Following the example of many other, more sensible people, I’m going to post any MOCs that I’ve made here, in a single topic, as to not crowd up the forums, etc… With winter break coming up, I’ll certainly have plenty of time to put some together, but to get things started:
Ezlis (version 2)
Version 2 of one of my female Glatorian MOCs, although Ezlis is quite far removed from the usual glatorian build.
Ezlis is a Vorox, who traveled with Mistral for the last 200 years or so of Mistral’s exile. Mistral found Ezlis left for dead in the aftermath of a failed caravan ambush by Ezlis’ pack of Vorox. Although badly mauled, Ezlis survived and Mistral nursed her back to health. With no pack left, and little chance of survival on her own, Ezlis stayed with Mistral afterwards.
Although initially distrustful of Mistral, Ezlis eventually became a close companion of the exiled Iron Tribe Glatorian. Her hunting and tracking skills proved particularly helpful. Mistral noticed that, although she acted largely on animal instinct, Ezlis was capable of some basic communication, relying mostly on gestures, and was quite curious about her writing. Having spent much of her time in the desert trying to avoid regressing like the Vorox had, Mistral tried to see if there was anything left of Ezlis’ mind, and that she might be able to teach her more.
Ezlis proved to be a surprisingly quick learner. By copying Mistral, she learned to write by carving letters in rocks or clay with her claws. After some time, she also started to imitate Mistral’s speech, although her physical alterations made speaking quite difficult for her. She also had a few vague memories left of what had happened to her and the sand tribe. Mistral named her Ezlis after an Agori who she had worked with before the plague decimated the Iron Tribe. During the failed ambush, Ezlis had lost her tail stinger, so Mistral attached an old thornax launcher to it instead, since Ezlis was unable to hold one effectively with her claws.
As is typical for a Vorox, she was altered by the Great Beings. Ezlis was altered shortly after the shattering, when the Great Beings had more or less given up on Bara Magna as a balanced, peaceful world, and as such were experimenting away without much care for the consequences. This shows on Ezlis; although the basic parts are there, her body bears little resemblance to that of the Glatorian she used to be. Her face resembles that of a Zesk, with four eyes. Her tail is large and powerful, but heavy, so she stands and walks in a dinosaur-like way, using the tail to counterbalance her body. Her hands are three-fingered talons, which allow her to hang on to large prey while tearing into them with her jaws.
Over time, Ezlis went from being more or less Mistral’s pet, to traveling companion, to a close friend. Although she still looks like fearsome desert creature, and hunts like one, Ezlis is surprisingly gentle, caring, and for a Vorox, quite smart. When Mata Nui fought the Makuta, Mistral and Ezlis entered the battle below, saving several Agori and fighting alongside the Glatorian. Thanks to this, they were able to rejoin society after the battle was over. Ezlis and Mistral now live with the relocated Fe-Matoran, where Mistral has once again become a master blacksmith. Although mostly dependant on Mistral in the civilized society, Ezlis keeps and sells small pet rahi, who she is actually able to communicate with to some degree.
Silistra (version 2)
The last one of female Glatorian MOCs I made originally, this second version of Silistra has a completely reworked body.
You wouldn’t tell by looking at her, but Silistra is actually Kiina’s younger sister. They have very different personalities, though, and for a long time the sisters lived very separate lives. Silistra was originally named Sala. Her parents were fighters, earning a meager living by fighting in the arena and working as caravan guards. They died when Sala was very young, roughly equivalent to a four or five year old human child. Kiina was older (think early teenage years), but not old enough to legally take care of her sister. With no close living relatives, they were instead adopted by an old Glatorian woman named Tuletha. Already headstrong and independent, Kiina took to the streets instead, earning a living by doing all sorts of odd jobs (polishing armor, etc…) and living in a small shack on a roof (think Aladdin minus the monkey).
Close-up of the reworked body. The “Nuva boobs” would be excessive or downright comical on my other glatorian-sized MOCs, but since Silistra isn’t exactly small to begin with I think they work well enough.
Tuletha was one of the village elders in Tajun, and very wealthy, so Sala entered into the life of the Tajun nobility, becoming the daughter that Tuletha never had. She was renamed to Silistra, a name which roughly translates to “treasure”. Tuletha’s role as one of the most respected village elders kept her busy, so Silistra grew up being taught by various servants. She was very artistic, and loved painting and weaving. Her artwork was hung up on the walls all over the large house. There were downsides to the high life, however; she was a bit of a shut-in and didn’t have any friends her age to play games with. Tuletha was more of a generous grandmother, willing and able to give Silistra anything she wanted. Having spent her first few years often going hungry, Silistra had a voracious appetite, and she was almost constantly munching on something the house cook had thought up. Due to this, her weight skyrocketed.
Several years went by like this, until Tuletha passed away. The closest thing to a living relative, Silistra stood to inherit everything, but under Tajun law she wasn’t old enough to take over Tuletha’s belongings yet (at this point her age was equivalent to that of a 14 or 15 year old human girl). Instead, she was dropped off at Kiina’s hut, since Kiina was now old enough to legally take responsibility for taking care of her. Kiina’s jaw practically hit the ground when she saw the state that her sister was in; Silistra didn’t even fit through the small doorway into Kiina’s rooftop shack. Very much of the opinion that a Glatorian should learn to take care of herself, Kiina wasn’t very excited by the idea of having to take care of her pampered, obese, lazy sister.
Silistra found street life under Kiina very rough. She had to learn to do some of the various jobs Kiina did, and use her earnings to provide for herself. On this meager budget, she couldn’t afford the plethora of foods she had access to before, and her weight dropped quickly, although she’d never reach the “lean” standard. She didn’t have the patience or skills to do armor repair and polishing or any of the other detail-work jobs that Kiina did, but she wasn’t lacking in strength, after lugging her weight around for years, and so took jobs in construction and loading or unloading trade caravans instead. It was dirty work, and she didn’t like it, but it paid alright and she was able to get a small apartment to live in, instead of the ramshackle hut Kiina had made for herself. From that point on, the sisters saw little of each other; Kiina figured she’d done enough to get her sister onto her own feet, and was now busy training to become a fighter like their parents had been. Silistra felt Kiina had more or less abandoned her to make her own way.
When she was old enough, Silistra officially took over Tuletha’s old home and belongings, which had been kept by the servants until that point. She turned her attention back to painting and weaving, and started to work on sculpting as well. She also tried to get closer to Kiina again, but Kiina never really shook her view of Silistra as a lazy, pampered child and didn’t want to have much to do with her. At one point, Silistra offered Kiina a room in the house, but Kiina refused, as as she hated the idea of relying on others for anything. It wasn’t until after the reformation, when Kiina was mourning the loss of Mata Nui, that she took up on Silistra’s offer, and the sisters lived together after that.
As was customary for members of the Tajun nobility, Silistra had her own custom armor and weapons made by a well-respected blacksmith in Vulcanus. The metal armor was expensive, but adorned with intricate patterns that Silistra had designed herself. The armor was more of a ceremonial thing, and traditional duels between members of the Tajun nobility were elegant affairs where the technique and style of the fighter were emphasized, rather than the winner-gets-all struggle of the arena fights. Silistra was never too interested in fighting or mastering a particular style, and she didn’t have the body for an elegant battle style anyways, so in defiance of tradition she chose a large axe, rather than an elegant blade, as her weapon.
… or just look fearsome coming at the camera. The Hordika feet actually provide very good balance, even though she’s heavy enough that I had to re-enforce the cardboard stand she’s usually displayed on.
With her bulky body and heavy weapon, Silistra looks intimidating, but in truth she wasn’t fond of fighting and rarely participated in any duels. During the final battle for Bara Magna, she and other members of the nobility did participate in the fighting. Compensating for her lack of skill and training with brute force (she could nearly match Malum in brute strength), Silistra was actually quite capable of holding her own against the Skakdi and Rahkshi that swarmed the desert. After the battle, she had a mansion built in the new city of the water tribe and Ga-Matoran. She became a well-known artist, particularly for her paintings of the battle for Bara Magna.
As usual, and comments, suggestions, and constructive criticism are welcome!