This is a “The Last Aysse” Infopost! On Denali! GO!
Design: Denali’s design has remained almost entirely unchanged since his conception back in 2009. Though his beard and underarm wing-hair have both been trimmed since his first appearance. His design is ripped largely from the Markhor Mountain Goat, only red and spikier! Denali is very tough and very heavy, but can be surprisingly speedy in short bursts. His body is covered in armored scaling (which I will likely streamline when he appears in the comic), and he has a sharp club-like tail. I basically wanted his design to say “Majestic Mountain Dragon”, so I hope that came through!
Info: Denali is very wise and kind! He has a big, broad smile, and greatly appreciates life in all of its forms! He is extremely patient, and also extremely slow to anger. He loves long chats and appreciating scenery and being alone with his thoughts. He has accrued lots of knowledge and experience in his many, many years of existence, so he will always have advice if you’re willing to ask!
That being said, Denali is *OLD*. Very, very old. No one knows quite *how* old, and he won’t divulge his true age (“It’s rude to ask anyway!”), but he has told his personal account the bottlenecking/extinction/tectonic catastrophe/ice age event that happened tens of thousands of years before the present day, so it’s safe to assume that he’s been around for a good long while! It’s not entirely known whether Denali is truly affected by aging the way other biological critters are or not, and some have gone so far to suggest that he’s more of an earth spirit than a natural being, but no one knows for sure!
Denali has been known to disappear for several years at a time. It is thought that he goes up into the mountains to keep to himself for awhile. But he greatly enjoys to be in the company of others. He frequently picks up a single companion and will oftentimes live out their lives with them, until they inevitably pass and he’s alone again.
Denali appears to have an innate ability to sense when someone, somewhere, is in trouble, and he will do all he can to fix it, even if it just means comforting a lonely creature or making sure someone doesn’t die alone. He has been known to appear literally out of nowhere to help when he’s needed.
Denali will do everything within his power to avoid conflict or violence, and will do all he can to help others do the same.
Relationships with other characters: Denali’s current companion is Schnee. They live together in an extremely large Redwood (Denali lives up in the canopy and Schnee lives in a hollowed-out cavern at the tree’s base. He assembled a makeshift staircase for her to come visit him if she wants to!). He found Schnee frozen in the depths of a cavern he was trapped in, and he used his body heat to melt the ice and eventually free her. No one (including Schnee) knows how she got there or how long she had been frozen, but has stayed with Denali ever since.
Denali appears to have some past relationship with the story’s main antagonist, Sonsie. But the nature of that relationship is largely a mystery, and it’s a sore subject to Denali, so he doesn’t talk about Sonsie very much.
His relationships with all the other characters are newly-forged, however he’s generally very well-liked and he greatly appreciates the opportunity to chat with new friends.
He is especially fond of Switchback, and will do anything within his power to keep her out of harm’s way, even if it goes against his established morals.
Habitat: Denali is largely nomadic. When he doesn’t take up residence with a friend or companion, he tends to wander the planet alone. He is most often spotted in the mountains, however sightings have been reported all over the planet!
Magic and Abilities: Denali is covered in several sharp spikes, and his large size, wicked club-like tail, and armored body make him a force to be reckoned with. However, Denali rarely attacks, and prefers to use his physical prowess to defend himself and others. Denali’s skills and magic are mostly supportive in nature. He has unsurpassed healing abilities, and can also create powerful barriers. It is said that he has an incredibly strong offensive magical attack, but no one has personally seen it.
Denali is set to appear in Chapter 3 of the comic, and will remain a main character after that point! Aaaaand yay! Old man goat dragon!
The above lineart is done by TornTethers! (I flat-colored it) Denali’s physical refsheet can be found here! (though the backstory info is largely inaccurate now), and a whole pile of art I’ve had done of him can be found here!
…. why did I just do that? >____>