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Species - Hanged Men by purplekecleon Species - Hanged Men by purplekecleon
Species concept by extyrannomon and Marlcabinet

This is the last sheet until next week because I have a convention to prepare for! Look out for more on Monday or Tuesday

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They'll take care of you - The Hanged Men

Common elements: Most Hanged Men have either Air or Fire as an affinity, with Spirit being uncommon. Hanged Men have been reported to have other affinities, but the most rarest elements among them have been Water and any of its subtypes.

Hereditary magic: Hanged Men often have two sets of elements: their own set, which remains with them regardless of what form they're in or what body they possess, and a host set, which is entirely dependent on their current body. Hanged Men only pass down the former to their offspring. Regardless of what body they are currently possessing, they can only have Hanged Men as children with other Hanged Men. They can't actually use any of their host bodies to reproduce, and if both Hanged Men who wish to have children are possessing a body currently, they have to wait until one of the heads is free of a body.

Elemental weaknesses/resistances:

Poison: Hanged Men themselves are highly resistant to poison from outside sources when not possessing a body. However, they have very little ability to combat poisons and diseases that may be introduced to their bodies, and will often choose to simply abandon the body rather than attempt to treat it. If a body becomes diseased or poisoned and the Hanged Man does not release it, the affliction can spread to the Hanged Man themselves.

Fire/Ice: Bodies possessed by the Hanged Men take a considerably longer time to heal than normal bodies, and injuries inflicted by burns or frostbite usually become infected, causing the Hanged Men to abandon them.

Water: Excess moisture can accelerate a possessed body's rate of decomposition.

Common locations: The Hanged Men are native to Owel, rumored to originate from somewhere in Heaven's Keys. Their current homeland is the Beheaded City, but they can be found all over Owel, usually in large, well populated cities such as Althar, Auroria, Candy Rock, Prospector city, National Port of Owel, and Kadath.

Climate preference: When possessing a body, Hanged Men prefer arid, hot environments, such as Althar, as decomposition will take considerably longer in that climate when compared to a damp, temperate environment. When not possessing a body, they are highly adaptable and have no need for any specific climate. They usually choose to live near highly populated areas, however, as a higher population means more natural deaths, which means more opportunities for them to possess new bodies.

Level of intelligence: All Hanged Men are capable of higher-level thinking, such as the ability to plan ahead, to reason, rationalize, and to understand abstract concepts and principles.

Language: Most all Hanged Men speak Common. A very small handful of Hanged Men can also speak Archaic Common, but it is usually as a novelty, or for the purpose of keeping the language from falling out of existence.

Trivia: The Hanged Men are able to possess almost any dead body by removing its head and attaching themselves to its neck by means of an enchanted cloth, which all Hanged Men instinctively know how to create. These possessed bodies decompose far more slowly than normal, taking two to three years to become unusable. Hanged Men eat very little on their own, but when possessing a body they take on all its dietary requirements and restrictions. They cannot possess multi-headed bodies, such as Hydras.

All Hanged Men possessed a small amount of ESP, which they can use to speak to but not understand any sentient race, and a small amount of telekinesis, which they use to carry their enchanted scarves.

Hanged Men do not prefer to be involved in the creation of a dead body, stating that doing so makes possessing the body frustratingly difficult and prone to random, rapid decomposition.

Hanged Men are affected by bodies they possess, and some examples are listed below.

Rock Candies: Hanged Men cannot control the growth of crystals on a possessed Rock Candies's tail, instead, crystals and gems will grow from random parts of the possessed body. This leads to many Hanged Men not bothering to attempt to grow what Candy Rock would consider a beautiful tail.

Cagroo: Hanged Men express a burning desire to constantly jump around and to carry things around on their backs, but are usually able to restrain themselves.

Flowercat: Hanged Men need to make sure they're not allergic to the flower that grew atop the Flowercat when it was alive before possessing it, otherwise, the Hanged Men will see no end of hayfever. Even if they are compatible with the flower, its presence will cause minor headaches in the Hanged Men from time to time, and pulling it off or killing the flower will result in the Hanged Men becoming depressed until it regrows.

Gorgon: Hanged Men are unable to control the passive effect that was once native to the Gorgon's main eye, which was to constantly scan for sources of Spirit, be they from an environmental occurrence or from an individual. Hanged Men will find themselves nigh-unable to break their gaze from something with any noticeable amount of Spirit element. As it is not too rare for Hanged Men themselves to possess this affinity, this is seen as a major inconvenience.

Beholder: Hanged Men cannot open their eyes, but their sense of smell, hearing, and touch greatly increases. Hanged Men express extreme distaste for a variety of different smells, sounds, and textures, often to the point of vomiting if forced to interact with or experience the undesired sensations.

Southern Gnoll: Hanged Men have their sense of smell heightened to the point of almost painful sensitivity, and constantly feel a desire to seek out the most disagreeable scents, claiming that terrible odors are quite pleasant to their nose. Because of this, the flower that grows upon the back of Perfumed Gnolls usually always smells like complete garbage when possessed by a Hanged Man, and is never desired by beauty merchants.

Rugaru, Dawn form: Hanged Men acquire a crippling phobia to technology in all its forms.
Rugaru, Dusk form: Hanged Men acquire a crippling phobia to both enclosed and open spaces.
Rugaru: If they choose to remain on the Rugaru despite the above consequences, Hanged Men will begin to exhibit symptoms of dissociative identity disorder, somatoparaphrenia, and reduplicative paramnesia. These symptoms increase in severity until the Hanged Man leaves the Rugaru's body.

Jackal: Hanged Men suffer from insomnia, and what sleep they are able to achieve is plagued by sleepwalking and sleep-talking. The Jackal's body loses its ability to detect sources of Spirit, and instead detects sources of whatever affinity the Hanged Man atop it may be. This results in the Hanged Men feeling extremely self-conscious when possessing a Jackal, as if they're more noticeable to the public than they actually are. Hanged Men express a moderate desire to speak in or solve riddles.

Cockatrice: Hanged Men obtain a hypnotic or charming gaze, however, they cannot activate it unless they were aware of the conditions originally required when the owner was still alive. Rather than causing headaches like in the original owner of the Cockatrice's body, the sound of a rooster's crow can be fatal to Hanged Men.
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:iconpapicorn:
PapiCorn Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Student Artist
How does they're head match the bodies color and design?????
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Khuur Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
The trivia section makes it sound like it is terrible to be a hanged man, if nearly every species they can possess (I know the list only mentions a few.) comes with various annoying or crippling negative effects.
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:iconmelody-pony:
Melody-pony Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are we aloud to create our own?
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:iconkoka-da-kola:
Koka-da-Kola Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
They've got a really neat concept to them!
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:iconlonelynightrain:
lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing!
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:iconcutecatz:
cutecatz Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I made my own attempt to make a hanged man. it is kinda weird, but plz if u get a chance, check it out. it is hard to link so just lok at my home page.HolaSoyGerman - Peace dance 
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:iconlunamoon54:
LunaMoon54 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it alright if I make my own oc out of these species as long as I credit you?
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Dancing-Kitten Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
You are allowed to use Floraverse stuff as long as you use the same license! (Outlined here)
So basically, if you make a Hanged Man character, you have to be okay with other people using that character as well.
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:iconlunamoon54:
LunaMoon54 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I see. I always give credit to people anyway. If I use a persons free lineart that other people can use I still always give credit.
But thank you anyway. I'll keep that in mind
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:icondragonbats:
dragonbats Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
wow, these are really cool
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:iconshuma-jindivi:
Shuma-Jindivi Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Seems people don't even bother with desciptions......
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:iconribbonfly:
ribbonfly Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist
So does age or condition of the body matter to a Hanged Men as long s the death is natural?
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:iconmisspancham:
MissPancham Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Waaaiiit so them just kill them? ; ^ ;
such dangerous
are they everywhere?
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Rowan-Falls Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it says they don't like to take part in killing the bodies they use. just so you don't freak out. That would be scary though, if they did just go around killing people.
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:iconmisspancham:
MissPancham Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I know, but they do take off heads, and a body can hardly live without a head, correct? ono"
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Rowan-Falls Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The body is already dead when they remove the head, I thought. People sell them dead bodies. If I'm wrong, let me know, but that was my understanding.
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:iconriserion:
Riserion Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
The rock candy one is my favorite. I love its colors, it's so cute!
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GuildmasterGrovyle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

This is quite a complex piece, so there are only a few things I can say confidently. The idea itself is delightfully eerie, yet it isn't completely off-putting... possibly because the Hanged Men seem so gentle despite their macabre tendencies. What stands out though is that you created superb designs for these creatures and their hosts, and I applaud you for that.


...Also, I don't think I'll ever look at Spritzee/Aromatisse the same way ever again, but that's just me being a goof.

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:iconbonie2014:
Bonie2014 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Cute
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:iconbrianscorchio:
brianscorchio Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist
i love this so much!! this is actually super inspiring and i want to make my own creatures and shit and wow! youre very talented and have been one of my favorite artists for years and!! thank you! for being so amazing!! :heart: 
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:iconuntiokochikun:
Untiokochikun Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
These are way creative and unique :heart:
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:iconkemonoapocalypse:
KemonoApocalypse Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My only question is if they gain the colors of the body they attach to? Or is it the opposite?
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:iconthefiddlecat:
TheFiddleCat Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does it matter how the previous owner of the body died? Like if they were poisoned, I suppose the Hanged Man wouldn't take it then and run the risk of dying, but what about a murder (not involving the Hanged Man) where vital organs were harmed?
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:iconmissfluffykitty:
MissFluffyKitty Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It depends on each Hanged Man if they like the body so much and are they willing to fix it up.
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:iconincyray:
Incyray Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student General Artist
absolutely fascinating!
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:iconteavian:
Teavian Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   Digital Artist
These are way awesome!
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:iconsoulsmith1:
soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
so cool
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:iconvulasaur:
Vulasaur Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Where do they get the bodies from? I can't imagine there'd just be corpses laying around.
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:iconshikkatl:
ShikkaTL Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
some of them pay a small sum of money to living creatures so when they die, the hanged man can use their body inmediately.

but they can really get it from anywhere. you can make up a place where they get the bodies or something
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:iconvulasaur:
Vulasaur Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you~
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:iconthematkat:
TheMatkat Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
It says they cut the heads off of living bodies. :T
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:iconvulasaur:
Vulasaur Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student General Artist
No, it said they don't like being involved in the production of a corpse. 
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:iconthematkat:
TheMatkat Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
wait no im mistaken >-<
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IcyShadows1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the bother, but if a hanged man were to posses the body of a vanguard, would the body be less prone to decomposition from wet environments? Because the body was built to live in and around water, I was wondering if the water would permeate as much as with land based bodies and if polar waters would affect it even less so?
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Ayumi-Nemera Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have an interesting question! what would the behavior changes be if a hanged mas possessed a foxbat's body? or do they only prefer mostly intelligent species? ( I've never wanted to join a group so badly in my entire life, and I have an idea for a character already. *laughs awkwardly*
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:iconmissfluffykitty:
MissFluffyKitty Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is up to each individual preference.
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:iconbreathless-heir:
Breathless-Heir Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I just found the species I'd like to go for in Floraverse. This is by far the most interesting one so far! <3
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Vintage009 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, these are amazing! Very interesting :3 Are they an open species or are they for private use only? I would love to own one myself ;^;
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KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
WOw, these are really neat & peculiar. Loving their myths as well as the characteristics they have. They're cute butt hey seem like a nuisance.
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DigiRelix Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So wait. I'm confused about something. 

Are they genderless? Okay let me explain my question. Do they have a gender prior to posesing a body? or do they develop a gender once they attach themselves to a host? or do they not have a specific gender?
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:iconmissfluffykitty:
MissFluffyKitty Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What they identify as their gender is up to each individual.
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:iconkooborisapphire:
KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Good question :O
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:iconnekonahisaki:
NekonaHisaki Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a delightfully morbid creation! I like it but I get the feeling these little buggers will show up in my nightmares. :P
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:iconlaiyi:
laiyi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
These are adorably creepy.

I love the concept!
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:iconrelicanthe:
Relicanthe Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Do they always keep their beak and wings? And does that mean that they will never be able to pass for a true member of the host body's species?
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:iconshikkatl:
ShikkaTL Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep that'd be correct
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:iconice-korin:
Ice-Korin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love this universe of creatures, really really interesting and awesome :)
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:iconwifflin:
Wifflin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty terrifying
but neat
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