Last but not least this is Tapio; Aspen's companion and protector. Though he's just a wild animal to outsiders, Tapio is what is known to the Lapillin as a Silva Custos. They are guardians of the forest; adept hunters and protectors of the land much like The Vanguard. These creatures work alongside them in efforts to guard the forest and protect it from outsiders. Tapio is sentient, able to communicate with other species but if it's not an animal or someone native to their land, it's unlikely you'll hear his voice. For ultimate stealth he communicates telepathically, keeping up the image of a wild animal to foreigners.
The day he joins Aspen on her new adventure he is hunting, having left her to her usual bandit activities on yet another unfortunate rich victim who had crossed her path. When she was gone for too long Tapio decided to track her down to find 3 other people with her.
When it came to the final illustration I was tired. I'm happy I've finished all the characters and maybe at some point I'll do a lineup or a full illustration with everyone but I'm going to take a break from this project and these characters.
I hope you found a character you liked within my Box of Mystery designs. Now I'm freeeeeee