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So it was kind of weird, but this character showed up in a dream along with a story. And a couple of other characters I haven't illustrated yet. The dream surprisingly made a lot of sense as I woke up, I just had to connect some of the pieces and boom, I had a pretty great story. I've worked on it some more since then, but it's nothing I will write or draw, it'll just be like many other stories of mine.
Of course I'll still draw the characters, because I already love them. I also had a lot of fun coming up with another race again, even though it's not technically
my own since it's still a demon. It was fun creating the anatomy though. The lower legs were inspired by turians from Mass Effect, the rest was just an attempt at straying a bit from the typical human-like demons I usually draw. He's still very much a humanoid, but both behavioural patterns, speech and lore is a lot more different than my usual demons, as well as appearance of course.
The story is basically about demons and a human resistance - the resistance being the only humans left in the world. They're still a lot though, just spread out across different bases underground. The demons prowl the surface. It's set in a sort of post-apocalyptic world, so there's not much up there anyway.
The demons and humans have been fighting for a long time. So long that some of them even know each other on a first name basis. The demons were pretty much born to fight, but they don't exactly do it with the intention to kill. When their adrenaline starts pumping, they enter "Euphoria". They love every second and they don't know when to stop. As Irakesh up here likes to call it, "we can't help you breaking so easily".
The demons call it "the game". They don't see it as a fight for survival and even consider some humans friends, for lack of a better word. It's not the word they'd use, anyway. If they happen to kill a human, they usually mourn. But they get over it very quickly, and move on. When a demon enters Euphoria it's very difficult for them to stop.
The females don't fight, however. They're much thinner and "bonier", and don't quite have the same freedom. They breed, and take care of the children as they're very fragile. The children are birthed pretty early, then put in cocoons to grow. The females need to stay with the cocoons, being protected by a certain amount of males so they don't get stolen by other demons seeking mating material. They do mate often, but they don't bond with their mate. For these demons, mating and bonding are two different things. Bonding only occurs with a Brother. Not a family member, no. It's their word for a very close friend, a comrade, a lover. And they can only be male, as they're the only ones to ever spend time around each other.And for goodness' sake, it's not written so there can be "obligatory yaois". It's lore, it doesn't have to be an opinion.
As for Irakesh, he'd been battling a resistance base leader named Briggs for so long he'd almost consider him his Brother. He never killed, only thrived from the clashes with Briggs. Briggs himself has a huge fascination for the demons, having fought them for so long. He doesn't sympathize with them, they just interest him as someone who's spent his entire life battling them. Eventually he builds the "safe room", a place where he manages to trap Irakesh and keep him prisoner.
And a prisoner he is, for a very long time. People grow up hearing his voice through the various thin holes in the walls. Sometimes comforting, humorous or wise. So does Tanis, a young woman brought up by Briggs to be their next leader. In fact, Kesh' voice was the first to comfort her crying upon being introduced to that particular base.
Irakesh learns so much about human behaviour and speech where he is, that he begins to pick up on a lot of it. That way, people don't even know he's a demon to begin with. Only Briggs and a handful of people brought in to question him.
So one day, the base becomes overwhelmed. Tanis watches Briggs get killed, his last known words being to bring her to the safe room. The resistance flees and moves to another position, leaving Tanis in the safe room with Irakesh. It's too dark for her to see him. But it's the voice she grew up with. Again he comforts her crying, and she tells him that Briggs is dead. That he told the others to leave her there, most likely to protect her. This makes Kesh realize Briggs left his entire trust with him, to make sure this female was to be kept safe. But Kesh doesn't consider Tanis a female, as she fights alongside the others and shows more strength than his kind.
With the demons scattering underground, Briggs dead, Kesh goes into somewhat of a silent rage, and breaks down the door to the safe room. Upon seeing Briggs' body, he sheds a tear - mourning. Tanis has no time to register his true form as they set off to find the resistance again.
... And yeah, that's pretty much all I have to share! I've had fun working on this story and the creatures therein, and I probably will do more.Character & Artwork © Mio Dahlbäck