Myth Concept – Jax

There’s a poor little rich boy in the first chapter of Myth: of Men and Monsters. His name is Jax. Even though the chapter ends pretty badly for the kid, he’s still a part of a huge aspect of the story.

He’s an Aelphi.

The Aelphi are an interesting species. Easily one of the least and most complex I’ve ever developed. They’re highly intelligent, tall, physically greater than their human counterparts (though never the two shall meet, sorry folks, none of you Homo Sapiens here) but they’re easily led. They have a strong ‘group’ mentality which leads them to have a greater focus on fitting in and spreading out. They follow the orders of their lord, Obeiron, to the letter. Obeiron is a title, by the way.

Obeiron holds god-like power, both literally and figuratively. The Aelphi don’t know how or why, or even who he REALLY is… but they worship as well as obey him as their ruler. It’s as if Jesus was president, that’s what I’m trying to get at. But it’s not… because Obeiron isn’t always the most benevolent. In fact, he’s downright Malevolent. As a matter of fact…

wait… no, I almost gave something away ;).

Anyway, the Aelphi are newcomers on the planet in which Myth takes place, Thalkith. They have advanced technologies, medicines and knowledge about everything… The Rinorra, Claire’s species, have generally accepted them like a second world nation accepts the UN. Most of the other creatures on the world haven’t… really… yeah… There’s a big conflict going on in the world-o-Myth… bigger than you might first see.

When the Aelphi arrived, they sent down a group of qualified individuals, including a number of retired military heroes. These people became instrumental in gaining the trust of the people and setting up land buys for Aelphi cities. Among those was a general getting a little long in his bones (to explain that colloquialism, the Aelphi never stop growing. Their skeletal structure grows until the day they die… The taller they are, the older they are). His name was Kayle, a hero from a war that ended a few years ago on a little planet called Althria. Kayle brought his family with him.

© Aaron Shively, 2011

Jax (Jaxial Douri’an-Kayl’ya Sa’anit’agh (pretentious, these Aelphi)) is a boy of about 10-12 years old. He’s great in school, which is where most of an Aelphi child’s day is spent. He’s the top of his class in combat training and mathematics. He has a secret habit of reorganizing his writing utensils by color and size.

The little guy has no stomach for art or literature, beyond the tales of battles and heroes. He’s a military kid. He’s the son of a General. He’s the son of a HERO! It’s in his blood and he plans to make sure it happens.

Like all Aelphi, he’s proud of what he is. He was blessed with a special hair color pattern called the ‘Royal’s Flame’ which only shows itself in purer blood-lines. (Green eyes, however, are the most common color for his people.) For all intents and purposes, the kid IS the quintessential Aelphi.

That is, until the night in Hartour… Until the night when the Prince of Dust comes to collect.

Neither Jax or Nikko really know how much would change that night. They’ll find out.

So will you.

Technical specs:

This took about an hour and a half. I was forced to use reference because I SUCK at drawing kids. That’s my worst area, really…

The reference is from a stock photographer on DeviantArt named Li Adams, or, screennamed “ferelwing-stock“. The picture I used is really a great one. The kid is seriously photogenic. I changed a LOT of him, so much so that, really, I wouldn’t have a legal obligation to credit… but this photographer (and the models really) has obviously put a lot of work into the sets and deserves this. The picture can be found here.

There’s really nothing more I can say about this. It’s far more of a sketch than a finished design… I’m liking it though. The personality’s definitely shining through.

Tell me what you think!

– Aaron Shively


About Aaron Shively

I have been working as a freelance writer and artist for the last decade. In that time, I've done everything from ghostwriting to toy design and everything in between. I am currently working on a novel series called 'Myth' which has held my attention for the past sixteen years. I have spent my time developing the world, character and story and am now ready to funnel all the preliminary material into the manuscript of the first installment, 'of Men and Monsters' Bookmark & Share

Posted on 04/22/2011, in Concepts, Images, Myth Concepts, of Men and Monsters Concepts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow that is cute. I love how complex your species are and how well you know them. I stick to humans in my writing. How fun it would be to create a new race though!

    • Thank you :).
      The Aelphi are one of many species I’ve developed for my project, Myth… I’ll be posting up about another, more inherently sinister people later tonight.

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