It’s Friday and that means that it’s time to a new reveal in EXO… this time we bring you a new character!
Today we want to introduce you to Yuri, the Kazakh explorer of the tribe of the CV-11 cavity, located in the Palaearctic zone. Yuri is accompanied by his faithful exoanimal companion: Nurasyl, a female golden eagle.
With this character we want to show you different steps in the design phase ilustrated one of our artists: Alejandro García (Artstation: https://www.artstation.com/alejandrogarcia).
Now let’s read some fragments about their history:
“As a child, Yuri was always a curious boy. At the early age of 5 years, he was surprised by his father trying to go outside the limits of the CV-11, and at seven years he disappeared a whole week.
When he returned, he argued that he had entered the depths of the CV-11 “to see what was down there”. He brought with him a small eagle chick he found in an abandoned nest during his little getaway. This bird of prey over time became his family’s most precious asset.
The training of the animal began based on the teachings of the Kazakh culture, since it required several hours a day, sacrificing hours of sleep and rest, and it always had to be the same person who trained it to be able to create a strong bond with the animal. Part of this training consisted of feeding the bird of prey with his own hands and even cradling it with songs, all of this so that she could learn to recognize his voice. In this way, and after seven years of hard training, Nurasyl –the name he gave the animal- no longer obeyed anyone but Yuri.
At the age of fourteen, and with the help of Nurasyl, he drew an exact map of the area in which he lived, including places that only the best explorers of his tribe knew. For this reason, when a volunteer’s request to embark on the expedition to the surface arrived, nobody doubted that he would be the one chosen.”
Regarding Nurasyl, of which we have already spoken in this passage, it seems that she received some improvement to be more efficient in her task of exploration …
“When Yuri showed us the raptor, we immediately came up with all kinds of ideas about which modules we would create to improve the animal’s abilities.
We confirmed it was a female, because when the animal reached maturity her wingspan exceeded one and a half meters, way superior to a male one. We decided to work in a small reactor to boost her speed, and installed transmitters and a small camera next to her head to be able to recognize the areas without Yuri being in danger.”
Irina Smirnov, biomechanical assistant of the CV-11 tribe.
Here you have the first images of what will be the miniatures of Yuri and Nurasyl:
As you can see, we continue with the combined base system that will allow both hero and exoanimal to perform actions separately or together. In addition, we can already reveal what the hole in the base is for: It will serve to mark your miniature with an exoenergy gem of the corresponding color of each character to quickly identify it.
This will bring benefits and disadvantages in the game, but it is something that we will see in further articles.
We hope you like this character as much as we do. Stay tuned because there will be new entry next Tuesday.
Plast Craft Games Team