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Erx Reference by Someguyfromcrowd Erx Reference by Someguyfromcrowd
:bulletred:Round One: Recluse's Gambit:bulletred:
:bulletred:Round Two: A Light Shining in Darkness:bulletred:
:bulletred:Round Three: Up and Over and Out:bulletred:
:bulletred:Round Four: Can't Look Away:bulletred:

And you thought this would never appear! I'm not as happy as I could be about how it turned out, but I'm satisfied enough with the appearance to upload it now.

And yes I had to eyeball the pose and appearance from a reference because I can't draw dogs very well

For what it's worth I've probably tripled my knowledge of canines just by doing a tad of research. I'm not exactly the biggest dog buff out there, y'know?

Speedpaint video


Name: Erx
Breed: Border collie
Age: 4
Gender: Male
Height: 2' 1"
Length: 2' 4
Weight: 32 pounds
Fur: Dark brown-black/light gray
Eyes: Sky blue

Physical- Erx is a medium aged dog with an exhausted look and unfathomable blue eyes. His brown fur obscures a cluster of puncture scars on his chest, which ache painfully at times. The flesh of the base of his left ear is punctured, occasionally causing it to droop. Most of his teeth are still intact, although those in the back of his mouth are starting to yellow. One of his front incisors is chipped.

Erx is not exactly a fighter. He prefers to escape danger before it begins by taking advantage of his peculiar sight, which can gleam through thin walls to detect the presence of other moving things. Whilst doing so he must concentrate and gaze intently at the barrier. Yellow glows soon appear which indicate movement. He cannot sense things that are standing dead still, nor can he sense inanimate objects (unless they are in motion). The effect of this uncanny sight extends to viewing through darkness, which requires little effort and grants him a moderate cone of sight.

The means by which he senses the unseen is unclear. It would seem that he has a very primitive sort of below-visible light sensitivity, although this does not explain how motion relates to perception. Part of this ability stems from his acute hearing, and if he is deafened he has trouble pinpointing objects.

Personality: Erx has a surprising wit, given his "slow" look. However, he is absolutely crippled in the social sense. He stutters badly and speaks with poor pronunciation. While he understands a respectable number of words, he cannot always express them to others. This had led to more than one incident that ended in violence. He can easily offend another by confusing what he wants to say with what he actually says. The dog has a dim sense of written language, picked up from his short time in captivity. He can scrawl words, however misspelled, into the ground.

Erx is an insomniac, wandering the streets at night and day alike. At times he will sleep for less than four hours a day, which severely hampers his reflexes and coordination. He seems to wander in an attempt to find something, but what that something is cannot be determined.

Due to his physical weakness, he prefers to hide away from danger as stated above. Several years of close scrapes have left him wary of every scrap of concealment within a stone's throw, any of which could contain danger waiting to strike. For this reason he moves slowly and cautiously wherever he travels.

History: Erx's knowledge of his own past is limited to a short period in captivity followed by a murky escape. He wandered for miles, gradually winding towards the desolate city of Pripyat. He arrived there as one of the many tournaments began its swan song, exposing him to the gritty existence of the gray maze. The experience was disconcerting enough that he refrained from familiarizing himself with the other dogs, pressing him into a category of an outcast who never was.

  • Can gleam through many barriers and through darkness out to a moderate range
  • His keen hearing leads to an acute wariness for danger
  • Physically weak and somewhat fragile
  • Poor grasp of speaking- socially crippled
  • Often weary for want of rest
  • Easily dazzled by light and sound
  • Gentle quiet (but not dead silence)
  • Isolation
  • Crowds
  • Loud rackets
  • Speaking
  • He covets the rusted name-tag attached to his collar, although it seems to have fallen off.
  • His eyes catch light more readily than most, giving him the cat's-eyes effect at night
  • Unlike most dogs, he lacks red colourblindess. In fact, red appears unusually saturated to his eyes<li>When he wanders, he seems to search for his former master
  • Humor rarely affects him, whilst intimidation easily sways his vulnerable mind
  • His name was once "Rex", but he has confused the order of the letters and considers his name to be "Erx"
  • He was once deafened as a pup by a temporary illness and suffers a dire phobia of complete silence. The experience left him temporarily numb to his environment, robbing him of much of his perception
  • If Erx were to be struck blind, by the contrary, he could continue to sense the general whereabouts of creatures and the shape of his environment
  • His speech sounds like a mixture of Slavic and Russian tongues, although this accent is buried under his slurred dialect
  • He prefers to learn appearances rather than names and will frequently refer to others by their physical traits, rather than their name.
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Mightyena26 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have two questions about Erx for round three.

1) Prior to round three, does he have any injuries from the previous two rounds? I've skimmed your entries, but I want to make sure since I haven't had much time to read them thoroughly.

2) He refers to Molotov as "two-face" and Vully as "bat." Does he refer to everyone like this? If so, what would he refer to Zasha as?

Thanks. :)
Someguyfromcrowd Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student General Artist
As for injuries, he's gotten off more or less scot-free. He's a bit scratched up from his round-one activities (jumping through a gap in a pile of wooden debris). Round two was similar; he has some scuffs from the collapsing table business, but little more than that. It's nothing completely disabling, of course.

He tends to refer to people by their characteristics, not their names (he's terrible with names). He calls Beyra "rust fur" on account of his abnormal sensitivity to red, for example. Avi was "amber eyes". You can choose whatever you'd like him to refer to Zasha as- just pick some physical characteristic and go with it.
Mightyena26 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
Mightyena26 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the people I never imagined going up against, and yet here we are.

You are going to be difficult to beat, comrade. Your entries are always so nicely written.
Someguyfromcrowd Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I was about to comment on your reference first! Curses!

Ahaha, thanks. I won't be procrastinating this time around, either!
Mightyena26 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So far, I have no ideas on how to defeat you. I might be awhile with my contribution to round three.
Someguyfromcrowd Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, I have to say that I'm just as aimless as you are. I'm picking a title and building everything from there.

Whatever happens, it's sure to be hectic.
Mightyena26 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a bit of an idea, but I'm not sure how logical it would be or how I would lead up to it. Plus, I'm not keen on killing Erx. :( He's too...awkward and lovable. :XD:
Someguyfromcrowd Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Heh, you really can't hate him.

Mightyena26 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh snap. "Yet" cannot be good.
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