New term: the cloaks Kokorononai members are equipped with (didn’t really explicitly discuss them before ever but they were a thing and I mentioned them like once in a roleplay) are called heart veils, and Kokorononai (probably) invented them. Heart veils are transparent, nearly invisible cloaks that, when put on, start to assume the appearance of something else on the outside, usually some kind of canid (wolf, dog, jackal, coyote) for Kokorononai members. When fully on they replace the wearer’s external form with their own—though the outside of your body behaves like the new form and it feels natural you keep your own physiology internally so it’s like an unimaginably realistic costume kinda.
My various methods of coming up with new details had already suggested a lot of underlings for Stolen Heart, as well as a rival (his name is Arkturuse, and he’s the avian-looking one, as you can see). Yesterday, though, I randomly decided that there should be another major player in whatever it is these weird masked spirit guys are doing, and the three of them should somehow “make sense” together as a whole—since Stolen Heart mostly lacks emotion and there was another one, I kind of figured the other two should be lacking in other things.
So, Stolen Heart mostly lacks emotion (but is pretty good at reasoning), Arkturuse mostly lacks reason and common sense (but has a lot of emotion), and Aiyalam lacks a sense of morality (but is decent at seeing things “as they are” in a harsh, unforgiving reality, aside from the fact he tends to overdo it).
Here are all three of the “aethereal trio” for Stablehand in one post: Stolen Heart, Arkturuse, and Aiyalam (who I just drew yesterday).
(Why I didn’t post the one of Stolen Heart here way back when I actually drew it, I’m not sure. XD)
Gosh, these are so “old art”-looking by now, especially the Arkturuse and Io, wow. I dropped the scarab thing for SH and Io’s probably not going to look much of anything like that.