Luka is the bizarre creature who appears out of the forest and leads Kala on a path to find out the truth of her people and her family.
He communicates with the individual through morphing the runes that appear in his fur. He himself is a shape-shifter and is very careful never to be seen without intending it.
He is rather cunning by nature. He is a free spirit and wanders the woods alone. However, he knows to avoid the Ghast’s and the creatures further up the mountain.
His spirited nature prompts him to tease unsuspecting tribe members with playful tricks but is careful never to interfere with the Kyr too often as not to offend the Ghast’s.
They are cared for by the Sikari. It is believed that centuries ago that the herd was vast and populated the whole mountain.
The Sikari prospered as a thriving civilisation, however they became careless and allowed the herd to almost be wiped out. The Sikari were then punished and the forest consumed the cities. Later the Devoid threatened to eradicate them but offered them redemption if they could rebuild the herd then they may rebuild their society.
They are worshiped because wherever they graze will flourish with natural life.
They decorate the cattle with the same red thread in their hair as a symbol of protection and kinship connecting them to the forest.
More observational work in Animate CC. Exported properly this time.
Benson’s final designs are greatly simplified from the base version and this is down to aid his continuity and recognisability. I also felt the character needed particular features that link him to the Baron without necessarily being ‘equal’ in social status. as a result, the back of his waistcoat has the same stripes as the Barons shirt. also as a further enforcement of the Barons influence, he insists that Benson (and any of his underlings) paints a red diamond around their left eye in homage to his own eyepatch. This acts as a symbol of loyalty and support of the Red Baron.
The final troll design takes some influence from the Magicville minions’ use of masks. The trolls seem to be naturally magical creatures. That is to say they have misterious cultural traits such as wearing enchanted masks that move and show expression. Presumably, this is to hide something much less friendly beneath from other beings that live in the kingdom.