are just a game for them, since most of what they do can just be done in original forms.
  • They won a lot of ancient territory wars and basically drove other shifters out a certain mountain range as well as sending the humans into hiding out of fear of legends. A longtime reputation for being erratic neighbors and nasty competition. Most of the time they pillage farms or hunt animals but they have a ritual regarding humans - each generation must have a chance.
  • They mostly use knives. Everyone gets a mask, wearing isn't strict but you should have it on hand. The mask seems to be to help the kids distinguish between samey looking adults. Masks are basically the only toys for the kids.
  • They only eat/hoard heads, hence the goofy name, and burn the rest. Their form retention is excellent, they can remember multiple forms accurately for a long time, especially faces, and mix and match various parts painlessly.
Shell (Saohme)

flex ★☆☆☆ | dur ★☆☆☆ | rep ★☆☆☆

  • Really unreliable, flimsy transformations, likely to have patches of incomplete color/skin/muscle that they cover in fake skin or collected bones. The really weak ones need to eat constantly to get a fresh form. They try to find weak targets, sometimes resorting to animals. Human conversions often fail.
  • Cruddy form-keeping results in frequent memory degradation
  • Mostly hidden in the forests, they send a small group to the city once but it was scattered and mostly wiped out. Sao was probably one of them. However he passed quite easily as a normal person because his appearance seems totally stable, without hunting much (or at all). Also masks were popular... past that not much indication of being a shifter.
  • (even he's not sure if he's a shifter who's lucky to be stable, a shifter who lost memory, failed conversion or kid who pretended to be a shifter so long he forgot...)
Unknown (Freenet)

flex ★★★★ | dur ★☆☆☆ | rep ★☆☆☆

  • Very sensitive transformation ability. They don't need to eat to steal form, can just rely on touch, smell, and sight. However their forms are really unstable as a result - they can accidentally shift without realizing it. Inconsistent training related to...
  • Really low (live) replacement rate, always found abandoned or with deceased parent, no family structure at all. Most specialty families pass down technique/records but there's nothing here. So there's no real method to learning how to control their strange conditions. Actually nobody's really sure who's part of this family other than Freenet and suspected, scattered ancestors.
  • Freenet in a show of anime style inspiration, probably just became (mostly) stable because Van taught him to be self assured.
Morning Star (Misteltein, Dainsleif)

flex ★★☆☆ | dur ★★☆☆ | rep ★★★☆

  • A ghoulish traditional family that merged with the regency of a pastoral region far away, and now legally own land and consequently a decent army + foodsource. the shifters' dream! They rule with an iron fist, live in castles with horrible dungeons. They are feared but considered champions of national defense to their subjects tend not to bother them.
  • The kids are socialized among human subjects but think of themselves as superior. To keep them from getting too weak/spoiled they are also raised to fight each other violently as play, so only the strongest survive to lead. There is a lot of reverence for the top tier.
  • They transform with standard methods, but have an odd appearance that their shifted forms revert to over time - black hair/fur and eyes with very pale skin.
  • They are pretty well trained and have reduced pain reception (reason they are good for battle) and can transfer this w proximity.

About Life Fountains: Essentially immortal, constantly regenerating creatures who have long loitered in their mountain enclaves. They are powerful, mostly immutable, but generally slow and peaceful - barring a few extreme deviants who are quietly sent away. Internally and even among exiles, there isn't real conflict. Needing little of health and safety standards, they tend to be overindulgent, looking irrationally calm and oblivious to danger, and frequently ignorant of social niceties that would be based on human safety and satisfaction.

Life Fountains produce aura, a substance of varying form per LF - common forms are faint light, foam or steam issuing from skin. Control, range and strength of aura vary depending on the Life Fountain but it is always the basis of their trademark super healing. Aside from preserving the LF it has a rejuvenating effect on the natural world and most living creatures - except shapeshifters, who are permanently burned by it. The aura is produced throughout the body, so when parts are removed, they can all survive for a while. If left sitting without an organic well to absorb it, pure aura eventually dissipates without waste.

LFs resemble humans, and age at an expected pace until adulthood where they sort of linger. They can technically live through all sorts of diseases and injuries but their regeneration can become imbalanced with natural decay and create unpleasant internal/external tumorous growths. Since the health issues can't take them down, most Life Fountains only pass on by their own willpower, when life is no longer enjoyable. Once they willingly enter brain death and go to sleep for good, their aberrant growths overtake them and they merge with whatever natural forms are nearby; most of the hills around their villages are actually ancient sleepings LFs.

Exiled/nonstandard LFs
Normal Life Fountains are pretty lackadaisical, not much to worry about, just living as long as they want as slow as they want. But when an exception happens, their ordinarily life-giving power can get converted into something ugly. When it becomes a risk to their village, this exception will be exiled - either to just wander, or more recently to human cities.

Trae (black smoke)

control ★★☆☆ | selfheal ★★★★ | outheal ★★☆☆ | dmg ★★★☆

Exudes a thick black smoke that seals his body, preventing even dismemberment; he heals himself really well. When used on others it can heal extreme injuries, but with some side effects from prolonged use: drains color, then energy, then finally the mind. A "saturated" body is more or less his loosely controlled zombie, aging is more of a dryout, it can move based on memory but even that degrades, and the body is robust but still prone to injury. Sudden fatal injuries can happen by accident. Once that happens, he can't bring them back to life. In humidity the smoke can goop up and congest his airways, causing coughing and fatigue.

Misaki (all fire)

control ★★☆☆ | selfheal ★★☆☆ | outheal ☆☆☆☆ | dmg ★★★★

Produces really bright, colorful fire. Easily restrained to a point of pressure where it can just be shot into the air as a fireball, and can project with more control from limbs/skin with some exertion. The output easily increased, and with potential infinite generation whenever she wants it's a good hunting aura once the shape can be controlled (actually it's the same as a famous hunter... but that hunter was supposedly defeated by Van?) Self healing is average, but she is not harmed by the fire itself. It can probably heal others if VERY carefully held near skin but the wild movement and side effect of setting fire on contact makes it mostly pointless in that regard.

Rai (blue hands)

control ★★★☆ | selfheal ★★☆☆ | outheal ★☆☆☆ | dmg ★☆☆☆

Low power, very short range- hands only. Can have minor increase in power for targeted healing or to burn a little more than usual is possible, but it's never super potent. The natural effect is so light shifters might not notice they are burned until they look for the sunburn-like mark - of course, the downside still stands that the mark is permanent. He can dim the effects as well, but it's also no game breaker since he can never fully stop the light. Covering hands for a long time makes the LF growths sprout over and they have to be surgically removed.

Cadmus (petal skin)

control ★★★☆ | selfheal ★★☆☆ | outheal ★★☆☆ | dmg ★☆☆☆

Weak but rare dry solid form, it lasts for a pretty long time even when separated from him so it can be packaged up for medical uses. It falls like reddish pieces of peeling skin, but the joke is it looks like flower petals when you don't know the origin. Smells like nothing though. His self heal is too weak to instantly cover where the skin falls off, but blood clots quick enough not to make a mess. Restraining the "shedding" actually has no health downside other than the small constant effort.

Cilix (oil well)

control ★☆☆☆ | selfheal ★★★☆ | outheal ☆☆☆☆ | dmg ★★★★

Super flammable blob. Extremities such as ear tips and fingers seep black oil that require some willpower/discomfort to fully restrain. The main substance dries up fast but leaves a thin black grease film. The aura has no useful out-healing effect by itself, not even on contact like Misaki's fire, but it can be collected and used as a clean, efficient fuel with little to no waste fumes in its primary state. His self healing factor was quite high because he was frequently on fire... but eventually he caused a fireball he couldn't recover from.

Nereid (foam and bubble)

control ★★☆☆ | selfheal ★★★★ | outheal ★★★☆ | dmg ★★☆☆

A fairly common shape of aura but way more severe than it should be. She is constantly bubbling or regrowing parts that need to be cut off before they get out of control, they seem to thrash will a will of their own if left too long - control over them is fuzzy, she probably lies about how much control she really has. The real aura form is bubbles, but there is so much they pack together into a solid form, so there's no pain reception in them. Once removed, the tentacles just dissolve. Like Trae, her body will seal up even extreme injuries very quickly. People can be healed by the bubbles' contents but it tends to be imbalanced.

About Humans: Or human equivalents. Why do they have animal ears? Why does magic exist but ghosts are still a mystery? well in this flawlessly produced fantasy world there's obviously an explaination and that is


The Central Army: The national military, no particular outstanding deeds but the biggest one around and credited with the relative peace. A while back, they launched a massive recruiment compaign but also became secretive about what they were spending resources on, and the secrecy at the worst of times incited the Rebel Army. Back to the good times now, they're just flat generic, with little to do after 4e were defeated and the major shifters went into hiding. Their trademark color is beige.

Wishfort Mansion: A supposed safe haven for homeless kids. A single house in an idyllic meadow surrounded by forests full of shifters and beasts. There were many serious, black-garbed "tutors" who cared for the kids and apparently more than a match for their surrounding threats - keeping stuff out, keeping others in. Many normal children graduated and continued to schools outside, but some special pupils (the most well behaved, oddly enough) were put to some other purpose. // Kuvirea, Saohme, Catoble, Vontarc, Tohakken (graduates), Millamant (ex tutor)

Wishfort Forge: An ancient legendary group of smiths who manufactured "blessed" or "cursed" weapons and armor out of human bodies and souls. It's more complicated than it sounds, usually the material needs to be pure hearted and willing to sacrifice themselves, so when times of major political/religious passion faded out their material ran thin and they faded away. Unfortunately, outside the hero support business, their skillset was only useful in less moral fields. //note: you can't reform shifters or LFs //blessed weapon owners: Brinhilde, Kieruu [previously owned by his parents], Zushu [bought], Freenet [stolen], Misteltain & Dainsleif [technically stolen from royal family, but many years back]

The Revolutionary Army: aka the Four Emperors Army, led by a quartet of Central Army rebels. They defected at a time when secret Central institutions were being build around the continent, and the lack of transparency caused them some personal offense. With hyper aggression they drove Central control out of many parts, but were eventually defeated when it appears the leaders lost interest and direction. The "Emperors" title is based on the leaders' nicknames from when they were served the Central Army.

Harmony Electric
A power company looking for new ways to provide for the growing urban development. Considered progressive and innovative, but the latest clean energy attempt proved to be a dangerous bust. They wear dark green with gold buttons. Cilix was usually seen wearing jumpsuits with these. He probably died in one too.

Chimera Corporation: A successful security company that has secretly been acquired by Corpus shifters to covertly fund research against Life Fountains, and provide shelter and jobs to stray shifters who come to the city. Despite these shady side projects (or maybe thanks to it) the "real" business is flourishing, so nobody's looked too closely into their affairs. They have a futuristic image and outlook.

Metropolitan Police
The local force that is tasked with keeping the peace, doing well enough since there's not too much going on it seems. They have recently been pressured to hunt down the stealthy city shifter families, and start working with Life Fountains. Progress is slow but shifter activity seems supressed for now. Contractors and juniors get bronze instead of silver badges.

Corpus Family
The largest shifter family/network of any urban area. They are discreet and the members' identities aren't widely known but they can cause serious harm if prodded - they will turn on both humans and fellow shifters. [more info above] The leader, Van, admired the police force a lot at Corpus's inception and mimicked the shield logo to make his ribcage one.

Central Lab: K and Shu's employer. Though their work is often medical, they aren't strongly affiliated with the hospital. They have made small breakthroughs in imitating shifter genetics. Before that, they were in charge of demystifying LF biology. They take volunteers for experiementation as well as regular staff. The actual owners are a mystery.

Central Hospital: Continental medical provider. Not outstanding but not expensive which helps. The main branch has started utilizing Life Fountains since Cadmus joined the staff. There are branches in many other regions except most of the North, where a private military hospital has control.

RRI Project: A type of AI funded by the National University Network. In brief, it crowdsources mental reactions for use in mediation and diplomatic decision-making. It has some semi-magical properties but was primarily reliant on technology.
A mechanic called Rikaron created it but also gave it physical functions on a whim which caused a disastrous reaction when it was introduced to the varying extremes of the public. During its first private showcase, it destroyed the audience and escaped.

E34234 Project: A biochemical project conducted by the Central Army, it was considered complete and the research crew defunded. Kind of like a weaker, synthetic Life Fountain Aura, it provides some backup power for a body that is injured/dying until they can recover naturally (it does not increase healing power itself). However if the user dies their bodies are still forcibly sustained and there are inevitably problems. It's pretty explosive stuff so that's a way to dispose of unwanted zombies.
The substance is gray in the system of a corpse, and bright red in the living.

also thinking about: National University Network, unnamed factory town (Trae), unnamed shadow country (Mist)

Character List I

Kieruu petpage

K is a young orphaned swordsman, and your bland RPG hero in training. He is the son of two knights who retired to a snowy mountain sanctuary but were mysteriously wiped out along with most of the village. K himself left willingly after a time and was taken in by two travellers on their way to the city, Misadori and Kuvirea, basically taking him in as a baby brother. He's kind of dry and awkward, but very compliant and non-judgmental so he has always managed to find someone willing to take care of him. In fact, he's probably been coddled so long who can be sure if he knows how to take care of himself?
He inherited two swords and an do-gooder impulse from his parents, and he's eager to learn so there may be hope for him yet when his home need protecting.

K works at "the lab" in minor genetic tests and likes small animals (read: petpets). He's got a sort of doe eyed poker face and is usually quiet, but he can be pretty snarky and bold, as nothing in particular really scares him and he has some pretty fixed morals. He is short and kinda stocky but wears a ton of clothes, so he is easily mistaken for a bag of laundry.

Pet Info: K is a permanent lab pet but he's a Moehog a lot of the time because I morph him into that when zaps get boring. He was created by me, as a Zafara? Maybe? He's my strongest pet, thanks to the lab, and there's no good way to show it but his BD weapons are two swords and an umbrella, like what his humanized character. The design of his equipment reflects the Neopet items.

Kuvirea petpage

A petite aging workaholic, she has achieved most of her childhood dreams and replaced them with snappy but well-meaning care for her household - meaning Kieruu and Misadori, and to some extent their boarder, her childhood friend Saohme (or someone who's pretending to be him). She's good with math, manners and fashion, so the city life was a good fit for her, though she wasn't always so streetwise. She was raised in a strangely isolated orphanage/boarding school alongside Saohme, whom she escaped with on a fantasy "adventure" that quickly went sour. Since that experience she's become her well known cynical self. She appears quite a few years younger than she really is.

She dresses well and won't take no for an answer, because how else are you gonna get respect around here? She's very short in addition to looking young, which is a mixed blessing, and has dragonfly-like wings which allow her to fly short distances.

Pet Info: Kuve is a Faerie Kacheek. She was created as a blue Kacheek and zapped faerie in 05 or so. She was a very old character, but even now her personality is a lot like it was a decade ago. She dresses much better than before though!

Misadori petpage

A heavy handed adventure lover and possibly too dense to be scared of anything. Kuvirea and Kieruu's longtime 'sister' but she had trouble setting down roots to a reserved home life like they did, mostly because she's a bit wild and tends to break things and have fun at ungodly hours. She spent a lot of time wandering around the continent just trying to find interesting things to do, and though she gets along with anyone, she will also gleefully pick fights or spend days alone; it's all about having her freedom. She's careless but generally quite lucky. Case in point: she spent some time in a suspiciously stagnant "army" but was warned in time to leave before it collapsed. She's got great intuition on some things and a total child regarding others. She still happily believes things like honor and optimism are rewarded.

Misa is really tall and strong, a bit of an outlier among the city folk she lives with. She can pick up K, Kuve and Sao and toss them off the roof if she desired. But thankfully she's also a big softie and is actually rather protective of them.

Pet Info: Misa is a Silver Kougra. She was created as a green Kougra and zapped to her current color, like Kuvirea was. You can see she tends towards the color green even now.

Saohme [Shapeshifter?] petpage

A cool and composed but unexpectedly lazy cohabitant with K and Misa, thanks to his childhood connection with group caretaker Kuvirea. He was whisked away as a child in Shapeshifter country and hadn't been seen in years. He seems close to what she remembers - but there have to be suspicions, spurred on by how he refuses to talk of that time. During his disappearance he had a colorful life, apparently serving as a clerk for the metropolitan police, fleeing a bounty hunter outside the country, became the owner of an alien, and picked up a bunch of ghost hunting tips from an old partner. The specifics all very secretive though... He does seem well connected and charming, but would rather nap than stir up questions and subsequent trouble.

He and Kuvirea spent their early years in the same boarding school, where they both took pretty strict etiquette courses, so they're both capable of acting very proper even if it totally belies what they are actually thinking. He always wears a suit even if he's couch surfing or gorging himself on dinner (that someone else prepared, of course.)

Pet Info: Sao is a Halloween Zafara, he was created as a blue Zafara and painted by me. He was named after my old, old Zafara, who zapped Hallo around when Misa and Kuvirea were zapped, and was adopted out, and eventually purged on that person's account (as an unconverted pet.) His post-purge reappearance is why his character is a ~myteriously resurfaced childhood friend~

Catoble petpage

The oldest brother of a trio of cartoonists who look nothing alike. He was a good protective brother when they were younger, but over time he got totally overpowered by their stronger personalities. He often plays mediator, but is a bit of a wimp, and has too little willpower to be effective. Unlike his brothers, he actually graduated before their money ran out. He has some kind of degree in geology and works as an assistant to Rikaron. Sort of hapless in social situations, he tends to embarass himself but is beginning to think any company's better than his brothers bickering over his head.

Catoble is good natured and gullible and looks up to notorious liar/avoider of responsibility Saohme. I guess he's not the only one. He's not really sure what to do with the status of "oldest brother" and wishes someone was there to lead him.

Pet Info: Catoble is a Disco Bori, he was created green and painted by me. He and his brothers were the *stars* of an NT comic, so their paint colors were quite similar to their original colors to fit the, er, existing brand.

Vontarc petpage

The middle brother of a trio of cartoonists who look nothing alike. Often mistaken for the oldest since he's distinctly taller. His size and glower are intimidating, but he is afraid of fights and as a kid tended to get picked on for his "wimpy" hobbies and oversensitivity. He likes painting, drawing, hiking and taking care of animals; generally avoiding crowds. He went to an art school in the snowy mountains, but dropped out for financial reasons. He's currently a part-time newspaper cartoonist.

Von's sorely unskilled at flying since it was restricted nearly everywhere he lived. He was almost permanently disabled in a bad run in with Entrophias, but after a second encounter, En became his first friend who could fly with him. Since he is used to roaming around small crowded locations, he's not as clumsy on the ground as the other big griffins.

Pet Info: Vontarc is an Electric Eyrie, he was created blue and painted by me. He's the supposed "artist" of the NT comic they featured in, and is probably my only character (neo or not) who's an artist of any sort.

Tohakken petpage

The youngest brother of a trio of cartoonists who look nothing alike. Wait, are they even related? He's sharper and wittier than the rest of his family but puts it all into being as nasty as possible, especially to his brothers. He's insulting possibly as a defense since he used to get picked on a lot for being kind of shrimpy. He is an aggressive hipster and fast talker, always trying to leave people behind. He went to a prestigious magic school but dropped out early for financial reasons and moved back with his brothers. He learned a bit of everything from school: magic, combat, math and language - but isn't really an expert in anything.

He wears square glasses, but doesn't really need them... He has surprisingly good instincts when it comes to picking out dangerous characters, like shapeshifters, but since he's known for winding people up, his actual warnings are often ignored. Lucky for him and he's not seen as a threat, so the beasts of the world just let him live and whine.

Pet Info: Tou is a Fire Aisha, he was created red and painted by me. He has always worn glasses wearables which led to his design. He's actually named after an aisha I had as a kid - before I even made my current main account.

Shutsuu [Shapeshifter] petpage

An unpredictable fun-loving shapeshifter, and member of the infamous Face Eater clan. Although her clan is ancient and totally sunk in eccentric family traditions, she's a runaway and is unusually apathetic to their wellbeing. She would definitely rather help their prey, though her habit of creeping up on people, cruel pranks, and allusions to cannibalism don't always make her look like an ally. She likes masks and is pretty open about being a shifter to 2 kinds of people: friends and enemies she's trying to threaten. She has a liking for K and a disdain for Tohakken (even though she's boarding with him and his brothers) but it's all sort of flippant, she wouldn't really let anyone get hurt, probably.

The Face Eaters are a nomadic clan who do the old shifter thing of cloning to increase numbers, but Shu's the only child of the most recent queen, Randgris. They're all very nimble, stealthy, and tell the worst jokes. They can also regrow limbs at will, even sprount some extra. They're an old family with a reputation - most of the city shifters can identify her heritage immediately but are reluctant to act out, in case the rest of the Eaters are lurking around the corner...

Pet Info: Shu is my second permanent lab pet and unlike K I kept track that her original form was an Ogrin. She's still an ogrin a lot of the time because morphing potions are cheap.

Casilus petpage

The Blue Dragon of the fallen Four Emperors army who was de facto leader of the four. A constantly disgruntled, and constantly frail, sickly hermit magician specializing in large-scale nature magic. Coming from a family of soldiers in some backwater town, he was constantly looked down on for being so frail until he found some magic materials that turned out to be unusually powerful. He was successful to a point, but being constantly restrained by the Central army bothered him more than his illness. He defected from the Central army after his superiors barred him from helping his hometown out when it was being destroyed. Though weak-bodied he is excellent at strategizing huge, vicious battles.

When his army fell he retreated to the woods to fester in his grudges, and also create some magical innovation of his own. Seems he's doing something illegal with the dead. He works best when under pressure, the thrill of extreme spells actually makes him feel healthier.

Pet Info: Cas is a Stealthy Krawk. He was created by me as a...? He was morphed into a blue Krawk in the more expensive days, painted Ghost and finally Stealthy (because I wanted to use some contacts on him but it didn't match the ghost's painfully red eyes.) Cas and the 4e were a weird case for me, where I get a pet to fit a pre-conceived character instead of developing a character from an impulse pet.

Freenet [Ex-Shapeshifter] petpage

The bewildering White Tiger of the fallen Four Emperors army. An ex-shapeshifter and weapon technician, he cares more about making his own life interesting than doing what is right. He was a charismatic leader and swordsman but his branch of the rebel army never did anything more than construct props and storage units, frequently just functioning as a social club. He also ditched them without warning and led to the army's collapse. A fun fella with a lot of ideas, but not the most trustworthy.

Free used to be a very talented but unstable shapeshifter, who was somehow able to make transformations just by seeing his target rather than consuming them. Unlike most shifters, including his teacher Van, having a clan had no appeal to him. He got greedy and wanted to be the first to hunt a Life Fountain, and his encounter with Trae revealed to him (and all shifters) that aura was a huge danger to them. After getting burned he lost his transformation ability entirely, but he's somehow a lot more chill, maybe being stuck in one form allieved some of his ambition. But as calm as he is, he's always scheming, and seeing that black smoke aura still unnerves him...

Free appears friendly towards shifters, even though his powers burned out he's good at identifying them. But close relations are hard, he's both shameful and intimidating for the majority of them.

Pet Info: Free is a Pirate Kougra, he was adopted from the pound as a Green Kougra. He has a character I used in UC applications, but in the end I adopted the pet myself. There was a similar case for Ira and Cas, but Free's character apps were actually sent in, never did too good though.

Iranore petpage

The steadfast Black Turtle of the fallen Four Emperors army, she was the senior of the four when they met in the Central army. She was originally a high profile combat officer with a good family reputation, but switched to being a medical administrator in hopes of helping the injured. When she began recieving demotions and threats for some of her more extreme choices and excusing soldiers without apparent reason, she grew tired of struggling with superiors and turned to the rebel army. She's known for having leadership abilities and is generally respected (even by the other Emperor Generals) for her protectiveness and stability, but much prefers to keep to herself. She became a wanted criminal as she continued to appear even after the army's collapse, hunting for things that would help her obsession of warding off death for her patients. There's gotta be a way, like En's miracle chemical, or Rikaron's escaped AI... In that way she's never satisfied with her work.

Other than medicine, Ira's specialties are hand to hand combat and long distance walking. She has a lot of stamina. Though she has a reputation for battle, she dislikes talking about it or issuing challenges herself, and does not care for the grand story of a fight, only the end result.

Pet Info: Ira is a Maraquan Shoyru, because I couldn't think of another turtle pet. She was created as a Shoyru, zapped a bit, and then morphed back to a Shadow Shoyru (character appropriate-ish) and painted Maraquan. She has a nice relevant petpet - a black snake, companion to the legendary Black Turtle.

Entrophias petpage

The Red Bird of the fallen Four Emperors Army, a timid academic and lousy fighter who was probably in the wrong line of work. He was originally a researcher behind a miracle, life preserving chemical, but once that work was deemed complete he was placed on the front lines of the Central army because flying corps were so desirable. He was largely shielded by the more powerful Ira, Free and Cas, and became a rebel General alongside them. When the army fell, he was destroyed by Tirfing, but his friends collaborated one final time to resurrect him with his miracle chemical; as a magic/biology/machine powered cyborg with only vague memories and an obsessive, enthusiastic personality - and maybe a little too much artillery.

He flies off and starts building new memories as a robot but things often conflict and malfunction. He can be pointlessly aggressive or falls into tears (well, grey eye goop) over nothing at all. He really likes sunsets, and often talks to himself, or something only he's seeing...

Pet Info: En is a Robot Eyrie, and was adopted from Blue in '11 with a short app. He was the first pet I ever used transfers on, and the first pet I got with an application. His (onsite) size suggests he was created as an Eyrie too, he's my biggest pet and also the tallest human-design-wise.

3quest petpage

A caretaker of Rikaron, Misaki and Waifaiseeto's house. She's just a shy big sister type. She's an underwater native species who took to the land because of the overcrowding in her hometown. She's bit clumsy because her species were not made for land, but that is where she wants to be. Aside from that she had very little confidence until Kuvirea took her under her wing and eventually left her a small accounting company.

Why's there so little about her? I don't know, I haven't thought of anything. She is painfully normal. Thinking about how she walks his the main conflict to me. Her legs are usually covered, she has a kinda mori girl style.

Pet Info: 3quest is a Christmas Peophin, I created her as a Blue Peophin. She is my oldest created and was one of my first painted pets. Her hair used to be orange!

Misaki [Life Fountain] petpage

A very young-looking, uncharacteristically athletic Life Fountain who spews colorful flame-like aura. She's a chipper neighborhood troublemaker and enjoys burning trash, leaves, grass, shoes... but don't worry, it's all in good fun! Her guardian Rikaron and buddy Misadori don't seem to worry - she a knack with finding adults who won't hold her back. When shifters started moving into her city she began chasing and burning those as well. She has an inexplicably powerful grudge against shifters, but doesn't want to work with any sort of legal authority. She most definitely plays up the fact that she looks like a naive child to get into places and out of trouble, but her real origin is a secret.

She was a fully confident, loose cannon vigilante until going after Fen, an agile shifter with a very public persona who was happy to use humans as shields. He was the first to escape from her (though not unscathed.) She's starting to exercise a little control over her firepower and seek out assistance from other Life Fountains. But who's going to be happy listening to a kid?

Pet Info: Misaki is a Silver Wocky, I created her as Blue and painted her Silver to match Misadori. The two of them were not named with each other in mind, it didn't dawn on me until later. Like the other kids (Kieruu and Palamid) she has a character-fitted eye wearable!

Rikaron petpage

A brilliant and cheerful AI developer back in the day. He created a multi-mind-reading, semi-sentient machine (...creatively named RRI) that became violent during a private showcase; it somehow consumed and made off with the audience, leaving him confused and unable to really articulate what happened. Since then his personality has become incomprehensible and childish. For many years he was Misaki's primary guardian. He's very lenient (he was too distracted with big tech ideas to argue) and a happy choice for a wild child, but she's more likely to be seen guarding him these days. He was given a token post at his old research lab but doesn't have any serious projects anymore. He's always been rather difficult to talk to, since he blabs on and on once started and asks a ton of questions.

Pet Info: RR is a Pastel Lupe. I created him as a Yellow Lupe, painted him Split with my first Art Gallery prize and then much later, used my first FFQ to make him Pastel. He was the first pet I ever painted, but not the first to be non-basic colored (the labbed pets were first.)

Waifaiseeto petpage

An ex-Central Army grunt with tiny achievements in physical combat but otherwise returned with an unremarkable career. Luckily he's hardly hungry for glory, and simply wants to help out the family that took him in, although there's not much to defend them from anymore. He's a battle mentor to Kieruu and babysitter to Misaki, and a sort of inadvertant brotherly idol to Pal - kids really like him for some reason. He's not quite sure how to deal with them, but he's got considerable patience. Past that he's a bit of a loner and wanders the country picking up materials for Rikaron's lab and colleagues.

Generally a pacifist, he did expose his old skills just once when he, Von and Pal were dragged into an explosive scrap with Entrophias in the desert. He fought with surprising grace against a flying robot soldier - brings up questions about what he was really trained to do in the olden days...

Pet Info: Waifaiseeto is an Eventide Gelert. He's a really old pet and was adopted from the pound a long time ago as a Blue Gelert. He stayed Blue for over ten years before I used a FFQ to paint him Eventide. I usually change designs when painting, but he didn't change at all. Of all the asymmetrical designs his eye colors have always given me memory problems shhh

Millamant petpage

A solemn tutor for a faraway, isolated home for (presumed) orphans, that once housed Kuvirea, Saohme and later Catoble, Tohakken and Vontarc. She's remembered as very cold and reserved by the students - dignified and not much of a punisher, but still not someone to cross. Since the institution disappeared, she seems to have fallen back on her connections from previous jobs and taken on something a little more strenuous. She's seen chasing some pretty powerful foes, bent on recalling/destroying their magic weapons - without so much as changing expression for the most part.

Mil is a sorcerer who has moved from specialty to specialty due to wear and tear and the availability of resources. She's a master of manipulating physical stuff, and for a non shifter, she's pretty good at it, it was the core of her first job as a weapon smith. She can even mess with other people's shapes. As such, she doesn't seem to view emotional connections with people, aka "crafting material", as anything worthwhile.

Mil is supposedly the Yellow Dragon of the compass center. Not sure what her relation is to the 4 Emperors Army though. Like the other tutors, by the time the mansion was established her form had reduced (possibly willingly) to a little snake.

Pet Info: Mil is a Yellow Hissi, she was created by me and zapped a bit, so she was not a Hissi to begin with. She just stayed as one so long I drew her as a hissi, and it stuck. Now she's waiting for Gold Hissis to exist...

Traebule [Life Fountain] petpage

A big, drowsy and somewhat naive Life Fountain who exhales a smokelike aura that drains color. He enjoys making friends but his aura is one of the worst suited to be around others - at it most potent it's a brain-degrading, body-preserving smog. He was drawn to an industrial town by the smokestacks and lived there for a century. However during a wartime attack he accidentally smoked and zombified the entire populace. While his aura turns others into brainless shells, it makes himself basically indestructible. He survived the war, a decapitation (by Freenet), eating poison, a city leveling explosion, and wandering the desert for years.

He now lives in the capital among regular people, in total squalor but happy against odds. He supresses his aura out of courtesy but is oblivious to its real dangers, as well as the threats posed to him. He goes about indulging in terrible romance movies and teen novels, eating anything and sleeping for weeks. He has a part time hospital job, which attempts to harness the useful parts of his aura.

Pet Info: Trae is a Darigan Kougra. He was gifted to me in '11 by Synnie, a person 2 good 2 cool for me. I try to do him equally good and cool but he's a bit of a dork it seems. Trae was the second pet I ever adopted from someone else. Of my 4 kougras, he's the only one who's not predominantly grayscale.

Palamid petpage

A young wandering dinosaur handler, mail courier, garbage collector, construction equipment mover etc etc... from the distant desert. She used to be a tour guide in the very boring dry canyon area where her ranch was located. Motivated by a pair of travellers (Von and Waifaiseeto) she came to the city in search of her older brother figure Korn, who disappeared years back. She takes all kinds of odd jobs and keeps trying to help strangers, which sidetracks her plans considerably, not to mention she has to keep her giant pets from accidentally stomping on someone in the cramped city streets. Pal is an able dinosaur trainer and as a result of raising some serious monsters, has nerves of steel when it comes to life threatening beasts. But for all her nerves and deadpan humor she's shy around anyone but her dinosaurs, and sees dealing with regular people (angry customers and road rage) as the scariest thing of all. Luckily, most people won't try to talk back to her because of her reptile posse.

Pal's favorite utility pet is a Trumpadon called Aureol, a petpet that looks like a spiky T Rex. He's the loyal straight man of the dinosaur team, a couple stories tall, and can crush trucks with his mouth. He can often be seen helping her carry trash bags or delivering large mail.

Pet Info: Pal is a Skunk Ixi, she was created blue and painted by me. One of the first/only items I had on that account for years was Rainbow Contacts, which is why it became part of her design.

Raikovu [Life Fountain] petpage

A partial Life Fountain, who only exudes aura as a glow through the skin of his hands. Compared to most of the other Life Fountains, his healing and burning power are very weak, but he has a good handle on what he can do and makes use of it for marking and tracking. He hunts shapeshifters for the police, but he's really more of a recon man and relies on backup and heavy weapons in actual confrontation. He uses his faint but constant self-healing to offset all the minor health effects of never sleeping. Very intense and constantly restless, he works at all hours to monitor city crime, hammering away in his garage at 4am, and even going after things of disbelief like ghosts and devils. He was Saohme's old boss, not an easy guy to work for, especially if you are lazy as Sao - or had to avoid LF aura like he did. Buddy cop comedy abounds...

He has a bit of an inferiority complex regarding his weak aura, since more powerful LFs have started becoming stars in the field he used to spearhead. He looks stressed and always in a rush, but he's more observant and careful that he lets on - it's all about planning, and even if he's weak, at least his vigilance and record keeping are top tier.

Pet Info: Rai is a Grey Kougra. He was adopted from Robin with a petpage app in '15, after many tries for a Grey Koug (including my first ever app years before.) He's the third pet I adopted from someone else.

Zushu petpage

The chief of the Core Cities police force, a large and somber officer who is known mainly for keeping people, events and crime under control with a stern face and mountains of paperwork. Though he looks rather menacing, he avoids fights and all sources of pain, preferring to stay behind a desk and keeping his employees there as well. There are rumors of some family tragedy, but he doesn't talk about it. He shows little enthusiasm for anything, appears unimpressed by both shifters and LFs, and jokes about letting terrible crimes go out of laziness. But he always ends up doing his best to close cases because of some righteous impulse. Or fear of the press.

He has a verified (by his friend Hel) magic weapon from one of the greatest smiths, but by all accounts looks like a tiny, fragile hand axe, chipping if he so much as taps a table - though it seems to repair awfully quickly on its own. He handles it with great care, with rare spells of losing his mind if anyone fools around with it. That said, he takes it into battle whenever he's forced into that situation, and it's probably to thank for the fact that he never suffers more than minor injuries, even by massive magic blasts.

Pet Info: Zu is a Halloween Elephante for the (pb clothing) tusks! He was kindly adopted out to me by Argo after I had a weird realization that stuck pet pages almost never had pet names with beginning with letters after T. He's my first pet after the 5th pet slots were introduced.

part II

Character List II

Non Neos but petsites sssomewhere.

Vanagandr [Shapeshifter]

Sabertooth something or other, King of the most successful urban shapeshifter family, Corpus. He appears somewhat brainless, disgustingly powerful and violent on impulse, but is ever optimistic in his desire to bring Shapeshifters to power in the modern world. He's considered both an innovator and totally absurd because he's doesn't like changing form, nor does he prioritize shapeshifter tradition over his own whims. Brash and jocular, he's settles right in with unwitting humans, which bothers elder clans - in fact he frequently lashes out at shifters to protect humans. In spite of his tempermentality he thinks of himself as righteous, and rules with brute strength. His reputation is growing, but Van enjoys human hobbies instead of shifter politics. He was a highschool teacher and sports coach, and is often asked to help the police (who don't know he's a shifter) on skimishes. He is employed by the shifter-controlled security firm Chimera after he supposedly found a way to destroy their natural enemy, the Life Fountains.

Van was the teacher and protector of junior shapeshifters Misteltein and Freenet. He taught them to use swords because they were excited to do so and he's a sucker for enthusiastic students. He is proficient with every weapon he picks up, but he isn't a huge advocate of swords himself. He prefers and is far more effective with other things. Most of all, his fists.

Pet Info: Van is an offsite pet. He's a fire colored bearlike big-fanged cat creature who wears something like a police animal harness. He As you can imagine, he's the one I put more time into training.

Hrodvitnir [Shapeshifter]

Sneaky cat guy and director at the shifter-controlled security firm Chimera that eventually hired his brother, Van. He's rather enchanted by computers and wants to drag traditional shapeshifters out of their longtime aversion to technology. He looks cold and unapproachable to ward off questions and rarely combats anything in person (preferring anonymous smear campaigns, threats and blackmail), but is a trusted leader of the Corpus family. After a bad upbringing among fellow shapeshifters, he's not really dedicated to their global preservation, but he listens to his brother when push comes to shove, and Van says they're going to make life better for everyone. Enthusiasm isn't his strong suit, but he's consistent in his work. Perfection is safety, but he doesn't extend his care to others easily.

His hands are always covered in gloves after being burned by - what else? - Life Fountain aura. In lieu of that one incident and other research, he's horribly cautious and paranoid. He has a penchant for invasive surveillance, knee-jerk abductions and extreme measures against his enemies before they can make a move. In his younger, careless years his hands were burned by a Life Fountain and that has forever put him on edge. Nobody will outsmart him again. The 'funny' part of the story is the burns came from Rai in a friendly handshake - and Rai never even knew he was looking at a shifter.

Pet Info: Hro is an offsite pet. He's a ice-colored demon cat. Kind of parallel to Kuvirea, he is the one I read all the books to, so his Int stat is high.

Fenrisulf [Shapeshifter]

A cute little rainbow fox thing who's big in the show business, little bro to Corpus heads Hro and Van. In his everyday life he's a popular and spoiled child idol with a boatload of talents, singing, dancing, public speaking, charity ideas and charming prey onto his plate. He is a natural showman and many of his abilities were completely self-trained, but maybe a few picked up from the victims he's consumed. And while he's quite complacent and arrogant he is continually calculating and ruthless in what he does. His brothers dote on him which gives him a big head, but he also relies heavily on them, and it is only compared to them that he feels like an underachiever. Fen looks down on Life Fountains by nature, so he got little more than he bargained for when he hunted too carelessly and picked up Misaki's attention: he was totally unprepared to face a speedy Life Fountain and got his lower body burned in the process. Now unable to transform effectively (or run as fast as he used to) he's more thoughtful and conniving, and taking advantage of his following more than ever.

A bit like Hro, Fen's seen some repulsive shifters and does not really care more about those outside his family, the respect they get is akin to the people they hunt. They can all be useful shields, or competition for him to manipulate and terminate at will. He hates Life Fountains with all his zealous teenage heart now, though. He and Misaki, after an unsatisfactory first battle, have a hellish rivalry. Hellish for anyone who's caught in between...

Pet Info: Fen is an offsite pet. He was created on Christmas day and effectively looks like his humanized design. Unlike his brothers, who are semi feline creatures, he's more canine. A sparkledog, even.

Nifelheim [Shapeshifter]

A shapeshifter of the family Corpus. She's a cadaverous magician specializing in long range battle, stealth traps, and illusions - mostly picked up at at her old job. Unknown to most she was a Central army contractor who once lived and worked among humans. She was ready to start a family with non-shifters and abandon all shifter tradition and powers for good, until her real identity (job and true species) were discovered by neighbors, who burned up her and her home. She intentionally leaves most of her burns unhealed as a statement, and lives in hiding until duty calls. She carries a grudge against human groups for their irrational fear being to the point where they'd attack their own. She's very shy and withdrawn around anything new, but a hardheaded complainer and roughousing soldier when around her old friends Van and Tirfing. Her old job assignments were confidential, and despite how her old life ended she still respects her old contracts - not much revealed but she was some kind of assassin.

Nif is really tall and thin, like a skeleton, and since her physical condition is bad now she frequently uses illusion magic instead of real transformation (of course, it's not as good in situations requiring contact). She is rarely seen in person. Unlike most of these characters, she doesn't really resemble an animal.

Pet Info: Nif is an offsite pet. Her species is an odd "pet", it looks like a cloaked reaper. Originally I had a scythe as part of her design, but she's more flexible with weapons now.

Jomun [Shapeshifter]

A newer member of the family Corpus. He's a recently retrained shapeshifter who used to take only animal forms, primarily that of an enourmous, swimming snake. A holdover from those days, he has a deadly appetite and seems to store a black hole of other peoples' valuables in his body. He's a supposedly important ally because he can make extreme species transformations VERY quickly, but he's a serious challenge to motivate and teach. He's not totally socialized, and appears sort of dazed and dull unless he's threatened. He only listens to those who scare him - Van and, surprisingly, Shutsuu. Shu was the one who first defeated his monster form taught him to take human shape, but hey... did she just model him into a supersized Kieruu?

His "scarf" is actually a pair of fins and part of his body. When unwrapped he can unhinge his jaw and basically split open his mouth all the way down his "human" torso - debatable where the stomach is. He's a constricting/corrosive kind, he doesn't usually become animals that bite.

Pet Info: Jor is an offsite pet. He is, of course, a snake species. The blue glow and veins are actually a takeaway from his pet species artwork. I use him for food-related achievements on that site.

Misteltein [Shapeshifter]

A member of the shapeshifter family Corpus. Mist is a descendant of a reigning shifter family in a faraway country known for their high taxes, vicious laws and castle dungeon full of swords and skulls and other unspeakables. The children were often forced to fight each other; Mist was the top of the current batch and took that privilege to go abroad. She was a student of Van's at the same time as Freenet, so she picked up a sword and a cavalier attitude alongside him, but post-graduation remained loyal to the Corpus family while Freenet ran off. They had a bit of a rivalry since they were students. After moving to the city she's gained quite a reputation for cruelty. She's strong enough to pulverize most foes but she knows time and place, there are some traces of the classic landowning princess. She'll easily whip out the money and pull rank to slide out of a bad situation.

Van eventually tasked her with watching his old unfortunate friend Tirfing, but apparently not with being nice or helpful towards him. Sometimes Tyr ekes out some sympathy from Mist but she's not too good at expressing it.

Mist is one of two characters here who accidentally shares the name of a metal band...

Pet Info: Mist is an offsite pet. I'm not really sure how to describe what her species looks like, it's kind of a demon rodent/cat. While I don't draw her like any animal, her coloring and design are a lot like her "paint" color. She, Tirfing and Dainsleif are swordsmen, and named after swords.

Tirfing [Shapeshifter]

A longtime member of the shapeshifter family Corpus. A shambling, dispassionate robotic monster, and a childhood rival of their leader, Van. He's persistent but never really managed to measure up to his rival. He has been falling further and further back as time goes on, and also taken on a ton of injuries and misfortunes. He always seems bitter and tired but remains devoted to the family, and is low-key hoping for recognition eventually. Since his armor's immune to usual annoyances, he's often sent to inhospitable places through fire, ice and sand to take out hidden enemy leaders. He works both on behalf of Corpus and other private benefactors. He was the mercenary tasked with bumping off Entrophias at the height of the Four Emperors army, a rather painful "success", one of many. His luck's a bit of a joke among his higher-ups but he's a powerful swordsman who's strong enough to dish out major punishments at a slow, steady rate. His sword is too heavy and the grip too painful for fleshy non-robot hands.

After Corpus really took off, Van seems to mostly ignore him and there's probably some frustration and being outpaced by his old friend. Van eventually assigned a student, Misteltein, to work with him - or rather, keep an eye on him for better or worse.

Pet Info: Tyr is an offsite pet. He is the same species as Mist and effectively the "robot" color - on that site, the robots there are more rusted and smoky, steampunk you could say. A good opposite to shiny chrome lights on Entrophias, a typical Neo robot. Unlike En, Tirfing never "died" he just slowly replaced more parts with machines.

Dainslef [Shapeshifter]

A same-generation relative of Misteltain's who is set to inherit their castle-owning, prison-running clan Morning Star after the Mist, the real top choice ran off. He's good at pandering to the elder shifter clans and respects tradition to a T as he is a real perfectionist, though any sort of mistake or setback frustrates him. He secretly curses superiors behind their backs but was too nervous to strike out on his own. When a disease hits the family he is sent on mission out of the country, and becomes wound up by Mist and the Corpus family's deviant antics as he has had little to no interaction outside the clan. As a "prince" or sorts he is trained for formality and deceit, but has a short temper, and with his mind on the impending family disaster he's constantly on edge.

The family's signature pain-reducing black pigment makes their shapeshifted forms all look similar. Dain uses bleach to make himself look different and command attention, but the black hair quickly grows back. He cares a lot about appearances so this is a pain. This seems to have developed into a cleanliness complex - perhaps not a bad thing to have among a family that seems dedicate to particularly gruesome medieval era traditions. He always seems to have cleaning supplies hidden on his person.

Pet Info: Offsite pet and a dark, cloudy demon cat - sort of. Not quite as smooth looking as Hro's species, they have a reputation for being lab-only mutations (or that site's equivalent of a lab ray).

Randgris [Shapeshifter]

Queen of the infamous old world shapeshifter clan, the Face Eaters. The family is made entirely of flexible fast-healing natural clones, roaming the snowy mountains, wearing masks and fluffy coats containing the remains of their prey. Since villages on the mountain have faded, the Eaters have started closing in on the bigger towns. The family was always small but as their most recent leader, Ran has only one clone child, Shutsuu. The family was never into sensitive emotional connections, their relationships are just loose and easygoing, however even the old members fear its eccentric leader. Ran is creative, and though there have been more doubts about her experimental raids in recent generation, at least the Eaters have managed to stay jovial and never come close to starving.

Ran has a suspiciously friendly persona, a bit like Shu, but her reptutation goes futher. Villages - belonging to shapeshifters, humans and even Life Fountains - tend to get torn off the map when her clan drops in. She shows some concern for her family members but it often appears facetious. Her tone is often disconnected from the words.

Oh yeah it's a sure thing the Eaters were the ones who devoured half of K's hometown, but Shu hid him, he survived, and most importantly he knows none of this yet....

Pet Info: Ran is an offsite pet. She is a weird non-standard "lab ray" species that took me a while to zap. The species looks (to me) like a faerie xweetok. As such, her mask had the xweetok-like forehead stripes.


Semi-member of the shapeshifter family Corpus, even though she isn't a shapeshifter. Her ancestors were often mistaken as shifters because of a wing mutation, and were protected by the shifters who knew they weren't, so for generations they have taken up arms to protect the shifters in return and have become known as legendary defenders. She's rather boring and dutiful, and totally ingrained in her family traditions, not just battle form but really dated books, radio shows and food. She's very old fashioned and adamant about protecting the children but is widely regarded as an uncool aunt among the trendy city shifters. She's also not great at identifying shifters (to her dismay, her eyesight may be bad?) Despite a demure persona she has the strength and training to weild huge sharp edged shields and specializes in disarming, even destroying, the weapons of others and in desperate situations even the punks will hide behind her. She doesn't seem to mind, fending off death threats is a good chance to give a lecture.

Like Entrophias and Vontarc, Brin's a griffin creature of some kind and much bigger than her cohorts. Her wing mutation? She eventually grows four of them, cutting an even more formidable image. But it does impede flying and speed... but then, she prefers to stand her ground.

Pet Info: Brin is an offsite pet, her species is what I'd call the eyrie equivalent. Her coloring is a mix of starry and eventide, and space. Her shield is silver with a geometric griffin design, and half her height.

Skogul [Shapeshifter]

A minor member and informant of the shapeshifter family Corpus. She often appears as an showy, attractive woman but her true form is a sentient wad of black hair. This malleable shape is sometimes useful since she has a lot of reasons to hide in the cracks and shadows. She can form a lot of superficial things out of the hair (like clothing and jewelry) but she can't take on any other ambitious full form transformations, so hunting down fresh humans is just for fun, or for the sake of her more powerful compatriots. She was allowed into Rikaron's house after his accident, while he wasn't thinking straight, and has been hiding on his ceiling for quite a long time now. Bizzarely enough she's a decent friend and lends a supportive ear when he needs it, but he isn't really sure if she exists. She just thinks his mental state is amusing to toy with, but one day she might get some important info from him... wouldn't that put her at risk, though?

She's never really had a situation where she'd have to fight, but sometimes she puts on huge claws (made of hair, of course)

Pet Info: Sko is an offsite pet. She's a species that looks like a fluffy version of Mist and Tirfing's species, kinda like a pomeranian. Her "paint" color is basically blood, the edgiest of colors.


A senior magician and tutor at the Wishfort forge/school prior to its shutdown. Like Mil, her physical shape was heavily shredded and she's in reduced form due to past work and battles. Though she is frequently smiling, compliant and sweet-faced, her movements are somewhat overbearing and her presence is intimidating to children. Her physical magic uses large needles and pins as tools to manipulate the shape of others, as her fine motor control has deteriorated too much to do sculpting magic unassisted. She seems to hold no bitter feeling towards the strange end of her old workplace. Al wears large woolly clothing to hide some odd skin wound on her shoulder and back. Also present but hidden are stitches that go around her face.

While often toting sewing implements and preaching the importance of creativity and art, she's too heavy handed and isn't very good at delicate arts and crafts herself. She was Catoble's favorite teacher during his time at the mansion, and dorm mom so he took after her a bit. (They are also sort of similar animals - Catoblepas and Tarasque are both big armored legendary quads.) Since Wishfort's closing, she's just been enjoying the countryside, though she misses the noise and fun of kids running around.

Pet Info: Al is an offsite pet and predictably a plushie hedgehog. Several of her characteristics like her weapons and skin patches were taken from a character idea I originally had for a plushie chomby.


The chief of the Southwest Sea police force, dual hammer-wielding cop who has wrestled her way to success with her aggressive interest in new forensics and alternate approaches to strange and complicated cases. She has a reputation for being a little underhanded and imposing, and especially hostile towards positions of authority above hers, but ultimately values concrete results and proof more than any gossip or emotions. She enjoys a good debate with friends and criminals alike, and believes in grand things like making work fun, and teamwork among enemies turning things around.

Hel is a long-retired begrudging member of the Wishfort forge and school, where she got into far more severe arguments for "wasting" materials on what appeared to be toys for the kids. While she was considered quite an adept magician, she was never great at forging fully solid pieces like Mil, and prefereed to integrate technical tricks and security measures into them. However several of her pieces were never solved, so nobody knows how to use them. She helped the staff escape in the final days, but looks at the place less fondly than the others. She was probably the loudest of the lot of tutors, and Tou's favorite - she ended up influencing him into being a bit of a smug meme lover. He owns one of her "weapons" that he never figured out, too bad she's living too far away for a reunion, but then she would prefer if he solved it on his own.

She can almost always be found chewing on something.

Pet Info: Hel is (candy pink) dolphin with somewhat mutant fins. like the other tutors, she had a larger form from her glory days (leviathan whale). She wears jewels shaped like barnacles, though in dolphin form she just has discolorations where they fell off - leaving her blotchy pink like a certain kind of dolphin. She still has whale baleen-ish teeth.

Cadmus [Life Fountain]

A willful, stoic cat man and one of the first 3 Exiled Life Fountains. While the other two exiles were menaces, Cadmus, a harmless one, chose to accompany them to help them adapt to city life and sate some of his own curiousity. His LF power is faint, but his normalcy probably helped him integrate with city folk more easily. And weak as his aura is, it was effective enough to help him become a renown doctor. Cadmus is pretty sensible and resourceful, and even after a few centuries he's still devoted to his mission of improving hospitals and finding exiled Life Fountains homes and jobs (he was the one who placed Trae at the hospital). He's a hard advocate for Life Fountains to aid in medical care and Shifter hunting. The continued deviance of his original friends is an ugly mark on his efforts, but the species "equality" has become much better overall thanks to his efforts. He seems to be getting more cynical, but integration has always been important.

Cadmus's aura is peeled from his skin in pink petal-like flakes, earning him the nickname "cherry blossom cat." The petals have medicinal uses, like most auras, only easier to store. His aura's been faltering a little in recent years, his skin's not healing as fast and he's aged just a LITTLE more than his cohorts. He's still remarkably well preserved for 200+

Pet Info: Like all the Life Fountains, he's a cat creature. Like those from the same site, he has tufted ears. Other than that, generic cat. He is a custom pet on another site.

Cilix [Life Fountain]

One of the first 3 Exiled Life Fountains, a bit of an airhead with a constant outpour of oily aura from his extremities. With his aura's likelihood to catching fire, he was sent away for all the damage caused to his forest hometown. Among human civilization, he was a bit slow to catch on to manners and consequences, to the frustration of his companions Nereid and Cadmus. He also tended to make a mess with his aura's penchant for seeping everywhere and igniting. But he was desperately agreeable and eager to please, and wanted to be a movie star, or at least someone respectable. After struggling a long time to try to adjust to city life, once again his aura got him into trouble as he unwittingly agreed to a contract with a power company. After a phase of fame he was imprisoned as a fuel source. This finally inspired a little self preservation in him, but the damage he caused in his escape, and his explosive reaction to being chased, blew him off the radar without any remains, and nobody's seen him in a long, long time.

Cilix's aura looks like Misaki's superficially, but the fire is actually a side effect, the aura is the "oil" or fuel. It tends to just burn automatically, but he can restrain both the fire and oil. Makes him look a bit greasy though.

Pet Info: Like all the Life Fountains, he's a cat creature, and he has tufted ears. He has no tail! He is a custom pet on another site.

Nereid [Life Fountain]

A spirited, hedonistic Life Fountain, one of the first 3 Exiles. When she was originally exiled, she was almost convinced into joining the police force, until Cilix's disaster. She now lives for chaos and thrills, and enjoys watching people do ridiculous self-destructive things. She is virtually indestructible and a good healer but rarely sympathizes enough to do it. As her reputation for 'criminal negligence' at wild parties and riots grew, she began to hide her actions more carefully. She's more outgoing than most Life Fountains, but like any of them she can sleep and isolate herself perfectly fine for years. She may have cared for someone, anyone, at one time, but after years of a detached lifestyle she's totally apathetic to human safety - why worry about creatures so fragile? And yet, fellow Life Fountains are too slow for her. Nothing's perfect.

Nereid's aura is bubbles, and she has some enourmous regneration power that she funnels into constantly growing, shedding and regrowing tentacles. She can also go without breathing a long time, and hangs out in the ocean.

Pet Info: Like all the Life Fountains, she's a cat creature, and has tufted ears (well... it's tentacles.) She is a custom pet on another site and often wears red rose accessories. The 3 exiles went a long time without human designs, hers was the first.


An older brother figure to Palamid when she was a kid, and one of the more experienced handlers on the dinosaur ranch where she grew up. He was a medical and sensitive care expert rather than a trainer. She doesn't remember too much since he was gone before she started work. He was a firm hand at his job, never trying to stand out, but had a strangely delicate demeanor and wanted to work somewhere he could be more emotionally open, and dress nicer.

He left for the city where he probably could have found the softer crowd he was looking for, but was hired by Chimera corp's "internal affairs", specifically working under the paranoid Hrodvitnir to weed out company moles. Since he had been handling maneating lizards his whole life, dealing with a maneating family didn't seem wrong at first, but being too comfortable turned out to be his downfall when he allowed himself to get too close to Corpus's inner workings... He was a beloved aide of the Director, but after a corporate info leak, he was never seen again.

Just a silly drawing note but he his pretty big, curly horns, can't wear anything that would need to be pulled over the head like t-shirts. He's my second petsite character accidentally named after a metal band.

The goat-dinosaur-herders all carry pouches that are burgundy with a shell-like buckle.

gen dump

trying this outfit again

stuff for other people

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