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Nahual by Viergacht Nahual by Viergacht
Her name is Olivia Fausta, and she's SMILING at you!

And when she's a little less furry, she looks like this: fav.me/d4bk2ud

Female varg? Yes, female varg, even though I said before there was no such thing. The word of god is contradictory and capricious, as in real life.

Nahual are a South American regional variant of vargr, where they were compared to the most striking native predator, the jaguar, instead of the European wolf or bear - so, "were-jaguar" instead of werewolf, even though they're no more feline than vargr are lupine. To the Olmec, they were gods. In modern folklore, they're bruja, or something in between a trickster and a guardian spirit. In fact they're humans with a souped-up parasite in place of mitochondria who can temporarily take on the form of a predatory ancestral primate.

Compared to the common (ulfhednar) vargr, nahuals are smaller and slimmer, but far more agile, with better reflexes and skill at climbing and swimming normal vargr just don't have. In human form, they are often champion fencers, racecar drivers, mountain climbers, stunt women, kickboxers, skyscraper construction workers and so on. They aren't particularly ladylike - the only reason they change change and other varg women can't is because, like female spotted hyenas, they're absolutely brimming with testosterone. What about male nahual? There are none. The males usually die in their first few years.

Anyways, when painting I usually come up with at least a short biography for characters. This one is very young, probably seventeen or so, and has only been thresholding for less than a year. She's still thrilled to death at being a nahual - she hasn't yet experienced much of the downside. Also, while her ancestry is South American she's pictured here in a Florida downpour.

It's a super-dark picture, and I wanted the focus mostly to be on her eyes and her fangs, but I also tried to pick out enough detail that she isn't just a black blob.


Commission info: Commissions by Viergacht
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:iconir0nhed:
IR0NHED Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Nice work! Cherokees have a similar female werecat called the Ewah ,but she is a mountain lion.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Cool!
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fireman-us Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
wow nice.Clap how long does it take to do one of works?
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
This one took about 2 hours, if I remember correctly. 
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat toothy grin :thumbsup:
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13MATTallica96 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"hey guys! :3"
XD
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Coffee-N-Computers Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I have a request, My I use you pic for a story i am writing... I will give you proper credits
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Can you tell me something about the story?
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:iconcoffee-n-computers:
Coffee-N-Computers Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
here is a link to the story on Fanfiction.net [link]
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nah . . . this is already a character from something I'm writing. Thanks for asking, though.
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Coffee-N-Computers Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
No Prob
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Katsa-Azurefyre Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsaywhaplz: ohmygod so creepy! :iconspazattackplz: Great job though!
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Dinogrrrll Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
She's magnificent!! really beautiful image- I am in awe!! Fabulous piece of work. Love it love it!
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Saurianpride Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Adorable yet terrifying.

Adorifying.
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SueaNoi Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE the picture AND the story behind it!
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Brilliant work. The anatomy's convincing, the lighting's near perfect and I can almost feel the rain!

You're getting uncannily good at combining the human and the animal and this goes further than just looks - the expression here conveys an intelligence not quite our own. The existence of female varg comes as no surprise to me as I think I've met some in my time!
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fourtriangles Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Really cool,kind of an evil sasqautch!nice paint black fur and the amber eyes are a nice touch
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FrankCP Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Very cool design, with a bit of a "classic" look. I like the texture of the skin
and the fur, I also like the rainy mood you chose for the pic.
Great work.
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's intense. Wonderful painting! :-)
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AlexSone Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!
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