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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: [link]

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.
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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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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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SolarGear079 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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SolarGear079 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
here is a link to the story on Fanfiction.net [link]
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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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SolarGear079 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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