-= Story: Regnimalis
-= Subject: Akimatl
Behold! The main antagonist of Regnimalis.
Nobody knows where this jaguar ferran came from. All they know is that she asserted power over Nurcigo just as most of its land mysteriously lost its fertility. Now she has driven Nurcigo to spread and conquer once more, ruling with three other powerful ferrans that she dubs her "brothers". And what's more, she is involved in a nightmarish phenomenon known as the Arkhos parasites
Little is known about this formless organism - only that it reproduces by assimilating living matter and replicating other creatures. Arkhos can even inhabit other lifeforms and, in exchange for their free will, it enhances their natural attributes drastically. Fast healing, super strength and speed, and a lack of inhibition - those are just the standard "perks" of being an Arkhos host. Akimatl herself is a host. Is that why she's obsessed with spreading this bizarre parasite?
-= AKIMATL'S ABILITIES
She looks like a teenage ferran, yet she houses many decades worth of combat experience
in her brain. This gives more use to her unearthly strength, agility, and healing rate. Like many ferrans, she can channel her vibe
into supernatural powers. Akimatl specifically manipulates blood, metal, and solar energy
. The blood control is more an offshoot of metal control, but it is the most-used one. With this horrific power, she can absorb the blood of enemies
(for faster healing or to take in their vibe) or force control of their bodies
, like puppets. With her solar energy control, she can blind foes
with scalding light, burn and deteriorate
, or bestow life in a limited amount of land
. Akimatl likes to use that latter power sparingly just to keep Nurcigo's good favor.
-= ST. ANGER
That large macuahuitl is Akimatl's main weapon. The small blades on its edges are made with the blood of previous foes that tried to assassinate her (to no avail, clearly). It reacts well to her metal manipulation, letting it sharpen its edges
for a longer swipe. Even during these form-warping moments, it feels light as a feather to Akimatl.
-= Force: FADE TO BLACK
Akimatl's main power is her most fearsome: the power of devolution
. Essentially, Fade To Black makes its victims' capabilities go into retrograde, devolving to a previous, weaker state. This way, Akimatl can bring even the strongest of enemies to beneath her level, and undo their efforts of years of training. She's found other subtle uses for Fade To Black, like undoing the healing of wounds
. However, she generally focuses this power on up to a few targets at a time. If she wants to use more of it, she has to recall it from some of her current victims, bringing them back to their current strength.
Akimatl is a firm believer of "survival of the fittest", and enforces that mentality onto all of Nurcigo. She has implanted other Arkhos cores into several ferrans, and she refers to them as her "children" through a warped kind of love. But above all else, she has taken an interest in Saelph and his Delay Spectrum Force...
- Her band of inspiration is Metallica
. Her name is actually derived from a corrupted spelling of Metallica's syllables rearranged - "A-ci-metall" becomes "Akimatl" to look more Aztec. Her weapon, St. Anger, and her Force, Fade To Black, are both named after Metallica songs, too.
- However, she also has influences from Pink Floyd
- specifically, their "Dark Side of the Moon
" album. Yes, that's why she's pink.
- Despite giving her the same trend of cute-beauty as I do with most anthros, I still wanted Akimatl to look a bit disturbing, as a result of the Arkhos in her body. Those tendrils sticking out of her body (and covering her breasts), and the flesh that replaces her hands and feet are just the start.
- When coming up with Akimatl, I got influenced by things like Tetsuo Shima
(Final Fantasy 7), and Kuja
(Final Fantasy 9). Young people that hold godly power and want to assert their will on the world around them. This influence resulted in Akimatl's Darwinian outlook over the ferrans "beneath her". It also helps that she's a jaguar
, which is regarded as an apex predator, and a symbol of power in the Mesoamericas.
- For that matter, why is she wearing that high-tech helm...?
-= DISCLAIMER =-
- Akimatl (c) me