The witch who inhabits the rainforests around Teotihuacan. Xicohtencoatl becan her life as the daughter of the Aztec chief, Axayacatl. When her father tried to marry her off to a man she did not love, she prayed to the gods that they would stop the marriage.
Coatlicue, the goddess of the earth responded to her in a dream and informed her that she would prevent the marriage if Xicohtencoatl would devote her soul to the goddess.
Xicohtencoatl agreed, and the goddess told her that if she was to travel to the lost Temple of the Serpent and bathe in the fountain, then all her troubles would dissapear.
Apon bathing in the sacred waters, she began to change. Her body became serpentine and feathers sprouted from her head and spine. Her marriage problems would soon be a thing of the past...
Concept art for my new Quetzalcoatl based naga character, Xicohtencoatl. Her backstory needs to be refined, but this is more or less the final design for her appearance. She is meant to be a character that is not derived from my fictional universe OR any other existing works, but rather an actual world mythology. I studied Mesoamerican culture for two years in my college days, so Aztec mythology was a natural choice for me. \
This picture if of her main form, an anthropomophic serpent based on the god, Quetzalcoatl. She also has a full quetzalcoatl form (basically the same as the picture minus the human parts) and a beautiful dark skinned Aztec woman (with some snake features... such as the ability to unhinge her jaw).
Personality-wise, she is a hunter. The rainforest is her territory and any living creature that wanders onto it is fair game for the hunt. In other words, she sees humans as being no different from a deer or rabbit. She is adorned with gold jewelry, but if one wants to draw a more R-rated picture of her, she can be seen wearing a necklace of human hands and hearts... like the one worn by the goddess, Coatlicue.
She speaks Nahuatal (The native Aztec language), Spanish (From observing the Conquistadors), and English (From observing modern day tourists and eco-groups).
And here's a few random things about her since I have a feeling that someone will ask.
How do you pronounce her name?
"Shi-co-ten-co-at". It's derived from the Nahuatl words "Xicoa" (Angry/Jealous) and Coatl (Serpent).
What is the weapon she is holding?
It is a Macuahuitl. Basically a flat wooden club with obsidian blades in the side. Nastly weapon... capable of decapitating a horse. To see one in action, there was one used in the "Aztec Jaguar vs Zande Warrior" episode of the TV show Deadliest Warrior (6:50 for the Macuahuitl... NSFW because of blood): http://www.spike.com/full-episodes/wb43nb/deadliest-warrior-aztec-jaguar-vs-zande-warrior-season-2-ep-204
The weapon on her belt is a run of the mill obsidian sacrificial dagger. She also uses other Aztec weaponry, which I'll explain in more detail when I eventually get around to doing a character sheet for her.
Xicohtencoatl - Concept
Tags: misc critters