Here is the third sketch, kindly illustrated by Len Weatherly, of Duo the jackal. The drawing itself is nearly spot-on with what I had mentally pictured. An excellent job.
Duo is the original companion of the band, a good friend of the human, and main character, Flint. Duo himself does not have much skill with magic, although he does have a few abilities at his disposal. His greatest skill, however, is with his sword, a graduate of a renowned school of swordsmanship that both jackals and humans can attend. Despite the rigours of the training and discipline required to make it through the school with success, Duo is as informal as they come. He has a big smile, doesn’t take things seriously even when he probably should, and is well known by those around him as a hopeless ladies-man, perhaps even a bit of a creep.
The Jackals of Sesho were originally half-breeds resulting from Vix and Wolves, and since then have expanded to populate most of Sesho with their villages. Their lifespan is around a century, and some individuals possess magical capabilities from one of the two sides (fire or ‘storm’), although they typically have a much lower ceiling for how powerful they can become in comparison to the purer races. Duo is a bit of a rarity in the current time period, being a natural half-breed. His mother was a Wolf and his father was a Vix.
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