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Avi by Cloudbat

©2011-2015 Cloudbat
Edit: THIS IS OLD. Henceforth most of it is outdated and should be disregarded.

And now poor Avi is being thrown into Challenge of the Gods, another cool OCT! Yes, I know his picture sucks, I shall re-do it eventually. >>

Warning: large wall of text ahead.

Name: Avi/Iva

Species: Koolie

Age: about 7 human years old

Size: 20 inches tall at the shoulder (about 24 inches in all) and roughly that long, plus 5 inches with his tail.

Gender: Male (but thinks of himself as female some days and acts like his female “counterpart”, Iva, when he feels like it. He identifies as both genders.)

Abilities: If he’s touching any kind of stone or metal, he can absorb it onto his body in a sort of ‘coating’. For example, if he were touching metal he could draw some of it onto half of his leg and his paw would be covered with it.

It takes longer to draw more of the element onto his body, and he can only draw as much as is there. Whatever part of him he imbibes metal/stone onto becomes more difficult to move, so it also slows him down somewhat, especially if he has a large amount of him covered.

He can’t really move at all if he covers himself completely or almost completely – and if he does so, he has to be careful not to cover his eyes, ears, or nose, because if he did it would really, really hurt him and possibly lock him that way forever. He can sustain small coatings (like a paw or half of a leg) for ten minutes at a time, but full-body ones for only about half a minute.

It also varies in how long it takes to cover parts of him – a paw would only take a few seconds, a full-body covering would take at least three minutes.

The second his entire body is off of a surface, any coverings on him from it will dissolve back into the substance

(however, the part of his body that's being covered doesn't have to be in direct contact as long as some part of his body is touching the material).

The coverings themselves are about half an inch thick.

Strengths:

-About average speed, strength, and stamina for a koolie
-good at leaping distances (say, about 7 feet or so.)
-good at keeping his balance if hit or pushed


Weaknesses:

-somewhat small, it would only take two or three strong blows to incapacitate or kill him

-has a third of his tail missing, as well as having had his tail broken. It has healed, but is still sensitive.

-very sensitive to bright lights and shocking/horrifying things; if it’s too much for him he will faint on the spot and won’t wake up (unless severe pain is inflicted on him or from strong scent or noise stimuli) for at least five minutes.

-delicate feet; even a little bit of gravel can cause him quite a bit of discomfort. If he feels pain in his foot/pad area he will spazz out, twitch, and lose his cool completely.

Personality: Avi is a timid little thing. He generally likes other creatures but is often too paranoid to try and talk to them, unless he’s seen them talking to someone else and knows they’re friendly.

Once he does start talking, however, the other person might wish he hadn’t. Rarely one to hold anything back, he will often ramble on about something until he dissolves into nonsense with little regard for the other dog’s words. Or he’ll blurt out some embarrassing comment that honestly isn’t intended to harm, but turns the whole atmosphere awkward.

However, if you call him out on it he'll get very embarrassed and awkwardly shuffle away to mope.

He can’t stand to be around creatures who he feels are threatening, scary, or large and will run away if they come anywhere close to him.

Avi is lacking in morals. He would prefer not to kill someone, but he would do it if he felt it was necessary to his own safety. He doesn't enjoy being a trickster or a thief, but has taken on both roles in the past to survive, if reluctantly. (He and Iva share this, though Iva is even more reluctant to kill someone she'd rather get to know.)

And of course, there's his other half, Iva. (Avi thinks of her as simply his feminine half; Iva argues that she's her own personality.)

In comparison to Avi, Iva is bold and often sarcastic (especially to Avi). She's usually quite friendly, but like Avi lacks many social skills (including tact and understanding body language). Avi often tries to keep her restrained, since he fears others will think him a freak for having two different-gender sides.

It’s usually random who's dominant on a certain day.(though it's more often Avi, since he's the original personality. So he says.)

Their biggest difference is probably that Avi is completely and utterly afraid of any sort of romance and Iva...let's just call her an example of the Anything That Moves trope.

History: Avi was born and raised in Pripyat, a ghost city that was abandoned after the infamous Chernobyl reactor incident.

Avi was born into a litter of three, he and his brother and sister. He was the middle pup, and seemed perfectly normal.
He was, until it was time for him to stop being a puppy and learn how to be a dog, by hunting and learning to fight and survive.

It was a tough world out there, said Avi’s father, so we have to be tough back. Avi tried to learn. He really did. Yet while he was okay at hunting, he’d rather be chasing butterflies instead. He didn’t mind fighting, but while learning he’d drift off and think of laughing and joking with his sister.

Oringo, Avi’s father, tried to be patient at first. As time went on, though, and the young canine showed no sign of being as dedicated or ‘macho’ as his father was and his brother pretended to be, Oringo finally snapped when his middle son was 3 years old and completely lost his temper.

“You are a disgrace, Avi! You are no boy – you are practically a female! I am sick of giving my best effort when you show half of your potential on a good day. Get out of this house.”

Avi’s siblings did little to defend him, sitting by with pitying expressions, not willing to intervene. Avi hated them for being so passive and hated his father for not accepting who he was. He admitted that his father had a point, but he wasn’t willing to change for him.

Avi’s mother simply moaned and wailed, covering her face with her paws while she lay on the floor. Avi left with no farewells, bitter and resentful – but free.

Eventually he began to call his ‘regular’ or male self by his given name and gave the female part of his psyche the name Iva, finding it too confusing to be both at the same time.

Shortly after being cast out from home, Avi was on the edge of insanity. He barely knew how to survive, and his father made sure that everyone he knew shunned him. (Before, his oddness was a family secret.)

He wandered to the very edge of Pripyat, where he met...it.

An unknown entity, shadowy in form, that said it had taken an interest in him and wanted to help him survive so it would have entertainment. Avi, terrified, asked how it would do that. It reached out with a tendril of smoke and touched him, saying it had given him the gift of earth, which he could now control - but eventually there would be a price.

So with this edge Avi managed to survive in the city for far longer than a normal feral dog.

After losing to Erx in the tournament of his hometown, (which he expected) Avi wondered to do with his life. Then Creation appeared, terrifying Avi (it reminded him of the entity a bit) but also interesting him. At first the mention of another tournament made him leery, but escaping Pripyat also sounded good, at least. So he went.

Shared Likes between Avi and Iva: Plants (especially flowers), soft things, jokes, herding things (ingrained koolie habit, not that they're able to do it much), jumping up on stuff to have a better view (he loves the feeling of being up high and strong), metal, stone, things made out of clay (especially pottery. He loves pottery.

Likes specific to Iva: Romance, dirty jokes, snuggling.

Likes specific to Avi: Singing, being clean, beautiful places.

(Iva doesn't care about Avi's specific likes, and Avi's terrified of Iva's. XD)

Dislikes specific to Avi: dirty/inappropriate things, huge or scary animals, gravel, glass, and anyone who thinks him being Iva is freaky

Dislikes specific to Iva: People who won't flirt with her, and just grumpy people in general.

Other: Avi has an Australian accent and sometimes uses Australian words/terminology that he picked up from his parents.

As Iva, their voice is slightly higher.
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:iconwolfbanekapu:
wolfbanekapu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist
neat character he has an interesting back story =D
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sank ye~ It could've been better, but ah well. XD
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El-Quivira Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Avi seems interesting! And so does his female counterpart! Good luck in your audition!
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:iconcloudbat:
Cloudbat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Good luck to you as well! :nod:
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r-nn Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
his power is pretty interesting, so does some part of him always have to be touching the material in use for it to work? also i like his design, qt spots ;u; good luck to you!
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, some part of him always has to be touching the metal. It works like this: To cover the part of him (say a front paw) it has to be touching for a few seconds. But then he can lift it up and use it to hit something (for example, in my former opponent's round he broke down a wall) as long as some other part of him (even just a little) is touching the surface.

XD The spots may be cute, but they are murder to repeat. I can never draw him unless I have his ref on hand. And I need to add in his other side, since it's not symmetric. >.>
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Berkelis Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay~
Some old faces in a new oct.
Hope it goes better for you this time. (so best of luck to you.)
This two are interesting charackters.
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I had plenty of other options, but since Avon has become so popular (lols not really), I figured poor Avi deserved more time from me. XD And thanks!

Interesting is what I aim for. 8D Nothing worse than fighting someone boring.
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Paranoid-line Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Well you try a new OCT I see~

Good luck for your Avi, I think this time will be better~
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well hello there Para :D (can I call you Para, or do you have some other nickname?)

I think so too~ My audition especially.
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Paranoid-line Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Do as you want Para is okay, Lin is okay just chose and use~

I look forward to your audition and I'm happy that you take part of this XD Rem is also in it~
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Para it shall be! Thank ye~ Rem-rem! <3
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Someguyfromcrowd Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Hmm, just a lone question to ask. Is concrete a stone for the purpose of this absorption power of Avi's?

It looks like he's asking for an And I Must Scream moment = D
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh...sure! He might or might not be aware of that, but I think it would count.

Ahahaah that would be hilarious. XD I doubt it would happen, but if it did...I would be the cruel person I am and laugh.

Question about Erx's speech, in return: Would he want to communicate with other dogs, if he could? Or does he just not care?
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Someguyfromcrowd Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student General Artist
He's simultaneously unable to speak well and unwilling to speak at all, so he wouldn't be much for conversation even if he did have better speech. He might communicate with those who he feels are in the same condition that he is, though. Depends on the circumstances, really.

Also, I've read your ref a few more times and was kind of confused by what you mean when you said "Iva is timid to other dogs besides Avi (to whom she is very rude and blunt), but if she were to talk to other dogs she would be kind and gentle." Can you elaborate?
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly!

(This will be long. You have been warned.)

The thing is, since Iva "developed" after Avi. Avi considers her as just another side of him, but Iva considers herself an entirely different personality. So although she loves Avi (as like a brother) she gets sick of him sometimes, since they're in the same body and all.

But she's afraid (and Avi's afraid for her) to talk to other dogs for long periods of time, in case they consider them a freak. So Iva longs to develop friendship with other dogs, but she's held back by fear. She so badly wants to "get out". Because of her own suppression (namely by Avi) she somewhat resents his protectiveness, even though she herself is afraid.

Basically, she wants to understand and love others, but she just doesn't know how. She wants to know their stories and help them feel better. XD

Sorry for the infodump...^^; I hope it helped.
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Someguyfromcrowd Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Hey, my infodumps are far worse at times ^^;

So Avi and Iva are not simply two different means by which the same dog acts, but two entirely separate personalities that treat one another like separate beings entirely?

Hm. Will have to incorporate that.
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Mainly. Avi thinks Iva is only another side of him (and isn't quite sure how sane he is), but Iva insists she's a separate personality. So it depends on who you talk to. XD

Well, thanks for putting up with it. XD It's very considerate of you.
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Songdog-StrayFang Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
More dogs with gender abnormalities! I support this.
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gosh! Thanks! :3

I feel special now, since the person who made Elly and Pft is complimenting me. o//o

Ha, it'll be fun to see how his audition goes, since both sides of him will feature in it. >3
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Songdog-StrayFang Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Daw. And now I feel special :tea:

Onward to the auditions!
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Baaaah. Mine is going to be so short and probably cliched. xD
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sumantra Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Omg. Sound's so much like you except the whole parents-are-shitty and the Australian accent.
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He might look like it, but he has these differences from me:

1. He doesn't hate himself.

2. He's a lot more set in his ways.

3. He cares about pleasing others, but not as much as making himself happy.

4. He has a lot less morals than I do. I mean, I'm not miss morality, but Avi can count his morals on one paw.

6. I don't have a created alter ego. xD
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sumantra Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
D'awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. You need a super-cool alter ego! Like, a superhero or something...maybe even a supervillian. 0_o
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not brave enough to be a hero and I'm not clever enough to be a villain. xD
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sumantra Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Ah, well. Maybe the male version of Novissimo? Or is it the female version? Ahahah, I'm just kidding. I don't care what you identify as. <3
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a girl who wishes she were a dude, but acknowledges that being a girl has a few advantages and is too wussy to be a dude.
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sumantra Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I see. I'm a bit in between, a little like Avi.
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Shinkoryu14 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well you look pretty good all around, there's just one thing I feel the need to point out. You say Avi's parents were alive when the reactor blew. However, that was twenty-five years ago, so considering Avi is seven that would have put them at eighteen when he was born at the very least, assuming they were newborn puppies at the time. Most dogs don't live to be older than thirteen. You might want to reconsider that aspect of his backstory. He could still be the descendant of dogs brought over at the time of the disaster, but not over a single generation.
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Cloudbat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh. Good point. This has been fixed.
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Shinkoryu14 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, that'll do it. Best of luck with your audition.
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:iconcloudbat:
Cloudbat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Quite honestly my favorite part is seeing what everyone else comes up with.
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