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Tirzah Characters 5 by Kelaiah Tirzah Characters 5 by Kelaiah
Meet the latest addition to my list of characters: Badger-King Rikhard.

The land of Tirzah is known as an "Impenetrable Paradise", due to the fact that not only is it a very fertile and very beautiful land, but it is also completely surrounded by a range of mountains, all entry-ways gaurded by badgers who have been sworn to protect the land.

All badgers on the Tirzinian Mountain Range are ruled over by a Bager-King, who resides on Mt. Tabor, the tallest mountain in the Tirzinian Mountain Range.

Now, as you can see, there are similarities between these badgers and the ones from the "Redwall" series, but I'd like to point out the many differences:

These badgers all live amongst each other, whereas the "Redwall" ones often lived apart from one another.

While the "Redwall" badgers were gifted with prophetic powers, the "Tirzah" badgers have no such ability.

The "Redwall" badgers are cursed with a thing called "bloodwrath", but the "Tirzah" badgers have no such condition (although they are no less able fighters).

The badgers of "Redwall" rule over an army of hares, whereas hares don't even exist in "Tirzah."

In "Tirzah", the badgers are ruled by a *king*, whereas in "Redwall", they have the title "Lord".

So yeah, there you go. :)

And now for a little info on this particular badger:

Badger-King Rikhard is a wise, experienced ruler, who takes the saftey of Tirzah and his subjects very seriously. But let's not say that he's without a sense of humor.

He is old friends with some of the Elders who live in the castle down in the valley, and is always invited down to the festivals that Tirzah has every summer.

He has only one child, a daughter named Korah, of whom he is very proud of, and I hope to have a picture of her up too. :)
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av-marten Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Yeah, I never got why in Redwall the badgers could never seem to live in the same place. I mean, it was even a recurring point that two male badgers couldn't live together for long. Except badgers are very social animals in real life.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
That always was a rather interesting detail about the books. Badger Lords/Ladies prefer to have their own way, and that was why they couldn't get on well with one another. Although there was that one badger tribe that was mentioned in "The Sable Quean". And it seemed like badgers lived together in Brockhall. But other than that...

But yeah, my badgers are more sociable than that. Although I do plan on basing them a little off of the rhinos from the first Kung Fu Panda movie: they take their job at protecting the land very seriously. Heh heh, I guess you could say they're kind've like the security at air ports. ;):giggle::)
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av-marten Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Please say they're not really like airport security, now i have images of armored badgers doing invasive pat-downs.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
*snerk* :icondragonkekeplz: No, nothing like that. This is how it works:

Travellers come up the mountain passes, get picked up by the badgers and are escorted to either the Badger-King or any of the other chieftains, depending on which side of the mountain range said traveller comes up.

After an 'interview' with the traveller, the Badger-King and a few badger-elders decide if the traveller is harmless enough to enter Tirzah. If so, then they are let through, but if not, they are turned away.
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av-marten Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Okay, that sounds a whole lot better.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Yep. Good. :)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! He looks kind of regal and powerful! :D
Love his costume! He sure doesn't lack charisma among his good points - a strong and handsome lord! :aww:

*kneels, with sabre laid in front of me* So long as I am a visitor in your kingdom, sire, I am at your service!
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Heehee, thank you! :D:D:D I actually think I overdid it with the gold, but then again, his armor is supposed to be gold-platted, just so he can look flashy while still be protected. But I'm glad you find him handsome. ;):giggle: I'm not quite fixed on how old he is, though. I think he's either in his 50's or 60's.

Rikhard: Thank you, my good eh... eh... I'm sorry, I'm not familar with what type of animal you are.

He's a hare, Rikhard.

Rikhard: ...A hair?

No, not "hair", "hare".

Rikhard: Oh. ...Right. Ahem, anyway, yes, thank you, my good... hare. Ahem. But just so we're clear, my kingdom is only the Tirzinian Mountain Range. I am merely an ally when it comes to the actual land of Tirzah.
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Danbuster: Well, I actually hail from the United Animal Kingdom, but I'm an ally... as are those with me... ;)
(His ferret, rat and eagle buddies are in evidence)
Frederick: How do? :) *touches cap*
Spencer: Wotcha, mate! :D
Marquila: Ave! :salute:
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Rikhard: Good. *to Frederick* Nice hat. :)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Frederick: Ta, matey! :aww: *naval-type salute (otter-style, after his foster-folk)*
Spencer: *nudges Frederick* Hehe... popular, ain'tcha! ;)
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Rikhard: That's "Your Majesty", not "matey", otter. >)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Frederick: Oh! Sorry, mate... errr, yer majesty! *bows* Incidentally, though I was raised by otters, I'm, errr, technic'ly a ferret.
Marquila: Aye, sire, but Ah c'n vooch fer him. A mair braw gentleman is scarce ter be foond than yang Fred'rick here! ;)
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Rikhard: *takes a closer look at Frederick* Oh, why so you are! So sorry. Oh dear, I hope this isn't a sign that I'm getting old. And why should you vouch for him, Marquila?
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SnowStoat Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!
Haha, it seems like the badgers are always the kings/lords. :D

And I was just curious: how do you make up all those names for your characters?
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Thank you! :D:D:D Heh heh, yeah, badgers are very strong creatures, and are often portrayed as noble creatures in literature. Not sure why, but somehow it fits. :)

As for their names, at first, I relied on names from the bible, but then I was told about a website that had whole lists of names, listed along with what their names meant. And then I got a book that has all kinds of names along with their meanings. That's been real helpful. :)
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SnowStoat Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I see. :)

I make most of the names for the Moonfox-trilogy by using Google translate. So most of the names have a meaning.
Johkard means 'Sabre' or 'Sword', 'Astrus' means 'Sharp', Luter means 'otter', Voiska means 'army', well and I could go on like this for minutes. :D
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I think it's cool that you give your characters names that are significant to their character and/or species. :D:D:D The names of my four main characters are all significant in some way:

Elihu, Zeriah, Asahel and Tamar are all named after people who are related to King David from the bible.

Elihu is named after one of David's brothers, and not only that, but there is an Elihu from the book of Job. In that book, Elihu was the youngest and the wisest of Job's friends.

Zeriah is named after Zeruiah, the sister of David, who had sons who were all valiant warriors - and rather harsh and cruel warriors at that. Which is fitting to Zeriah's personality.

Asahel is named after one of Zeruiah's sons, who could run very fast, a feature which I gave my Asahel.

Tamar is named after three women in David's family: his ancestor, his daughter, and his granddaughter. Her personality is based mostly off of David's daughter, who was wise and hard-working and tender. :)
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SnowStoat Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool.
I'm not that familiar with stories from the bible, though I did recognize the name Asahel...
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Yeah. :nod::)
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purpurariuscaligo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Great design as usual =D I can't wai to see what Korah looks like =)
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Thank you! :D:D:D Korah is supposed to be the most beautiful female badger of her time, I hope I'm able to convey that when I draw her. :)
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