Elián el Nahual | Characters
Created: October 8, 2007
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Elián is a nahual. In Mexican folklore, they are the kind of person that not only knows the depths of magic but has the ability to shape shift as well. They do this through a special connection with their nature spirits, called ‘nahualis’, which means ‘to wear’.
People usually have one nahualli. This spirit usually shows in dreams, or as a guardian angel, helping us to pick the right path. But those with a special connection are believed to be able to change their appearance into that of their nahualis.
Elián’s original nahuali is the panther, but somehow, his shaman grandfather taught him how he could connect with nature in general, allowing him to shape shift to any animal, as long as he had seen said animal face to face and remember it.
But the training didn’t last long, and the kid was confined in a room by his fearful, enraged mother and his violent father. Eli’s gift came with a curse, and whenever he lied about escaping, a part of him mutated, unable to break the bonds between the physical and spiritual world. Therefore, since shape shifting is already lying, Elián can’t lie verbally without his appearance changing.
He’s not sure how much time he spent in captivity, since Nahuales live twice a normal person’s life span, and he forgot when his last birthday was, but his looks are that of an 18 year old.
His body matured, but his mind stayed that of a child due to having no contact with the outside world.
So running for cover in VOID City is like sending a kitten into a pack of wolves.
He’s inexperienced, naïve, oblivious, joyful and playful like any cub.
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