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Full Name: Daniel Ratzenberger
Nicknames: Dan
Species: Corpsehound (Zombie-eating werehyena)
Gender: Male
Age: 19 years old
Player: Atalhlla

Physical Profile:
- Corpsehound (Zombie-eating Werehyena, single form) with Vulpine Accoutrements
  • Height & Weight: Bipedal, upright, nearly 7'. (~2.1 m) Quad, about 3.5' (~1.1m) to the shoulder. Some 360 lbs. (~160 kg)
  • Apparent Age: Young Adult
  • Character Build: Muscular
  • Body Type: Bipedal
  • Usual Clothing: Well, he used to be a slacks and button-up kinda guy, but right now whatever fits.
  • Voice: He has a rich deep tenor rather unbefitting of his appearance.
  • Usual Scent: Hyena, Human, and a very slight lingering scent of carrion that never seems to leave. When his Amulet of Pine Freshness is charged, the carrion smell is replaced with the smell of pine needles. Also smells of Tom as of late and, oddly, slightly of earth.

Full Description
He's a big ol burly werehyena with suspiciously well kempt fur, big ol triangular fox ears, and a long floofy fox tail. Relative to human proportions, his arms are a bit longer than normal while his legs seem kinda short short, giving him a typical sloped back appearance when walking quad. He can stand up right, and though he's usually slightly hunched over he can stand up straighter if necessary. He's equally comfortable quad.

His hands, though dextrous, are not capable of as fine of manipulation as a human's hand is, even accounting for relative size.

His coat is mainly a golden color, and his markings are rather curious, spots coalescing in a well ordered double helix down his back. Starting at his head and running down his back is a mane of longer light brown fur with a reddish highlight above his forehead. From his hands to about his elbows, and his feet to a bit past his ankles, his fur is dark gray-brown. The fur on his vulpine tail goes from orange at the base to red towards the end, where there's a distinct ring and flag. His fox ears are black on the back, white on the inside.

He has a dark face-mask, as is typical of hyenas, except he also has three dark lines drawn across each cheek like cartoon whiskers. His eyes are blue, slit pupils.
- Werefox (Commonly used alternate form, but could also be glamoured)
  • Height & Weight: Bipedal, upright, nearly 7'. (~2.1 m) Quad, about 3.5' (~1.1m) to the shoulder. Some 360 lbs. (~160 kg)
  • Apparent Age: Young Adult
  • Character Build: Muscular
  • Body Type: Bipedal
  • Usual Clothing: Well, he used to be a slacks and button-up kinda guy, but right now whatever fits.
  • Voice: He has a rich deep tenor rather unbefitting of his appearance.
  • Usual Scent: Fox and a very slight lingering scent of carrion that never seems to leave. When his Amulet of Pine Freshness is charged, the carrion smell is replaced with the smell of pine needles. Also smells of Tom as of late and, oddly, slightly of earth.

Full Description
When he's actually transformed, his body by and large isn't changed from his base form, other than having a fox face, though on further inspection his arms and legs are a bit longer and his wrist doesn't do the weird hyena thing.

Even while glamoured he still seems like a vulpine version of himself, even his face despite the disparity between vulpine and hyenid countenances. This is the most obviously illusory part of the glamour, though you have to watch a bit to catch it. His ears and tail, however, aren't really affected by the glamour because those features are already vulpine.

In either case, his coat is more or less normal for a red fox, save that his body has more golden fur which fades towards orange going to his head, wrists, and ankles. He still has a white counter coloration down his front. His hands and feet have black socks with white digits. His tail looks like a fairly typical vulpine affair, though it also has that same gold to orange gradient down its length before terminating with a black ring and white flag. Ears are black and look pointy. Hair/mane is now blond rather than light brown, though the red highlight at the forehead remains. Eyes are still blue with slit pupils.
- Corpsehound with Vulpine Accoutrements, Feral Edition
  • Height & Weight: Quad, about 3.5' (~1.1m) to the shoulder. Some 360 lbs. (~160 kg)
  • Apparent Age: Young Adult
  • Character Build: Muscular
  • Body Type: Quadruped
  • Usual Clothing: Probably nude, but may have his magic bag on him.
  • Voice: Big Hyena with a bit of Big Canine. He can actually squeal, now!
  • Usual Scent: Hyena, Human, and a very slight lingering scent of carrion that never seems to leave. When his Amulet of Pine Freshness is charged, the carrion smell is replaced with the smell of pine needles. Also smells of Tom and Xirah as of late and, oddly, slightly of earth.

Full Description
He's a big ol burly hyena with suspiciously well kempt fur, big ol triangular fox ears, and a long floofy fox tail. His proportions are pretty typical of a hyena's albeit he's quite a bit bigger than one. He can stand upright about as well as a hyena can, or as well as a dog can for that matter.

His coat pattern is unchanged from his base form.

Inventory
- Items
  • - Dignity leggings with a slot cut out for the tail.
    Description
    Requires a belt. (He's gotten better clothing by now, so there's that.)
  • - Amulet of Warmth
    Description
    +5

    Effective in low temperatures, though works most efficiently with appropriate garb.
  • - Amulet of Pine Freshness
    Description
    A small sized amulet that changes the scent of carrion to that of fresh pine needles. A power failure in or loss of the amulet will be quite noticeable, what with all the strong noses.
  • - Nice Coats (And other assorted outdoor garments)
    Description
    Notable entries include a Nice Rain Coat, a matching set of Nice Winter Coat and Nice Snow Pants, as well as snow boots and both rain and winter gloves for quad walkers who still want some modicum of manual dexterity. The snow boots are typical for large digitigrade folks.
  • - Backpack
    Description
    Backpack!

Skills & Abilities
- Language Fluency
  • A variant of Middle Kingdom Egyptian, through his Shadow
  • English (Native, US Midwestern)
  • Skywolf (Toddlertalk)
- Vocational History
  • Dad
  • Apprentice Mage and Alchemist
  • Student!
  • House Builder
  • Zombie Apocalypse Survivor
  • And much much much more recently zombie eater
  • Cabin Builder and Site Lead
- Education History
  • He finished highschool with AP calc, physics, and chemistry under his belt. Was going to start biochemical engineering, but then zombies happened and school was indefinitely canceled.

    He's since picked up alchemy and general magical theory and application under the tutelage of Shana.
- Comb Training/Skills/Experience
  • - Experience
    Description
    He and a number of his friends managed to not die in the first month or so of a zombie apocalypse, so they must have done something right, although zombies are more dangerous in number and relentlessnous, not as much in tactics. He's also participated in a few Nerf Nights, but nothing past that.

    Having spent some time actually training up while on Infinitas, he now knows how to not instantly be creamed in a fisticuffs, and can actually fall without hurting himself. His kids have also trained his reflexes on catching balistic masses of fluff and love.
  • - Weapon Training
    Description
    Aside from shooting at a range every so often and trying out archery at one point, he didn't really get much in the way of weapon training. Even worse, he's not much for manual dexterity now days. He can eat zombies, but that's not much of a problem when you're bigger and faster than they are and don't have to worry about becoming one yourself.

    Since having to actually start hunting for food, he's learned how to use spears and a few other sharp implements, especially while waiting in trees.

Paranormal AbilitiesBackground


World Information:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Er, I mean Earth and Zombies, which pretty much means everything was anded with Zombies.

Character Background:
Suburbs. School. Highschool. College. Zombies! TF! MIGRANT! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Life growing up was nothing particularly remarkable. Thoroughly suburban and white, even. He got great grades, except in literature and history, built catapults and trebuchets, participated in the Science Olympiad, grew questionable things in his room and the fridge, participated Habitat builds, went to various fannish conventions, and in general lived a well to do life full of well to do things.

As is normal in America, immediately after highschool came college and, about a month into classes, a rather startling apocalypse of zombies occurred causing an indefinite hiatus in schools and pretty much everything else all over. Even though everyone and their grandmother had at that point given at least some thought to zombie plans, shit never the less hit every fan imaginable.

For his part, Dan and his friends rather successfully holed up in one university building and, not too long afterwards, connected with a few other groups of survivors. Despite the dire initial outlook, a life time of zombie infested media had prepared them all for many of the scenarios they now had to face, although having to actually act on reality was still quite different from performing thought experiments. Emotions are difficult drives to deny, and plan-As rarely survive contact with reality.

Even with all that, the situation was going not too terribly a month on from Z-0. Things took a turn for the fuzzier, however, when on a scavenging mission, Dan got separated from the group by building code violations. They came back and tried to locate him, but could neither get a response nor find a way down to where ever he went, and so according to previously agreed protocol they had to leave him.

Some time after that, he awakes to find himself transfigured into a terrible beast that hungers for the flesh of the undead. Kinda freaky, but being able to eat them before they eat you was undeniably useful, and really, the only complaint Dan could level against this body in the current situation, besides the deplorable lack of appropriate clothing, was that he was not a fox instead, though he supposed foxes weren't stereotyped as eating corpses.

Now rather more hyenid than before, he needed to reconvene with his compatriots, preferably in a manner that didn't result in the wasting of precious defenses on him, to say nothing about the injury this might pose to himself. He was on the point of convincing them that, yes, he really was Daniel, just fuzzier, and that he only wanted to eat zombies, and not living people and most certainly not friends, when he was whisked away to Infinitas.

Extra Information
- Hidden Background Information
The world is somewhat more than mundane Earth, to say nothing about the presence of zombies and zobie-eating hyenas themselves. Dieties of various sorts have been active, though in less and less showy forms, through out all of even modern history, trading direct action for more discretion as the objects of veneration changed from themselves to more secular things.

The corpsehounds, and indeed the zombies too, are actually the result of a brotherly tiff, where the brothers are gods who own a ... business. (They have great benefits including health insurance with dental and after life counseling.) While neither the zombies nor their predators are all that outwardly magical, they are never the less underlayed by such power.

As to whether such world changing incidences such as zombie apocalypses have occurred before, no such things have been recorded in recent history.

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Atalhlla
May 26, 2018 5:45 PM
Re: Daniel Ratzenberger
I think I haven't updated this since the new forums. Things happened. Also putting in more on abilities he actually has attained.
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