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Tsul 'Kalu by Ashere Tsul 'Kalu by Ashere
The Slanting One, The Lord of Game, the Six Fingered Giant. Tsul' Kalu is a Cherokee spirit of devastating power and unpredictable temperament. Occasionally, Tsul'Kalu (sometimes anglicized to Judaculla or Jutaculla) is friendly toward the people of the mountains, and particularly toward pretty Cherokee maidens. However, he is very self conscious of his appearance; one tale tells how he married a woman while in the guise of a handsome man, but fled the village in rage and shame when her family discovered his true form. (His wife, for the record, was fine with it.) Those who hold his patronage are lucky in the hunt. Those who offend him go hungry, or worse. The wrath of Tsul' Kalu makes the mountains shake with thunder, and his flashing, slanted eyes are like lightening. It's best to keep him happy. 
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This is piece of rough character design for the mountain spirit. He'll be popping up in the Anna O'Brien stories at some point, and I wanted to have a clear image in my head for how he might look. The insert is a black and white photo of the Judaculla Stone, a piece of soapstone carved with pictograms that predate the Cherokee, and is associated with the legend primarily because of the six-fingered handprint. 

He looks kind of like my old tech theater teacher in high school. Funny how these things work out. 
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Great drawing!
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool.
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