Beyond that, his backstory is pretty undecided, but I'd like to put a festive spin on it - here are a few options:
- Fellest is nothing more than a lumberjack, venturing out into the forest to cut down pine trees for Christmas.
- The above, but Fellest somehow absorbed the spirits of every tree that he felled, making him resemble a pine himself.
- Fellest was originally a pine tree, but came to life! He crushed the lumberjack that was about to fell him and stole his tools, and now defends his forest from festive destruction.
- The above, except that Fellest is actually out to destroy the rest of the forest, so that he can be the last tree standing!
On second thoughts, I like this one most. The felled tip of a conifer stirred itself to life, crawling along on leafy tendrils, latching onto the back of the unsuspecting lumberjack (dressed in black), branches wrapping around his neck, leaves engulfing him like a coniferous parasite, the lumberjack's screams being muffled by the foliage... and creating Fellest. Fellest then becomes the slow but determined defender of his forest, never to be cut down again!
There are a few points I'd like to raise about the MOC itself. Firstly, I am well aware that the Skrall shield is patterned red on one side, and you'll notice that the sneaky photography hides this fact. I personally don't mind it at all, since I'll be displaying Fellest on one side only, so it'll hardly be an issue.
Secondly, the massive spiky bit on his back. What even is that? I actually put it there because the Zaktan spine didn't want to curve down the back that nicely, and so I just let it stick out. Funnily enough it works as a good couterbalance for when I want to position the blade forwards like in the bottom right picture, and I like how it gives Fellest a kind of hunched appearance. Alternatively it could be some kind of defence feature, but that's the best (feeble) explanation for why there's a knife blade at the end.
All in all, Fellest is far from my best work, what with the arguably messy backspike and the legs' limited posability (well, there is a 50% chance that he's a tree, so give him a break) but I like him nonetheless.
If anyone is curious about the name, it resulted from reading through the Wiktionary article of the word 'fell' after deciding that Lumber and Feller weren't that suitable. 'Fell' is also an adjective meaning 'Of a strong and cruel nature', which goes well with some of the backstory options!
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That's a very cool MOC, though. The tools, the hunched back, the legs... all of it!
And when I say 'grown on me', obviously I mean that I like him more, not that he's literally gr-- *hack* *cough* no-- *hccckkkkk*
Fellest looks pretty darn awesome, I can't help but think of a troll though for some reason, some kind of forest troll or something. I think in terms of background I think you should keep him as being some kind of lumberjack or tree chopper himself, his tools just make him look like a lumberjack >_>
I actually have my own suggestion for him, kind of blending being a lumberjack himself, and your preferred biography. Rather than just some random lumberjack he absorbed for cutting him down, instead the guy was one of those people involved in deforestation type stuff (like what goes on down in the rainforest), so rather than stopping all trees from being cut down, Fellest instead serves as a protector against just wanton and/or wasteful destruction of trees. If he absorbed a human, he's bound to pick up at least something from them, and some of that I'm sure would be that humans still need trees and wood.... I dunno, I feel like if he absorbed a human or otherwise merged with one that'd be something he would pick up. Plus, in order for forests, especially old ones, to remain healthy, some trees have to be cut down along with other brush and such...there's a reason why forest fires are a naturally occurring thing afterall.
Glad to have been of service, I've found that usually in the most interesting (and imo best) mergings/full-time possessions like what Fellest kind of has going on some traits from the absorbed or possessed are taken in by the one doing the deed.
However, I think I've found a story that I like above the others. The felled tip of a conifer stirred itself to life, crawling along on leafy tendrils, latching onto the back of the unsuspecting lumberjack, branches wrapping around his neck, leaves engulfing him like a coniferous parasite, the lumberjack's screams being muffled by the foliage... and creating Fellest. This explains the lack of brown, and if the original lumberjack were black then that works too. Fellest then becomes the slow but determined defender of his forest, never to be cut down again!
"Fellest" could also come from "felling" trees and "festive," the reason we have Christmas trees in the first place!
I like the third option a lot too :>
also i totally agree with welcometothedarksyde you should definitely dress him up for christmas xD
(I'd thought about putting a second Skrall shield there, but remember that the blade tips would then be pointing in opposite directions and would have a gap in between them, which I didn't really think was much of an improvement.)
Is he a lumberjack?
So is he okay?
Does he sleep all night and work all day?